Three Bridges 2 Worthing 6
Two goals down inside three minutes and two players light just five minutes into the second half, this was a game that Bridges will want to quickly forget. But it was also a match that referee Benjamin Knight won’t be expecting any Christmas presents from the home side!
A bad back oasis by Ben Godfrey inside the first 40 seconds gifted Trevor McCreadie the opening goal, and after just 90 seconds Matt Whitehead became the first name in Mr. Knight’s notebook for a foul.
A third minute corner then led to a cracking volley by Curtis Gayler and Ben Pope almost added another as he charged down a clearance from Kieron Thorp.
But after Godfrey fired just wide, Bridges pulled one back when Allan Tait cracked home from the ever lively Abu Touray‘s cross in the 16th minute.
Martin Dynan was next in the book for a Gould that finished Luke Killner’s participation, but there was controversy after 22 minutes when Jamie Crellin was adjudged to have fouled McCreadie, a decision that brought as mike to the Worthing striker’s face and was compounded by bookings for both Crellin and Callum Donaghey!
Gayler slammed home the penalty, but the 26th minute brought everything to a head. Godfrey was booked for trying to untangle himself after being awarded a free-kick, and when Crellin eventually took the free-kick, it hit the referee on the back and he was shown a straight red.
It was all too much for manager Paul Faili, who also received his marching orders despite one of the assistants saying that it was an accident!
It took until the 40th minute for Worthing to inflict further damage as Gayler struck another rocket following good interplay, and McCreadie really should have added another when well placed.
Donaghey’s cross in the opening minute of the second half was headed wide by Lee Carney as Bridges tried to pursue an unlikely comeback, but any hopes of that were killed when Whitehead earned a second yellow for a foul that looked a 50-50 tussle.
Thorp made a string of good blocks and saves, most at the expense of McCreadie, but he could do nothing about the 60th minute curler from the unstoppable Gayler.
Substitute Nigel Brake was booked after clearly winning the ball, but McCreadie then headed horribly wide.
With ten minutes remaining, good work by Hakeem Adelakun finished with Tony Garrod reducing the arrears only for Ben Pope to snatch Worthing’s sixth a minute later.
Not a good day for Bridges at all, but equally the referee cannot be satisfied with his performance!
Bridges: Thorp, Peauroux, Dynan, Crellin, Donaghey (Brake 54), Godfrey (Adelakun 54), Touray (Daniel 74), Carney, Tait, Garrod, Whitehead. Unused Subs. - Pulling, Leach.
Aerotron Man of the Match: Kieron Thorp