Three Bridges 2 Whitstable Town 1

Three Bridges FC V Crawley Town XI 28-7-14 (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-140729-101502002
Three Bridges FC V Crawley Town XI 28-7-14 (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-140729-101502002
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Three Bridges were the better team in the first half and were rewarded with a 2-0 lead at half-time.

After missing a penalty in the closing minutes of the first half, Whitstable Town fought back in the second half to narrow the gap but with some resolute defending and good luck, Bridges hung-on for a badly needed win. Bridges were without both defenders Charlie Leach and Owen Roberts due to injury but John Lansdale returned from from a broken leg at right back.

A promising start with both Allan Tait and Lee Carney coming close to open the scoring while Whitstable Town were still sorting themselves out.

The first goal came after 17 minutes when a pass from Tony Garrod found Abu Touray whose first effort was blocked but he made no mistake with the rebound.

Whitstable Town seemed to wake-up after the goal, Tom Loynes tried hard and a headed goal from Matt Guila was ruled offside.

Bridges were by far the better side now and the second goal came after 30 minutes. A free-kick was cleverly back-healed by Lee Carney to Matt Whitehead whose ground hugging shot curled into the corner of the goal past the diving Luke Watkins.

Whitstable had a good spell in the run-up to half-time. Matt Guila, Kane Rowland and Tom Lyons all had chances which did not really trouble keeper Kieron Thorp.

But disaster struck in the 43rd minute when Matt Whitehead conceded a penalty when he fouled Kane Rowland. The penalty was taken by captain Ryan Golding, but Kieron Thorp pulled off a magnificent save to keep Bridges in front at half-time.

As expected, Whitstable came out all fired-up for the second-half and after 51 minutes the pressure paid-off. John Lansdale misjudged a bouncing ball which allowed Kane Rowland to pull a goal back.

Bridges stepped up and fought hard, Abu Touray had three good chances and Ben Godfrey saw his shot just go wide.

The game became dis-jointed with lots of substitutes and cautions as Three Bridges got stuck-in to get a win. A notably chance went to Sam MacVicar with a glancing header from a corner which went just wide. Whitstable Town looked for the the equaliser as Bridges got the win they so desperately wanted and which they thoroughly deserved.

Bridges: Thorp, Lansdale (Pulling 68), Whitehead, Crellin, Brake, MacVicar, Touray, Carney (Capt), Tait, Garrod (Daniels 86), Godfrey. Unused sub: Wormull

Aerotron Man of the Match: Jamie Crellin