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Phoenix Sports
Three Bridges
K Ansah (17', 38'), A Aldridge (26'), J Duah-Kessie (35', 51')
Full time
C French (66' Pen, 78')
Sat 18 Aug 15:00 - The Bostik Football League - South East Division Attendance 83

Phoenix Sports 5-1 Three Bridges 1st

Not the most auspicious start to Bridges' League campaign

Not the most auspicious start to Bridges' League campaign, the damage being done in a half hour period where Phoenix didn't seem to be capable of making mistakes!

The first quarter of an hour was even with both sides creating half chances. Lee Hall drove just wide after good work involving Alex Laing and Trevor McCreadie, whilst Kieron Thorp held a decent effort from Alfie Aldridge.

The dangerous Kweku Ansah put a good chance over the bar before a great ball by Jensen Grant found the ever busy Laing, who tried to pass when a shot might well have been the better option.

Nathan Simpson was forced to make a goal-line clearance to keep out a solid header by Jack Barry, and Bridges responded with great work by McCreadie ending with a shot that was just over the bar.

But after seventeen minutes a cross from the far right by ANSAH sailed over Thorp's head into the far corner. A fluke possibly and Ansah looked suitably surprised, but they had earned the right to take the lead with a number of devastating breaks.

There were no flukes between then and the rest of the first half as they added three more goals before the interval, the first of these coming after 26 minutes. Barry was unlucky again as his rasping drive deflected onto the crossbar, but the ball fell for ALDRIDGE to rifle home.

The sheer strength of JEFF DUAH-KESSIE led to him forcing his way through to net after 35 minutes, but two minutes later Bradley Peters saw a header cleared from John Lansdale's corner. The following corner was played back to Liam Collins, whose chip into the box was cleared leaving Bridges totally open to a break. ANSAH duly finished to leave the Bridges players red faced with embarassment and the Bridges Management team red faced with fury!

A noisy half time talk didn't seem to work as within five minutes another swift counter attack ended with DUAH-KESSIE again holding off everyone to drill past a helpless Thorp, and Martin Dynan now decided to make a couple of changes.

Samuel Da Costa Silva looked lively on his debut, but it was Connor French, having served a one match suspension on the opening day of the season at Crawley Down, who suddenly had Phoenix on the back foot.

He seemed to liven up the whole Bridges team and it wasn't long before Grant was just wide from an excellent Simpson cross. And on the hour a foul on Laing led to a penalty which FRENCH coolly drove beyond Steve Phillips.

Two minutes later Phillips made a superb block to deny French and the keeper then had to deal with a good effort from Jamie Taylor on the turn. But after 71 minutes Hall supplied the perfect pass for FRENCH to again show his strength and quality for his and Bridges' second.

Another Bridges substitute, Mason Doughty, tested Phillips after the youngster had cut inside and produced a good effort, but it was too much to expect Bridges to produce a sensational comeback against a strong pacy side like Phoenix.

Aerotron Man of the Match: Connor French

Connor French

Player of the Match

Connor French

Key moments

17:00
Goal Kweku Ansah scores for Phoenix Sports
26:00
Goal Alfie Aldridge scores for Phoenix Sports
35:00
Goal Jeff Duah-Kessie scores for Phoenix Sports
38:00
Goal Kweku Ansah scores for Phoenix Sports
51:00
Goal Jeff Duah-Kessie scores for Phoenix Sports
66:00
Scored Penalty Connor French scores a penalty for Three Bridges
78:00
Goal Connor French scores for Three Bridges

Highlights

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90:00 Sub On
Tarik Abraham is substituted on for Phoenix Sports
90:00 Sub Off
Alfie Aldridge is substituted off for Phoenix Sports
90:00 Player of the Match
Connor French is awarded player of the match for Three Bridges
90:00 Yellow Card
Lee Hall is yellow carded for Three Bridges
88:00 Yellow Card
Connor French is yellow carded for Three Bridges
80:00 Sub Off
Jensen Grant is substituted off for Three Bridges
80:00 Sub On
Lee Bird is substituted on for Phoenix Sports
80:00 Sub Off
Jeff Duah-Kessie is substituted off for Phoenix Sports
80:00 Sub On
Mason Doughty is substituted on for Three Bridges
78:00 Goal 5 - 2
Connor French scores for Three Bridges
66:00 Scored Penalty 5 - 1
Connor French scores a penalty for Three Bridges
56:00 Sub On
Daniel Da Costa e Silva is substituted on for Three Bridges
56:00 Sub Off
John Lansdale is substituted off for Three Bridges
55:00 Sub Off
Trevor McCreadie is substituted off for Three Bridges
55:00 Sub On
Connor French is substituted on for Three Bridges
53:00 Sub On
Aileru Kehinde is substituted on for Phoenix Sports
53:00 Sub Off
Tony Robinson is substituted off for Phoenix Sports
51:00 Goal 5 - 0
Jeff Duah-Kessie scores for Phoenix Sports
End of period 1
38:00 Goal 4 - 0
Kweku Ansah scores for Phoenix Sports
35:00 Goal 3 - 0
Jeff Duah-Kessie scores for Phoenix Sports
26:00 Goal 2 - 0
Alfie Aldridge scores for Phoenix Sports
17:00 Goal 1 - 0
Kweku Ansah scores for Phoenix Sports
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As it happened

  • Phoenix Sports
  • Three Bridges
  • 0
  • Kweku Ansah Goal 17:00'
  • Alfie Aldridge Goal 26:00'
  • Jeff Duah-Kessie Goal 35:00'
  • Kweku Ansah Goal 38:00'
  • Jeff Duah-Kessie Goal 51:00'
  • Tony Robinson Sub Off 53:00'
  • Aileru Kehinde Sub On 53:00'
  • Connor French Sub On 55:00'
  • Trevor McCreadie Sub Off 55:00'
  • John Lansdale Sub Off 56:00'
  • Daniel Da Costa e Silva Sub On 56:00'
  • Connor French Scored Penalty 66:00'
  • Connor French Goal 78:00'
  • Jeff Duah-Kessie Sub Off 80:00'
  • Jensen Grant Sub Off 80:00'
  • Mason Doughty Sub On 80:00'
  • Lee Bird Sub On 80:00'
  • Connor French Yellow Card 88:00'
  • Lee Hall Yellow Card 90:00'
  • Alfie Aldridge Sub Off 90:00'
  • Tarik Abraham Sub On 90:00'

Team selection

Three Bridges
Phoenix Sports
  • 1. Steve Phillips
  • 2. Ryan Andrews
  • 3. Lewis Mingle
  • 4. Zak Bryon
  • 5. Danny Young
  • 6. Jack Barry
  • 7. Tony Robinson
  • 8. Lewis Clarke
  • 9. Jeff Duah-Kessie
  • 10. Kweku Ansah
  • 11. Alfie Aldridge
  • 12. Lee Bird
  • 13. Aileru Kehinde
  • 14. Tarik Abraham
  • 15. Kyren Mundle-Smith

League round up

Other South East Division results

Guernsey
0
3
Ashford United
0
1
Whyteleafe
Hythe Town
3
0
East Grinstead Town
2
3
Hastings United
Sevenoaks Town
1
2
Horsham
Sittingbourne
4
2

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# Team Pl Pts
14. East Grinstead Town 10 11
15. Faversham Town 10 11
16. Three Bridges 10 7
17. Greenwich Borough 8 6
18. Guernsey 10 6
19. Herne Bay 8 5
20. Thamesmead Town 7 3

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