2017/18 Match Reports

Saturday 17 March 2018
 
GoCrea8 Hockey League
Bridgwater Mens 1st 3, Taunton Vale 3rd 0
 
Bridgwater welcomed local rivals Taunton Vale in blistering cold weather with a few snow showers during the game. With the pitch being like a sand pit at present, conditions were hard to play in. But the conditions were to present a tougher challenge than the opposition, and Bridgwater cantered to a 3-0 win without needing to play their best hockey.
 
Bridgwater gave their all throughout with two goals from Todd Barrett from short corner deflections, and one for Will Pope who worked tirelessly throughout and had his best game of the season. 
 
Bridgwater had a few scares but were able to handle them efficiently. This should have been their last game of the season, but with the recent snow cancellation, they will finish their campaign next week at home to Somerset Gryphons. 
 
A special thanks to all supporters who stayed out in the freezing cold. 
 
Man of the match Will Pope.
 
West Clubs Women's Hockey League
Bridgwater Ladies 1st 0,  Winscombe 1st 2
 
The Ladies 1s faced their second top of the league opponents in recent times, having successfully knocked Robinsons off their perch recently. Unfortunately, history wasn’t going to repeat itself as they lost a closely fought game 2-0. After a strong, gritty display in the first half, a five minute spell of Winscombe dominance allowed them to take the win.
 
Player of the match was Heidi Martin with a resilient midfield display.
 

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Bristol University 5th 1,  Bridgwater Mens 2nd 2
 
After a delay to the start of the game, the got underway with players wearing a lot more layers than usual due the the cold night. Bridgwater started off brighter with a couple of good breakaway chances which just went wide, and then managed to get the breakthrough goal from a short corner strike from Will Kelly. A few more squandered chances Bridgwater meant that Bridgwater went into the break only a goal ahead.
 
The second half saw much of the same with some great pressure starting from the forwards forcing Bristol Uni into making errors, leading to another short corner which was eventually converted by Jamie Fudge, after the original shot by Aaron Turner was well saved. This saw Bristol Uni push for a goal to get back into the game, and this came with a breakaway attack down the right with a cross that was badly defended - the the ball falling kindly for the Bristol Uni striker who squeezed it in. This then left a nervous last 15 minutes for Bridgwater but they managed to hold on for a narrow victory with a few flakes of snow falling.

Man of the Match went to Lewis Coad 
 
West Clubs Women's Hockey League
White Eagles 2nd 4,  Bridgwater Ladies 2nd 1
 

The Ladies 2 team visited Tiverton to play a very tough game against second in the league White Eagles 2nd. The opposition were very strong right from the beginning, putting Bridgwater on the defensive. At 3-0 down in the first half, Bridgwater managed to win a short corner and Elesi Ryder scored taking the score to 3-1 at half time.

 

White Eagles 2 were just as strong in the second half, and following some fantastic defensive play from Hilary McNeill and player of the match Elesi Ryder, White Eagles managed to score a fourth goal. Bridgwater had a few chances in the second half with Rose Baker passing the ball through to the forwards but unfortunately Bridgwater were unable to capitalise on this. The final score being 4-1 to White Eagles 2.

 

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Bridgwater Mens 3rd 1, Old Bristolians 3rd 6
 
The overall result did not do justice to Bridgwater’s performance. Old B’s ultimately were far more clinical in their finishing. Bridgwater found themselves 2-0 down before a great team goal was subtly finished by Ted Kelly who gently lifted the ball over the advancing opposition keeper. The score was 2-1 going into half time with Bridgwater definitely on the up.
 
The second half saw Bridgwater very much in the mix, but playing with a very open defence which basically was their undoing as Old B’s managed to beat Bridgwater’s keeper (who did make several good saves!) and Bridgwater failing to hit the target.
 
The failure to secure a win in this game unfortunately means the team has 'secured' relegation with one game remaining to pay.
 
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Taunton Vale 5th 5, Bridgwater Mens 4th 2
 
The Mens 4s were shocked by rivals Taunton Vale, losing 5-2. With other results going their way, teh 4s still held on to 4th spot with one game left to play, and so will be looking to tie that one up next week. The goals came from Tyler Charlie Breslin and new signing Conor 'Conkz' Neal, with Conrad Butt taking player of the match.
 
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East Devon 5th 2, Bridgwater Mens 5th 2
 
So this was to be the end of an epic, season-long journey that started by playing in sultry 25 degree heat and ended in conditions that a even a new born polar bear cub would have been comfortable in. Yes it was cold and snowing, but it was the last game so it was just about bearable. No last minute changes this week, so it was all good.
 
The 4th placed team was to play the 3rd placed team in the league, with both teams looking to end the season on a high. The Bridgwater team was packed full of regular youth, with a small dash of over 20s. This week it was young Harvey ‘Top Poacher’ Larcombe’s time to lead the line, supported by ‘The Assist King’ with ‘The Haircut’ Sam Thomas and Matt ‘Blackhawk’ Graham bombing down the right. Both teams were at it from the off, mostly running to keep warm, as both sides wanted to end the season with a win. The front two and the wingers were causing a lot of hassle, but it was the midfield trio of Jim ‘GET YOUR FEET AROUND’ Smith, Nikita ‘3 Languages’ Cernikovs with Toby ‘The Pocket Rocket’ Knight playing really well and creating chances as well as doubling back to defend. It was Bridgwater who broke the deadlock with a slick move as Miller shot at goal and Larcombe claimed the goal just before it crossed the line. Miller was not happy. But, hey, Bridgwater were ahead in the last game of the season.
 
This brought East Devon to life as they started to press forward, Christian ‘The Wall’ Durkin made some classy saves, ably supported by his mum who was kicking every kick with him. Rowan ‘Please Stop Growing’ James, Will ‘The Green Card’ Baldwin and James ‘White Van Man’ Kettlewell, with support from the midfield, all tried to keep East Devon at bay, but unfortunately with a mix of sticks and bodies, East Devon got a deserved equaliser. Both teams were going hammer and tongs at this point as Steve ‘The Hand’ Morrish put Thomas through on goal who came very close. Top scorer, Kettlewell, had several chances from short corners which Knight (of the Realm) placed expertly on the end of his stick, only to miss by the smallest of margins. East Devon should have gone one up just before the half but Durkin was on FYRA!
 
A cheeky three minute half time followed in the Exeter tundra with a chat about how great a season this has been and how we all want to end it on a high. Both teams pressed and harried the other with Miller, Knight and Cernikovs all coming close. Smith was running the middle, with Kettlewell pinging the ball from one end of the pitch to the other. Baldwin and James (Rowan) at the back both looked superb as they tackled hard, posted up well and pressed, leaving Durkin with not a lot to do. But then the unthinkable, an East Devon long ball missed the sticks of the defence and with the cry of ‘take the shot then’ from a beleaguered Bridgwater player, the East Devon striker obliged, burying the shot.
 
Hmmm, back to square one. With this 'not being the world cup' and wanting to 'end on a high' Bridgwater changed tack and pressed high and hard. Miller literally ran the astro off the pitch, with Cernikovs and Knight battling in the middle and winning a lot of ball. Morrish narrowly missed due to a fine save, but it was Graham who was bombarding down the right, with Thomas down the left. Bridgwater wanted to win this so needed a goal and fast. A good bit of link up, with a crisp pass from Miller led to a 1-on-1 with the opposition keeper and Cernikovs, who superbly nutmegged the keeper to score a vital goal. With the game level and both teams going at it, gaps were opening and Smith was determined to let it be Bridgwater’s day. But alas despite some last minute drama where Bridgwater could have snuck it, a draw was called at the final whistle.
 
Man of the match was won by a strand of his own hair by Jim Smith. Toby Knight, Nikita Cernikovs and Sam Thomas all came second.
 
A quality performance by the future of the club. Thank you to all who have helped out this year, be it driving, supporting or making sure we have 11 out on Saturday. Also many thanks to the kids, who have been really committed and without whom there wouldn’t be a team As captain and narrator, I couldn’t be prouder of what you have done as well as what you have achieved. A good solid mid-table finish against peers with what I believe to be a record points haul - so be proud.
 
Remember you can achieve anything, so aim for it. You're all a quality crew, no matter what level you are, never let anyone tell you that you are not good enough because YOU ARE!
 
I look forward to seeing you in the 1/2/3s in the near future.
 
The Steve.
 
Saturday 10 March 2018
 
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City Of Bath 2nd 4,  Bridgwater Mens 1st 5
 
Bridgwater made the journey to Bath and with only three games left the target was to win them all. It was Bath who struck first to take the early lead. Skipper Tom Lott was to strike back with his first of the day with a flick from a short corner, and he would get his second not long after from another short corner. Bridgwater looked in control of the game but Bath looked dangerous every time they attacked mainly down to their skilful danger man.
 
A lapse of concentration near the end of the first half enabled Bath to draw level and the score stayed the same for the remainder of the half.
 
After the break Bridgwater came out confident that they would win the game and with Lott  getting his hat-trick from another short corner it started a run of goals for both teams. Bath levelled before  Mulberry Threlfall-Eyres scored (second game in a row for him) put Bridgwater back in front. Bath again levelled at four apiece, and with time running out it looked like a draw was on the cards. Then up stepped Josh Gale with a mazey run and finish to get the winner.
 
Man of the match - Tom Lott
 
West Clubs Women's Hockey League
Taunton Vale 3rd 1,  Bridgwater Ladies 1st 4
 
In this local derby, Bridgwater opened the game with plenty of pressure on their opponents.  Within five minutes they were a goal up from a tap in by Sapphy Reed-Yang.  Yang's second came from great link up play in midfield - Laura Coles to Sue Chaplin and on to Lucy Burridge then touched in by Yang, which saw the ball in the net from just three passes.  Bridgwater eased back at the end of the first half and gave away a sloppy goal to Vale.
The second half was all one way traffic from Bridgwater.  Their third came from Laura Coles who touched the ball in at the back post.  The fourth was deflected in by Sheila Burridge from a strong cross by Coles on the right wing.  Bridgwater put the ball in the net a fifth time from a top D shot by Charlotte East but was deemed to be outside the circle so disallowed.  Bridgwater move to fifth in the table with three games left.  They meet top of the table Winscombe at home next week.
 

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Bridgwater Mens 2nd 5, Firebrands 5th 1
 
The Mens 2s eased past Firebrands, with a 5-1 win at home. With Will Kelly bagging himself four goals and Alfie Threlfall noe, the win was always expected.
 
Man of the match was Paul Bond
 
 
West Clubs Women's Hockey League
Bridgwater Ladies 2nd 3,  Taunton Vale 5th 1
 

The Ladies 2s were confident this week that they would get the three points from Taunton Vale 5s. This showed during the game with the midfield of Jenny Hayden-Briffet, Rose Baker and Danni Morgan pushing forward from the push back. Tracy Gue did a great job pushing the ball forward and getting the ball out wide to help the Bridgwater attack. Bridgwater's first goal came from some great play in the middle with Rose Baker scoring.Vale then had a lot of possession but the defence of Rachel Higgs, Bridget Headaux, Niamh Dillon and and Hilary McNeil did well to stop these attacks. Bridgwater's second came from a well worked long corner between Rose Baker and Clare Wilson, getting the ball into the D for Jess Shobbrook to score.


Bridgwater found themselves three up with in minutes of the second half starting with a good team goal working the ball around the pitch and into the D for Jess Shobbrook to score her second of the game. With Bridgwater pushing up high, Vale then found themselves 1-on1 with the keeper and scored their first goal. Karen Chilcott had another good performance in goal making some vital saves with Kashi Morrish supporting and saving a ball of the line. Lauren Morrish made a good run through the middle getting a short corner for her efforts. Kate Ward's shot was stopped on the line by a Vale foot and Bridgwater were awarded a penalty flick. Clare Wilson took the flick but it was saved by the keeper.


Bridgwater won the game 3-1 with a great all round team performance.
 

Player of the Match: Tracy Gue 

 
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Keynsham 1st  7, Bridgwater Mens 3rd 2
 
Another journey to Bristol to play a team chasing promotion saw Bridgwater have a better than anticipated performance.  Keynsham pressured from the off and only managed to breech the Bridgwater defence once in the first quarter. After 20 minutes Bridgwater might have had a penalty stroke awarded as Marcus Blyth had a swept shot saved by a defender’s foot by the right post but only received a short corner.  Soon after a Keynsham defensive clearance was picked up by Rich Biddle on the right wing who after running and beating the opposition’s best player twice blasted a great shot past the keeper. Unfortunately the equaliser woke the opposition up and they scored 2 more before the half time break.
 
Throughout the second half the game ebbed and flowed but Keynsham’s superior firepower and ability to change gear when necessary kept them well ahead of Bridgwater. Sam Uminski capped off a fine performance with a scrambled goal from a broken down short corner.
 
Men of the Match: Rich Biddle and Sam Uminski
 
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Bridgwater Mens 4th 1,  East Devon 4th 4
 
The mens 4s ended up on the wrong side of a 4-1 scoreline, against runaway leaders of the division East Devon. Despite the loss, they’re still set to finish strongly with a very respectable top four finish if they win their next two games.
 
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Bridgwater Mens 5th 2,  ISCA 6th 5
 
This game was due to be the last game of the season for the 5s, but due to sub zero temperatures and something called snow, the season has been extended by one week to finish next weekend instead. Turns out it is a good job too.
 
As is tradition these days a couple of last minute changes led to the broken hand of Steve Morrish seeking approval to play 24 hours in advance. Joys of being captain, organiser, general monkey and serial late night turner upper. The pitch hadn’t been affected by the weather, it was freshly rejuvenated and resembled more of a beach.
 
So ISCA turned up with 13, but strangely no keeper. So who was to win this game? ISCA had an on field advantage and with age as well as wisdom they looked to exploit a young Bridgwater side. Bridgwater tried to strike first but Harvey Larcombe only narrowly missed the target. But ISCA had some quality in their side with some youth and they pressed forward and struck the first blow despite Christian Durkin making some good saves. Dan Buller, James Kettlewell and Rowan James all battled hard in defence, but ISCA couldn’t be contained as they pressed forward to a 3-0 lead. Some ill discipline hit hard with Bridgwater down to 10 men, but youth Sam Thomas, Toby Knight, Nikita Cernikovs and Matt Graham showed how it should be done as they created chances for Ben Sims, Larcombe and Simon Burland, but ISCA couldn’t be beaten.
 
So frustration was setting in as Bridgwater couldn’t get through, down to ten men people joyous times were being had. Even the fans were getting annoyed!

Second half started much brighter, with Bridgwater finding red shirts and playing some good hockey. Sims was key with great support from Knight, Thomas, Cernikovs and Graham who wanted to help to get something positive from the game. Larcombe did score, but it was disallowed due to the ball not leaving the D. DOH. But some excellent moves led to Sims getting a goal. Durkin and the defence were doing their best at the other end, with little Durk making some crucial saves and blocks. ISCA capitalised on some lack of Bridgwater defence as BWHC went to get more goals, they left gaps. ISCA got 2 more, but the half was to end in a good positive as Burland scored which meant that the second half ended 2-2, to give ISCA a 5-2 win.
 
Goes to show how much a week off does to you and your fitness!
 
Men of the match was shared between three: Sam Thomas, Toby Knight and Christian Durkin. Well done, one more game to go, let's end the season mid-table on a high!
 
Match ball sponsored by Roy Pumphrey.
 
 
Saturday 22 February 2018
 
GoCrea8 Hockey League
Team Bath Buccs 5th  3,  Bridgwater Mens 1st 3
 
Bridgwater went into Saturday's game hoping to get another three points. With a nervy first ten minutes, it was Bridgwater trying to adapt to a bouncy pitch. Unfortunately they couldn’t get their game going and with some poor defending they found themselves two goals down at half time.
 
The team was keen to turn this round, and Bridgwater were firing on all cylinders from the start in the second half, taking the pressure to the Bath Buccs team. It was Josh Gale that found himself dribbling through the D to lay a pass off to Tom Lott who slotted the ball past the keeper. Bridgwater then seemed to control the match with some excellent defending from the Morrish and Syvret brothers in defence, and then started pushing for the second goal. Duncan Morrish drilled the ball into the D which led to Mulberry Threlfall-Eyres who secured his first goal for the 1s with an outrageous chip over the goalkeeper into the goal. Bridgwater immediately went onto get their third goal in this a comeback with Lott taking a quick free hit, passing into the D to find Todd Barrett who finished it off perfectly.
 
Bridgwater looked likely to see it out, but with a few pointless cards they found themselves down to 10 in a crucial last ten mins of the game, and with some poor tackling they gave away a short corner. Bath Buccs converted to get the equaliser and draw the game at 3-3. Not the result Bridgwater wanted, but a good comeback after a bad first half.
 
Man of the Match was a three way tie between Duncan Morrish, Josh Gale and Mulberry Threlfall-Eyres.
 
West Clubs Women's Hockey League
Clifton Robinsons 3rd 1,  Bridgwater Ladies 1st 2
 
The Ladies 1s started secured undisputedly the result of the day, becoming the first side to beat top of the league Clifton Robinsons on their own turf. The game started well with Sue Chaplin bagging her first goal in a couple of years and Sapphy Reed-Yang increased their lead with a remarkable finish. The game ended 2-1, with both goal scorers ending as joint Player of the Match.
 

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Bridgwater Mens 2nd 1,  Clifton Robinsons 4th  7
 
The 2s had a tough home game this week against top of the table Clifton Robinsons and Bridgwater decided to change the formation to be more compact to try and contain and slow the game down. The tactics worked for the best part of the first half, but a well-timed ball saw the Bridgwater defence split and the ball was slotted into the goal. This lead to Robinsons' second from a well-worked short corner but going into half time only 2 – 0 down was a better performance than the last few weeks.

At half time Bridgwater were looking to continue and improve the performance of the first half, but unfortunately this was not to be, and Robinsons scored a third very quickly. Bridgwater heads dropped and the constant pressure lead to more mistakes and the deficit increased to 7-0. But this was not the end for Bridgwater as they managed to get a consolation goal late from a quick short corner, which saw Paul Bond powering the ball home.
 
Man of the Match went to Ian Rowswell for his strong performance at the back. Next week sees the big 'away game' for the 2s taking on Bridgwater's third team.
 
 
West Clubs Women's Hockey League
Bridgwater Ladies 2nd 0,  ECV Hornets 2nd 2
 

The Ladies 2s had a difficult game against second in the table EVCH 2s, and Bridgwater started the game well, passing the ball around with Rose Baker, Pheobe Pernham and Jess Shobbrook working the ball well between them to drive forward. The game was quite open with ECVH counterattacking quickly. Bridget Headaux and Rachel Higgs did well to hold off the opposition and clearing the ball. Kate Ward worked well - driving down the wing, and passing the ball to the top of the D with Clare Wilson's shot hitting the cross bar. EVCH then broke away,  going a goal up from a deflected shot. ECVH scored again within a few minutes just before half time.


Bridgwater played better in the second half with Elesi Ryder, Kashi Morrish and Abbie Stevens pushing forward. Lauren Morrish and Niamh Dillon did a great job on the right with some good interpassing with Willow Hobbs who made some good runs towards the D. Karen Chilcott made some great saves in only her second game in goal!
 

Player of the Match was split between Elesi Ryder and Clare Wilson.

 
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Old Bristolians 2nd 9,  Bridgwater Mens 3rd 2
 
The 3s continued their recent theme of losing despite having six alterations on the teamsheet from the previous week. Bridgwater crashed to four down at half time, five down within a minute of the restart. 
 
Bridgwater battled away in the second half with players using their “heads” to good effect to stop both sticks and balls. One injury required glue and five stitches and culminated in a slightly early finish and a quick examination from the opposition goalkeeper (who was a brain surgeon!). 
 
Bridgwater’s goals were scored by Andrew Hayden-Briffett and Ted Kelly.
 
Man of the Match Dom Rauch.
 
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Bridgwater Mens 4th 4,  West Dorset 2nd 2
 
The mens 4s continued their push for a top three finish with a strong 4-2 victory over West Dorset. It was an encouraging start, with early goals from Steve Turvey and Sam Sweatman. A second goal from Steve Turvey and a penalty flick from Daniel Buller made sure they took all three points, with Tyler Coleman taking yet another Man of the Match award.
 
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Ashmoor 4th 3,  Bridgwater Mens 5th 3
 
Things were looking bright as Mr Jack Frost hadn’t come calling over night on Friday, but neither did the Player Fairy so Bridgwater had to travel to Totnes with seven under 15s, two under 21s and two broken 'masters'. This caused a bit of a reshuffle of the lineup for a cheeky 4-4-2 formation.
 
The game started late, which caused the more experienced members to actually having a warm up - yes, it was cold, despite the extra layers. The game started with two young teams going at it - Ashmoor looking more well drilled, but it was Bridgwater's Harvey Larcombe and Steve Morrish that Sam Thomas through, only just shooting wide under a lot of pressure. Ashmoor countered, but Rowan James was looking impervious with a beautiful spinning tackle, and Matt Graham was doing well as a makeshift left back making some key tackles. But the back two of Alan Baldwin and James Kettlewell were tackling really well and looking key in securing a good result.
 
