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Three Bridges
Haywards Heath Town
C French (38'), B O'Neill (43'), G Gaskin (57'), A Clark (63' Sent Off)
Full time
C Saunders (25', 71'), A Laing (58'), N Cooper (99')
Tue 5 Feb 19:45 - The Bostik Football League - South East Division Attendance 92

1st lose to Haywards Heath Town 3-4

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Another added time goal, another 1 goal deficit

Bridges continue the search for their first win in 2019 after falling to a disappointing 3-4 loss at home to Haywards Heath Town.

Despite leading 3-1 early in the second half Bridges conceded the lead and fell to a last minute winner from Nathan Cooper after Shaw had saved a penalty moments before. A dramatic end to the game which was perhaps undeserved in the tough conditions.

It rained for 90 minutes at Jubilee Field which led to a sloppy start from both sides with neither side creating any convincing attacks in the first 10 minutes. The first real chance fell to Bridges after a good delivery was sent in by Alex Clarke perfectly to Connor French but he skewed his header wide.

This set the tone early on and Bridges had an even better chance to take the lead three minutes later. French twisted and turned in the box before scooping the ball into the feet of George Gaskin who had just the keeper to beat, but a heroic block from a Hayward’s Heath defender saw the ball bounce out for a corner with Bridges denied a certain goal.

This seemed to spur life into Haywards Heath and they started to make some chances of their own albeit nothing convincing enough to trouble Shaw in goal - that was until the 25th minute when Callum Saunders hit a dipping shot from 20 yards which bounced right in front of a diving Shaw who couldn’t do enough to tip it round the post and Heath took the lead against the run of play.

This didn’t put Bridges off and by the 36th minute they got a deserved equaliser. A great ball was delivered into the box and a good layoff from Gaskin saw Connor French free to side foot the ball into the top corner great goal.

This really got Bridges going and it took just six minutes to take the lead after a good switch of play by Joe Tennent and a delightful touch from Gaskin which enabled him to slide in Brannon O'Neill who took the shot early with the left foot from 20 yards and it curled in at the near post - an incredible finish to see Bridges take the lead into half time.

However, it was Haywards Heath who started the second half better and Shaw had to make a good save within the opening five minutes, But in the 57th minute Bridges added another goal to make it 3-1. A corner on the right wing was whipped in by O’Neill towards George Gaskin who took a touch and volleyed home at the near post with a very well taken goal.

A minute later however Heath won a free kick in an almost identical area and Alex Laing, the former Bridges winger, headed home at the near post. Laing was right in the thick of the action minutes later as Alex Clark was running down the wing and Laing chopped him down. Clark reacted badly and was sent off for his actions, leaving Bridges to try and hold on with ten men and 30 minutes on the clock.

In the 71st minute came a moment of pure madness when Haywards Heath received a free kick a few feet inside the Bridges half. Callum Saunders stood over it and attempted a shot at goal that looked to be sailing way over and wide but miraculously dipped into the bottom corner from almost the half way line - a truly incredible goal to level the score. Whether Saunders meant it only he will know but a truly spectacular goal nonetheless. Heath nearly took the lead in the 77th minute following a corner but a powerful Laing volley was cleared off the line by Nathan Simpson.

In the 88th minute Laing was forced off on a stretcher after Gaskin clipped him from behind - no malicious intent but Laing seemed in a lot of pain holding his knee. He was carried off the pitch to an applause from both sets of fans.

The referee indicated that 10 minutes will be played from the restart and both teams looked like they were going to settle for a draw. However in the 9th minute of added time Trevor McCreadie, another former Bridges player, went down very soft in the box facing away from goal but the referee deemed it enough to award the last minute penalty that looked to lose bridges the game. Saunders stepped over it with the chance to net his hat trick but Shaw got down well to save and the ball was cleared for a corner. All Bridges had to do was defend the corner to secure a point but Nathan Cooper leaped highest to head home in the last minute.

An unfortunate result for Bridges who deserved more and the game would have been a lot different with 11 men on the field.

