Wick U21s 4-5 Three Bridges U21
Bridges U21s finally found that elusive win in a goal-scoring frenzy!!
Bridges turned up to Wick FC to find their pitch was in fantastic condition for passing football.
Bridges started strongly with the trickery of Mason Doughty and Jamarie Brissett up top tormenting the Wick back line endlessly.
JAMARIE BRISSETT scored on the 12th minute with a wonderfully converted free kick to put bridges up 0-1 up. Nine minutes later a deep run from JOHN LANSDALE beat Wick’s offside trap as he chipped the keeper who was off his line 0-2.
The pressure didn’t stop there as on the 29th minute Mason Doughty scored to make it 3-0.
The game was one-sided, however indecision from the Bridges keeper gifted them a penalty as he up-ended the Wick forward in the box, the penalty being converted by Ben Mepham on 40 minutes.
Bridges' dominance showed and they did not let that error affect their game as they immediately scored a 4th goal with Victor Naranjo combining well with Brissett.
Half time 1-4
The second half was more of the same. However, with couple of disallowed goals for off side the game should have been out of sight.
Credit to Wick as they stuck at their task and Ben Mepham scored his and Wick's second on 54 minutes to make it 4-2. Bridges bounced straight back with Mason Doughty doubling his tally on the 59th minute to make it 5-2 to Bridges.
This should have been the closest Wick got to finishing off the game got, but with youthful enthusiasm will come inexperience and some indecisions. Robin Hampton scored a third goal for Wick on the 61st minute to make it 5-3. Wick were then gifted another penalty from a sliding challenge just inside the box on the 70th minute but Josh Rose stood big this time and made the save.
Wick never gave up and on the 88th minute another technical error from a Bridges goal kick gifted them a fourth goal and Ben Mepham's hat trick.
A tense final few minutes ensued, with Wick getting a corner at the last dying seconds and sending everyone up top including their goal keeper.
However, the Bridges lads managed to weather the final assault to see out their first victory.
A good contest with Three bridges playing the better football but defensive errors allowed the game to be closer than it needed to be.