Match report: West Bridgford FC 3 – 0 Ellistown & Ibstock

After a disappointing result last weekend at local rivals Dunkirk, West Bridgford returned to winning ways with a comfortable victory against bottom side Ellistown & Ibstock.

Saturday 21 January 2017

East Midlands Counties League – Premier League

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Attendance 45

The home side were without captain Jonathan Ventrella, Jurgen Charlesworth, Martin Kearney, Alex Kusmin and leading scorer Carl Westcarr.

The game commenced and after a fairly even first quarter West Bridgford took the lead – On the 35th minute and following another dangerous Ross McCaughey corner, Dave Erentz acrobatically volleyed the ball into the roof of the net following a good knock down from striker Tim Hopkinson.

Bridgford were camped inside the Ellistown half for the remainder of the first half and but for the woodwork could of extended the lead further, Aaron Large smashing the post and Hopkinson forcing two excellent saves.

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HT 1-0 (West Bridgford)

Bridgford started the second half on the front foot and created numerous chances – Heath, Sylla, Hopkinson and Spiers all squandering golden opportunities.

After more pressure it took until the 65th minute for Bridgford’s second goal to arrive. After good work down the right between the industrious Will Heath and David Erentz the ball was squared to Tim Hopkinson who turned and shot in one movement to hammer the ball home – a superb team goal.

The home side made three changes, Tom Coole, Tomi Jayeiola and a debut for 24 year old striker Sean Green. It was substitute Green who was the architect of the third goal. After excellent hold up play he linked up sharply with Tim Hopkinson who squared the ball to Aaron Large who casually slotted in Bridgford’s third, it was the midfielders 17th league goal of yet another prolific season.

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The victory ensured West Bridgford remained top of the East Midland Counties League table and increased their lead to four points ahead of a very busy February schedule.

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Man of The Match: Tim Hopkinson

Joint Manager Stuart Robinson was satisfied with the result ‘It was nice to get back to winning ways after the setback last week, the group have reacted well to the defeat and spirits have been high – today I thought we controlled the game and had our finishing been more clinical we could have had a couple more’.