Bromley made the long trip to the North East to take on Gateshead on Saturday, with the boost of three new additions to Neil Smith’s squad.

It was the hosts who started the game the brighter of the two sides, with Tom White ghosting through two challenges in the box and pulling the trigger, only to be denied by a superb last ditch challenge from Roger Johnson, who bravely slid in to block the shot.

The Ravens would respond with a good chance of their own just four minutes later. After debutant Zavon Hines was fouled out wide on the right, Frankie Sutherland had the opportunity to whip a free kick into the box, and he did just that. Another debutant, JJ Hooper, was first to reach the ball with his head, only to see it go inches wide.

After David Gregory had made a good save from Luke Armstrong, it would be him who would put his side in front. After numerous Bromley players failed to clear a corner, Armstrong got the slightest of touches into the inswinging delivery, enough to see the ball evade Gregory and nestle in the bottom corner.

As Bromley struggled to get a foothold in the game, Steve Rigg went close to adding a second for the Heed, but after firing an angled shot across the face of goal, he saw his effort thump the crossbar before being cleared to safety.

As Bromley swapped Marc-Anthony Okoye for Frankie Raymond at the break, the hosts again made a blistering start to proceedings, and Scott Barrow nearly doubled their lead within two minutes, firing a low, angled shot through a crowd of players in the box and narrowly wide of goal.

Yet, it would be only 3 minutes later that Gateshead’s lead would be doubled, and again it would come from a corner. Luke Molyneux’s floated delivery into the box was not dealt with by anyone in a blue shirt, and Fraser Kerr had time and space to volley an effort into the roof of the net, despite the best efforts of Gregory.

The next chance of note would fall Bromley’s way though, as Jack Holland surged up front to join an attack, and saw his curling effort from the edge of the box hit the post with Aynsley Pears beaten.

Gregory would then be called into action again just before the 70 minute mark, where Jack Hunter saw the ball drop nicely into his path just inside the box. After smashing a volley at goal, Hunter watched as Gregory pulled off an excellent save, tipping the ball wide.

The introduction of Adam Mekki did see Bromley present more of an attacking threat, and he nearly inadvertently assisted a lifeline, as his wayward shot was deflected inches over the crossbar by fellow substitute George Porter.

As time went on, the Heed would have another chance to add to the scoreline seconds before the end of the match, as Armstrong broke through on goal once again, but could only strike the base of the post, after slipping the ball past Gregory.

Bromley XI: Gregory, Sutherland, Johnson, Holland (C), Barham (Mekki), Okoye (Raymond), Hines, Wood, Brindley, Coulson (Porter), Hooper

Unused substitutes: Goodman, Ogedi-Uzokwe

Attendance: 680 (40 away supporters)

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