Saturday 16 March 2019
 
16 March    Team Bath Buccs C        5    v    2    Bridgwater Mens 2
 
The mens 1s missed another chance to go second in the league, losing tp Team Bath Buccs, meaning top spot is now out of their grasp. Going a goal down, Bridgwater fought back well and equalised through Will Pope. Despite going behind again, Bridgwater displayed some good resolve and kept themselves in the half - only to go further behind in controversial fashion on the stroke of half time. Their misery would be furthered when Buccs struck their fouth - but the fight back was strong and Pope grabbed his second to bring Bridgwater back within touching distance. Again, key decisions didn’t quite go Bridgwater’s way - they could’ve been awarded a penalty flick, and then only a minute later Buccs scored another controversial goal to finish the rout. The saving grace is that, with results going their way, they are still able to finish second if they get lucky with results next week. 
 
Player of the match was Lee Chorley.
 
16 March    Bridgwater A                4    v    4    Westbury & UB B
 
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 promoted. 
 
 Player of the match was Dominic Court.
 
16 March    Firebrands E                3    v    0    BridgwaterB        

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 time. 
 
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.
 
Saturday 9 March 2019
 
09 March    Bridgwater Mens 1st        1    v    3    Westbury and UB A
 
The mens 1s were dealt a big blow in the title chase, as they lost to now top of the league Westbury and UB. The away side took the initiative and went two up in the first ten minutes, with Bridgwater not starting as strongly as usual. However, despite going behind, Bridgy fought back strongly against tough opposition - Will Pope finishing off a move started from a great Bridgwater press to pull one back before halftime. 
 
Bridgwater dominated large parts of the second half but their quality opposition proved difficult to break down and kept their own threat alive. With ten minutes to go, Bridgwater kept throwing men forward and despite some close chances, Westbury were the team to grab the final goal. Other results in the league mean Bridgwater are now third, but only one point off the top of the league with two games to go.
 
Player of the match was shared between Duncan Morrish and Lewis Coad.
 
09 March    Shepton Mallett A            0    v    2    Bridgwater A
 
A much changed mens 2s with the 11th player not even confirmed until the morning of the game travelled to Shepton Mallet. With the wind at their backs Bridgwater were looking more at a long ball game with some running in behind, and after a couple of good exchanges, they were showing a lot of threat. Then, after a good ball into Lott, he laid the ball off to Joe Syvret and his quick ball found Tyler Colman. The young midfielder found his way around the back of Shepton's defence to be one on one with the keeper; but he looked up and saw Will Marchent-Saunders making a great run, and gave him the chance to sweep the ball into the empty net for him to score his first goal on his second team debut. This then spurred Bridgwater to work harder for the next goal; after some great play down the left from Tyler Fagan and Will Merchent-Saunders, the latter laid the ball off to Lott who allowed the ball to roll past him to open up a clean strike at goal which found the back of the net to close out the half.
 
The second half started off with Bridgwater on the back foot, knowing there was going to be a fair amount of defending to do. However, the defensive display was strong and the game ended with no more goals - a great victory with a good team performance even when most of the players have not played together before. 
 
Player of the match went to goal scorer and assister on his debut; Will Marchent-Saunders.
 
09 March    BridgwaterB                2    v    1    Bristol & West D        

The mens 3s returned to defeat a strong Bristol & West side in a close encounter. Bridgwater were the stronger side in the early exchanges, creating a multitude of chances - and despite playing much of the game in their opposition a half, couldn’t quite find an early goal. This all changed, however, when Simon Burland buried the ball with a well taken finish to put his side ahead. The youthful Bristol & West side kept the fight up, but went two down after an impressive spinning finish from the returning Andy Cook pierced through the keeper’s legs from a crazy angle. Despite Bridgwater leading at half time, it was the away side who dominated most of the second half - with some very skilful junior players, it took a strong defensive effort from Bridgwater to keep the ball out the back of the net. Bristol & West did grab a deserved goal through their good young forward, but Bridgwater took all three points from the tight encounter.

09 March    Yeovil & Sherborne B    3    v    0    Bridgwater C

 

The mens 4s lost a tense match to Yeovil & Sherborne, meaning they now go below their opposition in the league. The young side put in another good performance, and held their own for the most part during the game, creating a fair few of their own chances - but it was Yeovil who took the win.
 
09 March    Weston super Mare 1st        2    -    4    Bridgwater Ladies 1st
 
The ladies 1s returned to winning this weekend against local rivals Weston, bagging all three important points. The team started incredibly well, scoring within the first minute of the game, after a well seen pass from Willow Hobbs found Sapphy Reed-Yang who drove forwards, slotting the ball neatly into the bottom left corner. Reed-Yang got her second goal only a few minutes later after intercepting a Weston hit out and driving forwards in a similar style to her first goal. Weston managed to claw one back in the last few minutes of the first half.
 
Weston started the second half strongly, getting a goal in the first few minutes. But this did not deter Bridgwater. Charlotte East got her name on the score sheet from a strong short corner, before Player of the Match Charlie Lewis sealed the win with an excellent strike into the corner of the goal. Weston were awarded a penalty flick in the dying minutes of the game, but keeper Amy Burridge put in the save of the day to keep the two goal lead.
 

09 March    Bridgwater Ladies 2nd        3    -    3    Minehead 2nd

The ladies 2s entertained Minehead 2s at Chilton. Bridgwater started the game the more attacking team and had chances to go ahead early in the game with shots going just wide. With some good play between midfield and the forwards they finally broke the deadlock with Rose Baker putting Bridgwater in front. Minehead responded to this well and began putting pressure on the Bridgwater defence, scoring an equaliser just before half time.

Bridgwater were determined to score more goals in the second half, showing this from the whistle. Bridgwater drove the ball into the Minehead D winning a short corner. This was well executed and Jess Shobbrook scored her first of the game. Again Minehead responded by coming back and equalising again. Bridgwater's third goal came from another well worked short corner, with Jess Shobbrook scoring her second of the match. Bridgwater just couldn't keep the Minehead attack away and they levelled with five minutes to go. Bridgwater were unlucky not to score with a short corner in the last minutes. 

Jess Shobbrook was player of the match for her excellent attacking play this week.

Home and away support was incredible yet again - let’s keep that going with a few weeks left of the season! 
Saturday 2 March 2019
 
02 March    Taunton Vale B            0    v    7    Bridgwater Mens 1st    
 
The mens 1s pulled off the result of the day, with a stunning win over local rivals Taunton Vale. The game started well for the travelling Bridgwater side, who struck the post in the second minute, with Todd Barrett then having a goal confusingly ruled out only two minutes later. Dominating the early exchanges, the inevitable came and Bridgwater broke the deadlock - a swept reverse strike from Will Pope nutmegging the keeper to give his side the lead. The rest of the half carried on in much the same way - some unselfish forward play from Jordan Rawles and Tom Stacey enabling Todd Barrett to put Bridgwater further ahead, with Pope scoring his second and third to put the side four up at half time. 
 
Not willing to stop there, Bridgwater ramped up the style and grabbed their fifth through Sam Uminski. Paul Tilley then pulled off an exquisite flick into the top left corner, with captain Duncan Morrish completing the rout from a short corner. It’s a huge win for the second placed 1s ahead of the big game against third place Westbury next week - a game that could make or break their promotion charge. 
 
Man of the match was Will Pope.

02 March    Bridgwater A                3    v    1    Clifton Robinsons D

The mens 2s hosted Clifton Robinsons, with only the bare 11 including a guest appearance from Cam Birch. Bridgwater were looking for a solid proformance to maintain the unbeaten streak, but looking to get back to winning ways after the disappointment of the draw on Sunday. The game started off quickly with both teams struggling to retain possession and create a clear opportunity. Not for the first time this season Tom Lott opened the scoring from a short corner by beating the runners, which gave him lots of time to calmly place the ball past the keeper and defenders on the line. Quickly after this Bridgwater managed to get a second goal from another short corner, but this time the injection was not as straight as required; the ball fell to Paul Bond who struck the ball goalwards, only to be deflected upwards past the defence by Alex Howe. However, the goal was actually stolen on the line by Dom Court who volleyed the already goal-bound ball into the roof of the net! 
 
Clifton Robinsons managed to get back into the game with a quick break, which saw Bridgwater's defence stretched and even after an attempted block on the line, were able to pull back a goal by half time. With lots of work still left to do to avoid potential defeat or a similar second half slump as last Sunday's game, Bridgwater knew the next goal was important and Robinsons were going to come out with nothing to lose. 
 
Bridgwater's prayers were answered when a good interception and quick pass to Tom Lott left him one on one with the keeper and a quick dip of the shoulder saw the keeper go down early and Lott quickly lifted the ball over the prone keeper to give Bridgwater the breathing space they needed. This was how the game ended with a good performance all round.
 
Bridgwater look forward to playing somewhere other than Bristol next time, travelling to Shepton Mallet who are just below them on the league. 
 
02 March    Weston super Mare A        Abandoned    BridgwaterB        

The mens 3s game against Weston was abandoned after 16 minutes with no result. 

02 March    Bridgwater C                1    v    7    North Devon A

The mens 4s had a game of damage limitation against high flyers North Devon. The side put in a cracking shift against very tough opposition and despite the scoreline, delivered one of their better performances from the last few weeks, with a lot to be proud of. The goal was scored by (you guessed it!) club legend Steve Turvey, with Phil Pyke grabbing man of the match.
 
02 March    Bridgwater Ladies 1st        1    -    3    Team Bath Buccaneers 3rd
 
The ladies 1s were unlucky to run out on the wrong side of the scoreline against top three sideBath Buccs. They started the game well, feeling encouraged that they could get a goodfoothold in the game, pressing and attacking. However, Buccs took the lead - anunmarked player in the D getting a lucky deflection that snuck in at the near post. Despitethe setback, Bridgwater still attacked well, winning a short corner and beating the post onnumerous occasions, and being denied by a very good keeper. Buccs then went two up astheir striker intercepted a loose pass. 
 
Bridgwater fought back instantly and bagged agoal from a well worked short corner, helped across the line by Millie Burridge. DespiteBridgwater dominating the second half, the Buccs keeper proved the main difference between thesides, and for all Bridgwater’s positive forward play, they conceded a third late on to settlethe result. They go into a big game against Weston next week knowing that if they take thepositives from their recent fixtures, a win could be on the cards.

02 March    ECVH 2nd                3    -    0    Bridgwater Ladies 2nd

The Ladies 2s went into their game hoping to get the three points to put them back to third place buthad another fraustrating away result.
ECVH started the game the stronger side, attacking the Bridgwater D constantly butBridgwater defended well. ECVH won numerous short corners in quick succession andmanaged to grab a goal just before half time. 

