Recreo Verde Men’s League
Central 1
Bridgwater 1st 4, Team Bath Buccs C 4

AFTER a resounding win last week, Bridgwater men’s 1sts went into their first home game full of confidence, but wary of a side who were one of only two to inflict defeat on them last year.

It was the home side who took the lead – after only 15 seconds – as Ash Woolmington fired home.

They conceded an equaliser but Woolmington bagged his second before the Buccs grew into and started to dominate the game, bagging two goals to go into a 3-2 half-time lead.

In an even second half, Buccs grabbed their fourth with only 15 minutes left but Bridgwater started to attack with real endeavour.

Woolmington bagged his hat-trick and Paul Tilley expertly finished with two minutes left to complete the fightback.

Players of the match: Ash Woolmington & Pete Saunders

West Central 1
Firebrands C 0, Bridgwater A 4

THE 2nd XI travelled to Bristol to play Firebrands, controlling the game for the first 15 minutes.

They went 2-0 up thanks to Tyler Coleman – his first competitive goal for the 2s – and Tom Lott, who was found by Ben Stone’s 16-yard clearance and went on to lob a defender and then the oncoming keeper.

As Bridgwater stepped off the pedal, Firebrands spent a lot of time in their half but the visitors grabbed a third late in the half through Lott.

The second half was a much closer affair, with Bridgy keeper Brad Palmer making some important saves, before Dom Court ensured victory with the fourth goal.

POM: Tyler Coleman & Dom Court

South East 2
Taunton Vale E 5, Bridgwater C 0

THIS was always going to be a difficult game, as it was literally men against boys.

From the off it was busy for Toby Knight, Aaron Turner and Phil Pyke, with Steve Morrish helping to marshal the young defence, with Luke Otley and Liam Barrow starting superbly.

Mark Hutter made some top saves to keep Vale at bay, and at the other end Ted Kelly brought a fine save from the Vale keeper as the sides went into half-time at 0-0.

Bridgwater were handed a yellow card and conceded the first goal; Vale then added three quick goals late on.

Thanks go to Turner and Hutter who kept the score below 5-0, and to all of the youngsters for their efforts.

POM: Toby Knight and Josh Hurford


West Clubs Women’s League
Central Division
Taw Valley 4, Bridgwater 0

BRIDGWATER made the long trip to Taw Valley for an aggressive and highly competitive match.

The visitors had some excellent chances and worked incredibly well as a team in the second half, only conceding one goal, but unfortunately the damage had been done in the first half from a determined Taw side.

Player of the match: Emma Hill

A win next week against Minehead will be key to get some points on the board for Bridgwater.

Wessex Division 2
Bridgwater 2nds 5, Bridgwater 3rds 1

BRIDGWATER 3s opened strongly in this inter-club clash, looking that bit more energetic and enthusiastic.

The 3s counter-attacked strongly, and Hilary McNeil, Vicky Redwood and Rachel Higgs had to spring into action in defence, but the 2s defence gave away a short corner.

Tracey Gue’s strike made a loud bang as the ball hit the backboard.

However, Chloe Sage hit back for the 2s, dribbling into the D and sweeping the ball into the bottom-right corner.

This energised the 2s and another set-piece allowed Chloe Sage to sweep home, but the goal was disallowed, so it stayed 1-1 at half-time.

After the break, captain Clare Wilson was particularly influential in the 2s midfield, as was Cheryl Notaro-Livingstone, who fired home from a short corner.

Danni Morgan crowned a fine game with the third and Jess Shobbrook tapped home a Notaro-Livingstone drive to make it 4-0.

Notaro-Livingstone then snatched an opportunistic goal from the top of the D, finishing off a successful debut.

With a crowd of spectators and lots of shouting from the sideline, it was great to see two Bridgwater ladies teams so well supported, as well as the skilful and strong play displayed by both sides.

POM (2s): Clare Wilson & Danni Morgan; POM (3s): Tracey Gue