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Bridgwater Hockey Club latest results
8:00am Thursday 31st January 2013 in Sport
AFTER a rusty start, Bridgwater men’s first team came back from behind to draw 4-4 in their Conference South clash at Bodmin.
The team went 1-0 down after five minutes before creating chances through Tom Lott and Josh Gale.
Bridgwater did get back on level terms from a well-worked short corner, Lott providing the finishing touch.
But a mix up between Matt Upham and Nath Dyte saw Bodmin re-take the lead and the home side went further in front with a reverse shot.
Just before half time a fine solo effort from Carwyn Jenkins saw him find the bottom corner to make it 3-2.
In the second half Bodmin went 4-2 up but with ten minutes to go Jenkins and Upham combined to see the latter slot past the goalkeeper.
Then Tim Sullivan pounced on a rebound after shots from Nick Bennett and Lott to seal a share of the points.
South East 1
Bridgwater Mens 2nd 3, Isca 4th 5
THE game started at a fast pace and it was Bridgwater who got the early lead.
Liam Pigden ran down the left and passed to Duncan Bond who played a neat one-two with Phil Morrish with Bond slotting home past the keeper.
Bridgwater made it 2-0 when Richard Payne finished off a nice move by Chris Dart, Paul Tilley and Tim Bennett before ISCA halved the deficit before half-time.
In the second half ISCA equalised and then took the lead after a controversial own goal before Matt Slocombe’s pinpoint cross found Payne to slot home.
ISCA once again took the lead 4-3 and then broke away as Bridgwater pressed for an equaliser to score again and win 5-3.
Man of the match was Harry Stephenson.
South East 2
West Dorset 2nd 2, Bridgwater Men’s 3rds 1
Bridgwater travelled to Bridport to face West Dorset with high hopes following a series of good wins – however it soon became clear that they were in for a hard day.
In the opening exchanges West Dorset put pressure on the Bridgwater defence as Chorley, Stradling and Buller held firm.
Bridgwater’s cause was not helped by some borderline decisions which seemed to go in favour of the home team.
They were looking dangerous on the break however and Wilson spurned three good chances to open the scoring within a five minute spell.
Dorset opened the scoring when they attacked and played an aerial which Stradling instinctively reached for with his stick above head height.
Despite being outside the ‘D’ a penalty corner was awarded from which the ball was powered home.
Dorset’s lead lasted only two minutes as Bridgwater broke quickly and man-of-the match Bond crossed well for Turvey to turn home from close range.
Bridgwater looked to take the lead but were caught on the break by Dorset.
They played the ball towards the box and hit Chorley on the foot.
The umpire signalled for a short corner from the other side of the pitch, despite the offence seeming to be outside the D.
Dorset scored again from the resulting short corner.
Bridgwater were 2-1 down at half time but their spirits were high as they had created numerous chances.
The second half started with Bridgwater attacking well and creating more chances, but again nothing would go in.
Dorset were reduced to ten men when one of their players got an injury on his hand and Bridgwater tried to press this advantage.
However three times during the second half the advantage was evened up by the showing of yellow cards to Bridgwater players which ensured it was always ten against ten.
In the end Bridgwater just couldn’t find the equalising goal.
South East 3
Bridgwater Mens 5th 4, Sidmouth and Ottery 5th 6
BRIDGWATER looked comfortable and took the lead when Cameron Birch converted a short corner but Sidmouth came back strongly and equalised after a lapse in the Bridgwater defence.
Bridgwater restored their lead when another short corner was turned in at the far post by centre forward George Puplett and again Sidmouth came back to score.
Mark Hutter saved a penalty stroke before half-time and in the second half a right wing cross by Puplett found Birch to score but Sidmouth made it 3-3.
Puplett got his second but Sidmouth’s experience showed and they netted three more times to secure the win.
Man of the Match award went to Cameron Birch.
Somerset Gryphons 4, Bridgwater Ladies 1sts 0
BRIDGWATER ladies were given a demonstration of fast moving, aggressive hockey by promotion contenders Somerset Gryphons.
The home side netted twice in each half to run away with a 4-0 win.
Bridgwater looked effective when they moved the ball wide to Suze Daw on the left and Lou Sturgess on the right.
But despite attacking pressure from Kira Gardner, Sheila Burridge and Heidi Martin, they were unable to score.
Player of the match went jointly to Donna Cooper and Charlie Lewis.