Three Bridges U23s 6-2 Ramsgate U23s
By Lorraine Bonner
Bridges U23s start their League campaign with an emphatic win
Three Bridges U23s opened their league campaign and first competitive game under new manager Oliver Saunders and rode out as 6-2 winners in a dominating performance which saw Mason Doughty score a hat-trick of fine goals, his third in four games!
Bridges started much the better side and nearly opened the scoring after just 3 minutes when Doughty ran across the box with the ball at his feet before letting fly with a sweet left-footed strike which was excellently tipped round the post by Ramsgate keeper, Stan Waller. Bridges nearly found another way through in the 5th minute after good link-up play from Doughty and Karel Tshibangu but Ramsgate right back Ben Munday made a good tackle to clear the danger.
Bridges had a shout for a penalty in the 19th minute after a ball bounced up after a corner and clearly struck the outstretched hand of a Ramsgate defender but the referee saw this as ball to hand and waved away the protests of the Bridges team. Bridges then however got what they deserved on the 25th minute after a quick counter attack when Kelvin Adjei was played through on goal, but instead of shooting himself he played the ball to Mason Doughty who took one touch and smashed the ball into the top corner from 12 yards out to take a deserved lead.
Ramsgate almost got an instant response as a floating ball was played into the Bridges box and Jake Munday had a free header to simply tap into the path of striker Sam Winch who belted the ball at goal from about 6 yards out but Bridges keeper Alfie Hadfield made an unbelievable point blank save to keep the score at 1-0. This proved crucial as 3 minutes later Ramsgate’s Adam Turton played a well under-hit back pass to his goalkeeper which left Doughty one-on-one but he unselfishly squared the ball to Kelvin Adjei who tapped the ball into an empty net and make it 2-0 on 30 minutes.
Winch was again excellently denied just before the interval when the ball was played across to him, he took one touch and fired a shot but Hadfield got a strong left hand to tip over the bar.
Bridges continued their domination from the start of the second half and it only took them 4 minutes to add goal No. 3. Mason Doughty received the ball at his feet on the edge of the box and, after turning the Ramsgate right back inside out, he fired a fierce left footed strike into the bottom corner to get his second of the game.
There followed a quiet spell for 15 minutes, but then a further 15 minute spell with four goals scored!! The first came on 65 minutes and was a truly outstanding effort from Kelvin Adjei when he received the ball wide left and, instead of running down the wing to a crossing position, he cut in on the edge of the box, took it past two defenders and released a powerful curling effort that smashed in the top corner.
Five minutes later came Ramsgate’s first goal after the ball was played through for Jack Penny to slot the ball under Hadfield. Ramsgate’s belief in getting a result increased on 80 minutes after Waller launched the ball upfield from a back pass which cleared everyone including the Bridges defence and left Jack Penny with the simple task of lobbing Hadfield.
That was not worry Bridges though as, from the restart, Doughty made a surging run down the left flank, fired a low driven cross into the feet of Renato Carvalho who was left to tap in.
There was still one last opportunity to grab another goal after Brandon Green whipped in a corner, Adjei tried the spectacular but missed the ball completely it landed at the feet of Mason Doughty who fired home for his hat-Trick on 89 minutes and capped off a 6-2 victory for Bridges in their opening league fixture.
Bridges U23s continue their campaign on Tuesday, 28th August when they travel to Lewes – 7:45 pm kick-off at the Dripping Pan.