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HOCKEY: Bridgwater have to settle for draw in six-goal thriller
8:00am Thursday 3rd October 2013 in Sport
Bridgwater Mens 1st 3 Plymouth Marjon 2nd 3
A LATE Marjons' equaliser meant Bridgwater had to settle for a draw in their opening league fixture of the new season.
Tom Lott, Ash Woolmington and an own goal gave Bridgwater a 3-2 lead heading into the final minutes, but Marjons struck back late on to take a share of the spoils.
After a good one-two between James and Taylor, James found himself in the 'D' and unselfishly squared the ball to Tom Lott who had an easy tap in for Bridgwater's first goal of the season.
This goal seemed to stun Marjons into action and slow the Bridgwater team down.
The Bridgwater defence of Matt Upham and Nath Dyte had plenty to do for the rest of the half but managed to keep Marjons at bay. Mid-way through the second-half, Marjons turned the game on its head and were suddenly 2-1 up.
Bridgwater had to show some courage and with the support of the home crowd found a quick equaliser.
The move started in the Bridgwater half as a sideline ball from Dyte found Sibley with time and space in the middle of the pitch.
His through ball found Willis unmarked and advancing in to the Marjons 'D'.
He was stopped by on the on-rushing goalkeeper, but Woolmington won the fight for the loose ball and found the back of the goal with a reverse shot from the top of the 'D', making it 2-2 with 10 minutes to go the game.
Bridgwater, spurred on by their equalising goal, started to take advantage of their extra subs and pushed hard for the winner, with Lott and Woolmington both going close and almost finding the 3rd goal.
Marjons were soaking up Bridgwater pressure and found themselves 3-2 down with five minutes to play.
Good pressure in the left corner from Willis won the ball back, and a couple of passes found James just outside the Marjons 'D'.
His through ball touched no one until the goalkeeper made a rash kick and sliced the ball into his own goal.
With five minutes to go and Bridgwater led but it wasn't to be game over. Bridgwater gave the ball away cheaply from a long corner and Marjons found themselves with a four on three advantage on the Bridgwater goal and two quick passes and a good finish settled the game at 3-3.
Bridgwater Ladies 1st 0 v 2 Taw Valley (Home)
In their opening league game the Bridgwater Ladies met newly promoted Taw Valley, who showed early that they were well drilled and difficult to break down.
Both teams made gains into their opponents' circles, with penalty corners given away by both teams. But it was Taw who managed to convert - the first strike was saved but the rebound went in off a player on the line.
Most of the second half was a battle of the midfields, but after a prolonged spell of attack on the Bridgwater circle Taw managed to score their second from a cross goal sweep.
Player of the match was Donna Cooper.
Bridgwater Ladies 2nd 0 Taw 2nd 2
BRIDGWATER fielded a team with many new faces for the first game of the league campaign against newly promoted Taw Valley II at their Barnstaple pitch.
Shula Hutter and Coralie Dosson worked on the right wing with another new face Clare Evci looking strong on the left.
Megan Weston starting her second season, worked hard to take the ball into attack alongside another new face Hayley Williams.
Miche Evans, Bridget Hedaux, Sue Durkin and Julie Morrish worked steadily in defence to snuff out any Taw attacks.
Despite good pressure, Bridgwater were unable to get the ball past the Taw keeper and a goal in each half past the Bridgwater goalies Sam Hutter and Carmen Williams (one in each half) was the difference between the teams.
Bridgwater Mens 4th 4 v 0 Sidmouth & Ottery E
Bridgwater 4ths team started their season off with a 4-0 win against a young Sidmouth & Ottery side.
Goals from Steve Pigden, Simon Burland (2) and John Dee sealed a comfortable victory for Bridgwater.
Bridgwater started brightly and were soon ahead as Steve Pigden opened the scoring from close range.
Bridgwater extended their lead shortly before half time as Simon Burland slotted home from a tight angle.
The second half started in the same way as the first ended, with Jon Dee adding a third goal just after the restart. However it took until almost the end of the match to score a fourth, as player of the match Burland capped a fine performance with his second goal.
Bridgwater Mens 5th 1 v 1 OPM 3rd
BRIDGWATER Mens V had to settle for a 1-1 draw away at OPM, after scoring a second half equaliser.
Steve Morrish converted for Bridgwater from a penalty flick following a foul on Syvret.
As Bridgwater pushed forward to pinch a half time lead they got caught by a fast OPM break and despite two good saves by Brandon Durkin OPM took the lead.
The game changed when a foul on Syvret followed by a shot by Uminski which was blown just before crossing the line, leading to a penalty flick which was clinically converted by Steve Morrish to level the scores.