8 December 2023
Bromley welcomed Welling United to Hayes Lane for their Buildbase FA Trophy Second Round tie, with the visitors’ matchday squad containing no less than five former Bromley players.
Christian Nanetti tested the Bromley back line in the opening stages, but after he weaved his way into the box, he saw his angled drive go just wide. Bromley took advantage of that in the 6th minute, as Joe Anderson’s deep free kick caused carnage in the penalty area, and Jack Holland was able to back heel a loose ball past Chris Lewington to give Bromley the lead.
However, former Bromley man Adam Coombes, who has been in fine goalscoring form for the Wings this season, reminded the Ravens of his threat when he produced a thumping drive from 25 yards, which forced Alan Julian into a smart diving save.
After 20 minutes, Bromley thought they had doubled their lead. Wings stopper Lewington acted impulsively and chased a ball well outside of his box, which Blair Turgott was also chasing. The latter got there first, rounded Lewington and crossed into the box, only for Matt Fish to clear. However, the clearance was straight into Turgott’s path, and this time he produced a low delivery towards the back post where Louis Dennis was there to smash home, only for the flag to be raised.
After 31 minutes, Welling were level thanks to a bizarre goal. Former Bromley midfielder Danny Waldren floated in a cross looking for the outstretched leg of Harry Crawford, but instead, his cross bounced straight into the back of the net, with Julian perhaps expecting Crawford to get the final touch and hence, misjudging the flight of the ball. Turgott should have put Bromley back in front as half time drew closer, but after being superbly played in with a Bradley Goldberg through ball, Turgott raced through on goal and shot at goal, but was denied by a smart save from Lewington.
The second half was a much more scrappy affair, with Lee Minshull blasting a volley over the bar for Bromley and Blair Turgott putting a long range effort just wide.
However, in the 83rd minute, the Wings went ahead. Bromley gave away a needless foul on the edge of the box, leading to a dangerous free kick. Adam Coombes stepped up and blasted an effort into the top corner, which dipped just under the crossbar.
Bromley failed to threaten any further after that, and Welling, who were the better side in the second half, held on to progress to the third round.
Bromley XI: Julian, Wynter, Johnson, Holland ©, Minshull, Cunnington, Dennis (Martin), Anderson, Higgs (Dymond), Turgott, Goldberg (Porter).
Unused substitutes: O’Connor, Huxter (GK).