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Bushin brace keeps Robins unbeaten
12:00pm Monday 23rd September 2013 in Sport
Calor Southern League Division 1 S&W
Godalming 1, Bridgwater Town 3
HAVING thrown away two points on Tuesday, Bridgwater renewed their title challenge with an impressive win at Godalming on Saturday.
Tom Warren made his debut in central defence, and even without the suspended Middleton and Wilson, the visitors' bench would have been the envy of teams at this level.
After Bushin had shot wide from Griffiths' knock down in the first minute, Bridgwater took the lead on five minutes with a stunning goal. An unmarked Miller picked up a loose ball in midfield and took a pace forward before crashing the ball into the top corner from 35 yards.
The Robins' front three were looking lively, keeping the home defence at full stretch.
They doubled their lead after 35 minutes. Page, who had been winning a lot in the air, headed McGrath's free-kick into the danger area and leading goal-scorer Bushin was on hand to nod past keeper Courtnage.
Godalming, who hadn't had a shot on target, got themselves back into the game two minutes later when a determined Mazzone forced in a cross from De-St Crouix.
Bridgwater's first chance of the second half saw Bushin's header tipped over by Courtnage as the visitors pushed for a third.
Although Godalming were progressing nicely down the right-hand side, they were unable to force Wright into any meaningful action as McGrath was marshalling his defence well.
On 69 minutes, Bushin missed a glorious chance to put the game to bed, putting Griffiths' neat through ball the wrong side of an open goal.
But he made amends a minute later, turning neatly to deceive keeper Courtnage with a low finish from 12 yards out to seal a deserved win for Rich Fey's men.
Fey was full of praise for for his players, in particular Joe Bushin, who recovered from an operation on his hand just a day before the game. He said: “A great result and another away win. It was good to see Joe Bushin score two after having an operation on his hand.
“We want to keep picking up points and stay at the right end of the table.”
Town take on top-of-the-table Paulton Rovers on Tuesday night, before facing Bristol Manor Farm in the FA Cup on Saturday.
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