Three Bridges 1st 4-2 Broadbridge Heath
Plenty of familiar faces to Bridges followers in the Heath lineup, but it was the current crop who came out tops in the end
A game in which both sides had numerous chances, including goal line clearances at both ends inside the first five minutes, but it was Heath who claimed first blood.
A speculative lob by Andre Eckana after 14 minutes needed to be turned over by Kieron Thorp, and from the resulting corner Devon Fender stabbed home at the near post.
However, Heath's celebrations were short-lived when brilliant work by Connor French created a 22nd minute equaliser which finished with French crossing and Nathan Crabb slamming home.
Five minutes before half time a great run down the left by MICHAEL CAMPBELL finished with him cutting inside and netting with a wicked curling shot and just three minutes later a nice dummy by Brendan Murphy-McVey allowed Lee Hall to net with a crisp low drive.
Heath had also had their chances and they certainly weren’t going to give in easily. Darren Helsdown, who had a brilliant game on the left flank, was just wide with a lovely curling effort five minutes into the second half, and it was no surprise that he had a hand in Heath’s second goal after 59 minutes as he crossed low to the far post where ALEX PARSONS pounced to reduce the arrears.
Bridges regained their two goal advantage five minutes later when the excellent French laid the ball neatly into the path of MICHAEL CAMPBELL, who coolly slotted past Conor Evento.
Chances continued to come at both ends in a highly entertaining and fast match, and Thorp did well twice as he saw a free kick by Heath skipper, Tom Howard-Bold, late and then had to make another excellent stop to prevent his own skipper Jamie Crellin from putting into his own net!
Aerotron Man of the Match: Connor French
Referee: Joshua Godfrey
Report by Alf Blackler