Bridgwater started the second half thestronger team and showed their great passing abilities to work the ball up the pitch.Unfortunately the game began to get more and more physical and this made it difficult forBridgwater to keep the ball. ECVH then scored a questionable goal with the player appearing to bringthe ball down with her body before putting it past the keeper, and scoring their final goal of the gamewith another short corner. 

Player of the match was Holly Hobbs for her strong performancein the midfield.

Saturday 23 February 2019
 
23rd February    Bridgwater Mens 1st        3    -    0    Somerset Gryphons    
 
The men's 1s kept their title challenge alive with a dominant victory.. The early exchanges went in Bridgwater’s favour and they could have easily been ahead in the first few minutes of the game. Gryphons, however, came strong after the first ten minutes and started dictating passages of play, putting the home side on the back foot and creating some good chances. The pressure was eased, however, went Todd Barrett put his side ahead - a classic men’s 1s break enabled Will Pope to put Barrett in and he calmly struck the ball into the bottom corner. 
 
As ever, Bridgwater started the second half well, and only five minutes in, Pope bagged himself a well taken goal, nutmegging the Gryphons keeper. Despite a few good attacks from the opposition, the defence held firm, and the attack ignited - with Pope grabbing the final touch on a scrappy third goal to ensure Bridgwater took the win, and their first clean sheet of the season. Player of the match went to James Duckering for a skilful and dogged performance in the centre of the park.

23rdFebruary    Firebrands D                4    -    5    Bridgwater A

To start a 2 game weekend, the 2s made the familiar trip to Bristol to play Firebrands D who are struggling at the bottom of the table. Knowing they should have enough to win the game, Bridgwater looked to start the game hard and fast, and this worked as the first goal came from a well worked long corner. This was passed square and injected and when the ball looked liked it was about to go off the pitch, Sam Sweatman crossed it and a great run around the back gave Alex Howe an easy tap in. Now with some extra momentum, Bridgwater managed to score a second goal, this time a well worked short corner routine taken by Tom Lott who calmly placed it into the bottom corner. Lott got his second and then third which was a great run and chip over the defender stick to strike a bouncing ball into the roof of the goal. Bridgwater relaxed into cruise control and let a young Firebrands attack back into the game, but soon after Paul Bond re-established the lead with a good strike finding the bottom corner. But again Bridgwater went to sleep and Firebrands scored two goals quickly before the break. 
 
At half time Bridgwater knew they should have been controlling the game much better, but were looking for a better performance defensively in the second half. It played out to be a pretty uneventful second half with both teams working hard in the midfield but a slip up late in the half allowed Firebrands to score their fourth goal.Iit was not the best performance but it was a win that has continued the winning streak, man of the match went to Tom Lott for his first half hattrick
 
23rdFebruary    Bridgwater B                5    -    0    North Somerset B    

The mens 3s dominated an eleven man North Somerset side and could have won by a higher margin. In the first few minutes, North Somerset attacked well and looked good value for a tough match - but two goals in two minutes from Ben Sims almost put the game to bed right from the start. Steve Wilson then put in a fantastic reverse ‘cross’ that Steve Pigden deflected home from a difficult angle. Rich Payne then broke into D and put his side four up going into half time. Bridgwater perhaps took their foot off the gas in the second half and conceded a few short corners - each dealt with well by keeper Brandon Durkin. Pigden was unlucky to have a second ruled out halfway through the half, and Bridgwater kept coming close but couldn’t grab their fifth. Captain Blyth, however, had other ideas; fresh from a stunning reverse tackle in his own half, Bridgwater attacked and won a short corner. With the ball finding its way to the skipper at the top of the D, he calmly swept home and rounded off a good team performance. 

Player of the match went to Brandon Durkin for a reliable performance between the posts.

23rdFebruary    West Dorset A            11    -    0    Bridgwater C

The mens 4s had a tricky game with only 11 players and came up against a very tough, experienced West Dorset side. Despite a heavy loss, the scoreline didn’t reflect the efforts put in by the side - with the young players really stepping up and putting in some good performances. This was reflected in the voting for player of the match - Kit Hockey coming close in second, with Sam Stacey taking the most votes.
 
23rdFebruary    Bridgwater D                5    -    1    Ashmoor B
 
This week was the rearranged ‘Snow Week’ game against Ashmoor. With no such issues on the air, it was a sultry 11 degrees!
 
The game started with both sides setting their stalls out to try and get a foothold in the game. But it was Bridgwater who drove forward first, as they made good headway with Kieran Barrow, Phil Pyke, Toby Knight, Nikita Cernikovs, Sam Thomas and Steve Miller creating numerous chances. Simon Burland was a key player in the first 15 minutes along with Will Marchent-Sanders who just put his body everywhere. Bridgwater soon broke the deadlock as a lovely move ended with a Cernikovs reverse strike that was deflected into the goal.
 
Bridgwater pressed and the defence of Steve Morrish, James Kettlewell, Bertie Kelly and keeper Brad Palmer looked in good shape at the back. Ashmoor were proving to be an issue with their pace over the back line, but Kettlewell and Kelly both proved to be up the task. Bridgwater then scored two quick goals with Pyke putting a deflection past the Ashmoor keeper from a Burland strike, followed by Burland scoring one of his own. Kettlewell then came close with a strike from a short corner but the Ashmoor defence and keeper made some good blocks and stops. Pyke then got his second of the game, hooking a Miller strike past the Ashmoor keeper. Ashmoor had one last attack, but Palmer made a good stop.
 
After a small talking to about the game, Bridgwater came out of the traps looking to play some hockey, which didn’t look likely as Ashmoor took the opening five minutes to Bridgwater and looked to get back into the game. Bridgwater cleared a shot from the line which appeared to wake them up. Some slick hockey was then played as Knight linked really well down the left, Marchent-Sanders was still putting his head where it shouldn’t be but things started to look better. With so much play in the Ashmoor half, Ashmoor were able to press and break hard, but Kelly and Knight put themselves into some great covering positions. Bridgwater did get another goal as Miller swept home a Barrow cross.
 
With the game now so open Ashmoor managed to get some good attacks going earning a number of short corners. They did get one back from a deflected strike. Bridgwater were now playing better hockey but couldn’t find a way past the Ashmoor keeper who pulled of some handy saves. Bridgwater had a last minute short corner but couldn’t capitalise on the move.
 
Many thanks to all that played, Toby Knight and Will Marchent-Sanders came close but Man of the Match went to Bertie Kelly.

23rdFebruary    Knowle 1st                1    -    1    Bridgwater Ladies 1st

The ladies 1s had a well contested match away to Knowle. Bridgwater started on the back foot conceding a goal in the first half but bounced back strongly maintaining most of the possession for the rest of the half. The Knowle keeper had a very strong game and managed to deny countless opportunities for Bridgwater. Eventually the team managed to find the backboard, coming from a well worked short corner from Lucy Burridge to Emma Hill who slotted the ball neatly between the posts. Player of the Match went to keeper Amy Burridge for a truly exceptional diving save in the final minutes of the match to hold on to the draw.

23rdFebruary    Bridgwater Ladies 2nd        1    -    6    Weston super Mare 2nd

The Ladies 2s had a tough game against top of the table Weston 2s at Chilton. Bridgwater started the game well, pressing Weston to play the ball around and defending any attacks well. Bridgwater then made a quick counter attack up the left wing with a good cross to Karen Chilcott who guided the ball into the Weston goal to put her side ahead. Weston continued to put pressure on the Bridgwater defence and won a short corner. Weston worked this well and equalised just before half time. Bridgwater were confident they could get more goals in the second half but the chances didn't come off. Weston attacked the Bridgwater goal constantly and won numerous short corners, scoring from three of them. Weston went on to score another two goals, although this didn't reflect the excellent play from the Bridgwater ladies this week.
 

A massive well done to Morgan Edwards making her senior hockey debut in a difficult game this week.
Player of the match was Jenny Hayden Briffett for her solid perfomance in defence.

Sunday 24 February 2019

24th February    Bridgwater A        1    -    1    Bristol and West C

The second 2s game of the week was a low scoring affair against Bristol and West. Bridgwater dominated much of the early exchanges and took the lead - Conrad Butt in the right place at the right time after a short corner to put his side ahead. Despite going a goal behind, Bristol andWest kept bringing the fight - some solid defensive work meant Bridgwater were unable to add to their tally, but they defended equally as well in orderto go into half time ahead. 
 
The second half followed a similar script to the first - the game largely dominated by Bridgwater, who just couldn’t seem tofind the final magic touch. Although a few chances were created, a mix of solid goalkeeping and a bit of misfortune kept the Bridgwater goal tally at one.Against the run of play, Bristol and West won a short corner and despite getting a stick to the strike, the ball cruelly looped over the keeper for anequaliser. With more and more attacks from Bridgwater, it looked like they would secure a winning goal - but the opposition defensiveheld firm and the game finished level.
 
England Hockey Cup - Mixed
 
24th February     Firebrands        4    -    3    Bridgwater
 
The mixed side put on a cracking display against Firebrands, and came out unlucky losers in a thrilling match. Coming into the final regional round against a team of premiership players that beat them 10-0 last season, Bridgwater had a nervy start, going 2-0 down early on from two short corners. They got back into the game well, however, fighting well and creating some good chances. Bridgwater started fantastically in the second half, and thanks to some good link up play from Will Pope and Sapphy Reed-Yang, the latter was able to slot Willow Hobbs in for a well taken finish. A freak goal would put Bridgwater further behind, and a debatable penalty flick added to Firebrands’ lead. 
 
With Bridgwater not wanting a repeat of last year's result, they went for the attack and hugely dominated the last 20 minutes - Hobbs grabbing her second after some good work down the left, and Reed-Yang expertly deflecting home from the top of the D with 2 minutes to go. Had there been more time left in the game, Bridgwater may well have grabbed an equaliser - but every player gave their all in the side’s best performance of the year. 
 
Player of the match was won emphatically by Willow Hobbs with over half the votes - scoring 2 goals and putting in a quite brilliant performance. 

Thank you for the massive support across the weekend - all the way through yesterday and extending to the game today. 
 
