1st - Match centre

Tooting & Mitcham United
Three Bridges
M Dixon (84')
Full time
S Sargent (90' Sent Off)
Sat 8 Apr 15:00 - The Ryman Football League - South Division Attendance 258

1st lose to Tooting & Mitcham United 1 - 0

Bridges Relegated

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.

Key moments

84:00
Goal Mike Dixon scores for Tooting & Mitcham United
90:00
Red Card Steve Sargent is sent off for Three Bridges

Highlights

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90:00 Red Card 1 - 0
Steve Sargent is sent off for Three Bridges
84:00 Goal 1 - 0
Mike Dixon scores for Tooting & Mitcham United
68:00 Sub Off
Billy Dunn is substituted off for Tooting & Mitcham United
68:00 Sub On
Ollie Bennett is substituted on for Tooting & Mitcham United
68:00 Sub Off
Dan Clements is substituted off for Tooting & Mitcham United
68:00 Sub On
Ashley Robinson is substituted on for Tooting & Mitcham United
58:00 Sub Off
Jack Mazzone is substituted off for Tooting & Mitcham United
58:00 Sub On
Sandy Cunningham is substituted on for Tooting & Mitcham United
55:00 Sub Off
Dan Mobsby is substituted off for Three Bridges
55:00 Sub On
Michael Wilson is substituted on for Three Bridges
45:00 Sub Off
Kieran Allen-Djilali is substituted off for Three Bridges
45:00 Sub On
Dominic Toussaint is substituted on for Three Bridges
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Tooting & Mitcham United
  • Three Bridges
  • 0
  • Kieran Allen-Djilali Sub Off 45:00'
  • Dominic Toussaint Sub On 45:00'
  • Dan Mobsby Sub Off 55:00'
  • Michael Wilson Sub On 55:00'
  • Jack Mazzone Sub Off 58:00'
  • Sandy Cunningham Sub On 58:00'
  • Billy Dunn Sub Off 68:00'
  • Ollie Bennett Sub On 68:00'
  • Dan Clements Sub Off 68:00'
  • Ashley Robinson Sub On 68:00'
  • Mike Dixon Goal 84:00'
  • Steve Sargent Red Card 90:00'

Team selection

Three Bridges
Tooting & Mitcham United
  • 1. Kyle Merson
  • 2. Jordan Wilson
  • 3. Peter Wedgeworth
  • 4. Kevin MacLaren
  • 5. Sol Patterson-Bohner
  • 6. Quincy Rowe
  • 7. Dan Clements
  • 8. Chace O'Neill
  • 9. Mike Dixon
  • 10. Jack Mazzone
  • 11. Billy Dunn
  • 12. Ashley Robinson
  • 13. Serg Zamara
  • 14. Tenny Adebowale
  • 15. Ollie Bennett
  • 16. Sandy Cunningham

League round up

Other South Division results

Chipstead
0
1
Chatham Town
Guernsey
2
3
Horsham
Hythe Town
1
1
Whyteleafe
2
3
Corinthian-Casuals
Sittingbourne
1
0
3
5
South Park

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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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