1st - Match centre

Lewes
Three Bridges
J Smith (7'), J Brotherton (35'), R Conlon (46'), C Coppola (77')
Full time
T Garrod (56'), A Tait (72')
Sat 31 Dec 13:00 - The Ryman Football League - South Division Attendance 572

1st lose to Lewes 4 - 2

2016 can't have come to an end quick enough

2016 can't have come to an end quick enough for Paul Faili and his Bridges side as they once again slumped to defeat, although for about five minutes they gave themselves belief as they came back from three down to 3-2 and looked likely to snatch an honourable draw.

Sadly, individual mistakes are being punished on a regular basis, and after only seven minutes a spot of head tennis in their own area finished with JONTE SMITH heading a rather simple opener for Lewes.

Kieran Djilali almost produced a swift equaliser but saw his effort deflected wide, and Jack Rowe-Hurst then fired over after determined work and a fine cross from the outstanding Jamie Crellin.

Ronnie Conlon was just wide for the home side, but Crellin and Drew Cooney led by example as Bridges' defence subdued their hosts. But they were caught appealing for offside after 35 minutes before Smith laid the ball into the path of JAMIE BROTHERTON to net against his former club.

And on the stroke of half time Brotherton almost scored again, but his snap shot was well held by Kieron Thorp. Sadly though, the curse of the opening stages of the second half struck for the third time in four games as Egli Kaja made a break down the right and squared for CONLON to net within forty seconds of the restart!

Thorp then held onto a drive by Kaja, but the introduction of Allan Tait from the bench signalled a change in formation for Bridges, who began to pressurise a frankly ordinary home defence.

Good work between Steve Sargent and Tait ended with the latter's shot on the turn being pushed away by Adria Munoz Fernandez, and there were two close calls from a now inspired Djilali. And after 56 minutes the Lewes defence looked uncomfortable enough for Tony Garrod to drill home to give Bridges a lifeline.

They were still vulnerable on the break and Thorp had to make fine saves from Jack Dixon and Charlie Coppola before Bridges struck again in the 72nd minute with Djilali combining well with goal scorer TAIT.

But when Cooney conceded a 77th minute free kick on the left edge of the area, the ball was played in for COPPOLA to hit a rocket shot past a helpless Thorp. This led to a bizarre mickey taking celebration by Lewes skipper Lloyd Harrington that led to a yellow card.

Thorp had to make late saves from Dixon and Smith as Bridges were now exposed, and whilst they can take comfort from a much improved second half display, they still sit uncomfortably at the wrong end of the table.

Aerotron Man of the Match: Jamie Crellin

Referee: Damith Bandara

Key moments

7:00
Goal Jonte Smith scores for Lewes
35:00
Goal Jamie Brotherton scores for Lewes
46:00
Goal Ronnie Conlon scores for Lewes
56:00
Goal Tony Garrod scores for Three Bridges
72:00
Goal Allan Tait scores for Three Bridges
77:00
Goal Charlie Coppola scores for Lewes

Highlights

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89:00 Sub On
Callum Kealy is substituted on for Lewes
89:00 Sub Off
Devon Fender is substituted off for Three Bridges
89:00 Sub On
Michael Wilson is substituted on for Three Bridges
89:00 Sub Off
Jonte Smith is substituted off for Lewes
83:00 Sub Off
Jack Rowe-Hurst is substituted off for Three Bridges
83:00 Sub On
Dominic Toussaint is substituted on for Three Bridges
77:00 Goal 4 - 2
Charlie Coppola scores for Lewes
77:00 Yellow Card
Lloyd Harrington is yellow carded for Lewes
76:00 Yellow Card
Drew Cooney is yellow carded for Three Bridges
75:00 Sub Off
Ronnie Conlon is substituted off for Lewes
75:00 Sub On
James Hammond is substituted on for Lewes
72:00 Goal 3 - 2
Allan Tait scores for Three Bridges
65:00 Sub Off
Jamie Brotherton is substituted off for Lewes
65:00 Sub On
Charlie Coppola is substituted on for Lewes
56:00 Goal 3 - 1
Tony Garrod scores for Three Bridges
49:00 Sub Off
Tom Howard-Bold is substituted off for Three Bridges
49:00 Sub On
Allan Tait is substituted on for Three Bridges
46:00 Goal 3 - 0
Ronnie Conlon scores for Lewes
End of period 1
35:00 Goal 2 - 0
Jamie Brotherton scores for Lewes
7:00 Goal 1 - 0
Jonte Smith scores for Lewes
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Lewes
  • Three Bridges
  • 0
  • Jonte Smith Goal 7:00'
  • Jamie Brotherton Goal 35:00'
  • Ronnie Conlon Goal 46:00'
  • Allan Tait Sub On 49:00'
  • Tom Howard-Bold Sub Off 49:00'
  • Tony Garrod Goal 56:00'
  • Jamie Brotherton Sub Off 65:00'
  • Charlie Coppola Sub On 65:00'
  • Allan Tait Goal 72:00'
  • Ronnie Conlon Sub Off 75:00'
  • James Hammond Sub On 75:00'
  • Drew Cooney Yellow Card 76:00'
  • Lloyd Harrington Yellow Card 77:00'
  • Charlie Coppola Goal 77:00'
  • Jack Rowe-Hurst Sub Off 83:00'
  • Dominic Toussaint Sub On 83:00'
  • Devon Fender Sub Off 89:00'
  • Michael Wilson Sub On 89:00'
  • Jonte Smith Sub Off 89:00'
  • Callum Kealy Sub On 89:00'

Team selection

Lewes
  • 1. Adria Munoz Fernandez
  • 2. Steve Brinkhurst
  • 3. Matthew George
  • 4. Lloyd Harrington
  • 5. Dean Stewart-Hunter
  • 6. Alex Malins
  • 7. Kaja Egli
  • 8. Ronnie Conlon
  • 9. Jonte Smith
  • 10. Jack Dixon
  • 11. Jamie Brotherton
  • 12. James Hammond
  • 13. Charlie Coppola
  • 14. Ghassimu Sow
  • 15. Callum Kealy
  • 16. Jack Whitmore

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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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