Bromley made it a second consecutive win by beating Hemel Hempstead Town, 2-0, in the 3rd round of the FA Trophy at Hayes Lane.
Bromley started the more positive of the two teams. Chris Bush passed the ball to James Alabi, the Bromley forward then skilfully found Ben Williamson, who turned and forced a good save from Dean Snedker. Minutes later, Ryan Sellers, produced a dangerous cross, where Mark Cousins saved from Danny Webb. Good positioning from the Bromley goalkeeper.
It was then Bush’s turn to test Snedker. Frankie Raymond passed the ball to the Bromley defender from a free kick and Bush unleashed a power effort straight at Snedker. As the half reached the halfway point, The Ravens took the lead in scintillating style. Liam Trotter superbly found Harry Forster, the midfielder danced his way around a couple of Hemel Hempstead defenders and calmly slotted the ball past the opposition goalkeeper. A fantastic goal from the Watford loanee after some exquisite build up play from the Bromley midfield.
Hemel Hempstead had brief moments of possession throughout the half. Samir Carruthers curled an effort just wide of Cousins’s right post. Then, another major talking point in the half. Trotter passed to Alabi, the attacker outmuscled his marker and appeared to be taken down in the visitors penalty area, no penalty given by the referee, much to the despair of the Bromley team.
Shortly afterwards, Reggie Young dangerously got past some Bromley defenders and produced a fine cross for only the Bromley defence to clear away from goal. A positive half for The Ravens.
In the second half, Forster again was causing havoc for the opposition. The midfielder got away from a couple of defenders and produced a dangerous cross looking for Ben Williamson – the Bromley attacker could not convert after some last ditch defending from Jamal Balogun preventing a certain goal.
Williamson was in the thick of the action minutes later. The attacker was through on goal and again forced a good save from Snedker. Bromley’s attacking intent paid off soon after. Raymond produced a sublime cross which found Trotter on the edge of the Hemel Hempstead penalty area. Trotter then crossed for Harry Forster who placed his first time effort into the top corner. It was the second goal of the game for the winger.
Bromley could have had a third as the game reached past the hour mark. Luke Coulson ran down the wing and found Raymond, the midfielder, unmarked, shot low to Snedker’s left side, where once again, The Tudors goalkeeper saved another goal bound effort.
Hemel Hempstead nearly got a goal back with just under 20 minutes remaining of the game. Tudors substitute and former Bromley trialist, Josh Oyinsan, passed the ball to Jonathan Lacey whose deflected effort forced a brilliant save from Cousins. Moments later, the visitors had another major opportunity. Oyinsan, from range, hit the bar. The ball then cannoned off the crossbar into the path of Lacey, who chested the ball down and shot at Cousins, the Bromley goalkeeper produced the save of the game to deny the winger, somehow getting a hand to his fierce volley.
Tom Purrington, who was making his first team debut for Bromley, nearly found the net in what would have been a dream start for the midfielder. Chris Bush, found the former Plymouth Argyle player inside the box, but the midfielder’s shot was hacked off the line by Sellers.
As the game was coming to an end, Bromley academy player, Liam Vincent, also made his first team debut. Forster nearly got his hat trick late on in the game, after narrowly shooting wide from a cross from Coulson, inside the opposition’s penalty area. A convincing win for The Ravens who welcome Sutton United next to Hayes Lane on Boxing Day.
Bromley: 1 Mark Cousins, 7 Luke Coulson, 13 Byron Webster (C), 14 Kory Roberts, 5 Chris Bush, 8 Frankie Raymond, 4 Billy Bingham (Purrington), 18 Ben Williamson, 16 Liam Trotter, 19 Harry Forster, 10 James Alabi (Vincent)
Unused Subs: 13 Tarik Najia (GK), 6 Jack Holland, 15 Taylor Maloney
Report by Alex Exadactylos