The mens 1s unbeaten run came to an end this week, at the hands of second-placed Westbury. Travelling with only 11, it was always going to be a tough ask, and as expected, the opposition looked well drilled and took control of the game early on. Bridgwater went a goal own after 15 minutes, but responded well and went close with a couple of chances that were well saved, or just missed the post. Keeper Pete Saunders made some key saves and defenders Scott Upham and Rob Morrish both made goal line blocks to maintain the score. Bridgwater were unfortunate to concede another with minutes to go before half time, going into the break two down. The Bridgwater fightback was very strong and they again went close in the early exchanges of the second half. The forward line of Will Pope, Jordan Rawles and James Duckering committed to both attack and defence, but despite their efforts, the goal seemed elusive. The result was assured when Westbury scored their third with minutes to go. Bridgwater still sit at the top of the table on goal difference, and look to keep it that way into the Christmas break.
Man of the match went to Sam Uminski for his tireless efforts in midfield..
24th November Bridgwater A 5 - 2 Shepton Mallet A
On a cold Saturday afternoon, the mens 2s were entertaining Shepton Mallet who were just above them in the league. Knowing it was going to be a tough game, but still looking to maintain their great home form. Bridgwater had to start quickly, and a great break with Aaron Turner and Tom Lott linking well to pass the ball around the keeper for Lott to get his first of the game. All Bridgwater had to do was maintain the pressure and try and exploit the gaps as Shepton looked to press to get back into the game. Bridgwater did manage to get the all important second goal when a crash ball into the D was deflected by Kody Fludgate past the keeper. Another great move, this time down the left, saw Fludgate cross the ball aiming for Lott only to see him leave the ball for Turner, who managed to control a quick clearance from the defender, leaving him with a shot at goal which was almost harder to miss than score. Lott managed to get himself a second from a great break and a cool finish.
In the second half, Shepton came out of the gate very quickly and managed toget an early goal to rejuvenate their hopes. But Bridgwater held firm and defended well to keep them at bay for long periods. Then Bridgwater managed to win a short corner and withsome extra incentive (the chance to have his match fees paid!) Tom Lott rounded the number one runner and calmly swept the ball into the bottom corner to complete another hattrick, and widen the gap back to a four goal cushion. Shepton did manage to get another goal to make the final score 5-2. It was a solid performance capped off with some great finishing,
Man of the Match went to Paul Tilley who was tirelessly running in the midfield. Next week sees a familiar trip up the M5 for another late Bristol game.
24th November Bristol and West D 2 - 3 Bridgwater B
The mens 3s ensured they kept their challenge on league leaders South Glos by grabbing an impressive away win at Bristol and West (the fourth placed side before the game). Travelling with eleven, it was likely to be a tough game for the 3s, who needed a win to maintain their second place. With Steve Wilson grabbing the first goal, they looked on top in the early exchanges. Rich Payne then grabbed a goal, with Wilson bagging another - putting them 3-1 up. Despite conceding a late goal, Bridgwater held on for a vital win against a strong side.
Player of the match was the ever reliable Rich Payne.
24th November Bridgwater C 4 - 4 Yeovil & Sherborne B
The mens 4s played their part in a remarkable 4-4 home draw with Yeovil & Sherborne. The away side started the stronger, going two up early on in the game. Bridgwater fought back strongly however, and responded by going ahead up through 2 goals from Mike Eele, and on, from Ben Sims. It was then Yeovil’s turn to mount a comeback, finding themselves 4-3 up - with Mike Eele’s hat trick goal ensuring Bridgwater took a point from the game.
24th November Bridgwater D 4 - 1 East Devon D
The 5s were back in action after a week off, which was hopefully enough time to shake off some of the rust that had started to develop in the older
The heavy rain had stayed away, however the odd drizzle did start to take effect. The game started with two very young sides playing off against each other. East Devon looked determined to get something from a usually tight affair but Bridgwater had started with the same intensity and following a really early break Steve Miller managed to slot a Phil Pyke pass through the keepers legs to open the scoring. Bridgwater expected to score more and dominate, which meant that the team did ease off a little bit. East Devon had several chances with their skilful young wingers having the pace to run past some of Bridgwater’s slower defenders. However the back line which included a covering Toby Knight, Sam Thomas, Will Baldwin and Rowan James managed to (somehow) keep East Devon at bay. Nikita Cernikovs, Kit Hockey and Pyke all come close again but East Devon's keeper made some good saves.
