25 October 2017

Bromley 2-3 Maidenhead United

  • Men's

A crazy first 45 minutes, in which five goals were scored between both sides saw Bromley fall to just their third home defeat this season, and concede more than one goal in a game at home for the first time this campaign.

It was Bromley who would take the lead, however, in the tenth minute. A quickly taken throw in by Louis Dennis was fed back to Tyrone Sterling, who played Frankie Raymond in down the left wing, and the midfielder cut inside and delivered a perfect, low pass to Luke Wanadio, who took a touch, let the ball roll across to his right foot, and finished past Carl Pentney for a deserved lead.

However, United would be level a matter of minutes later. A troublesome delivery from a corner was not dealt with by Bromley, allowing the ball to drop conveniently to the head of Adrian Clifton, who saw his glanced effort creep in off the post.

The Magpies’ next goal would in fact come from a Bromley attack. Raymond, attempting to pass the ball to Mekki on the left wing, saw his ball intercepted, allowing the visitors to start a counter attack. This was slick, and soon the Maidenhead players on the attack outnumbered the Bromley defenders. The ball fell to former Bromley striker Moses Emmanuel, who took a touch and spotted the overlapping Sam Barratt, fed him the ball, and as the wide man cut inside, he was tripped by Sterling, prompting the referee to award a spot kick. Up stepped Harry Pritchard, and he made no mistake, dispatching the penalty to David Gregory’s left, and despite the ‘keeper getting a touch, the ball nestled in the goalnet.

As events became even more frantic, Bromley would be level two minutes later. An astonishing passing move saw a patient build up from back to front, capped off by Joshua Rees scoring his 6th league goal of the season, latching onto a brilliant through ball by Adam Mekki and slotting the ball into the bottom corner.

However, the joy would be short lived. Around ten minutes before half time, Bromley would find themselves behind again. More good link up play between Emmanuel and Clifton saw the former play the latter in, beating the offside trap and closing in on goal at an angle, before finishing across Gregory, via a touch from his glove.

As time in the first half ran down, Jordan Higgs had a low shot fall just wide as Bromley sought an equaliser.

After the break, Gregory was to thank for keeping Bromley in the game, advancing towards Emmanuel, who was through on goal, to bravely block his powerful effort to prevent the Ravens’ deficit from widening.

Thereafter, chances became fewer and further between, with Bromley only really having one clear cut chance which should have ended in a goal. Mekki worked his way into a great position on the right wing and cut inside, but with only the goalkeeper to beat and Frankie Sutherland waiting on the 6 yard box for a simple tap in, Mekki attempted to chip Pentney, but the United stopper easily gathered the tame effort.

As time drew on, Mekki had another chance, this time, he found himself with time and space on the right wing and attempted a long range drive, which was powerfully struck and just wide, in what would have been a wonder goal.

However, the home side’s task was made even tougher in the dying minutes as George Porter was shown a red card for a trip when trying to win the ball back, and the away side kept the ball well to run down the clock and claim all three points.

Attendance: 1,056

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