Three Bridges 1 Tooting & Mitcham United 4
Two goals in the opening six minutes helped to bring Bridges’ FA Cup dreams crashing around their heads and although they had a purple patch in the opening 20 minutes of the second half, they rarely looked like getting the better of Tooting’s defence once they were safe in the knowledge that they had the early lead.
Bridges were caught napping as Tooting took a quick free-kick after four minutes, Dan Summers finishing with ease, and then the home side were left open again as the tricky Nkoma Tinashe broke through to add another.
At first, it seemed that Kieron Thorp had done enough to block the ball as he came out to meet Tinashe, but the ball squirmed through his legs and we were chasing the game from that moment on.
The hosts responded with a free-kick by Sam MacVicar being blocked, a header by Matt Daniel being held and a cracking 30-yard drive by Ben Godfrey being gratefully tipped over by Paul Smith.
Godfrey saw his early second half effort from Mark Pulling’s excellent free-kick blocked, but Bridges were always open to the break and they needed Thorp to flick away a goalbound effort by Tinashe from Summers’ cross.
Allan Tait fired just over as he shot on the turn and the ever willing Tony Garrod saw a solid drive well held by Smith.
But the task became a thankless one after 68 minutes when Summers beat the offside trap to score.
Two minutes later Tait reduced the arrears with another low shot on the turn, but within three more minutes another swift break finished with substitute Sol Pinnock finishing from close range.
The game ended with Tait having a header saved and Daniel driving a good shot that was deflected onto the post and ultimate safety.
By then it would have only been a mere consolation.
Bridges: Thorp, Pulling, Brake, Maxwell, MacVicar, Crellin, Daniel, Godfrey, Tait, Garrod, Whitehead (Peauroux 68).
Unused subs: Leach, Ozga, Wormull, O’Hara.
Aerotron Man of the Match: Tony Garrod