1st lose to Ashford United 0 - 1
By Lorraine Bonner
Another one goal defeat for Bridges
Following a marvellous December which earned Martin Dynan the Manager of the Month award, Bridges - despite the worsening wet conditions in this match - have had a dry January with only a single point gained from four games in the month.
They certainly defended manfully against an Ashford side whose recent form has shot them up to third place in the table, and the goal that won the match after 59 minutes was hardly one to remember as the ball skirted around the box before Sam Corne got the decisive touch.
James Shaw was certainly the busier of the two keepers , denying both Dan Parish and Trey Williams inside the first ten minutes, but visiting keeper Lee Hook had to be alert too as Bridges got over their early slow start with George Gaskin involved in three decent moves. He saw one header from Brannon O'Neill's corner scrambled away, another header over the bar from Liam Collins' super cross and finally a great long range effort tipped over acrobatically by Hook.
Gaskin also delivered the perfect weighted pass into the path of Alex Clark, who fired just wide of the near post, and Jensen Grant saw another header go wide following another nice cross from Collins.
However, the lively Parish came close with an audacious chip, and the second half began with Shaw blocking him again and Joshua Wisson firing just wide.
After the rather fortuitous goal, Bridges were unlucky on 66 minutes when John Ufuah dragged a shot wide after a challenge by Hook and another defender but there weren't any other serious efforts of note from the home side, their reliance being heavily on the excellent Joe Tennent, who made a number of advances on the Ashford defence.
Shaw was again the saviour as he saved from Wisson following a lovely cross by Jeraid Aboagye, whilst two minutes from time Tennent cleared off the line as Ashford threatened to double their tally.
A disappointing result for Bridges, who really need to find their winning ways again quickly.
Match Highlights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aAxxgzUPuA8
Report by Alf Blackler