Three Bridges 2 Chatham Town 1: Bridges up to second

John Lansdale. Three Bridges FC. Pic Steve Robards SUS-150223-120859001
John Lansdale. Three Bridges FC. Pic Steve Robards SUS-150223-120859001
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After a disappointing first half display, Bridges showed plenty of determination and moved up to second place in the league following this victory.

They could have taken the lead after only eight minutes when a route one hoof upfield by Kieron Thorp gave Hakeem Adekakun the opportunity to outpace his marker and dummy keeper Ryan Nicholls only to curl his final shot wide.

Former Bridges’ winger Siao Blackwood fired over the bar just after that, but on 13 minutes he laid the perfect ball into the path of KIERON McCANN, who netted with a good low strike from just outside the box.

Chatham looked the better side for much of the first half, but Bridges still had plenty of chances to level. A great cross by Adekakun was headed on by Sam MacVicar only for the otherwise impressive Matt Whitehead to fire over the bar.

But they came even closer after 38 minutes when John Lansdale headed through to MacVicar, who got the better of the defender but then cracked his shot against the underside of the bar.

Lansdale saw a decent volley blocked but the half ended with a weak shot by the dangerous Blackwood after Omari Hibbit played him in.

The winner came when Whitehead sent in a fierce deep cross. LANSDALE, who had been competitive all afternoon, side-stepped a defender and then placed a low shot inside the near post with keeper Ryan Nicholls well beaten.

Bridges press officer Alf Blackler

Adekakun had a good low effort held as Bridges showed they were more prepared for a second half battle.

And it was ADELAKUN who grabbed the equaliser on the hour when his free-kick from wide on the right went into the net at the near post.

He could have added another from Dan Mobsby’s cross but his shot was too soft, and Chatham almost snatched a goal but Richard Davis’ dig was well held by Thorp.

The winner ten minutes from time came when Whitehead sent in a fierce deep crisis which MacVicar headed down.

LANSDALE, who had been competitive all afternoon, side-stepped a defender and then placed a low shot inside the near post with keeper Ryan Nicholls well beaten.

It could have been even worse for Nicholls if he hadn’t managed to get back on his line quick enough after a poor clearance fell to Mark Pulling, who hit a rugby-style drop shot!

Bridges: Thorp, Mobsby, Daniel, Lansdale, Donaghey, Crellin, Godfrey (Robinson 67), Carney, MacVicar, Adelakun, Whitehead (Pulling 86).

Unused subs: Gannon, Towning.

Attendance: 75

Aerotron Man of the Match: John Lansdale

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