There were some choice words at half time which included the now famous phrase ‘red to red to red’ which was clearly ignored as East Devon broke and scored within the first minutes of the second half! East Devon had a further chance to go ahead but narrowly missed. Bridgwater finally woke up with Sam Stacey playing some good balls through, Miller looked lively up top again, Knight was doing well up front and Luke Otley came into the game with some quality tackling. Young Bertie Kelly had a strike from a short corner which nearly went into the goal. But once Bridgwater woke up they started to play hockey and passed the ball really well, which meant creating chances. In a fit of rage the skipper went for a waddle down the middle of the pitch and got a nose bleed as he entered the opposition ‘D’ where he set up Kit Hockey for the next goal. Now that Bridgwater had found their swagger they pressed forward getting two more goals from Steve Miller ‘assists’ (aka missed place shots) with Will Baldwin making sure one went in from a yard and Cernikovs slotting home for another one for his tally. Pyke was proving key as he was enjoying the free role that he had been given helping control the attacks. East Devon weren’t quite done yet as they pressed and broke really well themselves but lacked the shots on target to get at least one more goal that they did deserve.
Many thanks to the defence who despite being out run did control the game to a point and kept East Devon at bay which was key to the win.Some great performances from all, recognised by the votes, Will Baldwin, Toby Knight, Nikita Cernikovs all picked up votes but man of the match was Steve Miller.
24th November White Eagles 3rd 1 - 4 Bridgwater Ladies 2nd
The mens 1s kept true to their winning ways this season, beating local rivals Taunton Vale 4-1. With an early goal from a short corner from captain Duncan Morrish, Bridgwater looked set for a solid win, but they couldn’t find the second goal, despite being camped in the opposition half for the first 20 minutes. This spell gave Vale confidence and they equalised through a short corner minutes before half time, to go in level. After half time, Bridgwater retained possession much better, and were rewarded when Ash Woolmington rocketed the ball into the top left corner. After Todd Barrett’s smart near post finish, Bridgwater were two up with minutes to go. They bagged another for good measure; a fantastically worked short corner being deflected home by Jordan Rawles.
Player of the match was Ash Woolmington.
17th November Clifton Robinsons D 1 - 3 Bridgwater A
After a familiar trip up the M5 for another late Bristol game, Bridgwater faced Clifton Robinsons for the first time this year. With a changed side to last week Bridgwater wanted to improve their poor away performances hopefully with a win. The game started off fairly even with good breaks by both teams, but after some persistent good runs and quick shots Rich Payne finally found the back board for Bridgwater, with a well placed reverse strike. Then Bridgwater looked to build on their lead but with little luck they just had to defend until the break.
Knowing how well they performed last week in the second half, Bridgwater knew they had to work hard to get the away victory. Things did not get off to a great start though, with Clifton pressing hard to get back into the game. With a poorly timed slip from captain Michael Morrish, Clifton were clean through on goal to beat the on rushing Dom Rauch. Now with the scores level Bridgwater need a extra push to regain the lead, and this quickly came when a breakaway from Aaron Turner saw him one on one with the keeper and while looking to pass to Payne at the far post, he managed to get the ball past the keeper to trickle into the bottom corner of the goal. Now Brigwater need a big effort to maintain the lead once again. With the help of some great saves from Rauch they even managed to get out of their half and win a short corner. Payne took an early shot which was deflected on the line but this was not enough to stop the ball going into the back of the net creating the two goal cushion that Bridgy needed to breath a bit easier, and this is how the match ended. It was a great away proformance under some unilluminating lights, Bridgwater walking away 3-1 winners. Now they have to keep up their home performance next week to keep climbing up the table.
17th November Bridgwater Ladies 2nd 5 - 0 Taw Valley 2nd
17th November Bridgwater B - Weston super Mare A (cancelled)
The mens 3s game was cancelled as the opposition couldn’t raise a side
17th November North Devon A 6 - 1 Bridgwater C
The mens 4s travelled to top of the league North Devon and lost 6-1 in a very tough game. With the opposition showing their credentials as league leaders, North Devon were dominant throughout. Despite this, the Bridgwater eleven gave their all and grabbed their well deserved goal through James Kettlewell. Player of the match was Christian Durkin.
