Three Bridges FC v Erith Town FC – Friday 2nd September 2022 – Jubilee Field

For the first September match of the season, I decided to visit Jubilee Field, the home of Isthmian League, Three Bridges FC, for their FA Cup 1st Qualifying round fixture with Erith Town. Erith Town play in the Southern Counties East Football League (Premier Division) and this season has seen them make a disappointing start, with just three points from their opening three games, leaving them in sixteenth place in the table.

View from the main grandstand at Three Bridges FC’s Jubilee Field Stadium.

Manager, Adam Woodward, saw his side beaten 3-1 at home in two consecutive fixtures, by high flying Rusthall and Phoenix Sports, who were relegated from the higher ranked Isthmian League South East Division, last season. This was balanced by a fine 1-0 away victory, at Fisher FC, in Rotherhithe. In the previous round of the FA Cup, Erith Town beat Bedfont Sports 2-1, at home, in front of 109 fans.

Erith Town Warm up, prior to kick off.
SCEFL Premier League Table
– Courtesy of http://www.scefl.com
Clubhouse and smaller stand at Three Bridges FC’s Jubilee Field Stadium.

The Jubilee Field ground holds 1,500 at full capacity. The ground has a grass pitch and decent quality floodlighting. There is ample free parking at the ground and one main grandstand, with seating for around 150 and a smaller stand with seating for 60. The club had a well stocked refreshment stand and decent clubhouse and toilet facilities.

Matchday Programme

Opponents today, Three Bridges FC, play in the the Isthmian League South East, and have made a positive, if mixed, start to their season, winning against VCD Athletic and Lancing at home, but being beaten by Whitehawk and Sevenoaks Town in their away fixtures.

Isthmian League (South East Division) –
Courtesy of http://www.footballwebpages.co.uk

Kieron Pamment has top scored for Three Bridges FC, in the opening league and cup fixtures this season, grabbing four goals in six matches.

Three Bridges FC warm up, prior to kick off.

Manager Jamie Crellin captained the club for four seasons, before being appointed manager in the summer of 2021. Three Bridges FC qualified for this round, of the FA Cup, by beating another SCEFL side, Deal Town, 3-1 in front of 116 fans at the Jubilee Field.

Three Bridges FC Team
– Courtesy of Club Twitter Account
Erith Town Matchday squad. Courtesy of Three Bridges FC Match Programme.

The game opened to light showers but with the temperature still warm, the rain passed. There was a good Friday night crowd of 295 generating a positive atmosphere.

Sides shake hands before kick off.

The game had barely kicked off, when in the second minute, top scorer Kieron Pamment fired the ball home, to put Three Bridges FC, 1-0 ahead.

Celebrations at 1-0

In the 14th minute Erith Town were level, when Alfie Eldridge scored after a period of Erith Town pressure.

1-1
Three Bridges in Amber shirts and Black shorts. Erith Town in the Blue and black striped shirts and blue shorts.

The remainder of the half was fought out evenly, with chances for both teams, however on the stroke of half time, Curtis Gayler hit a free kick, from outside the Erith Town penalty area, which rocketed past the keeper to make it 2-1 to the home team.

2-1

The second half was just as entertaining as the first, with both teams pushing hard to score, and both goal keepers being forced to make decent saves.

In the end it was the home team who clung on to win 2-1 and progress into the next qualifying round of the FA Cup. Erith Town had given everything against higher league opposition but at the final reckoning it was the quality of the free kick strike by Three Bridge’s Curtis Gayler, that sent the home team through.

Reactions at full time.
A celebration huddle at full time for Three Bridges FC.

6 Comments Add yours

  1. john says:

    A good atmosphere and you can’t beat a good huddle! 🥰

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    1. mattbritt69 says:

      It was a good competitive cup tie!!

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  2. Good friday night crowd, think there is a market in this but you have to weigh it up against the impending cost of increased floodlight use

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    1. mattbritt69 says:

      That’s true. It seemed busier than the 295 official crowd…. I wonder what it actually costs to run floodlights for an evening match?

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      1. It’s not cheap, is the biggest cost a football club has at county league level unless they’ve changed over to LED bulbs which is a big reduction.

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      2. mattbritt69 says:

        Then they might have to rethink which is a shame as it’s great watching Friday night football!

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