5 December 2023
A much changed Bromley side fell to defeat at Damson Park on Tuesday evening, as a goal in each half sealed all three points for the home side.
It was the Moors who started the game on the front foot, and could have been ahead in the opening three minutes, as Kwame Thomas beat David Gregory to a through ball in the Bromley box, but after rounding the Ravens goalkeeper, Thomas was denied by an excellent block on the line from Tyrone Sterling.
Soon after, the home side spurned another good chance, as Ade Yussuf latched into a lobbed pass on the edge of the six yard box and shaped up to shoot, but scuffed his effort well wide.
However, the hosts would be ahead inside 13 minutes. A crossfield free kick from Darren Carter was headed back across goal by Liam Daly, where the onrushing Thomas had the easiest of tasks, tapping home from close range.
In what was the only good chance for either side in the remainder of the first half, Brandon Hanlan was played through on goal by the lively Luke Wanadio, but after taking the ball in his stride, his low, curling effort was tipped around the post by Max O’Leary. From the resulting corner, captain for the evening Ben Chorley glanced a header wide.
After the break, the first chance of note fell Bromley’s way on 52 minutes. After working himself into a good position in the box, Wanadio shot from an angle but failed to test O’Leary, who made a simple save down to his left.
After Jamey Osborne blasted a shot high and wide for the hosts, they went close to doubling their lead through Yussuf. Kyle Storer knocked down a free kick into the former Charlton youth player’s path, but after going one on one with Gregory, he was denied by an excellent save by the legs of the Bromley number one.
Soon after, Adam Mekki, still working his way back to full fitness after an injury lay off, worked the ball into the box and cut inside from the left, but shot over the bar from an angle.
As time drew on, Hanlan headed wide from a Shane McLoughlin cross, before the Moors wrapped up the three points in injury time. Substitute Alex Reid took advantage of a poor Bromley back pass and lobbed the onrushing Gregory to double his side’s lead, in what was the final meaningful action of the game.
Bromley XI: Gregory, Rees, Chorley (C), Hanlan, Mekki (Allen), Higgs, D.Johnson, Sterling (R.Johnson), Wanadio, Sutherland (McLoughlin) Woolfenden.
Unused substitutes: Huxter (GK), Enver.