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Cray Wanderers
Three Bridges
A Johnson (98')
Full time
C French (71' Sent Off)
Sun 6 Jan 15:00 - The Bostik Football League - South East Division Attendance 156

1st lose to Cray Wanderers 1 - 0

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91st minute goal results in defeat to league leaders

After finishing the old year with a 91st minute winner, Bridges were on the receiving end of a last gasp goal seven minutes into added time away to runaway League leaders Cray Wanderers, who have only lost one League match all season to date!

The self proclaimed oldest team in London (having been founded in 1860) were the better side overall, but Bridges proved a tough nut to crack and might have snatched a winner themselves with twenty minutes remaining, George Gaskin's powerful drive flashing just wide of the post with keeper Nick Blue well beaten.

Ben Mundele and Joe Taylor had early chances for Cray, who suffered a blow when Aaron Rhule fell foul of the 4G pitch with a knee injury. Connor French tested Blue as Bridges began to show glimpses of the form that earned Martin Dynan the December Manager of the Month award, but Cray hit back with playmaker Tom Phipps striking the bar from a free kick and Bradley Pritchard's follow up being kept out by James Shaw's feet, one of three such saves made by the Bridges keeper.

A mini fracas shortly before the break was not indicative of the general competitiveness of the game, although the visitors felt that Cray were guilty sometimes of going to ground far too easily.

Ibby Akanbi forced Blue to a good stop whilst French headed over from Ikanbi's excellent cross just before the interval, but a combination of good goalkeeping, stubborn defending and dreadful finishing kept the game goalless. Taylor and Phipps both missed good chances but equally were denied by Shaw, and there was even a goal line clearance as Cray took advantage of Bridges being reduced to ten men after 72 minutes when French kicked the ball away just four minutes of being cautioned - rather unluckily - for a challenge on Blue.

Many of the visiting supporters were surprised to see the influential Phipps replaced with time running out, but it proved a masterstroke as Cray made one last attack and Phipps' replacement ARCHIE JOHNSON struck from just outside the box. It was cruel on Bridges, but they know that they are capable of competing with the best on this display.

This Saturday Bridges are back at home with VCD Athletic being the visitors.

Report by Alf Blackler

Antone Douglas

Player of the Match

Antone Douglas

Key moments

71:00
Red Card Connor French is sent off for Three Bridges
90:00 +8:00
Goal Archie Johnson scores for Cray Wanderers

Highlights

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90:00 +8:00 Goal 1 - 0
Archie Johnson scores for Cray Wanderers
90:00 +1:00 Yellow Card
Antone Douglas is yellow carded for Three Bridges
90:00 Player of the Match
Antone Douglas is awarded player of the match for Three Bridges
88:00 Sub On
Darryl Siaw is substituted on for Three Bridges
88:00 Sub Off
George Gaskin is substituted off for Three Bridges
86:00 Yellow Card
John Ufuah is yellow carded for Three Bridges
82:00 Sub On
Alex Clark is substituted on for Three Bridges
82:00 Sub Off
Ibby Akanbi is substituted off for Three Bridges
77:00 Sub Off
Karl Dent is substituted off for Cray Wanderers
77:00 Sub On
Archie Johnson is substituted on for Cray Wanderers
73:00 Sub On
Freddie Parker is substituted on for Cray Wanderers
73:00 Sub Off
Jerome Frederico is substituted off for Cray Wanderers
71:00 Red Card 0 - 0
Connor French is sent off for Three Bridges
68:00 Yellow Card
Connor French is yellow carded for Three Bridges
End of period 1
35:00 Yellow Card
Brannon O'Neill is yellow carded for Three Bridges
34:00 Yellow Card
Joseph Taylor is yellow carded for Cray Wanderers
29:00 Yellow Card
Toyo Adeshina is yellow carded for Three Bridges
10:00 Sub Off
Aaron Rhule is substituted off for Cray Wanderers
10:00 Sub On
Danial Uchechi is substituted on for Cray Wanderers
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Cray Wanderers
  • Three Bridges
  • 0
  • Aaron Rhule Sub Off 10:00'
  • Danial Uchechi Sub On 10:00'
  • Toyo Adeshina Yellow Card 29:00'
  • Joseph Taylor Yellow Card 34:00'
  • Brannon O'Neill Yellow Card 35:00'
  • Connor French Yellow Card 68:00'
  • Connor French Red Card 71:00'
  • Jerome Frederico Sub Off 73:00'
  • Freddie Parker Sub On 73:00'
  • Karl Dent Sub Off 77:00'
  • Archie Johnson Sub On 77:00'
  • Ibby Akanbi Sub Off 82:00'
  • Alex Clark Sub On 82:00'
  • John Ufuah Yellow Card 86:00'
  • George Gaskin Sub Off 88:00'
  • Darryl Siaw Sub On 88:00'
  • Antone Douglas Yellow Card 90:00 +1:00'
  • Archie Johnson Goal 90:00 +8:00'

Team selection

Cray Wanderers
  • 1. Nick Blue
  • 2. Ben Mundele
  • 3. Barney Williams
  • 4. Jay Leader
  • 5. Mitchell Nelson
  • 6. Bradley Pritchard
  • 7. Karl Dent
  • 8. Tom Phipp
  • 9. Joseph Taylor
  • 10. Aaron Rhule
  • 11. Jerome Frederico
  • 12. Freddie Parker
  • 13. Danial Uchechi
  • 14. Sean Roberts
  • 15. Archie Johnson
  • 16. Marcus Evans

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
12. Whitstable Town 36 43
13. East Grinstead Town 36 41
14. Three Bridges 36 41
15. Herne Bay 36 38
16. Sittingbourne 36 37
17. Faversham Town 36 37
18. Guernsey 36 30

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