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After a week off, the youthful 5s hoped to capitalise on their
continued improvement throughout the season, and came up against a strong Sidmouth & Ottery side who aren’t top of the league for nothing. Until the morning of the game there was 9 bodies that
were ready for the battle, including a 10th with injured skipper Morrish ready to get his kit on. However due to popular demand, he was stood down as three players popped up and helped out.
The game started with both teams looking to press forward but it was clear from the start that it was going to be a tough day at the office for Bridgwater and the back three of Rowan ‘My word he's grown in two weeks’ James, Jim ‘the legend’ Smith, with late comer Dan ‘Oh Flippety Heck’ Buller, proved that by making some solid tackles. It wasn’t all doom and gloom however as Ben ‘Silky’ Sims gave Bridgwater some experience in the middle of the park, which allowed Connor ‘Hooray, I can play this week’ Gillespie and Toby ‘The Dark’ Knight some freedom to play their own games. Mark ‘Justin’ Beebe and Sam ‘the haircut’ Thomas filled in the wings really well and helped in attack and defence, with the latter looking to have finally been put into the right position, silly Skipper.
Unfortunately the nous, guile and skill of Sidmouth & Ottery was better than Bridgwater's and they took the lead with a fine finish. But the Christian ‘Bale’ Durkin pulled off some magnificent saves that kept Bridgy in the game. The joker in the pack this week was Steve ‘Windy’ Miller with his partner in crime Harvey ‘Baby Face’ Larcombe who caused problems for the Sidmouth & Ottery defence but couldn’t quite force the ball home. But a solid defence of Smith, James and Buller were again breached by some more Sidmouth & Ottery skill and the visiting team went into the half two up.
Just after the start of the second half, a club legend and Larcombe supporter popped along to watch. Match ball sponsor and former skipper, Roy ‘Balls’ Pumfrey was there to help encourage and push the 5s along.
Knowing that a physical battle was on, Bridgwater pressed forward with their pace and passing, hopefully getting a goal that was there, just needed to be taken. Geoff Banham came on for the start of the half. Thomas was showing his improvement in the second half, tackling back, pushing forward and creating chances. Knight was riding high, as he looked cool, calm and composed as Smith, Banham and Sims all pressed forward to try and get something from the game. But there was a mismatch in size, which Sidmouth & Ottery exploited well and scored two goals, one of which was a fantastic strike from the top of the D.
Sims continued his magic in the middle.
Keeper Durkin proved how much he has also improved as he pulled off some cracking saves. The defence was now high and James along with Thomas and Miller made some crucial tackles. Then in a moment of madness Dan Buller was put up top, he had a nose bleed and missed his first pass. But as this 'isn’t the world cup' things were moved around and pressure was built up on Sidmouth & Ottery as Bridgwater’s passing game looked smooth as Beebe and Miller took the running on the right, with Smith’s fine through ball finding Buller and causing much excitement. On the sidelines, the crowd was screaming for a goal, and the Sidmouth & Ottery defender couldn’t close down Buller, whose reverse strike (which was not going wide according to some, the tennis nets to the right of the goal begged to differ) found the top of the net. A SCREAMER causing wild celebrations on the side line. Mr Pumfrey continued his support, egging the team on and late chances fell to Miller, Beebe, Knight and Larcombe who all came close. The game ended 4-1 to the opposition.
The 5s can be proud of what they achieved so far this year. The start of the season they were convincingly beaten by this team - and the improvements from all are marked and the future looks bright.
Man of the match was close with Dan Buller voting for himself, but MOM was Sam Thomas for his fighting
display. Miller and Knight came a close second.
Many thanks to match ball sponsor, Roy Pumfrey.
Sunday 16 February 2018
England Hockey Mixed Cup
Firebrands 9, Bridgwater 0
Bridgwater's mixed team travelled to Firebrands for the next round of the Cup, again preparing to play opposition in the top division. After an even start, it was Firebrands who got the first real opportunity of the game when they were awarded a penalty flick after a deflection struck captain Rob Morrish on the facemask whilst on the line. However the score remained level as keeper Amy Burridge made one of numerous saves that afternoon. Bridgwater continued to battle and play well in the first half but were unfortunate to go in at half time three goals down, with the goals coming from short corners.
The second half played out in a similar fashion with both sides creating chances. However it seemed all the fortune was with Firebrands as Bridgwater saw at least four chances cleared off the line with some great last ditch defending - Lucy Burridge was particularly unfortunate not to grab at least one goal. Firebrands continued to use their experience to win short corners and another penalty flick which this time they converted, and with a combination of more fitness and fortune they ended up running out 9-0 winners a score which flattered the Premiership side.
