1st lose to Greenwich Borough 4-1
Bridges out of the FA Cup
Goals moments each side of half time cost Bridges further Emirates FA Cup glory, but they started brightly before Greenwich were able to stamp their authority on the game thanks to a wealth of experience within their ranks.
Lee Hall fired just over in the first 3 minutes before Bridges took a 7th minute lead as Nathan Crabb played the ball inside to Connor French, who turned delightfully before firing past Ben Bridle-Card into the bottom corner of the net. However, 7 minutes later Borough were level when a corner reached Francis Babolala, who had time to control the ball before firing across the goal into the far corner.
The rest of the first half saw both sides cancelling each other out and it seemed to be meandering to a stalemate until Liam Collins was forced to knock a ball towards the corner flag. Bradley Peters, who had a fairly impressive full debut for the side, was put under pressure by the dangerous Jack Sammoutis, who worked his way along the goal-line before slipping the ball into the path of Charlie MacDonald for a simple tap in. That came just two minutes before the interval, but within a minute of the second half getting under way, Bridges fell further behind when MacDonald turned the ball back neatly for Travis Gregory to guide the ball past an unsighted Kieron Thorp.
Injuries to Jensen Grant and Jay Conroy (who was already carrying a foot injury sustained at Loxwood midweek) forced Bridges into a swift double substitution and Thorp did brilliantly to keep out another effort from Gregory as a now relaxed home side began to dominate proceedings with Bridges often reduced to hopeful long balls to the obvious frustration of Crabb and French in particular.
The ever combatative Jamie Crellin had a late effort which Bridle-Card gathered, and with just two minutes remaining Bridges rather cruelly conceded again when substitute Connor Hunte cut in from the right and hit a good shot past a helpless Thorp.
Referee: Michael Marsh
Aerotron Man of the Match: Jamie Crellin
Stat Facts: First senior starts in a Bridges shirt for Kyne Newman-Knott, Bradley Peters and T-Jay Johnson, whilst substitute Naithan Hilaire also made his debut for the side
Report by Alf Blackler