Bromley won their first FA Trophy by defeating Wrexham 1-0 at Wembley in a dramatic encounter.
The game commenced in a frantic style, with both sets of teams trying to find an early breakthrough. In the second minute of the game, Corey Whitely ran down the visitors’ wing, after a good exchange of passes between the Bromley midfield, the midfielder ran the ball out of play.
Wrexham had their first chance shortly after. Paul Mullin produced a dangerous cross inside the box for Ollie Palmer, with the latter seeing his shot heroically blocked by Billy Bingham, preventing a certain shot on target.
Bromley kept possession well and kept on pressing, this time Chris Bush’ cross found Michael Cheek who could only head towards Christian Dibble’s middle. A fantastic cross by the defender. The lively Whitely was once again causing issues for the Wrexham backline and following a Cheek header, he got past his marker but shot wide from 25 yards.
A minute later, Mullin ran down Bromley’s wing and found Jordan Davies who shot low with Ellery Balcombe saving comfortably.
In the 22nd minute, Harry Forster got down the side of the pitch and curled an effort from distance wide of the post. It was a cagey affair at Wembley and as the half was coming to an end, Mullin was in the thick of the action once again, where on the edge of the area his shot produced a good reactive save from Balcombe.
As the half was about to end, Omar Sowunmi sustained what appeared to be a serious injury. We wish him the best of luck in his recovery.
In the second half, Wrexham started the more positive of the two teams, with Ben Tozer’s long throw-in being headed wide by Davies. In the 48th minute, Mullin tried to lob Balcombe, but his shot went just over the bar.
In the 55th minute, Bromley came the closest to taking the lead through Ali-Al-Hamadi, the striker from 20 yards saw his powerful effort brilliantly saved by Dibble.
Two minutes later, Cheek was played through on goal and from an acute angle forced another save from Dibble. Two big chances for the Ravens.
In the 58th minute, following a spell of possession for Wrexham, Mullin’s effort from inside the penalty area found the side netting, much to the disbelief of the Wrexham supporters.
Then the moment the Bromley fans had been waiting for. In the 63rd minute, Whitely was played through on goal with Dibble rushing out of his line, the winger passed to Cheek who could not miss and handed Bromley the lead, scoring into an empty net.
Bromley were motivated after the goal, Joe Partington’s inch perfect cross was met by Cheek who could only head the ball straight down the keeper’s middle. Moments later, Whitley’s dangerous cross saw both Al-Hamadi and Cheek go close with their efforts, in what proved to be a nervy last 20 minutes for the Ravens.
Wrexham piled on the pressure, with 17 minutes left to play, Davies got down Bromley’s right side and delivered a good cross that went narrowly wide of any Wrexham attacker getting contact on the ball.
In added time of the 90th minute, Balcombe produced an outstanding point blank save from a header by Palmer, an incredible stop from the keeper.
As the game was ending, Wrexham thought they had equalised via a header from Jake Hyde. It was ruled as offside by the officials.
Bromley held on for a historic victory, with some fantastic scenes of celebrations between players and supporters at the final whistle.
Bromley: 13 Ellery Balcombe, 4 Billy Bingham (Trotter), 5 Chris Bush, 6 Omar Sowunmi (Partington), 7 Luke Coulson, 9 Michael Cheek (Bloomfield), 17 Byron Webster, 18 Corey Whitely, 19 Harry Forster, 21 James Vennings, 37 Ali Al-Hamadi
Unused Subs: 1 Mark Cousins, 10 James Alabi, 11 Louis Dennis, 34 Jack Cawley
Match report by Alex Exadactylos