5 May 2024

Bromley promoted to the EFL!

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Bromley promoted to the EFL!

After beating Solihull Moors on penalties in the National League Promotion Final, the Ravens have gained promotion to Sky Bet League Two!

Bromley almost got off to the perfect start when Louis Dennis took a touch on the edge of the box before firing just past the post.

The Ravens were handed their second chance in as many minutes when Idris Odutayo’s shot whistled past the post too.

Up the other end and Joe Sbarra caused Bromley problems and provided Grant Smith with his first test of the game. His deflected shot dipped into the gloves of the Bromley ‘keeper.

Smith’s opposite number Nick Hayes was called into action moments later when Ashley Charles did really well to find Corey Whitely before the number 18 cut inside, drilling low, but it was dealt with.

The dead-lock was broken five minutes before the break when Whitely played through Michael Cheek who buried into the bottom corner as Andy Woodman’s men took a one-goal lead into half-time.

Solihull hit next, though, as Sbarra pounced on a rebound to level proceedings just minutes into the second half.

However, the Ravens were awarded a penalty just before the hour mark and up stepped Cheek who blasted past Hayes to regain Bromley’s lead.

The lead didn’t last long though as Jamey Osborne levelled things up for the second time.

The Ravens pushed for a late winner and Whitely almost bagged himself the glory when his shot hit the side-netting before Jude Arthurs saw a low shot saved deep into stoppage time.

Level after the 90, the final would extend to extra-time and Bromley almost put their noses back in front just seconds after the restart when Alex Kirk burst forward before bending a shot narrowly high and wide.

The Arsenal loanee was hunting for the winner and nearly grabbed in four minutes into the added 30 when he headed a corner onto the crossbar.

Kirk was at it again on 114 minutes when his strike cannoned back off the post in the final chance of the game, meaning the game would be decided on penalties.

Smith saved Solihull’s first two, either side of Cheek’s successful spot-kick. Olufela Olomola and Arthurs netted two more for Bromley as Solihull buried their next three, meaning skipper Byron Webster had to score to win it for the Ravens and he did just that, smashing it home from the spot.

The win means the Ravens will be playing Sky Bet League Two football for the first time ever come August.

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