Lewes : A.Munoz Fernandez; S.Brinkhurst; M.George; L.Harrington; D.Stewart-Hunter; A.Malins; E.Kaja; R.Conlon (J.Hammond,74); J.Smith (C.Kealy,87); J.Dixon; J.Brotherton (C.Coppola,64).
Unused Subs. – G.Sow; J.Whitmore.
Booked – Harrington (77).
Bridges : K.Thorp; S.Sargent; D.Fender (M.Wilson,87); J.Lansdale; D.Cooney; J.Crellin; J.Rowe-Hurst (D.Toussaint,82); T.Howard-Bold (A.Tait,49); T.Garrod; N.Pierre; K.Allen-Djilali.
Unused Sub. – M.Fox.
Booked – Cooney (77).
Referee – Damith Bandara.
2016 can’t have come to an end quick enough for Paul Faili and his Bridges side as they once again slumped to defeat, although for about five minutes they gave themselves belief as they came back from three down to 3-2 and looked likely to snatch an honourable draw.
Sadly, individual mistakes are being punished on a regular basis, and after only seven minutes a spot of head tennis in their own area finished with JONTE SMITH heading a rather simple opener for Lewes.
Kieran Djilali almost produced a swift equaliser but saw his effort deflected wide, and Jack Rowe-Hurst then fired over after determined work and a fine cross from the outstanding Jamie Crellin.
Ronnie Conlon was just wide for the home side, but Crellin and Drew Cooney led by example as Bridges’ defence subdued their hosts. But they were caught appealing for offside after 35 minutes before Smith laid the ball into the path of JAMIE BROTHERTON to net against his former club.
And on the stroke of half time Brotherton almost scored again, but his snap shot was well held by Kieron Thorp. Sadly though, the curse of the opening stages of the second half struck for the third time in four games as Egli Kaja made a break down the right and squared for CONLON to net within forty seconds of the restart!
Thorp then held onto a drive by Kaja, but the introduction of Allan Tait from the bench signalled a change in formation for Bridges, who began to pressurise a frankly ordinary home defence.
Good work between Steve Sargent and Tait ended with the latter’s shot on the turn being pushed away by Adria Munoz Fernandez, and there were two close calls from a now inspired Djilali. And after 56 minutes the Lewes defence looked uncomfortable enough for TONY GARROD to drill home to give Bridges a lifeline.
They were still vulnerable on the break and Thorp had to make fine saves from Jack Dixon and Charlie Coppola before Bridges struck again in the 72nd minute with Djilali combining well with goal scorer TAIT.
But when Cooney conceded a 77th minute free kick on the left edge of the area, the ball was played in for COPPOLA to hit a rocket shot past a helpless Thorp. This led to a bizarre mickey taking celebration by Lewes skipper Lloyd Harrington that led to a yellow card.
Thorp had to make late saves from Dixon and Smith as Bridges were now exposed, and whilst they can take comfort from a much improved second half display, they still sit uncomfortably at the wrong end of the table.
Aerotron Man of the Match – Jamie Crellin.
Crawley’s rising sports stars encouraged to apply for sponsorship through scheme
The scheme helps local athletes by offering them access to high-quality training facilities, financial support and expert advice.
Up-and-coming athletes in Crawley are being given the opportunity to receive funding from a local sports provider as part of its talent development programme.
Everyone Active, who will be taking over management of the leisure provision in Crawley in partnership with Crawley Borough Council, is calling for aspiring sports stars to apply for funding and support as part of its Sporting Champions scheme.
The scheme helps local athletes to achieve their sporting potential by offering them access to high-quality training facilities, financial support and expert advice. From grass roots athletes through to Olympic medallists, it has already aided more than 800 people on their sporting journeys.
Successful candidates will be awarded with bronze, silver or gold sponsorship packages. All athletes are provided with free access to Everyone Active’s centres across the country, and those on the higher tiers can also receive a sponsorship grant of up to £5,000 to help towards their training and competition costs.
Athletes on the scheme are also given exclusive opportunities to join mentoring sessions led by some of Britain’s most influential sports stars. Over the last year, scheme ambassador and Olympic medallist, Colin Jackson CBE, has hosted a number of mentoring days offering advice on topics including nutrition, money management and mental wellbeing. Alongside some of the country’s best athletes, Colin plays an integral part in providing both one-to-one and group mentoring opportunities to the athletes.
Stuart Mills, contract manager at Everyone Active, said:
“Since we launched the scheme in 2016, we have invested over £500,000 in helping the next generation of sports stars to achieve both national and international success.
“We are committed to offering support and funding for athletes from across Crawley and I would urge local athletes to apply for Everyone Active’s Sporting Champions scheme so that we can help them on their journey.”
Applications are now open and will close on 31 October 2018, and aspiring athletes are advised to email: firstname.lastname@example.org for an application form.
For more information about Everyone Active’s Sporting Champions scheme please visit www.easportingchampions.com