Bromley’s first trip to Westleigh Park in almost four years ended in victory on Saturday, as goals from JJ Hooper, Jack Holland and Luke Coulson saw the Ravens take all three points.
It was clear that Bromley were beginning the game on the front foot, and just a matter of seconds in, Hawks goalkeeper Ben Dudzinski was called into action, as he rushed to the edge of his box to clear a long ball from Frankie Raymond with JJ Hooper lurking.
Before the ten minute mark, the Ravens would have another chance, this time courtesy of Frankie Sutherland. After George Porter dummied a throw short, the ball was worked into the feet of Sutherland, who went for a low drive from 20 yards, only to see it deflected wide.
However, Havant still posed a threat, and on 17 minutes, Bromley were reminded of that. Djamal Boestra hit and hoped with a volley from 25 yards, and it caught David Gregory out as he backpeddled towards goal, and he managed to recover, palming the awkward ball away.
After Porter tested Dudzinski with a low shot from just outside the box, Luke Coulson would go the closest to breaking the deadlock. After Porter was fouled out wide on the left, Sutherland whipped in an excellent free kick delivery, and Coulson rose highest to meet the ball with his head, but it crashed against the upper portion of the crossbar and out for a goal kick.
However, less than ten minutes later, the Raves would take the lead, and Coulson would be the architect. After embarking on a mazy run towards the edge of the box, he shaped up to shoot low, and again his effort struck the woodwork, but waiting was JJ Hooper, who tapped the rebound home with just five minutes of the first half left.
Bromley’s first chance of the second half came courtesy of Havant defender Tyler Cordiner, who poked Sutherland’s corner inches over his own crossbar. From the resulting set piece, the ball was recycled back out to Raymond, whose cross towards the back post was met by the head of Holland, only for Dudzinski to make a good save.
On 59 minutes, a drilled delivery into the box from Sutherland missed Porter in the box, before the ball fell unexpectedly to Holland, who could only send a volley on the turn over the crossbar. However, just over a minute later, he would get his goal.
Again, it was an inch perfect delivery from a Sutherland free kick, but this time, it would be Holland who would reach it with his head, sending a bullet past the reach of Dudzinski and into the net.
It wasn’t all Bromley though, and the Hawks almost grabbed one back as substitute Hassan Jalloh played Alfie Rutherford through on goal, but as he pulled the trigger, he was denied by an excellent last ditch challenge from Richard Brindley.
Ten minutes from time, Marc-Anthony Okoye bundled a Raymond cross over the line, but was adjudged to have committed a foul in the process, meaning it was chalked off.
Yet, Bromley were to grab a deserved third just a handful of minutes before time. Substitute Zavon Hines showed fantastic composure to skip past a challenge and play a sublime through ball into the path of Coulson, who saw his first effort denied, but persisted and hooked the rebound over the diving Dudzinski.
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Bromley XI: Gregory, Sutherland, Holland (C), Raymond, Mekki (Hines), Okoye (Goodman), Porter (Ogedi-Uzokwe), Wood, Brindley, Coulson, Hooper
Unused substitutes: Johnson, Bugiel