1st lose to Tooting & Mitcham United 1 - 0
Bridges look doomed to relegation whilst Tooting took a step nearer winning the League, but surprisingly there was little to choose between the teams, and it took a controversial goal to settle the destination of the points with just six minutes of normal time remaining.
Even the Tooting officials and fans felt that the excellent Alex Rose was fouled as he made an adventurous break forward, but referee Paul Lister incredibly decided to play on. Jordan Wilson needed no further encouragement with a burst of speed down the right and his cross was swept in from what looked like a suspiciously offside position by Michael Dixon.
Football showed its cruel streak at this moment as Bridges had reduced their hosts to a handful of efforts, most of which hardly troubled Martin Grant in the Bridges goal. As well as Rose, there were solid performances at the back too from O'Neill Odofin and Dan Mobsby, who sadly limped off ten minutes into the second half. But even his replacement, young Michael Wilson, performed brilliantly in an unaccustomed role.
Probably the best chance of the first half fell to Tony Garrod as he latched onto Mobsby's lovely ball over the top, but keeper Kyle Merson blocked the shot with his knees. Kieran Allen Djilali made one good run before shooting wide and Rose had a shot saved after Hakeem Adelakun set him up.
Tooting were reduced to long range efforts but Peter Wedgeworth suggested that things were getting better with two excellent free kicks that went close. Martin Grant was at last forced to a brilliant save to deny Dixon, whilst a great move involving Dominic Toussaint and Garrod finished with Adelakun's drive being pushed away by Merson.
Tooting looked a touch nervous on a hot afternoon as the game wore on, and in the 83rd minute they needed Merson to make a save from Garrod's snap shot. But just a minute later came that controversial winner for the Champions elect. Steve Sargent was booked in the ensuing protests and he then received a second caution in added time after feeling he'd been fouled. Jordan Wilson almost added a second but the result was already cruel enough.
Aerotron Man of the Match: O'Neill Odofin.