- Under 21's PDS
4 December 2023
Bromley welcomed Guiseley to Hayes Lane for their final home match of the season, with the Yorkshire outfit still fighting for their lives near the wrong end of the National League table.
The Lions started the game very much on the front foot, forcing two consecutive corners in the opening two minutes, yet, they ultimately came to nothing. The visitors were made to pay for this after just four minutes, as Bradley Goldberg took a through ball in his stride, drove at the visiting defence and after losing the ball and regaining it in an instant, before he struck an angled shot past Jonny Maxted to give Bromley the lead.
Unfortunately for the Lions, Will Hatfield was forced off with an injury in the 16th minute, with striker Jordan Preston replacing him.
Guiseley nearly drew level after 25 minutes, when a low cross into the Bromley 6 yard box evaded everyone apart from Michael Rankine, but the experienced front man had his back to goal and his attempted flick was blocked and cleared by Alan Dunne, only for the ball to fall to Kevan Hurst, who struck a low shot towards goal, but luckily for Bromley, the unsighted Ross Flitney reacted sharply to make the save.
Tobi Sho-Silva went close to doubling Bromley’s lead, but after taking down a clearance and cutting in from the left, his fizzing effort which seemed destined for the top corner, was deflected just wide to Maxted’s relief.
Five minutes into the second half, the visitors equalised. Alan Dunne’s headed clearance from a lofted ball into the box fell kindly into the path of Preston, who broke through and finished low into the bottom corner, beyond the reach of the diving Flitney.
Sho-Silva came very close to restoring Bromley’s lead nine minutes later. Goldberg’s inch perfect lofted through ball was met by Sho-Silva, and the frontman lobbed the ball over the onrushing Maxted and towards goal, but, agonisingly, the post came to Guiseley’s rescue.
As time drew on, Connor Dymond and Blair Turgott struck powerful efforts wide of Maxted’s goal, whilst Louis Dennis’ tame shot hit a bobble on its way towards goal, forcing Maxted to Parry and luckily enough for him, see a defender clear the danger.
Chances came few and far between for both sides, and in the end, they would have to settle for a point apiece.
Bromley XI: Flitney, Johnson, Dunne, Holland ©, Minshull, Porter, Dymond, Higgs (Wynter), Goldberg, Sho-Silva (Dennis), McLoughlin (Turgott).
Unused substitutes: Hall, Omofe.