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Sevenoaks shot down – Three Bridges ends 2021 with a win


Curtis Gayler scored twice in Three Bridges’ 4-2 win at Sevenoaks / Photo: Chris Neal

It was an end-to-end encounter for much of the game, but Bridges ultimately ran out of worthy winners with a handful of quality goals in the process.

A fourth-minute corner led to confusion in the Sevenoaks defense with Dan Perry delightfully accepting the chance to pitch the opener, and the home side’s cause was not helped by the early bookings of two former Bridges players to Luke Leppard and Steve Smith.

But Sevenoaks was tied after 13 minutes when a cross from the right was greeted by a clean volley from Bobby Dunn that left Mitch Bromage, starting a league game for the first time since his move from Lancing and his injury problems. , clinging to the air as the ball flew over him. And it got worse for Bridges seven minutes later when a deep ball found Louis Collins for what can only be described as a poacher finish at the near post.

However, Bridges refused to panic and a good run from the depths of Tad Bromage ended with goalkeeper Matthew Blendell blocking Camron Lawson’s shot. Lawson was then turned down again after a sweeping run from Alex Barbary, but the visitors eventually equalized after 34 minutes when Bryan Villavicencio stabbed the ball at Perry, who flipped over and provided a quality finish.

Bridges almost regained the lead early in the second half when Brannon O’Neill’s free-kick over Curtis Gayler ended in a blocked shot, and a cross from Gayler, who looked so much more to the point. comfortable in the middle of the field, was just nodded by Noel Leighton. Between the two, the unfortunate Barbary was swept away by a recurrence of his ankle injury.

A free kick from 40 yards to the right, just in front of the Bridges dugout, seemed like a case to put the ball into the danger zone, but Gayler had other ideas and instead hit a scorching shot that surprised everyone. world napping. for Bridges’ third in the 62nd minute.

On either side of that goal, Smith and Leppard, who had received further warnings from the referee, were noticeably taken out before a second yellow card hit them, and Sevenoaks seemed run out of ideas, though Joe Stone may have been lucky enough to escape with only a yellow card as he fouled two players within seconds. Even Bridges president Paul Faili, a huge Stone fan, felt a red card should have been shown!

Noel Leighton shot right off as Bridges continued to attack and in the third of six extra minutes, Callum Chesworth was knocked down a yard inside the box. Incredibly, the referee decided to award a free kick to the edge of the box instead, but it made no difference as Gayler hit a magnificent shot in the far right corner of Blendell’s goal to finish. a worthy victory.

Bridges: M.Bromage, J. Stone, G. Ashley, B. O’Neill, T. Bromage, G. Gayler, C. Lawson (M.Wilson, 68), N. Leighton, D. Perry (B. Aubrey , 83), B. Villavicencio, A. Barbary (C. Chesworth, 51). Unused subtitles. – H. Woolard, J. Young.

* This Saturday, Bridges kicks off the New Year with a home game against local rivals East Grinstead Town, and on Monday they will travel to Whitehawk.