Whitehead and Donaghey goals lift Three Bridges up to third


Three Bridges 2 Ramsgate 0

Bridges rose to the dizzy heights of third place following this hard fought encounter.

Much of the credit must go to a resilient defence which has conceded just two goals in their last seven matches, one of those being enough to see them knocked out of the FA Cup.

A poor clearance by Ramsgate keeper Luke Watkins gave Bridges an early chance, but Ben Godfrey’s effort was blocked. Hakeem Adelakun then headed just wide following a deep cross by Dan Mobsby, while a delightful through ball by Adekakun presented Sam MacVicar with a chance but he shot straight at Watkins.

Godfrey saw a solid drive flash just wide, but the deadlock was broken after 35 minutes when MacVicar’s low cross came to MATT WHITEHEAD, who showed great composure as he dummied a defender before placing his shot firmly into the net.

Jamie Crellin had a shot cleared off the line and John Lansdale had a drive well held by Watkins, who was then grateful to see his own player Joe Kane’s header beat him but fall just the wrong side of the post as far as the homesters were concerned.

Ramsgate stepped it up after the break and now was the time for Bridges’ defence to show their mettle with a number of brave blocks. The home side continually threw bodies in the way as the Rams became more and more frustrated.

And the visitors’ task became even more difficult when Bridges doubled their tally after 71 minutes. Adelakun was the provider with a perfectly placed free kick from wide on the right, and CALLUM DONAGHEY guided his header over Watkins to make it three 2-0 wins in a matter of just eight days!

Bridges: Thorp, Mobsby, Daniel, Carney, Donaghey, Crellin, Godfrey (Gannon 80), Lansdale, MacVicar (Pulling 89), Adelakun, Whitehead.

Unused subs: Newman-Knott, Towning.

Attendance: 83

Aerotron Man of the Match: Hakeem Adelakun