Chipstead 1 Three Bridges 1: MacVicar goal earns Bridges away draw

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Bridges could easily have been three-up before Chipstead started to compete, but the positive view was that the side are actually creating plenty of chances.

A good block by Steven Ibizugbe prevented Tony Garrod from driving the visitors ahead after only five minutes, and 40 seconds later Chips’ ‘keeper Kieran Campbell made the first of a number of crucial saves as he denied Sam MacVicar when the Bridges striker found himself clear of a static defence.

MacVicar then headed into the side netting from Matt Whitehead’s corner, Garrod had a solid low drive comfortably held and Matt Percival saw his free-kick cleared off the line before his follow up effort went wide.

And to compound it all, MacVicar failed to connect as he slid in as Callum Donaghey’s inch-perfect header across goal fell into his path.

Chipstead steadied themselves and came more into the game as the first half came to an end, although Kieran Thorp hadn’t been seriously tested despite the threat of the pacy forwards.

But two minutes into the second half, Thorp had to make a good save at the feet of Otobo Sol.

John Lansdale won a header and Lee Carney flicked the ball into the path of MacVicar, who this time made no mistake with a drilled finish.”

Three Bridges press officer Alf Blackler

Another Garrod drive was well held by Campbell, but after 56 minutes Chipstead stole the lead with a bizarre goal.

A long cross from Kerry Kedze found Ben Chick in space, but he looked as surprised as anyone as his attempted header into the danger area suddenly went in off the underside of the bar at the far post!

With their tails up, Chipstead became more adventurous but John Hammar’s drive was easily held by Thorp.

The home side were deflated when Bridges levelled with a superb goal after 68 minutes.

John Lansdale won a header and Lee Carney flicked the ball into the path of MacVicar, who this time made no mistake with a drilled finish.

He almost added another with a spectacular scissor-volley that was blocked, but his mixed fortunes were then shown as he completely missed from Garrod’s low cross.

Sol hit the post as Chipstead rallied, and there was a late fracas when Ibizugbe caught Jamie Crellin with a late challenge.

But it was honours shared in the end.

Bridges: Thorp, Lansdale, Whitehead, Sargent (Mobsby 78), Donaghey, Crellin, Percival (Daniel 63, Pulling 90), Godfrey, Garrod, Carney, MacVicar.

Attendance: 108

Aerotron Man of the Match: Callum Donaghey

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