Bridgend faced a tough test as they welcomed a high flying Bristol & West side to Pencoed. Early pressure from the away side was repelled by the defense of John Woodward, Matt Wooster and Rhys Owen, but Bridgend struggled to get any momentum and Bristol eventually broke the deadlock through a short corner. A combination of good movement by the opposition and cheaply conceded possession lead to Bridgend conceding three more before the break, with only some impressive saves from keeper Adrian Hibbert preventing it being even worse. The home side were vastly improved after the break, and got their reward when a well worked short corner routine from Mike Hodges, Andrew Jones Sr and James Griffiths was finished off by Rhys Owen. A spell of pressure followed for the home team, with penetrating runs from Paul Jones and John Ruberry on the wings working to create opportunities for the forward line of Steve Murphy, James Griffiths and Osian Jones, but they weren’t able to turn it into further goals. Rob Evans and Andrew Jones Jr helped limit the Bristol attacks but a flowing move saw them concede one more to make it 5-1 and put any hope of a comeback out of reach. Bridgend will look to put this result behind them and take their second half performance into their next fixtures against teams placed around them in the league.
Bridgend Ladies 1st faced against a well driven Milford Haven at home. Bridgend were quick to enter the game and within the first 10 minutes, Sarah scored a brilliant goal from a direct hit in a short corner. Despite the early lead, Millford Haven managed to level the scoreboard by breaking through Bridgend’s midfield, and deflecting a shot from the post into the goal. Bridgend Ladies carried on working as a team, not letting the two head shots against Cerys David and the physical tackle against Keeleigh affect the team’s efforts. Millford Haven took the lead by scoring another goal just before the whistle blew for half time. Keeping their heads held high, Bridgend went into the second half eager to score again, with many opportunities unfolding from our attacking players, Sarah, Izzy and Eve. Millford Haven managed to break through our midfield once again, leaving our defence exposed to a fierce attacking team. This took Milford Haven comfortably into the lead, being 1-3 up. Unfortunately our team captain Mel was taken out of the game due to a brutal stick to her ankle, resulting in her subbing off. Without her leadership, Bridgend’s structure was lost for the last few minutes, but they persevered on with Eric, the keeper, making some superb saves. Unfortunately, Bridgend were unable to score again, leaving the final score as 3-1. Player of the match was given to Sarah
Bristol & West 9 v Bridgend A 2
After defeat against high flying Gloucester City last week, it was another tough game against fellow promotion chasers Bristol & West that faced Bridgend, and after a tough afternoon in Winterbourne against the league’s highest scorers, they fell to a disappointing 9-2 defeat.
Despite The Ravens starting out well, the home pressure started to tell as Bristol & West took a 4-0 lead into half time, despite the efforts of goalkeeper Adam Hawas who kept the free scoring attackers, who before the game had a goal difference of + 40 after just 7 matches, at bay.
A rallying cry at half time lead to a positive reaction from Bridgend at the start of the second half, with Jason Arnold firing home a short corner before Nick Anthony latched on to a through ball from Rhydian Cole to pull a second goal back but it wasn’t to be as individual errors from the away side and some fantastic home team finishing put paid to any Bridgend hopes of securing anything from the match.
Next up, the visit of Swansea to Pencoed with Bridgend hopeful of securing the points after a tough three weeks of facing the league’s runaway top three teams.
A brief report this week ☺️, tweak at will as bit sketchy.
Bridgend ladies 2nds 2-1 Cardiff University 6ths
In the spirit of Pudsey Bear, odd socked Bridgend got off to a flying start with plenty of skilled passages of play but frustratingly didn’t manage to convert any of the numerous chances on goal. Against the run of play Cardiff ladies were lucky to slip past our keeper and just before half time Bridgend were one nil down.
After a rousing team talk Bridgend were ready to take back control of the game. A superb signature run and smash on goal by Michelle Hancock saw Bridgend equalise the score board. With renewed momentum Bridgend fought for every ball and within minutes Ella Roberts stormed into the D with a stunning, lofty goal. Disappointingly a lightning speed strike into the top corner of the goal by Amy Paice was disallowed but Bridgend continued to play with tremendous team spirit and determination until the final whistle with the score resting at 2-1. POTM Angharad Kitchener who wore a Pudsey onesie throughout the whole game.
Cardiff Medics A 6 – 1 Bridgend B
After a week off last week, Bridgend 3’s travelled to Cardiff to play the medics 2’s. This was a battle for top spot in the league. Bridgend arrived with a changed squad missing a few key players, allowing for a debut for Rhys Harris.
The game started quickly with the medics using their speed to immediately put Bridgend under pressure and scored within the first few minutes. This continued as Bridgend struggled to keep up and the goals kept coming. As Bridgend started to come into the game later in the half, the momentum started to shift. With a few short corners, Bridgend managed to pull one back through a powerful strike from Adam Knapp. This ended the first half at 4-1.
The second half was more competitive and with some great defence from Denver Beer, Taron Moss and Jeremy Ingram, Cardiff struggled to create chances. Unfortunately, some good ball movement from Cardiff allowed them to have two back post tap ins to take the game well out of Bridgends reach and leave them in 3rd, two points of 1st. Bridgend will be looking to rebound next week at home vs bottom of the table Llan & Caerphilly A.
Bridgend 4ths welcomed Whitchurch for their return home fixture. Determined to get their first points of the season the home team started well by passing the ball around the midfield of Paul,Dan,Dafydd and Lewis up to our striking duo of Jack and Nick and were unlucky not to get in the score sheet in the first half. Bridgend ‘s defence of Derek, Barnaby,Matt and Dave along with Goalie and captain Cliff managed to keep a clean sheet against some strong opposition attacks.
Whitchurch started the second half strongly putting Bridgend’s defence under pressure which resulted with them opening the scoring. Bridgend hit right back by taking the ball back up the field through midfield Louis ,linking with the other younger players putting the Whitchurch defence under pressure. Senior players John and Tony played their part in defense and attack and in the first quarter of the game Bridgend’s efforts were rewarded with a well deserved goal scored by James.