12 November 2016

Report: Bromley 1-0 Boreham Wood

  • Men's

On a cold and wet day at Hayes Lane, Bromley welcomed an in form Boreham Wood side, whom they were promoted from the Conference South alongside two years before, with Bromley pipping Wood to the title, who eventually achieved promotion via the playoffs.

After supporters, players and staff of both clubs impeccably observed two minutes’ silence for Remembrance, the away side applied pressure straight from kickoff, it was Bromley who had the first chance, but George Porter’s low pass-cum-shot was too far in front of Tobi Sho-Silva and also wide of goal. Porter once again had a chance not long after, but after wonderful link up play with Sho-Silva, his close range cross from the edge of the six yard box was blocked. Wood responded with Morgan Ferrier surging at goal and getting the better of Jack Holland, only to be denied by a superb last ditch tackle from Rob Swaine.

Sho-Silva was hungry to add to his goal tally this week, after scoring the winner against Tonbridge Angels during the week, and nearly did so on the 23 minute mark, as he rose high to head Connor Dymond’s cross towards goal, only for Grant Smith to make a smart save. Winger Bruno Andrade then went close for the visitors, but he could only head Anthony Jeffery’s pacy cross over the bar.

It was then that the visitors turned up the heat, and Jeffrey nearly provided the first goal, but Alan Julian did well to tip his powerful, swerving drive around the post. From the subsequent corner, Dymond cleared a header off the line, after Julian had failed to punch the ball away from goal.

Yet, it was Bromley who took the lead in the 43rd minute. After an excellent cross from Dan Johnson sailed across the penalty area unopposed, Dave Martin was lurking on the edge of the edge of the six yard box, and he emphatically volleyed into the top corner to open the scoring.

After the break, the Wood began the second half as they had the first, and Andrade forced a good diving save from Julian with a low shot from an angle, as the slippery conditions played their part. After Porter’s cross had been blocked and the ball flew high into the air, Dymond was ready to pounce when it dropped, and he did so with a well timed volley, but Grant Smith was able to get enough behind it to prevent a second Bromley goal. Just.

Boreham Wood came even closer to levelling things up in the 56th minute, as Andrade’s cross was not cleared by the Ravens’ defence, leaving Ferrier with a close range opportunity. The ex-Cray Wanderers front man took the ball down before blasting an effort at goal, only for Swaine’s chest to deny him in the line.

However, the visitors’ pressure told after 62 minutes, after their neat, interlinking play caused Holland to foul a Wood player in the penalty area and point to the spot. Up stepped Conor Clifford. The midfielder hit a powerful effort to Julian’s right, and the Bromley stopper somehow tipped it onto the bottom of the crossbar, before watching it bounce down and be cleared away.

In additional time, Bromley cleared away a flurry of consecutive Boreham Wood corners as the visitors pushed desperately for an equaliser. However, the Ravens’ defence stood firm and snuffed out any danger. In the end, that was enough to seal all three points.

Report by Matt Hall – @bfc_announcer

Bromley XI: Julian, Johnson, Swaine, Holland ©, Martin (Higgs), Minshull, Porter (Cunnington), Dymond, Anderson, Turgott, Sho-Silva

Unused substitutes: Chorley, Prestedge, Goldberg.

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