Bridges U18s 1-11 Worthing U18s
By Lorraine Bonner
Big loss for Bridges Youth
Three Bridges U18s side opened their league campaign with a disappointing 1-11 loss against an extremely well equipped Worthing Side. Worthing dominated the fixture with chances few and far between for Bridges.
Bridges started the better side with both wide midfielders, Luke Scott and Archie Cooke, finding themselves in crossing positions within the opening two minutes but both failed to find a man in the Worthing box.
Worthing then began to settle and within 5 minutes were testing Bridges' keeper, Harry Powling, after Tyrese Mthunzi hit a shot from 25 yards that was straight at the keeper. Worthing were smart with their play all game and looked very dangerous from set pieces. This became obvious to Bridges on the 11th minute when Worthing had a corner which was taken short, the ball found its way to Jasper Pattenden who curled the ball into bottom corner from the edge of the box to make it 1-0.
This got the ball rolling for Worthing who conjured up many chances after this, looking to add a second and cement their lead in the first half. Worthing right back, James Beresford, was having joy down the right wing finding himself in crossing positions on more than one occasion with his first ball not clearing the first defender and the second falling to the feet of Callum Chalmers who got the ball stuck under his feet and failed to score.
Chalmers had another great chance on 24 minutes - after Beresford played him down the wing, he took one great touch to get past Archie Cooke and then another to get past Toby Delaney to find himself one-on-one with Powling and looked certain to score but blazed his effort way over the bar when he really should have hit the target.
Things went from bad to worse for Bridges as the Worthing striker, Chalmers, latched on to a loose ball in the Bridges midfield and found himself again through on goal but then Bridges Dylan Weller tripped Chalmers from behind to deny him a certain goal scoring opportunity. As Weller was the last man, the referee had no choice but to send Weller off to take bridges down to 10 men in the 35th minute.
This only spurred Worthing on further and within 6 minutes of the dismissal they added another 2 goals to make it 3-0 at half time. The first came after Tyrese Mthunzi squared the ball to Darius Goldsmith who had acres of space on the edge of the box which allowed him take a touch and sweep into the bottom corner. Their third came after Chalmers found himself on the wing and proceeded to play a low driven ball which landed at the feet of Jasper Pattenden who converted the cross into the bottom left for his second of the game.
Worthing continued their domination from kick off in the second half and within 2 minutes made it 4-0 after the ball broke to Darius Goldsmith on the edge of the box he then shot with Powling getting a hand to it to tip onto the post but the ball bounced into the net for Goldsmith’s second of the game.
Bridges were brave and resolute throughout the fixture and got their reward for this in the 49th minute when Adil Raman disposed a Worthing defender then playing a lovely ball to Morgan Hayward on the left who delivered the ball back to Adil Raman who was waiting in the box to poke home to make it 4-1.
Worthing almost responded straight from kick off with George Britton clipping the post with a curling effort on 51 minutes. Worthing did however get their response in the 58th minute after Goldsmith played in Callum Chalmers who slotted in under Powling to finally get his first of the game. Jasper Pattenden then had the chance to get his hat-trick from the spot after he was fouled by Sayif Ahmed but Powling denied him with a great save to keep the score at 5-1.
This did not last long as Callum Chalmers got his second of the game to make it 6-1 two minutes after with an almost identical goal to his first with the only difference being that Callum Litterick was the provider. Six quickly became seven just a minute later after Beresford again got another dangerous ball into the box with Chalmers smashing the ball into the roof of the net for his hat-trick.
Bridges tried their best to stop Worthing inflicting any further damage with strong tackles, especially from Nicholas Kinnear, but nothing could be done to stop them scoring with the 8th coming after a Bridges clearance went up rather than out and Worthing substitute, Ahmed Khamil, took a lovely touch to round Powling and pass into an empty net. Eight minutes later Ahmed Khamil was at it again after being played through he slotted under Powling to make it 9-1.
Then came the best of the bunch from Worthing after Ricky Aguiar, who plays for Worthing’s senior side, scored a sensational volley into the top left from the edge of the box to make it double figures. There was still time to make it eleven for Worthing after Luca Cocoracchio made a surging run from the back linking up with Chalmers on the edge of the box to find himself one-on-one with Powling and Luca Cocoracchio coolly curled past Powling to top off a dominating Worthing performance.
Bridges U18s continue their season on Monday, 3rd September at home in the FA Youth Cup against Steyning Town Community in a 7:45pm kick off.
Match report by SAM GADSDON