4 September 2019

Report: Dagenham & Redbridge 1-1 Bromley

  • Men's

A last gasp Reeco Hackett-Fairchild goal sees Bromley snatch a point at Victoria Road.

The Ravens had a habit of starting slowly at the home of the Daggers, and this was no exception. With their first attack, Angelo Balanta was unmarked in the box and had ample time and space to meet James Dobson’s deep cross and flick it into the bottom corner after just two minutes. He had done precisely that last season, scoring in the third minute.

On nine minutes, former Daggers Billy Bingham and Michael Cheek combined to see the latter presented with an opportunity to shoot, but his effort was blocked.

Just shy of the half hour mark, after an initial Luke Coulson shot was blocked into the path of Hackett-Fairchild, he set himself and shot from the angle, only to hit the post.

Five minutes later, Cheek took advantage of a slip from Kenny Clark and advanced into the box, but unselfishly looked to find Coulson rather than shoot, and his pass was cut out.

As slow as Bromley started the first half, they started the second half a lot quicker. Chris Bush had a header parried wide by Elliot Justham after meeting a Frankie Raymond free kick.

Ten minutes after that, former Bromley man Joan Luque took down a ball on the left hand side of the box and shot at goal, only to see it hit the side netting.

There were further chances at both ends, as Hackett-Fairchild was played in on goal, albeit at an awkward angle, but took a heavy touch and couldn’t get his shot away until it was too late, with Justham making a simple save.

Straight from there, the Daggers attacked and Dobson tried to lob former Dagenham man Mark Cousins, only for the Bromley stopper to make a smart save, tipping the ball over the crossbar.

Mitch Brundle was next to go close for the hosts, as he sent a low drive whistling past the post after a game of head tennis in the box.

However, the real drama was to come in injury time. After Will Wright had fouled Michael Klass 20 yards from goal, Hackett-Fairchild stepped up to take the resulting free kick and struck it well, forcing Justham into a fantastic, one handed save to tip it over the bar.

However, Hackett-Fairchild wasn’t to be denied at the death, as he snatched a point in the dying embers. After fantastic hold up play and vision from substitute Adam Mekki, the former latched onto the latter’s through ball, took a touch and dispatched a low strike into the bottom corner.

Bromley XI: Cousins, Kizzi, Wood, Okoye (C), Coulson (Clifton), Raymond (Klass), Cheek, Bingham, Bush, Hackett-Fairchild, Rees (Mekki)

Unused substitutes: Holland, Henry

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