Sunday 18 November 2018
The mens ‘1s' travelled to Yeovil in the Somerset cup on Sunday, and were beaten 6-1. With 12 players in the team, there were first team debuts handed to Jack Syvret, Alex Howe and Conrad Butt. Bridgwater started well and were not fearful of their opposition, despite the fact they’re aiming for promotion in the league above. An early injury meant Bridgwater were down to 11 against Yeovil’s 14. Keeper Brandon Durkin saved a penalty flick at 0-0, but the deadlock was broken after 15 minutes; with Yeovil bagging two more to go into half time three up. Bridgwater, despite fielding players usually playing in the 2s, 3s or 4s, dominated the early exchanges of the second half - with a Will Pope penalty flick expertly dispatched into the top left hand corner. Durkin then made his second penalty flick save of the game, but Yeovil restored their three goal cushion within a few minutes. Bridgwater held strong throughout - only conceding the last two goals with a few minutes on the clock, meaning a 6-1 scoreline that was not wholly reflective of the efforts the Bridgwater side put in. Thanks to all those who stepped in and made sure the cup game was played.
Player of the match was hardly surprising - saving two penalty flicks meant it was Brandon Durkin.
Thank you to all those who came to support at Chilton this week.
The mens 1s went into their game with Somerset Gryphons wary of the fact they were coming up against the only unbeaten side in the league. Despite this, Bridgwater started the better of the two sides and dominated the early exchanges - Todd Barrett burying a half volley into the corner to put his side 1-0 up. Despite their dominance of the first 20 minutes, a second goal just didn’t materialise, and this allowed Gryhpons to feel their way back into the game. Bagging an equaliser with only five minutes of the half left, they went into half time level.
It was Gryphons who would dominate the second half, and for Bridgwater it was an exercise in staying in the game, with keeper Pete Saunders keeping up his fine form and keeping his side in the game. After conceding with less than ten minutes to go, Bridgy were staring at defeat; However, they showed great spirit and kept fighting until the end. With less than two minutes remaining, captain Duncan Morrish managed to bury a reverse strike through the keeper's legs to make sure Bridgwater came away with a point.
Joint players of the match were Pete Saunders and Duncan Morrish.
The ladies 1s came up against tough opposition from Weston-super-Mare. It was an end to end match, with goals coming from both sides but unfortunately ended in a 4-3 loss for the home team. Goals came from an excellent drag flick from Player of the Match Charlie Lewis aided by Heidi Martin, the second from a text book set piece from goal scorer Lucy Burridge and Sapphy Reed-Yang, and the third from Annabelle Jay. It was a spirited team performance, and the team hope to bounce back next week away to Old Bristolians.
10th November Bridgwater A 8 - 6 Firebrands D
The mens 2s more than played their part in a 14 goal thriller against Firebrands - coming out as 8-6 victory. Going a goal up through Tom Lott, their opposition equalised quickly. Lott then bagged two more to confirm a five minute hat trick to put Bridgwater up 3-1 up with less than ten minutes played. With Kieran Wood bagging the fourth, and Lott adding his fourth and fifth, Bridgwater seemed to be cruising at 6-1 up. Firebrands pulled two back to make the score 6-3, and through a goal from Alex Howe and Lott’s sixth, Bridgwater were then 8-3 up. A spirited comeback from Firebrands brought them back to 8-6, but the five goal cushion Bridgwater had built was enough to keep them on top. Alex Howe was player of the match.
10th November Minehead Ladies 2nd 1 - 9 Bridgwater Ladies 2nd
The Ladies 2s returned to winning ways, with a sublime win against Minehead. They started the game strongly and could have been a goal up in the first few minutes, but after a scramble in front of goal the ball was cleared. Bridgwater then settled into their game and wouldn't let Minehead out of their own half. They were finally rewarded for their persistence with Danni Morgan scoring her first of the season. This was closely followed by goals from Kate Ward and Clare Wilson - Bridgwater three ahead at half time.
10th November North Somerset B v Bridgwater B (abandoned)
Sadly the mens 3s game was abandoned after only 15 minutes due to floodlight failure at North Somerset - the score at the time was 0-0.
10th November Bridgwater C 4 - 2 West Dorset A
The mens 4s bagged another victory this week, returning to winning ways against a very strong, but young West Dorset side. Despite their inexperience, the opposition youngsters were hugely skilful and exerted a lot of pressure on Bridgwater. After being held for a period at 2-2, the experience of Bridgwater told - thanks to the two goals from Ben Sims and the two goals from Steve Turvey, the score ended 4-2. With only a few votes in so far, it’s Bridgwater’s new youngster Oscar West who’s leading the way for player of the match.
