Three Bridges 3 Carshalton 2: Bridges gain highest ever finish

Action from Sittingbourne v Three Bridges. Picture by Ken Medwyn SUS-150421-111814001
Action from Sittingbourne v Three Bridges. Picture by Ken Medwyn SUS-150421-111814001

Bridges ended the season with a victory that guaranteed them seventh place.

But once again they left their supporters with their hearts in their mouths as Paul Faili’s men managed to turn a comfortable 3-0 half-time lead into a nailbiting 3-2 final score.

But by the final whistle Bridges had needed the efforts of their goalkeeper and a determined back-four, in which Nigel Brake was once again outstanding, to hang onto the points.”

Three Bridges reporter Alf Blackler

Indeed the half-tine chants from the visiting supporters that lightheartedly suggested they were going to win 4-3 came perilously close to bring realistic!

Bridges had the perfect start with a goal inside two minutes when Matt Daniel returned the ball inside to Tony Garrod.

His shot was parried by ‘keeper Matt Willard but only as far as Allan Tait, who drilled it straight back into goal.

Sam MacVicar had a header cleared off the line and also forced Willard to a decent low save, but Bridges snatched a second four minutes before the interval with a sublimely taken free-kick by Ben Godfrey from just outside the box.

And with less than a minute of the first half remaining, a foul on Daniel led to a penalty which Mark Pulling rifled home.

Bridges made two half-time substitutions and both Jamie Crellin and Williams Peauroux performed well, but Bridges seemed a touch over relaxed and Carshalton gradually got themselves back into contention.

A brilliant save by Kieron Thorp denied Sean O’Toole midway through the half, but a handling offence offered the Robins a lifeline and Adriano Moraes made no mistake from the 69th minute spot-kick.

Four minutes later a shot from O’Toole was blocked but it fell nicely for Tommy Bradford to crack home.

And five minutes after that Thorp produced another blinding save as he tipped substitute Ricky Korboa’s shot onto the angle of post and bar.

Bridges tried to respond and Garrod brought the ball down brilliantly before crossing to Nathan Crabb, whose effort was held by Willard.

But by the final whistle Bridges had needed the efforts of their goalkeeper and a determined back-four, in which Nigel Brake was once again outstanding, to hang onto the points.

The only disappointment in the end was that they still finished the season with a minus-one goal difference!

Bridges: Thorp, Lansdale, Daniel, Pulling (Crellin 46), Brake, Godfrey (Peauroux 46) Touray (Crabb 75), Carney, Tait, Garrod, MacVicar.

Unused sub: Whitehead

Aerotron Man of the Match: Kieron Thorp