Guernsey 8 Three Bridges 1: Simon Wormull returns with youth players

Three Bridges FC Academy / Simon Wormull (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-140624-102119002
Three Bridges FC Academy / Simon Wormull (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-140624-102119002

All the worst pre-match fears of Paul Faili came true as a Bridges side missing seven of the side that had done so well to beat table topping Chipstead at the weekend were unavailable through work commitments.

This included the goalkeeper and the whole of the back-four, so it was little wonder that it was going to be a struggle to play a midweek fixture at Guernsey!

Goalkeeper Connor O’Hara and full-backs Steve Palmer and Louis Gray - all aged 18 - were making their first team debuts, while Simon Wormull played his first game in two years in the heart of defence.

Gray in particular looked impressive with a string of inviting crisp crosses, and for 20 minutes there was little to choose between the sides.

But once Ryan Zico Black netted from a 21st minute free-kick, Guernsey could smell a good result.

A couple of Gray crosses presented half chances for Abu Touray and Williams Peauroux, but after 29 minutes miscontrol by O’Hara led to him bringing down Dave Rihoy and Ross Allen obliged from the spot.

After 35 minutes Touray looked to have been shoved in the back and even the home supporters thought that a penalty and a sending-off could gave let Bridges back into the game, but the referee waved play on and within three minutes Allen had scored a beautiful curling goal to make it three.

A poor clearance by Lee Carney fell to Zico Black for the fourth a minute before the interval, and Bridges’ luck was summed up as Ben Godfrey was denied by the crossbar following yet another cracking cross from Gray.

Godfrey and Tony Garrod came close while O’Hara tipped over a solid drive by Craig Young, but after 63 minutes Allen completed his hat-trick with a smart shot on the turn.

Guernsey now even had the luxury to even replace Allen, but within five minutes his replacement Marc McGrath had added the sixth when he met another substitute Luke Winch’s cross to the far post.

Allan Tait grabbed a consolation from Matt Daniel’s 75th minute cross, but McGrath took advantage of a loose ball ten minutes from time and Winch stretched to add an agonising eighth in the last minute of normal time.

Paul Faili introduced three more youngsters from the bench as he tried to save some of his senior players for future games.

Bridges: O’Hara, Palmer, Gray, Peauroux, Wormull, Carney (Bradford, 68), Touray, Godfrey (Peters, 74), Tait, Garrod (O’Keefe, 80), Daniel.

Unused subs: Gannon, Jones.

Aerotron Man of the Match: Louis Gray