28 January 2017

Report: Bromley 3-1 Southport

  • Men's

Bromley welcomed Southport to Hayes Lane on Saturday afternoon, after the pitch had passed a 9am inspection, having been frozen for almost a week before the match. Both of the Ravens’ new signings Alan Dunne and Brandon Hanlan were handed starts by Neil Smith.

Though Southport dominated possession in the first few minutes, it was Bromley who had the first chance of note. Louis Dennis fed Blair Turgott down the right wing, and the latter beat his man before crossing low into the six yard box where debutant Brandon Hanlan was waiting, though he was unable to poke the ball home after Magnus Norman took two attempts to claim it.

However, it was the visitors who took the lead after 22 minutes. After some defensive hesitancy from Bromley, Jake Wright broke thorugh on goal and slipped the ball past the advancing Alan Julian.

Bromley responded with an equaliser just two minutes later, as Dennis’ outrageous outside of the boot pass found Hanlan, who outmuscled a defender and stayed on his feet to surge at goal and fire through the legs of Norman.

After half time, Bromley started very much on the front foot, and that told after just four minutes, when Dennis put the Ravens ahead. Hanlan leapt into the air to flick a header into the path of Turgott, whose through ball fed Dennis, and the winger cut in from the right before powering an effort into the top corner from a slight angle.

Four minutes after that, and Bromley doubled their advantage. After Dennis’ cross into the six yard area was only partly cleared by the Southport defence, Lee Minshull muscled his way into the penalty area and struck a low volley which was heading wide, yet, Hanlan was there to turn the ball towards goal. Despite Norman getting a touch, the ball edged over the line to make Hanlan’s dream debut that bit better. The on-loan Charlton Athletic man had been involved in each of Bromley’s three goals thus far.

Dennis then weaved his way in and out of Southport defenders and burst into the penalty area, only to see Norman react superbly to save his one on one effort. Bromley had to remain alert to Southport’s threat, however, and that was made crystal clear when Ryan Higgins’ inswinging cross was met by the head of Liam Hynes, who was only denied by an excellent diving save from Julian.

Andrai Jones could have reduced the deficit minutes after that, but after finding himself in space at the corner of the six yard box, he screwed his effort into the side netting. Six minutes from time, Dave Martin went close for the Ravens, but after being played in by Minshull, the former Millwall winger saw his powerful effort fly inches wide. Jamie Allen nearly pulled one back for the visitors immediately after that, but his long range volley was deflected just wide, with Julian beaten.

Despite a late flurry of Southport pressure, Bromley held out for their first victory of the month, and on the balance of play, it was a deserved victory.

Bromley XI: Julian, Chorley, Dunne (Johnson), Holland ©, Martin, Minshull, Dennis, Anderson, Higgs, Turgott (Porter), Hanlan.

Unused substitutes: Wynter, Dymond, Goldberg

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