Bromley played host to Solihull Moors on Good Friday, with the visitors having a lot to play for in their chase for the National League title.
Bromley manager Neil Smith was missing top scorer JJ Hooper, Marc-Anthony Okoye, Omar Bugiel, Reeco Hackett-Fairchild and Billy Craske, limiting his striking options and seeing four U23 players make the bench.
That said, the Ravens made a real fist of it against a side who were pushing Leyton Orient and Salford City all the way at the top end of the table.
The visitors though, a well drilled side, took the lead on 15 minutes firmly against the run of play with something of a soft goal. That said, Bromley made it all too easy for Jamey Osborne to roll the ball past two challenges and slot a tame effort beyond the reach of David Gregory.
Fantastic work from Brendan Sarpong-Wiredu moments later saw him nutmeg his man before playing in Jordan Higgs, but the Bromley Academy graduate’s effort was deflected into the arms of Ryan Boot.
After a couple of half chances for the Ravens, a golden opportunity to equalise would fall their way on 36 minutes. After latching onto an excellent through ball from Luke Coulson, George Porter surged into the box and went one on one with Boot, only for the Solihull stopper to pull off a good save.
On the stroke of half time, Moors almost doubled their lead, but Adi Yusuff’s low effort whistled past the post after he broke into the box.
The opening chance of the second half also fell to Yussuf, but this time, he was denied by a fantastic save from Gregory.
Minutes later, Sarpong-Wiredu carved another chance for Bromley. After dispossessing Tyrone Williams superbly, he cut into the box and got a clear sight on goal, only to blaze over the crossbar.
The Ravens would pay for this, as just 15 minutes later, Danny Wright would glance home a header from the edge of the six yard box to double his side’s lead, again, against the run of play.
Richard Brindley would shoot wide from a good position soon after, following a strong Alan Dunne effort being parried into his path.
Bromley huffed and puffed and played some nice football, but it wasn’t to be, as a clinical Moors outfit took all three points on a sunny day in South East London.
Bromley XI: Gregory, Sutherland, Johnson, Holland (C), Sarpong-Wiredu (Dunne), Raymond, Higgs (Ojemen), Porter, Wood, Brindley, Coulson
Unused substitues: Nakov (GK), Enver, Ogunmekan.
Attendance: 1536 (148 away supporters).