1st beat Sevenoaks Town 2 - 0
By Mark Beard
Bridges win at last
In a feisty encounter, Three Bridges secured their first points of the season after beating Sevenoaks at Jubilee field. In a heated game Bridges were the stronger side and goals either side of half time helped them secure a 2-0 victory.
Bridges started off the better side and within the first 10 minutes they felt a couple of decisions had gone against them. The first came after Connor French was clattered from a throw in and Alex Laing was pulled to the ground after good work down the wing, but neither challenge gained the referees interest. Bridges kept going and eventually got their chance on 11 minutes. U23s top scorer Mason Doughty did well to intercept a pass on half way and surged forward with pace taking it past two Sevenoaks midfielders before unleashing a left footed strike from the edge of the box which Sevenoaks keeper, Ben Bridle-Card, gratefully tipped over the bar for a corner. Lee Hall came close from the resulting corner and French fired just side, whilst inbetween Sevenoaks left back, Greg Benbow, showed superb pace and a cross to match but Frankie Sawyer's header went over the bar.
Bridges had another chance to break the deadlock on 17 minutes after French laid the ball back to Nathan Simpson who played a delightful ball into the box which was cleared to the edge where Lee Hall was standing and pelted a volley towards goal which cannoned off a Sevenoaks defender and ran out for a throw. The throw was taken quickly by Laing towards French who hit a curling effort on the bounce from 30 yards out but the curling ball just evaded the post.
Three Bridges keeper Giovanni Porciatti nearly managed to carve out a certain chance for Bridges. A quick drop kick to Laing nearly sent him in on goal but Sevenoaks' defender Mikey Dalton did well to see the ball out for the throw. Laing looked to continue the counter attack with a quick throw but while picking up the ball, he was pushed to the ground by Dalton who earned himself a yellow card. The result was a free kick to Bridges which eventually found its way to Tyrone Berry on the edge of the box who hit a low strike just wide of the post.
Sevenoaks eventually created a clear cut chance of their own in the 30th minute when Wasiri Williams did well to shrug off Simpson and eventually played in Frankie Sawyer whose shot was blocked but it fell to Luke Coleman who volleyed straight at Porciatti. Minutes later Connor French beat a Sevenoaks defender on the left wing with real skill and composure only to be completely taken out seconds later which sparked lots of afters.
The Three Bridges pressure eventually paid off in the 36th minute when a quick throw landed at the feet of Laing he took it past one Sevenoaks player, worked his way into the box and was upended for a penalty to Bridges. Connor French stepped up and powered the ball into the bottom corner, despite a good effort by Bridle-Card who got a hand to it.
French left the field with a hamstring injury soon after, being replaced by Trevor McCreadie, and Sevenoaks should have pulled it level a minute before the interval but a wonderful cross could only be headed straight at Porciatti.
Just like the first half, Bridges started off the stronger side and five minutes into the second half they made it 2-0. Doughty did well to win a free kick in a dangerous position and stepped up himself to take it. It was a poor effort that went under the wall, but the keeper spilt it and TREVOR McCREADIE showed a typical striker's response by reacting quickest to poke home with his first goal of the season.
Porciatti was then called into action to stop an instant Sevenoaks reply after he excellently held a shot from the edge of the box. Play then went from defence to attack as Laing found himself with the ball at his feet on the left wing, cut infield taking it past a Sevenoaks defender before playing in Doughty who then released a fierce first time shot with the outside of the boot which fizzed just inches past the post.
Captain, Jamie Crellin, was having a fine game at the back and he almost certainly stopped a Sevenoaks goal in the 61st minute. Half time substitute Kenny Pogue hit a volley towards goal but Crellin threw himself in front of the ball to stop any belief of a comeback.
Bridges could have added another two but the Bridle-Card saved a volley from Tyrone Berry and then a header from Laing which would have almost certainly put the game to bed.
Sevenoaks kept pushing and had a great chance to score in the 81st minute when Thomas Apley headed the ball back across goal from a cross but to his disgust no one was there to tap in.
Sevenoaks kept battling away and tried to create openings, but this was where a resolute back line, in which debutant, Joe Tennent (transferred from East Grinstead), and his skipper Jamie Crellin were strong and brace howing their own skills for the home side. Bridges held on to secure their first points of the season and a much deserved win.
Aerotron Man of the Match: Joe Tennent
Match Highlights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kSF_YCc6EyY&t=90s
Report by Sam Gadsdon