Connor French scores perfect hat-trick for Three Bridges

Three Bridges in action against Newhaven. Connor French. Picture by Dave Burt SUS-180417-090020002
Three Bridges in action against Newhaven. Connor French. Picture by Dave Burt SUS-180417-090020002

Three welcome points against the bottom side, with the perfect hat-trick of left foot, right foot and header by Connor French.

Three Bridges looked the more dangerous throughout the first half with newcomer John Ufuah, the excellent Olumide Oluwatimilehin and Alex Clark all seeing efforts cleared for corners. Ibby Akanbi was was denied by the feet of experienced keeper Simon Overland after a neat pass from French.

Herne Bay at last responded after 36 minutes with Tom Carlton driving just wide of the far post.

But Bridges took the lead three minutes before the interval.

Akanbi played the ball wide to Clark, whose cross to the near post was bundled home by French, and just two minutes later Akanbi crossed from the left to French, who had his back to goal but turned brilliantly to net his second.

Having seen a two-goal advantage overturned only a week earlier, Bridges had a scare inside the first minute of the second half as Jake Embery ran through, but James Shaw denied him brilliantly. French then fired over from Oluwatimilehin’s cross before Bradley Schafer headed wide after stealing into space at a corner.

But Bridges looked the more likely to score as Clark had a shot blocked while Ikanbi volleyed wide himself following another superb cross by Oluwatimilehin.

And after 77 minutes a great run by Clark on the right finished with a delightful cross for French to almost casually head past Overland.

More chances came with Akanbi seeing a free-kick held, whilst Overland was kept busy as he blocked a good effort by Mason Doughty, whose follow up header was then cleared before Clark blasted the loose ball wide. And two minutes into added-time, there was another good block to deny the tireless Akanbi.

Bridges: Shaw; Simpson; Hall; Oluwatimilehin; Grant; French (Doughty 84); Ufuah (Adjei 70); Akanbi; Clark; Douglas; Tennett .

Attendance: 163

Aerotron Man of the Match:

Connor French

Bridges now have two home games in quick succession with Ramsgate the visitors this Saturday, December 8 and Horsham coming to the Jubilee Field next Tuesday, December 11.