Bromley threw away a two goal lead in second half injury time by drawing 2-2 against Maidenhead United at Hayes Lane.
It was a different Bromley to what we saw on Tuesday in the opening moments of the game. The Ravens started the game with intensity, in what was to be a physical game against a determined Alan Devonshire side. With less than 15 minutes played of the game, it was Bromley who took the lead. Liam Trotter played a long hopeful ball into the oppositions’ half. There was a miscommunication between Taye Ashby-Hammond and Manny Parry at the back, with the goalkeeper swiftly coming off his line. Manny Parry then headed the ball backwards beyond his goalkeeper and Luke Coulson was there to intercept and slot into an empty net.
The visitors did threaten to equalise soon after. Dan Sparkes whipped in a dangerous cross, which flew across the six yard box, before being cleared by Chris Bush. The first on target chance fell to Sparkes, when he shot straight at Cousins from range after intercepting a pass from James Comley. Jack Holland then showed great determination for Bromley by outmuscling his marker during a corner and heading wide.
As the game passed the half hour mark, Bromley had a second goal. Courtney Duffus got past his marker with ease and pulled the ball back to Cheek, who smashed the ball into an empty net. Fantastic play from both forwards, it was Cheek’s 12th goal in the National League. Bromley kept attacking and nearly got a third goal. Jack Bridge’s footwork was mesmerising and he found Cheek inside the Magpies’ penalty area. Cheek, from a tight angle, shot well and forced a good save from Ashby-Hammond. Bridge once again threatened, this time skilfully driving forward and shooting straight at the legs of Ashby-Hammond – great save from the opposition goalkeeper.
As the half was coming to an end, Billy Bingham hit the post from long range after he was left unmarked and fed the ball from Liam Trotter. A fantastic half for Bromley who were very unlucky not to add to the score.
In the second half, Bromley started just as they left off. A delightful ball from Chris Bush found Coulson who chested the ball for Duffus, the forward then forced a straightforward save from Ashby-Hammond. Moments later, the game completely turned and Maidenhead scored with their second shot on target. On the left side of the pitch, George Wells had acres of space and produced a great cross into the box, which Ryan Upward powerfully headed in. Poor defending from the Ravens.
Shortly afterwards, Maidenhead were on the counter attack after a Bromley free kick, Danilo Orsi passed to Sparkes who was set through on goal. Webster did very well to get back and managed to block the midfielder’s shot and sent the ball out for a corner.
As the game past the hour mark, Sparkes was again causing issues for Bromley. The midfielder’s free kick was headed over the bar by Upward. Then it was Bromley’s turn to threaten. Coulson found Duffus well, and from a difficult angle the striker’s chipped effort went over the ball.
In an action packed game, Cheek and Duffus combined well in the penalty area, the ball found its way to Bridge, who twisted and turned his way out of trouble and shot wide with just the goalkeeper to beat. With just over 20 minutes remaining, Wells’ cross took a heavy deflection, with the ball fortunately coming off Bush to go for a Maidenhead corner.
With the game coming to an end, James Alabi headed the ball to Michael Cheek from a delivery, the striker found himself in a good position and shot agonisingly into the side netting. With just minutes remaining, Josh Coley got the better of Trotter and delivered in a ball across the six yard box, where fellow substitute Jerry Wiltshire was at the back post to convert and snatch a point.
Bromley: 1 Mark Cousins 2 Joe Kizzi 4 Billy Bingham 5 Chris Bush 6 Jack Holland 7 Luke Coulson (Roberts) 9 Michael Cheek 11 Courtney Duffus (Alabi), 16 Liam Trotter 17 Byron Webster (C) 24 Jack Bridge (Williamson)
Unused Subs: 8 Frankie Raymond, 22 Liam Vincent
Report by Alex Exadactylos