21 April 2018

Report: Bromley 3-2 Boreham Wood

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Neil Smith once again named an unchanged side, this time to match up against a Boreham Wood team enjoying an extremely successful season under the guidance of Luke Garrard.

And that success continued early on in the match at The H2T Group Stadium as Morgan Ferrier put the away side ahead within a matter of minutes. A corner was sent deep into the box by Andrade, Stephens nodded the ball back across goal for Ferrier to head over for the opener.

Bromley failed to make an impact in the opening stages and the away side took full advantage of that. Sterling was out muscled on the far side and the ball was played straight across the mouth of goal where Ferrier was lurking to tap home for his, and Boreham Wood’s second of the afternoon.

This forced Neil Smith’s hand, and he made an early substitution bringing off Luke Wanadio and entering Brandon Hanlan into the match. The home side would have a handful of attacks following his introduction to the game and that seemed to rally the team in more ways than one.

Bromley would get a goal back before the interval as on 35 minutes, a free-kick on the left was perfectly played into the box Frankie Sutherland. An on-rushing Jordan Higgs crept in at the back post to meet the cross and finish past Smith in the Boreham Wood goal.

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That put Bromley in a slightly better position going in at the break, but Neil Smith had much to ponder at the interval.

Boreham Wood looked to have started off the second half just as they had finished the first. However, Bromley were gifted an opportunity to level up the match. Brilliant attacking play from Omar Bugiel put the pressure on the Boreham Wood defence. Ricky Shakes came across and fouled Bugiel inside the box to concede the penalty. Following his miss from the spot during the week, Brandon Hanlan was quick to grab the ball and make a mends. He slotted his penalty straight down the middle and got Bromley back on level terms.

Brandon Hanlan of Bromley celebrates scoring to make it 1-1 during the Vanarama National League match between Bromley and Wrexham at Hayes Lane, Bromley, England on 30th March 2018. Photo by Edmund Boyden.

The game continued to entertain and both sides would have further chances, with both goalkeepers being tested on numerous occasions. Bromley’s David Gregory stood out though, as he kept the home side in the match on two occasions and both from one-on-one scenario’s.

The home side were not having a good day defensively, but, Bromley would have Tyrone Sterling to thank on 85 minutes as he defended superbly from a corner. The ball was sent in and Ferrier was found in space lurking, once again, at the far post. His strike was on target, but Sterling was on the line to clear away the danger. And this proved pivotal in what was to come.

At 2-2 the game had been entertaining for the neutral, but, there was time yet for even more drama. Omar Bugiel was having one his best games in a Bromley shirt and after making the run that won the penalty earlier on in the match, he was eager to further stamp his mark on the game. On 90 minutes, a scramble inside the penalty area caused all sorts of trouble for the Boreham Wood defence, but Omar would prove to be the last minute hero once again as he latched onto the loose ball to bundle the ball in and score the winner.

Omar Bugiel of Bromley celebrates scoring to make it 2-1 during the Vanarama National League match between Bromley and Guiseley AFC at Hayes Lane, Bromley, England on 10th March 2018. Photo by Edmund Boyden.

Euphoria ensued in the home ends and that win keeps the Ravens’ play-off chase well and truly alive. Bromley play their final home match of this season against Barrow this Tuesday 24th April, 7:45 kick-off.

Bromley XI: Gregory, Dunne (Dennis 73’), Holland, R. Johnson, Sterling, Higgs, Sutherland (Mekki 62’), Raymond, Wanadio (Hanlan 31’), Porter, Bugiel

Unused subs: Rees, Woolfenden.

Attendance: 1,282 (97 away)

Report by James Tanner / @james4tanner

Photographs by Mark Avenell & Ed Boyden

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