24 February 2024
A below par performance from a Bromley side missing several key players saw them exit the FA Trophy at Meadowbank, with Dorking Wanderers running out winners.
Despite Bromley starting the better of the two sides, the Wanderers would have the first chance of note. A Jimmy Muitt cross was headed towards his own goal by Sam Wood, with Ryan Huddart making a good save to prevent an own goal.
However, after 33 minutes, they would take the lead. Another deep cross was delivered into the box, where former Bromley player Jack Barham directed the ball in off the post with his head.
Bromley went close to responding just three minutes before half time, as a strong run from Ben Williamson ended with a low shot, which rebounded off the base of the post and onto the face of goalkeeper Slavomir Huk, before rolling out for a corner.
During injury time, there was another good chance for Bromley to level, but Josh Rees couldn’t find the target with a free header from close range, after meeting Adam Mekki’s cross.
The second half didn’t get off to the start Bromley would have hoped for, as the hosts doubled their lead on 52 minutes. A slick counter attack ended with substitute Tom Richards rifling a shot across goal and into the net from the edge of the box.
Two would become three twenty minutes later, as James McShane found Jason Prior in the box, who wriggled his way through challenges and slotted home.
Huk’s first real test of the match came in the final minute of normal time, after he somehow kept the ball out after Michael Cheek had tried to turn home a Jack Holland knock down from close range.
Bromley XI: Huddart, Kizzi, Wood, Holland (C), Coulson, Raymond (Onen), Cheek, Mekki (Bingham), Klass (Tanner), Williamson, Rees
Unused substitutes: Dunne, Najia (GK)