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Arundel
Three Bridges
Full time
C French (61'), G Gaskin (87'), N Crabb (89')
Tue 24 Apr 19:45 - Southern Combination Football League - Premier Division Attendance 38

1sts beat Arundel 0-3

Firsts back to winning ways with 100th goal

A brilliant piece of individual opportunism and two late team goals meant that Bridges cannot finish lower than second, and in the process of this win, they also recorded their 100th goal in all competitions this season.

Arundel, understandably with fellow strugglers Littlehampton Town coming their way only two days later, were not at full strength, but Ryan Hallett saw an early effort deflected for a corner and Jack Kates fired over from distance as a gap opened up for him. However, Bridges soon settled and dominated possession without seriously testing home keeper Dan Stev in a disappointing first half.

Tyrone Berry headed just wide from a Connor French cross and Jamie Crellin also came close with a header, whilst a through ball from John Lansdale seemed perfect for Ben Bacon, who was only denied by a superb last ditch challenge.

Lansdale provided a string of chances with long throws and deep crosses, but Bridges huffed and puffed for large chunks of the opening half, and it was no surprise to see them come out for the second period with more purpose.

French had an early chance held well by Stev, who then flung himself across goal to keep out a goalbound effort from Berry, but after 61 minutes came a moment of brilliance as Lansdale’s latest throw found Connor French with his back to goal. Unpreturbed, he simply produced a superb overhead kick which Stev could do nothing about and Bridges were up and running.

They really should have settled the game after that, but chances came and went. Nathan Simpson, who had an excellent game in his first appearance since the end of February, saw an effort deflected over, whilst Darryl Siaw broke clear but was denied at the last moment and suffered an injury in the process!

With three minutes of normal time remaining, Bridges produced a brilliant counter strike with Bacon laying the ball off to Simpson on the left, and the resulting pinpoint cross being met perfectly by GEORGE GASKIN. Two minutes later Gaskin broke clear on the left and unselfishly laid the ball across goal for the onrushing Nathan Crabb to visciously volley home a third, this being that magical 100th goal of the campaign.

There was still time for Stev to tip away another volley from Gaskin, but the 3-0 win meant that Bridges now have an identical +49 goal difference to leaders Haywards Heath, and they have scored four more!!!

Extended hightlights can be found here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lN9TYR1LnvA&feature=youtu.be courtesy of Instant Highlights

Aerotron Man of the Match: John Lansdale
Referee: Nigel Baker
Report: Alf Blackler

The FA Respect: We Only Do Positive

John Lansdale

Player of the Match

John Lansdale

Key moments

61:00
Goal Connor French scores for Three Bridges
87:00
Goal George Gaskin scores for Three Bridges
89:00
Goal Nathan Crabb scores for Three Bridges

Highlights

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90:00 Player of the Match
John Lansdale is awarded player of the match for Three Bridges
89:00 Goal 0 - 3
Nathan Crabb scores for Three Bridges
87:00 Goal 0 - 2
George Gaskin scores for Three Bridges
79:00 Sub On
Luke Richards is substituted on for Arundel
79:00 Sub Off
Jake Jephson is substituted off for Arundel
77:00 Sub On
Lee Hall is substituted on for Three Bridges
77:00 Sub Off
Jensen Grant is substituted off for Three Bridges
75:00 Sub On
Jake Fuller is substituted on for Arundel
75:00 Sub Off
Ryan Hallett is substituted off for Arundel
69:00 Sub On
George Gaskin is substituted on for Three Bridges
69:00 Sub Off
Connor French is substituted off for Three Bridges
65:00 Sub On
Craig Rennie is substituted on for Arundel
65:00 Sub Off
Hayden Briggs is substituted off for Arundel
63:00 Sub On
Nathan Crabb is substituted on for Three Bridges
63:00 Sub Off
Tyrone Berry is substituted off for Three Bridges
61:00 Goal 0 - 1
Connor French scores for Three Bridges
55:00 Yellow Card
Scott Tipper is yellow carded for Arundel
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Arundel
  • Three Bridges
  • 0
  • Scott Tipper Yellow Card 55:00'
  • Connor French Goal 61:00'
  • Tyrone Berry Sub Off 63:00'
  • Nathan Crabb Sub On 63:00'
  • Hayden Briggs Sub Off 65:00'
  • Craig Rennie Sub On 65:00'
  • Connor French Sub Off 69:00'
  • George Gaskin Sub On 69:00'
  • Ryan Hallett Sub Off 75:00'
  • Jake Fuller Sub On 75:00'
  • Jensen Grant Sub Off 77:00'
  • Lee Hall Sub On 77:00'
  • Jake Jephson Sub Off 79:00'
  • Luke Richards Sub On 79:00'
  • George Gaskin Goal 87:00'
  • Nathan Crabb Goal 89:00'

Team selection

Arundel
  • 1. Dan Stev
  • 2. Scott Callaghan
  • 3. Dan Gibbs
  • 4. Jake Jephson
  • 5. Scott Tipper
  • 6. Ash Hunter
  • 7. Ryan Hallett
  • 8. Jake Ebling
  • 9. Dion Jarvis
  • 10. Hayden Briggs
  • 11. Jack Kates
  • 12. Jake Fuller
  • 13.
  • 14. Luke Richards
  • 15. Craig Rennie
  • 16. Nathan Madgwick

League round up

Other Premier Division results

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2
Newhaven
1
2
Horsham YMCA
Eastbourne Town
4
2

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Haywards Heath Town 38 83
2. Three Bridges 38 82
3. Pagham 38 75
4. Horsham YMCA 38 71
5. Eastbourne Town 38 69
6. Chichester City 38 68
7. Peacehaven & Tels. 38 68

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