2 March 2024
A goal for Aldershot midway through each half saw them to a 2-0 victory at the H2T Group stadium on Tuesday night, with both sides ending the game with ten players.
It was Bromley who started the brighter of the two, with Luke Wanadio causing a number of problems for the Shots’ back line and along with Adam Mekki, put some useful crosses into the box, yet, the visiting defence held firm and ensured the danger was cleared on multiple occasions.
The first clear cut chance of the match fell Bromley’s way, and it was Wanadio who would create and execute an effort at goal. The hard working wide man carried the ball in and out of challenges in the Shots’ half and into the box, where, from an angle, he shot at goal, only for Lewis Ward to dive down to his near post and tip the ball wide.
The Shots registered their first attempt of the evening after 23 minutes, but James Rowe’s tame shot from the edge of the box was easily saved by David Gregory. However, it would be five minutes later that the visitors would take the lead, against the run of play. A slick passing move saw the ball worked to Bernard Mensah, who was around 25 yards from goal in line with the corner of the box, and the winger let fly with a dipping drive, which looped over the diving Gregory and into the top corner.
However, Aldershot would see themselves reduced to ten men before the break, as Adam McDonnell picked up a second booking for what appeared to be dissent after a free kick was given against him, and was given his marching orders.
After the break, it was Bromley who would come out of the blocks the more positive, and well executed counter attack, started by Wanadio, ended with Dennis shooting wide from just outside the box. Soon after, former Town player Mekki blasted a half volley over the crossbar after Jack Holland knocked down a Wanadio cross into his path, as Bromley searched for an equaliser.
After 67 minutes, excellent vision from Louis Dennis saw him play the ball through a crowd of players and into the path of Josh Rees, but the Ravens top scorer opted to square the ball rather than shoot, and his ball was intercepted and cleared.
Bromley were made to pay for this around a minute later. As Jordan Higgs received the ball in the left back position facing goal, his hooked clearance was charged down by Matt McClure and squared into the path of substitute Scott Rendell, who was one on one with Gregory, and slotted home from the edge of the six yard box, despite Gregory getting a touch.
Despite this, Bromley remained determined to claw their way back into the game and as time went on, substitute and former Shot Brett Williams had a shot across goal cleared off the line following a knock down from Holland. Around a minute later, there was yet more carnage in the box, and following Aldershot’s failure to clear the ball, a game of pinball ensued, but ended with George Porter curling an effort wide.
The drama wasn’t quite over just yet either, as deep into four additional minutes, Jordan Higgs was shown a second yellow card for a late challenge on the pacy Mensah and sent off, ensuring both sides ended the match with ten men.
Bromley XI: Gregory, Rees, Holland (C), Raymond (Vose), Dennis, Mekki (Porter), Higgs, D.Johnson, Sterling, Wanadio (Williams), Sutherland.
Unused subs: Allen, Wynter