GoCrea8 Hockey League
Sidmouth & Ottery 5th 3, Bridgwater Mens 5th 0
This week it was clear that too many turkeys, chocolate and shandies were had by all, as sore heads may have accounted for
several last minute changes. Many thanks to Noel Smith and Mark Seaward for stepping in at the last minute to help get 11 onto the pitch, including a keeper.
The second half of the season involves playing all teams twice more, so Bridgwater travelled to Sidmouth & Ottery to play the top of the table team. The game was end to end, with mince pies
causing Steve Morrish a few issues as he couldn’t quite figure out who was on his team. Ted Kelly and Toby Knight looked far more mature and started off really well in the middle, with Steve Miller
and Nikita Cernikovs playing well on the wings getting up and down. Noel Smith played well up front, pressing and harrying the defence with young Harvey “1D” Larcombe coming close to opening the
scoring. Sidmouth & Ottery were able to create their own chances and despite Jim Smith, Rowan James, James Kettlewell and Morrish defending, they were able to get some shots off that were well
saved by Seaward. Cernikovs, Miller and Larcombe all came close to scoring for Bridgwater with Kelly who missed a shot that was well saved by the keeper. The back and forth game ended up with some
tired legs in the 5s as the Christmas period started to take its toll - Sidmouth & Ottery’s pressure finally told and they went a goal up with just two minutes before half time.
The second half started with a quick Sidmouth & Ottery goal that seemed to spur Bridgwater into life. Kelly and Knight started to dominate in the midfield as their younger legs began to expose
Sidmouth & Ottery in the middle. But the opposition were always set up for the counter attack and with Kettlewell off the pitch for a few minutes, they pounced and scored a third. Bridgwater
fought until the end, and despite Knight now playing a mixed defence, midfield and attack role, with Jim Smith and Morrish pressing forward they couldn’t get the elusive goal that they did deserve.
Seaward continued to impress with some cracking saves.
First game back after Christmas, too much Turkey, last minute changes and only 11 players with two debuts against, top of the table, the young 5s looked good.
Thanks to Mark Hutter for the loan of goal keeping kit, and Phil Morrish for the loan of some astro shows - keeping the 5s
show on the road!
Man of the Match was Toby Knight who tracked back and had a consistently good game.
Sunday 14 January 2017
Yeovil & Sherborne 5, Bridgwater 1
Bridgwater travelled to Yeovil to take on Yeovil & Sherborne in the opening round of the Somerset Cup. The opposition
are in the division above, so it was always going to be a stiff challenge. So it proved, with Yeovil & Sherborne stretching out with three unanswered goals in the first half.
The second half was more even, though, with Bridgater grabbing a goal back through the hard-working Andy Taylor. The home
team added two more in the half, to run out comfortable winners. All in all, a good workout for Bridgwater, ahead of the first post-holiday league match A good workout from a team that are in a
higher division for their first league match of the year, at home against Chippenham, to try and avenge a defeat from the away match earlier in the season.
Under 12 Hockey Festival - Bruton
After the long drive to Bruton the Bridgwater Unnder 12 squad were both excited and nervous, lined up to play five games on
a very chilly Sunday. This was the first tournament for many but they all slotted into their roles and listened well to coach Dan Pigden.
Game 1 saw the group play against a strong Cheddar Valley A Team and although Lucas Hobbs and Oliver Mackay linked well, driving the ball forward, without a goal keeper it was always going to be
difficult, and the result was a loss - 4-0. Lesson 1 - stick close with attackers as they move into the D.
After a break and the arrival of Oscar and Edward Taylor straight off the rugby pitch, Game 2 against Yeovil & Sherborne 2 was a much closer affair. Oscar stepped into goal, Oliver moved into
defence and Jess Oram, Jasmine Tucker and Sid Munt put in a solid performance. Several shots at the opposition goalkeeper were either saved or just went wide. A quick break by the Yeovil forwards saw
the ball threaded through the defence and past the keeper for 1-0. Lesson 2 - move into wider positions and use space on the pitch.
Game 3 against Chard saw Lucy Bremner and Holly Evans in midfield make some strong interceptions and try to release the ball
forward. Shots on goal and improved possession with some amazing saves from Oscar kept the game end to end. Arden Kehoe along with Abby Reid and Edward Taylor worked hard to stop the Chard
players getting into the D. However a quick break led to the first Chard goal, followed quickly by a second when the Chard player reacted quicker than Bridgwater. Oscar made a great save but the
loose ball was followed up and popped into the goal. 2-0 loss. Lesson 3 - react quickly to the situations on pitch.
Game 4 against a strong Civil service squad, saw heroics by Lucas Hobbs as he used his clever stickwork to get into shooting space. Despite an injury to his hand he had several shots on goal which
went agonisingly wide. The 2-0 loss score line did not do justice to the huge improvement in play.
In the fifth and final game, the Bridgwater played the Cheddar Valley B team (with several from the A team). Here everything
clicked, players in better defending positions, strong tackles and distribution into space, hard running and again shots on goal. No goal scored but 'your best performance' said coach
Well done to all involved - lots to work on but the effort and enthusiasm shown by all will bring improvements quickly in
the rest of the season. Thanks to parents for their support on the day and the long drive there and back!