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West Bridgford FC vs Kimberley Miners Welfare FC

Match Report: Kimberley Miners Welfare FC vs West Bridgford FC

10 Man Bridgford Earn a Point

10th August 2019

Kimberley Miners Welfare FC vs West Bridgford FC

East Midlands Counties League

Final Score Kmberley Miners Welfare FC 1 West Bridgford FC 1

A late Jordan Wheatley penalty earned West Bridgford a hard fought point away to Kimberley today.

Bridgford travelled to Kimberley today in the second game of their East Midlands Counties campaign. Heavy rain and blustery conditions were a contrast from last weeks perfect sunshine for the win over Clipstone FC.

Bridgford were the first to show when a precise through ball from Ryan Wheatley put Ryan Whitehurst in on goal on 5 minutes. His shot was saved by the home keeper to deny Bridgford an early lead.

On 10 minutes the game was turned on it’s head when the Kimberley forward Goodhall was adjudged to be onside in behind the Bridgford defence. Goalkeeper James Fogg came out of his area to challenge but committed a foul and as the last line of defence, was shown a straight red card.

With no keeper on the bench, Bridgford were forced to move midfielder Joe Terry in to the goal and would have to play the remaining 80 minutes with a man less than their opponents.

Despite this, Bridgford dominated the remainder of the first half, Hopkinson and Whitehurst both had opportunities to score. On 35 minutes Bridgford suffered a further setback as John Whitehurst, a scorer last week at Clipstone, took a knock on his knee and had to be replaced.

Half Time Kimberley Miners Welfare FC 0 West Bridgford FC 0

The second half started as the first had ended, Bridgford creating chances, but not taking them. They were punished on 55 minutes when a freekick from the left found Jordan Lambert who managed to scramble the ball past Terry in the Bridgford goal.

The game became stretched as the 10 men of Bridgford strived to find a way back into the match, this led to chances at both ends. Stand in keeper Terry making a number of impressive saves as he kept his sides hopes alive, Whitehurst, Oldham and Hopkinson all going close at the other end.

The decisive moment for Bridgford came in the 85th minute. A ball into the box resulted in Tom Batterham being fouled by the Kimberley keeper and a penalty was awarded. Jordan Wheatley showed great composure to drill the ball into the bottom right hand corner and level the match.

Bridgford continued to push looking for a winner, Batterham almost converted from a tight angle and in the last minute, Hopkinson outpaced the home defence but fired his shot just over the bar.

Full Time Kimberley Miners Welfare 1 West Bridgford FC 1

With the chances created Bridgford will feel disappointed to not win the game, however, playing for 80 minutes with 10 men and still getting something from the game shows great commitment and effort from the players. Bridgford finish the day in third place in the early league table, with 4 points from their opening two games. There is no game next Saturday, Bridgford return to action away to Gedling on Saturday 24th August.

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Match Report: Clipstone FC vs West Bridgford FC

Perfect Start for West Bridgford FC

3rd August 2019

Clipstone FC vs West Bridgford FC

East Midlands Counties League

Final Score Clipstone FC 1 West Bridgford FC 4

West Bridgford made a perfect start to their East Midlands Counties Campaign today away to Clipstone FC, winning 4-1 in a one-sided encounter.

Bridgford were immediately on the front foot and spent the early stages camped in the Clipstone half. On 5 minutes a brilliant outswinging cross from Ellis Williamson found John Whitehurst at the far post and he placed his header beyond the Clipstone keeper to give Bridgford the lead and a great start to their season.

Bridgford continued to dominate proceedings with Callum Lloyd and Jordan Wheatley pulling the strings in the middle of the pitch. On 28 minutes another excellent cross from Williamson found Hopkinson, who expertly took the ball on his chest, before volleying past the keeper to double Bridgford’s lead.

Ten minutes later and Hopkinson was on hand again to double his tally and extend Bridgford’s lead to three. This time he found space in the box and was unmarked to power his header home Jordan Wheatley’s cross from the left.

Half Time Clipstone FC 0 West Bridgford FC 3

The second half was played at a slower pace, as would be expected in a season opener. The exception to this was a goal of great quality on 55 minutes that put the outcome of the game beyond doubt. Great trickery on the left from Josh Rae found Jordan Wheatley in space, his pinpoint cross to the middle was met by the head of last season’s top scorer Ryan Whitehurst, who opened his account in style, heading past the stranded keeper.

Clipstone pulled a consolation goal back when a break down the left found William Whitehead in behind the Bridgford defence, but in truth, the result was settled in the first half.

There were a number of positives for Ryan Doherty’s men. The debut of Lee Stevenson in defence who looked strong and assured, the two 19 year old full backs, Ellis Williamson and Ryan Wheatley both put in near faultless performances and the attacking options of Hopkinson, Rae, Oldham and the Whitehurst brothers look as though they will cause a lot of teams a lot of problems this season.

An excellent opener to the season for Bridgford. Attention now turns to next Saturday’s game away to Kimberley Miners Welfare where we will be looking for more of the same.

Full Time Clipstone FC 1 West Bridgford FC 4

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