Great to see so many people down at Fortress Chilton supporting all our teams!
Saturday 26 January 2019
 

26th January    Bridgwater Mens 1st        4    -    2    Bristol UWE 1st

 

The mens 1s ensured they’d be keeping pressure on top side Old Bristolians as they defeated tough side Bristol UWE. The early exchanges were fairly equal and both side has their fair share of chances - with keeper Pete Saunders and his defence keeping the UWE attack at bay. After a loose pass from a UWE centre back, a Todd Barrett and Will Pope breakaway enabled the latter to slot the ball home and put his side ahead. UWE responded quickly however, and soon found themselves level. With the game in the balance, another quick break out of defence enabled Pope and Barrett to combine again - this time, Barrett putting his side back in the lead. Only a few minutes later, a well disguised free hit into the D was deftly deflected home by Barrett to put Bridgwater further ahead. Another loose pass from the UWE defence found its way to Paul Bond, whose strike was deflected in by a defender to bring the score to 4-1 - his first goal for the 1s. The damage was done in the first half, and although conceding another in the second, Bridgwater ran out deserved winners. 

 

Player of the match was deservedly awarded to Todd Barrett.

 

26th January    Firebrands C                1    -    3    Bridgwater A

The mens 2s kept their great run of form going with a win over Firebrands. Player of the Match Dom Court opened the scoring after it fell kindly to him after a well saved shot. Then after some sloppy defending Firebrands grabbed their first of the game, leaving the score level at the break, mainly due to some good goal keeping by the Firebrands keeper. Knowing they should be winning the game Bridgwater had to try and get in front again; eventually getting their wish through Court’s second - this time a reverse strike off a bouncing ball. Tom Lott ensured the win would go to Bridgwater and kept his rich vein of scoring form, stopping in front of the rushing keeper to lift it over him into the net. Another good performance from the side that puts them right in the mix in the top half of the table.


26th January    Somerset Gryphons        3    -    0    Bridgwater B

 

The mens 3s were unable to grab a positive result from a difficult game away to Somerset Gryphons, as it always is. The side found themselves two down at half time, having to endure a lot of rough and tumble from their opposition. Unfortunately the second half didn’t get much better, with Gryphons bagging their third and final goal from a short corner. 

Player of the match was Danny Rogers.

        

26th January Bridgwater C                1     -    7    Isca E

 

The mens 4s were on the wrong side of a 7-1 scoreline, coming up against a strong Isca side who really highlighted their potential. Despite their best efforts, they couldn’t keep the rampant Isca side at bay. They did, however, manage to grab themselves a goal - inevitably bagged by Steve Turvey. Encouragement for the 4s can be found through their player of the match - Oscar West - who is shining in his debut season.

 

26th January East Devon D                1     -    1    Bridgwater D

 

This week was going to be a top test for two teams in the middle of the table. No debuts today but it was good to see keeper Luke Hendrie come back into the fold.
 
The game started off in the ever so slow fashion Bridgwater are accustomed to, with both defence and attack both in use. East Devon looked handy on attack with their young players doing all they could to harass and press the Bridgwater back line of Steve Morrish, James Kettlewell and Will Baldwin but they couldn’t get the final touch to put it past Hendrie. The midfield of Jim Smith, Luke Otley, Will Marchen-Saunders and Toby Knight looked solid, with Bertie Kelly, Sam Stacey and Steve Miller pressing up top. Once the game got going for both teams it was a very tight tussle with neither side getting full control, but Bridgwater were unlucky to not go ahead from a Smith strike. Stacey had to go off of the pitch for 15 minutes as he took a heavy blow to the foot, but the ten men of Bridgwater played really well. Both teams were clearly wanted the win, with chances to be had, but the defence of Bridgwater stood firm with Hendrie making some mad dashes off of his line. Miller came close with Kelly making sure he made his mark on the game.
 
A half time masterclass was called and Bridgwater obliged. The players all started to play a bit more free flowing hockey with Knight looking great in defensive and attack mode, Smith was also determined to create something putting everything on the line. There was a far higher press and that caused mistakes, but unfortunately Bridgwater couldn’t convert as the East Devon keeper made some good stops. East Devon’s youth and experience up top created some good chances, but again Hendrie looked on top form, so did Smith, Kettlewell and Baldwin. But things changed for the better once Bridgwater scored, it was a fine through ball (that took no deflections or half stops) from a Kettlewell strike to Miller who struck the goal. Neither player knew how the ball wasn’t stopped, blocked or scored to be honest but Bridgwater were ahead. Stacey came close, and Bridgwater nearly got a second through Miller, but the East Devon keeper was equal to it. Marchen-Saunders never gave up, battled hard in the middle, not too bad for only his second game.
 
East Devon then pushed more experience up front which led to a couple of defensive errors that gave East Devon a short corner. The short corner wasn’t what was practised but a half clearance from Morrish on the goal line didn’t quite get clear and East Devon levelled. After this all the game was East Devon who went in search of a second. If it wasn’t for the tracking back from Baldwin to deflect the cross from the attacker's stick it would have been 2-1 - a great clearance working with Hendrie to kep East Devon out. Both teams went in search of ga winner but it was not to be
 
A well deserved draw, that could have gone either way. Jim Smith’s never give up attitude at points in the second half started to pay off, Bertie Kelly continuing to improve, with Toby Knight also impressing.

 

But man of the match went to Will Marchen-Saunders who just blew the game. Well done chaps.​

 

26th January Bridgwater Ladies            3    v    4    Taunton Civil Service

 

The ladies 1s put in an excellent comeback against Taunton Civil Service, after going down three down within the opening first quarter. This did not deter Bridgwater as their determined attitude and a formation change enabled them to come back to level the score before half time with three lifted shots, one from Sapphy Reed-Yang and two from Player of the Match Willow Hobbs. The remainder of the game was a back and forth affair, with Bridgwater being disallowed two goals. It was an incredibly competitive match but Civil Service managed to find a winning goal in the last few minutes of the game.

 

26th January    Bridgwater Ladies 2nd        4    v    1    Winscombe 4th

 

The ladies 2s were looking to bounce back to their winning form against Winscombe 4s this week; and they definitely delivered.

Winscombe started the game well attacking Bridgwater from the start, with Bridgwater having to defend waves of fast attacks and soon found themselves a goal down. Bridgwater then began to put some pressure on Winscombe with shots going just wide and the Winscombe kicking back doing well to keep the ball out of the goal. Bridgwater won a short corner and scored from a flick from Clare Wilson; both sides going in level at half time.

The second half saw a much better performance from Bridgwater, passing the ball around the pitch and driving at Winscombe. It wasn't long until they were rewarded with their second goal, with Holly Hobbs creating and finishing wonderfully. A great drive from the defensive 25 into the attacking D from Lauren Morrish allowed her to cross the ball to Rose Baker who slotted the ball home. Bridgwater’s fourth and final goal of the game came from another short corner with Clare Wilson flicking again and Jenny Hayden-Briffett dropping onto the rebound and scoring well.

 

Player of the match went to Lauren Morrish for an excellent performance in driving the team forward.

Saturday 19 January 2019
 
19th January    Bridgwater Mens 1st    2    -    2    Firebrands B
 
The mens 1s title bid took a small hit this week, as they dropped points away to Firebrands. With only eleven, Bridgwater were on the back foot early on and had to withstand wave after wave of attack; holding steady and not conceding. In a rare break, the three forwards, Jordan Rawles, Will Pope and Todd Barrett each had their part to play in a great move that led to Barrett putting his side a goal up. Meanwhile, Rob Morrish had made a stunning goalline save with his face and lost a tooth and a fair bit of blood for the cause! Bridgwater had their foothold into the game and stepped up after their goal - and could count themselves unlucky to concede a scrappy goal themselves, going into half time level. 
 
The second half started in much the same vain as the first - Firebrands dictating the play, but not breaking through the Bridgwater defence. It was Bridgwater who would go ahead after a short corner move found its way to the bloodied Rob Morrish, who buried his first league goal in nearly three years! When it looked like they would hold out for a gritty victory, Firebrands struck home a weak goal with only five minutes to go - the weary legs telling in the dying embers of the game. 
 
Player of the match went to defender Lee Chorley for a solid display and reading of the game at the back. 
 
19th January    Bridgwater A            4    -    3    Old Bristolians A
Bridgwater 2s hosted Old Bristolians for the second time but this was the higher of the teams. Knowing it was going to be a tough game against the team who were third in the league, this showed in the first ten minutes with Old Bristolians pressing high with tempo. Bridgwater were struggling to clear the ball and get it out of their half, with some sloppy passes and loose control turning the ball over and having to absorb lots of pressure. But after a string of last ditch tackles and good saves from goalkeeper Dom Rauch, and a number of short corners defended, Old Bristolians made a break through after a shot that was deflected in at the back post. Bridgwater had to work hard to get back into the game and also try and retain the ball to put pressure back on to Old Bristolians. But Bridgwater still struggled and after a ball was crashed into the D it was deflected by the Old Bristolians striker past Rauch. Bridgwater went into the break only two down.
 
Bridgwater knew they had improve to stand a chance of scoring a goal and not letting the game slip away, knowing they had to score first to stand a chance, Bridgwater started the second half by putting the pressure back onto Old Bristolians forcing them into mistakes. This pressure worked as a quick breakaway saw a cross from Tom Lott converted by Harry Rose who swept the ball into the net. With the extra confidence from getting the first goal Bridgwater pressed high and managed to grab a second from Joe Syvret - his initial strike was stopped, but after a bit of a scramble he dragged the ball back to flick the ball over the prone keeper. Now with the scores level the next goal would be key, and with the good play from Bridgwater continuing the next goal came from another breakaway which again saw Harry Rose sweep the ball into the net after running half of the pitch to create the opportunity. 
 
With Old Bristolians heads still down Bridgwater managed to score a fourth - this time it came from a run from Lott. Lott’s shot was saved and the deflection fell kindly to Joe Syvret to complete his brace. After a great comeback with a two goal cushion Bridgwater had to try to control the game to wind down the clock. But after a few near misses Old Bristolians managed to score from a short corner, which was initially saved but then calmly finished. This was only to be a consultation goal which left Bridgwater winners after a great second half comeback. It was a great performance by all players especially from the midfield who ran tirelessly throughout the game. Man of the Match went to Dom Rauch in goal for keeping Bridgwater in the game in the first half and in a close second was Dom Court for his efforts in the midfield. 

19thJanuary    Bridgwater B            3    -    1    Mendip A

The mens 3s returned to winning ways with a vital 3-1 win against Mendip - and with league leaders South Gloucester only managing a draw, moved to within two points of the top. The game subbed and flowed, with both sides trying to dominate and neither quite imparting themselves enough to do so. It was the away side who would go one up, perhaps slightly against the run of play, and this kickstarted the 3s positive response. It would be a tale of two Phil Morrish penalty flicks that would put Bridgwater into the lead. The first was flicked hard under the keeper’s right arm, and the second craftily slipped into the bottom left hand corner - his first and second goals of the season giving his side the lead. Having grabbed the lead, the 3s seemed a lot more settled and despite a solid Mendip fightback, it was Simon Burland’s goal that settled the win. 

