Ashmore double brings the Bridges crashing down.
On a freezing cold night at Nyetimber Lane as ‘the Beast from the East’ began to bite. Pagham’s Young Lions qualified for their second semi-final of the season by beating Three Bridges 3-0.
Pagham made all the early running and scored with their first shot on target in the fifth minute when 'the artist', Joe Ashmore whacked a nice volley home from the edge of the box. As the snow began to fall, fortunately just a light shower, Alex Ansa-McIntyre had the chance to double the score but hit his shot straight at the Bridges ‘keeper.
Seven minutes later, in the 28th minute, it was Pagham striker Jake Stanley’s turn to fluff his lines when he too hit his shot straight at the ‘keeper after he was put clean through. When Joe Kilhams' shot flew just passed the far post soon after, it looked as if the Young Lions would have to settle for just one goal in the half.
Mike Gilchrist, however, had other ideas and he volleyed home at the far post in a carbon copy of the first goal in the last minute of the half and his side went in 2-0 to the good.
The second half started with much more pressure from the away side and Pagham goalie Luke Terry was forced into a good save, just about his first of the game, from a free kick. Still Pagham were wasting chances at the other end as Michael Rogerson also hit his shot straight at the ‘keeper when clean through.
The game was finally put away in the 75th minute, when a sweeping move out of defence by Ryan Cox went to James Cooke and his cross was volleyed in by Joe Ashmore.
That knocked all the stuffing out of Three Bridges and the game was played out on the now icy pitch, with Pagham creating various half chances but unable to put any of them away.
The Young Lions team was: Luke Terry, Joe Kilhams, Harry Hendrick (Ryan Cox), Mike Gilchrist, Charlie Selby, George Bingham, Matt Gamble, Jamie Horncastle (James Cooke), Jake Stanley (Michael Rogerson), Joe Ashmore and Alex Ansa-McIntyre.