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Three Bridges
Greenwich Borough
J Tennent (21'), I Akanbi (90')
Full time
Sat 9 Mar 15:00 - The Bostik Football League - South East Division Attendance 79

1st beat Greenwich Borough 2 - 0

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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

Ibby Akanbi

Player of the Match

Ibby Akanbi

Key moments

21:00
Goal Joe Tennent scores for Three Bridges
90:00
Goal Ibby Akanbi scores for Three Bridges

Highlights

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90:00 Sub Off
Andrew Sesay is substituted off for Three Bridges
90:00 Player of the Match
Ibby Akanbi is awarded player of the match for Three Bridges
90:00 Goal 2 - 0
Ibby Akanbi scores for Three Bridges
90:00 Sub On
Amaraldo Glloga is substituted on for Three Bridges
83:00 Yellow Card
Ibby Akanbi is yellow carded for Three Bridges
81:00 Yellow Card
Dean Gunner is yellow carded for Three Bridges
78:00 Yellow Card
James Shaw is yellow carded for Three Bridges
76:00 Sub Off
Kayne Roberts is substituted off for Greenwich Borough
76:00 Sub On
Ben Allen is substituted on for Greenwich Borough
72:00 Sub On
Reece Cave is substituted on for Greenwich Borough
72:00 Sub Off
Joseph Wicks is substituted off for Greenwich Borough
68:00 Sub Off
Reece Hallard is substituted off for Three Bridges
68:00 Sub On
Alex Clark is substituted on for Three Bridges
61:00 Yellow Card
Antone Douglas is yellow carded for Three Bridges
58:00 Yellow Card
Olaekan Bankole is yellow carded for Greenwich Borough
End of period 1
37:00 Sub On
Olutoyosi Olusanya is substituted on for Greenwich Borough
37:00 Sub Off
Matt Neary is substituted off for Greenwich Borough
21:00 Goal 1 - 0
Joe Tennent scores for Three Bridges
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Three Bridges
  • Greenwich Borough
  • 0
  • Joe Tennent Goal 21:00'
  • Matt Neary Sub Off 37:00'
  • Olutoyosi Olusanya Sub On 37:00'
  • Olaekan Bankole Yellow Card 58:00'
  • Antone Douglas Yellow Card 61:00'
  • Reece Hallard Sub Off 68:00'
  • Alex Clark Sub On 68:00'
  • Joseph Wicks Sub Off 72:00'
  • Reece Cave Sub On 72:00'
  • Kayne Roberts Sub Off 76:00'
  • Ben Allen Sub On 76:00'
  • James Shaw Yellow Card 78:00'
  • Dean Gunner Yellow Card 81:00'
  • Ibby Akanbi Yellow Card 83:00'
  • Ibby Akanbi Goal 90:00'
  • Andrew Sesay Sub Off 90:00'
  • Amaraldo Glloga Sub On 90:00'

Team selection

Greenwich Borough
  • 1. Oliver Webber
  • 2. Bertie Valler
  • 3. Conrad Lee
  • 4. Joseph Wicks
  • 5. Ryan Green
  • 6. Jamie Stuart
  • 7. Teshuane Tyreece Walters
  • 8. Olaekan Bankole
  • 9. Luyke Leppard
  • 10. Kayne Roberts
  • 11. Matt Neary
  • 12. Ben Allen
  • 13. Jordan Stansbury
  • 14. Olutoyosi Olusanya
  • 15. Reece Cave
  • 16. Reed Wilson

League round up

Other South East Division results

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

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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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