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1st - Match centre

Three Bridges
Full time
S Lawford (50'), T Chapman (67')
Sat 11 Mar 15:00 - The Ryman Football League - South Division Attendance 72

1st lose to Ramsgate 0 - 2

Bridges lose at home to Ramsgate

A terrible pitch and, for much of the proceedings, a game to match! Bridges probably had the better of an indifferent first half, but they looked vulnerable after the break and lost to an average side who were nonetheless better on the day than their hosts.

Alfie Paxman made space for himself before shooting wide inside two minutes, but Bridges had to wait for their first serious effort until the 23rd minute when Tony Garrod chested wide after a lovely chip by Lee Hall.

Five minutes later saw Ramsgate keeper Luke Watkins called into serious action as Allan Tait dummied over Garrod's short pass, thus allowing Steve Sargent to hit a cracking shot that Watkins pushed away.

Martin Grant kept out a drive from Aaron Millbank, who soon after broke clear and shot wide, injuring himself in the process and taking no further part. In between Jensen Grant's low shot was pushed around the post, and the half ended with a terrific run by Grant which ended with him setting up both Tait and Kieran Allan-Djilali, but the ball just wouldn't go in.

The thoughts were that Bridges would surely step up another gear and keep Ramsgate on the back foot in the second half, but that scenario was demolished inside four minutes as a low cross by Tom Chapman was tucked home by substitute SAMUEL LAWFORD from close range.

Alfie Paxman had two chances to double the score, Martin Grant saving the second effort with his feet, and Alex Rose had to make a goal-line clearance before George Crimmen headed wide from Paxman's free kick.

A double substitution by Bridges almost brought immediate dividends as Abu Touray set up Tait, whose shot on the turn was just wide. But after 67 minutes Lawford returned the favour by being the provider with a delightful back heel that left CHAPMAN with the chance to add Ramsgate's second.

Devon Fender gave a lively substitute performance as heads around him slumped, forcing Watkins to a good block and then seeing the visiting keeper tip over a close range effort after Garrod had set him up.

But this was a sadly below par performance from Bridges, who remain in the bottom three with just eight games to come.

Referee: Daniel Austin
Aerotron Man of the Match: Alex Rose

Report by Alf Blackler

Key moments

Goal Sam Lawford scores for Ramsgate
Goal Tom Chapman scores for Ramsgate


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85:00 Sub Off
Danny Lawrence is substituted off for Ramsgate
85:00 Sub On
Jake Munday is substituted on for Ramsgate
84:00 Sub Off
Allan Tait is substituted off for Three Bridges
84:00 Sub On
Tim Cook is substituted on for Three Bridges
74:00 Sub Off
Macauley Murray is substituted off for Ramsgate
74:00 Sub On
Tom Hickman is substituted on for Ramsgate
67:00 Goal 0 - 2
Tom Chapman scores for Ramsgate
64:00 Sub Off
Kieran Allen-Djilali is substituted off for Three Bridges
64:00 Sub On
Abu Touray is substituted on for Three Bridges
64:00 Sub Off
Steve Sargent is substituted off for Three Bridges
64:00 Sub On
Devon Fender is substituted on for Three Bridges
50:00 Goal 0 - 1
Sam Lawford scores for Ramsgate
End of period 1
38:00 Sub Off
Aaron Millbank is substituted off for Ramsgate
38:00 Sub On
Sam Lawford is substituted on for Ramsgate
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Three Bridges
  • Ramsgate
  • 0
  • Aaron Millbank Sub Off 38:00'
  • Sam Lawford Sub On 38:00'
  • Sam Lawford Goal 50:00'
  • Kieran Allen-Djilali Sub Off 64:00'
  • Abu Touray Sub On 64:00'
  • Steve Sargent Sub Off 64:00'
  • Devon Fender Sub On 64:00'
  • Tom Chapman Goal 67:00'
  • Macauley Murray Sub Off 74:00'
  • Tom Hickman Sub On 74:00'
  • Allan Tait Sub Off 84:00'
  • Tim Cook Sub On 84:00'
  • Danny Lawrence Sub Off 85:00'
  • Jake Munday Sub On 85:00'

Team selection

Three Bridges
  • 1. Luke Watkins
  • 2. Joseph Kane
  • 3. Jake MacKenzie
  • 4. George Crimmen
  • 5. Luke Wheatley
  • 6. Oliver Gray
  • 7. Tom Chapman
  • 8. Macauley Murray
  • 9. Aaron Millbank
  • 10. Danny Lawrence
  • 11. Alfie Paxman
  • 12. Sam Lawford
  • 13. Tom Hickman
  • 14. Jack Penny
  • 15. Tom Roberts
  • 16. Jake Munday

League round up

Other South Division results

Hastings United
Hythe Town
South Park
Chatham Town


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League table

# 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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