Three Bridges book FA Cup glamour tie

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Bridges booked themselves a glamour tie against Maidstone Utd when they gained their first home win of the season to beat Hythe Town 2-1.

Elliott Romain was the first to test keeper Dan Eason with a good low shot, while Lee Carney had two decent efforts, although the first was the right height for Eason and the second was low but safe.

Bridges lost Nigel Brake to injury early in the game, but they continued to show more promise in attack with Romain (twice) and Marcus Elliott both coming close before they finally took the lead after 38 minutes. Elliott won an important header, Romain moved the ball on and Abu Touray outmuscled the much taller defender to slide the ball beautifully past Eason.

Hythe had to come out looking more dangerous and within two minutes Michael Yianni thumped a shot against the crossbar.

But six minutes into the half Bridges doubled their lead when Elliott’s cross found Carney, who skipped into position and knocked a left foot shot home.

Alex Parsons, who was a constant nuisance on the left flank, created a great chance for Romain, and Parsons himself was just wide after good interplay with Touray and Romain.

Hythe’s hopes were further dampened when Pat Kingwell earned a second yellow card three minutes from time, but in injury time the visitors were awarded a penalty which skipper Dave Cook thumped home.

And there was still time for Martin Grant to make two point-blank saves to deny Hythe what would have been an undeserved replay.

Bridges will be at home to Maidstone Utd in the First Qualifying Round on Saturday, September 14.

Bridges: Grant, Djimah, Brake (Leach 23), Maxwell, Attwater, Parsons (Casselman 90+2), Peauroux, Carney, Romain, Touray, Elliott.

Unused subs: Bertrand-Kesington, Batalidis, Hooper.

Aerotron Man of the Match: Alex Parsons