Three Bridges 4 Chipstead 2: Bridges complete double

Three Bridges V Hastings United 4-10-14 (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-140710-121934002
Three Bridges V Hastings United 4-10-14 (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-140710-121934002

By Alf Blackler

Bridges halted a run of three defeats by completing the double over Chipstead, who had their moments but were generally second best to an attack minded home side.

Bridges might have scored inside the first minute when Sam MacVicar headed the ball down only for Allan Tait to have his shot smothered by keeper Milan Stojsavljevic.

He then tipped over a speculative lob by John Lansdale, but after 14 minutes a corner eventually fell nicely for Callum Donaghey to celebrate his 100th Bridges appearance with a neatly placed header.

Tony Garrod fired over following a nice through ball by Williams Peauroux, then Kieran Thorp held onto a drive by Derek Tieku.

The second goal after half an hour was unfortunate for Stojsavljevic as he slipped as he came out to challenge Garrod, who ran the ball into the empty net despite the efforts of two defenders to close him down.

Hakeem Adelakun blazed an effort over and Garrod struck the crossbar.

The second half started with Stojsavljevic blocking Garrod’s shot before MacVicar fired the follow up wide. Martin Dynan saw a header pushed wide, but after 57 minutes the almost inevitable third goal arrived when MacVicar won possession and squared for Tait to slide the ball in from close range.

A 64th minute penalty awarded for a push allowed Chipstead skipper Dan Moodey to pull one back from the spot, and a brief spell of pressure by the visitors turned into nothing when another slip in defence allowed Garrod to thread the ball through for Tait to net again after 70 minutes.

Garrod was unlucky not to add further goals, whilst Abu Touray saw his first shot well blocked and his follow up chip cleared off the line!

In added time Louis Grace Palmer’s shot looped up off Peauroux to give Kofi Quartey the chance to head home, but a good team performance brought Bridges three well deserved points.

Bridges: Thorp, Lansdale, Whitehead, Donaghey, Dynan (Crellin 57), Adelakun, MacVicar (Touray 70), Carney, Tait (Daniel 80), Garrod, Peauroux.

Unused subs: Pulling, Brake.

Aerotron Man of the Match: Allan Tait