24 February 2024
Bromley welcomed Alan Devonshire’s Maidenhead United to Hayes Lane looking to make it two wins at home in a week.
The Ravens were unchanged from the Sutton United win but Jack Barham and Zavon Hines were additions to the bench, with John Goddard and Joe Quigley missing out.
Both sides lined up to match each other in a 4-4-2 and it proved to be a very end to end affair. But it was the away side who had the early chances. Firstly, Max Worsfold had an effor flash across goal before Josh Kelly register and attempt on targer which was saved easily by David Gregory.
Bromley continued to be put under pressure and it was the lively Kelly who brought the best out of Gregory. Kelly was put through by Adrian Clifton but the former’s effort was well saved by the onrushing Gregory.
Kelly would once more go close, with Clifton at the heart of the move again. The Magpies forward flicked the ball across goal and Kelly was unfortunate not direct his effort goalwarss from just yards out.
The game then swang in Bromley’s favour and the Ravens went close from two free-kicks. The first was a well worked move between the two Frankies, with Raymond whipping the ball to the back post only for Goodman to head wide.
The second free-kick also fell to Goodman after Raymond’s delivery but the Bromley centre-half could only head wide once more.
Maidenhead would have two further chances through Obileye and Clifton but neither truly tested the Bromley defence. And the away side would live to rue their missed opportunities as Bromley took the lead minutes before the interval.
Another well worked routine gave space for Sutherland to run into. He then passed to Brindley who whipped in a perfect cross to Holland at the back post to tap in.
Bromley almost doubled their lead before the break through Luke Coulson. The winger picked up the ball on the left and curled an effort to the far corner, only for Carl Pentney to pull off a brilliant diving save to keep it out.
The second half started off in more of a physical battle with Maidenhead committing a number of fouls with Adam Mekki being one of the main targets. Massey and Clifton both picked up bookings in the opening ten minutes of the half but the tackles on him seemed to rattle Mekki who too picked up a booking early on in the half.
Clear cut chances were few and far between for the Ravens and both sides were doing well to restrict the other from getting a sight on goal.
Alan Devonshire then looked to change that with him taking off Alfie Kilgour and bringing on Reece Cole, a defender coming off for a midfielder.
And Cole almost made an instant impact. A free-kick was awarded to the away side just outside the 18-yard box and Cole whipped in a fierce effort that Gregory could just about gather on the goal line.
Bromley then made a change of themselves with Jack Barham replacing Luke Coulson. By this time the game had stagnated somewhat with neither side really creating any meaningful openings. Maidenhead were limited to a header directed wide from Obileye, who continued to be a pest in the air.
With five minutes left to play Bromley brought on Roger Johnson and switched to a 5-3-2 formation, clearly indicating a desire to defend the game out.
And see it out they did! Holland’s goal was enough to seal the victory and add a welcomed three points to the Ravens’ tally in the National League.
Next up is an away trip to Sutton United on Boxing Day, before a trip to the South coasf to take on Havant & Waterlooville.
Our next home match is on New Years Day in front of the BT Sport camera as we host Sutton United once more. Tickets for the game can be purchased in advance by clicking HERE.
Bromley XI: Gregory; Brindley, Holland, Goodman, Wood; Mekki (Johnson) , Raymond, Sutherland, Coulson (Barham); Porter (Okoye), Hooper.
Unused subs: Ogedi-Uzokwe, Hines
Maidenhead XI: Pentney; Clerima, Massey, Kilgour (Cole), Steer; Worsfold (Akintunde), Obileye, Odametey, Twumasi; Kelly, Clifton.
Unused subs: Bird, Owusu, Keetch