- Under 21's PDS
4 December 2023
A bitterly cold Saturday afternoon at the Westminster Waste Stadium saw a fantastic game between Bromley and fellow high flyers Yeovil Town, where both teams shared the spoils, having been reduced to 10 men after two red cards in the space of 5 minutes towards the end of the first half.
A frantic first half began with Bromley dominating proceedings, with a chance from Ben Williamson being the closest, as he dragged a shot wide after an excellent cross from Luke Coulson.
Bromley’s number 7 also came close in the 35th minute, when cutting in on his favoured right foot, but struck it just wide of the far post.
In the 38th Minute, Yeovil captain Lee Collins was dismissed by referee Daniel Middleton after denying Williamson a clear cut at goal. Four minutes later Bromley defender Chris Bush was also shown red after pulling down Yeovil striker Courtney Duffus down just outside the Box.
After the break the two sides battled to get the first goal of the game, after 65 minutes the game, tipped in Bromley’s favour as a run off the ball from Raymond was not tracked by the Yeovil defence, and he brought down in the box winning the Ravens a penalty. It was Raymond who stepped up to the spot and placed his penalty to Stuart Nelson’s left putting the home side 1-0 up.
However, after going down, Yeovil piled on the pressure looking for an equaliser. A great strike from substitute Chris Dagnall almost forced a mistake from Ryan Huddart, but he just about managed to smother the ball at the second attempt as it squirmed goalwards.
Bromley could and perhaps should have wrapped the game up nine minutes from time. A swift and slick counter attack from Bromley culminated in Raymond making another surging run to meet a perfectly weighted pass from Coulson, but after taking it down and bearing down on goal, his effort was saved by Nelson.
After an end to end second half the fourth official signalled for five additional minutes. With Yeovil pushing for a late equaliser, there was drama to come in the 97th minute when a cross from Charlie Lee met Rhys Murphy on the edge of the six yard box, and he was able to nod it across goal and into the net.
Bromley XI: Huddart, Wood, Holland (C), Raymond, Cheek (Henry), Bingham (Klass), Bush (sent off 44′), Williamson (Dunne), Rees, Edmonds-Green
Unused substitutes: Najia, Mekki
Attendance: 2,261 (364 away)
Report by Ben Lyons