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Three Bridges
East Grinstead Town
A Tait (23'), D Fender (25')
Full time
T Kwayie (31'), M Elliot (45', 45', 90')
Tue 27 Dec 15:00 - The Ryman Football League - South Division Attendance 173

1st lose to East Grinstead Town 2 - 4

Former Bridges striker, Marcus Elliott, scores a hat trick to give Grinstead three points

A former Bridges striker came back to haunt his old club as Marcus Elliott struck a hat trick to give Grinstead three points and leave Bridges yet again wondering how they'd managed to toss away a game.

Deservedly leading 2-0 with half an hour gone, Bridges unfortunately showed defensive naïveté in the dying stages of the first half and could hardly believe it when they went in at half time trailing!

Both sides started with good attacking instincts, and in the space of thirty seconds both keepers had to make sharp saves, Kieron Thorp denying Michael Salako and then Chris Haigh thwarting Tony Garrod, who was a real nuisance in the first half.

Hakeem Adelakun was providing a number of good low crosses from the left, and after 23 minutes one of them evaded Garrod but was stabbed home by a delighted ALLAN. TAIT. And four minutes later Garrod closed down the visitors' defence and left Haigh stranded to allow DEVON FENDER to volley home.

But whilst Bridges were looking good going forward, they were still suspect against pace at times, and when a cross came in, TASHI KWAYIE guided his header just inside the near post in the 33rd minute.

Charlie Harris almost sneaked in for an equaliser moments later, but Bridges still looked favourites to go in ahead at the interval until another crisis from the left found ELLIOTT with oceans of room at the far post. That goal came with 45 minutes played, but in the last moments of the two added minutes, terrible defending left ELLIOTT totally free to drill the Wasps in front!

Both sides had chances in the second half with Grinstead substitute Jerson Dos Santos seeing a free kick deflect onto the post and then safety. Fender forced Haigh to a decent save and Garrod somehow fired wide following a delightful ball from the ever busy Steve Sargent.

Fender had the ball in the net again but was clearly offside, whilst Thorp twice denied ELLIOTT before the Grinstead striker completed his hat trick a minute into added time with a shot on the turn. It might have been cruel but these are lessons that Bridges need to cope with if they are to stand any chance of surviving the dreaded drop.

Aerotron Man of the Match: Jamie Crellin
Referee: Ryan Atkin

Key moments

23:00
Goal Allan Tait scores for Three Bridges
25:00
Goal Devon Fender scores for Three Bridges
31:00
Goal Tashie Jay Kwayie scores for East Grinstead Town
45:00
Goal Marcus Elliot scores for East Grinstead Town
45:00
Goal Marcus Elliot scores for East Grinstead Town
90:00
Goal Marcus Elliot scores for East Grinstead Town

Highlights

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90:00 Goal 2 - 4
Marcus Elliot scores for East Grinstead Town
82:00 Sub Off
Michael Wilson is substituted off for Three Bridges
82:00 Sub On
Kieran Allen-Djilali is substituted on for Three Bridges
53:00 Sub Off
Will Thomas is substituted off for East Grinstead Town
53:00 Sub On
Jerome Roseje is substituted on for East Grinstead Town
50:00 Yellow Card
Jake Mcintyre is yellow carded for East Grinstead Town
46:00 Sub Off
John Lansdale is substituted off for Three Bridges
46:00 Sub On
Ned Pierre is substituted on for Three Bridges
46:00 Sub Off
Jack Rowe-Hurst is substituted off for Three Bridges
46:00 Sub On
Dominic Toussaint is substituted on for Three Bridges
45:00 Goal 2 - 2
Marcus Elliot scores for East Grinstead Town
45:00 Goal 2 - 3
Marcus Elliot scores for East Grinstead Town
End of period 1
31:00 Goal 2 - 1
Tashie Jay Kwayie scores for East Grinstead Town
25:00 Goal 2 - 0
Devon Fender scores for Three Bridges
23:00 Goal 1 - 0
Allan Tait scores for Three Bridges
14:00 Sub Off
Michael Salako is substituted off for East Grinstead Town
14:00 Sub On
Jenson Dos Santos is substituted on for East Grinstead Town
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Three Bridges
  • East Grinstead Town
  • 0
  • Michael Salako Sub Off 14:00'
  • Jenson Dos Santos Sub On 14:00'
  • Allan Tait Goal 23:00'
  • Devon Fender Goal 25:00'
  • Tashie Jay Kwayie Goal 31:00'
  • Marcus Elliot Goal 45:00'
  • Marcus Elliot Goal 45:00'
  • John Lansdale Sub Off 46:00'
  • Ned Pierre Sub On 46:00'
  • Jack Rowe-Hurst Sub Off 46:00'
  • Dominic Toussaint Sub On 46:00'
  • Jake Mcintyre Yellow Card 50:00'
  • Will Thomas Sub Off 53:00'
  • Jerome Roseje Sub On 53:00'
  • Michael Wilson Sub Off 82:00'
  • Kieran Allen-Djilali Sub On 82:00'
  • Marcus Elliot Goal 90:00'

Team selection

Three Bridges
  • 1. Kieron Thorp
  • 2. John Lansdale
  • 3. Hakeem Adelakun
  • 4. Michael Wilson
  • 5. Dan Mobsby
  • 6. Jamie Crellin
  • 7. Jack Rowe-Hurst
  • 8. Steve Sargent
  • 9. Allan Tait
  • 10. Tony Garrod
  • 11. Devon Fender
  • 12. Tom Howard-Bold
  • 13. Ned Pierre
  • 14. Kieran Allen-Djilali
  • 15. Stefon Hayles
  • 16. Dominic Toussaint
East Grinstead Town
  • 1. Chris Haigh
  • 2. Malachi Robinson
  • 3. Jake Mcintyre
  • 4. Will Hoare
  • 5. Ricardo Thompson
  • 6. Will Thomas
  • 7. Dan Hogan
  • 8. Charlie Harris
  • 9. Tashie Jay Kwayie
  • 10. Marcus Elliot
  • 11. Michael Salako
  • 12. Jenson Dos Santos
  • 13. Jerome Roseje
  • 14. Leo Mazzone
  • 15. Emmanuel Mensah
  • 16. George Wallis

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# Team Pl Pts
18. East Grinstead Town 46 47
19. Molesey 46 43
20. Chipstead 46 41
21. Guernsey 46 38
22. Chatham Town 46 31
23. Three Bridges 46 29
24. Godalming Town 46 24

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