13 April 2024

Ravens clinch Solihull win

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Ravens clinch Solihull win

Bromley faced a promotion pushing Solihull Moors side this Saturday in their final home league fixture of the season, just a week on from The Moors’ 2-1 triumph over The Ravens in the FA Trophy Semi Final, with Andy Woodman’s men seeking revenge upon the visitors’ return to Hayes Lane. This revenge was certainly dealt out, thanks to goals from Michael Cheek, Jude Arthurs and Ben Krauhaus.

An early chance fell Bromley’s way when Corey Whitely’s lofted pass triggered a chase from Krauhaus, but the young star was beaten to it by the outstretched gloves of Nick Hayes. 

After a fairly uneventful opening period, opportunity arose for the hosts on 22 minutes. Whitely’s through ball latched perfectly onto the feet of Krauhaus, who found himself one-on-one with Hayes; Joe Newton’s lunging challenge recklessly brought the number 28 down to the ground before he could pull the trigger, culminating in the referee issuing a yellow card to the full back and pointing to the spot. Prolific bagsman Cheek stepped up to the plate, lashing the ball straight down the middle, etching his name into the scoresheet for the 21st time in the league this season, and giving his side the lead. 

One became two for the Ravens on the stroke of half-time, after Arthurs started and finished a sweeping passing move. The midfield maestro’s diagonal pass to Josh Passley culminated in a passage of close proximity passes on the right-hand side, before Kamarl Grant breached the Solihull backline, allowing him to receive Whitely’s intricate pass before firing firmly across the face of goal; Arthurs didn’t need a second invitation, nodding past a defenceless Hayes between the sticks from close range. 

The start of the second half mirrored the uneventfulness of the start of the first half, with chances few and far between for either side. Grant Smith audaciously picked out Passley on the right-hand side 60 minutes in, and the full back’s impressive touch allowed him to steady himself and look towards the three black and white shirts primed and ready on the edge of the area; the number seven’s final pass let him down, much to the relief of the Solihull defence. 

Passley redeemed himself moments later, as he once again found himself wide open on the right-hand side. His whipped ball in begged Whitely to convert at the back post, but the stretching winger marginally missed out on making any contact. 

Solihull had their first real chance of the game on 70 minutes, courtesy of substitute Jack Stevens, whose shot from just inside the box did not trouble Smith, flying high over the crossbar. 

The Ravens couldn’t believe they hadn’t scored a third minutes later, after Passley tried his luck from range with a sublime volley, forcing a strong save out of Hayes; the number 32 could only parry the effort as far as Whitely, whose effort was also thwarted by Hayes. Whitely wasn’t finished there though, chasing down and retrieving the ball, before having a second bite at the cherry with a long-range rocket, only to be denied again by another exquisite save. 

The arrival of a third came with ten minutes to go, after Alex Kirk’s tackle at the halfway line allowed the defender to drive forwards, before laying off to Krauhaus, who cooly steered past a helpless Hayes, adding the icing on top of an impressive display for the hosts. 

The referee’s whistle confirmed a huge three points for Andy Woodman’s men, seeing them flying high in 3rd place in the National League, whilst this blow for Solihull sees them slip to 5th place. Up next, we travel to Oxford City on Tuesday night. 

Written by Daniel Catlin

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