06-Feb-2016 - Bridgwater Ladies 1st 3 v 2 Mid-Somerset 1st (Away)
Finally Bridgwater Ladies claimed three points with a much deserved win. Bridgwater scored early from their first short corner with a deflection from Donna Cooper. Bridgwater held strong for the majority of the first half but a good cross from Mid-Somerset saw a top corner deflection to level the score. Soon after, Bridgwater replied with a solo run from Charlie Lewis making the score 2-1 at half time.
Chances fell to both teams in front of goal but it was Bridgwater that had success scoring their third goal from a short corner, initially saved by the keeper but put in by Donna Cooper. Within the last five minutes, Mid-Somerset claimed a second goal and were looking for an equaliser, but Bridgwater held out for the last few minutes, coming away with a well-deserved win.
Player of the match was shared between Laura Coles and Lucy Burridge.
06-Feb-2016 Bridgwater Mens 3rd 6 v 0 Bristol UWE 3rd (Away)
A win the week before had put Bridgwater into third place with a game in hand, so Saturday was about putting pressure on the team in second. The Bristol UWE team had won the reverse fixture, so Bridgwater knew they needed to be on top form to secure a result.
The weather started badly, but Bridgwater started brightly, combining some excellent passes in midfield and creating good early chances for Tim Sullivan and Tom Lott up front. This pressure brought Bridgwater a short corner, and TomLott scooped a drag flick into the top corner. Bridgwater had taken an early lead and looked to build on this quickly. Passes from Carwyn Jenkins, Mike Date and Dan Pigden exposed the Bristol defence and lead to another short corner. Once again the ball fell to Lott who danced passed the oncoming defender and slotted into the back of the net. Bridgwater went three up with Tim Sullivan finishing another fine move putting Bridgwater firmly in the ascendancy.
Another goal from a short corner was swept across goal by Joe Syvret and finished by Tom Lott at the back post, for a 4-0 halftime score, and some superb defending from Phil Morrish, Dan Buller, Matt Hubbard and Marcus Blyth had ensured that the opposition had barely been allowed out of their own half.
The second half started in the same vein as the first with Bridgwater controlling possession and allowing the opposition no room to manoeuvre. There were many opportunities for Bridgwater to extend the lead, however the Bristol UWE goalkeeper was making some great last ditch saves. Another short corner came Bridgwater's way, and found its way to Syvret at the by-line who teed up Dan Batten, whose slap shot into the far corner found a way past the keeper. A lob from midfield from Phil Morrish was first time reversed by Tom Lott into the path of Tim Sullivan. Tim took control of the ball well and finished with a lovely reverse into the back of the net.
Final score was 6-0 to Bridgwater, putting pressure on second place and cementing third position.
Man of the Match was Carwyn Jenkins who commanded the midfield and made some excellent driving runs.
06-Feb-2016 Bridgwater Mens 5th 2 v 1 Ashmoor 4th (Away)
Bridgwater's 5th team returned to winning ways with a narrow away win at very wet and very windy Ashmoor.
After three heavy defeats, Bridgwater's defence has been used to being under siege, and with Ashmoor dominating the midfield, the defence was called upon right from the outset. Despite Ashmoor dominating possession, Bridgwater's defensive trio of Steve Morrish, Clayton Hobbs and James Kettlewell, backed up by keeper Rob Wood held firm and Ashmoor failed to take advantage. As the half progressed Bridgwater began to get a foothold in the game and took the lead when Lewis Coad and Steve Richards combined to release Ben Squires who in turn set up Jack Dillon to finish from close range. However, Bridgwater's lead was short lived as Ashmoor took advantage of a rare Bridgwater defensive error to pull the home side level within a matter of minutes.
Ashmoor's dominance continued into the second half, but Bridgwater (with a mixture of good fortune and defensive resolution) managed to hold firm. As Ashmoor continued to push forward, Squires took advantage of a defensive slip, to feed Dillon whose cool finish put Bridgwater back into the lead. With a lead to protect, Bridgwater now defended from the front with Ted Kelly and Sam Sweatman looking to chase down every loose ball and with a calm head needed, tAlan Baldwin came on from the dug out to ensure the final few minutes were played out with little chance of an Ashmoor equaliser.
Overall it was a battling performance in adverse weather conditions. Bridgwater's defensive unit put in an outstanding performance and their efforts deserved to be rewarded with the victory.
Player of the Match was shared between James Kettlewell and Jack Dillon.
This week's winning bonus ball - 6th February.... Number 50! I think this means it's a ROLLOVER!
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