Match reports 27/01/17

Ross on Wye 2 – bridgend 1

The Ravens made the short trip to Ross this week where they faced an opposition with a great deal of youth on its side. Although having ample warm up time, Bridgend didn’t look ready for the game to start, as such it wasn’t long before they found themselves two goals down from nothing other their own unforced errors. With the risk of the game becoming a route Captain Coleman rallied his team who regained focus. Jonathan Woodward and Rob Evans created a staunch wall through which no man was going to pass. Now Ross had a real opponent facing them, the game became very physical with Bridgend earning a number of hits around the circle, they were unfortunate not to convert these into anything more. Gareth Coleman came close, but was scythed down unceremoniously before getting a shot off. From his inspirational run, Bridgend went on to win a short corner which generated only another corner for Bridgend and a limp for the opposition runner. The next corner was slipped from Rhys Owen to Tim Hodges who shot past the keepers left side with Tom Pearce ensuring the ball reached its final destination.

A much more settled Bridgend continued the game, and began to look the better team. Jon Woodward put his body on the line to maintain the one goal deficit whilst Rob Evans performed a breakdancing routine in front of goal to avoid conceding. Adam Hawas also when brought into the fray demonstrated his agility and quick thinking going to ground to nullify any further trickery. The second half saw Bridgend come close to equaling the score, a prospective lob from Jacob Hodges carried further than brother Timothy would have liked. Despite a great deal of pressure towards the end of the game, Bridgend could not get a deserved point. The performance was impressive but not reflected in the results.

Bridgend men’s 2nds
Cardiff & Met F 3- bridgend 4

Bridgend got off to a poor start when Cardiff played in a ball from outside the ‘D’ which Rhodri Owen deflected into the goal. Bridgend then reacted well when the ball came out from a short corner via Paul Davies which went to Rhodri Owen who played a timely pass onto Jon Rubery who hit home from the top of the ‘D’ Bridgend then continued to press which allowed Jason Arnold to finish like Lionel Messi. In a frantic first Period Cardiff again pulled back with a deflection which gave Adrian Hibbert no chance. Adrian and and the defence of Gareth Collier, Phil Rees and Andrew Deans put in some solid tackles throughout. Bridgend then managed to equalise on the stroke of half time when they turned defence into attack with Steve Murphy, Paul Davies and Andrew Jones pinging the ball onto Jeremy Ingram who played a perfect pass to Nick Anthony who allowed Jason Arnold to double his tally. The second half was played with bridgend having the majority of the possession and creating numerous chances but couldn’t beat the cardiff keeper. Cardiff then got a late winner at the end of the game. Bridgend now welcome Whitchurch to Pencoed next week hoping to bounce back to winning ways.

Bridgend men’s 3rds
Bridgend 3rds 6 – 1 Neath 2nds
Fantastic result for the home team after a tough fixture the week before.
Bridgend controlled the game from start to finish and their quality of possession is reflected in the score.
Captain Jon Murphy was the blues target man this week, holding the ball under pressure with his clinical passing allowing other players to come in and score. Fellow striker Matt Daly had a fantastic first half, opening the scoring and having a second goal disallowed.
Jon Wilks and Rhydian Lewis were instrumental in controlling the centre of the pitch and creating opportunities for the team.
Any attacking threats were soon stoped by the rock solid defense, organised by Tony Price.
The second half Bridgend continued their form and seemed unstoppable in attack. With the centre so controlled wingers Ian and Matthew Hibbert consistantly got behind the defense and created opportunities. With so much possession even right back Mike Hodges got involved in the attacks with some fantastic assists during the closing stages of the match.
Brilliant team performance with possession and short passing hockey giving Bridgend the cutting edge this week.

Ladies 1s
Lost 4-0 to Cardiff uni

Ladies 2s
Whitchurch valley 4- bridgend 0
First game back of 2017 and the 2nds fielded a fairly new side due to unavailability, but the newbies showed fit and willing to make an impact!
The first half bridgend were still finding their feet and two key players from Whitchurch Valleys made their mark with 4 goals in the first half.
After some swapping and changing the bridgend 2nds found a good rhythm and the second half Whitchurch valleys didn’t have much chance for goals and didn’t score at all. Bridgend chances on goals were endless. It sadly couldn’t finish.
Sunday we face a re-arranged Cardiff university game.