2017/18 Match Reports

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.
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.
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.
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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