Bridges boss Faili laments ‘sluggish’ display at Crawley Down

Three Bridges manager Paul Faili admitted one or two members of his side had enjoyed Christmas too much following their 3-1 local derby defeat at Crawley Down Gatwick on Boxing Day.

He said: “It was a tough game to play, a fairly equal game neither side really dominated. I think the weather played a massive part in the game and played a part in the second goal when Alan Mansfield took his eye off the ball for half a second and the wind changed direction. Either team would have said was pretty close to impossible as you could possibly get.

JPCO 261212 Football, Crawley Down v Three Bridges. Photo Derek Martin

JPCO 261212 Football, Crawley Down v Three Bridges. Photo Derek Martin

“There were areas where we could have been slightly better. Defending for the third goal could have been better, Our midfield guys were excellent today. One or two of our players looked a bit sluggish and looked like they’d had a bit of a Christmas to be fair and could have been sharper.”

Down took the lead in the 38th minute when Byron Napper’s run set up Fraser Logan to fire into the top of the left footed from a narrow angle.

Poor visibility led to the referee demanding the floodlights be turned on before the break and the rain grew heavier as the second half progressed,

Bridges equalised in the 57th minute with a well-taken lob over keeper Tony Di Bernardo’s head by recent signing Hassan Nyang.

However just five minutes later Down regained the lead directly from a corner taken by Ross Morley which was punched into his own net off the crossbar while trying to clear by Bridges keeper Alan Mansfield.

As the conditions got even worse, Down sealed victory with a third goal with nine minutes remaining, put away from short-range by Jamie Cade for his 12th goal of the season, from a cross by substitute Gaby Udunaike. Cade then collided with the post in the process of scoring but could draw comfort that he had earned his side three points.

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