Three Bridges U21 2-3 Worthing United U21
A good game for neutrals as Three Bridges were made to pay for missed chances....
.....along with a bit of naïve defending gifting Worthing the opportunity to take advantage.
The first half was domintead by Bridges' slick passing and combination play. Lewis Croal put Bridges ahead with 21 minutes gone - a chance fashioned with some great combination play and finished off with flair and composure.
The attacking midfield of Mason Doughty and William Glenn provided enough ammunition for the forwards, Lewis Croal and Jamarie Brissett, to be a constant threat. Bradley Peters and Steven Gundowry stemmed the flow and counter attacks in midfield, whilst Alfie Berry and Oliver Fensom-Gobel not only defended resolutely but recycled and kept possession well with debutant goalkeeper John Keeler.
Worthing were left to mere half chances but Bridges should have scored a few more to seal their dominance.
The second half started and Worthing, seemingly shocked at Bridges' dominance, dropped everyone behind the ball to make it difficult for them to play. Worthing soon capitalised, scoring from a free kick needlessly given away on 51 minutes. Not fazed by this, Bridges bounced back 5 minutes later with Lewis Croal scoring his second goal on 56 minutes.
Outplayed and out passed, Worthing dug in and made the game physical and Bridges unfortunately got sucked into the dog fight. On 69 minutes they lost possession too easily up front and the ball came back and, despite a double save, Worthing scrambled the equaliser to make the score 2-2.
Bridges composed ourselves to play football, however the Worthing keeper pulled off four amazing saves to keep them in the game.
For all Bridges' dominance they could not score that telling goal - they hit the crossbar a couple of times and two headers from corners were clawed away by the Worthing keeper.
To show how cruel football can sometimes be, Worthing then won another needless free kick on the 84th minute which they scored for the telling winner from a double save. Bridges pushed for the equaliser and possible deserved win but Worthing held on to collect all 3 points.
A good game with great debuts for goalkeeper John Keeler, and for Nick Da Silva and youngster Harry Watts (just 16). However, that first win still eludes Bridges for all their positive efforts.
MOM: Steve Gundowry