Three Bridges 0 Sittingbourne 0
By Alf Blackler
This was a match that was far more entertaining than the scoreline suggests, although in fairness neither goalkeeper was bothered on a regular basis.
Bridges had the first near miss midway through the first half when Lee Carney’s free-kick sailed just past the far post when a slight touch by anyone in the box would have surely resulted in something more substantial.
But it was the visitors who probably should have gone ahead when the home defence was caught appealing for offside as Ellis Kayembe played in Hicham Akhazzan.
The Brickies’ striker seemed to be caught in two minds before realising that the flag hadn’t gone up, and it gave Kieron Thorp the chance to make a good save with his feet.
Thorp then held another sharp drive by Akhazzan, but the second half started with Bridges being denied a goal by the referee after Allan Tait netted.
Tony Garrod then curled an effort just wide, and Bridges certainly had the better of the second half chances.
Carney was unluckiest of all after 76 minutes when he created the chance for himself with a decent jab past keeper Sean Bazell only to see it come off the inside of the post and eventually be cleared.
Into the four minutes of added-time and it was still Bridges who looked set to break the stalemate. Garrod somehow had an effort blocked by a stubborn defence, while Sam MacVicar headed just wide following a Garrod cross.
There was the encouragement of Callum Donaghey making his first start for two years following serious injury, but he only lasted the first half and it gave Jamie Crellin the chance to show his versatility by dropping alongside the ever reliable MacVicar at the back.
And the game also marked the 100th League start for Abu Touray.
Bridges: Thorp, Peauroux, Whitehead, MacVicar, Donaghey (Tait, h-t), Crellin, Touray, Adelakun, Godfrey, Carney, Garrod. Unused subs: Leach, Pulling.
Aerotron Man of the Match: Lee Carney