1st lose to Guernsey 0-5
By Mark Beard
What can only be described as an absolute disaster for Bridges, who looked poor all over the pitch. Two goals down inside 12 minutes, they somehow managed to prevent their Channel Island visitors from adding to that tally before the interval but then conceded three more in a nightmare seven minute spell midway through the second half.
There were too many below-par performances on a bad afternoon for Martin Dynan's team, although young defender Tadley Bromage looked comfortable for much of the game and two other youngsters, Mason Doughty and Dan Da Costa e Silva, looked lively when they came on, although by then the damage had been done and they had nothing to lose.
Guernsey broke quickly to score after just 7 minutes as Matt Loaring played the ball inside to Dave Rihoy, who drove into the far corner of the net. Lee Hall almost levelled but his header was wide after a nice cross by Tyrone Berry, who battled away without much joy.
A low cross after 12 minutes was then tucked in by Matt Loaring, and after a John Lansdale corner had been palmed away, Kieron Thorp was called upon to block as Will Fazakerley broke through.
Jamie Dodd was just wide with a free kick harshly awarded against Jamie Crellin, but Bridges at least showed some spirit and Guernsey keeper had to make two saves against difficult bouncy shots from Jamie Taylor, who also slipped a fine ball through to the otherwise underfed Trevor McCreadie, who fired over. McCreadie has been a renowned goal scorer for a few years now, but he needs better service than what he received in this game!
The game seemed to be drifting into something of a stalemate which gave Bridges fans hope of a comeback, but a poor clearance by Thorp after 62 minutes led to Loaring setting up Will Fazakerley for a simple tap in and four minutes later a foul by Lansdale on Fazakerley gave Dave Loaring the chance to net from the spot.
Three further minutes on and it was five from a side who themselves had conceded six goals in their opening two League fixtures, this time substitute Carlos Canha running through unchallenged to drive home.
There were a couple of half chances for Omar Folkes in the closing stages, but this was an embarrassing performance by Bridges in front of a decent sized crowd.
Match highlights at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tNzfpS6P-hE
Aerotron Man of the Match: TADLEY BROMAGE