The straight red card shown to Walton keeper Tom Williams for hauling down Nathan Crabb midway through the second half was certainly a significant moment during Three Bridges’ 4-2 win against Walton Casuals.
But the visitors - who had been totally outplayed for the first half hour - refused to bow out gracefully and Paul Faili’s side needed two late goals to ensure a victory that moved them up to seventh place in the League.
Williams’ dismissal gave Garrod the chance to level from the spot, and within a minute Tait fired just wide.”
Bridges started on fire and Williams had to be on top form as he denied Jamie Crellin, Hakeem Adelakun, Tony Garrod three times, Sam MacVicar and Allan Tait twice with occasional help from a struggling defence.
Tait at last put Bridges in front as he met MacVicar’s headed cross, although even then Williams got a hand to the ball.
But with just a minute of the first half remaining, brilliant individual skill earned Billy Dunn a terrific equaliser.
This gave Casuals a boost and they looked a different prospect as the second half unfolded.
With just four minutes on the clock, good work by Nassim Dukali created the opening for Dund to drill home a second, and six minutes later Luke Medley was denied by the post!
Williams’ dismissal gave Garrod the chance to level from the spot, and within a minute Tait fired just wide.
But Casuals had plenty left in their tank and Kieron a Thorp made a terrific save to deny Gabriel Odunaike before hanging on to a straightforward header by Scott Day.
Tait and Crabb came close at one end, while Thorp again denied Odunaike, but four minutes from the end of normal time, Tait had a cross shot that could only be helped over the line by stand-in keeper Harvey Cheadle as Ben Godfrey waited to pounce.
And three minutes later Cheadle made a hash of a clearance as he tried to close down Crabb, whose instinctive lob goalwards left Cheadle stranded for an outrageous fourth goal.
It meant that Bridges have now scored 91 and conceded 91 goals in the League, proving that entertainment is the name of the game at the Jubilee Field these days!