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Three Bridges
K Lavery (18'), J Brivio (79')
Full time
Sat 16 Feb 15:00 - The Bostik Football League - South East Division Attendance 182

1st lose to Horsham 2 - 0


Derby defeat

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.

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Dean Gunner

Player of the Match

Dean Gunner

Key moments

Goal Kieran Lavery scores for Horsham
Goal Jack Brivio scores for Horsham


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90:00 Player of the Match
Dean Gunner is awarded player of the match for Three Bridges
84:00 Yellow Card
Brannon O'Neill is yellow carded for Three Bridges
82:00 Sub Off
Dean Lovegrove is substituted off for Horsham
82:00 Sub On
Scott Kirkwood is substituted on for Horsham
79:00 Goal 2 - 0
Jack Brivio scores for Horsham
74:00 Yellow Card
Harvey Sparks is yellow carded for Horsham
68:00 Yellow Card
Joe Shelley is yellow carded for Horsham
67:00 Sub On
Antwon McKenzie is substituted on for Three Bridges
67:00 Sub Off
George Gaskin is substituted off for Three Bridges
66:00 Sub Off
Kieran Lavery is substituted off for Horsham
66:00 Sub On
Tyrell Richardson-Brown is substituted on for Horsham
57:00 Sub On
Ibby Akanbi is substituted on for Three Bridges
57:00 Sub Off
John Ufuah is substituted off for Three Bridges
45:00 Yellow Card
Reece Hallard is yellow carded for Three Bridges
End of period 1
41:00 Yellow Card
Jensen Grant is yellow carded for Three Bridges
24:00 Sub On
Dylan Merchant-Simmons is substituted on for Horsham
24:00 Sub Off
Will Miles is substituted off for Horsham
18:00 Goal 1 - 0
Kieran Lavery scores for Horsham
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Horsham
  • Three Bridges
  • 0
  • Kieran Lavery Goal 18:00'
  • Will Miles Sub Off 24:00'
  • Dylan Merchant-Simmons Sub On 24:00'
  • Jensen Grant Yellow Card 41:00'
  • Reece Hallard Yellow Card 45:00'
  • John Ufuah Sub Off 57:00'
  • Ibby Akanbi Sub On 57:00'
  • Kieran Lavery Sub Off 66:00'
  • Tyrell Richardson-Brown Sub On 66:00'
  • George Gaskin Sub Off 67:00'
  • Antwon McKenzie Sub On 67:00'
  • Joe Shelley Yellow Card 68:00'
  • Harvey Sparks Yellow Card 74:00'
  • Jack Brivio Goal 79:00'
  • Dean Lovegrove Sub Off 82:00'
  • Scott Kirkwood Sub On 82:00'
  • Brannon O'Neill Yellow Card 84:00'

Team selection

  • 1. Josh Pelling
  • 2. Steve Metcalf
  • 3. Harvey Sparks
  • 4. Dean Lovegrove
  • 5. Joe Shelley
  • 6. Will Miles
  • 7. Kieran Lavery
  • 8. Jack Brivio
  • 9. Rob O'Toole
  • 10. Chris Smith
  • 11. Lee Harding
  • 12. Dylan Merchant-Simmons
  • 13. Dan Hogan
  • 14. Scott Kirkwood
  • 15. Tyrell Richardson-Brown
  • 16. Tom Baxter

League round up

Other South East Division results

Hythe Town
Hastings United
Ashford United
Cray Wanderers
East Grinstead Town


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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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