First Team
Isthmian League South East Division Mon 1 April The Home Call Carpets Community Stadium
Burgess Hill Town
  • Anderson (62')
  • Goodman (66')
Three Bridges

Three Bridges kept their play-off chances going as the defeated the Hillians 3-2 to exact revenge with the same scoreline from when the two sides met on New Years Day.

It was excellent Easter crowd of 676 at the HomeCall Carpets Community Stadium as the Hillians made two changes from Saturday’s draw away at Erith & Belvedere with skipper Marcus Allen and Olly Hamstead returning to the starting XI in place of Nico Jones and Reggie Ward.

Like Saturday the Hillians got off to a poor start and conceded after just two minutes. A free kick was pumped in from the half way line and Tressor Difika heads it back across goal, over everyone and into the corner.

Soon after Bridges break down the right and a neat one two on the edge of the box sees a shooting opportunity but it’s straight at Fin Holter and a minute later Bridges’ Noel Leighton bustles his way clear and bears down on Holter but it’s a good point blank save as the visitors dominated the early part of the game.

On 16 minutes Reece Hallard had the Hill’s first attempt but he fired wide from 25 yards and four minutes later Martyn Box whips in a set piece and Jake Goodman darts to the near post but it just hits him and he can’t direct it on target.

Hill top scorer Dan Perry picked up a knock and was replaced by Tahjae Anderson whilst Bridges top scorer Leighton saw Holter off his line but his effort was way off target.

Hill were only getting joy from set pieces, Hamstead kept a corner alive and Hallard forced Leo Anderson to tip it around the post.

On 42 minutes a corner floated in by Box sees Marcus Allen meet it and thump a header but it’s straight at Anderson.

The final chance of the half came when Holter’s clearance is charged down and everyone watches the ball roll and hit the post. It’s kept alive and we block a shot and scramble clear as the visitors went in at half time deservedly leading.

The hosts found themselves 2-0 down after conceding early once again. A free kick was played short was smashed into the bottom corner by Ibrahim Jalloh.

With half an hour remaining the Hillians came into life and almost pulled one back when a Box cross was palmed away by Anderson and it’s a vital touch as it takes it away from Hallard.

On 62 minutes it was game on as Box scurries his way down the right and just about keeps it in, he sets up Tahjae Anderson who stabs in from a matter of yards for his first goal for the Hillians.

Soon after Hill nearly levelled as Brannon O’Neil keeps Three Bridges ahead as a corner comes to Hallard and O’Neil flies and blocks it on the line. But the Hillians did bring themselves level immediately after.

From the corner, it comes in and Jake Goodman gets to the near post, flicks it on and flicks it in for his first Hillians goal. Two goals in a mad four minutes saw the Hillians level out of nothing.

With three minutes remaining the visitors won it. O’Neil swings in a pearler and the Ex-Hillians combine as Callum Donaghey stoops to head home with a goal from another set piece.

Bridges should have sealed it but they head over from a matter of yards in the 90th minute.

Deep into injury time Hill could have snatched a point with an equaliser as a long ball fell to Hamstead who’s shot flew over the bar as Bridges left with all three points.