It was Bridgwater who would make the initial breakthrough, as pressure from Steve Miller, Toby Knight and Nikita Cernikovs led to an Ashmoor mistake. The ball went to Morrish whose reverse attempt at goal was stopped by Thomas from going off the sideline, turning it into a cross that he buried! Ashmoor changed their tactics and became far more attacking. Kudos to Christian Durkin who made some fine saves, with the defence in front of him ensuring Ashmoors chances were kept down. Some excellent tackling back from all of the midfield was also key. Ashmoor pushed their power players higher and scored two relatively quick goals which made for a nervous five minutes before half time. Larcombe then linked brilliantly with Miller only to be denied by the keeper, but despite Ashmoor's dominance the score was a respectable 1-2 at half time.
 
A small tweak in the Bridgwater formation at half time made little difference as Bridgwater were still on the back foot, but master Baldwin and Kettlewell supported by the younger crew made some incredible stops. But Ashmoor were starting to leave gaps at the back and finally Bridgwater made a chance pay as Morrish was received the ball and antiskilled his way past the defender to take a shot that somehow went in. The crowd went wild - not at the goal but the funnies that were exchanged between Bridgwater players.
 
The game now became tense as both teams could sense a victory that would seal a mid-table finish. Miller was fed the ball in the D from Cernikovs but couldn’t find a way past the keeper. Larcombe and Thomas also came close and now with both teams tiring, long balls were in deployment, but no one could control Kettlewell's thunderous strikes or aerials. Then Ashmoor broke, capitalised on the tired and broken Bridgwater defence and scored the third with only ten minutes to go. People might have thought game over, but no, not this crew of talented youngsters from Bridgy. Knight made the middle of the park his realm and started to spray the balls left and right, Miller was unsettling everyone with his pace (and getting angry as well), which led to some interesting scenes.
 
Bridgwater really wanted to come away with something after this long trip, as games versus Ashmoor are often pretty tight and down to the wire. So despite having some broken players, Bridgwater pressed and got a short corner following Larcombe’s bravery. This led to a succession of short corners, but Kettlewell picked the only adult on the line everytime, and he cleared everything. The Ashmoor keeper did make a good save as well. With only two minutes to go, a Kettlewell drove a shot in and it was deflected in to make it 3-3, and the the last couple of minutes played out.
 
It was a cracking result against a well-drilled team.
 
Man of the match was close, with Sam Thomas and Steve Miller getting special mentions, but joint winners were the two centre midfielders (Nikita Cernikovs and Toby Knight) who were key to securing the point. Well done all!
 
Saturday 15 February 2018
 
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Bridgwater Mens 1st 4,  Mid Somerset 3
 
Bridgwater entertained third-placed Mid Somerset, a team who were looking to avenge a defeat earlier in the season. Bridgwater got off to the perfect start playing some good hockey and going a goal ahead scored by Todd Barrett. Shortly after, they extended their lead with Tom Lott grabbing his first of the day. Even though Bridgy were the best team in the first half Mid Somerset were always dangerous on the attack with their skilful forwards (added to some poor Bridgwater marking) and the visitors were able to pull one back.
 
The second half was end to end with goals and cards galore. Lott would grab another for Bridgy, with another two for Mid Somerset meant the score was level at 3-3 with the game nearing the end. With a flurry of cards and sin bins, it was left for Lott to smash home the winning goal and complete his hat-trick. Mid Somerset pushed for an equaliser but were unable to find it. 
 
Man of the match - Tom Lott 
 

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North Somerset 2nd 9,  Bridgwater Mens 2nd 1
 
Bridgwater 2s took the trip up the M5 to North Somerset knowing it was going to be a tough game against 3rd in the table and the game started badly for Bridgwater conceding early to a well worked breakaway goal, and this was the start of things to come. Bridgwater were outplayed in the first half conceding four goals without any response.
 
At half time Bridgwater knew there was not a lot they could get from the game but try to deliver a better performance on the second half. The half started off brighter, with Bridgwater creating a few chances, Bridgwater did eventually get a goal through a penalty flick taken by Will Kelly. But the legs of the 11 players were starting to tire, and gaps started appearing. North Somerset capitalised on this, scoring a further five goals. The one highlight was keeper Brandon Durkin saving a penalty to stop it being ten!
 
Man of the Match went to Tom Stacy for his hard work in midfield 
 
Friendly Fixture
Burnham 10,  Bridgwater Ladies 2nd 0
 
The Ladies 2s were facing a difficult friendly this week against Burnham. The opposition only had 10 players so a big thank you to Pheobe Pernham and Danni Morgan who played for Burnham. Both played really well up front.
 
The difference in divisions showed from the beginning with Burnham scoring their first goal within the first few minutes. Hilary McNeil, Rachel Higgs and Niamh Dillon did a great job keeping the attacks at bay which were coming fast. Kate Ward and Tracey Gue did well trying to get the ball out from the back with some great passes through to the forwards. Kashi Morrish then found herself 1 on 1 with the keeper who was quick out of her goal making it difficult for Kashi to shoot. 

With a change in formation and moving a few people around Bridgwater played better in the second half. Again Burnham continued to attack but Lauren Morrish and the rest of the defence did a great job keeping them out of the D from a long string of long corners!! Christian Durkin made a few good saves in goal after stepping in for us. Abbie Stevens and Vicky Redwood both did a great job down the wing in their first match for the club. 
 
This was a very difficult game for Bridgwater seeing the final score 10-0 to Burnham.
 
Player of the match was Rachel Higgs
 
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Bridgwater Mens 3rd 2,  Bristol University 5th 7 
 
The 3s lost their must win game to bottom of the table Bristol University. The first half saw them four goals down, but the second was a more even affair at 2-3 with goals from Paul Bond and Jack Dillon. The result puts the 3s in a precarious position in the relegation zone in Weset Central 1.

Man of the Match shared between Dom Rauch and Jack Dillon
 
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ECV Hornets 3rd 3,  Bridgwater Mens 4th 1
 
The 4s travelled to ECV Hornets, just above them in teh table, and a win would have really signalled their potential for promotion. It wasn't to be, however, and Hornets made home advantage tell, to take the points and open up a bigger gap to Bridgwater, with only four matches remaining to the end of the season.
 
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Bridgwater Mens 5th 1, Sidmouth & Ottery 5th 4
 

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

 

Saturday 8 February 2018
 
GoCrea8 Hockey League
Firebrands 3rd 4,  Bridgwater Mens 1st 2
 
A depleted Bridgwater team travelled to Bristol to play Firebrands - a team they defeated easily earlier in the season. Unfortunately things did not go so well this time around with Firebrands taking the lead early on. Bridgwater pulled one back through a Will Pope goal but two further goals from Firebrands meant they would go in at half time 3-1 up.
 
In thge second half Bridgwater came out looking like a different team, pulling a goal back from a short corner when Duncan Morrish was able to score his first goal for the first team. But then a mix up in the Bridgwater defence enabled Firebrands to go two ahead once more. The rest of the match was an even affair with no further goals and Bridgwater missed their influential captain Tom Lott through injury, having taken a ball full on to his knee.
 
Man of the Match was shared between Duncan Morrish, Dominic Court and Jordan Rawles.
 

GoCrea8 Hockey League

Bridgwater Mens 2nd 2,  Shepton Mallet 2nd 3
 

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.

 
GoCrea8 Hockey League
Firebrands 5th 3,  Bridgwater Mens 3rd 5 
 
In the last chance saloon for relegation, Bridgwater 3s forced a win to keep themselves in with a chance to stay up.
 
Bridgwater scored twice in the first half with goals from Marcus Blyth and Edward Hayden-Briffett - both from moved short corners. Bridgwater went in at half time two up but it should be said that goalkeeper Rauch made several important saves and the defence made some very good tackles to keep a clean sheet.
 
The second half saw Firebrands score fairly quickly. The score remained until the final 18 minutes. Bridgwater were awarded another short corner and this time Danny Rogers lofted a sweep into the net. Firebrands came back with a second to make it 3-2. Sam Uminski then went on a 40 metre mazy run as his co-forwards Phil Morrish and Jack Dillon pulled the defence apart and basically walked the ball into the net. Firebrands heads went down as Morrish’s direct shot from a short corner cannoned off both pads of the keeper to end up inches over the line for 5-2.  With only four minutes to go Firebrands scored a third. Deciding to rest on their laurels, Bridgwater let the last few minutes play out rather than try and score again.
 
Men of the Match was shared between: Dom Rauch, Sam Uminski, Alex Howe and Jack Dillon.
 
GoCrea8 Hockey League
Bridgwater Mens 4th 8,  Yeovil & Sherborne 4th 2
 

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. 

Saturday 3 February 2018
 
GoCrea8 Hockey League
Bridgwater Mens 1st 2,  Clifton Robinsons 3rd 5
 
This weekend Bridgwater 1s had two league games to play, but both ended 5-2 to the opposition. The first on Saturday Bridgwater welcomed Clifton Robinsons to Chilton - a team who were top and unbeaten. Bridgwater had been on a good run of late but they could not extend that against a team that were well structured and played solid hockey. For the first ten minutes the game was even but two goals from Robinsons put them in control of the match and did not look like giving that up.
 
A scathing half time team talk from skipper Tom Lott (trying to get things going for Bridgwater) seemed to work as they came out all fired up and were able to score from a short corner, the scorer Lott himself. Bridgwater were able to keep the pressure on for the opening ten minutes but unfortunately a quick break away led to Robinsons getting their third. This seemed to hit Bridgy hard and two more goals for Robinsons meant the game was out of reach although a fine worked second goal just before the end by Josh Gale showed what they were capable of.
 
Man of the Match Lee Chorley. 
 
West Clubs Womens Hockey League
Bridgwater Ladies 1st 1,  Mendip 1st 1

 

Bridgwater started their game positively and put Mendip straight on the back foot. The first goal of the game came from the defensive line, down the left wing and found the back of the net with Beth Porter, assisted by Heidi Martin. After the restart, Mendip came back with a strong counter attack. After numerous attempts to penetrate the D, the visitors found the back of the net, making the score 1-1 

 

The second half was uneventful and there the score remained a draw. The ladies continue their season in two weeks time after a well-deserved rest.

 

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Westbury & UB 4,  Bridgwater Mens 2nd 1
 

Bridgwater travelled to Bristol again this week, this time to face Westbury, who are having a resurgence in the second half of the season knowing they were going to be in for a tough game. The game started off evenly and not many chances were created by ether team. Then the breakthrough came from Westbury from a well struck short corner, and this turned ouit to be the only goal in the first half.


A better performance in the second half from Bridgwater was needed for them to take anything from the game. But this plan was initially thwarted by another well struck short corner goal from Westbury. The lessons were not learnt by Bridgwater and another two goals came from similar strikes from a short corner. But after this Bridgwater managed to get a consolation goal from there own short corner, a pass back to injector Duncan Bond to put the ball past the Westbury keeper. The game ended 4-1, and it was a disappointing result for Bridgwater who were looking to get a win on the road, but they really needed a better performance and hopefully next week will see a better results.

 
West Clubs Womens Hockey League
Winscombe 4th 2,  Bridgwater Ladies 1st 1 
 
Bridgwater started the game positively pushing forward with Kate ward and Dani Morgan working the ball well between them.Winscombe were putting Bridgwater under a lot of pressure but Bridget Headaux, Hilary McNeil and Niamh Dillon did well to stop Winscombe getting in to the D. When Winscombe did find their way through they had a goal disallowed for using the back of the stick. They continued to to attack and found themselves ahead shortly after. Bridgwater started pushing forward with Jenny Hayden-Briffet and Rachel Higgs pushing up the wings.
 
Bridgwater started the 2nd half much better with Lauren Morrish and Kashi Morrish working hard in midfield to get the ball forward. Bridgwater held off Winscombe attacks and Sue Durkin made some good saves in goal. Clare Wilson then found Jess Shobbrook with a pass through the middle, and she did a great job of taking it around the keeper to score. Winscombe put on the pressure again and won a couple of short corners, and scored from a straight shot. Bridgwater continued to work hard to get an equaliser winning a short corner in the last few minutes but were unlucky not to score.

Player of the match: Jenny Hayden-Briffet 
 
GoCrea8 Hockey League
Bridgwater Mens 3rd 1,  Firebrands 4th 2
 
The game started a bit late due to an accident on the M5 and  Bridgwater were quite delighted to see the opposition turn up with only nine players. But it was Bridgwater who were the first to concede. Bridgwater replied fairly quickly with Kieran Wood flicking the ball past the keeper and Firebrand’s keeper made a few quality saves from good strikes. The game ebbed and flowed but remained level at 1-1 at half time.
 
The second half saw Bridgwater threaten the opposition’s 25 quite regularly without actually penetrating the circle. A bizarre own goal from a defender saw Bridgwater go down by the odd goal. Despite looking threatening Bridgwater only had one strike at goal in the last 15 minutes and 2-1 was to be the final score.
 
Man of the match (shared): Conrad Butt and Jack Dillon
 
GoCrea8 Hockey League
Bridgwater Mens 4th 2,  Chard 3rd 2
 
Saturday saw Bridgwater 4XI men’s take on Chard at Chilton Trinity. Bridgwater lined up without their normal captain, but still confident in maintaining their 100% record of home wins this season. Chard, however, started strongly and caused chaos in the Bridgwater defence, with man of the match Mike Eele forced to save off the line twice within the first ten mins.
 
After this initial onslaught, the home side settled and started pressurising the Chard goal, resulting in several short corners and ending the half two goals to the good.
 
The second half started with Bridgwater again on the attack forcing a number of short corners, but failing to convert any of them. This allowed Chard to counter attack and score twice levelling the match, and despite more pressure from Bridgwater the game ended in a 2 – 2 draw.

Bridgwater’s goals scored by Eele and Pigden.
 
 
GoCrea8 Hockey League
Isca 6th 1, Bridgwater Mens 5th 1
 
This week, due to the skipper inexplicably injuring himself with some unnecessary slipping in last week's match, an extra player was needed. Eleven willing volunteers were found to play away at ISCA, but would they play on a water based surface? The journey to Exeter would be a most exciting time for all.
 
Jim Smith and Steve ‘one hand’ Morrish turned up, went to the sand-based pitch only to discover that ISCA weren’t on the sideline, so the 5s got the opportunity to take on a strong looking ISCA on a water based pitch, with a crowd!

The youngsters and adults had a cheeky hit on the pitch, having fun spraying water at each other. But down to business, as the crowd was getting restless in the stands and with two coaches, three hands of Bridgwater set about sorting out a compact, dynamic, defensive wall to repel a free scoring ISCA team. The game started with James ‘Hulk Smash’ Kettlewell playing the part of on field captain with Rowan James to his right, Will Baldwin on the left, with legend Jim Smith just in front. Bridgwater were busy in the defence in the opening ten as ISSSCARRRR set about a fast start, but Smith and Kettlewell were awesome in the tackles with Baldwin and James backing up well.
 
Once Bridgwater got into the game a bit more, Toby Knight, Steve Richards and Nikita Cernikovs all started to make an impact, with winger Sam Thomas having a good time down the left wing creating chances for Harvey Larcombe and Steve Miller. Both teams continued to go at it, but a swift move allowed Thomas to pass to Larcombe who unselfishly set up Cernikovs who buried the chance, getting his first goal for the club. The on field captain quickly reminded the captain/coach/one armed bandit ‘we play better without you, can you break your hand every week?’, thanks! ?. The game was even as both teams pressed, with Cernikovs and Knight looking particularly handy in the middle, both going forward and helping in defence. Smith continued to be dominate in all areas, but ISCA were not happy being a goal down, they hit the post just before the half time, with Christian Durkin making a good clearance and save to keep Bridgwater ahead.
 
The water babies all outperformed in the first half, much to coaches excitement and they continued that into the second half. Bridgwater went in search for another goal, but ISCA are not second in the table and searching for promotion for nothing. They used all of their nous, coupled with experience to keep Bridgwater at bay and even with top efforts from Larcombe, Miller and Thomas, Bridgwater couldn’t quite break through. Ten minutes into the second half, a slip led to a misplaced pass that allowed the ISCA striker to go one on one with Durkin, who so nearly saved it. But the game was now level, and the crowd was going wild in the stands!
 
Despite Bridgwater not being able to penetrate, they impressed with some exquisite passing - fan favourite Smith being a solid foundation for this kind of play. Knight continued with Cernikovs in the middle playing well together. The game became end to end, and ISCA looked the strongest, but some awesome picks from the big fella at the back and some last ditch tackling from Smith, Ketts, Baldwin and James kept ISCA at bay, as well as a quality save from Durkin. Miller was causing a nuisance with his ant-like skills and passing and in the final minute put through a ball for Larcombe who couldn’t quite stretch his 5ft nothing frame - unlucky.
 
So, the first time on a water-based astro for a lot of the Bridgwater players, who got to the pace of the surface quickly, but the bounce was tricky. A solid performance against a strong team and man of the match came down to the last vote, Toby Knight and Sam Thomas were just pipped by Nikita Cernikovs, well deserved for scoring his first goal and his all round effort,
 
Stands Attendance: 2 – nothing like a crowd in the stands.
 
Sunday 4 February 2018
 
GoCrea8 Hockey League
Bristol University 3rd 5, Bridgwater Mens 1st 2
 
On Sunday Bridgwater travelled to Bristol with a much depleted team, with 16 year old James Duckering making his debut and Carwyn Jenkins and Phil Morrish who both played together in the first team for the first time 29 years ago both made their returns to the team. Bristol Uni made the brighter start and got on the score sheet early, before Bridgy hit back with two goals of their own - the first for debutant Duckering and the second for Jordan Rawles. Bridgwater looked in control but an unfortunate goal that bounced over keeper Saunders' foot meant the teams would go in level at the break.
 
The second half went all Bristol’s way in all respects and Bristol Uni scored three more goals.  Bridgy kept fighting until the end and couldn’t criticise any players for the effort they put in. A disappointing weekend but with the games Bridgwater have left they will be looking to go unbeaten.
 
Man of the Match - Tom Lott
 
England Hockey National Mixed Cup
Bridgwater 0,  Newent 4
 

Finally, after weeks of rearrangements Bridgwater finally got to play their England Hockey Mixed Cup game. Bridgwater started the first half better and looked to create the opening through good forward play from Lucy Burridge, Sapphy Reed-Yang and Jack Dillon. All three had chances to open the scoring along with Cam Birch, but were denied by exceptional goal keeping. Newent grew stronger as the second half progressed, and Amy Burridge made a number of good saves in the Bridgwater goal to keep the scores level. The defence all played their part with Cass Walker and Donna Cooper dominating through the middle. Some late short corners gave Bridgwater some worries just before half time but Rob Morrish managed to clear two off the line.

 

With the score 0-0 at half time Bridgwater were confident if they kept going they would grab the goal they richly deserved. However the weekend's exploits began to take their toll and Newent found another gear and began to impose themselves on the game. Newent managed to grab a goal much to the dismay of Bridgwater before scoring a high quality second goal a few moments later. Bridgwater continued to work and play hard with Joe Syvret's high energy in the midfield pushing the side along. But as Bridgwater pushed for goals, space was created and tiredness set in and Newent scored two more late goals. 

 

Despite the scoreline Bridgwater can be pleased with their performance, everyone worked incredibly hard for each other during the match, having never played together before and taking on a team whose first teams both play higher than Bridgwater.  

 

It's not over for the mixed team as they drop down to the Plate and travel to Firebrands on the 18th Feb.

 
 
Saturday 27 January 2017
 
GoCrea8 Hockey League
Westbury and UB 2nd 2, Bridgwater Mens 1st 2
 
Bridgwater travelled to Bristol to play Westbury, a team that had beaten them earlier in the season, but following last week's excellent win Bridgy were hoping to continue their fine form. For the first few minutes Bridgwater were finding their their feet and Westbury looked very dangerous. A quick break for Bridgwater led to Todd Barrett being fouled in the D to give Bridgy a penalty flick which was put away by Tom Lott to give them the lead.
 
Bridgwater were able to control the half, having numerous penalty corners, but unfortunately didn't punish Westbury enough - only scoring one of them. This was converted by Josh Gale who had an outstanding first half and thoroughly deserved to get on the score sheet. Despite all the pressure, Bridgwater were unable to find the net again and a last minute breakaway for Westbury led to their first goal after a deft touch from their attacker. 
 
Bridgwater felt if they could come out and reproduce the same performance in the second half then they could leave with three points. Unfortunately they didn't, and the second half became a very scrappy affair with both teams giving the ball away far too easily. Some good defending by Bridgwater kept the score at 2-1 for most of the game but the only goal of the second half was to come from a Westbury penalty corner. The game stayed at 2-2 for the points to be shared - disappointing for Bridgwater after dominating for so much of the game.
 
Man of the match: Josh Gale.
 
