West Bridgford completed a league double over Kimberley Miners Welfare at Regatta Way this afternoon. Goals in the 82nd and 89th minute from debutant Lee Potts secured a well deserved 2-1 victory for Ryan Doherty’s men.
Kimberley came into this game on the back of a long unbeaten league run and a narrow Semi Final defeat in midweek to Carlton Town from Step 4.
The first half of the game was an even affair. Alls and Green both had early chances to put Kimberley ahead, whilst John Whitehurst twice went close for Bridgford.
Clear cut chances were at a premium but both sides were putting on whole-hearted displays that was appreciated by the crowd in attendance.
On 37 minutes the deadlock was broken and it was the visitors that took the lead. A through ball found Savage in behind the defence and he finished well into the roof of the net.
Half-Time West Bridgford 0 Kimberley MWFC 1
The second half saw a slight change of shape from Bridgford and this resulted in them taking a much stronger grip on the game.
Commanding performances from a number of players, but notably Joe Terry in the centre of midfield and Ryan Deabill in the centre of defence ensured that Bridgford gained the ascendancy.
An increasing number of chances were now being created with the front three of Josh Rae, Ryan Whitehurst and John Whitehurst causing problems for the visiting defence.
It was however, Manager Doherty’s last roll of the dice that proved crucial. With 20 minutes to go he introduced Lee Potts for his debut as a fourth attacking option.
In the 82nd minute a deflected cross looped into the middle of the six yard box and Potts out-jumped the visiting keeper and just managed to get the ball over the line for a well deserved equaliser.
Rather than accept a point against the higher placed opposition Bridgford sensed the opportunity for more.
In the final minute Josh Rae got in behind the Kimberley defence on the right hand side and expertly cut the ball back to Ryan Whitehurst arriving on the penalty spot. His low drive could only be parried by the keeper out to the waiting super-sub Potts who tapped in the rebound before wheeling away to be mobbed by his new team mates.
All in all an excellent win for Bridgford against a strong Kimberley side.
Full-Time West Bridgford FC 2 Kimberley MWFC 1