14 October 2023

Ravens progress to Round One of the FA Cup

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Ravens progress to Round One of the FA Cup

Bromley have booked their place in the first round of the Emirates FA Cup after a 3-2 win over Wealdstone at the RELOC8 EM Community Stadium.

Alex Kirk was thrown straight into the starting 11 for his debut whilst Ryan Jones and Olufela Olomola also enjoyed their first home run-outs with the latter coming up against his former employers.

A first half dominated by Bromley did start with Wealdstone posing the first real piece of attacking threat though as Grant Smith was forced into yet another great save before former Stone Olomola saw his shot saved up the other end.

However, it was the Ravens who opened the scoring when a corner was floated in towards a rising Kirk who nodded the hosts in front on his debut with just seven minutes on the clock.

One quickly became two when the clock hit 17 minutes as Josh Passley’s ball across goal was flicked on by Olomola before Michael Cheek was there to side-foot home. However, there was debate whether it crossed the line with the officials’ decision favouring Bromley in the end.

Andy Woodman’s men, who were hoping for their first victory since that 3-1 win over Gateshead at the end of September, continued to press and did go into the break three goals up when Olomola did really well to find Cheek who expertly dummied the ball, leaving Ben Krauhaus with the perfect amount of space to burst forward. Racing towards goal, the Academy graduate found himself one-on-one with goalkeeper Jed Ward before the Bromley man slotted home goal number three.

Cheek’s backheel on the stroke of half-time almost made it four, but the Ravens’ cushion stayed at three goals going into the break.

The second half proved a little tougher for Bromley as Max Kretzschmar pulled one back for the visitors early into the second 45, smashing the ball in from close range.

Charlie Barker headed over Kyle Smith’s cross with 15 minutes to go as Wealdstone continued to press.

Smith in the Ravens’ net was called into action again as Jaydn Mundle-Smith’s downward effort nearly looped over the Bromley ‘keeper, but he was on hand to tip over.

Substitute Abdulsabur Abdulmalik saw an effort fizz wide before Nathan Ferguson was denied by Smith.

However, the Wealdstone number eight did find the net, pulling a deserved second back for Wealdstone, but it was Bromley who came out victorious, holding on to progress to Round One.

Up next, it’s the visit of Oxford City next Saturday and tickets are on sale by clicking here.

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