West Clubs Women's Hockey League
Firebrands 3rd 0,  Bridgwater Ladies 1st 0 

 

This week Bridgwater Ladies 1s team travelled away to Bristol to face Firebrands who are closely placed in the table.  With a number of losses away to the team in recent years the girls new they had to pull something special out of the bag to turn the tables.

 

Having formulated and changed their formation, Bridgwater were eager to get onto the scoreboard with numerous attacking plays, but we're unable to convert these opportunities. The defence stood strong and prevented the Firebrands attack from reaching the goal, even with the opposition playing an extra player undetected for several minutes! 

 

In the final 10 minutes, a penalty flick was conceded by Bridgwater, allowing firebrands with a 1 v 1 opportunity to get onto the scoreboard. However, goal keeper and player of the match Amy Burridge, confidently blocked the attempt, leaving the score goalless at the final whistle.

External factors made the game tough and frustrating for both sides. But they did come away with confidence in the new changes they had made. Next week, the team face Mendip at home, where they look to improve on their performance and keep the visitors at bay.

 

Player of the match: Amy Burridge 

 
GoCrea8 Hockey League
Bridgwater Mens 2nd 3,  Old Bristolians 3rd 1
 
After a late change of venue due to health and safety issues causing home games at Chilton Trinity to be cancelled, Bridgwater had to make a short journey to Heathfied in Taunton to play their game. Due to the nature of the pitch the game started off slowly with both teams were working hard to create chances. With few good chances coming in the game it was an uncharacteristic error from keeper Brandon Durkin, who let Old Bristolians take the lead after a misjudged clearance fell straight to the striker’s feet for a near open goal. Now Bridgwater had an uphill battle. They needed to go onto the front foot, and a good move down the right with some great short quick passes, found Rich Payne who took an early shot and beat the off-balance keeper to level the score. It was still level at half time with some good saves from both keepers.

Bridgwater needed to better use their substitute in the second half to maintain the pressure and look to win the game. The game was still even with both teams starting to tire, and Bridgwater found a breakthrough. Bridgwater were awarded a penalty corner and this time (after a good save) the ball fell kindly for a second strike. After a fortunate deflection, the shot hit an Old Bristolians player on the line and Bridgwater had a penalty stroke. Chris Dart converted to put Bridgwater into the lead - expertly into the top left corner. All Bridgwater had to do was hold on for the last 20 minutes, but this proved to be hard work as Old Bristolians found a second wind. The pressure was on the defence and midfield, and they found it increasingly harder to get the ball clear for some respite. After a period of good defending the ball was quickly cleared up the line for a breakaway, and with Old Bristolians pressing high they were left short at the back. A good pass fell to Alfie Threlfall who scored to give Bridgwater a more comfortable gap of two goals. This is how the game ended - it was a tough game and well battled by both teams.
 
Tom Stacey was Man of the Match for his hard work up and down the pitch in Midfield.
 
GoCrea8 Hockey League
 
Bridgwater Mens 3rd 0,  Clifton Robinsons 4th 8
 
The Mens 3s were not so fortunate in their game, undeservedly losing 8-0 to 2nd placed Robinson’s. After a strong first half performance only going in 2-0 down, their opposition simply got the better of them on key occasions. Unfortunately, it was late in the second half that the siege eventually broke down the defences of the home team, causing them  to leak four late goal and this was despite heroics from Dom Rauch in goal.
 
GoCrea8 Hockey League
Sidmouth & Ottery 4th 3,  Bridgwater Mens 4th 4
 
The Mens 4s had an entertaining trip to Sidmouth & Ottery, taking all 3 points after a 4-3 victory. Two goals scored by Tyler Fagan and one each for Mike Eele and Tom Willis, ensured that they stay within touching distance of the top spots in the league. Man of the match went to Tyler Coleman, with a very mature performance.
 
GoCrea8 Hockey League
Bridgwater Mens 5th 4,  East Devon 5th 3
 
Overall a tough week for selection but when it got to the day players became available and the 5s started with 14. Jim Smith decided a start  on the bench was in order for his legs. Nikita Cernikovs and Matt Graham became available last minute so it was good to have some young legs to do some of the running around.

The game started at pace with both teams knowing that a win was possible and would help put them towards a mid-table finish. At the back Marcus Blyth, James Kettlewell, Steve Morrish and returning Rowan James looked solid and despite a lack of pace, they held East Devon's pacey attack at bay. Toby Knight, who is getting stronger every week looked good in the middle, with Ted Kelly and Steve Miller on the wings making for a pacey attack.
 
Up front Simon ‘does this count as an away game?’ Burland, Noel Smith and young Harvey Larcombe completed the starting line up. Attacking was looking good but East Devon broke and slipped an early goal past keepr Christian Durkin. This inspired Bridgwater to push forward and minutes later a cross evaded the defending sticks of East Devon for Noel Smith to bury his first goal for the club - and he didn’t even celebrate. The home crowd finally summoned Jim Smith onto the pitch as 25 shots Burland decided that it be best he came off, and the defence immediately looked stronger. But again a swift East Devon break led to them being 2-1 up. By now Graham and swimmer Cernikovs were also on the pitch and harassed and pushed East Devon with their pace and movement, with the latter combining with Ted Kelly to win a short corner, which was converted by Kettlewell who buried the short, via a defender's stick on the post.

The second half started 2-2 with both teams looking to get a key win, and it was end to end as everybody put in a shift. Bridgwater had a majority of the play in the first 15 minutes, but despite this couldn’t find any openings past the East Devon keeper who was on fire. East Devon started to apply their own pressure and came close but the defence was up to the task as was Durkin who pulled off some key saves. Everybody was working hard but a drilled ball from Kettlewell found Kelly in the D and he put it into the goal. Hooorah, lets push it forward and get some more! Well that’s what the crowd thought. Burland was looking for a change of luck, via a change of stick as his ten or so shots went just wide, or wider or were well saved by the keeper. Despite Kettlewell coming close to extending the lead from another short corner, East Devon played some good hockey, hitting Bridgy on the break and equalling the score. Then it was down to a tense final few minutes as Knight and Larcombe combined showing the youngsters do have some good skills and nearly pinching the winner. East Devon nearly got the win in the final minute as they had a short corner, which was well blocked by Jim Smith and cleared by Blyth to Burland. The crowd went silent as he took the ball into the D, then they cheered as the net bulged as he binned the last touch of the game (about time too).

Well done for continuing to battle hard in a tough game against strong opponents. Man of the match was a tight affair as Toby Knight and Harvey both got votes, but it was a close call between Simon Burland, Ted Kelly and eventual winner Jim Smith.
 
Thanks to Roy Pumfrey for his sponsorship of the match ball.
 
Saturday 27 January 2017
Under 14 Hockey Festival - Kings School, Taunton
 
In the final tournament of the youth season, Bridgwater U14s enjoyed a well earned morning out at Kings School Taunton, winning their first games of the season, showing the improvements made by a young team throughout the course of the year.
 
In the first game of the morning, Bridgwater faced a familiar Cheddar Valley side, and with not much time on the clock managed to secure the lead with a successful run and finish from Kit Hockey, his first of the day. With Lauren Morrish at the heart of the defense bolstered by Luke Otley and Hannah Bremner, and with Morgan Edwards showing her experience in goal, Bridgwater proved difficult to break down and were able to secure their first win of the season.
 
The second game was a much tighter affair against Bruton, however again Bridgwater took the lead with the same goalscorer, Kit Hockey, after another succesful dribble brought Kit to the edge of the D, where a powerful, bouncing shot at goal left the keeper rooted to the spot. Bridgwater created several chances later in the game through Tyler and Ellie Coleman, but were not able to capitalise and were punished after not closing down a Bruton player led to a last second equaliser. 
 
After the disappointment of the previous game, Bridgwater were eager to make amends against an inexperienced Burnham side, creating chances right from the whistle and scoring not long after, following a run and finish from Tyler Coleman, who would later go on to dominate the game. The inexperienced Burnham side allowed for Bridgwater debutant Gabby Plummer to express herself in midfield, utilising her speed to assist in attack, and with Alice Pittey proving herself a dynamic player in both midfield and defense, the Bridgwater side were never troubled. With Bridgwater dominating the game, Burnham struggled to hold on to their narrow deficit, eventually leading to Tyler Coleman scoring a flurry of late goals, including some spectacular finishes, to finish with a total of 5 from the match.
 
The next game of the morning was another familiar opponent, Chard, who had on previous occasions got the better of the Bridgwater side, however this Bridgwater side showed their improvement from prior tournaments, creating opportunities throughout the match, although without being able to find the goal. Chard secured the lead after an uncharacteristic lapse in defense allowed the Chard defender to slot the ball into the bottom corner. Bridgwater continued to seek the equaliser however an experienced Chard side were able to hold on for the win.
 
Looking to finish on a high, Bridgwater approached the final game against Yeovil & Sherborne with a positive attacking attitude and shortly after the whistle were rewarded with a goal by Ellie Coleman, her first for the club, following good build up play from Alice Pittey and Tyler Coleman, with the latter obtaining his 6th goal of the day not long after, again following a well worked move at goal. With a potent attacking force going forward Bridgwater were allowed to defend confidently at the back, as they had throughout the morning, and were able to repel any attack from the Yeovil & Sherborne team, with Morgan Edwards making some key saves, assisted by some last ditch tackling by Gabby Plummer, securing a 2 - 0 victory.
 
With a final tally of three wins, one draw and only a single defeat, Bridgwater U14s can consider themselves proud of their hard work throughout the season and the results of the day are a product of their hard work and training, and hopefully mark the foundation of more successes to come for themselves and Bridgwater Hockey Club.
 
 
Saturday 20 January 2017
 
GoCrea8 Hockey League
Bridgwater Mens 1st 4,  Chippenham 1st 3
 
Bridgwater entertained Chippenham who are second in the league and who scored eight against Bridgwater earlier in the season, so a tough game was anticipated, but the home team felt they had something to prove.
 
Bridgwater started very strong, working hard all over the pitch to make sure they were the better team and this paid off when a well worked passage of play found Jordan Rawles in the D to slot home. The rest of the half was well fought out with every single player giving their all to stop Chippenham from dominating the game like they had earlier in the season.
 
At half time Bridgwater led by the single goal, and the team talk focused on keeping up the work rate, and not allowing Chippenham a chance. Things started off superbly for Bridgy as they extended their lead after a quickly taken hit by Will Pope found Andy Taylor, who reached Todd Barrett at the back post to slot home. This seemed to wake Chippenham up and they had a spell of play that led to them pulling a goal back from a crisp shot. Earlier in the season, this could have been the moment that Bridgwater crumbled, but they did the opposite and with Chippenham pushing for the equaliser, Bridgy hit on the break with Tom Lott picking the ball up from just inside the opposition half, driving for the goal and slipping the ball under the oncoming keeper.
 
The home team were on top and playing the best game of their season but a five minute interruption to the game broke their rhythm, and allowed Chippenham to get back into the game with two quick goals to level the game. Again in other games Bridgwater have folded in these situations but they got stuck in and with some stout defending (in particular from Duncan Morrish with some last ditch tackles, and some good saves from Pete Saunders who was back in goal for the first time this season) kept Chippenham at bay. A late break saw Bridgy on the attack, the ball finishing with Will Pope who found himself free on the back post to sweep the ball home and win the match for Bridgwater! A massive performance from Bridgwater with all playing their hearts out. A big thank you to all the supporters who helped by cheering the team along, and to the umpires who kept the game going in a difficult match at times.
 
Man of the match was shared between Duncan Morrish, Will Pope and Tom Lott.
 
West Clubs Women's Hockey League
Bridgwater Ladies 1st 1,  Weston super Mare 4

 

The Ladies 1s faced local derby team Weston super Mare in what was set to be a tough match. Not long into the game, Bridgwater were down a player due to injury, and a shuffle of positions was in order. This led to a series of goals scored by Weston before the end of the first half.

 
Restarting the second half, Bridgwater knew there was a lot of work to do and that they had to play their own style of hockey rather than their oppositions. Unfortunately, despite multiple short corners and chances, the Bridgwater did not get on the scoreboard. 
 
However, in the final few minutes of the game, Bridgwater were given a final chance with a short corner where a penalty flick was conceded by the visitors defence. Lucy Burridge stepped up and scored the home team's only goal of the game.
 
Player of the match: Amy Burridge 
 
GoCrea8 Hockey League
Keynsham 1st 5,  Bridgwater Mens 2nd 2
 
The 2s took the short trip to Bristol to face Keynsham who are above them in the table. Knowing it was going to be a tough game Bridgwater hoped to a full squad, but due to a misread text message they went with only 11. The game started tentatively with both teams struggling to keep possession it the wet conditions. Then a break away down the left led to Rich Payne squeezing a reverse pass across the D to Mulberry who just managed to control the ball and carefully place the ball into the net. This woke up Keynsham and Bridgwater were on the back foot. Then a hopeful ball put into the D by Keynsham fell kindly to their striker to level the game. A moment of madness gave Keynsham a second, when a bad call led to the keeper Durkin letting the ball go into the back of the net because he felt the pass was from outside the D. Going from a early lead to falling behind gave Bridgwater some extra desire, and a good run into the D from Will Kelly saw a spin sent across the goal, tapped past the keeper by Alfie. Bridgwater went into half time the scores still level.
 
The second half saw the lack of substitutes take its toll, and Keynsham came out of the blocks quickly and beginning to take control of the game  - pressing high making it difficult for Bridgwater to get it out of their half. The pressure began to create cracks in the tired legs of Bridgwater Keynsham scored three quick goals. Bridgwater heads fell and they never looked like they would get back into the game. Bridgwater did have some good chances in the second half, the best of these was a good run down the line by Alfie who did all the hard work to see his shot going narrowly wide.
 
Next week sees another tough game against Old Bristolans, but Bridgwater are looking to change their luck.
 
West Clubs Women's Hockey League
Weston super Mare 2,  Bridgwater Ladies 2nd 3
 

The Ladies 2s travelled to Weston, looking to get their first win of since the Christmas break.


Bridgwater started well with Rose Baker and Jess Shobbrook hassling from the start. Jess won the ball passing it to Clare Wilson on the edge of the D, who in turn found Rose on the far post putting Bridgwater a goal up in the first two minutes. This boosted Bridgwater with Beth Porter, Danni Morgan and Kate Ward doing a great job intercepting the ball from Westons hit outs. Kate Ward then had a shot on goal, Clare Wilson picked the deflection to score Bridgwater's second goal. Weston then started attacking and broke through the middle, Lauren Morrish and Jenny Hayden-Briffet did well to track back. Sue Durkin made some good saves in goal but unfortunately Bridgwater conceded a goal. Kashi Morrish and Niamh Dillon linked well down the right to get the ball through to Clare who again found Rose in the D scoring her second of the game.
 

Weston started the second half a little more determined but Hilary McNeil, Rachel Higgs and Bridget Hedeax did a great job keeping them out of the D. Weston then scored from a short corner with the ball just going over the line. Bridgwater continued to play well and pass the ball around and saw the game finish 3 2 to Bridgwater.

 

Player of the Match: Clare Wilson.

 
GoCrea8 Hockey League
North Somerset 2nd 5,  Bridgwater Mens 3rd 4
 
The second team’s loss was the third team’s gain this week. Aaron Turner failing to make the meet played an important part in this game. The first 15 minutes saw one way traffic as the promotion chasing North Somerset appeared unstoppable piling three goals past Bridgwater. The Bridgwater skipper brought himself off the bench up front and moved normal forward player Paul Bond back into midfield and all of a sudden it clicked. Turner now “turned” the defence inside out with his customary one handed dribble. Chances fell to Bond who scored, Coad who was saved, Turner who was saved and Morrish who finished brilliantly (with his foot which wasn't spotted!). At 3-1, Bridgwater were back in the game but conceded once more to go in 4-1 down at half time.
 
The second half was a transformation. Turner was unstoppable and the midfield and defence broke through the North Somerset defensive line time after time. Rich Biddle’s mazy run found Phil Morrish free and the first time shot beat the keeper. Minutes later Turner laid on a simple finish for Morrish and at 4-3 they had a worried opposition. Dillon crossed a brilliant ball from the right back line but Morrish's swing failed to make contact with the keeper nowhere. North Somerset on a rare excursion into the half, gained a fortunate fifth when Bridgwater’s defence hesitated in anticipation of a free hit being given to them. Never mind, Bridgwater reacted brilliantly with Turner pulling another back (blowing a little he had now to go off for a short rest!). Then Bridgwater were awarded a penalty stroke. Unfortunately Morrish’ s stroke was exceptionally well saved by the keeper with his stick diving to the right.  Turner came back on and more chances were made. Jack Dillon had a deflection saved luckily by the keeper when a worse touch may well have beaten him.

The game ended as a loss but the performance was the best of the season.
Man of the Match: Paul Bond
 
GoCrea8 Hockey League
Bridgwater Mens 4th 5, Taunton Civil Service 2nd 3
The 4s paraded a strong team as they entertained Taunton Civil Service 2s at home. Civil Service (one place above Bridgwater in the table) had held Bridgwater to a draw in the away fixture. The first half in general was very messy, and the strength of Civil Service caught Bridgwater by surprise. There were numerous well worked and co-ordinated attacks at both ends but it was CS who took the lead. Bridgwater equalised shortly after only to concede again for 2-1. They managed to equalise for the second time and 2-2 at half time gave Bridgwater the chance to start again in the second half.

Paul Blackmore and Paul Tilley were strong in midfield and were helped by Carwyn Jenkins who was guesting, playing himself back from an injury. Gradually Bridgwater began to take control and took the lead for the first time in the game. They added a fourth goal to give themselves a cushion. A crazy few minutes then followed with CS countering strongly. They had a goal correctly disallowed and then were awarded a penalty flick which drew them back to within a single goal. Bridgwater battled in defence and scored a fifth before the final whistle.
 
A mixed bag of goals came from Tilley, Blackmore, Steve Turvey, Steve Wilson and Jenkins.
Bridgwater deserved the win and they strengthen their fifth place in the table now only a single point behind the next team in the table.

Man of the Match was deservedly Alex McNeill who battled throughout in defence. 
 
 
GoCrea8 Hockey League
Bridgwater Mens 5th 3,  Ashmoor 4th 2,  
 
After last week's trip into Devon against top of the table, the 5s had a crucial bottom of the table clash against Ashmoor. Several changes were made to Bridgwater as ‘haircut’ Sam Thomas and Tyler Fagan became available, as did younger Syvret, Joe. Both Will Baldwin and Steve Miller were allowed some leave to have some time on the hockey pitch. The weather was set to be windy with some light drizzle, so knowing which way the wind blew, Bridgwater won the toss and chose to face the wind in the first half. Would this be the right decision?
 
So after looking forward to a bang bang 12 pointer of a game, things started slowly. Both teams were looking to get something from the day's play so both came out of the blocks tentatively. At the back Steve Morrish looked ordinary, but James Kettlewell and Baldwin looked good as they blocked the young Ashmoor offence, allowing minimal shots on goal, which in turn were ably seen away by returning keeper Christian Durkin. Thomas started confidently with some strong tackles, but it was the midfield quartet of Jim Smith, Toby Knight, Fagan and Syvret who all looked to control the game for Bridgwater. Ashmoor had some skilled players of their own and combined with some highly prized youth, they kept Bridgwater at bay whilst still causing the defence a few issues. Bridgwater came close a couple of times to breaking the deadlock with Nikita Cernikovs, Harvey ‘DC Dent’ Larcombe and Miller all breaking free to only just miss. Fagan pulled a worldy of a save from the Ashmoor keeper and the half ended goalless.

Bridgwater actually started a second half without conceding a goal straightaway, hoorah, but as the game progressed things started getting niggly and tight as both teams wanted something from the 12 pointer. Fagan, Smith and Syvret were helping pull the strings with the little legs of Knight going around the pitch, covering forward and defensive positions. Syvret got the ball into the net, but sportingly admitted that the ball had hit his foot and the goal was diallowed. Larcombe and Miller both came close, as did top scorer Kettlewell who had the keeper making a crucial save, as well as defenders blocking on the line. Unfortunately two errors in the space of about 30 seconds from Morrish, coupled with Smith going off, as he ‘needed a breather’ changed the game as Ashmoor went two goals up with only 16 minutes left. As a wise man once said ‘this aint the world cup, who cares if its 2-0 may as well lose 5-0 trying’ so Morrish went up front, if only to keep away from the others good defensive work. Now Ashmoor could have gone three or four up but resilience at the back saw Syvret making a goal line clearance and Durkin making some good saves.

Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, Knight got the ball into the D to Smith, whose goalbound shot was defelected past a helpless keeper. Game on! Pressure was then exerted by such a mobile front line and an error was pounced upon as Morrish ran into the D unopposed to square to Cernikovs whos shot was delflected deftly into the goal by Fagan. So two assists for Morrish (at least that’s what he'll say!). Then a game of scramble in the D was played at both ends as both teams wanted to take the win in the final minutes. Smith won a restart bully, which resulted in Miller going one on one with the goal keeper, and he fluffed it so well it went in. Then with only a minute left, Ashmoor nearly drew level, but the Bridgy boys hung on to take the points.

