2 March 2024
Bromley progressed to the FA Cup First Round Proper on Saturday afternoon, courtesy of a narrow 1-0 win at Evesham United, the temporary home of opponents Gloucester City.
The Ravens started the game well, with the opening five minutes seeing them get the ball in the box on more than one occasion, but were unable to get a shot away.
Frankie Raymond did produce the first attempt of the afternoon on six minutes, but saw both his initial and follow up efforts blocked, the latter of which appeared to strike an arm, but nothing was given.
Minutes later, Jake Jackson got the better of Paul Rooney in the Bromley penalty area, and sent a low shot in across the face of goal, but no yellow shirts were on hand to divert it into the net. The next chance of note fell to Richard Brindley, who, after seeing his initial cross blocked, produced a fierce shot on the turn from an angle in the box, but saw his effort ripple the side netting.
And it would be nine minutes later that the best chance of the half would fall into Bromley’s hands. An outstanding piece of skill from John Goddard saw him turn his man exquisitely and thread the ball through to Omar Bugiel, who took a touch and surged closer to goal, only to shoot wide.
On the stroke of half time, the impressive Matt Liddiard got on the end of a City free kick deep into the Bromley box, but could only head wide.
After the break, Bromley emerged the sharper, and took full advantage just five minutes in. After George Porter was fouled out wide on the right, Raymond stepped up to swing in the free kick, and, in an almost carbon copy of his winning goal against Barrow last week, saw his delivery fool the goalkeeper and loop into the net. Whether it was deliberate or not, only he will know!
However, the Ravens needed to remain alert and were reminded of that just three minutes after opening the scoring. The lively Joe Parker weaved in and out of two Bromley challenges, before unleashing a low, curling shot, which forced David Gregory into a fine save, tipping the ball around the post.
And three minutes after that, the ever lively Porter went close to doubling the Ravens’ lead. After Bugiel won back possession, he started a quick counter attack with Goddard, who fed the ball to Porter. The Bromley man then stung the palms of Andy Hannah, having driven in a powerful shot from just outside the box, forcing a good save.
15 minutes from time, some outstanding work between Goddard, Frankie Sutherland and Bobby-Joe Taylor resulted in the opportunity for Bugiel to shoot from just outside the box, and shoot he did, missing the target by inches in the end.
On 84 minutes however, would come the best chance for Bromley to double their lead. An outstanding run from Porter, which saw him beat several City defenders and break into the box, ended with a low shot, which cannoned off the base of the post and away from goal. Had it gone in, it’d have been a certain goal of the season contender.
More brilliance from Porter late on saw an opportunity carved for Sutherland, but his shot was blocked, before Porter again provided the run and cross into the box for Goddard, but the Tigers defence were alert to it.
Bromley saw out the remaining minutes to record an important victory, progressing to the First Round and getting themselves into the hat for the draw on Monday night.
Bromley XI: Gregory, Sutherland, Holland (C), Raymond, Bugiel (Higgs), Mekki (Taylor), Porter, Goddard, Wood (Okoye), Brindley, Rooney.
Unused substitues: Johnson, Huxter (GK) Goodman, Meekums.