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