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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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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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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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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
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The Mens 2s welcomed Shepton Mallet to Bridgwater, on a cold wet day on Saturday, and the game was well balanced with both teams creating chances. It was Shepton who were the first to make a breakthrough. This came from a break away goal, calmly placed past the Bridgwater keeper. The first goal quickly became two, leaving a hard task for Bridgwater to come back into the game, and this is how it remained until half time.
Bridgwater knew they had their work cut out to get a result from the game, and made some positional changes to try and gain control. It took a while but a well worked move from a long corner saw the ball played into Simon Burland who hit a reverse shot into the bottom corner. Bridgwater hoped this was going to be the start of the come back, but it was not to be. Due to tired legs and minds a poor defensive error lead to Shepton Mallet creating a great opening which they scored from. With not much time left Bridgwater had to attack, and a great run from his own half saw Ted Kelly run past numerous Shepton players to get into the D and play a brilliant ball to Aaron Turner for a tap in.
The game then came to an end with a disappointing 2 -3 loss for Bridgwater, who have to pick their heads up for next week and look to end the season on the right track.
Man of the Match was Ted Kelly.
Bridgwater 4s entertained Yeovil 3s at home. Captain Kev Hicks returning from two weeks injured, changed to an attacking formation with only two central defenders at the back, thanks to the late inclusion of James Kettlewell. The intention was to swamp a generally goal hungry Yeovil right from the start. This worked well and despite the occasional attack from Yeovil, Bridgwater dominated the first half which ended 3-0.
With strong midfield performances from Mike Eele, Tyler Fagan, and Paul Blackmore throughout the game, Bridgwater started the second half in the same way scoring a fourth goal early on, followed by the inevitable fifteen minute glitch in the plan when Yeovil threw everything forward and managed to pull two goals back. Steve Pigden played in nearly every position on the pitch as Bridgwater tried to stem the flow of attacks.
Bridgwater showed a lot of character and turned the game around again. They shut up shop at the back and scored a further four times before the final whistle. This was a strong team performance and Steve Wilson and Steve Turvey up front netted four goals between them. Tyler Coleman and Aiden Casey played well on the wings, and Stradling and McNeill worked hard to fulfil their new roles as wing backs.A mixed bag of goals came from Turvey, Wilson (3), Coleman, and Eele (2).
Bridgwater deserved the win and they now find themselves at 4th in the table, with a game at ECV Hornets next week where a win would take them into third place.
Man of the match went to young Tyler Coleman who had his strongest game for the 4s so far and was rewarded with a late goal himself.
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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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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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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