Three Bridges 1sts 0-1 Haywards Heath Town
A good, competitive game that deserved a draw
A good competitive game that was spoiled only by the constant complaints that saw players determined to get opponents booked!
Trevor McCreadie, back from injury after starting pre-season with us and signing briefly, was too heavy with his touch when an early chance fell to him from Joseph Dryer’s cross, but we responded with a great chip by Lee Hall that finished with Connor French driving nicely but only into the side netting.
Jamie Crellin’s caution was only a matter of time as every challenge he made seemed to incur the wrath of the visitors, which was a shame as Heath looked a very good side when they concentrated on playing football! Kieron Thorp held an effort from Karl Akehurst just before the interval, and a minute into the second half a fabulous 30-yard strike from the same player brought a magnificent save from the Bridges keeper. A poor miss by Nathan Cooper followed, and at the other end Andy Somo’s shot was too soft after he had been set up by Nathan Simpson, who was at last free from a long suspension to make his Bridges competitive debut.
The always eager French forced Josh Heyburn to make a good flying save, but after 67 minutes it was Heath who made the breakthrough when TREVOR McCREADIE stooped to head home from Max Miller’s inviting cross from the right.
As frustration grew, Bridges continued to battle gamely for the point they deserved. Heyburn made two excellent saves, pushing a close range effort from Mitchell Casselman around the post and then tipping over a cracking drive from Hall.
However, Heath held on and celebrated as though they’d already won the League. Early days yet, but they certainly cannot be discounted from making up for last season’s disappointments.