Three Bridges 2 Corinthian Casuals 1: MacVicar and Garrod goals earn victory

Football: Ryman League South Division: Horsham (yellow) v Three Bridges. . Pic Steve Robards SUS-150221-203513001
Football: Ryman League South Division: Horsham (yellow) v Three Bridges. . Pic Steve Robards SUS-150221-203513001

Bridges’ defence excelled to help them clinch their third win in four games.

Lee Carney returned from injury to feature in a Bridges shirt for the 200th time and was soon in the thick of the action.

There were chances at both ends but Callum Donaghey and Martin Dynan looked immaculate in the heart of Bridges’ defence, while yet again Matt Daniel proved a thorn in the side for the visitors with no nonsense tackling and swift distribution.”

But it was a fine through-ball by Tony Garrod that created the opening goal after nine minutes, Sam MacVicar timing his run perfectly to beat the offside trap and coolly slot past Danny Bracken.

Dave Hodges almost replied immediately but his half-volley was comfortably held by Kieron Thorp.

Bridges were the better side in the first half and Garrod looked particularly hungry while Nathan Crabb’s pace was at times frightening.

Garrod made a good run and burst through well only to pull his final shot wide, but right on half-time Garrod pulled the ball down and shrugged off the challenges of two defenders to clip home the second in style.

Casuals looked a far better prospect after the break though and a great ball out to the left found Hodges, whose cross was eventually tucked home by substitute Max Austin in the 56th minute.

Within a minute Bridges had the chance to restore their two-goal advantage following more good work by Garrod, but Bracken made a good save to deny Crabb.

And the Casuals keeper was again to their rescue when he pushed Ben Godfrey’s shot onto the post and MacVicar’s follow-up was ruled out for offside.

There were chances at both ends but Callum Donaghey and Martin Dynan looked immaculate in the heart of Bridges’ defence, while yet again Matt Daniel proved a thorn in the side for the visitors with no nonsense tackling and swift distribution.

There had been little to concern the referee throughout, but in the last minute of normal time Casuals’ Lee Hall was cautioned for the last in a series of fouls and then in added time he was sent-off for his second bookable offence when he was last man as Jamie Crellin tried to break clear on the right.

Bridges: Thorp; Lansdale; M.Daniel; Donaghey; Dynan; Carney (Pulling 56); MacVicar; Godfrey (Crellin 72); Crabb; Garrod; Adelakun (Touray70).

Unused sub: Whitehead

Attendance: 83

Aerotron Man of the Match: Martin Dynan