Bromley returned to winning ways in the Vanarama National league with a battling 2-0 win over Aldershot Town at Hayes Lane.
In the first half, Aldershot had the first proper opportunity to test the Bromley defence. Joel Nouble got past Frankie Raymond and delivered a dangerous cross which was cleared away by the Bromley defence. Nouble was once again causing problems for the Ravens, this time once again crossing the ball to find Harrison Panayiotou, whose diving header was well saved by Mark Cousins.
Moments later, Jermaine Anderson’s free kick found Nouble who produced an audacious back heel, which Cousins instinctively saved. The Shots were one again on the attack and nearly took the lead when Toby Edser’s free kick somehow managed to hit the post.
Billy Bingham, who was left unmarked, took control of the ball around twenty yards from goal and took aim, but shot wide. However, two minutes later, and Bromley’s possession paid off. After some fantastic play by Charlie Wakefield on the edge of Aldershot’s penalty area, the midfielder passed to Jack Bridge who turned his defender and unleashed a fierce shot into the bottom corner. It was Bridge’s first goal for Bromley.
As the first half was coming to an end, Raymond’s inswinging corner was tipped over the bar by Brad James. A Courageous effort from the midfielder.
In the second half, a hopeful clearance from the Aldershot backline ended up finding Panayiotou. The forward did not quite get the connection he wanted as he volleyed the ball and Cousins easily saved his effort. As the game reached the hour mark, substitute Ricky Miller’s effort from 25 yards forced a good save from Cousins, with the ball then falling to Nouble who fired wide.
With under 20 minutes remaining of the game, a goalmouth scramble occurred and Kory Roberts cleared the ball off the line. A crucial clearance in a critical moment of the game. Then came the moment Bromley had been waiting for. From a free kick, the ball was cut back to Bingham who found himself in space on the edge of the box. Bingham’s powerful shot deflected off Cheek and the ball deceived James to go straight into the net. It was the striker’s 14th goal of the season.
A much needed win for Bromley who will look to build on their win when they face Notts County next.
Bromley: 1 Mark Cousins, 2 Joe Kizzi, 4 Billy Bingham, 8 Frankie Raymond, 9 Michael Cheek (Duffus), 14 Kory Roberts, 15 Taylor Maloney, 17 Byron Webster (C), 18 Ben Williamson (Alabi), 23 Charlie Wakefield, 24 Jack Bridge (Holland)
Unused subs: 12 Tom Purrington, 20 Jude Arthurs
Report by Alex Exadactylos