Toolstation Western League: Falmouth Town 0-1 Bridgwater United

BRIDGWATER United returned to winning ways at the weekend in a gritty 0-1 win away from home against Falmouth Town.

It was a close fought battle in which Jack Thorne scored early in the second half to give the Robins an advantage and then solid defensive effort earned the victory.

A different Jack made his return to the team as Jack Taylor made his first start after returning to the club last week. 

A club debut was also given to youngster Luke Newman.

In the early exchanges both sides were creating chances as it began somewhat frantic.

The first shot on target came from Falmouth in the eighth minute as a neat passing play opened up some space in the box but Isaac Finch was able to save well for Bridgwater.

Falmouth were fouling quite frequently and from one free kick on the edge of the area George King saw his shot soar narrowly over the cross bar.

In the 25th minute a heavy challenge which saw take a chin or head to the back of his head. He went down injured and after being treated by the medic was able to carry on.

In the 25th minute, Falmouth regained some momentum and forced the ball up the pitch quickly. They were able to get some more shots on target but again, Finch was able to save them both.

The heavy tackles continued and in the 30th minute the first yellow card was shown to a Falmouth defender after he chopped down Jake Llewellyn.

Before half time Morgan Williams was also shown a yellow card and at the break the deadlock remained unbroken.

In the first minute of the second half, Williams was replaced by Ben Griffiths.

In the 48th minute the deadlock was broken as Jack Thorne found space in the box and was one-on-one with the keeper as he casually dinked it over and into the net to make it 0-1.

In the 63rd minute Thorne was replaced for J Phillips as Bridgwater looked to sure up the defence ahead of the oncoming onslaught. 

And soon after, Taylor's return to United was ended as he was replaced by Josiah McKayle and at the same time King was taken off for Mark Armstrong.

From there, the Bridgwater players defended well as Falmouth pushed for an equaliser.

The scrappy tackles continued but no matter as Bridgwater were able to keep the home side out of scoring opportunities and the match was won.

Up next for the Robins is a their away trip to Farnham Town in the Fourth Round of the FA Vase.