HOCKEY: Turvey hat-trick fires thirds to victory

Bridgwater Mercury: HOCKEY: Turvey hat-trick fires thirds to victory HOCKEY: Turvey hat-trick fires thirds to victory

Bridgwater Ladies 1st XI 1, Old Bristolians 1st 3

FOLLOWING their disappointment last week, Bridgwater played with more resilience against league leaders Old Bristolians.

The visitors took an early lead but Bridgwater had most of the pressure in the first half.

Kath Briggs and Millie Burridge worked well creating chances in front of goal and the Bridgwater equaliser came from a penalty corner strike from Hayley Greenwell.

The second half saw Bridgwater with further chances as Charlie Lewis and Laura Coles delivered plenty of balls into the D but the final ball just could not be converted into goals.

Late in the game, Bridgwater’s concentration lapsed and they had to deal with a spell of intense pressure which saw Old Bs grab two quick goals, although they tried hard for a consolation time wasn’t on their side and Old Bs were pleased to hear the final whistle.

Player of the match was Donna Cooper.

Bridgwater Ladies 2nd 1, Taunton Vale 5th 1

BRIDGWATER took the game to Vale, with centre players Sue Chaplin and Suze Daw controlling the midfield and driving into attacking spaces.

Youngster Coralie Dosson with Hayley Williams and Megan Weston regularly closing down the Vale defence forcing them to lose control. Bridgwater snapped up these opportunities to force several penalty corners.

Bridgwater’s captain Julie Morrish coolly slotted the ball past the Vale keeper and, at 1-0 Bridgwater, continued to apply pressure, with Miche Evans and Emma Hill linking well and finding excellent positions.

However, the Vale defence managed to absorb the attacks.

The Bridgwater midfield were able to press forward in the confidence that Rachael Higgs, Julie Morrish, Bridget Hedaux and Clare Evci were able to cut out any Taunton Vale break.

In the last ten minutes as Bridgwater pushed for their second, Vale were able to capitalise on a loose pass and the shot whistled into the back of the goal to level the scores.

Bridgwater Men’s 3rd 5, Plymouth University 4th 1

PLAYING playing against a team they had smashed 13 past earlier in the season, this game was to prove far more difficult with the opposition keeper making many good saves.

At 0-0, Steve Turvey missed a fairly simple tap-in, however, he scored three before half time with a couple of assists from his skipper and one from Simon Burland, all from close range.

Plymouth Uni scored when the score was 2-0 to Bridgwater with their only effort on goal the whole match.

The second half saw Bridgwater change shape slightly but attack after attack saw no real end result.

A Ben Lewis shot from the top of the D squirted under the keeper and over the line.

With ten minutes to go skipper Morrish, now in his sixth position during the game, from left back scored from a Will Pope cross after stretching outside the left post and controlling before blasting in from two yards out.

Bridgwater Men’s 5th 1, Yeovil & Sherborne 4th 6

IT didn’t take too long, in fact about a minute, for Yeovil to take control as they scored with their first attack.

The torrential rain took its toll as Yeovil racked up two more goals before the ten minute mark with a fourth added shortly after.

Mike Date, Tom Evans with Gavin Nicol helped run the midfield, with energy and strong tackling getting them into the game more.

Connor Gillespie and Dave Dosson came close to scoring, with Sweatman getting stronger to end what was a poor first half.

Yeovil scored quickly again on the restart, making it 5-0 but, undeterred, Bridgwater decided attack was the better form of defence and started to create more.

Gillespie tackled back well, with Date and Nicol but it was Evans who just missed a good opportunity.

Durkin continued to show he didn’t deserve to concede more by making some key saves, and Morrish blocked a short corner strike on the line.

Bridgwater did finally score as Dosson slyly deflected a cross into the goal.

Despite their best efforts, Yeovil got number six late in the game.

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