Lansdown 1 – bridgend 2
A long trip down the M4 was the order of the day for the Raven’s flagship team. The traveling team accustomed to the robust and often questionable tactics knew another monumental challenge was at hand. The Ravens were boosted this week by the return of captain Gareth Coleman who ensured a strong gutsy performance was the order of the day. Bridgend’s advanced tactics put pressure on the the home team, letting the visitors rob a great deal of possession. Defensive duo Rob ‘spider-monkey’ Evans and Jonathan ‘Woodwizard’ Woodward set out a wall Trump would have been proud of, leaving keeper extrordinare Adam Hawas to rudder the ship from deep. Midfielders Rhydian Cole and Jacob Hodges, supplied Captain Coleman and Neall Hollis with a number of opportunities to push forwards on the right, whilst Rhys Owen, Paul and Andrew Jones tried to play in David Knight and Tom Pearce. The first half saw Bridgend as the dominant force, but it was centre back Woodward who made the breakthrough. A mazy run through the middle of the pitch gained him too much momentum to stop, he continued breaking through tackles like a juggernaut before passing to David Knight, who avoided getting hot under the collar and rewarded the play with a layoff for Woody to drill past the aghast goalkeeper, a timely opportunity to score his first 1st XI goal. Woody continued to protect his one goal like he had given birth to it himself, making impossible challenges and seemingly being in numerous places at once. The effort and gravity of the performance started to tell on Bridgend who were relieved to enter halftime to reorganise.
The tale of the second half revolved around a great deal of misfortune on the part of Bridgend. The game hung in the balance and Bridgend seemingly moved ahead after Tom Pearce’s high work rate paid dividends as he volleyed an aerial pass from Rhys Owen past the goal keeper. However this decision was dubiously overturned. A number of decisions continued in the same vein and Bridgend found themselves severely under pressure, as always this is what Adam Hawas thrives on. Any forward who dared set foot in his ‘D’ was dispossessed whether through a crunching tackle, parry or a boot down field. Despite the resolute defence, the odds tipped the way of the home team, who played in a forward at the far post by hook or by crook, but not by stick. At 1-1, Bridgend thought their epic performance was to amount to far less than deserved, the defence continued to ensure the result could not become worse, but Captain Coleman with an inspired run attacked the ‘D’ generated a short corner through a clever ballerina-like pirouette, indefensible by the opposition. The umpires signalled for the last play, Rhydian Cole injected the ball to the top of the ‘D’ where Rhys Owen launched the ball into the inside netting of the goal. 2-1 no less than Bridgend deserved!
Bridgend A 7-2 Cardiff & Met E
Bridgend welcomed a young cardiff side to Pencoed knowing only a win would do to keep themselves in the promotion hunt. This win was duly delivered.
Bridgend made the better start with Adam Knapp opening the Bridgend account. This was soon doubled with Nick Anthony adding another goal. Bridgend continued to play a high tempo style of hockey with Paul Davies spreading passes to both wingers with Kris Williams making in roads behind the Cardiff defenders. Bridgend soon added a third with Steve Murphy sliding through the defence to beat the keeper with a fine strike. However Cardiff soon pulled a goal back after some pressure had been put on the Bridgend defenders. Bridgend soon regained the 3 goal advantage with Rhodri Owen making his way into the ‘D’ and with a sliding reverse stick effort he was able to place the ball passed the Cardiff keeper.
As the second half began Cardiff began to move forward. Bringing the Bridgend defence of Matt Wooster, Phil Rees, Jamie Brooks and Andrew Deans into action. However they were unable to stop Cardiff firing a well taken short corner into the roof of the net. Bridgend managed to with stand more Cardiff pressure thanks to goalkeeper Adrian Hibbert who was brought into action on several occasions pulling off a series of saves keeping the Cardiff strikers out. Bridgend then moved up the gears with Jeremy Ingram moving into some great positions to team up with Matthew Hibbert who added another goal. Andy Schofield and Andrew Jones also managed to get their names on the score sheet before the game to a close ensuring Bridgend finished the game with a 5 goal advantage. Promotion is now back in their own hands with 3 wins required from the remaining 3 fixtures including the crunch final game away to fellow promotion hopefuls Penarth.
Bridgend 0- Cardiff and Met 2
Motm Amy Darbyshire pulling off a series of fine saves! Dude of the day Aimee Fitzgerald for some fantastic wide play.
Llan & Llan 2- bridgend 0
Bridgend started strong from the outset, having majority of possession. The mids and forwards worked well together and created great chances.
Llan and Llan were not happy with the lack of possession and worked hard to creat attacks against a strong Bridgend defence, but Freya wasn’t having it. After numerous saved strikes Llan and Llan managed to get one in followed closely by a short corner. The half time score was 2-0 to the home side. The second half bridgend discussed different ways to approach the game and as previous games, improved a great deal but sadly couldn’t covert any of the chances made.