Player of the match went to midfielder Jim Smith for a tireless display in the centre of the park. 

19thJanuary    Teign A                8    -    0    Bridgwater C

The mens 4s found selection a tricky this week, and having to rely on a large contingent of the 5th team can be proud of their effort despite the scoreline. Coming up against a very strong opposition at home never comes easy, and the gulf in ability sadly showed; but to each player's credit, no one shied away and each player gave their full effort until the final whistle. 
 
Player of the match was tight between two players - and despite a typically strong performance from Toby Knight, it was the even younger Bertie Kelly who got the award.

19thJanuary Bridgwater Ladies        1    v    5    Firebrands 3rd

The ladies 1s unfortunately were on the wrong side of rough scoreline. Bridgwater were the first to score from an excellent ball into the D from Heidi Martin, enabling Sapphy Reed-Yang to slot the ball into the corner giving Bridgwater the lead for the first 20 minutes. Both sides had some excellent chances and the game was incredibly even, but Firebrands responded well to conceding and managed to get the goals they needed from some well worked short corner routines. Player of the match was split between goal scorer Sapphy Reed-Yang and defender Donna Cooper who had an exceptional and strong game. Bridgwater face Civil Service next week at home, and look forward to bouncing back to winning ways! 
 
19thJanuary    Sidmouth and Ottery 2nd    9    v    0    Bridgwater Ladies 2nd
 

The Ladies 2s travelled to Sidmouth & Ottery this week in a 2nd vs 3rd place match. It was Sidmouth that started the game stronger, forcing Bridgwater back into their own half and they scored two early goals. Bridgwater let their heads go down for a while after this. There was a wave of attacks from Sidmouth who passed the ball around excellently. Bridgwater couldn't find a way past the Sidmouth midfield and struggled to get the ball up the pitch. Sidmouth went on to score another four goals in the first half. With some slight changes in position Bridgwater went into the second half wanting more possession. They played better from the push back and were able to attack Sidmouth's D a few times during the half with some great passing between players. Sidmouth were quick on the counter attack and scored another three goals in the second half. A massive thank you to Sam Mirto who stepped in for only her second game in goal in which was a very tough match. 

Player of the match went to Rachel Higgs.

 

Sunday 20 January 2019

 

England Hockey Cup - Mixed

 
20th January    Bridgwater             7    -    1    Penzance
 
One of the biggest results of the weekend was saved for Sunday - with the Bridgwater mixed team showing their potential in a dominant victory over Penzance in the England Hockey Mixed Cup. The first half started brightly and it was Bridgwater who appeared the side on top - creating some good chances through Sapphy Reed-Yang and Lucy Burridge, but narrowly missing the goal and forcing saves from the keeper. The first goal came from captain Duncan Morrish, who after managing to break into the D, slotted the ball into the far corner. For all their hard work, the second goal didn’t quite come to fruition in the first half - and allowing a few attacks, Bridgwater went into half time holding on to their slender lead. In the second half, Bridgwater really turned on the style. Will Pope grabbed himself 2 goals in quick succession after some stunning moves including all forwards, and the score was soon 4-0 after Paul Tilley deftly deflected home from a Laura Coles cross. Not to be outdone, Pope went on to grab his second hat trick for the mixed side in as many games and Bridgwater were on their way at five up. Penzance deservedly grabbed one back from a strong penalty flick, but a reverse strike from Duncan Morrish put bridgwater further aead, with Charlotte East burying the seventh into the bottom corner. 
 
Player of the match was a tight spectacle - but deservedly got awarded to Will Pope for an energetic display and solid hat trick.
Saturday 12 January 2019
 
12th January        Chippenham    A    1    -    3    Bridgwater Mens 1st
 
The mens 1s grabbed a great away win, defeating Chippenham in a tough game. Despite dominating the early exchanges with a few solid chances, Bridgwater were the first to concede from a fantastic drag flick. This inspired Chippenham to kick on but despite going close, they couldn’t double their lead. Captain Duncan Morrish then went on a mazy run and after finding himself in the D, buried a reverse strike into the bottom corner - Bridgwater deservedly back on level terms going into half time. 
 
They started the second half in inspired form - a stunning move after 45 seconds finished well by Sam Uminski giving his side the lead. Bridgwater then dominated the game and could have grabbed many more with Will Pope grabbing Bridgwater’s 3rd to close out the win. 
 
Player of the match was shared between Duncan Morrish and Dom Court.

12thJanuary    Bridgwater A            8    -    2    Old Bristolians B

The mens 2s carried through their mid season form in an emphatic victory over an Old Bristolians side that defeated them in the reverse fixture. Having been the better side throughout the game, they found themselves five up - and despite OB’s grabbing two back, Bridgwater extended their lead with three more goals of their own. Goals came from Cam Birch, Paul Tilley, Alex Howe and five from player of the match Tom Lott.

12thJanuary    MId-Somerset A        2    -    1    Bridgwater B    

The mens 3s had a shock loss against Mid-Somerset. Despite many chances through the game, a solid performance from Mid-Somerset’s keeper and some flashes against the woodwork kept Bridgwater’s tally at a single goal - scored by Steve Pigden. Although they perhaps deserved better, the result just wasn’t to be. Player of the match was shared between Tyler Coleman and Steve Pigden.

12thJanuary    Bridgwater C            0    -    8    Taunton Vale D

The mens 4s were unlucky to come up against a strong Taunton Vale side and ended up on the wrong side of a one-sided scoreline, despite their best efforts. They can keep a sense of pride as despite the score, they did not give up and kept fighting until the final whistle.

12thJanuary    Minehead B            4    -    0    Bridgwater D

The mens 5s came up against a strong Minehead side, and despite a 4-0 loss, can take pride in their performance. There were two young debutants in the lineup with Kristian West and Will Marchent-Saunders receiving the call up!

Bridgwater managed to stay in the game for the first quarter but the experience of the Minehead side told as they soon went ahead through a short corner that was expertly flicked with power. Bridgwater kept creating chances, but couldn’t quite get the goal to get back into the game. Minehead still looked stronger, but at half time Bridgwater were only trailing by the single goal. The second half started with Bridgwater looking positive and trying to press, but Minehead had a slight tweak in formation and personnel, and made that count scoring a second goal. Unfortunately they would go on to show their strength and power as they scored two more goals showing their clinical finishing. Goalkeeper Brad Palmer did his really well and kept out several more chances, but Bridgwater didn’t give up and kept showing their fight until the end. Player of the match was Kristian West, with a brilliant debut.
 
12thJanuary    Somerset Gryphons    1    v    2    Bridgwater Ladies 1st
 
The ladies 1s played away to Somerset Gryphons in a friendly, and came out on top with a well deserved victory. The first goal came in the first half from Player of the Match Charlie Lewis who struck the ball home from top of the D from a short corner. Gryphons managed to pull one back at the beginning of the second half, but that did not deter Bridgwater as the second goal and winner came from skipper Lucy Burridge, who won a penalty flick from a Gryphons foot on the goal line - slotting the flick home between the keeper's legs. The team played very well and are keen to iron out all the creases at training before the league restarts next week! 
 
12thJanuary    Taunton Civil Service    2    v    3    Bridgwater Ladies 2nd
 
The Ladies 2s were looking to start 2019 by continuing their winning form against Civil Service 2s - and they did so with a victory. Bridgwater started the game strongly in attack and were rewarded with a goal in the first ten minutes, with Rose Baker putting the ball into the top corner. Bridgwater then seemed to relax and let CS play the ball around, with the rest of the half seeing the Bridgwater defence working hard. Civil service then had a string of short corners, with Sue Durkin making some vital saves to keep the lead intact. After a good team talk at half time Bridgwater fought better in the second half. Civil Service equalised early in the half but Danni Morgan responded quickly with a goal giving the 2s the lead once more. Again Bridgwater had a wave of short corners given against them and this allowed Civil Service to get level again. Bridgwater didn't give up and got a very well worked third goal with Lauren Morrish making a great run into the D passing to Jess Shobbrook who slotted the ball into the goal.
 
Player of the match votes were split across the team but shared between Rose Baker and Clare Wilson.
 
Saturday 1 December 2018
 
1st December    Bridgwater Mens 1st    6    -    1    Team Bath Buccs C

The mens 1s kept their place at the top of the league with a victory over Bath Buccs, and due to results elsewhere, they now sit two points clear at the top of the league. 

Bridgwater started the brighter of the two sides and go the opening goal early on, thanks to a well struck finish from skipper Duncan Morrish. Going a goal up inspired Bridgwater to kick on, and Todd Barrett shortly made it two with a composed finish through the keeper’s legs. The Bridgwater midfield was dominant throughout, and Barrett was able to score twice more to complete his hat trick before half time - Bridgwater heading into the break four up. Buccs came out fighting in the second half and, perhaps due to slight complacency, Bridgwater conceded early on. Rather than feeling deflated, they responded well, with man of the match Will Pope grabbing himself two goals to complete a well deserved win.

1st December    Westbury and UB B    4    -    1    Bridgwater A    

After a short trip up the M5 again, Bridgwater were facing a different Bristol team this time - Westbury. Knowing they were a place above them in the league, meant it was going to be a difficult game and only having the bare 11 players was not going to help. The game started with Westbury on top and looking to get the early lead, but some good saves and some last ditch tackles kept Westbury at bay. Then with Westbury pressing high a long flick by Ben Stone for Aaron Turner to run on to, put him behind the defence, and to get around the keeper he passed the ball to Dan Buller whose miscontrol lead to him squaring the ball back to Aaron to get the first goal of the game. Looking to keep their strong position Bridgwater knew they were going to have to work hard. But the lead was not to last long when a well worked move saw Westbury get their first, and with their tails up Westbury managed to get two more fairly quickly before the break. 

Knowing it was going to be a uphill battle to get back into the game against a young fit opposition, a few tactical changes were made mostly to keep the score to a minimum. It was not the best half of hockey Bridgwater had played this year but a solid performance meant that Westbury only managed to score one more goal. The scoreline did not reflect how much of the game Westbury had but Bridgwater did have their chances too. Bridgwater look to host top of the table Bristol Uni for another tough game but the last before Christmas.