Overall a great effort one and all, tight until the end, a fun ‘Miller' time’ was had by all and Bridgwater were glad with the win in a hard fought even game. Sam Thomas came close in Man of the Match, but Toby Knight yet again took the honours. Well done all!
 
Saturday 13 January 2017
 
West Clubs Women's Hockey League
Taw Valley 1st 2,  Bridgwater Ladies 3
 
Bridgwater travelled to Barnstaple at the weekend to face a revived Taw Valley team. Despite having a few weeks off over Christmas, Bridgwater displayed a good show of hockey, linking up play all the way from the defence to the attacking line. In the first half after dropping a goal down to Taw Valley in the first ten minutes, Bridgwater’s hard work and persistence resulted in two goals being scored by Heidi Martin from a short corner, then Sapphy Reed-Yang from some impressive open play,  
 
Bridgwater continued their form in the second half, and supported each other to a well deserved 3-2 win. The goal coming from a cross from Laura Coles deflected into the net by Sapphy Reed-Yang. Bridgwater face Weston next weekend, and hope to keep a winning streak this half of the season.
 
Player of the Match: Sapphy Reed-Yang
 
GoCrea8 Hockey League
Bridgwater Mens 2nd 6,  Firebrands 4th 0
 
The Mens 2s picked up a valuable and strong win againsta Firebrands, scoring six unanswered goals to get the second half of the season off to a flying start at Chilton on Saturday. Next week might prove to be a stiffer test, in an important game away aginst Keynsham - two places above them in third position.
 
 
West Clubs Women's Hockey League
Bridgwater Ladies 2nd 0,  Taw Valley 2nd 4
 
Taw Valley 2s visited Bridgwater on Saturday, and from the start Bridgwater used the ball wide with Jenny Hayden-Briffet and Jess Shobbrook linking well down the right. Bridgwater then found themselves on the back foot with Taw Valley attacking in waves. Elesi Ryder and Hilary McNeil managed to keep the ball out of the D, but Taw Valley opened the scoring. Bridgwater continued to defend with Niamh Dillon and Rachel Higgs trying to move the ball up the wings. Sue Durkin made some important saves but Taw valley broke through the defence again to score their second goal.

The fisrt fifteen minutes after the break, Bridgwater switched on with Lauren Morrish and Willow Hobbs working well down the left and getting the ball into the D to Rose Baker. Kashi Morrish worked well in midfield to get the ball forward. But Taw Valley then won three short corners in a row and despite Bridgwater defending these well, the visitors managed to get the ball over the line. Bridgwater then broke forward with Tracey Gue driving up the right wing and getting the ball into the D, winning Bridgwater a short corner. Kate Ward unfortunately had the goal disallowed as it hit the roof of the net. Bridgwater switched off for a few seconds which gave Taw Valley the chance to break and score their fourth.
 
A frustrating loss for Bridgwater, but aiming to turn things around against Weston 3s next week.
 
Player of the Match: Sue Durkin 
 
GoCrea8 Hockey League
Chard 2nd 8,  Bridgwater Mens 4th 0
 
 
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
 
Somerset Cup
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 Dan.
 
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!
Saturday 16 December 2017
 
GoCrea8 Hockey League
Old Bristolians 2,  Bridgwater Mens 1st 4
 
Bridgwater travelled to Old Bristolians hoping to avenge the defeat from the first game of the season, but against a team higher in the league this was never going to be easy. The game started off in favour of the home team as OBs took an early lead. As the game went on Bridgwater slowly got back in to the match and equalised through a short corner with a hard shot by Tom Lott. The score remained the same and at half time the team talk for Bridgy was a positive one, stressing the need to continue to battle hard in the second half.
 
Unfortunately the second half started like the first and Bridgwater found themselves behind again early on. This time though, rather than losing concentration like previous weeks, Bridgy fought hard and played as well as they have all season. Their second goal came from a ball from Duncan Morrish to Lott who slotted home for his second. Lott was able to get his hat-trick not long after, and this time the provider was Will Kelly. Bridgwater went down to ten players after winning a short corner and Lott got his fourth from this corner with a low flick into the bottom corner. `The final minutes saw Bridgwater go down another player but they managed to hold out for a fantastic win.
 
Man of the match - Josh Gale
 
GoCrea8 Hockey League
Bridgwater Mens 2nd 2,  Old Bristolians 2nd 4
 
Just after a cold shower the game got underway, and knowing it was going to be a tough game Bridgwater looked to start off brightly, but the teams were evenly matched. After a scare of a disallowed goal Bridgwater the defence were undone buy some good play, letting in the first goal. Trying not to let their heads go down, Bridgwater battled hard but were again under pressure and let in a second goal. This sparked Bridgwater’s midfield into action and a good run from Mulberry Threlfall-Eyres won them a short corner. This was scored by Rich Payne with a good strike low into the corner. Bridgwater were then looking to equalise, but their eagerness left gaps at the back and they conceded a third just before half time.

Bridgwater knew that to stand a chance in this game they had to play better in the second hald, but this was not to be and a well worked long corner saw Old Bristolians score a fourth, and meanin a large deficit faced Bridgwater. They did manage to get a second through Rich Payne, but this was not enough to get them back into the game.
 
A disappointing end to the year, but with the Christmas break to come, Bridgwater are looking to begin the New Year with a return to winning ways. Man of the Match went to Mulberry Threlfall-Eyres for his good play and constant running.
 
GoCrea8 Hockey League
Westbury and UB 4th 4,  Bridgwater Mens 3rd 1
 
 
GoCrea8 Hockey League
Bridgwater Mens 4th 14, Minehead 3rd 0
 
 
GoCrea8 Hockey League
Bridgwater Mens 5th 7,  Mid-Somerset 3rd 2
 
This was the turnaround for the second half of the season, but before Christmas for the 5s. A few selection issues this week as players decided that Christmas shopping was more important, so there wasn’t as many to players choose from and Nikita Cernikovs came in to make his debut.
 
Things got off to a good start as Mid Somerset had to play in their home kit, which for older viewers created an issue and problem as no one knew who they were passing too! Also thanks to Geoff Banham for lending his astros to an opposition player.
 
The game got off on an equal footing as both teams pressed and defended solidly with the game looking like it would be tight. Jim Smith was his usual commanding self in the middle with Toby Knight and Ted Kelly both looking good and cutting out some good balls. Sam Thomas looked like he was to have a good game at right back, playing well in defence, and James Kettlewell spread the play with some booming drives. Christian Durkin is improving every week with his goal keeping, and made some great sharp stops. But it was Mid Somerset that scored first as Steve Morrish didn’t quite deflect a goal bound shot away and it hit his foot, - Mid Somerset scored the resulting penaly flick. This woke up the Bridgwater forwards as Mark Beebe and Cernikovs pushed up the wings with Harvey Larcombe, Simon Burland and Steve Miller all trying hard to get the first Bridgwater goal. Bridgwater’s hard work paid off as the strikers won a short corner that Kettlewell flicked hard to move him up the rankings for top scorer. This led to a stretched game as both sides pressed for the next goal, which went Bridgwater’s way with a well worked goal as Miller played a great ball to Burland who put it into the back of the net with a thumping cover drive. As the half came to a close Mid Somerset came close, but a move started by Smith, via Knight and Burland found Larcombe whose scoring run continued as he slid the ball into the net.

In the second half Bridgwater had to be wary as Mid Somerset wanted to get back into the game and at times looked very dangerous. Durkin pulled off some cracking saves with Kettlewell, Morrish, Thomas, Knight and Smith all battling back to keep it to 3-1. Then the game changed as Bridgwater won another short corner which was well worked by Kettlewell, played to Kelly who crossed for Beebe to tap in (via a cheeky little lob that just missed the post) to score his first goal for the club. Kettlewell then got another from a short corner but Mid Somerset fought back scoring a good goal for themselves from a well worked short corner. Some key moments then followed as Mid Somerset made some good breaks but Durkin with the support of the Bridgwater defence cleared some off the line. Cernikovs debut went really well and would have got even better, but he just missed a goal. In the last five minutes Bridgwater’s continued pressure from opposing 16s and free hits allowed Burland to bin one through the 5 hole with an incredible reverse strike (as described by Simon) and the final goal came from the final play from Miller who broke his Bridgwater duck with a solid strike from -1 yard. Burland debates it was his.
 
Despite a cold night and Christmas shopping, this was a great result for the 5s who can go into the break on a high. Toby Knight looked solid in the middle, along with all the other youngsters who have improved immensely. Man of the Match was shared between Mark Beebe, Simon Miller and Simon Burland.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year all, stay safe and enjoy the Turkey!
 
Saturday 09 December 2017
 
GoCrea8 Hockey League
Taunton Vale 3rd 3,  Bridgwater Mens 1st 3
 
Bridgwater made the short journey to Taunton for a late afternoon game in the blistering cold. In a game that they were expecting to win they started off very slow and conceded the first goal. As the half continued Bridgwater began to take control and made some excellent chances to equalise but unfortunately were not able to make them count - the unluckiest was from a great run by Andy Taylor which ended with him being taken out by the Vale keeper as he rounded him but all was adjudged fair. Bridgy finally got their elusive first goal from an unlikely scorer - left back Dom Court. This was his first goal for Bridgwater 1s. Bridgy finally took the lead from great work from Will Pope who was able to sweep home whilst on the floor.
 
The second half began as the first ended with Bridgy looking to extend their lead which they did from a crisp strike from skipper Tom Lott. At this point Bridgy switched off for a couple of minutes losing their shape and let in two goals in two minutes, complacency set in and it cost them the game.
 
The final 15 minutes was played out with a few chances for both teams but with no one managing that winning goal. A drawn game which Bridgwayer felt they had lost and leaves them in 6th position in the league at the half way stage.

Man of the match - Will Pope
 
GoCrea8 Hockey League
Bridgwater Mens 2nd 6,  Bristol University 5th 5
 
After a cold night, play was in doubt with some teams missing games due to frozen pitch. The 2s looked forward to a good game against a struggling Bristol Uni side. Both teams arrived up with plenty of subs and it looked like it was going to be a feisty game. The game started off quickly with a good battle in the midfield. The first goal came for Bridgy from Rich Payne who pounced on a loose ball after a good shot from Aaron Turner. However, Bristol Uni did not let their heads go down after going a goal down early, and quickly responded with a goal of their own. It was soon 2-1 to Bristol Uni after a great reverse strike from the top of the D going into the top corner. After the early season goal drought from short corners, Bridgwater managed to add to their scoring streak over the last few weeks from them. This time it was after a botched-up routine which saw a sliced shot fall to Kody Fludgate at the back post to deflect it past the keeper. But the parity was short lived, and Bristol Uni scored a scrappy goal to go 3-2 up. Then the game swung back into Bridgwater’s favour when they managed to convert one of their short corners with a great strike from Will Kelly. Bridgwater’s concentration was not good enough towards the end of the half and they went into the break 4-3 down but the score could have been nearer to eight if all chances had been put away.

Bridgwater were still in the game, creating chances, and just needing that extra effort to keep pressing and they knew the gaps would open in the second half. Bridgwater started quickly, winning 50/50 chances and coming away with the ball. Bridgwater made a good chance starting with a great run down the right by Alfie Threlfall, who managed to pick a great pass to Mulberry Threlfall-Eyres at the back post for a tap in and Bridgwater were back in the game. But this time, they had plans to try and stop Bristol Uni getting ahead and with strong second half performances by the defence, it was not too long until Bridgwater had another short corner. This was expertly dispatched by Will Kelly for his second of the game, but this time he flicked it past the keeper and defence. Bridgwater’s pressing did not stop, trying to extend their lead. This lead to another goal after Threlfall-Eyres deflected a shot from Fludgate past the keeper for the first two goal margin in the game. All Bridgwater had to do was keep up the defensive performance for the final 15 minutes. But, with tired legs and constant pressure Bridgwater conceded a short corner. This was deflected into the goal by the injector past the Bridgwater defence. This made for an anxious last few minutes, but Bridgwater managed to hold on for a hard-fought win at 6-5. With half of the season gone, Bridgwater are now looking to continue their current run of form to climb up the table from 5th. Next week it is another home game, and Bridgwater are hoping to overturn the 5-0 defeat to Old Bristolains in the earlier away game.
 
 
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Bridgwater Mens 4th 6,  Taunton Vale 5th 0
 
It was a welcome change for Bridgwater to field a strong home side for the 4s which even included 2 subs. From the very beginning the team gelled well and took control of the game. It was good to have Mike Eele back following several weeks away with injury. The central midfield was packed with strong players who combined well and attacked relentlessly. Eele, Paul Tilley, Paul Blackmore, and Sam Uminski overran the Vale defence on numerous occasions.
 
The defensive regulars of Kev Hicks, and Alex McNeill were happy to have Alex Howe back in the left back position and were rock solid in keeping a clean sheet with keeper Mark Hutter only needing to make one real save in the game.

Bridgwater were great in attack but converted most goals from penalty corners where specialist Eele was unforgiving. He scored four and Tilley and Carwyn Jenkins (returning from injury) also got on the score sheet.
The 4s were dominant in this game and are aiming for a similar performance next week before the Christmas break but may however miss key players! Man of the match was deservedly Sam Uminski who battled throughout and it goes to show the dominance of the team when a player scoring four goals didn’t feature in the voting!! The 4s have consolidated their strong mid-table 6th place.
 
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Bridgwater Mens 5th 1,  ISCA 6th 7
 
The 5s fielded 15 on Saturday on a cold evening at the Chilton Stadium.
 
With last week's 1-0 loss still in the mind and knowing how the away game pushed ISCA to the wire, Bridgwater knew that they could possibly get a result. This was a long shot, but with the likes of Steve ‘the Gunner’ Turvey up top rarely seen in the 5s, and Tyler Fagan making a welcome return, anything was possible.
 
The game started in all too familiar fashion, the bus was well and truly on loan from Jose, the Alamo was stacked to the walls and Bridgwater’s defence was set to ‘Ultra’. ISCA came at Bridgwater with everything they had but shots were repelled by Steve Morrish, Jim Smith, Will Baldwin with support from pretty much everyone including Toby Knight, Fagan, Sam Thomas, Andrew Hayden-Briffett, Connor Gillespie. Matt Graham and Rowan James who were the wide defenders played solidly as well, making some tremendous tackles. Mark Beebe with Harvey Larcombe and Turvey were able to squeeze the ball up front with a keen runner in Ted Kelly creating a close chance. With half time looming Christian Durkin had made a string of good saves throughout the half, but the Alamo was broken as ISCA finally broke the deadlock to go a deserved 1-0 up. Bridgwater made a couple of flutters into the ISCA half but age and experience got the better of Bridgwater.
 
A cheeky half time Jelly Baby was taken despite Brexit cut backs, Fagan clearly has too much money to spend on such luxuries. A bright start was had by Bridgwater who tried to get at least some sort of hold in the game. Unfortunately luck was not shining on Bridgwater as they came a cropper to ISCAs youth who were very good. Goals 3,4 and 5 quickly followed as ISCA finally exploited the skills and space they had to offer - passing the ball well and scoring goals! But then Bridgwater sprung into life as Knight, Smith, Kelly, Hayden-Briffett and Beebe all linked well, got the ball to the calibre player of Turvey who sold the on rushing keeper a dummy and squared the ball to Larcombe, who pounced like a tiger in slow motion. BOOM BOOM BOOM a goal for Larcombe, welcome to the big league! his first adult goal. Two moments of the day came as Morrish stunned the crowd with a quality ball from a James pass to find a wide open Turvey. Also Turvey controlled a ball that was deflected off  two sticks, was well above his head and made a world class pick. After this the game became stretched as Bridgwater searched for more but unfortunately a skilful and stronger ISCA team scored two more.
 
A fine battling effort by the younger players and adults alike. Man of the Match  was close as Christian Durkin is looking more and more a keeper every week, Toby Knight played well, but goalscorer Harvey Larcombe took the crown this week - well done young man!
 
Saturday 02 December 2017
 
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Bridgwater Mens 1st 4,  City of Bath 2nd 1
 
Bridgwater welcomed City of Bath and were keen to get back to winning ways after the previous week's poor performance. Bridgwater controlled the first half throughout but were only able to score two goals,  whereas they should have had the game finished by half time. The goal were scored in the first half was from wingers Todd Barrett and Jordan Rawles. Barrett was unlucky not to score a stunning reverse shot that was saved by the Bath keeper.
 
The second half was not quite the same with the game becoming very bitty and with players from both teams finding themselves in the sin bin. After Bridgwater went 3-0 up with another from Barrett (from the play of the match), it was the Bath team that would get the next goal. Bath pushed for their second and were not far away from getting it, but the killer goal came was to come from Bridgwater through Rawles with a nice flicked finish.
 
The win that puts Bridgwater safely in the centre of the table with a derby game with local rivals Taunton Vale next week.
 
Man of the Match - Andy Taylor
 
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Firebrands 5th 3,  Bridgwater Mens 2nd 2
 
This week brought a late game under floodlights away to Firebrands, starting off slow due to the cold conditions. Both teams were timid in attack with few chances, but with Bridgwater pushing and looking for the first goal, it left gaps open at the back which Firebrands' pace in attack exploited with a good move creating space in front of goal and scoring the first goal of the game. Soon after, Firebrands found gaps in the Bridgwater defence again and scored a second. Bridgwater looked to bounce back from this but even though they had a few good opportunities they went into the break two goals down.
 
Bridgwater went into the second half needing a good start, and this came through a good move down the right, with Aaron Turner playing a ball to Rich Payne who swept past the keeper into the bottom corner. Now Bridgwater had a way back into the game, but they pushed a bit too hard and Firebrands get their third of the game.. Bridgwater did not give up as there was still time in the game. But luck was not on their side until the last play of the game was a short corner which Will Kelly Flicked past the keeper and defenders on the line, making the final score 3-2 to Firebrands, it was a disappointing loss as Bridgwater never felt out of the game.
 
Man of the Match went to the excellent Scott Upham again.
 
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Bridgwater Mens 3rd 0, Keynsham 1st 4
 

Bridgwater 3s tool on Keynsham this week at Chilton, with Keynsham mounting a challenge to move closer to the top of the league. In a tough weel for selection , with limited availability, it was always going to be tough for Bridgwater.

 

So it proved, with the visitors running out comfortable winnwers by four goals to nil.

 
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East Devon 4th 5,  Bridgwater Mens 4th 1
 
For the second week running, the 4s fielded only 11, this time travelling to Exeter to play a very strong home East Devon side with a bench of strong subs. The first half was an amazing battling performance from Bridgwater, trying to fend off numerous well worked and co-ordinated attacks. The defence of Hicks, Richards and McNeill put up a spirited performance with the help of Pigden (who found himself in yet another different position this time in defensive midfield). In fact there were opportunities at the other end. A rare Bridgwater short corner was well worked by Blackmore, and Pigden was there to score. It was not long after however that the score was levelled and the 1-1 half time score was a credit to the Bridgwater team.

The second half was a different prospect. Bridgwater tired from the pace of the game and the constant re-shuffling of attacking midfield options with fresh legs coming off the East Devon bench. Ten minutes in and Bridgwater had gone behind for the first time. Despite valiant efforts from Uminski and Blackmore with help from Coleman and Casey – all in midfield - the East Devon attacks were too fast and too well organised for Bridgwater to deal with. There were good saves from Hutter, but late in the game with tiredness taking hold, three further goals in quick succession made the score line very flattering for East Devon.
 
Bridgwater were beaten by the better team on the day, but the score line didn’t reflect the efforts made.
 
Man of the match was deservedly Paul Blackmore who battled throughout - against all odds. 
 
 
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East Devon 5th 1,  Bridgwater Mens 5th 0
 
A tough week of selection and some last minute changes left Bridgwater with a depleted looking team, with only nine players available on Friday night. Big thank yous go to Matt Graham who changed his plans and Rowan James, who despite an injured foot came to play, and Jim Smith came along which meant that 11 players did venture to East Devon.
 
And aftera all that, a bunch of them got lost! Three arrived at the correct venue, three went to the old venue, and five went for a trip around Exeter meaning the game started 15 minutes late with only seven Bridgwater players on the pitch. It meant that it was fun and games for the first five minutes, as a bus that Jose Mourinho would have been proud of was parked in front of goal and East Devon couldn’t break through Steve Morrish, James Kettlewell, Jim Smith, Rowan James and Matt Graham with added fitness from Ted Kelly and Steve Miller running away with the ball.
 
Once the remainder got their kit on, they filtered on to the pitch with the Christian Durkin (keeper) getting onto the pitch. Nearly up to full complement East Devon won a ball in the D that was bouncing around and slotted home for 1-0. Shortly after Bridgwater were up to a full team and put an attack of their own together as Toby Knight linked well with Mark Beebe and Kelly, whose shot narrowly missed the target. Despite this the game was end to end with both teams creating chances as Durkin made a cracking save to maintain the score. Harvey Larcombe looked confident and with a smile on his face, came close himself. Beebe kept going, kept on harrying and pressing the East Devon defence and nearly broke free himself, but was stopped by an experienced East Devon back line.
 
