6 April 2019

Report: Bromley 2-2 Aldershot Town

  • Men's

Bromley welcomed Aldershot Town to Hayes Lane on Saturday, with the visitors having a chance of being relegated should they lost and other results go against them.

The Ravens would start the game all guns blazing and take the lead just four minutes in, courtesy of a mistake from Will Mannion. After claiming the ball inside the box, the Town stopper attempted to throw the ball to a teammate, but instead, it slipped out of his hands and into the feet of JJ Hooper, who saw a shot on the turn from the edge of the box beat the stranded Mannion and find the bottom corner.

The Ravens would have a number of good attacking opportunities, yet, would fail to work Mannion enough to threaten a second goal, appearing to still be in first gear.

The Shots would level with their first good chance on 25 minutes. After Bromley lost possession and failed to take several opportunities to clear the ball, former Raven John Goddard met a ball at the back post and slotted it back across goal for Reece Grant to tap over the one and level things up.

The hosts looked to respond after something of a sucker punch, with Luke Coulson’s crosses causing problems for the Aldershot back line, with Reeco Hackett-Fairchild almost getting a head on the first delivery, which would have resulted in a certain goal.

Coulson himself would have a good chance minutes later, but after a strong run, his powerful, outswinging shot was just wide of goal, before Sam Wood saw a first time thunderbolt tipped over the bar by Mannion on his 200th appearance for Bromley.

Just before half time, Bromley would be forced into a change, as Hackett-Fairchild appeared to collide with a post as he looked to meet a cross, resulting in a lengthy delay and the on-loan Charlton Athletic man being taken to hospital. He would be replaced by Omar Bugiel.

In the second half, after Bugiel had forced a smart save from Mannion in the opening minutes, the Shots would take the lead. Luke Howell took the opportunity to shoot from 25 yards, and hit an absolute stunner of an effort, which went in off the post.

Frankie Sutherland went so close to equalising for Bromley on 58 minutes, as he struck a perfect, curling effort from the edge of the box, only to be denied by a simply stunning save from Mannion, who somehow got a hand to the ball to tip it wide.

However, Howell would turn villain not long after his goal. A poor backpass from the Shots number 8 only found Hooper, who went through on goal and confidently slotted past Mannion to restore parity.

As time went on, it was Bromley who were the more likely of the two sides to net a winner. Firstly, Marc-Anthony Okoye had a golden opportunity, but he could only send a free header from close range wide from the edge of the six yard box.

Finally, deep into five minutes of injury time, Bromley counter attacked in number, and substitute Brendan Sarpong-Wiredu cut inside from the right and forced a good save from Mannion, before Bugiel put the rebound wide when he could have done better.

The result leaves Aldershot to fight another day, with Bromley dropping one place to 13th.

Bromley XI: Gregory, Sutherland (Sarpong-Wiredu), Johnson, Holland (C), Raymond, Okoye, Porter (Higgs), Hackett-Fairchild (Bugiel), Wood, Brindley, Coulson, Hooper

Unused substitues: Dunne, Craske

Attendance: 1521 (195 away)

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