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1st - Match centre

Ashford United
Three Bridges
S Corne (37', 90')
Full time
I Akanbi (11', 89'), M Doughty (80'), T Carlse (35' OG)
Sat 6 Oct 15:00 - The Bostik Football League - South East Division Attendance 190

1st beat Ashford United 2 - 4

We win away!

A resilient performance from Three Bridges saw them ride out as 4-2 winners away at Ashford. Two goals in either half saw Bridge pick up a vital three points whilst handing starts to two knew signings, Ibby Akanbi and Olumide Oluwatimilehn.

The first ten minutes of the tie was very evenly matched with neither side making any clear cut chances but on ten minutes that all changed in Bridges' favour when a lovely ball was delivered into the box and Ibby Akanbi met it with a sweet header in off the bar for a debut goal and to give Bridges an early lead in the fixture. Bridges could have had another three minutes later after Jensen Grant intercepted on the edge of the Ashford box but French fired wide.

Ashford began to settle and should have equalised after Lee Hall was disposed on the edge of the area by Stefan Cox but his shot was tame and Giovanni Porciatti got down well to save. Ashford maintained the pressure with a few corners and free kicks cleared and it looked like they were going to get an equaliser but then Bridges hit on the counter from a corner. Akanbi played Mason Doughty down the left and he fizzed the ball into the danger area and Ashford defender TOM CARLSE slid in to intercept but instead turned the ball into his own net to give Bridges a two goal lead.

This was quickly reduced by Ashford as the ball fell to Sam Corne in the box. He was challenged and fell to the ground obstructing the ball with what looked like his hand before getting up and smashing past Porciatti with Bridges furious with the referee that the handball was not given. Akanbi could have added another to his tally just before half time after excellent work to dispossess Josh Wisson and then hold him off before curling an effort that was well saved by Sam Mott to keep the score at 2-1 going into half time.

Ashford started the second half much the better side with Bridges happy to sit back and soak up the pressure and in the 56th minute they had a great chance to equalise with a free kick just on the edge of the box - a real scoring opportunity but Fidan Fejzi blazed his effort over the bar.

Another couple of chances came their way minutes later. First Porciatti pushed Cox’s effort around the post and then Harry Ottaway volleyed from a corner but was excellently blocked by a combination of Bridges defenders. Porciatti then pulled off an outstanding save after Lanre Azeez put an inviting ball into the box, Wisson rose highest and headed towards goal which looked destined to hit the back of the net but Porciatti acrobatically dived to his right to push away for a corner.

Then came a moment of magic for Three bridges when a Lee Hall corner was nearly turned in by an Ashford defender but the ball was eventually cleared up rather than out towards the edge. This is where Mason Doughty was waiting and with outstanding technique he smashed the ball into the bottom corner to send Bridges wild and make the score 3-1 in the 79th minute. It just got better for Bridges in the 88th minute when Ibby Akanbi picked the ball up in the middle and with great skill took it past two defenders before belting it into the bottom corner for his second and Bridges' fourth.

The referee added four minutes on at the end of the game which allowed Sam Corne to score an excellent acrobatic goal but this was nothing more than a consolation as Bridges rode out 4-2 winners in an excellent victory.

Three Bridges# next game sees them face up to Molesey FC In the Buildbase FA Trophy Preliminary Round at Jubilee Field on 13th October 2018 - 15:00 kick off.