Match Highlights can be seen at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hnUWxFfgLxw

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Key moments

25:00
Goal Callum Saunders scores for Haywards Heath Town
38:00
Goal Connor French scores for Three Bridges
43:00
Goal Brannon O'Neill scores for Three Bridges
57:00
Goal George Gaskin scores for Three Bridges
58:00
Goal Alex Laing scores for Haywards Heath Town
63:00
Red Card Alex Clark is sent off for Three Bridges
71:00
Goal Callum Saunders scores for Haywards Heath Town
90:00 +9:00
Goal Nathan Cooper scores for Haywards Heath Town

Highlights

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90:00 +9:00 Goal 3 - 4
Nathan Cooper scores for Haywards Heath Town
90:00 Yellow Card
Antone Douglas is yellow carded for Three Bridges
90:00 Sub Off
George Gaskin is substituted off for Three Bridges
90:00 Sub On
Antwon McKenzie is substituted on for Three Bridges
90:00 Player of the Match
Lee Hall is awarded player of the match for Three Bridges
88:00 Sub On
Alusine Bangura is substituted on for Haywards Heath Town
88:00 Sub Off
Alex Laing is substituted off for Haywards Heath Town
85:00 Yellow Card
George Gaskin is yellow carded for Three Bridges
72:00 Sub On
Trevor McCreadie is substituted on for Haywards Heath Town
71:00 Goal 3 - 3
Callum Saunders scores for Haywards Heath Town
71:00 Sub On
John Ufuah is substituted on for Three Bridges
71:00 Sub Off
Connor French is substituted off for Three Bridges
70:00 Yellow Card
Nathan Simpson is yellow carded for Three Bridges
63:00 Red Card 3 - 2
Alex Clark is sent off for Three Bridges
63:00 Yellow Card
Alex Laing is yellow carded for Haywards Heath Town
58:00 Goal 3 - 2
Alex Laing scores for Haywards Heath Town
57:00 Goal 3 - 1
George Gaskin scores for Three Bridges
End of period 1
43:00 Goal 2 - 1
Brannon O'Neill scores for Three Bridges
38:00 Goal 1 - 1
Connor French scores for Three Bridges
25:00 Goal 0 - 1
Callum Saunders scores for Haywards Heath Town
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Three Bridges
  • Haywards Heath Town
  • 0
  • Callum Saunders Goal 25:00'
  • Connor French Goal 38:00'
  • Brannon O'Neill Goal 43:00'
  • George Gaskin Goal 57:00'
  • Alex Laing Goal 58:00'
  • Alex Clark Red Card 63:00'
  • Alex Laing Yellow Card 63:00'
  • Nathan Simpson Yellow Card 70:00'
  • Connor French Sub Off 71:00'
  • John Ufuah Sub On 71:00'
  • Callum Saunders Goal 71:00'
  • Trevor McCreadie Sub On 72:00'
  • George Gaskin Yellow Card 85:00'
  • Alex Laing Sub Off 88:00'
  • Alusine Bangura Sub On 88:00'
  • George Gaskin Sub Off 90:00'
  • Antwon McKenzie Sub On 90:00'
  • Antone Douglas Yellow Card 90:00'
  • Nathan Cooper Goal 90:00 +9:00'

Team selection

Haywards Heath Town
  • 1. Joshua Heyburn
  • 2. Sean Roddy
  • 3. Luke Robinson
  • 4. Kane Louis
  • 5. Nathan Cooper
  • 6. Joshua Spinks
  • 7. Callum Saunders
  • 8. Naim Rouane
  • 9. Melford Simpson
  • 10. Andrew Dalhouse
  • 11. Alex Laing
  • 12. Trevor McCreadie
  • 13. Omar Folkes
  • 14. Alusine Bangura
  • 15. Tyrese Gray-Branford
  • 16. Ben Caiden

League round up

Other South East Division results

2
1
Hythe Town
Horsham
1
1
Hastings United
Sevenoaks Town
1
1
Sittingbourne
0
2
Ashford United
Whyteleafe
1
3
Cray Wanderers

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# 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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