Report: Notts County 2-2 Bromley

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Bromley made the trip to Meadow Lane on an overcast Saturday afternoon, to take on in-form Notts County in what would be the Ravens’ penultimate away game of the League season.

It was Notts who would have a vast majority of the ball for the opening 15 minutes, and needed only 30 seconds to have their first attempt of the afternoon. Some slick build up play ended with Jim O’Brien trying his luck from just outside the box, but fresh from scoring a hat-trick in his last outing, he directed his shot straight at Mark Cousins.

Just shy of the quarter hour mark, the Ravens would have a chance of their own. Quick feet from Jack Bridge on the left saw him escape two sliding challenges with ease, before sending a low, deflected cross into the box. It fell into the path of Jude Arthurs, but he could only direct his shot wide.

Soon after, Calvin Miller would sky an effort from just outside the box, before Dion Kelly-Evans reached an excellent Adam Chicksen cross at the back post, only to miscue and fire wide.

Then came the moment Notts had feared. A deep, searching cross from Joe Kizzi was nodded back across the face of goal by Michael Cheek, and just as Ben Williamson set himself to divert it home, Mark Ellis headed into his own net to give the Ravens the lead.

Eight minutes later, it could have been two. More excellent work from Kizzi saw him head a deep ball back into the six yard box, where the outstretching Alex Mitchell prodded goalwards, only to see Sam Slocombe make a good, diving save to deny him.

In the remaining ten minutes of the half, the hosts will have felt they should have been level. It was O’Brien who had another chance, and this time, he could only direct a free header wide, despite being well positioned to score.

Despite Bridge slicing an angled effort high and wide on the stroke of half time, the Ravens knew they would go into into the break with a one goal cushion.

The second half would prove to be an entertaining one. Just six minutes in, Jake Reeves went one on one with Cousins after reaching Kyle Wootton’s flick-on, but was denied by an excellent block from the Bromley stopper.

However, County weren’t to be denied an equaliser two minutes later, as Wootton bundled home Ruben Rodrigues’ cross from inside the six yard box.

Nine minutes later, and the hosts would completely turn the game on its head. After Cousins produced a stunning save to deny Miller’s back post header, Rodrigues was lurking and turned the ball home from close range to put his side ahead.

The Magpies could then have added further goals, as O’Brien’s low piledriver smashed the base of the post on 67 minutes, before Rodrigues sent a 20 yard free-kick onto the crossbar minutes later.

However, the Ravens showed character and were by no means out of the game. After Mitchell swept a tame effort into Slocombe’s arms following a long throw, came the moment the Ravens had been waiting for.

Another excellent cross from Kizzi, this time a low one, was met by the stooping head of substitute Tate Campbell, who sent a diving header across goal and beyond Slocome to restore parity.

Though both sides looked to find a winner, there was only one real chance, which fell to County substitute Elisha Sam. After showing some intricate footwork, he weaved his way into the box and struck a powerful effort, which was bravely blocked by the head of Mitchell, who certainly felt the effects.

The two sides continued to battle through four minutes of injury time, but ultimately, settled for a share of the spoils.

Bromley XI: Cousins, Kizzi, Fox, Bingham, Bush (C), Cheek, Trotter, Williamson (Alabi), Arthurs (Campbell), Bridge (Forster), Mitchell

Unused substitutes: Holland, Raymond

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