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.
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.
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
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 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
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.
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.
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