In their first National League game of the season, Bromley fell to a 4-2 defeat when they visited Victoria Stadium to face Dagenham & Redbridge.
In the early stages of the game, Louis Dennis drifted into the opposition’s half and shot straight at Elliot Justham. A couple of minutes later, Bromley took the lead. Dennis’ curling free-kick found Byron Webster at the back post and the defender’s powerful header deflected off a Daggers defender and went straight into the back of the net, much to the joy of the travelling supporters.
Straight after the goal, the hosts kept pilling on the pressure. Josh Walker’s dangerous shot was blocked by the Bromley defence. Then a key moment in the half. Paul McCallum was played through on goal and Ravens defender Omar Sowunmi then produced a brilliant last ditch challenge on the forward.
As the half was nearing an end, the Daggers equalised. A precise delivery on the right side of the pitch from Sam Ling found Walker, who got in-between the Bromley defenders and poked the ball past Mark Cousins.
Walker was again causing havoc for Bromley, when he saw his header go wide, with an open goal to aim at. After some moments of fluid football from Bromley, Dennis shot straight at Justham. With just minutes left of the half, the hosts could have taken the leader through Walker, who forced a great save from Cousins.
In the second half, Webster nearly got his second goal from the game, as his header came off the post from another excellent Dennis delivery. With just half an hour of the game remaining, the hosts took the lead. Second half Daggers substitute Myles Weston precise delivery found McCallum free at the back post, who slotted with ease.
As the game progressed, Matt Robinson scored Dagenham & Redbridge’s third goal. The midfielder’s curled effort beat Cousins inside Bromley’s penalty area. With minutes remaining of the second half, Weston got on the scoresheet when he placed his effort into the far corner, after a mesmerising run inside Bromley’s half. In additional time of the second half, Bromley restored some pride when Michael Cheek turned his marker and finished with style.
Bromley: 1 Mark Cousins, 2 Joe Partington, 4 Billy Bingham, 5 Chris Bush, 6 Omar Sowunmi, 8 Jude Arthurs (Forster), 9 Michael Cheek, 11 Louis Dennis (O’Brien), 16 Liam Trotter, 17 Byron Webster, 18 Corey Whitely (Alabi)
Unused Subs: 3 Toby Stevenson, 15 Sam Skeffington
Report by Alex Exadactylos