James Dryden attempts to get to high ball

Three Bridges 3 Whitstable Town 2

Ryman Football League Division One (South)

Saturday 10th November 2012

Another disappointing afternoon for the Town as they sunk to the last kick of the game against Three Bridges on Saturday.  Whitstable had some opportunities in the early part of the game and could have taken the lead after just 1 minute when Jimmy Dryden put in a cross to Jake MacKenzie who was unable to connect well enough to cause any threat. Six minutes later Scott Heard went on a mazey run but his final shot was pushed wide by Alan Mansfield in the Three Bridges goal.  Twelve minutes in and Three Bridges had their first opportunity when a good cross found Abou Touray who hooked the ball over the bar.  Six minutes later another chance for Whitstable when Damian Abel had a run, pushing the ball across the penalty area but no one was on hand to apply the final touch.

Rob Gilman rises above Three Bridges defence

Whitstable finally took the lead after 27minutes when Mansfield made a mess of gathering the ball and Dryden jumped on the chance to steal the ball and run into an empty net.  Four minutes later the hard working Dryden looped a header over the cross bar. Rob French was then called in to the action when Marcus Elliot fired a shot that was easily saved by the Town goalkeeper.

The Three Bridges on the stroke of half time pounced on another goalkeeping mistake when French was caught in possession outside his area.  Touray tucked the ball past French and went onto fire home. Whitstable at this stage should not have let Three Bridges back into the game but this goal gave the home side a lift. It was strange to see Touray running out of the ground at half time as he was substituted but we understand he was running for a flight to take him on holiday.

The second half started fairly evenly with Dryden getting on to a loose ball but that was well blocked by Mansfield. Then in the 70thminute Three Bridges took the lead for the first time when Elliot broke away and slotted the ball in the corner of French’s net.   Town did try hard to

Damian Abel’s shot on it’s way in

get back into the game and were rewarded when Damian Abel slotted a shot in the far side of the net to the relief of the travelling supporters.  However there was a succour punch as ten man Three Bridges who had had Joel O’Hara sent off for two yellow cards, scored with virtually the last kick of the match when Elliot broke through and fired home.

This was Town’s fifth defeat on the spin and they need to fight hard to end this bad run that has taken them 21st in the table. It would have been bottom if Merstham had not recovered from being six one down at Walton Casuals to draw six all.

Team: French, Beecroft, Crimmen, Everitt, Guest, Gilman, McKenzie, Morrish (Vahid 77 mins), Dryden, Abel (Smissen 89mins), Heard