2 January 2019

Report: Bromley 2-1 Sutton United

  • Men's

Bromley played host to local rivals Sutton United under the lights on Tuesday night, as the BT Sport Cameras also made the trip to Hayes Lane.

The match was an entertaining affair throughout, and both sides looked to make an early impact on the game.

Bromley began with two half chances, as firstly Marc-Anthony Okoye knocked down a Frankie Raymond free kick for the onrushing JJ Hooper, only for visiting goalkeeper Jamie Butler to get there first and claim the ball. Not long after, Frankie Sutherland and Luke Coulson combined well to play Adam Mekki in on the edge of the box, but his shot was wayward.

The Ravens were then awarded a throw in level with the edge of the box, which was taken long by George Porter, finding Jack Holland, only for him to lash a shot into the side netting.

Bromley would pay for their missed opportunities on 11 minutes, when the visitors took the lead. After Jack Holland headed a Harry Beautyman cross away from goal and towards the edge of the box, Kenny Davis picked up the loose ball and got the better of Raymond, before striking a low, crisp effort into the bottom corner beyond the reach of David Gregory.

After Jonah Ayunga flashed a shot wide of Gregory’s goal, Bromley would have two good chances to level things up. Hooper would go closest, receiving the ball 20 yards from goal, deceiving Bradley Pearce and shooting on target, only to be denied by a good save from Butler, who tipped the ball wide. From the resulting corner, Okoye, who was becoming something of a thorn in Sutton’s side, headed over the crossbar.

However, Bromley would grab the equaliser they deserved on 34 minutes, thanks to Hooper, albeit unknowingly! Good play from Richard Brindley earned the Ravens a corner, which was swung in towards the back post by Raymond and headed across the six yard box by Okoye, where Hooper was again in the right place at the right time, with the ball hitting his back, before nestling in the net.

On the stroke of half time, Bromley, who were very much in search of a second, nearly found one. Excellent play between Sutherland and Coulson saw the latter slip the ball into George Porter, who delivered a low cross into the feet of Mekki, but the former Tranmere Rovers winger could only sky an effort high and wide.

Early on in the second half, Coulson played a perfectly timed through ball to meet the run of Porter, who then advanced through on goal and slotted into the net, only for the flag to have been raised for offside a few moments later. Coulson himself went close just a matter of minutes later, shooting narrowly wide from distance after a surging run towards the box.

Beautyman could have put his side in front against the run of play not long after, as his free kick was hooked off the line, before an Ayunga cross was headed off the line by Holland, with Sutton growing into the game a little more.

United Academy graduate Bradley Pearce nearly gave his side the lead, but after defensive partner Jamie Collins headed a long ball into his path in the box, he could only stab the ball into Gregory’s arms.

With just nine minutes left, as both sides continued to make substitutions, former Bromley man Brett Williams played a cross into the centre of the box from the left, but substitute Tom Bolarinwa could only slide in and divert it over the crossbar.

However, the drama would be served up with just a minute of normal time remaining. After Brindley had taken a knock, Jake Goodman entered the fray as Bromley were about to take a corner. It was once again delivered towards the back post by Raymond, and this time it was that man Goodman who rose high and sent a thumping header past Butler and into the net with his first touch of the ball.

Sutton did have a further two chances to equalise, with Craig Eastmond heading a Dale Bennett cross over the bar, and Williams leathering a volley over the crossbar. Sandwiched between the two chances was an opportunity for Bromley to wrap up the game in injury time, as Porter went one on on with Butler, only for the latter to make a good save.

However, it would be Bromley who would take the New Year’s Day points, making it four wins in five games.

Bromley XI: Gregory, Sutherland, Holland (C), Raymond, Mekki (Hines), Okoye, Porter, Wood, Brindley (Goodman), Coulson (Ogedi-Uzokwe), Hooper

Unused substitutes: Johnson, Bugiel

Attendance: 1,428 (149 away)

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