Three Bridges 1st 1-1 Eastbourne Town
By Mark Beard
Bank Holiday weekend draw for Bridges
For over an hour, we were up against only ten men as Bright Temba was dismissed for pushing Jamie Crellin in the face just a minute after coming on as a substitute, but in fairness to Town, they didn't try to park the bus and continued to match our own efforts in trying to grab a winning goal.
Both goals came whilst the two teams had eleven men on the pitch, Eastbourne grabbing the opener on 10 minutes when a throw-in was met by an unmarked Calum Sherriff to head home comfortably.
Town had started brightly and had already threatened before their goal, but we settled and just four minutes later a ball over the top was gathered by the ever lively Nathan Crabb, who slid the ball wide of Greg Nessling.
Brannon Daly made a fine flying save to keep out a good strike by Liam Baitup, and even after they were reduced to ten men, Chris Cumming-Bart had three chances to restore their lead. Equally though we were creating chances and Andy Somo will have been disappointed to have headed over from Tyrone Berry's pinpoint cross.
Somo headed wide again, this time from another brilliant cross from Matt Whitehead, as the second half got under way, and a lovely low cross by Crabb finished with Somo's shot being cleared off the line.
Substitute Moses Ashikodi also had a shot blocked and Whitehead couldn't quite get his head to one of many inviting crosses by Liam Collins.
With Crellin forced to withdraw with an ankle problem, we were forced to make a few positional changes, but what a revelation it was to see Jensen Grant slot seamlessly into the back line alongside John Lansdale.
Disappointing not to get all three points but it wasn't for the want of trying!
Aerotron Man of the Match: Nathan Crabb
Report by Alf Blackler