Bromley made the trip to the Peninsula Stadium to take on high-flying Salford City on Saturday afternoon in the Vanarama National League.

In truth, the game failed to truly entertain until the 85th minute, where it exploded into life and saw three goals scored.

However, there was a good chance for the home side to open the scoring just a matter of minutes into the match. Adam Rooney went down cheaply outside the box under a challenge from Jack Holland, presenting City with an opportunity to strike the ball at goal from the edge of the box.

Up stepped Ibou Touray who hit the ball with purpose, only to watch it rise over the wall and dip down at the last moment, only to hit the crossbar before bouncing to safety.

Rooney would have the next opportunity of note, as he found himself with the ball at his feet unexpectedly, but just a matter of yards from goal, he was denied by an excellent close range save from David Gregory, who smothered the ball to deny him.

Manny Dieseruvwe then prodded wide from close range as the hosts were in control of proceedings, but should have done better from a good position.

The second half would see a long period of both sides cancelling each other out, with Bromley much improved and spending more time on the ball in their opponents’ half, restricting them to few opportunities but not having many of their own either.

The hosts waited until 15 minutes before the end of the match to carve their first real chance of the second half, and it was Rory Gaffney who would head high and wide as he met a cross at the back post.

Sam Wood then tried his luck from 25 yards as Bromley continued to show intent in the second half, but fired his effort high and wide of the untested Chris Neal’s goal.

On 85 minutes, the game would take the first of three turns. Just two minutes after entering the field of play as a substitute, Omar Bugiel took down Wood’s throw in and worked his way into the box, only to be manhandled and brought to the ground, prompting the referee to point to the spot.

With designated penalty taker Frankie Sutherland off the pitch, top scorer JJ Hoper stepped up and made no mistake, sending Neal the wrong way and neatly dispatching the spot kick into the bottom corner.

However, the joy for the impressive Ravens travelling support was short lived. Scott Wiseman’s dangerous cross was flicked home by the head of Lois Maynard in the 88th minute to level things up.

From the kickoff, Salford had only one thing in mind, and that was to win the match, which they duly did. After Gregory had tipped a long shot from Gus Mafuta over the bar, the resulting corner was delivered into the centre of the box by Tom Walker, where Nathan Pond emphatically headed home off the underside of the crossbar.

Bromley XI: Gregory, Sutherland (Sarpong-Wiredu), Johnson, Holland (C), Porter (Okoye), Hackett-Fairchild (Bugiel), Wood, Brindley, Coulson, Hooper

Unused substitutes: Dunne, Higgs

 

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