Three Bridges U21 4-3 Greenwich Borough U21
A hard-fought battle, but Bridges bag all 3 points
With this year's U21s under new management, in the form of Academy Manager and Head Coach Simon Wormull, the team is made up of dual-registered players from the Academy and first team, together with a few of last year's U21s and Academy - mixed with some first team players getting match fitness.
It took just 7 minutes for Three Bridges to open the scoring with the first attack. Michael Wilson collected a poor clearance and his hard ground shot went under the goalkeeper. Greenwich Borough pressed hard for the equaliser which saw Theodore Osinfolhrin have a good chance and then Guy Tresor-Mpuigi saw his goal ruled out for off-side after some poor defending.
Bradley Peters went on a long run gave the ball to Allan Tait who very cleverly put Mitchell Casselman clean through but he unfortunately shot wide.
After 30 minutes, Three Bridges increased the lead when a pass from Jimmy Degrace found Mitchell Casselman.
Greenwich Borough were always dangerous and pulled a goal back just before half-time when Keith Orenguga found himself totally in the clear.
Three Bridges made two early second-half substitutions. However, Greenwich Borough equalised early through Theodore Osinfolhin when he ran on to a long ball and his sharp shot left Jake Clark with no chance to save. Soon after, however, Darren Helsdown restored the home side lead on 57 minutes with a high looping shot into the top corner of the goal.
Both sides were creating chances as the game was drawing to the end. Three Bridges increased the lead on 85 minutes when Darren Helsdown found Jimmy Degrace who tapped the ball home from close range.
Greenwich Borough never gave up and were rewarded right at the end, Luke Miller easily beating the goalkeeper with a fine shot.
So Three Bridges Development side won its first game but it was a tough one.
BRIDGES MAN OF THE MATCH - Darren Helsdown