1st lose to Cray Wanderers 0-4
Bridges lose against Cray Wanderers at East Grinstead Town!?!
What a disappointment after the victory at East Grinstead on Easter Monday. Back at the same ground after Bridges’ own Jubilee Field was classed as unfit, for 70 minutes there was little to choose between the sides in terms of possession. But Cray had the edge when it came to making things count in attack and their giant central defender Antonio Lazzari rather naturally won virtually everything in the air.
Tony Garrod might have had a first half hat trick with better luck. A snap volley almost caught out keeper Nick Blue after fifteen minutes, and he also saw one self created chance knocked away with Blue beaten, whilst he fired over after a lovely through ball by Lee Hall. Other chances fell to Tim Cook with a header from Jensen Grant’s cross and to Hakeem Adelakun, who fired over after creating space for himself to shoot.
Luke Medley meanwhile saw an angled drive clear the far post, whilst the dangerous Timmi Osibodu created a good opportunity for Lee Prescott, another who managed to clear the crossbar. But Cray took a 34th minute lead when a long ball from Blue reached a suspiciously offside looking Brandon Scott. His cross caused sufficient havoc before the ball fell to Anthony Adesite to net with the aid of a slight deflection.
A dipping effort by Dan Mobsby came close to a first half equaliser, but Cray stepped it up with some swift counter attacks with Medley being to the fore. He hit the post after being clean through and then saw Martin Grant save his next effort with his feet. And in the 55th minute, when Grant was deemed to have committed a foul in the area, Medley missed horribly with a sky high penalty!
Another good Garrod volley stung Blue’s hands and then Alex Rose drove wide after Tim Cook’s blocked shot fell invitingly into his path. It soon became a critical miss as Medley atoned for his earlier misses with a curling effort after 75 minutes, and after a triple substitution by Bridges, Medley burst clear to score again. He also seemed set to take an 86th minute free kick, but substitute Danny Haynes bent in a beauty to put a gloss on the final scoreline, one which Bridges certainly didn’t deserve overall.
Referee: Damith Bandara
Aerotron Man of the Match: Devon Fender