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Herne Bay
Three Bridges
Full time
C French (42', 43', 79')
Sat 1 Dec 15:00 - The Bostik Football League - South East Division Attendance 163

1st beat Herne Bay 0 - 3

Bridges win at Herne Bay

Three welcome points against the bottom side, with the perfect hat trick of left foot, right foot and header by Connor French, who stole the Man of the Match honours on a day when there were probably three or four other contenders for that award.

Jensen Grant was immense in midfield and had the first chance with a header from Nathan Simpson’s cross. With the home side looking reluctant to attack in numbers, it was no surprise that Bridges looked the more dangerous throughout the first half with newcomer John Ufuah, the excellent Olumide Oluwatimilehin and Alex Clark all seeing efforts cleared for corners. Ibby Akanbi was also looking in top form and he was denied by the feet of experienced keeper Simon Overland after a neat pass from French.

Herne Bay at last responded after 36 minutes with a lovely cross by Alex Mulrooney-Skinner that finished with Tom Carlton driving just wide of the far post. And their liveliest player Sonny Black had a shot blocked soon after.

But it was a false dawn for them as Bridges took the lead three minutes before the interval. Akanbi played the ball wide to Clark, whose cross to the near post was bundled home by French, and just two minutes later Akanbi crossed from the left to French, who had his back to goal but turned brilliantly to net his second.

Having seen a two goal advantage overturned only a week earlier, Bridges had a scare inside the first minute of the second half as Jake Embery ran through, but James Shaw denied him brilliantly. French then fired over from Oluwatimilehin’s cross before Bradley Schafer headed wide after stealing into space at a corner.

But it was Bridges who continued to look the more likely to score as Clark had a shot blocked after being sent clear by Ikanbi, who volleyed wide himself following another superb cross by Oluwatimilehin. And after 77 minutes a great run by Clark on the right, who left the unfortunate Raphe Brown struggling in his wake, finished with another delightful cross for French to almost casually head past Overland.

More chances came with Akanbi seeing a free kick held, whilst Overland was kept busy as he blocked a good effort by Mason Doughty, whose follow up header was then cleared before Clark blasted the loose ball wide. And two minutes into added time, there was another good block to deny the tireless Akanbi.

Aerotron Man of the Match: Connor French.

Report by Alf Blackler

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Connor French

Player of the Match

Connor French

Key moments

42:00
Goal Connor French scores for Three Bridges
43:00
Goal Connor French scores for Three Bridges
79:00
Goal Connor French scores for Three Bridges

Highlights

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90:00 Player of the Match
Connor French is awarded player of the match for Three Bridges
86:00 Sub On
Mason Doughty is substituted on for Three Bridges
86:00 Sub Off
Connor French is substituted off for Three Bridges
83:00 Sub On
Euan Morgan Sahadow is substituted on for Herne Bay
83:00 Sub Off
Raphe Brown is substituted off for Herne Bay
79:00 Goal 0 - 3
Connor French scores for Three Bridges
75:00 Sub Off
Jake Embery is substituted off for Herne Bay
75:00 Sub On
Substitution on for Herne Bay
72:00 Sub Off
John Ufuah is substituted off for Three Bridges
72:00 Sub On
Kelvin Adjei is substituted on for Three Bridges
67:00 Sub Off
Alexander Mulrooney-Skinner is substituted off for Herne Bay
67:00 Sub On
Jaen Kinsaba-Musi is substituted on for Herne Bay
End of period 1
43:00 Goal 0 - 2
Connor French scores for Three Bridges
42:00 Goal 0 - 1
Connor French scores for Three Bridges
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As it happened

  • Herne Bay
  • Three Bridges
  • 0
  • Connor French Goal 42:00'
  • Connor French Goal 43:00'
  • Jaen Kinsaba-Musi Sub On 67:00'
  • Alexander Mulrooney-Skinner Sub Off 67:00'
  • John Ufuah Sub Off 72:00'
  • Kelvin Adjei Sub On 72:00'
  • Jake Embery Sub Off 75:00'
  • Sub On 75:00'
  • Connor French Goal 79:00'
  • Raphe Brown Sub Off 83:00'
  • Euan Morgan Sahadow Sub On 83:00'
  • Connor French Sub Off 86:00'
  • Mason Doughty Sub On 86:00'

Team selection

Herne Bay
  • 1. Simon Overland
  • 2. Simon Kabamba
  • 3. Raphe Brown
  • 4. Ben Gorham
  • 5. Danny Rumbol
  • 6. Sonny Black
  • 7. Bradley Schafer
  • 8. Thomas Carlton
  • 9. Jake Embery
  • 10. Miles Cornwell
  • 11. Alexander Mulrooney-Skinner
  • 12. Euan Morgan Sahadow
  • 13.
  • 14. Jaen Kinsaba-Musi
  • 15. Michael Freiter
  • 16. James White
  • 17. Thomas Barton

League round up

Other South East Division results

Guernsey
0
2
Hythe Town
Hastings United
2
3
East Grinstead Town
Horsham
4
0
Whitstable Town
1
2
Ashford United
1
3
Sevenoaks Town
Whyteleafe
6
0

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# Team Pl Pts
9. VCD Athletic 14 22
10. Sevenoaks Town 15 21
11. Three Bridges 15 19
12. Guernsey 16 18
13. Whitstable Town 15 18
14. Ramsgate 15 17
15. East Grinstead Town 15 17

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