An injury-time equaliser for Whitstable might appear cruel to Bridges, but the home side probably felt that they should have won.
A back-header by Callum Donaghey after only three minutes looked to be on its way to keeper Kieron Thorp, but Nigel Brake’s clumsy challenge on Kane Rowland left the referee no choice but to point to the spot.
But Thorp then leapt to push away the penalty by Tom Loynes.
Whitstable continued to dominate the early stages with good runs by both Luke Girt and Jake Mackenzie finishing with shots wide and over respectively.
Ben Godfrey and Allan Tait tested home keeper Marc Beresford before the latter had a nightmare moment in the 31st minute. As he shaped to clear a loose ball, Godfrey chased him down and saw the ball cannon off him and back into goal.
Godfrey then bad a stabbed effort held and Beresford made a tremendous low save to keep out a cracking drive by Sam MacVicar, Godfrey then heading just wide from the resulting corner by Hakeem Adelakun.
But eventually they netted in the 69th minute as Thorp made a great diving save to keep out Rowland only for Joe Kane to follow up and rifle home from an angle.”
A good cross by Matt Daniel came to nothing but the half ended with Nick Treadwell heading wide of an open goal as Thorp for once missed a punch.
Seven minutes into the second half a great run by Adelakun ended with Beresford blocking Tony Garrod’s shot, but from the resulting Adekakun corner, MacVicar’s header flicked in via the hip of Godfrey to give Bridges an unexpected two-goal advantage.
Tait came close from Nathan Crabb’s short pass, but Bridges were still on the back foot as they survived a couple of frantic goalmouth scrambles.
But eventually they netted in the 69th minute as Thorp made a great diving save to keep out Rowland only for Joe Kane to follow up and rifle home from an angle.
A flurry of bookings followed and Crabb almost netted with a back flick from Abu Touray’s cross, but there was still time for an up-and-under that had Thorp under pressure as substitute Aaron Jones bundled both ball and keeper over the line.
It was no more than Whitstable deserved however, but neither side looked likely to snatch a play-off place now.
Bridges: Thorp, Peauroux (Hills 64), Brake, Donaghey, Daniel, Pulling, MacVicar, Godfrey, Tait, Garrod (Crabb 54), Adekakun (Touray 75).
Aerotron Man of the Match: Ben Godfrey
This Saturday Bridges are at home to South Park and next Tuesday they are at home again, this time versus Corinthian Casuals.