Bridgford Swept Aside by Conquering Chilwell

On the 13th of October, West Bridgford B team faced up to Chilwell A team. One factor was certainly not on our side; the weather, with torrential rain pouring down while icy winds swept through our home playing fields. The team to face Chilwell was: Andrew King, Vince Machin, Elliot Newman, Ed Foulds, Charlie Lilley, Indy Gill, Alex Nolan (C), Sam Lacy, Eddie Townsend, James Harvey and Tom Carver with subs Amaan Razak, Louie Bickley-Blackwood, Zack Warton and Ryan Snowden. Hoping to claim a win to progress to the next round and avenge the defeat of last year, we were raring to go.
The game kicked off with Bridgford putting a high amount of pressure on the shaky Chilwell back line in the opening passages. Possession was shared with both teams demonstrating an assortment of crisp passing and high intensity with not much time on the ball for either side. As minutes drew on Chilwell started to dominate with style by bringing it out from the back and launching balls through the defence. Around the ten minute mark, Bridgford had what proved to be their best chance of the half with a move stemming from tough tackling from Sam and Alex with the ball being slotted through to James upfront. After a good run, he just missed the target. However the deadlock was broken in approximately the 15th minute with a goal for Chilwell. It was a swift attack and a good ball that dissected the defence with a clinically ice cool finish from their striker. No sooner had the kick off been taken that Bridgford were in trouble again. Chilwell seized possession and with their wing losing his marker, he sent in a sweeping cross into the danger area which was converted coolly by their striker. Bridgford were stunned. 2-0 down in the space of two minutes! Heads didn’t drop and we believed that we could get a goal. However these hopes were dashed almost immediately after the restart when a well worked move was converted by Chilwell – 3-0.  Determination shone through with Bridgford maintaining possession for a good ten minutes with some neat moves however no end product came. In the 30th minute, disaster struck once again with their striker converting from a one on one with Andrew. Bridgford kept it tight until half-time which required good defending from full-backs Charlie and Vince.
Changes were made at half-time with Ryan coming on for Eddie, Louie coming on for Ed and Zack coming on for Tom. 4 goals to the good Chilwell were confident and started to again dominate possession. Not long into the 2nd half they were awarded a corner. With Bridgford unable to clear their lines there was a goalmouth scramble in the box with one of their players poking the ball in for their 5th. Bridgford battled on even though defeat was likely Showing great character we regularly pushed forward with Indy and Ryan bombing down the wing. They were aided by Louie and Zack who distributed the ball well throughout the half. In spite of all their efforts, Bridgford were thwarted in front of goal on the night. This was tough, as their play deserved a better reward.  No such misfortune for the opposition as another simple yet clinical finish from Chilwell after a good move down the right made it 6. Midway through the half, Amaan came on for James. As the cold rainy winds swept in there was more misery for Bridgford as a 7th goal came from a deflected shot from the edge of the 16 yard box, looping over the unlucky Andrew. This condemned the game to a rout. With the game gone and spirits diminished, Chilwell hit an 8th just before the final whistle blew.  Bridgford knocked out of the cup, trudged off the saturated pitch. They had given it their all, but sadly it was just not their day.
Overall there were a lot of positives to take from the game with us making lots of chances and not letting our heads go down. In football games like this can happen. We battled to the end nonetheless. Finally big thanks to Mr Kent for organising the game and to Bradley and Jude who were linesmen.

By Alexander Nolan 9F

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