Newhaven 1-1 Three Bridges 1st
1st team draw away
A decent pitch but a miserable afternoon where the football generally was not a great advert for the Southern Combination. But it ended lively enough with substitute Jamarie Brissett nabbing a last gasp equaliser and then Lee Hall marring an otherwise fine performance by earning a second yellow card for what could only be described as a robust challenge at best.
Neither side had warmed up the vociferous crowd until the 22nd minute when a Liam Collins corner was met by a fine header from Jamie Crellin which Newhaven keeper Jake Buss did well to hold. And a minute later Buss made a brilliant tip over to keep out a stinging volley from Mitchell Casselman, who sadly pulled a hamstring in the process and had to leave proceedings soon after.
A decent run by Ian Robinson ended with the Dockers’ lively winger firing wide, and Hall was then out of luck with a solid drive that was deflected wide for a corner. Michael Campbell then thought he’d kept up his goal a game run after good work by Collins and Bradley Peters, but he was correctly ruled offside.
Kieron Thorp then had to make excellent saves in quick succession from Lee Robinson and his brother Ian just before the interval, but within a minute of the restart a nasty bounce in the area led to the Bridges keeper bringing down Lee Robinson in the box and the striker slammed home the resulting penalty himself.
Bridges substitute Jerome Walker was perhaps too honest as he shrugged off his shirt being pulled in the area to then fire just wide, whilst Crellin also fired over as he leaned back to try and connect with Walker’s pass. Both sides made good breaks which came to nothing, although with five minutes remaining Lee Robinson couldn’t believe a goal kick being awarded after Thorp had clearly turned away the shot. Campbell shot wide on the turn and it looked as though Bridges were coming away with nothing until Peters, who had been a rock in the visitors’ defence all afternoon, pushed a tempting ball into the path of Brissett, who coolly advanced and cut the ball across Buss into the far corner for the important equaliser.
Aerotron Man of the Match: Bradley Peters
Referee: Conall Bartlett
Report by Alf Blackler