26 Jan Third XI Match Report – 25/1/14
Whitchurch 1; Bridgend ‘B’ 5
Bridgend’s development X1 fielded a side compromising youth and experience for their first league game after the Christmas break, and soon put Whitchurch under pressure with their quick and accurate passing from the midfield of Rhydian Lewis and Jon Wilks to 14 year olds Rhys Bradshaw and Matthew Hibbert, who both worked hard to keep the play flowing bringing veteran Jack Steer and Andy Davis in to play in front of goal.
Bridgend justifiably took the lead when John Wilks scored from a penalty corner, but the side then relaxed allowing Whitchurch to come more in to the game. Their attacks, though, were well marshalled by Derek Jones, Steve Sloan and Denver Beer in defence, with John Woodward able to use the breakdowns by distributintg the ball to the flanks via Martin Bevan and Jeremy Ingram.
Substitutions brought on youngster Gareth Collier and a third 14 year old, making his senior debut, Rhys Rubery, who settled well in to his role ‘up front’. Following a good break from defence, Ian Blatchford ran hard up the right, to worry the Whitchurch defence; a final accurate pass to Rhys Rubery was well controlled by the youngster, who confidently swept the ball in to the net. What a debut!
A third goal resulted from good quick passing, and hard running from Rhydian Lewis who scored with a good shot from open play. Whitchurch scored a consolation goal just before half-time, but skipper and goalkeeper Cliff Harrison was rarely troubled.
The second half continued much the same for Bridgend who were dominating play. All three 14 year olds were on the pitch together, and all of them, Rhys Bradshaw, who continued to mesmorise the Whitchurch defence with his deceptive running and passing, Matthew Hibbert who took on the defence with some robust running, and Rhys Rubery who continued to worry the Whitchurch goalkeeper. Jack came close when Rhydian passed the ball through, only for the goalkeper to bring off an excellent save.
However, the pressure told and Bridgend’s work rate was well rewarded when Rhydian Lewis scored two more superb goals giving him his hattrick.
The final 5 – 1 result was nothing more than Bridgend deserved, a reward for quick accurate passing and good contributions from their youngsters