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Football: Ryman League South Division: Horsham (yellow) v Three Bridges. Pic Steve Robards SUS-150221-205949001
Football: Ryman League South Division: Horsham (yellow) v Three Bridges. Pic Steve Robards SUS-150221-205949001
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Two fabulous strikes by the home side’s Sam Clayton turned this game on its head as Bridges started well and quickly adapted to the 3G pitch that hasn’t always favoured Whyteleafe this season.

Bridges looked far the better team in the opening half hour. Sam MacVicar saw a header cleared off the line as he met John Lansdale’s sixth minute cross, and two minutes later MacVicar was denied again when goalkeeper Sheikh Ceesay saved with his feet at the near post.

After 39 minutes the first decent effort by the home side produced the equaliser. What a goal it was as Clayton shimmied through the defence before unleashing a great strike that left Kieron Thorp clutching at thin air!

Three Bridges press officer Alf Blackler

Bridges deservedly went in front after 22 minutes when Allan Tait’s shot was handled by Tommy Smith, and after the protests had died down, Ben Godfrey drove home the penalty.

Bridges seemed set for a second goal as MacVicar’s header from Hakeem Adekakun’s free-kick was held, while Ceesay also made a good block from Tony Garrod.

But after 39 minutes the first decent effort by the home side produced the equaliser. What a goal it was as Clayton shimmied through the defence before unleashing a great strike that left Kieron Thorp clutching at thin air!

And four minutes later, a half-hearted clearance fell for Clayton to repeat the dose with another stunning strike. And the half ended with the luckless MacVicar again being denied as he met Lansdale’s free-kick only for Ceesay to make another flying save.

Tait set up Garrod for a half chance at the start of the second half, but the ball bounced up nastily and was comfortably held by Ceesay.

But after that Whyteleafe generally had the better of the play and their supporters became more vocal by the minute with a lot of calls for free-kicks and penalties.

Mark Pulling made a terrific block to deny Bentley Graham and substitute Greg Andrews forced Thorp to make two excellent saves.

Tait headed just over from a Pulling cross in a rare Bridges attack of consequence, but after 84 minutes Andrews laid the perfect ball into the path of Jason Henry for the crucial third goal.

Bridges: Thorp, Lansdale, Brake, Crellin, Daniel, Pulling, MacVicar, Godfrey (Towning 65), Tait, Garrod, Adelakun. Unused subs: Gannon, Slark, Jones.

Attendance: 226

Aerotron Man of the Match: Nigel Brake