Report: Weymouth 2-1 Bromley

Bromley made the trip to the Bob Lucas Stadium for the first time in 12 years, looking to replicate a similar result from the 5-1 win that day.

One thing would be replicated from that day early on – Bromley going behind. Andy Dallas was allowed too much room to work his way into the box, bearing down on goal. Mark Cousins dived in at his feet, but caught the on-loan Cambridge United man’s legs rather than the ball, and a penalty was awarded. Dallas stepped up and smashed home.

One would become two just three minutes later. Bromley were caught napping at the back, and a searching cross found the feet of Dallas once again, who tapped home at the near post. A nightmare start for Bromley.

Jack Bridge was causing problems for the Weymouth defence on the left, but after beating his man and cutting inside twice, his shots were blocked.

Not long after, Michael Cheek almost reduced the deficit for Bromley, but after being found by Taylor Maloney on the edge of the box, his low shot was saved well by Ethan Ross.

However, the Ravens did halve the deficit just after the half hour mark. Chris Bush’s long throw was flicked on by Byron Webster, and Joe Kizzi was on hand to finish from the edge of the six yard box.

Seconds before the half time, Bromley were almost level. A Taylor Maloney free kick was flicked onto the crossbar by a Weymouth defender, agonisingly for the visitors.

The second half would see Bromley start brightly. Ben Williamson could have levelled the scores just two minutes in, but his shot on the turn was deflected over the bar.

A minute later, the Ravens would have a penalty appeal turned down, but immediately after, Bridge forced an excellent save from Ross with a curling effort from the edge of the box.

Then came a turning point. Just two minutes after being booked, Chris Bush was late with a tackle and shown a second yellow, leaving Bromley a man short.

Substitute Jack Holland played a wonderful ball into the path of Maloney, who found Cheek in the box, only for his shot on the turn to take a heavy deflection, making for an easy save for Ross.

Bromley would soon be down to nine. After a poor challenge on him by Brennan Camp, he reacted angrily and confronted the Weymouth man, earning a straight red card.

Ollie Harfield had the chance to wrap it up late on, but after Bromley’s nine men were caught on the counter, Cousins made a smart save to deny him.

Deep into injury time, the hosts would also be reduced to ten men, as Jordan Ngalo picked up a second booking.

Bromley tried and tried, but it wasn’t enough, resulting in a first away defeat of the season.

Bromley XI: Cousins, Kizzi, Bush, Raymond, Cheek, Roberts, Maloney (Alabi), Webster (C), Williamson (Duffus), Wakefield, Bridge (Holland).

Unused substitutes: Purrington, Vincent