2 March 2024
The Ravens looked to stretch their unbeaten League run to seven matches with the visit of Eastleigh posing the next challenge. Neil smith was without his mercurial centre-back Mark Anthony Okoye, but with Jake Goodman coming into the eleven on the afternoon Bromley supporters could take every confidence in his calibre of the replacement.
Eastleigh themselves made once change from their win over Sutton United last weekend, with Chris Zebroski coming into the side in place of Paul McCallum. And it was Zebroski who made an early impact on the match, winning a corner after Hare had sent him through down the right.
The first corner of the match was struck along the floor with pace, with it met by Mark Yeates inside the 18-yard box. His strike went through a group of players and was blocked away to safety in what was an early scare for the home side.
The remainder of the first half saw very few chances for either side, with Zebroski nodding a Josh Hare cross just wide of goal. For Bromley, Adam Mekki came closest, lobbing an effort over from just inside the box.
However, the next incident of note would not be a goal, but an injury. As he surged towards the ball to take a shot, Mekki collided with a cluster of players inside the box and went to ground, quite clearly hurt. The winger’s afternoon would end there, just a minute before half time, as he was stretchered off the pitch.
The injury resulted in Omar Bugiel coming on to replace him.
After the break, the Ravens would go close early on. A troublesome cross from Richard Brindley was flicked on at the near post by George Porter, but there were no fellow white shirts on hand to turn it home.
Bugiel would then go close to putting Bromley ahead, but after Jack Holland flicked George Porter’s long throw across goal, the Lebanese front man couldn’t get enough on the ball, and it sailed harmlessly wide. On 68 minutes, Bugiel again went close, but after being put through on goal at an angle and with pressure from a defender, his angled drive was saved.
The best chance for Bromley fell to George Porter, but after some nice build up play put him one on one with Southwood in the Eastleigh goal, he took too long to get his shot away and was denied by a last ditch block.
Despite being under more pressure in the second half, Eastleigh still posed a threat and Ben Williamson should have given them the lead, but after finding himself with only David Gregory to beat, he blazed a shot high over the crossbar.
However, the visitors weren’t to be denied a winner in the 88th minute, as they would find a winner. Yeates’ deep cross into the six yard box was missed by Gregory and his defence, before it sailed into the net, possibly off the head of Andrew Boyce.
The Ravens had little time to respond, and fell to their first defeat since Boxing Day.
Bromley XI: Gregory, Sutherland, Holland (C), Raymond, Mekki (Bugiel), Goodman, Porter, Wood, Brindley (Johnson), Coulson, Hooper
Unused substitutes: De Silva, Dunne, Higgs