Three Bridges 4 Walton & Hersham 2: Depleted Bridges in winning form

Football: Ryman League South Division: Horsham (yellow) v Three Bridges. Tony Garrod . Pic Steve Robards SUS-150221-210127001
Football: Ryman League South Division: Horsham (yellow) v Three Bridges. Tony Garrod . Pic Steve Robards SUS-150221-210127001

Four goals in the space of five minutes brought this game to life after a below-strength Bridges stuttered through the first half but still managed to take a lead in with them at the break.

Despite Bridges having no fewer than seven players unavailable, Jamie Hills and Sam MacVicar both came close before Bridges took a 12th minute lead as MacVicar headed down for Callum Donaghey to head past a flat-footed Gary Ross.

Bridges settled again and after 76 minutes a flowing move ended with Hakeem Adekakun driving in a shot from the right that loomed goalbound but was helped on its way by Tait.

But, apart from a MacVicar effort that was saved by Ross’s feet, it was Walton who had the lion’s share of shots in the first period with early substitute Gareth Chendlik causing MacVicar to head clear and also testing goalkeeper Kieron Thorp with a volley.

Thorp also had to hold onto a shot on the turn by Shawn Lyle and made a great block to keep out Anthony Oaks, but give minutes before the break he was happy to see Chendlik shoot over the bar when clean through.

Bridges came out for the second half looking far more positive and after 59 minutes a poor clearance by Ross was pounced on by Tony Garrod to double the tally. And a minute later a glorious chip by Allan Tait made it three.

But Bridges then relaxed a little too much and within two minutes Chendlik netted as he met a low cross.

And just two more minutes after that, with MacVicar lying prone in the box, Jack Battie caught the ball perfectly to drive home from 25 yards! And it could have been even worse for the hone side as Chendlik hit the post a minute after that!

But Bridges settled again and after 76 minutes a flowing move ended with Hakeem Adekakun driving in a shot from the right that loomed goalbound but was helped on its way by Tait.

In added-time Adekakun was unfortunately just wide with a first time effort from 40 yards following another indifferent clearance by Ross, and there was still time for defender Andre Scarlett to be dismissed for a second bookable offence.

Bridges: Thorp, Lansdale, Brake, Donaghey, Daniel (Cox 86), Pulling, MacVicar, Hills (Crabb 71), Tait, Garrod, Adelakun. Unused sub: Towning

Attendance: 73

Aerotron Man of the Match: Nigel Brake