10th November Bridgwater D 1 - 3 Minehead B
The mens 5s put in a spirited performance, but ended up losing 3-1 to Minehead, who are second in the table. Their opposition did prove to be the better team, and in the first 5 minutes they used their experience to get a grip in the game. It was a fairly even start, with both keepers tested and both responding with some good saves with and Luke Otley, Pete Cammish, with Rowan James and Will Baldwin were all busy and looked good; but it was Minehead who broke the deadlock; Bridgwater 1-0 down at half time, with only Nikita Cernikovs with Phil Pyke offering an outlet up front, and Bridgwater’s young midfielders Steve Miller, Sam Stacey, Toby Knight, Kieran Barrow and Sam Thomas all working hard
Bridgwater didn’t start the second half well as they let the more experienced side grab control of the game which they did as they pushed Bridgwater back. Some fine saves kept them at bay as did a determined back line but it was inevitable that Minehead would score more, and they were soon 3-0 up. But then a moment of brilliance from Cernikovs put him 1-1 with the keeper and despite his first effort being saved, he scored from the rebound. In the last five minutes Bridgwater came to life, and if there was more time on the clock, they certainly could have got something from the game.
Player of the match was shared between Toby Knight, Nikita Cernikovs and Pete Cammish.
Some good performances across the club, and a lot of goals scored by Bridgwater teams this week; making our Hockey Blackjack very interesting already!
Another Saturday, another strong performance for the ladies 2s. Despite expecting a difficult game from EVCH, the 2s defended diligently, with Niamh Dillon standing out again in defence. EVCH had multiple short corners in the first half but were unable to break through the defence. Bridgwater started the second half the stronger team and worked their way up the pitch as a unit; despite having multiple attempts, the only ‘goal’ of the game was disallowed as it hit a Bridgwater foot before going in! It was another great performance from the team against a very strong opposition, but Julie Reed claimed the majority of the player of the match votes for being everywhere on the pitch.
Saturday 29-Sep-2018 – Bridgwater Mens 1st 6, Chippenham 2nd 1
The Mens 1s went into their first game of the season against newly promoted Chippenham 2s, wary of the fact that they could be up against a good side. Bridgwater, however, absolutely dominated the first half - going three goals up within five minutes, thanks to two goals from Will Pope and one from Adam Lowe. Their dominance would continue throughout the first half - with brilliant play across the whole team Todd Barrett and captain Duncan Morrish grabbed a goal each to bring it to five. With a few first half minutes left, Pope was in the right place to tap the ball home and complete his hat trick - Bridgwater 6-0 up at the break.
The second half highlighted the skill the Chippenham side possessed - they were on top for the most part. But Bridgwater keeper Pete Saunders had an incredible game and kept nearly everything that came his way out of the net - Chippenham only managing to score one goal, to bring the final score to 6-1. One game in - and Bridgwater find themselves top of the league!
Man of the match was Pete Saunders.
Saturday 29-Sep-2018 – Firebrands 3rd 1, Bridgwater Ladies 1st 1
The Ladies 1s put in a strong and gritty performance against a solid Firebrands side. In the first half the team conceded a goal after a well worked routine from the opposition. The team held back multiple attacks with Player of the Match Amy Burridge having a stormer between the posts; going into half time only 1-0 down. After a good team talk the ladies went out all guns blazing winning multiple short corners, and eventually a goal came from no other than Skipper Lucy Burridge. The match ended in a 1-1 draw which was reflective of the closely fought game.
Saturday 29-Sep-2018 – Old Bristolians 3rd 5, Bridgwater Mens 2nd 1
The Mens 2s team had a late game away to Old Bristolians, and due to the timing of the game could only scratch together 11 players for the first game of the season. The game started evenly with Old Bristolians getting the best of the first few exchanges. Then a good through ball got past Bridgwater’s defences and they went a goal down halfway through the first half, with things going from bad to worse when Bridgwater conceded a short corner and a good routine saw the ball go into the back of the net for a second time. Bridgwater managed to get some more time on the ball which lead to a break away from Aaron Turner who squared it to an open Paul Bond at the back post. This meant Bridgwater somehow went into the break 2-1 down which would not of been possible if it was not for a few good saves by keeper Dom Rauch.
Bridgwater changed shape for the second half to try and fix some of the gaps which Old Bristolians were finding in the first half. The new shape did not have the desired effect as the second half saw Bridwater mostly on the back foot conceding a further three goals, and even though they did create a few good chances, they were unable to close the gap in the scoreline.
There were a few tired legs by the end of the game but it was never easy with the bare 11 players. Man of the Match went to Max Syvret who had a good game on the right making a few key interceptions and passes.
