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Crawley Down Gatwick
Three Bridges Football Club
S Barton (15' Sent Off)
Full time
Sat 11 Aug 15:00 - Cup Attendance 118

Crawley Down Gatwick 0-1 Three Bridges 1st

Bridges through to Preliminary Round of The Emirates FA Cup

Bridges scrapped their way through to the Preliminary Round of the Emirates FA Cup, but Crawley Down deserve credit for making life difficult for the visitors at times, notably with a stubborn defensive display as Bridges dominated possession for large moments of the game.

Bridges were missing some key players with skipper Jamie Crellin and new signing Antone Douglas on holiday and Connor French and Nathan Koo-Boothe both suspended for this game. However, it was a good chance to bring in some of the U23s who have been outstanding pre-season.

The first half was mainly spent in the Anvils' half and Andrew Greaves was called into early action as he held onto Jamie Taylor's shot following good work by Alex Laing. A superb cross by the excellent Nathan Simpson was then headed on by Trevor McCreadie but Laing's finish was both high and wide.

A shot from distance by Liam Collins was safely held by the busy Greaves, but the home side's hopes suffered a blow after just fifteen minutes when Sonny Barton was cautioned for a foul on Laing. Barton thought he was the innocent party and sarcastically applauded referee Jonathon Wilks, who promptly showed him a second yellow for dissent.

Greaves was called into action again five minutes later, making an excellent block to deny McCreadie, and Crawley Down's keeper showed his worth another five minutes on as he blocked Laing's final shot after a brilliant turn and run by the Bridges newcomer. Lee Hall came close with a back heel from Laing's corner, but Bridges had nothing to show for their first half domination.

Just two minutes into the restart, the visitors at last broke the deadlock when Jamie Taylor won the ball and forced his way through before netting into the far left corner of the goal, but the expected opening of the floodgates did not materialise and the Anvils started to create a few openings of their own.

This was the Anvils' third game of the season without a goal to their name, and Bridges keeper Kieron Thorp didn't have a serious shot to save all afternoon. Much of this was due to solid defensive work by the likes of Bradley Peters and young new signing Tadley Bromage, who had an outstanding debut for the side. He looked cool and untroubled throughout as the homesters tried to shake off the fact that they were down to ten men for so much of the game.

Two minutes into added time came the save of the match as Greaves dived across goal to palm away a fiercely driven free kick form 25 yards by substitute John Lansdale, but it was a rare highlight of a disappointing second half by Bridges.

Man of the Match: Tadley Bromage

Report by Alf Blackler

Tadley Bromage

Player of the Match

Tadley Bromage

Key moments

15:00
Red Card Sonny Barton is sent off for Crawley Down Gatwick

Highlights

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90:00 Sub On
Victor Naranjo is substituted on for Three Bridges Football Club
90:00 Sub Off
Trevor McCreadie is substituted off for Three Bridges Football Club
90:00 Player of the Match
Tadley Bromage is awarded player of the match for Three Bridges Football Club
83:00 Sub On
Lewis Croal is substituted on for Crawley Down Gatwick
83:00 Sub Off
Dan Sullivan is substituted off for Crawley Down Gatwick
77:00 Sub On
John Lansdale is substituted on for Three Bridges Football Club
77:00 Sub Off
Lee Hall is substituted off for Three Bridges Football Club
63:00 Sub Off
Oli Leslie is substituted off for Crawley Down Gatwick
63:00 Sub On
Ciarn Steers is substituted on for Crawley Down Gatwick
57:00 Sub Off
Alex Laing is substituted off for Three Bridges Football Club
57:00 Sub On
Omar Folkes is substituted on for Three Bridges Football Club
56:00 Yellow Card
Trevor McCreadie is yellow carded for Three Bridges Football Club
End of period 1
39:00 Yellow Card
Josh Brown is yellow carded for Crawley Down Gatwick
15:00 Yellow Card
Sonny Barton is yellow carded for Crawley Down Gatwick
15:00 Red Card 0 - 0
Sonny Barton is sent off for Crawley Down Gatwick
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Crawley Down Gatwick
  • Three Bridges Football Club
  • 0
  • Sonny Barton Yellow Card 15:00'
  • Sonny Barton Red Card 15:00'
  • Josh Brown Yellow Card 39:00'
  • Trevor McCreadie Yellow Card 56:00'
  • Alex Laing Sub Off 57:00'
  • Omar Folkes Sub On 57:00'
  • Oli Leslie Sub Off 63:00'
  • Ciarn Steers Sub On 63:00'
  • Lee Hall Sub Off 77:00'
  • John Lansdale Sub On 77:00'
  • Dan Sullivan Sub Off 83:00'
  • Lewis Croal Sub On 83:00'
  • Trevor McCreadie Sub Off 90:00'
  • Victor Naranjo Sub On 90:00'

Team selection

Thorp, Kieron Thorp, Kieron
Collins, Liam Collins, Liam
Simpson , Nathan Simpson , Nathan
Laing, Alex Laing, Alex
Peters, Bradley Peters, Bradley
Bromage, Tadley Bromage, Tadley
Berry, Tyrone Berry, Tyrone
Hall, Lee Hall, Lee
McCreadie, Trevor McCreadie, Trevor
Grant, Jensen Grant, Jensen
Taylor, Jamie Taylor, Jamie
Three Bridges Football Club
Crawley Down Gatwick
  • 1. Andrew Greaves
  • 2. Dan Sullivan
  • 3. Sonny Barton
  • 4. Josh Brown
  • 5. Josh Martin
  • 6. Marc Pelling
  • 7. Lee Thomas
  • 8. Michael Belli
  • 9. Nick Sullivan
  • 10. Oli Leslie
  • 11. Sam Cave
  • 12. Louis Bradford
  • 13.
  • 14. Lewis Croal
  • 15. Ciarn Steers
  • 16. Sam Packham
  • 17. Billy Wraight
  • 18. Andy Goodwin

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