Wealdstone v Bromley FC

Bromley welcomed Wealdstone to Hayes Lane in Andy Woodman’s first game in charge.

After respects were paid regarding the tragic passing of Yeovil Town captain Lee Collins, it was a nightmare start for the Ravens. Having been thwarted by an excellent Mark Cousins save moments before, Ryan Gondoh was left with acres of space on the edge of the box and curled home an effort from 20 yards. Then, with just under 20 minutes played, Wealdstone doubled their lead. Dennon Lewis did well to beat his man and get a cross into the penalty area, after pressure from the Bromley defenders. Lewis’ cross was met by Connor Smith, whose header came off the inside of the post and crept over the line, despite Cousins’ best efforts.

As the game reached the half hour mark, Bromley pulled one back. Liam Vincent’s precise corner was met by Byron Webster inside the six yard box, with the defender placing his well timed header past Harry Isted to give Bromley hope. Bromley nearly equalised when Jude Arthurs weaved his way past his marker and produced a great cross, for only Ben Williamson to head straight at the Stones’ goalkeeper.

In the second half, Bromley had numerous opportunities to score early on. Michael Cheek intercepted a headed ball, with the striker through on goal, but he could only shoot the ball wide. A couple of minutes later, Cheek had another golden opportunity. This time, Williamson got down the left wing and crossed for Cheek, with the Bromley striker again failing to connect properly with the ball and missing the target.

Not long after, good work from Williamson saw him cut inside and bear down on goal from an angle, but his effort could only find the side netting.

The big talking point of the match came in the 60th minute when Ashley Charles produced a reckless challenge on Liam Trotter, with Charles lucky to get away with a yellow card. With time ticking away, Bromley held their nerve and got back into the game. On 74 minutes, Cheek capitalised on Riley Harbottle’s poor clearance and slotted the ball into the bottom corner from just inside the box.

As the game was drawing to a close, both teams pressed for a winner, but neither could come close, with Isted and Cousins remaining untested for the remainder of the match. Deep into injury time, Charles was shown a second yellow card for time wasting, leaving Wealdstone a man short for the final moments.

The Ravens will look to get back to winning ways when they face Stockport County next at Edgeley Park.