All I could hear in the first twenty minutes was the voice of the master Brian Clough saying ‘young man, if the good lord wanted the game to played in the sky he would of put grass up there‘ and talking of voices the Greenwood players were that vocal they could have formed a Christmas choir – it wasn’t pretty, says reporter John Burns.
When the home side finally got the ball down and under control on a terribly bobbly surface, Westcarr, Hopkinson and Charlesworth all had half chances.
The local Derby was being played at a furious pace and in the 16th minute Bridgford’s Kevin Spriggs was booked for a late tackle on Jordan Alls followed in the 25th minute by former Bridgford player Aaron Mitchell who also went into the referee’s book for a foul on striker Tim Hopkinson.
Greenwood had a chance in the 30th minute through Jordan Alls but the danger was sniffed out by Pat Newsome – two minutes later Martin Kearney’s poor clearance ricocheted off Ryan Bowen but flew past the post much to the keepers relief.
Both sides had late first half chances – in the 41st minute the home side took the initiative, a surging run by Dave Erentz gave Tim Hopkinson the chance to fire home from 12 yards past keeper Liam Mitchell’s despairing dive. 1-0 (Bridgford)
HT 1-0 Bridgford
In the 52nd minute an inch perfect cross from Carl Westcarr was headed home by Tim Hopkinson. 2-0 (Bridgford)
Mid way through the second half Greenwood had a good spell of possession but any danger was snuffed out by a dominate West Bridgford rearguard.
West Bridgford with pace now on even flank through subs Abou Sylla and Akintomide Jayeiola were causing problems – after a mazy run by Abou Sylla he fired home with the aid of a deflection. 3-0 (Bridgford)
The home side were now in full control and after another outstanding run by Jayeiola, Abou Sylla tapped in his 7th goal of the season at the far post to give Bridgford a comfortable 4-0 lead.
FT 4-0 West Bridgford
Man Of the Match: Dave Erentz
Joint Manager Stuart Robinson was happy with the result, ‘Greenwood have been in good form recently and we knew it would be a tough game, the goal just before half time was vital in settling us down – second half we went up a few gears and I thought we controlled and managed the game well’.
West Bridgford have a resolute defence which is the cornerstone of their success however will be severely tested on Tuesday evening against league leaders and title favourites Stapenhill who boost the leagues leading goalscorer Stephen Hart – three points will see Bridgford sit on top of the league on Christmas Day.