24 February 2024
Bromley hosted Barrow for the second time in three years on Non-League Day at Hayes Lane on Saturday afternoon.
The Ravens made a blistering start to proceedings in front of a healthy crowd, with Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe’s goalbound header from Frankie Sutherland’s pinpoint free kick being tipped wide by Andrew Firth within the opening five minutes.
However, the Ravens would not have to wait long to take the lead. After seven minutes, Omar Bugiel headed home from the corner of the six yard box, after a neat one-two corner routine from Adam Mekki and Frankie Raymond.
The Ravens would go close again on 12 minutes. Ogedi-Uzokwe’s persistence down the left saw him create a chance for Sutherland, squaring the ball to him on the edge of the box. But with little room to shoot, Sutherland fed the ball back to Bugiel, who sent a low shot just wide.
Minutes later a similar run from Ogedi-Uzokwe carved a chance for Raymond, but after taking down a floated pass on the edge of the box, Raymond scuffed his shot into the feet of a defender.
As Barrow settled into the game, Lee Molyneux struck a low free kick from just outside the box straight into the wall, before watching the ball loop onto the roof of the net. Unfortunately, just before the half hour mark, Luke Carroll-Burgess’ afternoon ended early. After jumping to win a header with Raymond, the Barrow man fell awkwardly and was stretchered off the pitch and unable to continue.
Soon after, Molyneux went close to levelling things up, albeit not intentionally, as his cross caught the wind and floated inches over David Gregory’s crossbar. In the dying moments of first half injury time, Dan Jones’ long throw in also got caught in the wind, and blew into the back of the net, but was of course disallowed, since nobody got a touch.
After the break, the game changed somewhat, with Barrow applying a majority of the pressure.
However, it was the Ravens who would have the first chance. After a wonderful cross from George Porter, Bugiel, looking for his second of the afternoon, rose high to meet the ball but directed his header straight into Firth’s grasp.
The visitors would draw level on 56 minutes. After several Bromley attempts to clear the ball had failed, Erico De Sousa struck an audacious volley from just over 20 yards out, which dipped beyond the reach of Gregory and into the net.
However, after Ogedi-Uzokwe had nodded wide at the back post, and Sutherland having tested Firth from 25 yards, Bromley made a breakthrough.
A free kick was awarded out wide on the right, and after a classic ‘two Frankies’ setup, Raymond whipped a free kick into the six yard box, which evaded everyone and crept into the bottom corner.
With 15 minutes still left on the clock, Barrow piled on some late pressure, but failed to test Gregory in the Bromley goal, ensuring Bromley held on to earn their third win in four games.
Bromley XI: Gregory, Sutherland, Holland (C), Raymond, Bugiel (Taylor), Mekki (Goddard), Porter (Higgs), Ogedi-Uzokwe, Wood, Brindley, Rooney
Unused substitutes: Okoye, Goodman