24 February 2024
A solitary Michael Cheek goal on the stroke of half time separated undefeated Bromley and Boreham Wood at a very warm Hayes Lane.
Perhaps coming against the general run of play in the first half, Cheek’s strike gave Bromley confidence going into the interval, leaving Boreham Wood frustrated at the lack of chances their possession engineered.
In what was an uneventful first half, it was the visitors who would have the Lion’s share of the possession, but were unable to trouble Mark Cousins in the Bromley goal. Kane Smith’s 35 yard strike was comfortably saved, before Jamal Fyfield blazed high and wide from the corner of the six yard box after meeting a deep free kick.
Josh Rees and Frankie Raymond both had strikes blocked as Bromley looked to get a foothold in the game. As half time approached, the Ravens looked the more threatening of the sides and went close through Luke Coulson. After latching onto an excellent crossfield ball from Sam Wood, the former Ebbsfleet man looked to try and lob David Gregory, but his effort lacked elevation and was comfortably saved.
However, just seconds after two minutes of additional time were announced, Bromley struck. Ex-Boreham Wood man Reeco Hackett-Fairchild skipped past the sliding challenge of David Stephens at the byeline and saw his low shot deflected to the back post, where Michael Cheek was on hand to tap home.
After the break, it was the visitors who would start the brighter of the two sides.
After Sam Wood gave the ball away in the left back position, Kabongo Tshimanga picked up possession and darted into the box, getting the better of Chris Wood, who slipped in his attempt to tackle the Wood man. Just as he was about to pull the trigger, Frankie Raymond came to the rescue with a well timed tackle.
Seconds later, Bromley presented the visitors with another opportunity with a loose ball at the back, allowing Piero Mingoia to find Tshimanga in the box, but his goalbound effort was thwarted by an excellent Mark Cousins save.
It would be Mingoia himself who would look to equalise with half an hour left on the clock, but after the ball fell to him midway inside the box, he could only send a volley over the crossbar, failing to trouble Cousins.
Cousins was on hand again to deny Boreham Wood on 68 minutes, as another fine reaction save saw him tip Adam McDonnell’s angled drive onto the post.
As the Wood became increasingly frustrated, Bromley began to take more control, despite losing captain Jack Holland to injury. Hackett-Fairchild was keen to put his former employers to the sword with a speculative, curling effort from the left wing, but it was wide of the mark. Great hold up play from substitute and Southend United loanee Michael Klass would engineer another chance for Hackett-Fairchild, but this time, he curled wide from the edge of the box.
There would be time for a further chance apiece for the sides as time began to run out for the Wood. Klass’ introduction had certainly had an impact, and excellent hold up play once again saw him with a chance to drive at goal, but off balance, he opted to strike from range, ending up well wide of goal.
Just before seven minutes of injury time was signalled, Sorba Thomas chested a throw in down and unleashed a dipping volley at goal from 30 yards, but he failed to hit the target.
Bromley become the only unbeaten side remaining in the National League, following Solihull Moors’ defeat to Woking.
Cousins, Kizzi, Wood, Holland (C), Bush, Raymond, Bingham, Coulson, Hackett-Fairchild, Rees, Cheek
Subs not used: Dunne, Klass