29 April 2023

Report & Reaction: Oldham Athletic 1-1 Bromley

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Report & Reaction: Oldham Athletic 1-1 Bromley

The Ravens drew 1-1 with Oldham Athletic at Boundary Park on Saturday to break their record points tally, finishing seventh in the National League. Their finish means we will face Woking away on Wednesday night in the play-off eliminator.

Joe Nuttall caused problems for the hosts and almost opened the scoring on 11 minutes after sliding in, connecting with the ball, but directing it over the bar.

Reice Charles-Cook made an unbelievable save just past the half-hour mark before the rebound was smashed towards goal and Kellen Fisher was there to expertly head off the line.

Mark Shelton’s curling free-kick was comfortable enough for Cookie before another bending effort failed to trouble the Bromley stopper, this time through Dan Gardner.

Oldham did take the lead though just before half-time after Nuttall beat Charles-Cook before slotting past Byron Webster on the line.

Cookie did make another brilliant save on 60 minutes to deny substitute Ben Tollitt who raced one-on-one with the Bromley ‘keeper.

James Vennings struck from range soon after, but his effort bounced into the Oldham ‘keepers’ gloves.

Mitchel Bergkamp came on and caused problems for Oldham, including a headed chance which narrowly missed the post following a brilliant Harry Forster cross.

The Dutchman was at it again moments later, driving forward before striking just over the bar.

Charles-Cook made another great save to deny Tollitt again before Bromley had their equaliser as Vennings struck hard and low from range to make it 1-1 on 79 minutes.

The Bromley ‘keeper has had an incredible season and it continued on Saturday, making another incredible save late on.

Vennings saw another shot saved in stoppage time before the referee called time as Bromley collected that one more point to break a club record.

Next up, the small matter of Woking in the play-offs…

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