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14 August 2022
Bromley welcomed Dover Athletic to Hayes Lane on a cold Tuesday night for another Kent derby under the floodlights.
It was the home side who had the first chance, as Lee Minshull stretched to head Joe Anderson’s deep, curling free kick over the crossbar from a good position. Jim Stevenson responded for the visitors minutes later, but saw his rasping volley deflected just wide. Ricky Miller, fresh from scoring four goals in his last outing for Dover, was put through on goal and poked a shot narrowly wide from just yards out, yet, his blushes were saved as he was in an offside position. Swaine repeated Minshull’s feat with a quarter of an hour gone, but this time headed another Anderson free kick wide, after rising high to meet the ball.
However, the deadlock was broken after 25 minutes by the in form Miller. After beating the offside trap to run onto a through ball, Miller finished past Alan Julian via a slight deflection off the Bromley stopper to take his tally to seven goals in three matches. Just three minutes later, the away side doubled their lead following two defensive errors from Bromley. When attempting to clear the ball, Minshull hooked the ball back towards his own goal, and after Swaine failed to clear, Ross Lafayette took full advantage, slotting home from an angle.
As the home side looked for a response, Dave Martin worked the ball into a good position for Tobi Sho-Silva, and the front man struck a powerful, low effort from just outside the area, which was expertly tipped wide by Mitch Walker. Miller then blasted an effort over as the bar, and later hit the post with a well timed volley, as Dover looked to wrap up the game before half time.
After the break, the game became more subdued, with less chances for both sides. Lafayette tested Julian early on, but his low drive was easily dealt with. Bromley continued to be troubled by Miller, and it was only an excellent save from Julian that prevented him scoring again, after he cut in from the left and unleashed a powerful effort at goal. Jamie Philpot’s wayward effort was about as close as Bromley could come in the opening stages of the second half, as the visitors’ defence stood firm.
Things then went bad to worse for Bromley, as ten minutes from time, Dan Johnson was sent off following a second bookable offence. Martin went close to pulling one back in injury time, but his floated free kick was tipped over the bar by Walker, before Tyrone Sterling headed a Bromley effort off the line. Substitute Connor Dymond had a fierce effort deflected out for a corner. Unfortunately for Bromley, it was too little, too late and Dover were deserved victors in the end.
Bromley XI: Julian, Johnson, Swaine, Holland (C), Martin, Minshull, Cunnington (Porter), Anderson, Higgs (Dymond), Sho-Silva, Philpot (Goldberg).
Unused substitutes: Howe, Prestedge.
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