11 May 2021

Report: Wealdstone 0-1 Bromley

  • Men's

Bromley made the short trip to Ruislip to take on Wealdstone on Tuesday evening, with the Ravens looking to make it three clean sheets in a row in competitive fixtures for the first time since October 2017.

In what was a fairly lacklustre first half in terms of chances, neither goalkeeper was significantly tested. After pushing a deflected effort wide in the first minute, Wealdstone stopper Jake Askew did well to punch the resulting Frankie Raymond corner away from goal.

Six minutes in, Billy Bingham tried his luck with a volley from 20 yards, but despite an awkward bounce, Askew got behind the ball and made the save.

Jacob Mendy was without a doubt the spark in the hosts’ side, and made frequent runs down the right, testing Charlie Fox. With his first effort, he breezed into the box and delivered a low cross into the six yard box, but Mark Cousins was alert to smother the ball.

After Raymond had an effort from distance blocked en-route to goal, Mendy again caused Bromley problems down the right, and delivered an even more testing ball, which skimmed across the face of goal, before being put behind by Alex Mitchell who took no chances.

A minute later, Bromley would go close. Ben Williamson looped a ball into the run of Michael Cheek in the box, but as he went one on one with Askew, Joseph Olowu made a vital last ditch challenge to deny a certain goal.

Three minutes later, Raymond delivered a sublime crossfield ball into the path of Cheek, who burst into the box but was then denied by a well timed sliding save from Askew, who smothered the ball at his feet.

Joe Kizzi would then have Bromley’s best chance of the half thus far, but just shy of the half hour mark, he saw his back post header from Raymond’s deep free kick blocked from point blank range after doing well to peel away from his marker.

The Ravens would be forced into a substitution with six minutes remaining of the first half, as Charlee Hughes’ poor challenge made its mark on Alex Mitchell, and the on-loan Millwall man was unable to continue, being replaced by Jack Holland.

The second half started with the hosts on the front foot, and Danny Parish perhaps should have put them ahead with two minutes on the clock, but he could only head Ashley Charles’ cross over the target from the back post.

Substitute Holland went close for Bromley two minutes after that, as he bravely leapt to reach Raymond’s free kick, but saw his header loop agonisingly over Askew’s crossbar, with the goalkeeper stranded. It would be a tale of another headed chance not long after, as another Raymond delivery, this time a corner, caused problems for the hosts but was flicked wide by Kizzi.

However, Kizzi would not be foiled at his next attempt, just after the hour mark. The Stones could not clear Chris Bush’s long throw, and after a game of pinball in the box, Kizzi was well placed to prod home into the bottom corner, through a crowded six yard box.

Eleven minutes later, substitute James Alabi drove into the box from the right and tested Askew with an angled drive, but after he parried it into the centre of the box, he was relieved to see that no Bromley players were on hand to tuck the ball home.

Alabi went close again four minutes later. After Cheek chased down a ball out wide on the left and laid it on a plate for Alabi. His low strike squirmed through Askew’s arms, but he spared his own blushes, as he just about recovered in time to prevent the ball crossing the line.

The hosts weren’t out of it by any means though, and Bromley were reminded of that when Sonny Blu Lo-Everton struck low from distance, only for Mark Cousins to make an excellent low save at his near post.

The Ravens would another opportunity ten minutes from time, as Cheek went through on goal and despite being pulled, stayed on his feet. However, as he raced into the box, he failed to find the target and shot wide.

As time went on, Bromley could have wrapped the points up with just minutes remaining, but Charlie Fox saw his ferociously struck volley blocked just inside the box, before Chris Bush missed the target with the rebound.

The hosts had one more bite at the cherry deep into injury time, but Cousins saved substitute Ryan Gondoh’s effort, and the Ravens held on for the three points.

Bromley XI: Cousins, Kizzi, Fox, Bingham, Bush (C), Raymond, Cheek, Williamson (Alabi), Arthurs, Bridge (Forster), Mitchell (Holland)

Unused substitutes: Trotter, Campbell

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