26 December 2016

Report: Bromley 1-0 Sutton United

  • Men's

Bromley entertained local rivals Sutton United at Hayes Lane on Boxing day, with both sides sitting in very close proximity around the middle of the Vanarama National League table.

The two sides traded chances in the early stages, with Craig McCallister heading just wide for Sutton and Ross Warner racing well out of his box to slide in at the feet of Adam Cunnington, who would have been through on goal. At the midway point of the first half, Sutton began to up the pressure and after several corners, Matt Tubbs was presented with a great opportunity, but luckily for Bromley, his volley from the centre of the crowded penalty area was just wide.

As half time drew closer and Sutton’s corner count kept on rising, Blair Turgott powered a free kick wide for Bromley and George Porter shot over the bar after neat work between Rob Swaine and Turgott. Porter then headed just over Worner’s goal after persistent work and a good cross from Dave Martin. At this point, the game had been anything but entertaining, but was starting to gather pace.

After the interval, Bromley nearly drew first blood just two minutes in, as a slick counter attack involving Martin and Turgott culminated in Cunnington heading just wide from Dan Johnson’s cross. As Bromley turned the tables from the first half and applied the pressure, Turgott had an optimistic long range effort easily saved by Worner. McCallister then tested Alan Julian with a fierce effort from just inside the box, after Bromley failed to clear the ball, but the former Sutton stopper was equal to it and produced a fine reaction save.

Jack Holland had a lucky break for Bromley as time drew on, but after slicing a clearance and being robbed of the ball by Dan Fitchett, the United substitute delayed his shot and Holland was able to recover and make an important interception. Bradley Goldberg nearly broke the deadlock after 88 minutes, but after breaking through on goal at an angle, his shot flashed across the face of goal and just wide of the post.

However, for the third consecutive time, this fixture would be won in the dying minutes, and for the second consecutive time, it would be Bromley who snatched victory. In the final minute of four added on, substitute Louis Dennis curled a beautiful effort into the bottom corner from just outside the penalty area, past the diving Worner, and a vast majority of the 2,036 crowd went into raptures.

Bromley XI: Julian, Johnson, Swaine, Holland (C), Martin (Dennis), Porter (Goldberg), Cunnington, Dymond, Anderson, Higgs, Turgott.

Unused subs: Wynter, Chorley, Prestedge.

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