Faversham 1 Three Bridges 1: Garrod helps Bridges to useful away draw

Tony Garrod in action for Three Bridges v Sittingbourne SUS-140319-103500002
Tony Garrod in action for Three Bridges v Sittingbourne SUS-140319-103500002

Bridges gained a valuable point on a warm afternoon.

For long periods of the game their resolute defence looked set to make it the second successive home defeat against relegation threatened sides as Faversham had lost against Redhill just two days earlier.

Already without Nigel Brake (working) and Sampson Djimah (injured), Bridges suffered another setback when centre back Owen Roberts was injured in the warm-up.

Williams Peauroux, back from injury himself, had to switch from midfield to right back, while Charlie Cooke joined Marlon Maxwell in the heart of defence and Tim Rivers came into midfield.

No-one could have predicted how well this could have worked.

Rivers had an excellent game and the back four, along with ‘keeper Martin Grant, we’re immense.

New signing Allan Tait from Crawley Down Gatwick, had an immediate impact on his debut as he was involved in the 21st minute move that led to Tony Garrod racing clear to put Bridges in front.

And Garrod came close to adding another five minutes into the second half when he collected Lee Carney’s through-ball and forced Simon Overland to a good low save.

Elliott Romain and Mark Pulling then combined to set up Rivers, but his shot was too soft.

Faversham were getting frustrated both on and off the pitch, the home crowd beginning to resemble an unruly school playground at times.

But the team’s pressure told after 77 minutes when Darren Marsden finally volleyed home in a crowded goalmouth.

Faversham had four players booked as the tension got to them, but Bridges thoroughly deserved their point, especially following all the setbacks.

Bridges: Grant, Cooke, Leach, Rivers, Maxwell, Pulling, Peauroux, Carney, Tait, Garrod, Romain.

Unused subs: Parsons, Daniel, Roberts.

Attendance: 182

Aerotron Man of the Match: Charlie Cooke.