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Three Bridges
Hastings United
I Akanbi (17'), B O'Neill (33' Sent Off)
Full time
G Elphick (27'), J Dixon (35'), D Rodari (38')
Sat 23 Mar 15:00 - The Bostik Football League - South East Division Attendance 131

1st lose to Hastings United 1 - 3

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Bridges lose

In a game of what might have been, Bridges eventually succumbed to a fairly well organised Hastings side who moved into the runners up position after this victory. But there were a lot of promising moments for the home side, who took the lead and then saw a late penalty saved, by which time they had played almost fifty minutes with only ten men!

A tenth minute free kick by Jack Dixon was the first sign of a Hastings threat, James Shaw producing a good punch clear, but it was Bridges who stole ahead after seventeen minutes when Lee Hall's pass down the right encouraged Ibby Akanbi to shrug off challenges superbly before driving inside Louis Rogers' near post.

Dixon came close to an immediate equaliser from another harshly awarded free kick, but in the 27th minute yet another free kick from the left was headed home brilliantly at the far post by the vastly experienced Gary Elphick.

But it had been a pretty even game at this point, but it all changed with the dismissal after 32 minutes for a reckless challenge by Brannon O'Neill in front of his own dugout. Hastings players had been guilty of going down easily at times, but this was not one of those occasions according to even the Bridges faithful.

Within two minutes of O'Neill's dismissal, Jack Dixon rifled Hastings in front, and after 38 minutes a cross from the left was tucked in at the near post by Davide Rodari.

The signs weren't good for Bridges at this point, but they finished the half with Reece Hallard forcing Rogers to a good low save before George Gaskin's follow up was ruled out for offside.

Good play by the ever dangerous Lanre Azeez almost produced a goal for Hastings skipper Sam Adams, but the second half performance by Bridges was commendable as they reduced their visitors to half chances with Shaw rarely troubled apart from a decent free kick by Crutwell. But Shaw could perhaps count himself fortunate to receive only a warning after reacting angrily to another blatant dive in the box.

Bridges, who looked dangerous whenever they attacked after the break, had a chance to reduce the arrears ten minutes from time when Andrew Sesay was brought down by Jahmal Howlett-Mundle in the box, but the otherwise excellent Ikanbi's spot kick was gathered easily by Rogers.

Equally it could have been worse for Bridges as immediately Azeez made another break down the right and then saw his cross turned horribly over by Daniel Ajakaiye.

Six games to go as Bridges try to keep away from the relegation spots, starting this Saturday when Phoenix Sports visit the Jubilee Field.

Aerotron man of the match: Ibby Akanbi

Match Highlights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1tjmhr80CGU&feature=youtu.be

Report by Alf Blackler

Ibby Akanbi

Player of the Match

Ibby Akanbi

Key moments

17:00
Goal Ibby Akanbi scores for Three Bridges
27:00
Goal Gary Elphick scores for Hastings United
33:00
Red Card Brannon O'Neill is sent off for Three Bridges
35:00
Goal Jack Dixon scores for Hastings United
38:00
Goal Davide Rodari scores for Hastings United

Highlights

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90:00 Player of the Match
Ibby Akanbi is awarded player of the match for Three Bridges
89:00 Sub Off
Andrew Sesay is substituted off for Three Bridges
89:00 Sub On
Amaraldo Glloga is substituted on for Three Bridges
80:00 Yellow Card
Jahmal Howlett-Mundle is yellow carded for Hastings United
75:00 Sub Off
Sam Cruttwell is substituted off for Hastings United
75:00 Sub On
Sam Beale is substituted on for Hastings United
74:00 Sub On
Tyrone Berry is substituted on for Three Bridges
74:00 Sub Off
George Gaskin is substituted off for Three Bridges
72:00 Yellow Card
Lee Hall is yellow carded for Three Bridges
66:00 Sub On
Daniel Ajakaiye is substituted on for Hastings United
66:00 Sub Off
Davide Rodari is substituted off for Hastings United
66:00 Sub On
Alex Clark is substituted on for Three Bridges
66:00 Sub Off
Reece Hallard is substituted off for Three Bridges
56:00 Yellow Card
Jack Dixon is yellow carded for Hastings United
55:00 Sub On
Jahmal Howlett-Mundle is substituted on for Hastings United
55:00 Sub Off
Gary Elphick is substituted off for Hastings United
End of period 1
38:00 Goal 1 - 3
Davide Rodari scores for Hastings United
35:00 Goal 1 - 2
Jack Dixon scores for Hastings United
33:00 Red Card 1 - 1
Brannon O'Neill is sent off for Three Bridges
27:00 Goal 1 - 1
Gary Elphick scores for Hastings United
26:00 Yellow Card
Sam Cruttwell is yellow carded for Hastings United
17:00 Goal 1 - 0
Ibby Akanbi scores for Three Bridges
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As it happened

  • Three Bridges
  • Hastings United
  • 0
  • Ibby Akanbi Goal 17:00'
  • Sam Cruttwell Yellow Card 26:00'
  • Gary Elphick Goal 27:00'
  • Brannon O'Neill Red Card 33:00'
  • Jack Dixon Goal 35:00'
  • Davide Rodari Goal 38:00'
  • Jahmal Howlett-Mundle Sub On 55:00'
  • Gary Elphick Sub Off 55:00'
  • Jack Dixon Yellow Card 56:00'
  • Reece Hallard Sub Off 66:00'
  • Alex Clark Sub On 66:00'
  • Davide Rodari Sub Off 66:00'
  • Daniel Ajakaiye Sub On 66:00'
  • Lee Hall Yellow Card 72:00'
  • George Gaskin Sub Off 74:00'
  • Tyrone Berry Sub On 74:00'
  • Sam Cruttwell Sub Off 75:00'
  • Sam Beale Sub On 75:00'
  • Jahmal Howlett-Mundle Yellow Card 80:00'
  • Andrew Sesay Sub Off 89:00'
  • Amaraldo Glloga Sub On 89:00'

Team selection

Hastings United
  • 1. Louis Rogers
  • 2. Gary Elphick
  • 3. Sam Cruttwell
  • 4. Davide Rodari
  • 5. Adam Lovatt
  • 6. Sam Adams
  • 7. Jack Tucker
  • 8. Bradley Stevenson
  • 9. Jamie Fielding
  • 10. Lanre Azeez
  • 11. Jack Dixon
  • 12. Sam Beale
  • 13. Jahmal Howlett-Mundle
  • 14. Daniel Ajakaiye
  • 15. Jordy Mongoy
  • 16. Charlie Horlock

League round up

Other South East Division results

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

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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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