Three Bridges U21 3-5 Pagham
A strong start from Bridges but 3 deserved points to Pagham
A strong start by Bridges was nearly rewarded when Jamarie Brissett, on his debut for the club, was through on goal within the 3rd minute but hesistated to shoot allowing the Pagham defence to recover.
George Codey took the lead for Pagham on the 10th minute. Jamarie Brissett made up for his earlier miss by being a constant threat and equalised on the 18th minute. The lads were now full of confidence and 10 minutes later from a corner Sam Gallagher scored another bullet header to Bridges a 2-1 lead and looked to be getting a hat-trick of wins against Pagham in 4 days (with the U15s having beaten then in a friendly on Sunday and the First Team having won the night before).
However, this was short-lived as Pagham bounced straight back 4 minutes later when a deep cross from right to left was headed in by George Cody again to make it 2-2 at half time.
The second half got under way and Bridges had a few more opportunities to take the lead as they dominated.
However the lads struggled to contain the strength and power of the Pagham's Jack Robinson. Pagham made Bridges pay for this with a 3 minutes collapse which they scored 2 goals on the 70th and 73rd through Alex Ansa-McIntyre and Jake Stanley. Mason Doughty responded just a minute later to give Bridges some hope and a tense end of the match, but on 79 minutes Jack Parkinson scored to give Pagham a 2-goal lead, and with a number of players having been replaced through cramp, the game was pretty much out of Bridges' reach with just 10 minutes to go.
Ronnie Burchell and Lewis Croal made a nuisance of themselves and both had half chances to scores but Pagham managed the game out well.
Bridges MOM: Mason Doughty. A constant influential threat who Pagham found difficult to contain.