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14 August 2022
A late goal from Bradley Goldberg rescued a well deserved point against Kent Rivals Dover Athletic at Hayes Lane in front of 1273. Both sides, as well as spectators, respectfully observed a minute’s silence prior to kick-off to remember those who lost their lives in the Shoreham air show disaster.
In an largely entertaining match, it was Bradley Goldberg who would have the first real chance of the match, but although he rose high to meet a cross into the box, he headed it narrowly wide. After a few half chances for both sides, it was Dover who would have the best chance of the game so far. Nicky Deverdics’ powerful shot on the turn from the edge of the area had Alan Julian stranded, but he was relieved to see it canon off the crossbar and out for a goal kick. Stefan Payne headed over the crossbar for Dover, before Anthony Cook forced a good save from visiting goalkeeper Mitch Walker, as the hosts’ corner count continued to rise. Liam Bellamy should have put the visitors ahead on the stroke of half time, but he miscued his header from close range and saw it fly high and wide.
After the break, there were again half chances for both sides, but the first real attempt came from Dover’s Payne, who stung Julian’s palms with a powerful strike, matched by an excellent reaction save. Payne was again at the heart of Dover’s attack minutes later, as his audacious back-heeled effort from close range hit the post. Good play by Cook then saw him flash a powerful cross across the goal, but nobody was on hand to head into the net. Bromley were on the attack a majority of the time, although not able to truly test Walker. It was then that the visitors went ahead, against the run of play at the time. Good work from Ricky Miller saw him work his way into the area and cross for Deverdics to stroke home a shot into the top corner from inside the area, after 70 minutes.
Bromley went straight on the attack once again following the goal, and Ben Chorley slipped the ball to Ali Fuseini after a fantastic run, and the former Millwall man earned a corner as the Ravens looked to equalise. The corner was well cleared by Dover’s back line, and the return ball into the box caught ex-Dover man Sean Francis offside. In the 87th minute, however, the home side were presented with a great opportunity to equalise, after Cook was fouled in the penalty area, and the referee pointed to the spot. Up stepped Goldberg. The frontman produced a low effort to Walker’s left, which he saved, but was unable to stop the Goldberg from reacting quickly to tap home the rebound. The home side were unable to force home a winner late on, but will be pleased with a point against a well organised side.
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