Saturday 29-Sep-2018 – Bridgwater Ladies 2nd 2, Sidmouth & Ottery 2nd 2
Bridgwater were up against a strong Sidmouth & Ottery 2s on Saturday. Sidmouth started the game very attacking but the defence of Hilary McNeil, Miche Rushe, Rachel Higgs and Niamh Dillon stayed strong and stopped the advances. Bridgwater made a few attacking plays with Clare Wilson linking with the wide players Kashi Morrish and Abbie Stevens. Danni Morgan then broke through the middle making an excellent pass through to Jess Shobbrook who scored in the last few minutes of the half.
Sidmouth again started strong in the second half putting a lot of pressure on and winning short corners. Vicky Redwood made an excellent save on the line with keeper Sue Durkin making some important saves! Bridgwater again made a quick break with Willow Hobbs leading the attack and winning a short corner. The corner was well worked between Rose Baker, Miche Rushe and Clare Wilson crossing the ball for Jess Shobbrook to score her second of the game. Sidmouth continued their attacking play and scored from two short corners in the closing ten minutes of the game. A well fought game finishing 2 2, with Sue Durkin the player of the match for keeping Bridgwater in the game!
Saturday 29-Sep-2018 –Bridgwater Mens 3rd 18, Mid-Somerset 2nd 0
The Mens 3s were expecting a close game against Mid-Somerset to start their season - this, however, wasn’t the case. Despite their opposition having 15 players to Bridgwater’s bare 11, the quality of the 3s team shone through in an 18-0 victory - the biggest margin a Bridgwater side has had in many a year. So many goals meant a long list of goalscorers - Dom Court, Tyler Fagan (2), Connor Gillespie (2), Connor Neal (3), Tom Lott (4) and Rich Payne (6).
Joint players of the match were Connor Gillespie and Rich Payne.
Saturday 29-Sep-2018 – Taunton Vale 5th 2, Bridgwater Mens 4th 3
The 4s took on local rivals Taunton Vale and came back to Bridgwater with all three points, after a solid performance brought them a 3-2 victory. The goals came from the experience of Steve Turvey and Mike Eele - with Eele bagging himself two. It was a very positive start from the 4s who came so close to promotion last year - a win in game 1, a great way to start!
Man of the match went to young star Tyler Coleman.
Saturday 29-Sep-2018 – Minehead 3rd 3, Bridgwater Mens 5th 2
‘Match day 1’ was looking quite interesting on Wednesday night when only one driver along with five players could be found. Fortunately, silly people said yes and a full complement could be found, including a keeper!
The stand-in skipper got to the pitch late which meant that stand-in keeper Mark Seaward couldn’t quite get to grips with the new unused kit. Debuts for men’s hockey at the club were as follows:
Oscar ‘North South East’ West
Sam ‘Louder than Tom’ Stacey
Bertie ‘The Best’ Kelly
Julius ‘Caasar’ Reimer
Nick ‘Mondo’ Carter
The team was looking young and energetic and we were not sure how the game was going to go. Jim ‘tough guy’ Smith started hard and fast putting passes to Bertie Kelly and Mondo early on, with the former teeing up his brother Ted Kelly. Baldwin and Reimer looked solid at the back with Stacey looking solid in the middle, despite his small stature. Nikita Cernikovs was helping marshal the middle of the pitch with Ted Kelly (TK), with Miller setting up a good chance that West pushed to Cernikovs to slam home. Bridgwater took the lead, much to the surprise of the youngsters who were playing some pretty decent hockey. Carter continued to impress as did West, but Minehead got a quick goal back despite a solid stop by Seaward. Bridgwater pressed but to no avail.
The second half was a tale of two evenly matched sides, but the strength and wiser heads of Minehead were to tell, and as Bridgwater pressed high they got caught on the counter with Baldwin and Seaward to thank for some crucial stops. TK was running his own show down the middle and was unlucky to not a get a goal for himself. Smith was ever dominant but Minehead had one too many attacks and despite a triple save (and injuring himself) Seaward couldn’t keep out a fourth attempt. Minehead then found themselves two ahead up with ten minutes to go. Tactical changes were made to have only two at the back - standard practice in this situation. Miller was still running riot and his pace had Minehead worried at the back, with Miller, TK, West and Smith all coming close. Cernikovs was also doing his best but the high press would pay off as the younger Kelly scored his first goal, giving Bridgwater hope in the final three minutes. Despite pressing and getting close, Bridgwater couldn’t press for the final goal.
Lots to be proud of in the boys making their debuts - nothing more could have been asked. They battled hard and they all looked at home on the hockey pitch.
Man of the Match was Ted ‘a pass would be nice’ Kelly.
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