1st December    Bridgwater B            4    -    1    Firebrands E

The mens 3s continued their solid start to the season by defeating Firebrands. The game ebbed and flowed in the early stages, but the nerves were calmed when Tom Lott grabbed the first goal of the game. A well worked short corner was then deftly deflected in by Steve Wilson to double Bridgwater’s lead early on. Despite a constant barrage of attacks over the next few minutes Bridgwater couldn’t quite find the third goal - and this inspired a strong Firebrands fightback. Another well struck Lott goal however, ensured the 3s went into half time three up.

Firebrands did not give up and but for a few cracking saves from keeper Brandon Durkin, they could have grabbed their first goal of the game in the early passages of the second half. It was Lott, however, who would grab the first goal of the second half, completing his hat trick. Despite conceding a consolation goal, Bridgwater ran out well deserved winners. Player of the match went to Steve Pigden for a tireless display, seemingly covering the whole pitch over the course of the game.

1st December    Sidmouth & Ottery B    9    -    0    Bridgwater C

The mens 4s had a tricky week with selection and due to late drop outs, had to travel with only nine players to Sidmouth and Ottery. Despite all players giving their all, the difficulty of having two players down was always going to tell, and they suffered a heavy defeat.

1st December    Ashmoor C            0    -    6    Bridgwater D

Bridgwater travelled to Exeter to play against a young Ashmoor side both sides wanted something from this game. Ashmoor started the stronger of the two teams but Bridgwater keeper Brad Palmer managed to keep them at bay. The defence of Luke Otley, James Kettlewell and Steve Morrish had Ashmoor covered and it was then the turn of Ted Kelly and Steve Miller up front to create some early chances. it was Jim Smith who opened the scoring with a strike set up by Sam Stacey. Toby Knight and Bertie Kelly looked handy on the left and right of midfield and Smith then got another goal as Bridgwater passed around the defence, Kieran Barrow this time making the assist. Bridgwater made it three before half time as Smith put in a lovely aerial for Miller to set up Ted Kelly for a goal.
 
Ashmoor pressed hard and with both teams without subs tiredness was starting to become an issue. A lovely move ended with Ted Kelly getting another goal with Smith completing his hattrick after. Miller was causing a threat from the left, but he was unlucky and couldn’t find the net himself. Ted Kelly completed his hattrick before the final whistle.
 
Joint men of the match were Toby Knight and Jim Smith.
 
1st December    Mendip                2    -    2    Bridgwater Ladies 1st
 
The ladies 1s put in a gritty and determined performance against an equally gritty and determined Mendip home team. The ladies started well with some good drives forward and defensive work, in what would prove to be an end to end match. Unfortunately Bridgwater were two down at half time, but this did not deter the ladies and after a formation change and a good team talk at half time, the Bridgwater team went out all guns blazing. 
 
The first goal for the away team came from a textbook short corner from captain Lucy Burridge, assisted by Sapphy Reed-Yang to close the gap. Bridgwater weren’t satisfied with one goal. Their second goal came from Reed-Yang in open play, levelling the scores. Some excellent defensive work from deputising keeper Sue Durkin, and the brick wall that was player of the match Julie Morrish kept the Mendip players from scoring in the second half. The team have two more Cup matches to go before the Christmas break and are positive that they can keep up their good form! 
 
1st December    Bridgwater Ladies 2nd    8    -    2    Taunton Vale 6th
 
The ladies 2s were high in confidence before taking on Taunton Vale 6s this week, and rightly so. Bridgwater started the game pushing forward straight away and had lots of chances to score. They were slightly drawn into playing Vale’s game taking the width out of the pitch which made things difficult. Bridgwater finally took their chance and Willow Hobbs scored her first of many goals during the game; ensuring she’d bagged her hatrick before half time. Vale then broke through the middle of the pitch and went on to score their first goal before the break.

In the second half Bridgwater found their recent form again with waves of attack on the Vale defence. The team played the ball around the pitch well and were rewarded with more goals; one from Miche Rushe, and four more from player of the match Hobbs meaning she had scored 7 in the game! Vale grabbed themselves a further consolation goal, but the damage was done early. A massive thank you to Danni Morgan for stepping up in goal!
 
Sunday 2 December 2018
 
2nd December    North Somerset B        2    -    4    Bridgwater B

The mens 3s also won their second fixture of the weekend - this one on Sunday - defeating North Somerset with two goals from Tom Lott and two from Cam Birch - meaning they return to top of the table!

 
Saturday 24 November 2018
 
24th November    Westbury and UB    A    3    -    0    Bridgwater Mens 1st

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 players joints.
 
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    Bridgwater Ladies 1st    5    -    1    Taw Valley 1st
 
The ladies 1s were back to winning after defeating Taw Valley on Saturday at home. After a well contested first half, with a 1-0 lead thanks to a strong Grace Popham strike, the team went into the second half positively and determined to get some more goals! The second goal came from a disguised ball from Sapphy Reed-Yang, followed by two further goals from Player of the Match Grace Popham to complete her hattrick. The final goal came from captain Lucy Burridge to seal the win of 5-1. Bridgwater face Mendip next weekend away from home, which looks to be a competitive game, but the team are confident to continue their winning form.

24th November    White Eagles 3rd        1    -    4    Bridgwater Ladies 2nd

The Ladies 2s travelled to play White Eagles, eager to get another win, and the game started fairly equal with both teams having their share of possession. After ten minutes Bridgwater settled into their own game again with some excellent drives to the D and passing between all players. Lauren Morrish won one of many short corners and Bridgwater used this well and Danni Morgan found the goal, quickly getting on the end of a rebound. With some more excellent play Bridgwater found themselves two up with Morgan scoring her second with a great shot. The last five minutes of the half saw White Eagles constantly attacking. There was some excellent defensive play and Sam Mirto had a great performance for her debut in goal but White Eagles managed to pull a goal back before half time.

With a slight change of formation at half time Bridgwater were confident they could score more goals. Bridgwater dominated the second half not allowing White Eagles to drive the ball forward. Bridgwater again began putting pressure on White Eagles defence and took advantage of the time they had ten on the pitch through a string of green cards. Willow Hobbs and Abbie Stevens added to the scoreline with some impressive shots, Bridgwater winning the game 4-1.
 
Player of the match was Danni Morgan.
 
Sunday 25 November 2018
 
25th November    Bridgwater Mixed        4    -    5    Shepton Mallet
 
The Bridgwater mixed team was in action this weekend for the first time this year versus Shepton Mallet. Bridgwater were unfortunately on the back foot at the start of the game, conceding a goal within the first few minutes. However, it was a well needed wake up call, and the team bounced back after an excellent drive from Duncan Morrish who crossed the ball in to Richard Payne, to level the score. Shepton Mallet managed to score in quick succession with two more goals, but thanks to a Will Pope strike, Bridgwater managed to get the score to 3-2 going into half time. 
 
After a good discussion on tactics, Bridgwater went into the second half determined and managed to score within the first few minutes after a superb deflection from Lucy Burridge, followed by a second goal for Player of the Match Will Pope, meaning Bridgwater were winning 4-3. Rob Morrish made two fantastic goal line saves from a short corner, but unfortunately Shepton were able to respond with two further goals in the dying minutes of the game, but it was an excellent team performance and the team are looking forward to their next game!
Saturday 17 November 2018
 
17th November    Bridgwater Mens 1st        4    -    1    Taunton Vale B

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    Old Bristolians            3    -    1    Bridgwater Ladies 1st
 
The ladies 1s had an unfortunate game ending in a 3-1 loss to Old Bristolians 1s. The team started brightly with some good attacking chances and some excellent defensive work to begin what would be a closely contested match. Old Bristolians managed to take the lead, but shortly after the game had to be stopped temporarily due to trooper Sue Chaplin takinga ball to the head from a lifted OB short corner meaning a visit to A and E was on the cards. Due to time constraints at the pitch, it was decided the second half would only be 25minutes long, and even though a goal for Bridgwater came from an excellent rebound from Donna Cooper, Bridgwater sadly ended up losing 3-1. The team will face Taw Valley nextweekend and are positive to come back with the all important points! 
 
Player of the match was Annabelle Jay.

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

The ladies 2s were confident after their win last week that they could put in another strong performance against Taw Valley 2s. Bridgwater started the stronger side and won their first of many short corners in the game within the first few minutes. They kept Taw Valley in their own half for most of the first half with some strong attacking play. Bridgwater scored from a great strike from Julie Reed at a well worked short corner, to go ahead. 
 
In the second half all of the home side’s attacking play paid off when they found themselves scoring another four goals - one for Jess Shobbrook, one for Lauren Morrish and two more for Julie Reed who completed a well deserved hat trick.
 
Player of the match was split this week between Julie Reed and Jess Shobbrook.

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.

Saturday 10 November 2018
 
10th November    Somerset Gryphons 1st        2    -    2    Bridgwater 1st

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.

10th November    Bridgwater Ladies 1st    3    -    4    Weston super Mare Ladies 1st

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.

Bridgwater relaxed a little at the start of the second half and Minehead scored from one of their few attacks. This pushed Bridgwater to adjust and to play to their game plan and their dominance told - with Danni Morgan grabbing her second, Willow Hobbs scoring two and Jess Shobbrook and Lauren Morrish finishing the job for a thrilling 9-1 win.
 
After a confident performance up front Danni Morgan claimed a well deserved player of the match.

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!

Saturday 03 November 2018
 
03 November        Bridgwater Mens 1st    4    -    1    Old Bristolians
 
The mens 1s kept up their cracking start to the season with a statement 4-1 win against table toppers Old Bristolians - this win meaning they replaced their opponents at the top. Despite starting on the back foot, Bridgwater went ahead through an Adam Lowe short corner, and were 1-0 up at the break despite not being at their best; with keeper Pete Saunders to thank for some key saves. With Old Bristolians equalising after only 5 minutes of the second half, it looked as though things were going to get tough. Lowe, however, had other ideas - scoring a well placed slap and then a sublime reverse to put his side 3-1 up and complete his hat trick. A deflated Old Bristolians side conceded a fourth late in the game, when striker Todd Barrett unselfishly put through skipper Duncan Morrish, who put the cherry on top of a wonderful win. It was another positive team performance as the 1s laid down their potential title credentials - with hat trick hero Lowe awarded player of the match.
 
03 November        Bath Buccaneers 3rd    1    -    0    Bridgwater Ladies 1st
 
The ladies 1s unbeaten season came to an end this weekend, after an unfortunate 1-0 score line against top of the league Bath Buccaneers away from home. The team played very well against a youthful side, and had some excellent chances, but were denied by a strong keeper from Bath. Player of the match went to Charlie Lewis for her tenacious tackles in defence and her excellent work rate going forward! The team are positive for their home fixture next week verses Weston-Super-Mare, and look to bouncing back to more familiar winning ways! 
 