The second half started with ten on the pitch as Kelly had to deal with an injured toe. Morrish, Smith and Kettlewell were kept busy from the start by East Devon, who were stronger than the Bridgwater youngsters. Some great tackles one on one kept East Devon at bay with Rowan James and Matt Graham looking confident i and distributing, with Larcombe coming to the fore again as Beebe, Miller, Knight and Smith all started to push forward. This left gaping holes at the back, which Morrish plugged making some good tackles, and three brilliant saves from Durkin kept East Devon at bay. A string of bad tempered moments left Bridgwater with ten on the pitch when Kelly came back on, but by now they had all done themselves proud by battling and matching East Devon. Smith wasn’t quite ready to give up so pushed forward and narrowly missed a chance.
 
Despite some late attempts, Bridgwater couldn’t nail a goal, losing by the margin of 1-0. Bridgwater played really well, pressed, pushed and played out of their skin,and  they can be proud of themselves.
 
Toby Knight played really well but just lost out on Man of the Match to tyhe tireless Ted Kelly.
 
Saturday 25 November 2017
 
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Somerset Gryphons 1st 5,  Bridgwater Mens 1st 1
 
Bridgwater travelled up the M5 to Clevedon, with a plan to extend their recent run of good form. The game proved a tougher challenge than recent weeks, and at half time Gryphons had scored two goals with no reply from Bridgwater.
 
In the second half, a somewhat bitty game continued in a similar vein, and Bridgwater were unable to prevent Gryphons extending their lead. Tom Lott scored Bridgwater's only goal of the game from a penalty stroke in reply to Gryphons' tally of five. The team are hopeful that this is a blip in form, and that there will be more points won in the matches leading up to the Christmas break.
 
Man of the match was Harry Rose.
 
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Bridgwater Ladies 1st 2,  Old Bristolians 1st 3
 
In their final league match of the year Bridgwater hosted Old B's who were just above them in the table.  The visitors scored early before Bridgwater had found their rhythm.  But it wasn't long before the home team replied with a goal from Sapphy Reed-Yang.  In the second half Old B's scored early on but again Bridgwater came back with a goal from Lucy Burridge.  Bridgwater had most of the possession and were looking for the winner.  Penalty corners were won and saved, shots were stopped and the Old B's keeper kept denying the Bridgwater attackers.  Late in the game following an injury to Bridgwater's captain and her departure from the field, Old B's nicked a goal. Despite continued efforts, Bridgwater just ran out of time to be able to claw back a draw.  Player of the match was Becca Tasker.  The game had provided plenty of high quality play, lots of goalmouth action and Bridgwater will take these positives into the second half of the season.
 
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Bridgwater Mens 2nd 8,  Bridgwater Mens 3rd 1
 

This week brought one of the biggest matches of the season for Bridgwater, it was the first time in a number of years that the 2nd team have faced the 3rd team in a league game. The game started off with the 2s looking the strongest, finding pockets behind the midfield of the 3s and creating the best of the chances. Rich Payne hit the post early, but the pressure soon told and the 2s scored their first of the day with a good move down the right, with the ball falling to Rich Payne who managed to squeeze the ball into the bottom corner.

 

This caused some 3s heads to go down and it was soon two with a good short corner routine allowing Will Kelly to score his first. It was soon three when Kody Fludgate popped up at the back post to score an open goal. The 2s did not take their foot of the gas and managed to score another three goals before the half time whistle with both Will Kelly and Rich Payne scoring their second of the game and Mulberry Threlfall-Eyres getting in on the act.

 

It was a lack of discipline at the back that saw the 3s win the ball back in a dangerous area and a good save from Brandon Durkin fall back to Kieran Spotiswoode, forcing Durkin into another save but this time it ricocheted off both of his legs leaving an open goal for Sam Sweatman. This left the game at 7-1 at half time.

 

Both teams battled hard in the second half and with a few tactical changes by the 3rdsin the 3s the game was much more even in the second half. The 2s struggled to break down the 3s defence, and the half only saw one goal from Mulberry from a short corner.


With the difficulty of an interclub game out of the way without any injuries both teams will be looking at good performances next week.

 

Man of the Match for the 2s was shared between Scott Upham and Threlfall-Eyres. Man of the Match for the 3s was shared between Duncan Bond and Dan James-Stone.

 

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Minehead 2nd 1,  Bridgwater Ladies 2nd 2
 
The Ladies 2s took on Minehead 2s in a mid-table clash on Saturday and Bridgwater started the game in a positive frame of mind attacking from the off with Karen Chilcott making a great run down the middle of the pitch passing most of the Minehead players. Bridgwater pressed high with Elesi Ryder and Kashi Morrish working the ball up the pitch in midfield. Bridgwater won a short corner which saw Jess Shobbrook score their first goal. Minehead then had a lot of attacking play and won a few short corners in a row. Rachel Higgs, Niamh Dillon did really well defending these with Jenny Hayden-Briffet saving a shot off the line.

The second half saw Bridgwater with a lot of the attacking play with Kate Ward and Danni Morgan finding lots of space down the left. Willow Hobbs scored Bridgwater's second from a great cross in the D from Danni. Minehead again responded by putting pressure on which saw Sue Durkin make a great 1 on 1 save. Minehead did the go on to score as Bridgwater relaxed a little. This appeared to motivate Bridgwater who then had most of the attacking play with Lauren Morrish making some good runs up the right wing, linking well with Clare Wilson in the middle.

Another great result for the Ladies 2s in the last game before their Christmas break with the final score 2-1.
Joint player of the match were Willow Hobbs and Clare Wilson
 
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Bridgwater Mens 4th 4,  Sidmouth & Ottery 3rd 2
 
Bridgwater fielded just 11 at home to Sidmouth & Ottery's  stronger of their two teams in South East Division 2. The visitors started strongest, dominating the crucial midfield area in the early stages of the game, as a hurriedly reorganised Bridgwater side struggled to settle. Following numerous short corner attempts and attacking movements Sidmouth and Ottery scored first. Not to say that there hadn’t been opportunities at the other end though. Captain, Kev Hicks, returning from injury made formation changes and Steve Wilson moved into a defensive midfield role. Bridgwater started to take the initiative. Paul Tilley and Paul Blackmore combined well with the forwards Steve Turvey and Tom Willis creating numerous opportunities. Eventually Willis levelled the score with a well worked goal. Moments later in another goal mouth scramble, Aiden Casey picked up the ball just inside the D and in a moment of brilliance drove the ball high into the net on his reverse stick. 2-1 at half time with Bridgwater starting to control the game and feeling relieved.

The second half saw the game ebb and flow, end to end, but with the best opportunities falling to Bridgwater. Two further goals - one each from Turvey and Tilley took the pressure off.  Wilson in midfield and Alex Howe and Steve Pigden as wing backs held off the opposition attempts on goal, until they secured a consolation goal just before the final whistle.

The final score was another great result for the 4s, putting them in a strong 6th place in the league with a crucial match next week against East Devon - the team above. Man of the Match was deservedly Aiden Casey for his battling in midfield and stunning goal.
 
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Ashmoor 4th 4,  Bridgwater Mens 5th 3
 
After a week of chopping and changing throughout the teams, yet again late issues meant that Bridgwater travelled with 11 ½ with a good mixture of youth. To top this it was a trip to a new pitch, which Connor ‘Sat Nav’ Gillespie managed to make driver Steve Morrish miss several left turns. But we all got there in the end.
 
The game started with a big push from both teams as they looked well matched and both wanting the 3 points. The dynamic duo of Morrish and James Kettlewell in the defence looked like they were in for a busy day as the youth of Ashmoor could run and move. Rowan James and Will Baldwin helped in the defence as they looked to bash and crash their way forward. But the midfield of Steve Richards, Connor Gillespie and the ever improving Toby Knight controlled things in the middle with an excellent ball through to Sam Thomas who just missed the goal. Ted Kelly pressed and harried the defence with his pace as Sam Uminski looked assured and quality up top. It was the latter who scored the first goal of the game with a slick move that was finely put away. Then Ashmoor turned on the afterburners and despite being cleanly tackled about 5 times an Ashmoor players buried the ball past Christian Durkin. But in this end to end game Bridgwater won a short corner which fell to Kelly whos shot somehow rolled over the keeper into the goal. Bridgwater repelled the last attack of the half and went into the half 2-1 up.
 
Looking to carry on the good play Bridgwater started positively but Ashmoor changed a few things around and pressed which overloaded the athletic defence. Ashmoor chopped through the defence and scored the equaliser which was shortly added too as they went 3-2 up. It was Ashmoor in the ascendancy as they should have scored 2/3 more but Durkin looked on fine form making some crucial blocks as did the defence. Bridgwater equalised themselves with 8 minutes to go through top scorer Kettlewell, whose new bat served him well. Both teams looked to press for the win but didn’t want to lose and unfortunately with a minute to go Ashmoor converted a deflected short corner to win the game 4-3.
 
Well played to all, we showed that the ball is mightier than the stick when we passed the ball we looked slick and for a young team that is always good. Man of the match was another nail biter that came to the last vote as Sam Uminski and Toby knight just missed out to the better looking Kelly, Ted.
 
 
 
Saturday 18 November 2017
 
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Bridgwater Mens 1st  2, Team Bath Buccs 5th 0

 


After two wins on the trot Bridgwater were looking to make it three against a team they had already beaten in the cup this year. The game started off a little scrappy with both teams trying to find the goal to settle them down and take control. Fortunately half way through the first half it was Bridgwater who would take the lead through a powerful strike from skipper Tom Lott. Bridgwater then pushed for their second and shortly after it came from a not so well worked short corner routine that pusher out Gower found himself with the ball in the D to slot home. At 2-0 up at half time Bridgy intended to get the game over with as soon as possible.

 

The second half started very bitty and was not helped with a few green cards meaning both teams were down to ten players men at times with no team able to take advantage. Bridgwater had multiple short corners but were unable to score, and at the other end they defended stoutly keeping the Bath team out with Jenkins able to clear a couple off the line. The scored didn't change, giving Bridgwater a well earned win. Not the prettiest of games but a gritty performance with the defence and keeper Hendrie able to keep their second clean sheet in three games.

 

Man of the match - Tom Lott 

 
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Winscombe 2,  Bridgwater Ladies 1st 1
 
After a team and formation reshuffle, Bridgwater travelled away to Winscombe looking to continue on their previous results. They started the first half positively with an offensive formation and held the Winscombe defence in their own 25, but despite a number of short corners, Bridgwater were unable to get onto the scoreboard.
 
Quick and strong counter attacking from Winscombe saw them put two goals past the Bridgwater defence. Shortly before the halftime whistle, Bridgwater won a penalty corner from a foot in the D and were able to score from this advantage. Leaving the score 2-1 at half time.
 
The second half remained goalless but good hockey was played by both teams, giving plenty to work on before the last match before the Christmas break next week. 
 
Player of the match: Laura Coles 
 
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Clifton Robinsons 4th 8,  Bridgwater Mens 2nd 1
 

Bridgwater 2s travelled to Clifton Robinsons, knowing it was going to be a tough game, needing a good start but this was not to be the case, starting with possession, it was soon lost and Robinsons countered, scoring with their first attack. This was not the start Bridgwater was hoping for, but was a sign of things to come and  Bridgwater did not recover, going into the break 6-0 down.

 
Bridgwater were just looking for a better performance in the second half, as they knew there was not much chance of closing the massive deficit. After a switch of positions Bridgwater started the second half much better. They had some pressure and even managed to get a consolation goal through Will Kelly. But the final score ended at 8-1. It was a much better performance in the second half, which Bridgwater hope to take into next week against a familiar opponent in Bridgwater 3rd XI!
 
Man of the Match this week was shared between Rich Payne and Scott Hogan. 

 

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Bridgwater Ladies 2nd 3,  White Eagles 2nd 2
 
The Ladies 2s were looking to continue their good form against 2nd in the table White Eagles 2s.
Bridgwater soon found themselves under pressure from the White Eagles attack. Rachel Higgs, Bridget Headeaux and Hilary McNeil did a fantastic job in defence to stop the attackers getting a shot. Bridgwater then broke on the counter attack with Jenny Hayden-Briffet and Kate Ward working hard up the right passing the ball into Dani Morgan who scored her first goal for the club. Bridgwater again found themselves under attack but keeper Sue Durkin made some good saves and Niamh Dillon made some important tackles to stop the shots going in. White Eagles then equalised after lots of pressure. Bridgwater again upped their game pushing forward with Lauren Morrish and Kashi Morrish working hard down the left. Clare Wilson managing to get a ball through to Rose Baker who smacked the ball past the keeper just before half time.
 
Bridgwater knew they needed to keep the lead and Karen Chilcott went on a great run through the middle, unlucky not to score. Jess Shobbrook then made a run into the D slotting the ball to Rose Baker to score her second of the game. With Bridgwater getting tired and White Eagles continuing to press they scored a second goal.
 
The game finished early with ten minutes remaining due to a White Eagles player falling awkwardly on her ankle and an ambulance having to be called.
 
Hilary McNeil claimed player of the match for her solid performance in defence.
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Bridgwater Mens 3rd 4,  Old Bristolians 2nd 4
 
Due to an injured player lying on the pitch awaiting an ambulance the game started one and a quarter hours late. Many thanks to the opposition, players and various umpires for changing their afternoon to allow this and other matches to take place.
 
Bridgwater were playing second in the league and found themselves a goal down within 60 seconds and annihilation was anticipated! OBs appeared to be far superior and were far quicker to the ball - going two goals up. Eventually as Bridgwater got to grips with a completely new formation, inroads were made with Cam Birch and Adam Lowe taking hold of the midfield. In their only short corner a Birch shot was illegally stopped on the line and a penalty stroke was given which Lowe converted.
 
The half time team talk was about making sure that Bridgwater competed for the 50/50 balls. But it didn't start too well as Bridgwater went 3-1 down. However, despite their first half domination OB’s took the foot off the pedal and were soon to be 4-3 down themselves as a Simon Burland brace and a Cam Birch goal gave Bridgwater what looked like an unexpected 3 points! Then in the dying minutes OB’s equalised when a falling player crossed to an unmarked player to convert. It was a pity to lose the lead, but overall a good result.

Man of the match - Cam Birch (with 2 votes!)
 
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West Dorset 2nd 3,  Bridgwater Mens 4th 2
 
A very different 4th team travelled to take West Dorset for an important mid-table fixture. Considering the different shape of the team, Bridgwater battled hard, but were destined not to claim any points, finally going done 3-2.
 
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Bridgwater Mens 5th 1, Sidmouth & Ottery 5th 4
 
A bit of hairy selection this week as the 5s lost nearly half their starting line-up to the higher teams, but did have a few come down. Things got off to a bad start as there had been a game delayed earlier so several players had to leave half way through the game to meet other commitments. Thanks to Geoff Banham for stepping up to assist with numbers.
 
With the change in personnel came a change in shape of the team, with poor little Durk (Christian Durkin) still silly enough to go in goal, looking to keep up his impressive form. New centre back partnership of Jim Smith and Steve Morrish looked set for a busy game as the team that were top of the table came with two very high strikers who looked decent in front of goal. Despite pressure from Rowan James on the left and Matt Graham on the right, Sidmouth and Ottery pressed high and pushed Bridgwater back and where unlucky to not be a couple of goals up within five minutes, luckily Sidmouth & Ottery managing to tackle themselves in front of goal. The midfield of Sam Thomas and Edward Hayden-Briffett in the middle, and Andrew Hayden-Briffett with Mark Beebe as the outer halfs made life interesting for the Sidmouth & Ottery team as they hastled and harried throughout. The 5s welcomed back Aiden Casey who played up front with Stephen Miller and young Harvey Larcombe with Miller looking pacey and up to the task up front. Unfortunately Bridgwater were unable to make a breakthrough, despite Smith, and both Hayden-Briffetts getting strong shots off with Miller unable to get a goal. But Sidmouth & Ottery showed their composure as they put men further forward who out-thought the Bridgwater backline and scored two more goals.
 
In the second half Bridgwater looked more resilient and up for the challenge. A small change in formation pushed Smith further up the pitch, which allowed the creation of more chances. Larcombe came close but again a strong Sidmouth & Ottery attack managed to score another. Then veteran Geoff Banham came onto the pitch to replace Beebe, as Bridgwater were now down to 11 men. Somehow Bridgwater won a short corner which was rifled into the back of the net with a push through the keepers legs from Edward Hayden-Briffett, cue scenes as if Bridgwater had won the world cup! The game was end to end with Durkin making some good saves, Morrish cleared one off the line, with James and Graham both looking strong in the tackles.
 
The game ended 4-1 with the second half a worthy 1-1. Many thanks to those who left late to ensure we had enough players and to those who stepped up from nowhere. Also thank you to Roy ‘Roy's Ball’ Pumfrey for sponsoring the 5s match balls for the season - much appreciated.
 
Man of the match was a close run thing, with it going to the last vote as Mark Beebe, Stephen Miller and Andrew Hayden-Briffett came a very close second to Edward Hayden-Briffett.
 
 
 
 
Saturday 11 November 2017
 
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Mid-Somerset 1st 2,  Bridgwater Mens 1st 5

 

Bridgwater travelled to Mid-Somerset to take on a team that had only lost one previous game this season, and Bridgwater wanted to follow up on the win from last week.

 

The first half was controlled by Bridgwater who probably had their best half of the season, scoring two goals. Both were scored by Lott - the first from a tight angle and the second from quick passing by Fudge to Jenkins who then found Lott.

 

The second half started very much like the first with Bridgwater scoring again through Lott to complete his hat-trick, followed by tap-in on the line by Barrett. After going four goals up, Bridgwater lost a bit of shape and enabled the skilful midfielders of Mid-Somerset to create some good chances. With eight minutes remaining, Mid-Somerset got their first goal, and only two minutes later had pulled back another. With pressure piling on, Bridgwater managed to break away and score in the dying minutes to secure the game - Barrett securing his second.

 

Man of the match - Luke Hendrie 

 
Sunday 12 November 2017 - England Hockey Club
 
Bridgwater travelled to Winchester to play the second round of the England Hockey cup but after the long drive, were defeated by the Hampshire club.
 
West Clubs Women's Hockey League
Bridgwater Ladies 1st 2,  Taunton Vale 3rd 1
 
The Bridgwater Ladies 1s put in a strong performance and kept their winning streak against bottom of the table Taunton Vale 3rd. The local derby game is always one to look forward to in the league calendar and it is always rewarding to come away with the three points.
 
Bridgwater started the first half well and held their structure to play the ball into the D from all angles. After repeated attacks, Bridgwater attackers Lucy Burridge and Sapphy Reed-Yang, with the support of midfield players Heidi Martin, Laura Coles, Emma Hill and Becca Tasker, were able to find a defender’s foot in the D for a short corner. The team decided on a straight strike to test the Vale defenders and see their play, and Cass Walker found the backboard to score from from the top of the D. After the reset, Bridgwater worked hard to penetrate the D but were unsuccessful with no shots on target.

A lapse of concentration and a strong long ball from the Vale defence left Bridgwater on the back foot as they counter attacked and overloaded the Bridgwater defence. With Sue Chaplin, Julie Morrish, Sue Chaplin and Walker marking tightly, the Vale midfield were forced to send the ball into the D with a hard hit, leading to their high forward player getting a lucky deflection past Bridgwater keeper Amy Burridge. Bridgwater returned with an equally strong attack and ran the back line to pass the ball to the penalty spot where Reed-Yang was waiting, to strike and give Bridgwater their second goal.

In the second half, despite keeping their structure and discipline, neither team scored, leaving the score line 2 – 1 to Bridgwater.
 
Player of the match: Sapphy Reed-Yang
 
Sunday 12 November 2017 - England Hockey Club
 
Bridgwater Ladies 1st 1,  Redland UWE 3 
 
Facing two games in a weekend, the Bridgwater knew they had to work hard to pull off a performance against higher league Redland UWE. They went into the game positively after their win ton Saturday and were keen to play against the stronger side. Before the game, both teams lined up on the half way line to pay their respects for Remembrance Day. An act both teams requested and carried out admirably.

From the start, Bridgwater were under pressure from the young Redland UWE side but were undeterred. Tackles were fast and the turnover of the ball was faster from both sides. Eventually, Redland UWE broke through the defence of Donna Cooper, Julie Morrish, Sue Chaplin and Cass Walker, with an overload. Although the attack was messy the attacking side put the ball past keeper Amy Burridge to get Redland UWE on the score board. At the restart, Bridgwater stepped up a gear and moved the ball quickly with short passes to enter the D. Penetrating passes from Laura Coles and Sapphy Reed-Yang to attackers Willow Hobbs and Lucy Burridge, led to Burridge finding a foot in the D. Despite a strong hit from the top of the D, the Redland defence prevented Bridgwater from scoring and replied with a strong counter attack down their right-hand side. Another overload of the defence lead to a second goal being scored.
 
