26 February 2024
A fantastic debut by Bromley in the Vanarama National League as the Lillywhites come from a goal down to win 3-1 in front of over 2000 at Hayes Lane.
Bromley’s resurgent first half performance sealed all 3 points in the Ravens’ first National League Premier fixture. Wesley York’s 20th minute goal was cancelled out by Francis’ leveller, Alex Wall and Moses Emmanuel added to the tally in a thrilling first half.
Bromley’s long awaited season opener came around and Wrexham were in town. A new looking Wrexham side took on the Ravens at Hayes Lane with the opening encounters seeing The Reds with the majority of possession. Two early corners pilled on the pressure but the Ravens hung on. The possession did eventually pay off in the 20th minute with Wesley York connecting with a low cross from just outside the box. The goal was deserved and it sent The Dragons fans into celebration. The celebrations were cut short though, Joe Anderson delivered a free kick into the box and Sean Francis smashed the ball home. Swaine had bundled over the ball prior to the goal but was able to slide it into the path of Francis who finished coolly under pressure into the top corner.
If the equaliser was unexpected then Alex Walls goal minutes later would provide an even greater shock. Some good play lead to Wall streaming into the box and firing a low shot past Cameron Buford in The Reds goal. Bromley were now 2-1 up in their first game after 30 minutes and it got better just before half time. Play again started in Bromley’s half with Cook starting the attack, Wall was played in who then played a perfect ball into the path of Emmanuel who slotted home sending Bromley 3-1 up into the break.
The second half proved to be a tighter affair with Wrexham managing some good chances but it was Bromley who went closest with Anderson crossing into Goldberg whose strike was blocked. Cook was lively throughout the whole game but really got into Vidal in the second half forcing him into a few harsh challenges throughout. The height of Swaine and Francis caused problems from corners in the second half but none managed to force a save. Chances came and went with Wrexham’s Connor Jennings going the closest with a powerful strike from outside the box but Julian pulled out a magnificent save to deny the Wrexham skipper. The Dragons couldn’t muster up any more chances and Bromley took all the points on the opening day of the season. Bromley face Woking away on Tuesday and then travel up to Grimsby on Saturday.
Report by James Tanner
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