Saturday’s 2-0 win over Cray Valley PM saw Chi move to the top of the table having won four of their fives games so far.
Goals from Jimmy Wild and Gicu Iordache secured the three points that helped City leapfrog their opponents who had previously led the table.
It’s the first of three meetings between the two clubs in three weeks. Following tonight’s league fixture the two clubs go head-to-head at Oaklands Park again in just eleven days time, this time in the FA Trophy.
Then on Tuesday 8th October Chi travel to Jubilee Field for a Velocity Trophy group stage fixture.
“It will be a challenge for the players, it’s probably the first time this season in the eyes of many they’ll be expected to win given the league position of the two clubs”.
Bridges, who finished 14th last term have experienced a tricky start to the season. Saturday’s defeat at home to Hastings United was their fourth of the campaign, although their only win so far, an impressive 2-0 success on the road at Haywards Heath Town proves they are not to be taken lightly.
Miles Rutherford’s men will have to pay particular attention to Bridges’ strikeforce of Tom Tolfrey, Andre McCollin and Andrew Sesay who each have three goals already this season, the latter having scored in each of the club’s last three matches.
The City boss is wary that the team’s start may have raised expectations: “We learnt last year when you hit the top of the table everyone wants to shoot you down”.
“No-one at the club is getting carried away about being top after five games but there’s no doubt Three Bridges will be wanting to get one over on us”.
“It will be a challenge for the players too, it’s probably the first time this season in the eyes of many they’ll be expected to win given the league position of the two clubs”.
“However the management team know Three Bridges are a very dangerous team and we could easily come unstuck if we don’t have the right attitude so we’ll doing everything we can to stress that to the boys”.
Rutherford has a strong squad to pick from with the return to the sixteen of club captain Connor Cody, joint top-scorer Scott Jones and Matt Axell.
Kick-off at Oaklands Park is 7:45pm with admission prices £8 for adults, £4 for concessions, £1 for Students/16-18-years-olds, while under-16’s go free.
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