2 December 2023
A crowd of 1411 witnessed a superb Bromley team performance against Gateshead which saw the Lillywhites run out deserved 3-0 winners.
Following a narrow defeat on Bank Holiday Monday against league leaders Forest Green Rovers, Bromley knew a return to winning ways was only just around the corner. Bromley saw a change to the starting line up and captaincy, as Rob Swaine returned to the back four following a few weeks on the side-lines whilst he recovered from a shoulder injury he picked up at Woking on the 11th August.
It was Gateshead who started the more dominant of the two teams, and the first big chance of the game came only 2nd minutes in, when a long cross from the Gateshead half found its was into Bromley’s 18-yard box. The ball was then headed down by Bowman to the feet of McLaughlin who just managed to shoot wide of the goal. Bromley hit back soon after as a short cross from the wing by Emmanuel connected with the foot of Alex Wall who’s shot hit the cross bar. The ball then came back out to Cook as his shot was then blocked by the bodies of the Gateshead defence. The ball remained in play as a failed clearance was collected by Fuseini who passed back to Emmanuel on the wing, the ball was played in to the box again to the head of Joe Anderson who just headed the ball over.
The second half produced a lot more entertainment for the 1411 fans who were in attendance at the game, (98 of those where away fans) with further chances being created for both teams. With 69 minutes gone, Bromley made a substitution, Louis Dennis was brought on for Bradley Goldberg. The change had an immediate effect, and only 5 minutes later Dennis passed through to Emmanuel who slotted the ball in to the back of the net to make it 1-0. Bromley continued to dominate the game and with 85 minutes on the clock a defensive error allowed Dennis to break in to the box to fire Bromley into a 2-0 lead. Gateshead’s hopes of salvaging something from the game were dashed, as Emmanuel was on target again thanks to a fantastic assist by Ali Fuseini who sent the ball through the middle of the field between two Gateshead players, where the ball was picked up by Emmanuel. Moses then took the ball into the box, around the keeper to make it 3-0, making it Bromley’s first clean sheet of the season.