Eastbourne Town 0 Three Bridges 3
Three Bridges gained their third successive victory when three headed goals narrowed the gap at the foot of the table to just two points.
Bridges went ahead as early as the 11th minute. Marcus Elliott had created a good chance for himself but saw his shot half blocked by keeper Josh Pelling. In the ensuing melee both Joel O’Hara and Elliott Romain tried to get to the loose ball, it was somehow turned over the bar for a corner, and it was from this that the visitors went ahead. Nigel Brake’s delivery from the corner was just the invitation that O’Hara needed to head Bridges in front.
Ross Treveaven headed wide at the far post as Eastbourne tried to respond, but after 20 minutes Elliott crossed for Romain to net with a brilliant diving header. And just before half-time, Elliott gave Tim Rivers the chance for a third, but this time Pelling produced a good block.
A low cross by O’Hara two minutes into the second half produced a decent penalty shout for Bridges as Elliott seemed to be held as he went to meet the ball, and as Bridges kept coming at Town, Lee Carney shot just wide.
Eastbourne’s best chance came when a free-kick came into the box but Danny Curd headed horribly wide. Just as it seemed that things couldn’t get any better for Bridges, they won an injury-time penalty as Carney juggled the ball to Rivers, who was then brought down. Rivers himself took the spot-kick but Pelling parried it. Elliott’s follow up shot crashed against the crossbar and it looked as though his goal drought since November was about to continue, but he then followed up with a header that brought delight to every one of his team-mates and the hardy bunch of away supporters.
Bridges: Jess Grimstone, Dean Carden, Nigel Brake, Haasan Nyang, Marlon Maxwell, Joel O’Hara, Williams Peauroux, Lee Carney, Marcus Elliott, Elliott Romain, Tim Rivers
Unused subs: Alfred Hammond, Louis Bradford, Ellis Hooper, J.Manton, Kieron Joseph.
Aerotron Man of the Match: Elliott Romain.