Bromley recorded their first league win of the season, courtesy of a late strike from substitute Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe.

Overall, the game was a scrappy affair, and there were very few clear cut chances in a fairly even contest.

The first opportunity fell the way of the visitors, with JJ O’Donnell heading inches wide of the post, after meeting a deep cross with his head.

The Ravens would be presented with a great opportunity moments later, as Aynsley Pears’ poor drop-kick clearance fell straight to the feet of Omar Bugiel. After surging through on goal, Bugiel’s chipped effort was denied by the onrushing Heed goalkeeper, making up for his earlier error.

After Frankie Sutherland drilled an effort well wide from 25 yards, Gateshead’s next opportunity came thanks to a bit of luck, as Cameron Salkeld’s floated cross missed everyone in the box, but crept close to goal, going inches wide in the end.

On 28 minutes, some quick thinking from Bromley nearly paid off. Tobi Adebayo-Rowling kept the ball in at the byeline and fed it to Jordan Higgs in the box. The youngster took aim and blasted an effort at goal, only for a Gateshead man to get a vital block in to deflect the ball wide.

In additional time at the end of the first half, the ball was blasted into the face of referee Simeon Lucas at close range, forcing a stoppage in play. During the break, it was confirmed that Lucas was not able to continue, meaning fourth official Scott Rudd took his place in the middle.

After the break, the visitors had the chance to take an early lead. Greg Olley beat his man down the right byeline and struck a crisp effort at goal from an angle, only to be denied by the right boot of David Gregory.

The impressive Roger Johnson, who deputised as Captain in place of the injured Jack Holland, made a vital block to deny Heed top scorer Luke Armstrong from an almost certain goal, deflecting the ball just wide of the post.

Bromley sensed the win was there for the taking and put increased pressure on Gateshead in the final 15 minutes. On 78 minutes, brilliant skill from debutant John Goddard to beat two defenders in the box saw him presented with an opportunity to shoot, but his placed effort was narrowly the wrong side of the post.

However, Bromley’s persistence would pay off with just two minutes left on the clock. A long throw from George Porter was flicked on at the near post by Johnson into the path of substitute Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe, who headed in off theĀ underside of the crossbar, with the linesman confirming the whole of the ball had crossed the line.

The Ravens held out for an important three points, and will look to take some confidence into next Saturday’s trip to Wrexham.

Bromley XI: Gregory, Adebayo-Rowling (Meekums), Sutherland, R.Johnson, Raymond, Bugiel (Ogedi-Uzokwe), Higgs, Okoye, Goodman, Porter, Goddard (D.Johnson).

Unused substitutes: Huxter (GK), Taylor.

Attendance: 1078 (26 away)

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