03 November        North Somerset A        2    -     0    Bridgwater A
 
The mens 2s couldn’t capitalise on last week's performance, as they came out on the wrong side of a 2-0 scoreline. Despite the long travel, they had gone with hopes of securing at least a point, but came up against a strong team. Despite a few chances that went uncapitalised for the 2s, they put in a good shift and were unlucky to run out without a point from this one. Player of the match went to goalkeeper Dom Rauch for a brick wall performance in goal.
 
03 November        Bridgwater Ladies 2nd    0    -    0    ECV Hornets 2nd
 

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.

 

03 November        Bridgwater B            7    -    1    Westbury and United Bankers D
 
The mens 3s kept their position at the top of the league as they defeated Westbury. With the first few minutes being a bit ‘to and fro’, they finally found their feet and scored their first goal through Paul Bond. The 3s looked wholly assured throughout the first half, and thanks to a goal apiece from Tom Lott and Rich Payne, plus Bond’s second, went in four up at half time. Despite being behind, Westbury came out all guns blazing in the second half; but it was Bridgwater who scored the next two - Tom Lott finishing from close range and a glorious Paul Tilley deflection. Westbury clawed one back, scoring a well worked goal and were perhaps left wondering what could have been. Bond finished off the game, and his hat trick, with the final goal. Player of the match went to Dom Court, for his solid defensive work and forays forward from the middle.
 
03 November        ECV Hornets B        7    -    2    Bridgwater C
 
An untested young team went away with some experience against an ECVH side that have been rampant in the league. It was easy to see why as ECVH had a young lad in the middle of the park who was cool, calm and collected and was quite handy. Toby Knight, along with Harvey Larcombe both looked assured down the left, with Sam Stacey and Aaron Turner showing what hey could do. Alec MacKendrick and Mike Eele played well in the middle, until the latter had to pop off for a moment or two but Kev Hicks was solid at the back with his anti-skills. ECVH had the first strike as they scored a goal that came from a good save and deflected home from only a yard out. Steve Turvey then showed ECVH how to do it from two yards as he buried his chance to level the scores. But boy did this goal at a cost, ECVH woke up and scored five more in a half that Bridgwater could hardly get out of defence. Tom Stacey was impregnable in the middle, showing that once back to fitness he will be a force. But on the bright side Steve Turvey got another goal.
 
Enough about the first half, it was all about the second. Some top saves kept Bridgwater in the game, with Eele and Tom Stacey looking awesome along with a tired back line keeping ECVH at bay until the last ten minutes when ECVH’s pressure finally told and they got a seventh goal.
 
The young lads that stepped up this week can all be very proud of themselves against a team that is by far the strongest in the league. Man of the match went to the returning Tom Stacey for a great all round performance.
 
03 November        Bridgwater D            1    -    2    Taunton Vale E
 
Selection woes and the impact of Carnival all contributed to a mix of players being available for the 5s this week for the local derby against Taunton Vale.

It was Simon Burland who struck first for Bridgwater, from a great ball in from Alex McNeil. Bridgwater should have got a second minutes after, but Vale managed to scramble the chance clear. It was slowly becoming a game of attack v defence, as Vale pressed and got an equaliser. Bridgwater came close to going head again half, and looked stronger at the back, but went into half time at 1-1.

In the second half, the derby started to heat up. Bridgwater started to concede possession and put themselves under pressure. In attack they had chances, but couldn’t get past the Vale keeper who was having a good game. Bridgwater pressed, but so did Taunton Vale, who grabbed their second with 15 minutes to go, it felt like 25 minutes, but Bridgwater pushed for an equaliser, missing narrowly wide on several occasions. Despite a flourish from the young members of the Bridgwater team, they couldn’t grab the elusive equaliser they deserved.
 
Man of the match went to the tireless Bertie Kelly, with votes for Luke Otley and Jim Smith close behind. 

Thanks to all those who came to watch at Chilton and were treated to some good games; we hope you were treated to some top class entertainment before the fun of the carnival. 
Saturday 27 October 2018
 
27 October 2018    Royal Wootton Bassett     2      -    6     Bridgwater Mens 1st
 
Bridgwater kept up their winning form this week, travelling with only 11 players, but bringing all three points home from their long away trip. They started the brighter of the two sides, finding themselves two up within ten minutes - goals from Will Pope and James Duckering setting them up for a great start. With Pope adding his second from a short corner, Bridgwater soon had a 3-0 lead; but Wootton Bassett clawed one back before half time. 
 
The home side started the better in the second half, and pulled back to be within one goal with a good finish. But rather than trying to hold on to a one goal cushion, Bridgwater turned on the style. With goals from Ash Woolmington, Todd Barrett and another Will Pope goal for his hat trick, they ran out clear winners - with Pope grabbing nearly all of the votes for player of the match.
 
27 October 2018    Bridgwater A                1    -    0    Westbury and UB C
 
Bridgwater mens 2s were playing in my their second home game of the season, looking to maintain a 100% home record. Bridgwater faced Westbury & United Bankers who were below Bridgwater in the league so they knew it was a game they could win. With the bare 11 Bridgwater knew they had to work hard to win the game, the game was a slow burner with both sides playing the ball around the back and looking to build from the back. Then Bridgwater had a player off the pitch due to an injury so were temporarily down to ten players so they had to work that bit harder. But both teams managed to create some chances on the break, with Aaron Turner running in behind and rounding the keeper only to be denied by a last ditch clearance. Then after a good tackle in the midfield by Max Syvret, a good pass reached Turner who broke forward with Syvret following up to receive the return in the D with the keeper rushing out on him, quickly tapping the ball past for the opening goal.

Knowing that Westbury had to press to get back into the game Bridgwater went slightly more defensive and this saw Westbury press early and Bridgwater managed to ride the pressure and even managed to create a couple of chances themselves. But it was more of a defensive performance in the second half, and it went down to a couple of good late saves from Dom Rauch to keep the score at 1-0 until the final whistle. 
 
It was a strong team proformance showing a lot of fight in the end to keep a clean sheet in a close game. Man if the Match went to Max Syvret for his first goal of the season and hard work in the midfield. 
 
27 October 2018    Bridgwater B                3    -    1    Old Bristolians C
 
The mens 3s also returned to form this week, as they became the first Bridgwater side to inflict a defeat on Old Bristolians this year - making it third time lucky! Three seemed to be the magic number, as they ran out 3-1 winners on the day. Despite a solid forward performance, including two goals from Tom Lott and one from Rich Payne, it was the resolute defence who grabbed most of the votes - stand in keeper Danny Rogers tallied the most votes; despite being an outfield player by trade.
 
27 October 2018    Sidmouth & Ottery C        0    -    3    Bridgwater C
 
The mens 4s welcomed a return to form, delivering a solid performance and 3-0 win in their game against Sidmouth & Ottery. Despite the long journey and having only 11 in their side, they were the much fresher team - with stand in keeper Graham Miller carrying his fine form from last week and making some important saves. The teamwork shone throughout the game, with experienced players Mike Eele and Steve Turvey grabbing a goal apiece. The third goal was scored by young starlet Oscar West - grabbing man of the match and his first goal in men’s hockey in only his 4th game for the club!
Saturday 20 October 2018
 
20 October 2018    Bridgwater Mens 1st        3 - 1         Mid-Somerset 1st
 
The mens 1s returned to winning ways this week, with a fantastic victory over Mid-Somerset. After a tricky first 15 minutes, the home side went 1-0 down after a well worked short corner. A string of saves from keeper Pete Saunders meant the deficit was kept to only one goal. Despite being on the back foot, Bridgwater  kicked up a gear - the side started stringing together some great attacking moves, and grabbed a well deserved equaliser through James Duckering; his first for the club. Just two minutes later, a lovely first time pass from Will Pope found Duckering; he turned provider and crashed in a wonderful reverse stick cross that was gloriously deflected home by Todd Barrett, putting Bridgwater 2-1 up at half time. Bridgwater stayed on top for most of the second half, with constant attacking threat - they were rewarded when player of the match Sam Uminski grabbed his first league goal for the 1s, ensuring a well deserved victory and keeping the them within touching distance of the top of the league.
 
20 October 2018    Bridgwater Ladies 1st        3 - 1            Knowle 1st
 
The ladies 1s had another successful weekend against a good newly promoted team from Knowle. The first half ended goalless, but the team had had some good chances and were solid defensively so were positive going into the second half. A strong pass into the D from Becca Tasker enabled Emma Hill to slot in her first goal of the season early in the second half. But soon after, Knowle managed to pull one back with a well practised short corner routine. This did not deter Bridgwater, as their determination shone through. The next Bridgwater goal came after a good initial save from the Knowle keeper, but Sapphy Reed-Yang was on the other end of the rebound and managed to flick the ball into the net, giving Bridgwater a 2-1 lead. The third goal came in quick succession, from a good drive forward from Reed-Yang that enabled Beth Porter to professionally guide the ball home, and Bridgwater to a 3-1 victory. 
 
Player of the match went to Beth Porter for her excellent attitude and determination throughout the game, topped off by scoring her first goal of the season! 
 
20 October 2018    Bristol and West C        4 - 1            Bridgwater Mens A
 
The 2s made the trip up the M5 to Bristol this week, but this time to Bristol and West which according to their sign is the friendliest team in Bristol. Bridgwater started with the bare 11 players, looking to build on last week's result and things started brightly for Bridgwater - looking like they were on top - and they saw the ball go into the back of the net from Sam Sweatman, only for the goal to he disallowed due to it not hitting his stick but his foot. Things were not to be when a couple of misplaced passes meant Bristol and West had an opening which they took well with a solid drag flick from a short corner. With their heads down Bridgwater quickly conceded and second then a third (the latter a cheeky touch from a wide cross).
 
Things went from bad to worse when Ben Stone pulled a muscle and was struggling to move and this led to a ball over the top leading to a one-on-one with Bridgwater keeper Brandon Durkin, which in turn led to a harsh penalty flick. This was well finished and left Bridgwater four down going into the break.
 
Bridgwater were looking for a much better performance in the second half, even with players struggling. It did seem that Bristol and West took their foot off the gas and Bridgwater kept coming and managed to get a consolation goal late on the game from a good dribble into the D by Dan Pigden who managed to beat a diving keeper and still have time to line up his shot for his first goal of the season. 
 
It was a good team performance in the end but a disappointing result in a game which Bridgwater could have won if they had taken their chances. Man of the Match went to Dom Court for his constant running and hard work in the middle of the park.
 
