Kimberley Miners Welfare 0-3 West Bridgford
Cometh the hour cometh the men.
Match Reporter: John Burns
The West Bridgford juggernaut roles on.....
After beating title rivals Birstall away last week Bridgford travelled to another title rival Kimberley Miners Welfare in their quest for three points.
Bridgford in recent weeks have added a steely resolve to their game and rival teams have found they are now 'no soft touch' adopting a John Wayne approach 'true grit'.
Under the blue sky the hosts started well but found Bridgford in no mood to wilt led by another outstanding performance from captain and man of the match Jonathan Ventrella who gave an impeccable display of composed defending.
In the 11th minute Bridgford deservedly took the lead when a pinpoint Will Heath corner was glanced in by striker Tim Hopkinson, the perfect start for the league leaders. 0-1 (Bridgford)
Kimberley tried to get into the game but suffered another setback in the 23rd minute when a long clearance from keeper Sam Clark saw Hopkinson race past former Bridgford player Felix Hogg, round keeper Rikki Turner and slide the ball home for Bridgford's second goal - a tremendous finish from the former Nottingham Forest stalwart. 0-2 (Bridgford)
HT 0-2 (Bridgford)
The second half became a feisty affair with tackles crashing in as the home side started to lose their discipline - several yellow cards being brandished. In the 60th minute Hopkinson nearly secured his hat-trick with more individual brilliance but was denied by a terrific save from Rikki Turner
The 62nd minute saw something quite unique in football - both sides made substitutions introducing their number 14's, brothers Carl Westcarr and Jarrod Westcarr entering the pitch at the same time, Carl for West Bridgford and younger brother Jarrod for Kimberley MW.
Bridgford introduced French winger Abou Sylla who soon began to taunt the Kimberley defence with his pace and trickery. It was no surprise therefore that he was fouled in the box, journeyman midfielder Marek Vipond the culprit - in the resultant skirmish Kimberley keeper Turner was booked as was Bridgford's Jurgen Charlesworth.
When the melee died down penalty ace Carl Westcarr fired home the away sides third goal - it was the 32 year olds 20th goal of a fantastic season. 0-3 (Bridgford)
In the 85th minute things got even worse for Kimberley when Marek Vipond was sent off for the hosts for another reckless challenge on Abou Sylla.
FT 0-3 (Bridgford)
West Bridgford remain 9 points clear at the top of the East Midland Counties League with only five games left to play - the league title now very much a possibility in their very first season at this level, a huge tribute to the management skills of Stuart Robinson, Chris Marks and coach Steve Astill.
Man Of The Match: Jonathan Ventrella
Joint Manager Stuart Robinson spoke at the final whistle, 'Its an excellent day in our title chase, like last week at Birstall I thought we were superb again and thoroughly deserved the win - defensively we were solid, disciplined, well organised and going forward we looked a real threat. When the Westcarr third goal went in Kimberley lost their composure on and off the pitch - after that we were in complete control for the final third of the contest.