West Bridgford 2-0 Borrowash Victoria
Valentine Blues for Borrowash As Bridgford Smell The Roses
Match Reporter: John Burns
Before the game started a minutes silence was immaculately observed for Peter Snowden - a founder member of the club who sadly passed away last week, West Bridgford were pleased to welcome his son Jamie Snowden to the match.
The match itself was a superbly enjoyable affair with the hosts looking to extend their lead at the top of the table with three difficult away games in February on the horizon.
The first twenty minutes were hectic with both sides seeking to dominate – early chances fell to Bridgford, Abou Sylla, Tim Hopkinson and a Tom Coole effort brilliantly tipped over by Vics keeper Will Merritt.
At the other end Sam Clark made an excellent save with his feet from the lively Borrowash forward Celson Patricio and then two minutes later superbly pushed away a goal bound shot from Idris Kabongo.
The Bridgford back four had now come to grips with the lively Borrowash front three who for a time seemed to have more energy than the cast of La La Land. Tim Hopkinson had two powerful efforts saved by Borrowash keeper Merriitt and a fine header cleared off the line at the opposite end.
The second half started and Bridgford looked full of purpose - subsequently taking the lead in the 50th minute. A slick Aaron Large pass found Hopkinson who's deep cross was nodded in at the far post by Tomi Jayieola, the young wingers 5th goal of the season. 1-0 (Bridgford)
West Bridgford went further in front the 68th minute when an intelligent short corner taken by Large and Jayieola saw the latters vicious cross glanced in by Tim Hopkinson, his 9th goal in his last 6 games. 2-0 (Bridgford)
Substitute Carl Westcarr was introduced and he made an immediate impact wasting a golden opportunity on the 75th minute by blazing wide and then having a goal disallowed for offside following fellow substitute Jurgen Charlesworth’s cross.
The game finished 2-0 with Bridgford extending their lead at the top of the East Midland Counties League Table to three points over second placed Birstall United.
FT 2-0 (West Bridgford)
Man Of The Match: Tomi Jayieola
Joint Manager Chris Marks was satisfied at full time 'I thought first half was fairly even, Borrowash were lively and caused us problems at the back - second half we made some changes and controlled the game, looked after the ball better and looked more threatening in the final third'.