West Bridgford secured another 3 points at Regatta Way on Saturday. Goals from Jack Oldham, Tim Hopkinson, Ryan Whitehurst and John Whitehurst secured a hard fought 4-3 victory.
West Bridgford FC vs Rainworth Miners Welfare FC
East Midlands Counties League
Final Score West Bridgford FC 4 Rainworth MWFC 3
The strong wind had a big impact on the game and didn’t seem to suit Bridgford in the early exchanges. After a bright start from the visitors, on 15 minutes a long ball was played in behind the Bridgford defence, and despite strong claims for offside against Asumah, his shot was initially saved by Sam Clark but the rebound was turned home by Ethan Wiesztort to give Rainworth the lead.
Bridgford struggled to get any control of the ball for the next 10 minutes until a moment of real quality on 25 minutes from Jack Oldham levelled the match. Receiving a nice pass from Ryan Whitehurst he left his defender for dead, raced into the area and slotted past the Rainworth keeper.
Bridgford were now starting to play with Callum Lloyd calmly pulling the strings in midfield and the tenacious Joe Terry ably assisting alongside him. On 35 minutes a cross from Ryan Whitehurst found Tim Hopkinson who headed home neatly to give Bridgford the lead.
Half-Time West Bridgford 2 Rainworth 1
The Second Half was a largely scrappy affair. Bridgford possessed the overall quality and had chances through Ryan Whitehurst, John Whitehurst and Josh Rae that all came and went.
Rainworth were mainly on the back foot until an extremely well taken 25 yard volley from Bamford found the top corner in the 75th minute and brought the match back to all square.
The neutral may have thought this would hand the initiative to the visitors, but it was not to be and is becoming a hallmark of Ryan Doherty’s Bridgford side. They perform at their best when facing adversity and immediately pressed to get back in front.
After a succession of corners and near misses, a nice move started on the right, found Josh Rae on the edge of the box, he played a lovely disguised square ball to Ryan Whitehurst who advanced and finished emphatically via the underside of the bar.
Three minutes later Bridgford surged further ahead. Ryan Whitehurst chased a ball down the left channel and beat his defender before flicking the ball across to the tireless John Whitehurst who scored the goal that his efforts on the day fully deserved.
There was even time for a 90th minute consolation goal for the visitors through Harris, although the referee almost immediately blew the full time whistle upon the restart.
A hard fought but deserved victory in difficult conditions that gave all of the supporters in attendance excellent value for their £5 admittance fee.
Full-Time West Bridgford FC 4 Rainworth MWFC 3