1st lose to Hythe Town 1 - 0
By Mark Beard
Bridges lose away
An out of the blue goal after seventy minutes left Bridges on the losing side again, but this was a game that looked a draw for long periods of the game.
Although James Shaw had to tip over an early effort from Ryan Palmer, it was Hythe’s charismatic keeper George Kamurasi who was the busier in a first half where Bridges often looked dangerous. John Ufuah was getting plenty of the ball in wide positions and his crosses deserved better finishes, but Kamurasi made a series of decent blocks from Connor French, Alex Clark and Ibby Akanbi as well as Ufuah himself.
Shaw needed to be alert to keep out efforts from Palmer and Zak Ansah, but Akanbi forced the home keeper to three good saves and the half ended with a shot from the edge of the box by Brannon O’Neill being comfortably held.
O’Neill and Jensen Grant had been bossing the midfield, but the second half saw precious few shots from either side. Shaw made a decent save from Ansah and Ufuah, nicely set up by French, fired over after being forced wide. But the final ball was often a let down and therefore Hythe left back Elliot Capel decided to try from distance. It looked to be a hopeful chip into the box at first, but Shaw was deceived by the flight and Hythe were suddenly celebrating what had looked an unlikely winner.
And to make matters worse for the visitors, Joe Tennant, having already been cautioned for dissent as he complained about constantly being held in the box at dead ball situations, reacted to an injury time shove by Kamurasi and was shown a second yellow card deep into added time!
Aerotron Man of the Match: Jensen Grant
Report by Alf Blackler