26 February 2024
Bromley made the short trip to Kingfield to take on Woking on Tuesday night, with the Ravens looking to keep in touching distance of the playoffs.
And it would be Bromley who would make a blistering start to the game. Just three minutes in, excellent play from Charlie Wakefield saw him dart in and out of challenges on the right, and as he was fouled, he managed to find Jack Bridge with a pinpoint pass. Bridge then did the rest, as he drove into the box and found the bottom corner with his left foot to give his side the lead.
However, just 13 minutes later, the hosts would level. Moussa Diarra won a header inside the Bromley penalty area after reaching a Charlie Cooper free kick, and as the ball fell back to him, he prodded home from close range.
On 20 minutes, Woking would take the lead. Another Cooper free kick was misjudged by the Ravens, and with Mark Cousins stranded, Jack Cook bundled home over the line, despite the best efforts of Chris Bush.
Cook could have added his second and Woking’s third just after the half hour mark, but following a corner, he was unable to hit the target from six yards out.
In truth, neither side would see another clear cut opportunity before the break, though it was the hosts who saw most of the ball.
The second half would prove to be quite the dramatic affair. Early on, it was the hosts who shaded things.
Less than a minute in, Diarra sensed an opportunity for his second as he rose high to meet a corner, only to see his headed effort take a deflection and miss the target.
Michael Cheek’s wayward effort on 55 minutes was the closest Bromley would come in the opening stages of the second half, with the hosts doing most of the attacking. On the hour mark, Diarra once again threatened, this time seeing his attempt cleared by Joe Kizzi as it was diverted goalwards.
With 15 minutes on the clock, the pace of the game picked up. Cousins had to be alert to make a smart, low save to deny Sam Dalby’s shot on the turn, after good work from Zach Robinson.
Then, with just 11 minutes remaining, came the moment that truly sparked the game into life. Excellent work from Courtney Duffus saw him hold the ball up and lay it off for Cheek, who in true clinical fashion, curled a first time effort beyond Craig Ross.
Less than two minutes later, the hosts would take the lead once again. A slick counter attack ended with Robinson seeing his shot parried by Cousins, but Dalby was on hand to turn home the rebound and score his side’s third.
Just two minutes after that, from absolutely nothing, Bromley substitute James Alabi took aim from over 25 yards and scored one of the goals of the season, leathering an effort in off the underside of the crossbar to restore parity.
And the drama wasn’t quite over yet. With just two minutes of the 90 left to play, Bromley scored a decisive fourth goal, and what would prove to be the winner. A wonderful, crossfield ball from Bush found the feet of another substitute, Liam Vincent, and he took a touch before delivering a cross into the six yard box, where the unfortunate Cook diverted the ball past his own goalkeeper, meaning he had scored for both teams.
As five minutes of added time was signalled, Max Kretzschmar thought he’d equalised for the Cards, but his free header was well saved by Cousins as it made its way goalwards.
The Ravens then had a chance to well and truly wrap it up, but some outstanding defending from Kyran Lofthouse in the form of a last ditch tackle denied Alabi a second goal.
The Ravens then showed further character, and saw out the remaining minutes to claim a second win on the bounce.
Bromley XI: Cousins, Kizzi, Fox, Bush (C), Cheek, Duffus, Maloney (Vincent), Trotter (Alabi), Arthurs, Wakefield (Raymond), Bridge
Unused substitutes: Roberts, Williamson