East Grinstead 2 Three Bridges 0

John Lansdale. Three Bridges FC. Pic Steve Robards SUS-150223-120859001
John Lansdale. Three Bridges FC. Pic Steve Robards SUS-150223-120859001

Bridges manager Paul Faili was honest enough to admit that the better side won on the day as a lively young Grinstead side saw off Bridges with a goal in each half.

Bridges had a couple of decent spells, but Kieron Thorp needed to be on top form to prevent the final scoreline from becoming embarrassing.

Thorp made a fine early save to keep out the unmarked Hassan Jalloh’s shot, but a long ball after 15 minutes saw Jalloh get the better of Jamie Crellin before laying it off for Andres Losada Tobon to fire home as he too found himself totally free.

The same player should have netted again when he was alone in the box after 30 minutes, but Thorp denied him a second goal.

But Bridges had a good last ten minutes of the first half.

Jon Dollery saw his cracking shot tipped onto the crossbar by Nic Taylor, Allan Tait’s delicate chip over a well beaten Taylor landed on top of the net, and John Lansdale saw a brilliant drive blocked.

Bridges’ defence had now organised itself to make a number of timely tackles, and Bridges almost grabbed an equaliser following great work by Tait and Abu Touray that ended with Taylor making a flying save to deny Hakeem Adelakun.

But just as Bridges looked to be getting closer to an equaliser, the Wasps struck a glorious second on 70 minutes as Jack Mahoney fired in from a free-kick 25 yards out.

Thorp then held a low drive by substitute Goldy Capella and superbly tipped over a volley from another substitute Leo Mazzone. Crellin and Nigel Brake both made excellent last ditch challenges and clearances, whilst Lansdale simply refused to back down in the face of a lively home midfield and attack.

One other plus point for Bridges was the return from injury of Callum Donaghey, but they are still without strikers Sammy MacVicar and Tony Garrod.

Bridges : K.Thorp; D.Cooney; M.Daniel (C.Donaghey, 78); S.Sargent (M.Whitehead, 66); N.Brake; J.Crellin; J.Dollery (A.Touray, 56); J.Lansdale; A.Tait; H.Adelakun; J.Brotherton.

Unused Subs. – B.Godfrey; D.Mobsby

Attendance: 132

Aerotron Man of the Match: John Lansdale

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