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1st - Match centre

Three Bridges
Phoenix Sports
D Gunner (65'), C French (76')
Full time
Sat 30 Mar 15:00 - The Bostik Football League - South East Division Attendance 82

1st beat Phoenix Sports 2 - 0


Another win and clean sheet

Three Bridges earned a valuable three points in a well-deserved victory against 9th placed Phoenix Sports. Second half goals from Dean Gunner and Connor French gave Bridges a comfortable victory after a sloppy first half from both sides.

Phoenix looked to have started off on the front foot and they were nearly ahead after just 2 minutes but James Shaw just about managed to keep out Lee Bird’s low shot. Bridges reacted well and had a great chance to go 1-0 up minutes later when Connor French was cleverly played in by Ibby Akanbi but Phoenix keeper Steve Philips saved well with his feet.

A lot of the possession in the first half was based in the middle of the park with both teams struggling to keep the ball and create any dangerous moves. Bridges had the best chances of the half - Akanbi fired down the throat of the keeper from a free kick 25 yards out, Andrew Sesay had a lob attempt well blocked by Phillips just after the 40 minute mark and Olu Oluwatimilehin had a great chance following a corner but Phillips was well positioned again to deny the goal bound effort.

The second half looked to be better for both sets of supporters instantly. A lovely switch by French to Akanbi allowed him to use great skill to skip past 2 defenders and put a dangerous low ball into the area but Phillips got a vital hand to it.

10 minutes into the half Bridges nearly found themselves ahead. Alex Clarke did excellently to win the ball off the Phoenix defence and charge at goal but his poked effort flew just wide of the target. French then came close to netting but his volley, following some pinball in the area, blazed just over the bar.

However just minutes later Bridges got the goal they thoroughly deserved. Alex Clarke chipped a delightful free-kick into the box and Dean Gunner nodded in for his first goal for the club and Bridges' first of the afternoon.

Bridges eventually got the deserved second goal in the 76th minute. Man of the Match, Joe Tennent, won possession and fed in Oluwatimilehin who had space to slide Connor French through and with lots of time he rounded the keeper and tapped into an empty net to see the game off for Bridges.

A late penalty appeal was waved away but it made no difference as Bridges rode out 2-0 winners.

Match Highlights:

Aerotron Man of the Match: Joe Tennent

Report by Sam Gadsdon

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Joe Tennent

Player of the Match

Joe Tennent

Key moments

Goal Dean Gunner scores for Three Bridges
Goal Connor French scores for Three Bridges


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90:00 Player of the Match
Joe Tennent is awarded player of the match for Three Bridges
89:00 Sub Off
George Whitelock is substituted off for Phoenix Sports
89:00 Sub On
Sam Fitzgerald is substituted on for Phoenix Sports
85:00 Yellow Card
George Whitelock is yellow carded for Phoenix Sports
83:00 Yellow Card
Ryan Andrews is yellow carded for Phoenix Sports
79:00 Sub Off
Lee Bird is substituted off for Phoenix Sports
79:00 Sub On
Andrew Dythe is substituted on for Phoenix Sports
76:00 Goal 2 - 0
Connor French scores for Three Bridges
70:00 Yellow Card
Zak Bryon is yellow carded for Phoenix Sports
66:00 Sub Off
Oliver Andrews is substituted off for Phoenix Sports
66:00 Sub On
Ryan Solan is substituted on for Phoenix Sports
65:00 Goal 1 - 0
Dean Gunner scores for Three Bridges
64:00 Yellow Card
Ashley Probets is yellow carded for Phoenix Sports
End of period 1
44:00 Yellow Card
Connor French is yellow carded for Three Bridges
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Three Bridges
  • Phoenix Sports
  • 0
  • Connor French Yellow Card 44:00'
  • Ashley Probets Yellow Card 64:00'
  • Dean Gunner Goal 65:00'
  • Oliver Andrews Sub Off 66:00'
  • Ryan Solan Sub On 66:00'
  • Zak Bryon Yellow Card 70:00'
  • Connor French Goal 76:00'
  • Lee Bird Sub Off 79:00'
  • Andrew Dythe Sub On 79:00'
  • Ryan Andrews Yellow Card 83:00'
  • George Whitelock Yellow Card 85:00'
  • George Whitelock Sub Off 89:00'
  • Sam Fitzgerald Sub On 89:00'

Team selection

Phoenix Sports
  • 1. Steve Phillips
  • 2. Ryan Andrews
  • 3. Ashley Probets
  • 4. Jack Hopkins
  • 5. Solomon Taiwo
  • 6. Lewis Clarke
  • 7. Lee Bird
  • 8. Oliver Andrews
  • 9. Jeff Duah-Kessie
  • 10. Zak Bryon
  • 11. George Whitelock
  • 12. Ryan Solan
  • 13. Andrew Dythe
  • 14. Sam Fitzgerald
  • 15. Matthacus Velasquez

League round up

Other South East Division results

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East Grinstead Town
Hythe Town
Hastings United
Sevenoaks Town
Cray Wanderers


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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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