17 Oct Weekend Results – 15th October
Weston Super Mare 4 v Bridgend Mens 1st XI 0
After a much improved performance against Yate last weekend, a trip to Weston super Mare was next on the agenda for a depleted 1st XI, but after a poor performance, returned home point less after a 4-0 reverse. Having started the game well, having the majority of possession and a number of short corners, they were unable to break the deadlock before the home side took the lead against the run of play. Early in the second half two quick goals ended Bridgend’s hopes, before a fourth and final goal finished what was a hard day for The Ravens.
Welsh Shield 1/4 Final
Llan & Caerphilly 1 v Bridgend Mens 1st XI 2
Reigning champions Bridgend got the defence of their title off to a great start beating previously undefeated Llan & Caerphilly at Hawthorn on sunday afternoon. Again, with a depleted side due to injuries and unavailability meaning Bridgend were up against it from the outset, a performance full of endeavour, effort, commitment and tempo ensured victory by 2 goals to 1 against their close rivals thanks to goals by David Knight and Andrew Jones. Having dominated the game, every single player stood to be counted, with birthday boys Jon Murphy, Tom Hopkins, and Welsh international Lewis Hearne to the fore throughout. Captain Rhydian Cole said, “To face a side as tough as Llan & Caerphilly in such a high pressure game and to play like we did was very, very pleasing. We were delighted to win the shield last season, and despite the squad we had out due to injuries and unavailability, we showed that we’re not going to give it up without a fight”.
Bridgend Mens 2nd XI v Neath 7
With last week’s result firmly behind them, close rivals Neath were the visitors to Pencoed School, and just like the 1st XI, the squad was down to the bare bones and this showed against a recognisable Neath side. Despite two goals by Nick Anthony and Steve Macintosh, Bridgend conceded seven to fall to their second league defeat of the season. Next up is a tough game against Brecon at Pencoed Comprehensive School, 1:30pm start.
Bridgend Mens 3rd XI 3 v Chippenham 1
Penarth Ladies 5 v Bridgend Ladies 1st XI 6
Bridgend Ladies 2nd XI 0 v Cwmtawe 8