20 October 2018    Weston super Mare 2nd    2 - 1            Bridgwater Ladies 2nd
 
The ladies 2s travelled to top of the league Weston 2s, and despite their loss, became the first side to score against them this year. In fact, they went 1-0 up (the first time Weston had been behind in a game this year) in the first 20 minutes with a great strike from Julie Reed. Weston, however, then equalised two minutes before half time. In the second half the Weston keeper kept them in the game and despite some great efforts going forward, Bridgwater just couldn’t grab the vital goal. Weston were lucky in scoring the winner in the last five minutes but the score didn't reflect the game as the 2s certainly deserved something for their efforts. Player of the match highlighted the team efforts across the whole season, with 10 players receiving votes - but it was Willow Hobbs who grabbed the most votes.    
 
20 October 2018    South Glos A                7 v 2        Bridgwater Mens B
 
After an unexpected and undesired week off last week due to their opposition cancelling, the mens 3s sadly couldn’t maintain their positive recent form. Their trip to South Glos proved as difficult as expected, as they came out on the wrong side of a 7-2 scoreline. Their opposition appeared a dominant outfit; but Bridgwater managed to grab two goals through Aiden Casey and Tom Lott. Man of the match, however, was awarded to forward Rich Payne, for stepping into defence when his side needed him and providing some important tackles at the back.
 
20 October 2018    Bridgwater Mens C        0 - 6         Taunton Civil Service B
 
The mens 4s came up against a very strong Taunton Civil Service side and despite a good performance, lost the game 6-0. With Bridgwater fielding a few players in only their third or fourth game of league hockey or at this standard, Civil Service’s side was full of experienced hands who read and played the game very well. Despite the scoreline, the standout player was stand-in keeper Graham Miller, who looked more then comfortable between the posts - making more than his fair share of important saves across the 70 minutes.
        
20 October 2018    Bridgwater Mens D        2 - 0            Ashmoor C
 
This week was always going to be tough after last week's loss away from home. Kieran Barrow was again drafted in for his second game, along with debutants Luke Otley and Phil Pike also playing.
 
It was Bridgwater who started the stronger as they looked to push forward. Some quality in the middle of park was supplied by the average age of 15.5 with Nikita Cernikovs, Toby Knight and Sam Stacey all looking good. Barrow looked solid on the left of the midfield with Sam Thomas looking confident tucked in behind. It was Steve Morrish and Phil Pike who were holding the ball up well and helping create the chances. These two linked up well from a free hit for Pike to score with a good reverse stick strike. Knight and Stacey both had the chance to strike from a short corner, with both looking confident. at the back, keeper Pete Cammish kept the game at 1-0 with some cracking saves, Rowan James and Jack Syvret looked in top form. The defence was solid and kept the young Ashmoor strike force at bay.
 
The second half started well with Jim Smith was looking impervious at the back, marshalling the others and making sure that nothing got through. Cammish made some more top saves to keep the score down as Ashmoor attacked with some threat. But it was the tireless energy of youth in the middle that continued to harass and press the opposition and winning the ball. Pike continued to battle away up top creating some great chances, Otley looked like he was coming into his own, making challenges and pushing some key passes. But Cernikovs was never giving up and battling all over the pitch. Thomas and Barrow continued to press on the wings but Ashmoor changed their formation and tried to get the goal that would have changed the game. They came close but Syvret, James and Smith with Cammish just would not be beaten. Eventually Morrish got the the second that Bridgwater needed to close the game out, despite some good saves from the Ashmoor keeper.
 
Man of the match was closer this week with Knight, Stacey, Morrish getting votes but it was Syvret who came closest to winner Nikita Cernikovs.
Saturday 06 October 2018
 
06-Oct-2018 - Bridgwater Mens 1st 3,  Firebrands 3rd 1
The mens 1s continued their winning start to the season, taking all 3 points against Firebrands B from their second game. Todd Barrett nearly opened the scoring after 30 seconds, but was denied by an exceptional save from the keeper. Bridgwater dominated play throughout but couldn’t grab the goal - the score 0-0 at the half time break. Bridgwater looked the livelier of the 2 sides in the second half, and only 2 minutes in left back Lewis Coad found himself in the perfect position to bag his first goal for the first team. Ash Woolmington made it 2-0 only 5 minutes later, with captain Duncan Morrish later making it 3. Despite conceding a goal late on, Bridgwater ran out deserved winners.
Player of the match was a very close run out, with 7 players receiving votes; but the winner was Todd Barrett.
 
06-Oct-2018 - Taunton Civil Service 1st 1,  Bridgwater Ladies 1st 1
The ladies 1s put in a highly disciplined performance against newly promoted Taunton Civil Service. In the first half the team conceded a breakaway goal, but finished the half strongly and positively.  After a good team talk the ladies started the second half well, with some good chances including multiple short corners which were denied by a strong Civil Service keeper. The team remained positive as they knew a goal would come eventually, and indeed it did. A well placed ball into the D by Captain Lucy Burridge, enabled Sapphy Reed-Yang to hammer it home, ending the match in a 1-1 draw. Player of the match went to Laura Coles for some excellent defensive and determined offensive work. With two away games this past fortnight, the team are looking forward to their first home game of the season next week!
 
06-Oct-2018 - Taunton Civil Service 1st 1,  Bridgwater Ladies 1st 1
Bridgwater ladies 2s travelled to Winscombe hoping to keep up their recent good form. They started well but found themselves a goal down after ten minutes due to a quick break from Winscombe. With some pressing play from Tracey Gue, Willow Hobbs and Rose Baker, Bridgwater had several shots with Clare Wilson taking a shot on the rebound and hitting the top of the net. This boosted Bridgwater's spirits and found Abbie Stevens, Lauren Morrish linking well with Jess Shobbrook who scored the second goal. Shobbrook was then looking for more goals and found her second shortly after. Winscombe continued to attack quickly but the good defensive work from Niamh Dillon, Hilary McNeil and Vicky Redwood mostly kept them at bay, but couldn’t prevent the opposition getting another goal back before half time.
 
The second half saw Bridgwater under a lot of pressure and Winscombe were quick to equalise. Jenny Hayden-Briffet and Kashi Morrish put in some good defensive work from midfield to hold off the advances but Winscombe went in front from a short corner. Sue Durkin making some good saves again this week was unlucky again when Winscombe scored from their second short corner. Bridgwater didn't give up and with a lot of attacking play in the last ten minutes with Kate Ward making some great runs down the right and picking out Willow Hobbs who scored Bridgwater's 4th. Unfortunately Bridgwater ran out of time losing 5-4.
Player of the match votes were shared between nine players this week, reflecting a fantastic team performance once again - the winners with three votes each were Niamh Dillon and Clare Wilson. 
 
06-Oct-2018 - Old Bristolians 2nd 6,  Bridgwater Mens 2nd 0
The mens 2s found themselves at Old Bristolians for a second week running. The early meet it saw one of the team (who happened to be carrying the keeper kit) running late. It was quarter of an hour after the game was due to start when we saw our keeper running down the path to the pitch in the pouring rain. The game started late in the rain and led to a different dynamic to last week's game. But when Old B’s scored an early goal with a fast breakaway, it was a sign of things to come. Even though Bridgwater did have periods of possession they did not capitalise on these. The score at half time was 3-0 but it could have been 3-3 or 6-0 - it was a topsy turvy game. The second half was a similar story with both teams having their chances but only one team taking them, leaving the final score as 6-0 to Old Bristolians. 
Man of the Match want to Dan Buller for his strong performance at the back. 
 
06-Oct-2018 - Mendip 2nd 1,  Bridgwater Mens 3rd 2
The mens 3s had a closer game to contend with this week - having to settle for a win with only a one goal margin this time out in their victory over Mendip. This victory ensured that after 2 games, they stand at the top of the table! Despite the result from last week, they showed little complacency and deserved their win - with goals coming through Steve Wilson, and player of the match Tom Lott; with Tyler Coleman coming a very close second on his third team debut.
 
06-Oct-2018 - Bridgwater Mens 4th 3, Teign 2nd 2
The 4s game also saw a debut and a one goal margin of victory, as they defeated Teign 3-2. Oscar West made his first appearance for the 4s - having only played his first senior game of hockey the week before! Bridgwater always looked in control throughout the game and despite the win, may feel they could have bagged a few more goals against a strong side. As if there were any doubt with the goalscoring, all three were bagged by Bridgwater legend Steve Turvey - one of which, a beautiful deflection into the back of the net (from the centre of the goal line) from a Jon Brockwell strike. 
 
06-Oct-2018 - Bridgwater Mens 5th v Sidmouth and Ottery 5th - cancelled
Sadly, the 5th team game was cancelled as visitors Sidmouth and Ottery couldn’t raise a side.
Saturday 13 October 2018
 
13 October 2018    Bristol UWE                6 - 2            Bridgwater Mens 1st
 
Bridgwater mens 1s traveled to UWE this week, with both sides aiming to maintain their 100% record at the top of the league. They started brightly and went a goal up, through a stunning deflection from Todd Barrett after a great crash ball from Chris Dart. Bridgwater would find themselves 2-1 down after 15 minutes, with two goals against the run of play. The 1s were reduced to ten men for the next 50 minutes of the game, but they held on strongly and didn’t concede again in the first half. 
 
The second half was a real struggle - with their opponents having 15 players in their squad, they took advantage of the extra man advantage on the pitch and bagged four goals in the second half to go 6-1 up. Bridgwater gave their all throughout and despite tired legs across the pitch, Todd Barrett grabbed a consolation late on through his sheer persistence. He was rewarded with man of the match for the second week in a row - this time, shared with defender Lee Chorley.
 
13 October 2018    Bridgwater Ladies 1st        3 - 0            Clifton Robinsons 3rd
 
The ladies 1s put in an incredible performance against a highly skilled and youthful Clifton Robinsons side. The first half ended goalless, with the defence putting in some excellent work to deny Clifton a goal both from some short corners and from open play. After a good half time team talk, Bridgwater started the second half brightly and determined, and managed to get a goal within the first two minutes of the second half, thanks to a strong drive down the right from Becca Tasker who crossed the ball into the D enabling Sapphy Reed-Yang to sweep the ball into the goal. Bridgwater played some phenomenal hockey for the rest of the half, with a further two goals being scored via clinical short corners, with Captain Lucy Burridge getting her name on the scoresheet, and Sapphy Reed-Yang getting her second with a deflection after an excellent assist from Laura Coles, sealing a 3-0 victory. 
 
Player of the match went to Annabelle Jay for her excellent attacking play and solid defensive tackles.
 
