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Three Bridges
Cray Wanderers
Full time
F Parker (42'), J Taylor (55')
Sat 20 Apr 15:00 - The Bostik Football League - South East Division Attendance 99

1st lose to Cray Wanderers 0 - 2

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Bridges lose to champions

Cray arrived as League Champions and looked the part throughout the afternoon, but Bridges proved to be stubborn opponents and were unfortunate not to grab at least a consolation goal.

Ibby Akanbi volleyed wide of the near post inside the first minute as Bridges showed that they weren't there just to make the numbers up, and he was close again soon after after the lively Andrew Sesay had a shot blocked.

James Shaw was called into action with a good tip over from the excellent Cray captain Barney Williams, whilst a solid drive by Archie Johnson was also cleared to safety.

A great interception prevented Dean Gunner from capitalising on a delightful through ball by Akanbi, but just as the homesters were thinking they would at least go into the break on level terms, the visitors struck as a great run by Joseph Taylor finished with a shot that FREDDIE PARKER helped over the line.

Reece Hallard fired over following a good run on the left by Sesay seven minutes into the second half, and instead of being on level terms Bridges found themselves two behind just four minutes later as more good work by Williams saw the ball reach TAYLOR, whose finish from twelve yards was clinical.

Bridges, who lost Gunner to injury, refused to lie down and Akanbi struck a post. Shaw made a good tip over from Johnson, whilst Antone Douglas was unlucky to see his goalbound effort from close range strike Connor French!

Cray keeper Nick Blue made an excellent block to deny Sesay after another incisive ball from Akanbi, and substitute John Lansdale tested Blue with a free kick. And in the last seconds, Blue parried a free kick from Brannon O'Neill before holding on to the follow up from French.

Bridges were far from disgraced, but Cray showed why they were Champions with a lot of good inter passing play.

Aerotron Man of the Match: Ibby Akanbi

For both Nathan Simpson and Connor French, this was their fiftieth League start for Bridges

Report by Alf Blackler

Key moments

42:00
Goal Freddie Parker scores for Cray Wanderers
55:00
Goal Joseph Taylor scores for Cray Wanderers

Highlights

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90:00 Yellow Card
Jordan Clarke is yellow carded for Cray Wanderers
84:00 Sub On
Ben Mundele is substituted on for Cray Wanderers
84:00 Sub Off
Tom Phipp is substituted off for Cray Wanderers
81:00 Sub On
John Lansdale is substituted on for Three Bridges
81:00 Sub Off
Ibby Akanbi is substituted off for Three Bridges
76:00 Sub Off
Freddie Parker is substituted off for Cray Wanderers
76:00 Sub On
Bradley Pritchard is substituted on for Cray Wanderers
57:00 Sub Off
Dean Gunner is substituted off for Three Bridges
57:00 Sub On
Antone Douglas is substituted on for Three Bridges
55:00 Goal 0 - 2
Joseph Taylor scores for Cray Wanderers
End of period 1
42:00 Goal 0 - 1
Freddie Parker scores for Cray Wanderers
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Three Bridges
  • Cray Wanderers
  • 0
  • Freddie Parker Goal 42:00'
  • Joseph Taylor Goal 55:00'
  • Dean Gunner Sub Off 57:00'
  • Antone Douglas Sub On 57:00'
  • Freddie Parker Sub Off 76:00'
  • Bradley Pritchard Sub On 76:00'
  • Ibby Akanbi Sub Off 81:00'
  • John Lansdale Sub On 81:00'
  • Tom Phipp Sub Off 84:00'
  • Ben Mundele Sub On 84:00'
  • Jordan Clarke Yellow Card 90:00'

Team selection

Cray Wanderers
  • 1. Nick Blue
  • 2. Barney Williams
  • 3. Tom Carlse
  • 4. Tom Phipp
  • 5. Mitchell Nelson
  • 6. Charles Etumnu
  • 7. Sean Roberts
  • 8. Freddie Parker
  • 9. Joseph Taylor
  • 10. Jordan Clarke
  • 11. Archie Johnson
  • 12. Jerome Frederico
  • 13. Junior Dadson
  • 14. Karl Dent
  • 15. Bradley Pritchard
  • 16. Ben Mundele

League round up

Other South East Division results

East Grinstead Town
4
0
0
0
Whyteleafe
Horsham
4
0
3
2
Guernsey
Sevenoaks Town
2
1
Sittingbourne
0
3
Hastings United

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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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