Important information: Attendance is by season or pre-purchased ticket only. You can obtain tickets here… United vs Three Bridges tickets
United made it three wins in three games on Saturday, comfortably beating FC Romania (of the South Central league) in their FA Trophy 2nd qualifying round tie. A 3-0 win which you can read about here… United vs FC Romania report
We are sufficiently into the new season now to start looking at a six-game form guide. Excluding penalty shootout results the ‘U’s form is DDDWWW, scoring 12 goals and conceding four. All told this means eight games have gone and United remain unbeaten in normal time.
Two more positive points of note from Saturday; Ben Pope banged in his first goal of the season and it was fantastic to see David Rodari entering the field of play for the final fifteen minutes.
In terms of the league table, this is still settling down as some teams have played six league games and others only three. United themselves have played four times and sit in 6th place on eight points.
Three Bridges also progressed in the FA Trophy last Saturday, winning 2-1 away to Chipstead (who also play in the South Central league). The Bridges have won their last two games and have a form guide of LWLLWW, scoring 8 goals and conceding 13.
Only one of their three wins has been in the league so, at this early stage, they are currently second from bottom with three points.
The teams met twice last season. Mid-September in the league United headed home from the Jubilee Stadium with a 2-1 away win. Craig Stone with the opener and Pope hitting the ‘U’s winner with fifteen minutes to go.
A couple of weeks later the teams met again at the Pilot Field in a Velocity Trophy group game. This time United ran out comfortable 5-2 winners which featured a Rodari second-half hat-trick.
On Saturday, Louis Rogers and the back-four picked up their fifth clean-sheet of the season, indeed FC Romania barely landed a punch. With goals flowing at the other end of the pitch United are looking formidable.
That said, with two wins in two games, including a first league win of the season, Three Bridges will themselves want to push on. Whether the visitors will adopt a positive or ‘sit back and wait’ approach we shall have to see, but either way we should expect another tough encounter.
Tuesday 20th October, 7:45pm kick off at the TGS Pilot Field (Elphinstone Road, TN34 2AX).
Admission is by season or pre-purchased ticket only. United vs Three Bridges tickets
£12 for adults, £8 for concessions (OAP/Students) and £1 for Under-16’s (with parental supervision).
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Bob Quinn @BobJQuinn