1sts lose to Chichester City
Unbeaten run of 15 games comes to an end
A much under-par performance saw Bridges put a dent into their title hopes with the damage done in the first 21 minutes when Chichester raced into a 3-0 goal lead.
The first goal came on 9 minutes when Rob Hutchings found himself with a two-on-one and slotted past Kieron Thorp.
The second goal came on 17 minutes after Scott Jones ran through the defence and buried the ball into the top right corner. The final Chichester goal came on 21 minutes from a free kick that avoided everyone, only to land at the feet of Rob Hutchings who put it away.
Bridges created half chances but too many stray passes kept giving possession away. Khaleem Haitham was the danger on the left wing who out-paced Matt Whitehead on virtually every attack. Nathan Crabb worked tirelessly down the right wing putting in crosses but the solid Chichester defence kept out any chances for Bridges.
The second half was a much improved performance from Bridges that kept the scoreline down and, encouraged by skipper Jamie Crellin, they didn’t give up. With a bobbly, uncut pitch Bridges resulted to long balls but with George Gaskin as the lone striker it was a tall ask.
A consolation goal came from substitute John Lansdale on 78 minutes from a free kick just outside the box but it was little consolation for a bad day at the office.
Promotion is still in Bridges’ own hands with just 4 games to go but a much improved performance is required that is to become a reality.
Next up is a home game versus Peacehaven & Telscombe on Saturday, 21st April - 3:00 pm KO.
Referee: Rob King
Aerotron Man of the Match: Jensen Grant
Report: Paul Terry