21-Nov-2015 Bridgwater Mens 1st 0 v 2 Cardiff and Met 3rd (Away
Bridgwater travelled to Cardiff for what they thought would be a tough game, following last week’s another unfortunate loss. Bridgwater took a squad of twelve with a number of new faces with a debut handed to Sam Broom who ran out Man of the Match.
Bridgwater began looking to stay structured and win and retain possession, but Cardiff set up well with a high press. Bridgwater held their nerve and after five minutes started creating their own chances. With possession picked up in the midfiled, a precision pass to Ben Rogers up front took the ball into the D and hit it beautifully only to stroke the bar. This gave Bridgwater the encouragement to realise that the opposition defence could be broken down.
Bridgwater started to work more attacks with Liam Pigden, Dean Pengelly and Ben Rogers creating several chances. On any any other day this would have delivered goals, but the Cardiff keeper was on fire and seemed nothing would get past him. Ben Rogers rounded the keeper and tried to take the ball under the keeper, but it wasn’t to be and the keeper managed to save. Another chance was a swing and a miss from Dean Pengelly, who despite cricketing skills, failed to convert a bouncing ball in the D.
Cardiff tried to get something in the last ten minutes of the first half, and several short corners were either saved well by Ewan Campbell or Cardiff just off-target, as well as a save on the line from Scott Upham. Ben Roberts picked up possession from a sixteen and looked to start another attack, but turned over posession to the opposition who took advantage with a hit into the D. After hitting several sticks it ended up being passed unintentionally around a stranded keeper, and Cardiff were ahead. A green card for Ben Roberts for a bad tackle the only notable event beofre the halftime whistle.
Bridgwater connfident they had a chance of getting a point or even winning this game and causing a shock to others in the league, as well as winning valuable points in keeping out of the bottom four. It wasn’t long before Cardiff starting pushing high again and within five minutes Cardiff scored their secon. Bridgwater picked their game and Matt Upham made some great runs through the middle, making Cardiff look like they were standing still. A slick reverse pass found Ben Rogers who only had the keeper to beat, put the ball just wide.
Cardiff put in a few some dubious tackles and players voiced concerns about safety despite the match being played in a good spirit. There were some tired Cardiff legs, and it wasn’t long before the umpires took action with a few green cards for swearing and some late tackles. Matt Upham was also a green card victim for voicing his opinion a litte to forcefull to the umpures, but Bridgwater were generally quiet with Cardiff down to nibe players for a spell.
Bridgwater won their first short corner with about ten minutes to go. Ben Rogers stepped up with a drag flick and beat the keeper, but a defender saved on the line. The rebound landed in a group of players and was stopped on the line again by a Cardiff players body, triggering anothr short corner. In the remaining time, Bridgwater had several short corners on target but the Cardiff keeper kept them all out to maintain his clean sheet.
A serious injury to Joe Sibley (a dislocated wrist) prevented Bridgwater having a substitute, and top level debutant Sam Beasley played well in a tough game. Fellow debutant Sam Broom gave a good account of himself in defence to secure the Man of the Match award.
Bridgwater are at home next against Newent - a match they need to target for a win to ensure they stay in the pack of teams in the middle of the league and pull away from the relegation bottom four.
Unfortunate award: Ben Roberts (coach)
21-Nov-2015 - Bridgwater Ladies 1st 1 v 2 Taw Valley 1st (Home)
Bridgwater put in another solid performance but again the luck was with their opponents. A lively start from both teams saw Taw Valley pressure the home goal but keeper Amy Burridge made a run of good saves and interceptions. Play swung in Bridgwater's favour and a right side attack from Becky Oram saw Heidi Martin score from close range.
Taw got a goal early in the second half from open play driving down the middle of the pitch. The remainder of the second half was evenly matched, with both teams pressing forward looking for the winner. With minutes to go and a draw looking the most likely Taw crossed from the baseline and the ball took a cruel deflection past the sprawling Bridgwater keeper for the winning goal.
Player of the match Laura Coles.
21-Nov-2015 - Bridgwater Ladies 2nd 1 v 2 ECV Hornets 2nd (Away)
Bridgwater missed the chance of making it three wins in a row when they lost 2-1 away at Collumpton to ECV Hornets. Disappointingly, Bridgwater had the majority of possession, but couldn’t convert the chances they created.
ECVH went ahead against the run of play from a short corner which crept in at the post - this after Bridgwater had had several opportunities from corners themselves. Bridgwater then suffered a great loss when centre forward Lyn Wood limped off with a suspected torn cartilage. Kath Briggs equalised for Bridgwater after a ball out from defence worked its way up the right wing and Briggs slotted home the cross.
