Bridgend completed the long journey to Chippenham with a thinly stretched squad, knowing the quality of the opposition it was going to be a physical as well as mental challenge for the 11 players. Although the game was open with chances at either end it was clinical finishing from Chippenham which made the difference. The home team capitalised on errors from Bridgend to convert whereas the ravens struggled to find the back of the net. Bridgend set up with their zonal defence allowing Chippenham possession but preventing them from moving the ball forward into dangerous positions. Chippenham’s patience ran out as they tried to force the ball wide and passes went straight through gaps which allowed Bridgend to intercept and counter-attack. James Griffiths and Osian Jones gave everything as the lone strikers chasing the ball hard to pressurise the Chippenham defence throughout the game. This allowed the wide players in the Bridgend midfield, Paul Jones and Jon Rubery to squeeze in and assist the central midfielders blocking Chippenham’s attacks. Bridgend lined up with new boy Matt Wooster controlling the Kiwi at left back and John Woodward on the right. Throughout the game these three stuck to their task of man marking the Chippenham forwards closely.
Mancunian Santa wannabe tribute act Ross Shaw provided the link between defence and the Bridgend midfield, he failed to complete any passes to the Chippenham team this week which in turn enabled Rob Evans and Michael Hodges to provide a constant threat to the Chippenham team. Chippenham quickly identified the Bridgend youngster as their main danger and attempted to break down play with a combination of physical and agricultural challenges throughout the game, the majority of which going unpunished prevented Bridgend from building any consistent pressure. Despite this Bridgend maintained their efforts until the end winning a series of short corners and looking far more threatening with what was probably the strongest starting 11 this year, several shots came very close and one deflected off the crossbar.
BRIDGEND 8 v CARDIFF 3
After a defeat last week against the students of Cardiff Uni, Bridgend knew a win was the only outcome that was needed and after a dominant performance ran out comfortable winners against the men from the capital.
The sprightly veteran Iain Whitelock turned back the clock with a hat-trick, while Rhys Owen also contribute three from well finished short corner routines. With goals from Nick Anthony and Jason Arnold also adding to the home side’s tally they secured an 8-3 victory for Bridgend who got into another must win match against Cheltenham next weekend in good spirits.
Llan & Caerphilly 0 Bridgend 3s 9. A game that puts the 3s top of the league. Llan had bought a new keeper and it’s their keeper that was man of the match. This was a comprehensive display by Bridgend only denied double figures by said keeper. We started strong. What is now internationally known and recognised as the Bridge 3s press immediately forced Llan back and the first goal was scored. Wave after wave of Bridgend attacks were denied by some great goalkeeping but on the first short corner a cute move saw the ball go to right slip back to the penalty spot for the bridge capo to beat the keeper. Half time was 3-0. After some wise words from Mr S Murphy at half time we went hard second half. 6 goals were scored, 3 within 5 minutes of each other. Special mention must go to Jon Wilks, Adam Knapp and Ross Allen who all scored a brace and who all owe a jug at the end of season do for jug avoidance. The news that top of the league Neath lost makes this result even more important. Whilst a long way to go Bridgend can take confidence into the next game v Swansea.
Bridgend 2. Carmarthen 4
Bridgend welcomed Carmarthen to pencoed for their 3rd encounter of the season.
Carmarthen started strongly and put the Bridgend defence under pressure who stood strong and broke up any attack that come at them.
Bridgend started to pass the ball around the midfield of dafydd , James Louis,Dan and made Carmarthen back track to defend.after some pressure from Carmarthen Bridgends defence of John Thomas Derek Dave and John stoodley and keeper cliff Harrison failed to brake down one of the many attacks they had to face and Carmarthen scored.
Bridgend restarted the game and with some quick passing Bridgend got into the Carmarthen’s goal area Daniel stoodley passed the ball to nick Allen who put the ball passed the keeper to score for Bridgend .
After another couple of attacks Carmarthen scored their second goal 1-2 at half time.
Second half started with Carmarthen coming out fast to put Bridgend under pressure as they did in the first half .
The game was played from end to end with Carmarthen getting 2 more goals just before the end of the game Daniel received the ball in is own half and ran the length of the pitch leaving the Carmarthen players in his wake and shooting from the tightest of angles to score for Bridgend.
Well played dafydd who ran the centre of midfield jack who kept putting Carmarthen’s defence under pressure and super sub on his second senior game thomas