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Stephenson steals victory for Bridgwater
7:00am Friday 1st November 2013 in Sport
Bridgwater Men’s 1st 3, ECV Hornets 2nd 2
BRIDGWATER bounced back from the previous week’s defeat with a victory over Hornets on Saturday.
Goals from Tom Willis and Rob Morrish helped the hosts come from 1-0 down to take a first-half lead, before Harry Stephenson sealed the win with a third after the break.
Despite dominating the early exchanges, Bridgwater found themselves 1-0 down. The goal proved to be a decisive moment in the game, as almost from the restart Bridgwater found both their equaliser and leading goal.
The first came from an aerial ball from Upham which found Slocombe through on goal, although he unselfishly squared to Tom Willis for an easy finish for 1-1.
The game quickly became 2-1 to the hosts, a mazy of a run from Willis on the left found Rob Morrish unmarked in the 'D' to apply a finishing touch. Midway through the half the third goal did come and from an unlikely source – Harry Stephenson.
ECV pulled one back towards the end but Bridgwater hung on for the win.
Bridgwater Ladies 1st 5, Taunton Vale 3rd 3
BRIDGWATER Ladies dispatched local rivals Taunton on Saturday after coming from 3-0 down.
Lorraine Hollidge finished off a back line cross from Millie Burridge, then Kath Briggs tapped in the second after a goal mouth scramble. Hayley Greenwell got the equaliser when a penalty corner was saved and she put the rebound away from a strike from the top of the D.
A fourth and fifth from Kira Gardner put the home team ahead and top of the table.
Bridgwater Ladies 2nd 0, Shepton Mallet 1st 8
BRIDGWATER Ladies 2s suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of Shepton Mallet.
Carrying a few injuries and without key attackers, this was always going to be a hard game. However, Bridgwater focused and stuck to the game plan which frustrated Shepton for the first quarter.
Claire Evci, Miche Evans, Sue Chaplin in midfield worked tirelessly to slow down the build up play of the well-drilled Shepton side but as injuries started to tell and Shepton confidence grew, the Bridgwater goal became a busy area.
Bridgwater Men’s 3rd 1, Chard 2nd 1
BRIDGWATER started the game hoping to extend a four-run winning streak. They pressed forward and Stradling’s fine pass found Rich Payne in the D, who controlled the ball well and found unmarked Sean Hedeaux to score from close range.
Chard came out strongly in the second half and started to control the game. They managed to level the score from a short corner for 1-1.
Bridgwater Mens 4th 3, ISCA 6th 0
BRIDGWATER recorded their fifth consecutive win with a solid defensive performance.
Goals from Mike Davidge, Dan Pigden and Steve Pigden sealed the win for Bridgwater who had the defensive trio of Max Syvret, James Kettlewell and Matt Hubbard to thank for a solid defensive effort.
Max Syvret was the man of the match.
Bridgwater Men’s 5th 3, East Devon 4th 5
EAST Devon showed why they were one of the better teams in the league.
Despite holding out for so long Bridgwater finally succumbed to a solid East Devon strike which changed the complexion of the game and added two more goals in quick succession.
Dee, Nicol and Morrish scored for Bridgwater but East Devon added two late on.