Report by Sam Gadsdon

Train with the Best - Win a training session with the England 6-a-side squad

Ibby Akanbi

Player of the Match

Ibby Akanbi

Key moments

11:00
Goal Ibby Akanbi scores for Three Bridges
35:00
Own Goal Tom Carlse scores an own goal
37:00
Goal Sam Corne scores for Ashford United
80:00
Goal Mason Doughty scores for Three Bridges
89:00
Goal Ibby Akanbi scores for Three Bridges
90:00
Goal Sam Corne scores for Ashford United

Highlights

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90:00 Goal 2 - 4
Sam Corne scores for Ashford United
90:00 Sub Off
Mason Doughty is substituted off for Three Bridges
90:00 Sub On
Tyrone Berry is substituted on for Three Bridges
90:00 Sub Off
Ibby Akanbi is substituted off for Three Bridges
90:00 Player of the Match
Ibby Akanbi is awarded player of the match for Three Bridges
90:00 Sub On
Kelvin Adjei is substituted on for Three Bridges
89:00 Goal 1 - 4
Ibby Akanbi scores for Three Bridges
84:00 Sub On
Clark Woodcock is substituted on for Ashford United
84:00 Sub Off
Harry Ottaway is substituted off for Ashford United
80:00 Goal 1 - 3
Mason Doughty scores for Three Bridges
79:00 Yellow Card
Jensen Grant is yellow carded for Three Bridges
76:00 Sub On
Omar Folkes is substituted on for Three Bridges
76:00 Sub Off
Connor French is substituted off for Three Bridges
69:00 Yellow Card
Olumide Oluwatimilehin is yellow carded for Three Bridges
65:00 Sub On
Matt Day is substituted on for Ashford United
65:00 Sub Off
Fidan Fejzi is substituted off for Ashford United
65:00 Sub Off
Stefan Cox is substituted off for Ashford United
65:00 Sub On
Ambrose Gnahore is substituted on for Ashford United
49:00 Yellow Card
Connor French is yellow carded for Three Bridges
End of period 1
37:00 Goal 1 - 2
Sam Corne scores for Ashford United
35:00 Own Goal 0 - 2
Tom Carlse scores an own goal
11:00 Goal 0 - 1
Ibby Akanbi scores for Three Bridges
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As it happened

  • Ashford United
  • Three Bridges
  • 0
  • Ibby Akanbi Goal 11:00'
  • Tom Carlse Own Goal 35:00'
  • Sam Corne Goal 37:00'
  • Connor French Yellow Card 49:00'
  • Stefan Cox Sub Off 65:00'
  • Ambrose Gnahore Sub On 65:00'
  • Fidan Fejzi Sub Off 65:00'
  • Matt Day Sub On 65:00'
  • Olumide Oluwatimilehin Yellow Card 69:00'
  • Connor French Sub Off 76:00'
  • Omar Folkes Sub On 76:00'
  • Jensen Grant Yellow Card 79:00'
  • Mason Doughty Goal 80:00'
  • Clark Woodcock Sub On 84:00'
  • Harry Ottaway Sub Off 84:00'
  • Ibby Akanbi Goal 89:00'
  • Ibby Akanbi Sub Off 90:00'
  • Kelvin Adjei Sub On 90:00'
  • Tyrone Berry Sub On 90:00'
  • Mason Doughty Sub Off 90:00'
  • Sam Corne Goal 90:00'

Team selection

Ashford United
  • 1. Sam Mott
  • 2. Siao Blackwood
  • 3. Tom Carlse
  • 4. Fidan Fejzi
  • 5. Ollie Rowe
  • 6. Josh Wisson
  • 7. Sam Corne
  • 8. Lea Dawson
  • 9. Harry Ottaway
  • 10. Stefan Cox
  • 11. Lanre Azeez
  • 12. Ambrose Gnahore
  • 13. Clark Woodcock
  • 14. Matt Day
  • 15. Brandon Williams
  • 16. Charlie Wealands

League round up

Other South East Division results

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7
2
East Grinstead Town
1
1
Sevenoaks Town
2
0
Sittingbourne
Hythe Town
3
0
2
2
Whyteleafe
Whitstable Town
2
0

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# Team Pl Pts
13. Ramsgate 15 17
14. East Grinstead Town 15 17
15. Three Bridges 14 16
16. Faversham Town 15 15
17. Sittingbourne 14 14
18. Greenwich Borough 15 12
19. Herne Bay 15 8

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