3 December 2016

Report: Bromley 2-0 Maidstone United

  • Men's

Bromley welcomed Kent rivals Maidstone United to a chilly Hayes Lane on Saturday, with the visitors fresh from an impressive 2-1 victory over Eastleigh just days before.

That said, it was the Ravens, looking to bounce back from defeat at Woking on Tuesday, who drew first blood straight from kick off. The game must have been under a minute old when Adam Cunnington stooped to head a long throw in past Lee Worgan from close range, with many fans still making their way into the ground at the time.

The first chance for the Stones came a few minutes later, as Dan Sweeney headed over after leaping highest to meet an inswinging cross, as Maidstone searched for an equaliser. Bromley responded with Cunnington feeding Blair Turgott and making a smart run on the outside, but Turgott opted to go for goal from range and fired well wide. Cunnington went close again twice as he met a fantastic through ball from Joe Anderson, but from an angle and off balance, the target man shot wide, and minutes later, the ball was set to him by George Porter just inside the box, yet, his low effort was easily saved
by Worgan.

In the second half, Dave Martin blasted a low free kick through the wall from a good position, but Worgan managed to get down to his left and field the effort condifently, before Martin was put through in goal following a flick on from Cunnington, but his powerful, angled effort was tipped wide by Worgan. From the corner, a free for all ensued, and despite hitting the crossbar and having countless efforts blocked on the line, Bromley just could not force the ball home.

However, Bromley did add a second when Turgott turned his marker inside out and delivered a delightful cross for Porter to rise high and head past the despairing dive of Worgan, who managed to get the slightest of touches, but to no avail. On the balance of play, it was no less than the Ravens deserved. In the 77th minute, Jamar Loza had the Stones’ first meaningful attempt on target, but Alan Julian bravely came out to the former Southend man’s feet to block the shot.

That saw Bromley earn the bragging rights, and their third consecutive home victory and clean sheet, as attentions switch to the FA Trophy next week.

Bromley XI: Julian, Johnson, Swaine, Holland ©, Martin, Minshull, Porter (Higgs), Cunnington (Sho-Silva), Dymond, Anderson, Turgott.

Unused substitutes: Wynter, Chorley, Prestedge.

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