The Bridgwater side picked their heads up and replied with an even stronger attack. This lead to the attacker entering the D before being repeatedly fouled and a penalty stroke was awarded. Lucy Burridge stepped up and took the stroke with a successful conversion to put Bridgwater on the score board.

Despite several attacking short corners from the experienced Redland side, the Bridgwater defence remained strong and successfully cleared the ball. In the closing moments of the game, the Redland side put everything into their final attack, leading to their third and final goal from a mishit, bobbling ball which went over both the keeper's foot and defender's stick.
 
Despite the loss, the Bridgwater learned a lot from the encounter with the Premier 2 league team which they are looking to put into practice at training next week.
 
Player of the match: Donna Cooper
 
 
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Bridgwater Mens 2nd 3,  North Somerset 2nd 1
 
This week Bridgwater took on a strong North Somerset side. Both sides started strongly, but Bridgwater had the best of the chances with Will Kelly missing a near open goal chance. The ball managed to quickly go down the other end and North Somerset missed their own near open goal chance. A good Bridgwater move down the right had the ball fall nicely to Will Kelly for him to score the first of the game. After another good move by Bridgwater the ball fell to Paul Bond who had his shot blocked, and  North Somerset stick go flying, the ball fell to Will Kelly who put the ball into the net but the goal was eventually disallowed due to dangerous play. This meant that Bridgwater went into the half time break only 1-0 up, when the score could have been 3-1 if the chances had been taken by both sides. Bridgwater knew they had to play well to win the game.

The second half started off badly for Bridgwater with North Somerset starting fast and getting a lucky ricochet which fell nicely to the striker who calmly placed the ball past Brandon Durkin in goal. Bridgwater had to start playing well again to get back into the lead and they battled hard to try and create a few more chances. The big break came with a good move down the right, Aaron Turner played a good pass across the goal to Will Kelly to score his second of the game. North Somerset had to get back into the game and they started to press hard and this left a few gaps at the back for Bridgwater's fast forward line to attack. Another chance came from a free hit taken quickly by Will Kelly, who drove the ball into the D as the North Somerset players appeared to be napping, playing the ball to Aaron Turner (returning the favour from earlier) to make it a more comfortable last ten minutes for Bridgwater with a two goal cushion.
 
The game ended with Bridgwater 3-1 winners - their third win in a row - with an improved performance against a stronger team. Man of the Match went to Harry Rose for his constant running and great defending.

Next week the 2s visit Clifton Robinsons, hoping for points to continue the climb up the table.

 

West Clubs Women's Hockey League
Taunton Vale 5th 0,  Bridgwater Ladies 2nd 2
 
The Ladies 2s took the short trip to Taunton Vale this week looking for a win to push them up the table.
Bridgwater started the game attacking with Danni Morgan and Karen Chilcot making some great runs up front and getting the ball into the D. Lauren Cival-Holt, Lauren Morrish and Kashi Morrish linked really well in midfield, moving the ball up the pitch between them. It was Tracey Gue who made a great drive down the right, crossing the ball to Jess Shobbrook who slotted it past the keeper to score Bridgwater's first.. Bridgwater continued to attack, with Kate Ward driving into the D and scoring a great goal, sending the ball flying into the top of the net.

 
After a minute's silence for Remembrance Day, the second half saw Taunton Vale attack more. but Bridget Headeaux, Hilary McNeil and Rachel Higgs held defence well and Vale could only manage to find the net with a shot which was disallowed for being from outside the D. Sue Durkin had little to do in goal for Bridgwater, but made an important save when finding herself outnumbered at the back. Niamh Dillon had a great first game back after coming back from injury for her first  game of the season. Final score a well deserved 2-0 to Bridgwater.
 
Player of the Match Kate Ward 
 
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Bristol University 5th 2,  Bridgwater Mens 3rd 4
 
The 3s took 13 players to Bristol University D for a late start at 5:30pm and the weather turned out to be typically November as it was freezing and wet. With the opposition still gathering players together, locating goalkeeper kit and umpires there was a decent period for warming up and the late game started eventually about fifteen minutes late.
 
When the game started, it was the opposition who started the brighter, but eventually Edward Hayden- Briffett, Ollie Boulton and Will Pope’s midfield energy gathered some control for Bridgwater. About 15 minutes in a Richard Payne cross was blasted through the keeper by Will Pope. Soon after Rich Payne made it two when he assisted himself after his initial shot rebounded back of the keeper for him to convert. With the score at 2-0 the skipper Morrish (who was ill!) decided he could only last a few minutes at this pace, and moved up front. Within seconds it was 2-1!
 
Andrew Hayden-Briffett went in the middle with his twin and looked more at home there. His incisive pass found Phil Morrish absolutely free and he took a first time shot which had it not missed would have been a great goal!  Soon after the combination of Payne and Pope saw Pope get his second for halftime at 3-1.

The second half was a really messy affair with both teams trying to get to grips with the decision making of the umpires and Bridgwater substitutions messing up their game plans more than a little (Dan James Stone did not realise how good he was until he sat watching!). Bridgwater’s defence was solid as Blyth, Butt, Stone and Wood and keeper Rauch battled away.  Sam Sweatman had a solid return to the 3s at right half. Eventually with the game to-ing and fro-ing Bristol Uni got a second and had some decent chances to equalise.
 
Then came the slow motion movement of the match:
Bristol Uni are pushing forward as the game is in the last minute. Phil Morrish is in the inside right channel on the 25 for Bridgy. A big defensive clearance finds Rich Payne inside his own half. Payne moves forward two yards and spots Morrish with no one within 25 yards. The easy pass ismade to Morrish who does not panic at all as his mind says the keeper will come running out and then he can pass to Rich Payne who is running at break neck speed down the middle sniffing out his second. The keeper does not move off his line. Only five yards out now (and panic has now set in), Morrish back lifts and the stationary keeper closes his eyes and recoils in fear. Ball gently passes into the corner with Payne shouting (expletives deleted) “good job you did not miss!”
 
Game over at 4-2!
 
Man of the Match:  Will Pope
 
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Bridgwater Mens 4th 2,  ECV Hornets 3rd 1
 
Bridgwater fielded a strong side to entertain top of the table ECV Hornets. Hornets – unbeaten all season - controlled the game in the early stages as a reorganised Bridgwater side struggled to settle. Gradually the strength of new addition Lee Chorley in central defense, skill and control from Paul Tilley in midfield, and versatility from Steve Pigden saw Bridgwater start to take the initiative. A well worked move through the centre saw Jack Dillon pick up the ball and drive into the D, striking the ball into the left side of the goal. Bridgwater had to fight to stay in the game however, which flowed from end to end. They finally succumbed to pressure from numerous short corner moves and the score was level at 1-1 at half time.

In the second half Bridgwater chopped and changed their midfield to try and get a grip on the game. Richards and Casey were strong in midfield with the competitive at all times. With ten minutes to go, Steve Turvey scored a well worked equaliser for Bridgwater to again take the lead and hold out for a great result for the 4s.
 
Bridgwater are now in a strong fifth place in the league but only three points off the top in a competitive table.
 
Man of the Match was again Alex Howe with another strong, defensive and consistent game. 
 
 
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Mid-Somerset 3rd 6, Bridgwater Mens 5th 2
 
A fun (but in a good way) week of selection saw the final 14 made the cut, through the judges houses but no eliminations took place. There was even a vote at the end, but you need to read all the way through to find out the result (no spoilers from me!).
 
The 5s looked to try and continue the good form of recent weeks, but knew that it was going to be hard against a strong Mid-Somerset team. No debutants this week but there was a warm welcome for Connor Gillespie who hasn’t played in the 5XI for a while. Gillespie and Sam Thomas started in the centre of midfield with a dominant looking Jim Smith looking to take out any attacks before they started. Tyler Coleman and Matt Graham started in the wide midfield positions with Steve Wilson and Steve Miller up top. To be honest the size and strength of the Mid-Somerset defence was a little intimidating to the youngsters that Bridgwater had on show, but that didn’t deter them. It was the defence of Will Baldwin, James Kettlewell and Rowan James who looked to pull a cracker or two but it was clear that it was this defence that was going to be busy as Mid-Somerset had some quality up front. Stand-in (maybe now kind of permanent although not sure what his mum thinks) goalkeeper Christian Durkin made two outstanding saves to keep the game goalless but as Bridgwater rang the changes they sadly conceded. But Harvey Larcombe and Mark Beebe added to the game as Beebe looked composed and strong on the ball. As the game became stretched-Mid Somerset broke and the striker found the corner of the net.
 
Then onto the second half, hoorah! It was wet, very wet and starting to get murky - you would never had guessed that it was an early afternoon game. Bridgwater survived a barrage of attacks with Durkin yet again making some good saves and Kettlewell looked to control the defence. It wasn’t long until Mid-Somerset scored again - despite a leg from Steve Morrish initially blocking the ball on the line with his leg - the resulting penalty stroke was converted. It was 4-0 soon after, but Bridgwater never gave up, especially up front with Larcombe unlucky not to score with his first ever goal-bound shot in a adult league game. Miller was giving it 100 per cent  with his running and pressuring as Bridgwater won a short corner which Kettlewell converted, woohoo! GOAL!
 
By now the game was effectively over with only ten minutes to go and players thoughts turning to getting warm (and dry!) in the changing room. But it was still action packed as despite some good blocking by Baldwin, Morrish, Smith and Thomas, Mid-Somerset had far too much quality in attack and put two more past an unlucky Durkin. Coleman came close as he not only hit the post but forced the keeper into a fantastic save. But then out of nowhere Wilson ‘no votes, no pass’ somehow got a goal, with a solid reverse strike from the top D - no one was more shocked than the keeper.
 
A good game to play in against an opposing team that was up for it, older, wiser and taught the Bridgwater youngsters a thing or two. Bridgwater battled well all game, to a man. Clearly things to work on, but it's pleasing to see everyone progressing.
 
Man of the match was 'No Votes' Steve Wilson.
 
 
Saturday 4 November 2017
 
GoCrea8 Hockey League
Bridgwater Mens 1st  2,  Firebrands 3rd 0
 
Bridgwater welcomed Firebrands to Chilton in a bottom of the table clash, so a win was imperative for Bridgwater who have been struggling more than they expected this year. It was Firebrands who started the better team but a solid performance from the Bridgwater defence not only early on but throughout the game kept Firebrands out. After ten minutes Bridgwater got themselves into the game and Tom Lott found himself in the D with plenty of time to shoot home with a powerful shot. Throughout the half Bridgy made plenty of chances to finish the game but were unable to score again in the first half. It was Todd Barrett who had the best chances but unfortunately didn't have his shooting stick with him.
 
The second half played out pretty much the same way with Bridgy making chances but not finding the net meaning that Firebrands were always in the game. The killer goal again came from Lott this time being picked out by the old man Carwyn Jenkins. The second half became a bit of a tetchy affair, with quite a few cards being shown, but on the whole Bridgy kept out of it. In fact their worst period of play came when Firebrands were down to nine players (including the keeper being suspended) but could not take advantage. A very good team performance leading to a vital win.
 
Man of the Match - Duncan Morrish. 
 
West Clubs Women's Hockey League
Bristol University 3rd 0,  Bridgwater Ladies 1st 1
 
The Ladies 1s returned to winning ways with a gritty performance against Bristol University. After staying in the game in a difficult first half, their quality told in the second and they turned on the style. The breakthrough finally came through player of the match Sapphy Reed-Yang, scoring the only goal in a 1-0 victory.
 
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Shepton Mallet 2nd 1,  Bridgwater Mens 2nd 2
 
Bridgwater took the short journey to Shepton Mallet and the game started off even with both teams having good chances saved by the keepers. Bridgwater seemed to have the best of it early on but struggled to find the back of the net. Then after giving away a short corner, which lead to a further short corner Bridgwater conceded with a well struck shot from the top of the D. Bridgwater heads did not drop, and they were soon on the attack again, leading to an opening down the right for Man of the Match Joe Syvret to run the ball into the D and play a ball across the D for Kody Fludgate to tap in at the back post with an attempt which looked harder to miss than score, and after battling hard it was level at half time.
 

The second half saw Shepton Mallet push hard to try and get their second, but Bridgwater’s defence held out. This was until a short corner from Shepton again was struck well but this time keeper Brandon Durkin deflected it and it hit a Bridgwater defencer on the line, and a penalty flick was awarded. Durkin had to try to atone for his mistake, but the Shepton player fluffed his flick which made for a simple save. This opened the game up, so the forwards could use their pace on the counter attack. Then a bit of sloppy play by Shepton Mallet gave Bridgwater a free hit near the D and Paul Bond took the opportunity to take it quickly, and he drove the ball towards the D and hit the ball towards the keeper, and the only player to react to this was Mulberry who got a slight deflection which sent the ball past the keeper putting Bridgwater into the lead. Now all Bridgwater had to do was hold on for the final 15 minutes. This was a tough 15 minutes for Bridgwater as Shepton pressed hard but legs were starting to tire on both sides, and there was a flurry of short corners for Shepton but Bridgwater’s defence manged to keep them out. The last play of the game was a short corner to Shepton but the ball was cleared successfully to keep the score at 2-1

 

A hard game for both teams but Bridgwater were happy to come out on top.

 

West Clubs Women's Hockey League
Bridgwater Ladies 2nd 1,  Taunton Civil Service 2nd 1
 
The Ladies 2 were hoping for a win against Civil Service and fielded a strong team.
Bridgwater started well and had most of the play with Karen Chilcot, Danni Morgan and Jess Shobrook pushing forward from the start and winning the ball. The play was fairly even with Civil Service also playing well, but  Hilary McNeil, Rachel Higgs and Bridget Headeax minimised the threat to Bridgwater.
 
After half time Bridgwater had Kashi Morrish and Kate Ward driving up the line getting the place into the D. Bridgwater won several short corners with Rose Baker scoring from a great shot. Bridgwater continued to press Civil Service with Elesi Ryder and Mel Lacey making some good runs into the D. Lauren Morrish also had some great runs from the back pushing the team forward. Bridgwater were unlucky not to score again when Clare Wilson's shot from a shot corner was disallowed for being just over the back board. Unfortunately Civil Service counter attacked from this, passing everyone and Sue Durkin was unlucky not to make the save.
Bridgwater deserved to win on the play so the 1-1 draw did not really reflect the game.

Player of the Match - Lauren Morrish 
 
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Bridgwater Mens 3rd 1, Firebrands 5th 3
 
Bridgwater 3s entertained Firebrands 5s at home. The game was lost 3-1 with Bridgwater’s goal scorer being Richard Payne. Bridgwater had the chances to achieve a result in the game but their Achilles heel was finding the net.

Man of the Match - Daniel James Stone
 
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Yeovil and Sherborne 3rd 2,  Bridgwater Mens 4th 3
 
Bridgwater travelled to Yeovil after a difficult selection week due to carnival commitments.  Yeovil fielded an experienced side and the game was very tight for the first 20 minutes with Yeovil controlling the midfield. Despite this, Bridgwater opened the scoring with a breakaway goal - 'route one' diagonally into the box and picked up and finished neatly by Lewis Coad. Steve Pigden and Tom Casey worked tirelessly in midfield to keep Yeovil at bay but despite this and strong defensive performances from Conrad Butt, Alex Howe and Alex McNeill, Yeovil equalised just on half time.
 
The second half saw Bridgwater take more control of the game. Kev Hicks pushed forward to link with Pigden and the forwards. Steadman, Knight, Steve Turvey and Maek Beebe pressed forward and found themselves driving into the box on many occasions until Coad scored his second of the day. Pressure continued and a solo run on the left side of Yeovil’s goal area by Steadman opened up a tight angled reverse stick shot extending Bridgwater’s lead to 3-1. In the last 10mins the game swung again Yeovil's way, with relentless pressure on the Bridgwater defence. Hicks cleared off the line first with stick and then moments later with foot to concede a penalty flick, which despite a valiant effort by Hutter in goal, cut the lead down to a single goal. Bridgwater hung on to gain a another deserved win and three points. Man of the Match was deservedly Lewis Coad for a strong attacking game. But this was a whole team performance which has characterised the 4s this year so far.
 
GoCrea8 Hockey League
ISCA 6th 2,  Bridgwater Mens 5th 2
 
After a good result last week Bridgwater looked to continue the good form but with a much changed team. The Hockey gods were looking down on Bridgy when Jim Smith’s transfer came through from a local club to make his debut, with Tom Stacey becoming available at the last minute.
 
The game started with Bridgwater defending like the Alamo. ISCA were most definitely the busier of the two teams up top as they won short corner after short corner but couldn’t find a way past Smith with young Christian Durkin (forced into keeper's kit for the second week running) making two huge saves. Slowly but surely Bridgwater got into the game with the midfield of dynamic-ness of Stacey, Travis Redfern, Sam Thomas and Tyler Coleman who all looked silky smooth pressing up the pitch and helping out Smith, Rowan James, James Kettlewell and Steve Morrish in defence. Steve Wilson did his best up top with what little ball he had, with Harvey Larcombe starting to ‘grow’ into the game of hockey (borrowing a spare Wilson shirt, his mum will have to wash the kit on a Sunday!). Despite all of the pressure and several big hits Bridgwater pressed and Tom Stacey broke free after a great move from Redfern and Thomas, rounded the keeper and put into an empty net to open the scoring The second half ended much as it began with ISCA pressing but just missing the goal with the odd deflection.
 
The second half began with the youthful press forward of ISCA who were all over Bridgwater like a rash using some good skills and some slick moves, but they still lacked the finishing touch. Rowan James looked in formidable form as he cleared out a couple of attackers, but it was Smith who looked cool and calm making key tackles. Then it was ISCA's turn to score from two sweet moves with both shots rifling into the bottom corner. Stacey was continuing to push through the midfield with Coleman and Larcombe combining well down the left. With only eight minutes to go ISCA should have been out of sight and had a shot deflected over the bar by Morrish, who let the whole word and his mum know! ISCA couldn’t find the all important third goal as Bridgwater then bumbled through with Redfern who somehow managed to put in a reverse stick cross which was put in by Wilson on the back post. Shock was on all faces. But Bridgwater went on to defend a point that was well fought for, but didn’t really deserve as ISCA were much better. But onwards and upwards.
 
The introduction of James Smith was key, with Stacey and Redfern also adding to the passing and movement of a dynamic midfield. Thanks again to Christian Durkin for keeping goal, and making some top saves!
 
Man of the match was James Smith.
 
 
 
Saturday 28 October 2017
 
GoCrea8 Hockey League
Clifton Robinsons 1st 3,  Bridgwater Mens 1st  0
 
A very close first half saw both teams making half chances but no real clear cut opportunities meant the match was goalless at half time. In the second half Bridgwater did not play with the same intensity - giving the ball away far too many times - and enabled Clifton to put the pressure on the defence. Bridgwater held firm, determined to come away with something, but in the end the pressure told and Clifton were to run away easy winners scoring three in the second half. A poor performance means the season will be another relegation fight unless Bridgwater can put a string of wins together. The next few weeks will be important as they will be playing against the other teams at the foot of the table.
 
Man of the match - Duncan Morrish 
 
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Bridgwater Mens 2nd 4,  Westbury and UB 4th 3
 

A slightly changed side to last week took on on a fellow midtable team. Looking for the elusive win that they did not get last week, Bridgwater started off the brightest having a couple of chances on goal. Then, after a goal bound shot hit a defender on the line, Bridgwater were given a penalty flick which was taken by Will Pope - it was his strike which resulted in the decision to give a flick. The flick was saved by the Westbury keeper, but the signs were looking good for plenty of other opportunities.

 

A quick break from the back saw Tom Willis move towards the D and unselfishly pass the ball, receive it back, and slip it past the keeper. But again, a lack of discipline at the back saw a short corner be the unravelling of the Bridgwater defence with Westbury levelling the score with a good strike from the top of the D. Westbury had momentum now and scored a second goal with a ball played into the D with a slight deflection by the striker causing some confusion and was let in by the Bridgwater keeper in error.

 

Now Bridgwater had to show some fight to get back into the game and after some sustained pressure Bridgwater were awarded a second penalty flick of the game, but this time it was taken by Will Kelly who calmly placed it into the bottom right of the goal. Now the momentum was with Bridgwater they managed to create a few more chances and one finally fell to Aaron Turner who turned it goalward to give Bridgwater the lead again before the end of the half.

 

In the second half the game opened up due to the heat causing both teams to tire - this created chances at both ends but the goal opened up again for Tom Willis who managed to grab his second goal of the game. Bridgwater then gave away another short corner which was not defended well enough and the rebound (after a good initial save) fell to a Westbury player who hit the ball into the back of the net. This left a nervous few minutes for Bridgwater to hold on to come out 4-3 winners in a game that could have seen double figures for both teams.

