Three Bridges failed to take advantage of the extra man after their former player Charlie Cooke received his marching orders for swearing at the referee.
They suffered a 2-1 defeat away to Worthing on Wednesday night.
Worthing immediately brought on another defender, another former Bridges player Moshood Olafunmishe, but we couldn’t find anything after that to seriously test yet another former Bridges favourite in goalkeeper Simon Lehkyj.
They had an early scare when a throw-in by John Lansdale almost caught them napping, but after 14 minutes the same player put Worthing in front with a deflected shot.
Two minutes later a lovely low cross from the impressive Matt Daniel was turned in by Fred Barker and Worthing’s so far disappointing season looked back on track.
Bridges could only get better, and Lehkyj had to make a fine block to deny Elliott Romain, while a fizzer from Lee Carney went just over.
But the half ended with Martin Grant holding on well to a stunning volley from Daniel.
Ten minutes into the second half Carney pounced onto a loose ball and flicked it back for Romain to drill home, and suddenly the Jubilee Field side looked likely to get back on level terms. Williams Peauroux seemed to be everywhere, while Carney was his imperious self, but the cutting edge simply wasn’t there. Indeed, Worthing had two excellent chances to restore their two-goal advantage, Barker just failing to connect with another great ball from Daniel, while Lansdale’s angled shot needed to be pushed wide by Martin Grant.
Sampson Djimah had a decent effort turned away for a corner, while in the dying seconds Carney’s corner was flicked on by James Grant but no-one moved in time to add the final touch.
It was disappointing to say the least as the rain lashed down to add to the general feeling of gloom.
Bridges: M.Grant, S.Djimah, C.Leach (P.Batalidis, 85), M.Maxwell, D.Attwater, A.Parsons, W.Peauroux, L.Carney, E.Romain, A.Bertrand-Kesington (J.Grant,
Aerotron Man of the Match: Lee Carney.