1st beat Horsham 2 - 1
By Mark Beard
Four wins in a row
Bridges recorded their fourth league win on the bounce in dramatic style an 89th minute winner saw them beat 3rd placed Horsham in dramatic fashion. Connor French, who is on top form of late, scored both goals in a 2-1 victory. French now has 7 goals in his last three games.
The first half was certainly forgettable with neither side managing to create any real clear cut chances. French had the first real chance of the game after John Ufuah picked up the ball in his own half following a free-kick and excellently ran nearly the full length of the pitch before putting in a delightful left footed cross which French got on the end of but could only glance his header wide.
Horsham looked dangerous on the ball and looked to have the quality to cause Bridges some problems at the back and on 9 minutes they did just that. Winger Lee Harding was set free down the flank and he put a dangerous low driven ball into the box but no Horsham player was there to attack the ball.
Horsham also had chances to take the lead from set piece positions. They won a free kick on 16 minutes but that was blasted straight into the face of Brannon O’Neill in the wall who somehow shook the impact off. They had a free kick in a similar position in the 28th minute but Harvey Sparks could not beat the wall for the second time and Lee Hall blocked well from Jack Brivio’s follow up.
That was the only real action in the first half but the second half did not disappoint. Just like they did on Saturday against Ramsgate, Bridges started the second half very well and it took just 7 minutes for them to take the lead. Connor French was delivered a delightful through ball from Ibby Akanbi which he tucked under Josh Pelling as the ball rolled in off the post - a good goal to start the half.
Bridges nearly added another four minutes later after a corner was not cleared by the Horsham defence and the ball was headed back across to Lee Hall who sent a looping header that looked to be going in but Steve Metcalf was there to head off the line.
After this Horsham began to settle for the first time in the half and started to put some good moves together. A real turning point in the game came in the 66th minute when Harding put a great low ball into the box from the right which was met by Kieran Lavery and looked to be an open goal but James Shaw came flying in to save with his feet - an unbelievable stop by the keeper.
However, it took Horsham just two more minutes to conjure up another chance and this time they made it count. Lavery hit a low strike towards goal which Shaw did well to save but Chris Smith reacted quickest and slotted into an empty net to bring Horsham level.
Both teams looked like they were going to settle for a point but second half substitute and new signing, Darryl Siaw, put a lovely ball over the top to Connor French who plucked the ball out of the air with a sublime first touch and them poked past on oncoming Pelling to win it from Bridges in the last minute causing utter jubilation in the Bridges technical area and on the pitch.
Bridges survived the five minutes added time to win in dramatic fashion and claim another win in this excellent run of form that sees them rise to 11th in the table.
Full highlights of the game can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k3eCvGYJvTU&feature=youtu.be
Bridges are away to Greenwich Borough on Saturday, 15th December in a 15:00 kick off.
Report by Sam Gadsdon