1st beat Greenwich Borough 2 - 0
By Lorraine Bonner
First win of 2019
Interim manager, Paul Faili, celebrated both his first home game back in charge and his birthday in style as Three Bridges claimed their first victory of 2019 against bottom side Greenwich Borough with a goal in each half to raise the gap to 7 points between them and bottom.
It was a slow start to the game with neither side creating any attacking threat until Reece Hallard won a free kick on the edge of the box but Brannon O’Neill fired over the bar. Bridges soon found their groove and were nearly ahead after 10 minutes with good play down the right flank from Ibby Akanbi which allowed him to find Olu Oluwatimilehin but his shot was well saved and he could not convert the rebound.
Bridges looked dangerous from corners and Dean Gunner nearly nodded home in the 17th minute but his flick was just wide of the post. Another corner was swung in on 21 minutes but was cleared back to O’Neill who skilfully sliced the ball back into the danger area which was only half cleared and Joe Tennent, with his back to goal, let fly with a fine volley into the bottom corner to give Bridges a deserved 1-0 lead.
Borough nearly found an equaliser against the run of play just 4 minutes later after some pinball in the Bridges box but Luke Leppard’s spectacular effort struck the post, although James Shaw looked to have it covered.
A good strike from Oluwatimilehin nearly found the top corner 10 minutes before the break but Borough keeper Oliver Webber did well to palm the effort away for a corner.
It was an equally slow start to the second half and it took 16 minutes for Bridges to carve out a dangerous attack. A free kick for Borough was cleared by Oluwatimilehin which allowed him to free youngster, Andrew Sesay, who did excellently down the wing before finding Akanbi but the ball got stuck under his feet and his resulting shot flew wide.
A minute later Akanbi was in the thick of it again this time playing a delightful low cross into the box and George Gaskin was inches away from making it two.
Sesay nearly got a well-deserved goal after good feet allowed him to get through two Borough defenders but high pressure from three Borough players in the box forced him to volley wide.
Borough had a late chance to equalise from a 97th minute corner for which they threw everyone but the keeper up. Bridges half-cleared the corner before O’Neill flicked it over his opponent with great skill and launched the ball to Ibby Akanbi who was just in his own half. He ran through with blistering pace and smashed the ball past Webber to secure a vital three points for Bridges.
Match highlights can be seen at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e4lWErMMvoc&feature=youtu.be
Report by Sam Gadsdon
Photos by Scott Laver