Three Bridges suffer just third defeat in seventeen

Rye United striker Scott Ramsay fouls Three Bridges full-back Nigel Brake ENGSUS00220120429122222
Rye United striker Scott Ramsay fouls Three Bridges full-back Nigel Brake ENGSUS00220120429122222
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Bridges suffered just their third defeat in seventeen games on a windswept and bumpy pitch that led to a sometimes scrappy encounter at Sittingbourne.

Sittingbourne were eventually worthy winners as they adapted to the conditions better, but Bridges might well have gone in front inside six minutes in a frantic thirty second spell.

Keeper Adam Molloy made a good reflex save to block Abu Touray’s initial shot and was then grateful to see a fellow defender clear Touray’s follow up off the line.

Ben Godfrey latched onto the loose ball and saw his effort tipped over the bar by Molloy, and when the corner came over Martin Dynan headed a simple chance wide, giving the home supporters the opportunity to heckle him with a chant of “you would have scored if you had hair”!

The Brickies responded with the awkward Harry Smith nodding on to Miles Cornwell, who shot high and wide, but Kieron Thorp then had to make two good saves to deny Cornwell when he squeezed his way through.

Midway through the first half Bridges looked set to snatch the lead when a lovely through ball by Hakeem Adelakun sent Nathan Crabb clear, but Molloy saved with an outstretched foot.

Bridges needed the determination of the likes of Nigel Brake at the back as Sittingbourne began to threaten more, but even he could do nothing to stop the homesters from taking a 52nd minute lead when a free kick was only half cleared, and while some Sittingbourne players and supporters appealed for handball, George Crimmen lashed the ball home.

A swirling effort by Adelakun was comfortably dealt with by Molloy, whilst at the other end a sizzling drive by Jono Richardson was just cleared whilst Hicham Akhazzan hit a post after being clean through.

But ten minutes from time Akhazzan was able to celebrate his 300th appearance for the team by netting a penalty after he’d been fouled by John Lansdale.

There was a little scuffle between Mark Pulling and Cornwell before the spot kick was taken, and it also proved to be Akhazzan’s final contribution before he left to a standing ovation from an often humorous crowd.

Bridges : Thorp, Lansdale, Daniel, Dynan (Carney, 55), Brake, Pulling, Touray (Garrod, 67), Godfrey, Adelakun, Crabb, MacVicar.

Aerotron Man of the Match - Abu Touray.

Booked - Dynan (41), Lansdale (80), Pulling (80).