13 October 2018    Bridgwater Mens A        5 - 1            Firebrands C
 
This week was the first home game of the season for the mens 2s and it looked like it was going to be a nice day for hockey, but it was very windy which was going to make communication difficult. Bridgwater faced up to a 10-man Firebrands looking for their first victory of the season, and even with their weaker numbers Firebrands started on the front foot fast and had the best of the play in the first five minutes. When Bridgwater did get the ball, they looked like a threat, but they found the Firebrands keeper on good form.The breakthrough was to come from a great run by Tom Lott who picked up the ball near his own 23 and dribbled the ball all the way to the D and he saw his shot beat the keeper low to his near post. Going into the lead and having the numerical advantage meant all Bridgwater had to do was keep possession and wait for gaps. The second goal came from a well worked long corner which was passed short then crashed in which was deflected by Lott, and intercepted by Rich Payne just in front of the keeper, reverse hitting it beyond the keeper into the net. Bridgwater did create some other good opportunities in the half, but they were thwarted by some desperate defending and good goalkeeping, meaning the score going into the break was 2-0 which was a good position, but they knew it was not there best and could have had more.

The second half started off similarly, with Firebrands looking to try and get back into the game, but Bridgwater managed to capitalise on this by exploiting the high press and getting in behind Firebrands with Lott getting his second of the game widening the gap between the teams. Then after some indecision at the back from Bridgwater and a poor clearance, Bridgwater saw the ball scrambled into the back of their net making it a more interesting final quarter to the game. The push to get another goal by Firebrands left gaps in their defence and after a goal mouth scrabble a shot by Lott struck a defender on the line and this meant a penalty flick was awarded. This was calmly put into the top right by Lott - completing his hat-trick. Towards the end of the game a breakaway saw Paul Bond one-on-one with the keeper who made a rash decision to come out and try to smoother the ball. Bond just went around the keeper to slot the ball into the empty net. This left the result at 5-1, with hat-trick scorer Lott winning Man of the Match. This was a good result after a couple of big defeats, with Bridgwater are looking to continue the run into next week against Bristol and West C.
 
13 October 2018    Bridgwater Ladies 2nd        1 - 2            Taunton Vale 5th
 
The ladies 2s were unlucky to lose 2-1 to Taunton Vale 5s. It was a tough game between two good sides, with Bridgwater going in 1-0 down at half time. Vale then scored in the first two minutes of the second half, to go 2-0 up. The fight back from the Bridgwater side, however, was something to be admired; they dominated the 2nd half and despite some consistently strong attacks, the all important goal eluded them. With a couple of short corners at the end, player of the match Julie Reed scored from a straight shot a minute from the final whistle. Despite the loss, there were some huge positives and it shows the desire the 2s have to be close to the top of the league ladder!
 
13 October 2018    Bridgwater Mens B        v            Somerset Gryphons A (postponed - opposition could not raise a team)
 
13 October 2018    Isca E                    5 - 1            Bridgwater Mens C
 
The mens 4s were aiming to maintain their 100% record but sadly were beaten 5-1 by a very good Isca side. With some difficulties in selection this week, the 4s fielded a slightly unfamiliar side, but were simply beaten by the better side on the day. Despite some brilliant passages of play, it wasn’t meant to be this week, so they’ll aim to regroup and grab another win in their next fixture. The only goal of the game was scored by player of the match Harvey Larcombe.
 
13 October 2018    East Devon D                5 - 0            Bridgwater Mens D
 
Match day 3 was interesting as the 5s managed to scrape a team together which somehow included a keeper. This week included some more debuts as Steve Miller’s friend Kieran Barrow and Kit ‘not asked because everyone thought his name wasn’t his real one’ Hockey played their first games for the club. This was also James Kettlewell’s captaincy debut.
 
The game had started with a kicking back as keeper Brad Palmer had been slightly delayed and despite Graham Miller doing his best at kicking back, a foot from Ketts on the line from a reverse stick goal bound shot led to a flick being given. Inevitably this led to a goal and shortly after, despite Palmer now getting onto the pitch, East Devon got a second through some rather lucky play. Bridgwater, having never really played together with this team before, started to get into the game a bit more as a young and energetic midfield of Steve Miller, Toby Knight, Sam Stacey, Sam Thomas and Barrow started to have more an influence on the game. At the back Graham Miller, James Kettlewell and Will Baldwin all played their part keeping the East Devon playmaker at bay. Bridgwater even managed to fashion a chance or two through Hockey who was looking impressive on debut. Bridgwater were pegged back by a stronger middle of East Devon as they showed their experience which they put to use to score a third goal. Steve Miller was forced off due to injury as he was shoved off of the ball trying to chase an underhit pass.
 
Bridgwater started the second half with great gusto and determination. The kids started to play fantastically well in the middle with Stacey and Knight both coming into their own. Despite a couple of good opportunities for Hockey, Steve Morrish couldn’t hit a barn door, early contender for the Blackjack as a banker to get 0 goals. Thomas was playing a great role on the right and Barrow started to come into the game more. The defence kept things solid at the back which allowed for a game that started to get spread as both teams went in search of goals. Despite some top defending from Graham Miller, a great goal bound over head save from Will Baldwin and several amazing saves from Palmer, East Devon got another which led to Ketts moving further forward in search of a goal. Despite some good chances Bridgwater couldn’t find a way forward and on the final whistle East Devon scored a fifth.
 
In another game where the kids can be really proud of their performance’s, with a special thank you to Kieran Barrow for coming along and a thank you to Steve Miller for his help. Kit Hockey got some votes, as did Sam Thomas, but it was the central midfiled pair of Toby Knight and Sam Stacey who came within one vote of each other as Sam Stacey took MOM. Well done boys and remember #dontpasstothefatblokeupfront
Saturday 29 September 2018
 

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.

 

Saturday 22 September 2018
 
Saturday 22 September - Bridgwater Mens 1st 4,  Minehead 1st 1
 
The Mens 1s put in a dominating performance against Minehead 1s to build up a good bit of momentum before the league starts next week. It was Bridgwater who started the brightest, with centre back Lee Chorley finding himself 1-on-1 with the keeper and finishing with ease. With some good link up play between strikers Will Pope, James Duckering and Todd Barrett, Bridgwater were unlucky not to go 2 up straight away. The defence was rarely tested, with full backs Rob Morrish and Lewis Coad allowed to produce some good link up play with the midfield. Minehead grabbed a goal back, however, and it was 1-1 going into half time.

The team came out fighting in the second half, with the midfield trio of Adam Lowe, Chris Dart and Ash Woolmington providing much of the forward play. A goal from Lowe settled the nerves, and at 2-1 up the result never looked in doubt. A composed performance from Scott Upham at the back, backed up by skipper Duncan Morrish, was enough to keep Minehead out - with the defence thankful to Pete Saunders saving them on more than the odd occasion! A typically good run from Tom Stacey let to a Todd Barrett goal, with James Duckering finishing off the game and capping off a great performance. 

With another good team performance, it was the brick wall in the net, keeper Pete Saunders and young striker James Duckering who shared man of the match.
 
Saturday 22 September - Bridgwater Ladies 1st 7,  Mid-Somerset 1 
 
The ladies 1s put in a dominant performance on Saturday against a good Mid-Somerset side. Within the first two minutes, an excellent lead from skipper Lucy Burridge into the D saw Bridgwater go up 1-0. Another quick second goal by Sapphy Reed-Yang gave the team a two goal lead that would see them through until half time. The team started well in the second half, but a small lapse in concentration enabled Mid-Somerset to pull one back. This was exactly what Bridgwater needed to push into their top gear. Within the final 25 minutes Bridgwater scored 5 more goals with a final score line of 7-1. The win was achieved by excellent team work and confidence in the D which saw Lucy Burridge grab another goal; Grace Popham and Emma Hill also made the score sheet, along with Player of the Match Sapphy Reed-Yang completing her hattrick. With a strong successful match strapped under their belts the team are raring to go with their league commencing next week!
 
Saturday 22 September - Bridgwater Mens 2nd 3,  Minehead 2nd 2

The Mens 2s hosted Minehead 2s, with a slightly unfamiliar looking side - stand in captains for the day Max Syvret and Dan Pigden welcomed a few guest players to their side, due to some tricky selection issues through the week.

The team started well and dominated the early passages, with Pigden commanding the middle. With some brilliant forward play by Joe Syvret and Paul Bond, they were unlucky to not go a goal up within the first few minutes. With just under ten minutes played, a smashed ball into Joe Syvret was beautifully deflected into the roof of the net from the baseline to grab the first goal. With Bridgwater constantly pressing, the right side of Sam Sweatman and Aaron Turner combined wonderfully, with Turner denied by a good save from the keeper. But It was that man Joe Syvret again, who skilled three Minehead players before crossing in for Paul Bond to deflect home and make it two. It was Bond who grabbed the third from a short corner, smashed between the keeper's legs.

With 35 minutes on the clock, Minehead won a short corner - which their striker drag flicked into the top corner to bring the score to 3-1 at half time.

The second half was more about staying in the game; after a confident start it was now Minehead that started to find their feet - the defence of Ben Stone, Harry Rose and Max Syvret held firm, with good help from on field skipper Pigden. 

Despite another goal from Minehead, it was Bridgwater who would hold on for victory - a 3-2 win ahead of their first league match next week.
 
Saturday 22 September - Bridgwater Ladies 2nd 4, Taunton Civil Service 2nd 1
 
The Ladies 2s welcomed Taunton Civil Service (TCS) 2s for their first league game of the season. Bridgwater started well with Julie Reed and Willow Hobbs pushing up in midfield. They were getting the ball out wide to Clare Wilson and Abbie Stevens and Bridgwater used the wings well to drive forward. Jess Shobbrook made some great runs up the left running into the D passing to Kate Ward to score her first of the season. Bridgwater kept up the pressure with Lauren Morrish and Danni Morgan working hard down the right finding Willow Hobbs who fired her shot into the top of the net. Bridgwater defended any attacks well with Niamh Dillon making some important tackles.

With a two goal advantage at half time Bridgwater were feeling confident. They started the second half positively with Shannon Coate and Vicky Redwood making some good runs up front again. Kate Ward again drove into the D scoring her second of the game. TCS began putting some pressure on but the defence of Elesi Ryder and Rachel Higgs held off the advances and were very strong working together. Sue Durkin made some great saves making sure that the ball was cleared from short corners. TCS then made a break and scored. Bridgwater responded quickly to this by attacking again. Willow Hobbs went on a great run and scored on her reverse for her second of the game. The Ladies 2s went on to win their first game of the season 4-1 with a great team performance. Man of the match was split with three votes each Kate Ward, Julie Reed and Niamh Dillon.

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