1st lose to Molesey 0 - 1
By Mark Beard
Out of the FA Trophy
In a less than entertaining spectacle Molesey saw off Three Bridges in a one nil victory to see them through to the next round of the FA trophy. Bridges started off the first half better but failed to create many clear cut chances throughout the game and were capitalised by one of few chances created by the visitors.
The first chance fell to Bridges after Tyrone Berry fell done well to intercept a sloppy Molesey pass and play in Folkes down the wing he delivered a good low cross into the box which was blocked and the loose ball fell to Mason Doughty who saw his effort saved by Sam Johnson-Freeman. Molesey number 9 Tayo Oyebola was played through in the 12th minute but Gio Porciatti done well to quickly come off his line and clear the danger.
The game then settled and there wasn’t a chance for either side until the 24th minute when Tyrone Berry delivered a lovely corner into the box and Ibby Akanbi met it with a free header but could only head wide a great chance to make it 1-0. Folkes then got a chance after being played in down the right he took a touch and pelted a shot at goal but Sam Johnson-Freeman did well to parry away the effort.
Mason Doughty got the last chance of the first half after Bradley Peters cross was headed out towards the corner flag, Doughty chased the ball down and took it past Ezra Nelson sprinted into the box and fired at goal but his effort was excellently blocked and the resulting corner was eventually cleared.
After being dominated in the first half Molesey came out the better side for the second half and quickly went 1-0 up in the 50th minute Athan Smith-Joseph picked the ball up on the left wing cut inside past Peters and curled past Porciatti to take an unexpected lead. They nearly added another after a corner but Francis Quarm volleyed just over in the 61st minute.
A poor second half from both teams sparked nothing more than wasted corners and a couple of tame efforts at either keeper with no real action occurring until the 82nd minute when Molesey won a free kick on the edge which Chris Wales struck low and hard but Porciatti done well to get down low and push the effort away.
Bridges had a possible penalty shout in the 86th minute after Folkes was pulled down in the box but the referee was not fazed by the protests and waved play on. The referee then added five minutes at the end of the game and Bridges thought they had an equaliser deep into the stoppage time after Ibby Akanbi skipped past a defender but his effort was heroically blocked by Sacha M’baye. Bridges won a couple of corners in the dying seconds but Molesey held on to go through to the next round of the cup.
Highlights of the match can be found at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NH5-YeuVL_k
Bridges continue their campaign at home on the 20th October 2018 when Hythe town visit Jubilee field in the league.
Report by Sam Gadsdon