Another action packed first half of football saw both Bromley and Boreham Wood claim a share of the spoils at Meadow Park on Saturday, with the 2-2 score at the break remaining untouched at full time.
It was indeed the home side who took the lead. On 24 minutes, Josh Rees committed a foul on the edge of the box at a slight angle, prompting the referee to award the Wood a free kick in a dangerous position, and they made it count. An inswinging free kick was only partly dealt with by the Bromley defence, allowing David Stephens to head the ball back across goal for the lurking Dan Holman to lash home from the edge of the six yard box.
However, just eight minutes later, Bromley were level. The Ravens were awarded a free kick at a similar angle to that of the home side’s earlier on, but further out from goal. Set piece specialist Frankie Raymond stepped up to produce a floated delivery, which caused confusion amongst the Wood back-line, and Rees was on hand to flick home a header into the bottom corner, despite Grant Smith in the Wood goal getting a touch. This was Rees 8th goal of the season from central midfield, reaffirming his status as the club’s top scorer thus far.
Dramatically, six minutes later, Bromley would take the lead. A strong, surging run from Brett Williams saw him sandwiched by the advancing Smith and a Wood defender, and the front man slid in to divert the ball out to Luke Wanadio on the left wing. The wing man shaped up for a delivery back into the box, but instead, curled a delightful, dipping, cross-cum-shot into the bottom corner, with Smith unmoved.
The first half action was not over yet though, as Boreham Wood would have the final say before the whistle. In a similar manner to the home side’s first goal, Bromley failed to clear their lines from a corner in enough time, allowing Mark Ricketts to hook the ball back across goal and Jamie Turley to finish past David Gregory at his near post.
After the break, with the scores tied, both sides had numerous half chances, but the first chance of note came Holman’s way, but after being set by Angelo Balanta, he crashed a shot wide. Brett Williams then got the better of Dean Wells but shot wide, before Wanadio had a curling effort easily fielded by Smith.
The best chance of the second half then fell Williams’ way, and after an excellent low cross from the hard working Wanadio, the former directed a first time effort at goal, slightly hampered by a defender’s challenge, but it was saved by the diving Smith.
With that chance and some positive attacking play, Bromley may feel as if they were the closer of the two teams to taking all three points, but on the day, a draw was a fair reflection.