Three Bridges fail to extend unbeaten run

Nigel Brake
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Three Bridges missed the chance to extend its unbeated run to three games with a lack-lustre performance which allowed local derby rivals East Grinstead Town to inflict a 2-1 defeat.

The visitors scored twice due to defensive errors with the Home side getting a consolation goal in the dying minutes of the game.

The pitch was in good condition, being only a little wet in a few places and East Grinstead Town started the better team. Both Stefan Joseph and J-P Collier had early chances but Three Bridges goalkeeper Kieron Thorp was in fine form to thwart their efforts. The game meandered on until the 26th minute, when a poor free kick taken by Lee Carney was cleared up-field and with the Three Bridges defence still out of position from the previous free kick, Stefan Joseph had no trouble in chasing down the ball to score. Soon afterwards,

Tony Garrod had a good chance to equalise after receiving a pass from Sam MacVicar but the shot scurried across an empty goal.

After numerous cautions and substitutions, Three Bridges enjoyed more of the play. A long looping shot from Nigel Brake rebounded off the goal post to Allan Tait but Sebastian Bos in the Visitors goal was up to the challenge.

As half-time approached, Sam Macvicar saw his shot sail well over the cross-bar and Callum Donaghey had a free header from a corner which only missed by inches. At the start of the second half, Matt Daniel replaced Ben Godfrey who had picked up an injury and started to make his presence felt. After 58 minutes, Matt Daniel had a heading chance saved by the goalkeeper and a few minutes later, the goalkeeper was at full stretch to tip away a rasping shot.

Three Bridges were now having a good spell of play but it all fell apart after 76 minutes. Debutant Kareem Boyle found himself in loads of space on the edge of the penalty area and had no trouble in placing a delightfull shot into the goal.

Three Bridges kept on trying and on 86 minutes, Callum Donaghey had his close range shot deflected into the goal. With the minutes ticking away, Three Bridges tried frantically to find the equaliser, but all to no avail as the final whistle went. With two defeats by East Grinstead Town this season, the match at Easter 2015 will now be the only chance for Three Bridges to gain revenge - but they will have to play a lot better.