2 March 2024
Bromley were on the hunt for their third league win in a row when they travelled to Roots Hall on Saturday.
Cole Kpekawa returned to the starting 11 after his loan at Oxford City whilst Byron Webster also made a comeback following his suspension. Olufela Olomola started whilst new signing and former Southend man Myles Weston began on the bench before coming on to make his debut.
After a quiet start to the opening 45, the first real chance of the game fell Bromley’s way when Corey Whitely saw a deflected strike land in the arms of David Martin in the Southend net.
Up the other end and the hosts nearly took the lead when Wes Fonguck set up former Raven Jack Bridge who tried his luck from the edge of the area, but Grant Smith was on hand to keep the scores level.
Seven minutes were added on to the first half and it played to Bromley’s advantage when Josh Passley did well to find Michael Cheek at the back-post deep into additional time. The number nine then headed the ball back across goal, finding Whitely who buried home the opener.
Just under 10 minutes into the second half, 1-0 became two when a mistake at the back meant Olomola was able to pounce, collect the ball and unselfishly square it to Cheek to tap into an empty net.
On the hour mark, Southend were forced into a change as goalkeeper David Martin collided with Ben Krauhaus before being forced off injured. He was replaced in the sticks by outfield player Gus Scott-Morriss as Mauro Vilhete, the only available sub for the hosts, came on.
Brooklyn Kabongolo’s headed goal in the final stages gave the hosts something to smile about, but despite nine additional minutes at the end and a dangerous Oli Coker strike, it would be the visitors who came away victorious.
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