Unfortunately, Bridgwater were caught napping after the restart and ECVH went ahead again almost immediately. Bridgwater continued to press and Briggs was unlucky not to get a second when she found herself 1-on-1 with the keeper. The shot was saved and the rebound could not be converted by the waiting Bridgwater players. Bridgwater will be hoping for a better result next week when they face Taunton Vale at home in a local derby.
Player of the match was Kat Male
21-Nov-2015 Bridgwater Mens 3rd 8 v 2 Firebrands 4th (Away)
The last few weeks have resulted in the team languishing near the bottom of the league. A few poor results and a team dropping out of the league had changed Bridgwater’s fortunes from the early season..
Bridgwater started quickly and a first time reverse from Will Pope was taken down well by Tom Lott who finished expertly under the goalkeepers legs. The second quickly followed as a wide ball in was finished with a deft touch from Lott, his second in quick succession. A third goal came from an acute angle. Dan Batten admitting that a cross may have been the original intention.
Despite the three goals shortly into the first half, Firebrands were knocking the ball around well. This possession game did result in a few chances, and a couple of excellent sliding tackles from Brandon Durkin in the Bridgwater goal prevented any opportunities being converted ito goals. A short corner was awarded to Firebrands, which crawled across the line despite the best efforts of the Bridgwater defence. A reply was soon to follow - Paul Bond was positioned well at the back post to finish, putting the cross overt the goal line. Another goal before half time left Bridgwater in a commanding position, a surging run through midfield was finished once again by Lott. At half time the score was 5-1 to Bridgwater, more of the same was required in the second half, to build on the lead.
The second half started with Bridgwater throwing the kitchen sink at the Firebrands goal. Good saves were produced by the opposition keeper and the post also prevented a goal. Finally Jordan Rawles found a way past the opposition keeper with a well-placed finish. A goal for Will Pope was on the cards all day, and finally he got his just rewards with a diving finish at the back post from Lott's cross. An aerial was intercepted by Dan Batten, with Pope pouncing on the loose ball and setting up Lott for his fourth goal of the game
Man of the Match was Will Pope - his work-rate was tireless all game, with multiple assists and a goal to round off his performance,
21-Nov-2015 Bridgwater Mens 5th 0 v 3 East Devon 5th (Away)
Bridgwater travelled to East Devon in The GoCrea8 Hockey League South East 3 division, with a late change of time and venue but managed to get the same team together. With a cold and crisp wind whistling through Exeter, hockey weather had finally arrived.
Bridgwater started well and on the front foot but Jack Dillon, Will Kelly and Dan Pigden couldn't quite beat the oppositionkeeper. Kev Hicks, Steve Morrish, James Kettlewell and Alex Howe supported sturdy a defence with stand in Keeper Luke Hendrie against an experienced East Devon attack. Lewis Coad, Dom Court and George King helped on the wings and drove the ball forward, but against the run of play a short was awarded to East Devon. Bridgwater couldn't clear the ball and East Devon slotted the ball home with their first attack. Bridgwater thought they had equalised from Dillon as Kettlewell did well with a short corner, but the umpire determined that the ball hadn't left the ‘D’ and the goal was disallowed. Bridgwater continued to push forward chasing a goal but the changes of Sam Sweatman, Stephen Richards and Tom Syvret couldn't create the breakthrough. Just before half time East Devon were awarded another short corner that was skillfully flicked for their second goal. Bridgwater found themsleves two goals down at the break, despite having more that 80% of the play in the oposition half.
So a short halftime discussion and a couple of tweaks to the line up allowed Bridgwater to again start strong. Pigden and Court both pressed forward and created a hatful of chances. As Dillon, Court, Pigden, Sweatman, Hicks all had attempts but they could not beat a debutant keeper who was in outstanding form. Court hit both posts but this was a day when Bridgwater had no luck. There was some brilliant, flowing play from back to front by Bridgwater, who were within a whisker of a couple of text book coaching goal. At the same time Kettlewell, Hendrie, Howe and Syvret were key at the back as they broke down a flurry of East Devon breakaways. Disappointingly for Bridgwater, East Devon showed the better finish as they tapped into an empty net with five minutes to go. Bridgwater continued to press forward it was not destined to be their day.
Despite a dominating performance Bridgwater couldn't finish and all that was missing from a very good performance was a goal.
Man of the match went to Dom Court, with Dan Pigden a close second.
This week's winner 21st November.... Number 18! Fletch wins the £25 prize.
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