Bromley achieved possibly one of the most incredible scorelines in recent National League history at the H2T Group Stadium on Tuesday night, smashing Leyton Orient 6-1.
After Orient had started the brighter of the sides, it was Bromley who took the lead, and it was courtesy of an ex-Orient player in George Porter. Excellent work from Frankie Sutherland saw him produce a floated cross into the penalty area, which Porter flicked into the bottom corner with his head.
Orient, however, came back at the Ravens after this, and David Gregory produced a superb save to deny George Elokobi a certain goal, parrying his towering header away from goal, allowing it to be cleared away. Louis Dennis came close to doubling the lead, but after taking advantage of an Elokobi error, his shot was well saved.
Bromley capitalised on this, and grabbed a second goal six minutes before the interval. Jack Holland rose highest to beat a defender to the ball and head Sutherland’s corner past former Cray Wanderers goalkeeper Charlie Grainger to take the Ravens into a two goal lead at the break.
After the interval, Orient, who had made two changes, had a good chance to pull one back, but Gregory reacted very well to parry James Dayton’s shot away from harm. They were made to pay when just three minutes later, Bromley added a third. Josh Rees scored his second competitive goal in a Bromley shirt, tapping home after Dennis had a shot saved, and celebrated passionately.
Ten minutes later, and the Ravens were soaring into dreamland, as they added a fourth. This time, an almost carbon copy of the third goal was scored, after Dennis’ stinging drive was well saved by Grainger, but only parried into the path of Adam Mekki, who slotted into the empty net.
Orient were not going for damage limitation, however, and pulled one back after 66 minutes, with Macauley Bonne finishing smartly past Gregory after being put through on goal.
However, Bromley were not done either, and Holland added another to his tally for the night, from another corner. This time, the Bromley captain prodded home from the six yard box following a scramble in the area, and ran over to celebrate with the delighted management team and bench.
Gregory continued his fine form, tipping a Charlie Lee header over the bar to frustrate Orient, who had been backed by 1,037 supporters, even further.
Two minutes from time, Brett Williams put further gloss on the scoreline for Bromley, as he caught Orient’s defence napping, took down a long ball, went through on goal and rounded Grainger, before coolly slotting into the empty net.
Report by Matt Hall