Football matches are not always won by standards set by the likes of Messi, Ronaldo and Bale. Sometimes they have to be won by hard graft, patience, organisation and team ethic, today was one of those days…
Saturdays game saw West Bridgford take on mid-table Barrow Town, no easy fixture at their home ground with their proven history of being hard to beat.
Bridgford had to make their usual changes due to unavailability of players and faced a fit youthful home side on a very boggy playing surface.
The game started and the away side took an early lead when after 11 scrappy minutes – the impressive Tomi Jayieola and Kevin Spriggs set up Jamie Spiers to fire home from 12 yards. 0-1 (Bridgford)
Barrow came back with strong runs by Zach Ginvert and Harry Astill but finding the Bridgford defence in resolute form.
After the first 20 minutes Bridgford had started to pass the ball better, Tim Hopkinson, Aaron Large and Kevin Spriggs had good chances. It did come as no real surprise when the league leaders extended their lead – Jamie Spiers showed a turn of pace to beat two players sliding in Abou Sylla who whipped a dangerous cross for Hopkinson to tap in at the far post. 0-2 (Bridgford)
Just as it looked that the visitors would take a comfortable half time lead Spiers needlessly hacked down Barrow’s Benjamin Law in the box to concede a penalty – Law himself stepped up and hammered the ball home past Sam Clark. 1-2 (Barrow Town)
HT 1-2 Bridgford
The game restarted and in the 53rd minute Bridgford increased their cushion further when Tim Hopkinson evaded three late tackles, found Aaron Large who’s delicate pass allowed French winger Abou Sylla to slot home. 1-3 (Bridgford)
Both teams introduced substitutes in an effort to spark energy into the contest, the pitch extremely heavy by now. In the 88th minute Bridgford sealed the contest when excellent feet from one of those substitute’s Sean Green gave Jamie Spiers the opportunity for his second of the match with a far post header, his 5th goal since joining the club from Basford United. 1-4 (Bridgford)
FT 1-4 (Bridgford)
Regrettably the game ended on a sour note as a Barrow Town supporter racially abused several of the West Bridgford players during the game, incredibly sad to hear as Barrow has always been a lovely place to visit and play football.
Man Of The Match: Patrick Newsome
Joint Manager Stuart Robinson spoke at the final whistle, ‘its another good three points that maintains our momentum and importantly the three point gap at the top of the league – first half we didn’t play particularly well conceding at a bad time just before the interval, second half we worked harder, recycled the ball quicker and had more of a cutting edge in the final third’
By John Burns