The 2s had their final home game of the season looking to extend the unbeaten run that has been going since the 1st of December, and looking at keeping the unbeaten home record which has only
seen them win 8 and draw 2. Expecting a tough match against a team who are just one point ahead of them in the league and also pushing for promotion, the game started with a strong head wind for
Bridgwater. Facing a well drilled team the ball was getting moved fast from left to right, which meant lots of work for the young midfield. After some well worked moves and some long balls,
Bridgwater managed to get their first short corner of the game, but the young Westbury defence was out quickly leading to a second short corner. Tom Lott's initial effort rebounded back off the
keeper and fell to Paul Tilley who swept it through the keeper's legs giving Bridgwater the lead. This lead did not last long as a quick break from Westbury saw the ball in the back of the Bridgwater
net. This meant Bridgwater had to switch on to make sure they did not go behind, but after some good play down the right the ball fell to Tom Lott in the D. With his deadly form he managed to grab
his first goal after good work to create the space to shoot. But another loose pass meant Westbury broke quickly and scored to level the game. After some extra work from the already tiring midfield,
Bridgwater managed to get the ball to Lott in the D, who had his initial shot saved only for the rebound fall to him to lift the ball into the goal. Yet again a lapse of concentration and some good
forward play by Westbury saw them quickly get back in the game and they made the score 3-3 this is how the half ended.
It was not going to get easier and with legs tiring Bridgwater were going to have to work as a team to get a result. Both teams came out of the blocks fast with a few good chances coming
Bridgwater's way but the Westbury keeper was having a good game. Unfortunately, Bridgwater went a goal down for the first time in the game when a well saved short corner rebounded out to a Westbury
player who crossed it for a back post tap in. This meant Bridgwater had to come from behind but with Tom Lott on the pitch there was always a chance of him grabbing another hat trick this season.
Sure enough, Lott managed to complete his hat trick, when a good cross from the right saw his first shot saved but the rebound was converted - but unfortunately he had to go off with a hamstring
issue. Bridgwater were able to hold off the onslaught as both teams looked to win the game with Bridgwater given the best opportunity with a late short corner, but it was not to be. The result was
probably a fair as both teams had their chances to win. This left Bridgwater's unbeaten home record intact, but tough game remaining against the league winning Bristol Uni. The draw was not good for
Bridgwater - a victory in the game would have meant them going second, but the draw left Wesbury second in the table and with a easier game next week they now look more likely to get
Player of the match was Dominic Court.
The mens 3s promotion push finally came to an end as they lost in a fiercely competitive fixture against Firebrands. Coming up against a physical side, Bridgwater started well, and were thankful to
Phil Morrish not to be behind after a goal line save. It was Brands, however, who would take the initiative to go ahead, and then doubled their lead going into half time. After a change in formation
and a good half time team talk, Bridgwater dictated much of the play in the second half - a few half chances just not quite finding the net. It would be Firebrands who scored the next goal to
complete the scoring.
Player of the match went to Tyler Coleman.
16 March Bridgwater C 3
v 3 Sidmouth & Ottery B
The mens 4s grabbed a well deserved point, putting in their best display in recent weeks to draw with Sidmouth and Ottery. As it tends to be with the 4s, Steve Turvey found himself on the
scoresheet with two well taken goals - the third being scored by Conor Neal. It was a welcome return to form for the 4s who have a right to feel hard done by in recent weeks - and this week finally
got the reward for a good performance.
Player of the match went to Steve Turvey.
16 March Bridgwater Ladies 1st 0 -
6 Old Bristolians 1st
The ladies 1s lost heavily this week, but in a game that really wasn’t reflected by the scoreline. They had a somewhat problematic prelude to their
game, with a player getting injured in the warm up. This led toa shaky start and Bridgwater conceded twice within the first few minutes. Despite the set
backs, Bridgwater started to find their feet in the game and created a few good chances - but OldBristolians bagged a third just before half
Bridgwater largely dominated the second half, but for all their domination, were unable to create the clear cut chances they needed.Despite coming close on a few occasions, the luck simply
wasn’t there. Their bad luck was furthered when OBs grabbed their fourth against the run of play, leading to two more in quicksuccession. For roughly half the game, Bridgwater were on top - with the
score feeling unfair based on the performance they put in.
Player of the match went to Charlie Lewis.
16 March Taw Valley 2nd 0
- 2 Bridgwater Ladies 2nd
The ladies 2s travelled to Taw Valley 2s this week, a team that have slowly sneaked up on them in the league. The home side started the game the
stronger team, attacking intently from thestart. Bridgwater soon settled into the game, however, playing some excellent hockey, taking their time to build
chances slowly. This approach paid off when they were awarded a short corner;a great strike from Kate Ward was saved by the keeper, with Jess Shobbrook there
to slot the rebound into the Taw Valley goal. Bridgwater had more chances to score in the first half with theforwards doing great work to give themselves
space but went into half time ahead by the only goal. Bridgwater dominated the second half and grabbed a well deserved second; this time coming from a welltimed pass from Beth Porter to Karen Chilcott, who calmly put the ball past the keeper. Taw Valley had a few chances near the end of the game, with Sue Durkin making some vital
saves tokeep a clean sheet and ensuring the win.
The player of the match result reflected the excellent team perfomance this week being split between 5 players! Those winners were Sue Durkin, Niamh Dillon,
Morgan Edwards, Jenny HaydenBriffet and Jess Shobbrook.