A derby game that didn’t disappoint the 200 plus crowd as Street staged a brilliant comeback to record their 13th win on the bounce.
Street struggled to adapt to the heavy pitch early on and Bridgwater were excellent in the early stages and took a deserved lead after only 5 minutes when Jake Llewllyn slid his shot past the on rushing Tom Punchard. Tackles were flying in from both teams as Street tried to get to grips with the game. The task got more difficult for the Cobblers when on 19 minutes a quality cross out on the left by Kurt Robinson was bundled in at the far post by Syd Camper to make it 2-0. A quick response was needed and it came moments later when Steve Murray broke down the left with pace, expertly beating his man and when his shot was saved it was Craig Herrod who reacted quickest to make it 2-1.
Street were now in the ascendancy with Matt Hurley and Aidan Chainey becoming more influential from the middle of the park. A deserved equaliser came on 37 minutes when a fine ball into the box by Jake Mawford wasn’t dealt with by the Bridgwater defence and Dave O’Hare reacted quickest to nod home at the far post. A remarkable turnaround was complete just before the interval when a fantastic low swerving cross from Lewis Tasker was met with the left foot of O’Hare who found the bottom corner. It could of been even better Street on the stroke of half time but following a hand ball in the box O’Hare had his penalty expertly saved by Jake Viney.
Bridgwater were playing their part in a great contest but faced an uphill task when Llewllyn got his marching orders for a two footed tackle. Ross McErlain tested the keeper on the hour mark with a free kick with Herrod or Murray unable to add to the score with chances moments later. Bridgwater were looking to hit Street on the break but Rich Fey’s men had them penned in for long periods without creating any clear cut chances. Mawford was next to try his luck on 72 minutes but his long range effort was comfortably saved. Ten minutes before the end Bridgwater nearly equalised but following a goal mouth scramble it was cleared off the line.
The introduction of Lewis Hogg helped Street to see out the game without conceding any more chances. A rash tackle from Josh White on Harry Foster was the last of the action as tempers flared for a brief moment but it was Street that took all 3 points and sent the fabulous away support home happy.
Man of the match Dave O’Hare congratulated by Street fan and sponsor Jason Depledge.
Next up for the Cobblers is a trip to Bridport on Boxing Day. Kick off 1pm.