 

Bridgwater Ladies 2nd 0,  Mid-Somerset 0
 
The ladies 2s put in a strong performance against a quality Mid-Somerset side, dominating them across the 70 minutes. The game ended up 0-0, but a Bridgwater win would have been the much fairer result! Player of the match was new signing Lauren.
 
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Firebrands 4th 2,  Bridgwater Mens 3rd 0
 
Bridgwater took on to Firebrands who were on zero points so far. The early signs were good for Bridgwater as they threatened Firebrands defence, but could not breach beyond their 25 yard line. With the advent of a 12th player as a substitute and a coach arriving late and organising the them, Firebrands began to dominate Bridgwater. Keeper Dom Rauch was kept busy making some fantastic reaction saves but eventually was beaten and Bridgwater went in a goal down at half time.
 
The second half was somewhat similar although Rauch was far less busy. With no recognised striker in the team, Bridgwater threatened rarely and only four shots on goal in the whole game. Firebrands got a fairly lucky second goal as the ball went around the D in the air for 20 seconds or so resembling lacrosse rather than hockey! In all, a better performance than last week.
 
Man of the Match Dom Rauch.
 
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Chard 3rd 2, Bridgwater Mens 4th 0
 
The Men's 4s travelled to Chard with confidence after last week's resounding victory, but came across a 3rd team side which seemed to be playing better than their 2nds! They were unlucky to lose 2-0, but are confident of being back to winning ways soon.
 
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Bridgwater Mens 5th 3,  East Devon 5th 2
 
A few issues led to a brave Christian Durkin making his debut in goal (thank you Sue for allowing him to go in goal) along with Mark Beebe and Stephen Miller also making their 5XI debut.
 
The game started with a fast flowing game led by the dynamic midfields of both teams as Paul Tilley tried to push Bridgwater forward early with some good interplay with Steve Wilson and Simon Burland. East Devon were also looking more than handy but were kept at bay by James Kettlewell, Rowan James and the wall that was Dan Buller. A good chance fell to Burland with a ball from Harvey Larcombe, but the booming shot made nothing but astroturf - this was a sign that Bridgwater looked strong up top. With that strength came a couple of frailties, but Sam Thomas along with returning Matt Graham and Tyler Coleman all battled hard to keep the scores level, including a key save from Durkin. Then a piece of individual brilliance from Burland led to a goal for Bridgwater. Tilley and Thomas both created some chances with Larcombe, Beebe and Miller all getting in to have a go. Sadly pressure was being built and a short corner from East Devon did beat Durkin and they deservedly drew level. Beebe and Miller were causing a few issues of their own up top, the latter with his pace and commitment and the former stopping a lot of ball and keeping moves going that created chances. Then before half time Bridgwater got a short corner which Kettlewell put away from a Wilson injection.
 
Half time was used to swap some players around. James was looking solid at the back with Buller, Kettlewell and Morrish repelling attacks but it was the young keeper Durkin who made two top saves that kept the score in the favour of Bridgwater. East Devon were now pushing everything they had forward which left gaps at the back which Wilson, Tilley, Beebe and Burland exploited but were kept out by some good saves. Then East Devon were allowed to make one attack too many and a chance fell through which was put away by the East Devon striker. Game on!
 
Both teams went searching for the win but this led to a bit of an argy bargy game as both teams were desperate for a win. A good move down the left by Bridgy, with some slick passing and moving led to Burland bursting into the D along the back line. The first shot was missed, but Rowan James stuck his stick onto the ball and scored. Eight minutes remained for Bridgwater to see out, which they did successfully.
 
A good display from all as Tyler Coleman and Matt Graham continued where they left off last season, it was also good to see some new faces. Man of the match came down to the last vote, with Rowan James just pipping Mark Beebe to the win 5 votes to 4.
 
Many thanks to umpires today, Mike Morrish, Dan Buller and Julie Morrish for all doing two games each.
 
Bridgwater U14 Juniors
 
An excited squad of juniors made their way to Taunton Vale to play in a Somerset junior clubs u14 tournament on Sunday afternoon. With Oscar and Edward Taylor sharing the goalkeeper role for the first time and debut performances for Kit Hockey, Tim Wheaton and Hannah Bremner the learning curve was steep.
 
The cool head of Lauren Morrish in defence and the work rate of Tyler Coleman in midfield saw Bridgwater take the game to their first opposition (Cheddar) with some simple strong passing and good running. Ellie Coleman used good close stick skills and sensible passing to get the ball into the attacking circle. Tyler was unlucky not to score. The Cheddar team rolled on some of their stronger boys and this helped them get behind the Bridgwater defence and despite some heroic tackling from Morgan Edwards, Cheddar made the most of their very strong strikes to score three goals in quick succession.

The second game saw a shuffle of players by coaches Dan and Joe with Tim Wheaton on the right and Luke Otley and Oscar Taylor on the left. This brought good pressure in the attacking circle but the Bruton goalkeeper proved hard to beat. Tyler and Ellie persisted and a good series of linking passes was rewarded by a goal for Tyler. Morgan, Hannah and Lauren supported the attack but this occasionally left space for the speedy Bruton forwards to drive into the D and score.
 
The final game saw Bridgwater have their strongest game in attack with Kit, Tyler and Tim all having several shots that just missed or were well saved. A great save at a short corner by Edward Taylor was pounced on by the Yeovil forward who slotted the ball into the net. The Bridgwater team did not give up and a well deserved goal was popped past the keeper by Kit Hockey.  The Yeovil team took advantage of a quick break and powered a strong shot into goal.

All in all, there were lots of positives to take away and a few things to work on at training. Well done to all the players and thanks to Joe, Dan, Julie and Bridget for managing the team.

The squad are really looking forward to the next tournament. 
 
Calling all hockey goalkeepers - experienced or just thinking about it!
 
Bridgwater hockey club are keen to recruit a couple of goalkeepers. With club moves during the summer the club (which has five mens and two ladies teams) are struggling for keepers. So if you've played before and and want to get back into hockey, or even if you just fancy having a go, we'd like to hear from you! Kit is provided!
 
Contact us at committee@bridgwaterhc.co.uk to make contact.
 
 
 
 
Saturday 21 October 2017
 
GoCrea8 Hockey League
Bridgwater Mens 1st  3,  Westbury UB 2nd 4
 
Bridgwater welcomed Westbury on a wet and blustery day on Saturday. It was Bridgwater that got off to a strong start for once hitting Westbury on the counter attack after soaking up a little pressure for the first five minutes. A Richard Gower lob found Todd Barrett who squared the ball toTom Lott to score an easy opener. A few minutes later the same trio combination got Bridgy their second, this time the Gower lob found Lott who squared to Barrett to score. A much better team performance especially in the marking department enabled Bridgy to contain the visitors to a few half chances. Unfortunately the marking would not last the whole half and Westbury were able to find holes in the Bridgy midfield and defence to score two late goals to go in level.

The second half saw both teams start brightly with both believing they were able to win the match, with both teams making chances and for Bridgwater debutant goalkeeper Brandon Durkin making some telling saves. It was Bridgwater that would take the lead through Lott for his second. Westbury were to hit back immediately with a deft touch at the far post by their attacker. With both teams pressing for the winner it was Westbury that got it with five minutes to go. This was a tough loss for Bridgwater who felt they deserved something from the match. 
 
Man of the Match - Tom Lott 
 
West Clubs Women's Hockey League
Bridgwater Ladies 1st  1,  Clifton Robinsons 3rd  4
 
Bridgwater Ladies 1s suffered a heavy defeat against top of the league Clifton, but came away from the game with plans to improve and happy with their play. Clifton were first to get onto the scoreboard in the first half with some fast and skilled play into the Bridgwater defensive D. However, Bridgwater came back at them with some strong counter attacks which they were unfortunate not to score from.

Going into the second half, Clifton had possession and Bridgwater would have to work hard to turn over the ball. The midfield players were put under a lot of pressure but were successful in intercepting the ball leading to an attack. The higher plays entered the D and Bridgwater were awarded a short corner. Kath Briggs had the final touch on a strike from Charlotte East leading to an equaliser. In the remainder of the second half, the strong Clifton side came back to score three more goals leading to the final score line 4 - 1. 
 
GoCrea8 Hockey League
Old Bristolians 3rd 3,  Bridgwater Mens 2nd 3
 
After a message at 11:30pm the night before the game Bridgwater travelled to Bristol two hours earlier than expected, due to a typo on the league website. Bridgwater saw a couple of changes from the previous week; the most notable being young Ted Kelly in goal.

Despite the last minute re-organisation, Bridgwater started the game off better in comparison. This was by winning the ball in the middle of the pitch and creating openings while keeping it strong at the back, protecting Kelly as well as they could. The pressure soon told on Old Bristolians defence and it saw Bridgwater go ahead when Rich Payne calmly lifted the ball over the keeper for 1-0. Soon after a good move down the right by Man of the Match Harry Rose and Joe Syvret, saw a pass go to Rich Payne who squeezed the ball past the keeper again this time from a tight angle. But, due to some ill-discipline, Bridgwater conceded a short corner just before the half time whistle and the shot managed to beat the defence to make the game 2-1 at half time.

After scoring late in the first half Old Bristolians had the momentum with them early in the second half. This led to another mistake by the defence which meant Old Bristolians had another short corner and this saw another goal almost a carbon copy of the first. Bridgwater then started to fight back. After a quick break, the ball fell to Tom Stacy who ended up with a one on one with their keeper and he hit a bobbling ball over the keeper to make the game 3-2 to Bridgwater. Now all Bridgwater had to do was hold on for the rest of the game. But again, Old Bristolians had a short corner and this time Harry Rose managed to get out to the striker but only in vain, having  his deflection soar over Kelly's shoulder making the game 3-3. This meant Bridgwater had to push for the final ten minutes. With only a few moments left, the game opened up and the ball fell to Jamie Fudge in front of the goal and he unselfishly played the ball to the back post. Unfortunately, this was missed and so was the opportunity to win the game.

It was a disappointing end to a good game for Bridgwater who felt they could have won the game, but it was an improved result on previous weeks. Now Bridgwater are looking for a win next week home to Westbury 4ths at 14:15.
 
 
West Clubs Women's Hockey League
ECV Hornets 2nd 3,  Bridgwater Ladies 2nd  0
 
The Ladies 2s travelled to play ECV Hornets looking to improve on their draw last week.

Bridgwater started the game well attacking from the start with Karen Chilcott and Danni Morgan linking well into the D. Jess Shobrook then found some good space,winning a short corner. Bridgwater worked this well and were unlucky not to score with the ball being cleared off the line. ECVH then came on the attack. Bridget Hedeaux, Rachel Higgs and Hilary McNeil held the defence well. Bridgwater then appeared to relax and ECVH scored their first goal. Bridgwater seemed to step off the pace after this and shortly found themselves two down. EVCH continued to attack but Elesi Ryder tracked back well to support the defence. ECVH then won short corner after short corner. Sue Durkin made some good saves but Bridgwater couldn't stop ECVH scoring another.

Bridgwater started the 2nd half more determined with Rossy Sheppy working well down the right wing. Kate Ward and Kashi Morrish found some great space on the left and Bridgwater spread the play. In the last ten minutes Bridgwater found themselves defending again but Lauren Morrish put in some good tackles to stop this. Pheobe Pernham made some important tackles in the D in her 1st game of the season!

Man of the match - Hilary McNeil
 
GoCrea8 Hockey League
Clifton Robinsons 4th 10,  Bridgwater Mens 3rd 1
 
Bridgwater 3s played a strong Clifton Robinsons men's team and came away with a 10-1 loss. Goalscorer for Bridgwater was Aaron Turner with one of the two shots Bridgwater had in the game. Goal-keeper Dom Rauch had man of the match for keeping the score line (relatively) sensible.
 
GoCrea8 Hockey League
Bridgwater Mens 4th 14,  Sidmouth & Ottery 4th 0
 
In the absence of regular captain Kev Hicks, Alex McNeill took the helm this week as Bridgwater 4s took on visitors Sidmouth & Ottery, beating them by a convincing 14 goals with no reply.
 
Although the match started competitively, with Sidmouth & Ottery gaining two short corners in quick succession - forcing Mark Hutter to make clearing saves in both cases - this was to be the last touch of the game for the Bridgwater goalkeeper. It soon became apparent that Bridgwater were the stronger side scoring five goals by half time and dominating the play in both midfield and attack.
 
The second half started much the same and, despite the valiant efforts of the opposition, Bridgwater’s back line of Alex Howe, Marcus Blyth and Alex McNeill found themselves defending from the halfway line, whist goals continued to come thick and fast from Sam Sweatman (1), Paul Bond (3), Mike Eele (5), Lewis Coad (2) and Steve Turvey (3) ably supported by an ever changing line up in midfield and attack from Simon Burland, Mark BeBe, Sam Uminski, Aiden Casey and Steve Richards.

Despite receiving a nasty head injury late on in the second half, Mike Eele took the Man of the Match award for his five goal haul, fighting off hat trick contenders, Paul Bond and Steve Turvey.
 
 
 
Saturday 14th October 2017
 
GoCrea8 Hockey League
Chippenham 1st  8, Bridgwater Mens 1st  2
 
Bridgwater travelled to top of the table Chippenham and were on a high after winning twice last weekend. That did not last long as they were blown away by a much better team finding themselves 5-0 down after about 20 minutes. Before half time Bridgwater pulled a goal back through Jordan Rawles. In the second half, Bridgwater played much better, but close marking of players will be the main improvement area. Bridgwater were still to lose the second half 3-1 with Kody Fludgate getting the Bridgwater goal from left back! The game ended 8-2 and unless Bridgwater can start marking better in the tougher games they will be on the losing side. 
 
Player of the Match - Kody Fludgate. 
 
West Clubs Women's Hockey League
Mendip 1st  1, Bridgwater Ladies 1st  0  
 
Bridgwater travelled and faced a second in the league Mendip on Saturday. Bridgwater started the first half positively against their opposition, pressing and holding the play in the opponent’s half with an offensive defence tactic. They were unlucky not to win a number of short corners and penalties, despite clear reasons to give them to the Bridgwater team.

However, the Bridgwater defence were soon put under pressure in their own D with goal keeper Amy Burridge making save after save. However, they were unable to stop the attack and Mendip opened the scoring from a penalty corner.

From the restart, both teams played end to end hockey to win chances of scoring a goal. The Mendip team won several more penalty corners which were defended well by the Bridgwater defence. Only the single Mendip goal separated the teams at the full time whistle. Bridgwater played a good game of hockey against another strong team and were unfortunate to not come away at least with an equaliser. The team look forward to their next game where they hope to a positive result against top of the table, Clifton Robinsons.

Joint Player of the match:  Cass Walker and Charlotte East.
 
GoCrea8 Hockey League
Bridgwater Mens 2nd  0, Keynsham 1st  2
 
The game started fairly even with both teams getting their share of the ball and with a bit of an end to end game and both teams saw good chances wasted. However, just before half time Keynsham won a penalty corner and with a good flick managed to beat Bridgwater keeper to his right.

After a rousing team talk at half time, the teams started off even. However, in response to dissent, the umpires resorted to their cards and this meant Bridgwater could apply some pressure. But a few misplaced passes meant the chances were squandered, and after Keynsham scored again from a penalty corner, with an almost carbon copy of the first goal.This did not leave Bridgwater enough time to get back into the game and this saw the game end at 2-0 to Keynsham.
 
West Clubs Women's Hockey League
Bridgwater Ladies 2nd  2, Winscombe 4th  2
 
Bridgwater needed a win today against Winscombe 4s and were looking forward to the home advantage.

Bridgwater attacked from the off with Rose Baker winning the ball and Bridgwater had some great possession and attacking play with Willow Hobbs and Clare Wilson passing the ball into space for the forwards. Danni Morgan was unlucky not to score just off the post. Bridgwater's persistence paid off when they won a short corner. This was worked really well and resulted in Elesi Ryder scoring her first goal of the season. Bridgwater continued to have chances on goal and should have scored a few more in the first half.

Bridgwater started the second half with the same motivation with Kate Ward and Kashi Morrish working tirelessly down the right getting some great balls into the D. Karen Chilcott and Kath Briggs then worked the ball up the pitch together before Kath scored Bridgwater's second goal. Winscombe then began to attack more but Rachel Higgs, Hilary McNeil and Karen Williams held them off well making some strong tackles. Sue Durkin made some strong kicks away but Bridgwater then conceded a short corner, which saw Winscombe get a goal back. Bridgwater continued to attack and had more chances to score but they just couldn't find the goal. Winscombe then counter-attacked and scored a good equaliser.

The final score was 2-2 but this didn't reflect the amount of possession Bridgwater had in the game. Focusing on putting away those chances in future games will be key.
 
Player of the match - Willow Hobbs
 
GoCrea8 Hockey League
Bridgwater Mens 3rd  0,  North Somerset 2nd  8
 
North Somerset started the better team, soon finding themselves two goals up. Bridgwater fought back and had several chances to score in the first half but basically did not hit the target with their shots at goal.
 
The second half saw North Somerset score at will as the Bridgwater team capitulated. Bridgwater did have chances but as in the first half either failed to hit the target or were thwarted by the opposition goal-keeper.
 
Bridgwater were outclassed and need to think hard about how they approach the rest of the season.
 
Player of the Match Jack Dillon.
 
GoCrea8 Hockey League
Taunton Civil Service 2nd  3,  Bridgwater Mens 4th  3
 
Bridgwater travelled the short distances to take on Taunton Civil Service 2s. Civil Service fielded a strong side and Bridgwater had to fight to stay in a game which flowed from end to end. Bridgwater took the lead from a well worked short corner, initially well saved, before Eele flicked the ball into the top  left of the goal at the second attempt. Despite a battling defence and good midfield performances from Casey, Blackmore and Gillespie, Civil Service equalized before half time.

The second half saw Bridgwater concede early on but instead of collapsing they pushed forward catching the opposition defence off guard, with a long ball from Mike Eele, deftly deflected past the keeper by Pigden.

The scores remained level until 10 mins from the end when Bridgwater again found themselves behind. Time then to throw everything forward and with minutes to spare Steve Turvey scored a well worked equaliser to gain a well deserved point. 
 
Player of the Match was deservedly Alex Howe with a strong defensive game.
 
GoCrea8 Hockey League
Sidmouth & Ottery 5th  9,  Bridgwater Mens 5th  1
 
12 players travelled to Ottery and things started well for Bridgwater as they didn’t concede in the first five minutes, Then a rush of blood from the right side of attack with Edward Hayden-Briffett led to a short corner. In his own words, Steve Wilson, put in ‘an utter pants’ short corner which was flicked knee high down the middle by James Kettlewell, goal. Two goals in two games for the 5s - the dizzy dizzy heights had been achieved. However this shocked Sidmouth and Ottery and they then raced into a 3-1 lead with some woeful Bridgwater marking at the back. Some quality finishing by Sidmouth & Ottery made the most of the errors. Andrew Hayden-Briffett continued to create down the left with Harvey Larcombe, strengthening in the Bridgwater team, producing some crosses and chances for Christian Durkin and Toby Knight. Unfortunately Sidmouth & Ottery looked strong and with a side full of wise old heads, and they caused lots of issues for the Bridgwater defence as Rowan James, Steve Morrish, Kettlewell and Will Baldwin made some good tackles. Morrish deflected a goal bound short corner over the bar and Baldwin saved shots on the line, and the keeper Hutter made some top notch saves. The Hayden-Briffett twins both looked going forward and defending with some awesome tackles.
 
The second period saw Sidmouth & Ottery put two more quick goals past the defence. This then lit a fuse in Bridgwater as Syvret and Wilson tried to gather the midfield with Syvret stepping up to be the midfield dynamo.  Despite some more goal line clearances and some quality saves, Sidmouth & Ottery exploited every gap and showed the Bridgwater young guns how to finish, putting three more into the Bridgwater goal. But this didn’t stop young Knight and James from chasing every ball they could and still trying to press forward.
 
Things still to work on, but the opposition were older, stronger and well drilled. The Bridgwater youngsters continued to battle and high hopes remain for the rest of the season.
 
Player of the Match was somehow Steve Morrish.
Sunday 8th October 2017
 
England Hockey Cup
Bridgwater Mens 1st  4, Bath Buccs 5th  2
 
Bridgwater played in the first round of the national England Hockey Cup on Sunday against Bath Buccs 5th, a team that they will also meet in the league this season. Bath would go two goals up before Tom Lott pulled a goal back for Bridgwater to make the score at 1-2 at half time. 
The second half started with another Lott goal to level the scores and the game was even for much of the rest of the match. Lott's hat-trick came with ten minutes to go, and then with the last hit of the game Taylor scored from a short corner to give Bridgwater their second win of the week end. Lack of discipline almost cost Bridgwater and is something that they will have to learn from in future matches.

Man of the Match was Tom Lott, and the team would like to thank everyone who came to support. 
 
Saturday 7th October 2017
 
GoCrea8 Hockey League
Bridgwater Mens 1st 6, Bristol University 3rd  2
 
After a poor performance the previous week Bridgwater looked to get their first win of the campaign. Once again they started slow and fell behind being outplayed for the first ten minutes. Following a tactical change at the back between Gower and Jenkins, Bridgwater looked to take control making several opportunities for striker Tom Lott who was unable to take advantage - missing out on a couple of one-on-ones.
 