Bridgwater can hold their heads up high after playing well in the competition against sides much higher than them and can use this
experience to show they can compete against higher opposition.
Player of the Match was Amy Burridge
The Club will be holding an “Auction of Promises” Night on Saturday 3rd March at The Admiral’s Landing, Bridgwater Docks, starting at 7.00 pm.
We would like all club members to pledge an item, a prize, or a commitment to do something, however small or large, to be auctioned on the evening.
This is the Club's most important fund raising event by far - and it helps to keep subscriptions and match fees down. Please let your captain or a Committee member know what you'd like to pledge as soon as you can, and by 24th February at the latest. You can download the form below, and there will be some paper copies around over the next few weeks.
If you need any ideas for a promise, please talk to your captain or a Committee member. Try to ensure that you come along on the night, bringing any friends or family, to help raise money for the Club. Bring along a cheque book or cash, as we will need to collect the money on the night.
GoCrea8 Hockey League
The Mens 2s welcomed Shepton Mallet to Bridgwater, on a cold wet day on Saturday, and the game was well balanced with both teams creating chances. It was Shepton who were the first to make a breakthrough. This came from a break away goal, calmly placed past the Bridgwater keeper. The first goal quickly became two, leaving a hard task for Bridgwater to come back into the game, and this is how it remained until half time.
Bridgwater knew they had their work cut out to get a result from the game, and made some positional changes to try and gain control. It took a while but a well worked move from a long corner saw the ball played into Simon Burland who hit a reverse shot into the bottom corner. Bridgwater hoped this was going to be the start of the come back, but it was not to be. Due to tired legs and minds a poor defensive error lead to Shepton Mallet creating a great opening which they scored from. With not much time left Bridgwater had to attack, and a great run from his own half saw Ted Kelly run past numerous Shepton players to get into the D and play a brilliant ball to Aaron Turner for a tap in.
The game then came to an end with a disappointing 2 -3 loss for Bridgwater, who have to pick their heads up for next week and look to end the season on the right track.
Man of the Match was Ted Kelly.
Bridgwater 4s entertained Yeovil 3s at home. Captain Kev Hicks returning from two weeks injured, changed to an attacking formation with only two central defenders at the back, thanks to the late inclusion of James Kettlewell. The intention was to swamp a generally goal hungry Yeovil right from the start. This worked well and despite the occasional attack from Yeovil, Bridgwater dominated the first half which ended 3-0.
With strong midfield performances from Mike Eele, Tyler Fagan, and Paul Blackmore throughout the game, Bridgwater started the second half in the same way scoring a fourth goal early on, followed by the inevitable fifteen minute glitch in the plan when Yeovil threw everything forward and managed to pull two goals back. Steve Pigden played in nearly every position on the pitch as Bridgwater tried to stem the flow of attacks.
Bridgwater showed a lot of character and turned the game around again. They shut up shop at the back and scored a further four times before the final whistle. This was a strong team performance and Steve Wilson and Steve Turvey up front netted four goals between them. Tyler Coleman and Aiden Casey played well on the wings, and Stradling and McNeill worked hard to fulfil their new roles as wing backs.A mixed bag of goals came from Turvey, Wilson (3), Coleman, and Eele (2).
Bridgwater deserved the win and they now find themselves at 4th in the table, with a game at ECV Hornets next week where a win would take them into third place.
Man of the match went to young Tyler Coleman who had his strongest game for the 4s so far and was rewarded with a late goal himself.
As part of the preparation for the new season, the team selection policy has been updated and re-issued by the Committee.
It is available on the website here, and is used as guidance to all captains when selecting players for Bridgwater teams.
Membership Forms for this season now online. If you're an existing member, and you've signed up to emails from the club, then you should receive an email from Sue Chaplin, the Membership Secretary. If nothing has changed, then if you confirm by email, then there is no need to complete a new form.
|Club Officers 2017/18|
|Club Captain||Steve Turvey|
|Fixture Secretary - Men||Rob Morrish|
|Fixture Secretary - Ladies||Julie Morrish|
|General Committee||Geoff Banham|
|Press and Communications
|Social Secretary||Karen Chilcott|
|Welfare Officer||Sheila Burridge|
|Youth Representative||Will Kelly|
|Disciplinary Officer||Marcus Blyth|
|1st Ladies||Cass Walker|
|2nd Men||Mike Morrish|
|2nd Ladies||Clare Wilson|
|3rd Men||Phil Morrish|
Kev Hicks *
|5th Men||Steve Morrish|
|* co-opted by the committee after the AGM|
|Adult Playing Member||£70 *|
|Non-playing/social Member||£25 *|
|Student member||£40 *|
|*to be paid or standing order in place by 31 October|
|Students and Juniors||£5|
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