1st beat Lancing 4-0
A handsome victory for Bridges
A handsome victory for Bridges, but Manager Paul Faili was far from happy about a second half performance that he thought was below par.
Bridges started very much on the front foot and Lancing keeper Michael Platt had to make a good flying save to deny Connor French's header following a long throw by John Lansdale. However, Platt could do nothing about Bridges' opener after 7 minutes as Mitchell Casselman curled in a delightful shot from 20 yards.
French was then denied twice more with a volley and a fierce drive, whilst Nathan Koo-Boothe headed just over from the excellent Nathan Simpson's free kick. It was then the turn of Nathan Crabb to be denied as a drive was held but after 34 minutes he applied a crisp finish to double Bridges' advantage.
Two minutes later a handling offence in the area gave Connor French the opportunity to slot home from the penalty spot.
The second half was, as Paul Faili pointed out, a disappointing affair, although there was a good debut for new signing Brendon Murphy-McVey, who linked superbly with skipper Jamie Crellin and the outstanding Lee Hall.
With five minutes remaining, Murphy-McVey delivered a lovely through ball to Michael Campbell, who scored his fourth goal in as many games.
Up to then, Kieron Thorp hadn't needed to make a significant save all afternoon, but in the last few minutes he was tested twice by lively substitute Leon Dramis, who also set up a great cross which was headed horribly wide by Alex Bygraves and another substitute, Alex Spinks, shot straight at Thorp after receiving a pass from Alex Fair.
By then though Bridges had looked comfortable winners despite an after-match rocket from their gaffer!
Referee: David Joseph
Aerotron Man of the Match: Lee Hall
Report by Alf Blackler
Photos provided by Dave Burt - www.tbfcphotos.co.uk