30 December 2023

Ravens strike five times against Ebbsfleet

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Ravens strike five times against Ebbsfleet

A Ben Krauhaus brace, along with goals from Michael Cheek, Alex Kirk and Olufela Olomola sealed a 5-1 win for Bromley at home to Ebbsfleet United on Saturday, despite going behind early on.

It was the visitors who got off to the better of starts when a corner was lofted into the Bromley box with eight minutes on the clock and Luke O’Neil was there to head home the opener.

The first change of the game was made moments later. However, it didn’t involve the 22 players on the pitch; the linesman picked up an early injury and the team of officials were forced to make an early switch.

Myles Weston, who enjoyed his first start at the RELOC8 EM Community Stadium, almost caught former Raven Mark Cousins off guard when a cross into the box nearly looped over the head of the Ebbsfleet ‘keeper and into the back of the net.

On the 23 minute mark, some good play from Olomola and Lewis Leigh almost lead to an equaliser with the latter striking from range, but it could only sting the palms of Cousins.

The Ravens did have their leveller soon after though when an excellent Josh Passley cross from the right found the head of Cheek at the far-post who nodded home Bromley’s first of the afternoon.

The prolific front-man nearly added to his tally just past the half-hour mark. However, this time, despite replicating his earlier chance, his header was saved on this occasion.

Kirk maintained his spot in the starting 11 and nearly wrote his name on the score-sheet when he burst forward before firing from range. However, his strike sailed narrowly over the bar.

Bromley eventually turned the game on its head just before the break when Cheek did well to hold the ball up for Corey Whitely who was gifted space to charge forward before slotting through Krauhaus. The Academy graduate, who bagged in the reverse fixture on Boxing Day, made no mistake again, slotting past Cousins.

Eight minutes of stoppage time were added at the end of the first 45 and deep into that additional period, Craig Tanner smacked a dangerous free-kick against the crossbar for the Fleet.

With just a couple of minutes into the second half, Kirk extended Bromley’s lead to two when he capitalised on Ebbsfleet failing to clear a set-piece, firing home from close range.

Krauhaus was hunting for his second when he skipped through the Ebbsfleet back-line, cutting inside, before striking low into the arms of Cousins.

The highly-rated youngster would go on to net his brace, but not before Olomola added his name to the list of scorers when Cheek did well to square the ball to his strike partner to comfortably slot home number four from close range.

Leigh and Bes Topalloj both tried to extend the advantage whilst Dominic Samuel was causing problems up the other end, but the scores remained 4-1 until the 87th minute. Krauhaus was played through and after dinking it over Cousins, the ball trickled into the bottom corner.

A sensational day at the office for Andy Woodman’s men who travel to Maidenhead United in their next game. Their next home fixture takes place on Saturday 13th January vs Chippenham in the FA Trophy and tickets can be purchased by clicking here.

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