1st lose to Horsham 2 - 0
By Mark Beard
It would be difficult to dispute that Horsham deserved the three points, but this was generally a below par performance from Bridges, although debutants Dean Gunner and Reece Hallard showed their worth.
With both Joe Tennent and Alex Clark missing through suspension and Lee Hall away for the weekend, a few tweaks were necessary, but the visitors were soon having to defend and it needed a last ditch clearance to deny Chris Smith inside the first ten minutes. With just 18 minutes on the clock, Horsham went ahead when Harvey Sparks brilliantly kept the ball in play with a header near the half way line and sent the dangerous Lee Harding skipping away down the left flank. His low cross was met by Kieran Lavery for the all important opening goal.
Both sides then tried efforts from distance, Hallard seeing a thirty yard lob flash just wide and Dean Lovegrove seeing his effort safely held by James Shaw. A good run by Harding ended with a poor finish, whilst Josh Pelling certainly looked acrobatic as he dived to save a good lob from George Gaskin.
The half ended with a decent drive by Connor French being held, but neither side really had that many clear cut chances at that stage.
French saw an early second half effort cleared for a corner and Ibby Akanbi almost made it a perfect start from the substitute’s bench with a dynamic run but he shot well wide as he closed in on goal.
Lavery missed a golden opportunity as he blasted over from six yards following good work by Smith, whilst Horsham skipper Jack Brivio was unlucky with a good strike that went just wide of Shaw’s goal. Gaskin couldn’t quite reach a good cross by French, but at least there was still a chance for Bridges at this stage of the game.
Gunner, Antone Douglas and Nathan Simpson seemed to be handling everything well in defense, but the whole team were caught after 79 minutes. Antwon McKenzie hesitated to take a shot on the edge of Horsham’s box, and the clearance found Tyrell Richardson-Brown on the left just inside his own half. He skillfully controlled the ball and sped away before laying it into the path of Jack Brivio for a simple finish.
Game over but Bridges need to learn from this and get back to winning ways after taking just one point from the seven games played in 2019 so far!
Aerotron Man of the Match: Dean Gunner
Bridges have two home matches in the next week, starting with the visit of Herne Bay to the Jubilee Field this Saturday (23rd) and then entertaining Sittingbourne next Tuesday (26th). Bridges won away to both these sides, but they have both shown an upturn in results in the last couple of weeks.
Report by Alf Blackler