It was to be Lott that secured the equaliser after a mazy run by Kody Fludgate from left back found Lott who went past the defence and slotted home nicely past the keeper. The score would stay 1-1 at half time but Bridgwater were the better team overall.
 
After the break Bridgwater came out flying and Lott scored two quick goals for his hat-trick. Bridgwater were unplayable for parts of the game with some good performances throughout. Todd Barrett was to get the fourth before Lott scored his fourth for Bridgwater to lead 5-1. Bristol were to pull one back only for Bridgwater to go to the other end and score through a run and reverse strike by Andy Taylor to finish the game 6-2 winners. A much better Bridgwater style performance with all of the team playing well.
 
Man of the Match was Tom Lott. 
 
West Clubs Women's Hockey League
Bridgwater Ladies 1st  2,  Firebrands 3rd  1  
 
Bridgwater hosted Firebrands and the visitors were the quickest out of the blocks. They caught Bridgwater napping and claimed an early goal.  This was the wake up call Bridgwater needed and from that moment they didn't look back. Strong forward running from Sapphy Reed-Jang and Lucy Burridge caused trouble for the Firebrands defence and forced mistakes.  Penalty corners were won and it was from one of these that Bridgwater scored thanks to a left sided sweep from Becca Tasker.
 
The second half brought greater confidence from the home team and they dominated much of the half.  Charlotte East and Laura Coles linked well on the right and Firebrands struggled to contain them.  This strength when driving with the ball led to Bridgwater's second goal - a driving run from Coles and a strong cross was finished on the left post by Sapphy Reed-Jang.  It was one way traffic with further chances from Grace Popham, Emma Hill and Jang.  But for the Firebrands keeper it would have been more.  Bridgwater finished 2-1 winners and were happy with their performance and three points.  
 
Player of the match was Becca Tasker.
 
GoCrea8 Hockey League
Firebrands 4th  1, Bridgwater Mens 2nd 9
 
After a nightmare morning with two players unable to play on the day, and after numerous emails early in the morning the 2s managed to get a bare 11 players into the cars to take another trip to Bristol.The opposition did not have a keeper and at the toss Firebrands captain decided not to have a kicking back either. This meant all Bridgwater had to do was keep the work rate high and they were in with a great chance of victory.

The game started off fairly even with the extra out field player making it harder for Bridgwater to get a clean strike off at the goal, but after winning a short corner the ball was put goalward and was stopped by a Firebrand's player foot and a penalty flick was awarded. This was taken by Will Kelly who calmly converted over the defender’s shoulder. This opened the game up in Bridgwater’s favour, after a quick 16 the ball was moved down the right wing to Aaron Turner who beat the last defender for an easy run in to make it 2-0. After another good move saw Rich Payne selflessly cross the ball to Duncan Bond at the back post for a tap in. Then a great reverse strike from Rich Payne and another move saw Aaron Turner get his second of the game, it quickly increased five. Then Firebrands rallied and managed to create some pressure as Bridgwater started to tire towards the end of the first half.

The second half saw the same resilience from Firebrands, but a great solo effort from Jamie Fudge saw the 6th goal of the game, causing the Firebrands’ heads to drop again and Bridgwater to regain control of the game. Bridgwater went on to score three more goals with Jamie Fudge getting his second, as well as Rich Payne scoring with a better reverse strike and Will Kelly getting a second flick, but this time he placed the ball straight at the defender and a penalty goal was awarded. However, the cracks appeared due to only having 11 players, and Firebrands scored a consolation goal late on in the game. Making the final score 9–1 to Bridgwater.
All in all, it was a good team performance with Jamie Fudge winning Man of the Match for his general good play and his two goals. Next week sees the 2nd XI home to midtable Keynsham at 12:15, hopefully there will be a similar result.
 
West Clubs Women's Hockey League
White Eagles 3rd  3, Bridgwater Ladies 2nd  0
 
The Ladies 2s travelled to Tiverton hoping for a win against White Eagles. Bridgwater pushed up from their push back with Hilary McNeil and Bridget Headaux blocking the attacking play. Some great attacking play between Elesi Ryder and Rossy Sheppy with Ryder winning a short corner. Rose Baker slipped the ball back to Clare Wilson who scored, but the goal was disallowed for being too high. White Eagles then brought several attacking plays to Bridgwater with Rachel Higgs taking a ball to the head. Sue Durkin made some good saves but White Eagles took the lead.
 
In the second half Lauren Morrish and Kashi Morrish worked hard down the wing to try and move the ball forward. Higgs worked hard in defence and took another ball (this time to the arm!) which awarded White Eagles a short corner from which they scored. Bridgwater then seemed to pick up the pace with some great passing between Tracey Gue, Kate Ward and Kath Briggs who were unlucky not to score. Jess Shobrook also made some great runs down the right into the D. White Eagles then made a break down the left and scored their final goal,the match ending 3-0.
 
Player of the match was shared between Elesi Ryder and Hilary McNeil.
 
GoCrea8 Hockey League
Shepton Mallet 2nd  4, Bridgwater Mens 3rd  1
 
Bridgwater led the game 1-0 through Ollie Boulton from one of their two shots on goal in the first half. The opposition were far superior but the scoreline flattered them somewhat with the fourth goal going in right at the end of the game. Hopefully next week will see a team of more than 11 players, and players going to bed at a decent time the night before to enhance their performance.

Man of the Match - Ollie Boulton
 
GoCrea8 Hockey League
Bridgwater Mens 4th  3, Chard 2nd  1
 
Bridgwater entertained Chard in their first home fixture of the season. The play was end to end as two equally balanced sides pushed to take the lead. Bridgwater were strengthened in midfield with the inclusion of Blackmore and Eeles, but the game was very open. Towards the end of the first half Bridgwater took the lead with Tom Willis striking on the reverse stick, sending the ball into the top left hand corner of the goal. Chard came straight back and levelled on the stroke of half time.

The second half saw Bridgwater slowly taking control of the game – a strong showing from Barclay helped matters and Eeles pushed forward with captain, Hicks dropping into central defence. With the whole midfield pushing forward in an attempt to get the winner, Bridgwater defence of Hicks, Pigden, and McNeill had to play out of their skin to keep numerous breakaway attempts out of the goal. Hicks cleared off the line twice and Bridgwater keeper, Hutter made numerous saves.

In the last ten minutes the Bridgwater pressure proved too much and Man of the Match, Willis scored a further two late goals to make sure of the points and secure his hat-trick.
 
GoCrea8 Hockey League
Bridgwater Mens 5th  1, Mid-Somerset  3rd  4
 
Bridgwater finally started their season in the bottom tier of The GoCrea8 Hockey League, with selection and make up of the team unknown until about 16:00, which was the time of the push back.
 
There was a welcome return for Jack Syvret along with a couple of club debuts for the young Harvey Larcombe and for a slightly older Brett Henley. The Hayden-Briffett’s (club legend Rob, who was only there to watch, along with twins Andrew and Edward) also came out to play and they would help to play a key part in the team.
 
The game started with new players in new positions with Mid-Somerset looking to dominate from the off. As is tradition for Bridgwater 5s defence is the order of the day as Mid-Somerset looked to attack throughout but with Steve Wilson deployed in a slightly deeper role, the away team were struggling to get past the solid middle which included the ‘I really don’t want to play, oh go on then’ Rob Hayden-Briffett and Geoff Banham. Sam Thomas looked assured from the get go with Andrew Hayden-Briffett looking fiery in defence and handy in attack, with some of the first chances coming from the twins on the left hand side of the pitch. Christian Durkin reprised his role of chief top fella with Toby Knight just behind as the debutants took it to switch in the right wing position. It all looked good until Mid-Somerset took the lead from a top strike from the top of the D which beat the keeper with some pace. In fairness he had already done a great job keeping out some fine efforts. Bridgwater rallied and pushed forward but couldn’t find the back of the net.
 
So after a small reshuffle Bridgwater then capitulated in typical fashion conceding 2 really quick goals in 5 opening second half minutes, the isotonic drinks taken at half time were blamed. At the back however young Thomas and Andrew Hayden-Briffett kept going with Steve Morrish and Jack Syvret making some fine blocks and tackles with the keeper making some worldy saves. Rob Hayden-Briffett with Banham where doing their best to tackle some quality players in the Mid Somerset middle, as Edward Hayden-Briffett nearly got his first goal for the club. Durkin, Wilson and Knight all gave it their all with Wilson even taking a blow to the knee for the cause. A deflected shot from the top of the ‘D’ went past a helpless keeper. So 4-0 nothing to lose the team went to a 2-0-8 formation and it worked as the pressure created a goal with Andrew Hayden-Briffett slotting home, cue huge cheers from the 6 people watching. The game then peatered out as several of the older players (on both sides) fitness came into question.
 
Thank you all for watching and umpiring. It was good to get back to things, despite the loss the club is still moving forward with a young 5XI.
 
Man of the Match was Andrew Hayden-Briffett.
Saturday 30 September 2017
 
GoCrea8 Hockey League
Bridgwater Mens 1st 2, Old Bristolians 1st  5
 
Bridgwater began their league campaign against Old Bristolians and getting off to a good start were the orders set out in the pre-match team talk. Although slightly against the run of play, a well worked play by Bridgwater ended up with Jordan Rawles hitting home with a slight deflection helping it goal bound. A second goal followed for Bridgwater when good work from Tom Lott got into the D and chipped it over the oncoming keeper for defensive midfielder Andy Taylor to slot home. 
 
Unfortunately, from this point Bridgwater lost shape and the away team started to take control of the game, creating good chances, with some thwarted by keeper Luke Hendrie and some last ditch tackles from Bridgwater defenders. This was not to last and three goals in quick succession followed for Old Bristolians to go in at half time 3-2 up. The second half followed the way the end of the first started with Bridgwater lacking the fight and determination they had shown in previous weeks. The away team scored two more in the second half to complete a very good win and leave Bridgwater with some serious thinking to do before the next game which is home to Bristol University. 
 
Player of the match - Duncan Morrish 
 
West Clubs Women's Hockey League
Weston Super Mare  3,  Bridgwater Ladies 1st 1
 
Bridgwater Ladies 1st Team travelled away up the M5 and faced a strong Weston-Super -Mare team on Saturday. The team started the first half positively against their opposition, eventually winning a penalty corner which Bridgwater were able to convert with Donna Cooper on the post assisted by Laura Coles.
The Bridgwater defence were soon put under pressure in their own D with goal keeper Amy Burridge making saves to prevent the Weston team getting a point on the score board. However, they were unable to stop the attack and the score was equalised. Weston then came back to score another goal, leading into half time 2 – 1 to the home team.
Restarting the game, Weston pressured the Bridgwater midfield to win possession. Emma Hill, Heidi Martin, Grace Popham and Megan Smith worked tirelessly and emerged triumphant, winning the ball back and pushed for the forward line, where a penalty corner was awarded for a foot. Bridgwater were unsuccessful and Weston restarted with a strong attack and after some skilful play, found their way into the D and scored for a third time against Bridgwater.
Bridgwater’s younger players who both were very unlucky to get their names on the score sheet. With Willow Hobbs taking on the defence and keeper only for her shot to deflect off the post and Beth Porter’s shot also going wide of the post.

Player of the match was Heidi Martin.
 
GoCrea8 Hockey League
Old Bristolians 2nd  5, Bridgwater Mens 2nd 0
 
After a short trip up the motorway to Bristol, Bridgwater fielded a different looking team to last week begin their first league game. The game started off fairly slowly with both teams having good chances but with good saves by both keepers meant that the score was kept at 0-0. Just before half time, Bridgwater gave away a short corner and a good routine from the opposition forced the first goal. This meant the teams went into the half time break at 1-0 to the home team.

Knowing the game was in the balance Bridgwater started the second half brightly, pressing the attack, but maybe a bit too hard as the cracks started to open at the back and Old Bristolians manged to get four more goals in the second half. With some great chances for Bridgwater either just going wide or thwarted by the keeper, they couldn’tt fight their way back into the game.

It was a disappointing start to the season but Bridgwater look to bounce back next week with another away trip to Firebrands.
 
West Clubs Women's Hockey League
Bridgwater Ladies 2nd 1, Weston Super Mare 3rd  1
 
The Ladies 2s were at home this week looking for their first win of the season against Weston 3s. Bridgwater started the game with attacking in mind - Rose Baker, Danni Morgan and Jess Shobrook putting pressure on from the whistle. Rossy Sheppy and Kashi Morrish linked well with the forwards to take the game to Weston with Bridgwater gaining several short corners. Weston then attacked and scored from their 1st shot on goal from the top of the d.
In the second half Weston had more of the attacking play but Elesi Ryder and Hilary McNeil held the pressure off well in defence. Rachel Higgs and Lauren Morrish did well to push the ball forward from the back down the wings. Bridget Headeux was strong in defence getting the ball to Mel Lacey and Clare Wilson in midfield. Karen Chilcott made some great saves playing her 1st game in goal.
In the last 10 minutes Bridgwater put the pressure on again, gaining more short corners but just couldn't find the goal. Rose Baker then made a great pass into the D to Jess Shobrook to score a well deserved equaliser for Bridgwater for the final score to be 1-1.
Player  of the match Jess Shobrook
 
GoCrea8 Hockey League
Bridgwater Mens 3rd 3, Westbury and United Banks 4th 0
 
Bridgwater 3s hosted Westbury and United Banks in their first game of the GoCrea8 Hockey League West Central 1 division. They started the game by giving their opponents due respect, however, Bridgwater ended up dominating the first half creating numerous chances. Despite their control, they only went into half time 1-0 up through a Phil Morrish poach from a yard out, turning in a mishit Paul Bond shot.  
 
The second half followed the pattern of the first - Bridgwater's debutant keeper Dom Rauch only needing to touch the ball once. Bridgwater's attack offered a little more potency in this half, adding two goals to bring the final score to 3-0. Ollie Boulton and player of the match Paul Tilley the scorers.
 
GoCrea8 Hockey League
Minehead 3rd  2, Bridgwater Mens 4th 1
 
Bridgwater 4ths travelled to Minehead for their opening league game of the season. A new look side under new captain Kev Hicks was hopeful of a much more competitive season. The first half began with 20 minutes of Minehead pressure with a few breakaway forward surges from Bridgwater. Bridgwater’s midfield was too open and eventually their defence was breached as a Minehead hit from the edge of the D saw the ball loop up from a defender's stick and passed the keeper's left hand. Shortly afterwards almost the same incident was repeated in Minehead’s goal. Toby Knight, who had a strong game throughout, levelled the game. 
 
Just on the stroke of half time Bridgwater conceded a second goal from a well worked penalty corner. Changes were made at half time with Sam Sweatman (player of the match) coming into the centre midfield, and Hicks and Pigden pushing forward. The entire second half was relentless Bridgwater pressure. Redfern and Turvey had good scoring opportunities but Minehead held on. New faces, Casey and Fitzmaurice looked good and great team performance in the second half really should have earnt something from the game.
Saturday 23 September 2017
 
West Clubs Women's Hockey League
Bridgwater Ladies 1st 3, Taw Valley 1st 0

The Ladies 1s started strongly against their opposition Taw Valley with a game plan in mind following their friendly against Taunton Civil Service the previous week. With a strong squad of 14, the team were ready to work hard for a positive outcome in their first league clash of the season.

Bridgwater had the starting push back and attacked the Taw Valley defence repeatedly in the first half of the game. With attackers Lucy Burridge and Sapphy Reed-Jang passing the ball across the “D” to the penalty spot and putting Bridgwater ahead. Following the restart, Taw Valley came back with a counter attack which was successfully held back by defenders, Sue Chaplin, Charlotte East, Cass Walker and Julie Morrish. The midfield players then worked together and passed around players to attack the goal again. This attack led to a team goal with a final touch by Grace Popham putting Bridgwater two ahead at the half time whistle.

At the start of the second half and after a good discussion at half time, the team were ready to hold off their opposition. Heidi Martin, Laura Coles, Megan Smith and Emma Hill worked tirelessly in midfield to connect play from the defence to the attack. With three substitutes, Bridgwater worked hard and replaced tired legs with fresh, with Sheila Burridge and Kath Briggs playing multiple positions. The final goal was scored by Grace Popham assisted by Cass Walker after a penalty corner had been awarded. In the final few minutes the Bridgwater defence was put under increasing pressure from the opposition leading to Amy Burridge having to make a number of saves before the final whistle. Overall, a very strong game for Bridgwater and a great start to their season.
 
Next week will see the team playing away to Weston-Super-Mare.
 
West Clubs Women's Hockey League
Bridgwater Ladies 2nd 0, Taw Valley 2nd 5
 
After the game had completed, a 5-0 win was awarded to Bridgwater as Taw Valley had fielded unregistered players.
 
The Ladies 2s travelled to Barnstable to play Taw Valley who attacked from the start with an experienced team. Jenny Hayden Briffet and Rachel Higgs held the off the attacks with Sue Durkin making some good saves in goal, but Taw Valley broke through to score early in the game. They continued to attack Bridgwater and gained several penalty corners. Lauren Morrish and Kashi Morrish did well to get the ball away to the wings. Rossy Sheppy and Clare Wilson did their best to stop the ball coming through the middle but Taw Valley were too strong and scored two more before half time.
 
Bridgwater started the second half wanting the game more and Beth Porter, Tracey Gue and Kate Ward were driving down the wings, getting some great passes towards Karen Chilcot, Jess Shobrook and Danni Morgan. Rose Baker played extremely well in an unfimilar central defence role throughout the second half but Brigwater were unable to stop Taw Valley scoring another two goals.
The final score of 0-5 didn't reflect the well fought game. Next weeks the Ladies 2s take on Weston 3s at home.

Joint players of the match were Tracey Gue and Kate Ward.
 
Friendly
Devizes 9, Bridgwater Mens 1st 6
 
A late afternoon start to play against another team that are in a higher division in the last friendly before the league starts. Bridgwater started very slowly and found themselves 2-0 down in the first five minutes - just as they did the previous week. After a few substitutions Bridgwater started to play some telling hockey and managed to pull a goal back through Todd Barrett with Tom Lott assisting. The next goal was for Devizes before Bridgwater were to pull a goal back near the half time break through Jordan Rawles. 

A fast start to the second half by Bridgwater enabled them to draw level right from the restart - this time a strike by skipper Lott who struck home from a penalty corner. The second half proceeded to bring a string of goals, with Devizes pulling two clear again to look comfortable at 5-3. Bridgwater were to get the next two and draw level - both scored by Lott with two booming strikes to get his hat-trick. Devizes got ahead again only for Bridgwater to level this time a cracking strike from Rawles. During this period Bridgwater were to lose a few players to green and yellow cards - some slightly unfortunate - and had to play the remainder of the game with 9 or 10 players. Devizes took full advantage to score three more to finish a good game of hockey winning 9-6. The past two weeks have been a good test for the young Bridgwater 1st team and if they are able to play this way in the league from next week, they should start to achieve some positive results.
 
Friendly
Bridgwater Mens 3rd 6, Taunton Vale 4th 4
 
Bridgwater Mens 2s team faced Taunton Vale 4th team in their final pre-season friendly. The questionably paced game (much slower compared to the normal standard of previous weeks) saw plenty of goals for both sides with Bridgwater eventually coming out on top in a 6-4 victory. Richard Payne stood out for Bridgwater with five goals in the game, with the other goal coming from Paul tilley with a powerful drag flick. Overall it was a positive performance with new and old faces in the side, and made it three from three victories in the pre-season games, leaving the team feeling positive about carrying the strong form into the league season.
 
Friendly
Bridgwater Mens 3rd 5, Torbay 2nd 5

The game started late due to the major traffic hold ups throughout the town and county. Bridgwater only had a base eleven at the start due to several illness drop outs and a player caught up in the traffic melee. All the fitting of square pegs into round holes led to the Bridgwater team having no real shape. Torbay were 2-0 up inside the first ten minutes. Bridgwater borrowed Rich Payne and Will Kelly from an earlier game (this being allowed as a friendly) and they made an immediate impact.
 
Will Kelly scored and Simon Burland scored to level the scores at half time.

Just as the second half started Steve Turvey turned up from his slow trip from llminster to Bridgwater. Before he had entered the fray Bridgwater were 3-2 up. Burland getting his second.  Within seconds the score was 3-3.  The game ebbed and flowed a while before a moment of déjà vu. Rich Payne looked to make it 4-3 but just as the ball was crossing the line Steve Turvey touched it in 'to make sure’! Iit took Payne six months to get over it the last time it happened!). But within seconds it was 4-4.

Not to be outdone within about a minute it was 5-4 as Elliott Fitzmaurice deflected deftly past the keeper on the right post. But following the pattern of the game it was swiftly 5-5. Torbay probably had the best of the last ten minutes as Bridgwater had to work to hang onto the draw.

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