Report: Maidenhead United 2-2 Bromley

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Bromley made the trip to York Road on a windy Saturday afternoon, taking on a Maidenhead United side in fine form.

The Ravens started the game on the front foot, and had an opportunity to threaten the hosts on 10 minutes, but from an awkward angle, Chris Bush struck a 20 yard free kick over the crossbar.

Moments later, James Alabi held off his man and burst into the box, before attempting to cross towards the back post where Hackett-Fairchild was lurking, but his delivery was blocked at source.

Then would come the best chance of the game. Michael Cheek gained possession and played Alabi in, and the powerhouse front man beat Alan Massey for pace, before bearing down on goal and firing low, only for Taye Ashby-Hammond to make a smart block.

Then came Maidenhead’s first attack, and first goal. Josh Coley got the better of Kory Roberts and crossed into the six yard box, where an unmarked Danilo Orsi was on hand to stroke home.

Eight minutes later, Cheek struck a snap-shot from the edge of a crowded box, and despite dropping it at the first attempt, Ashby-Hammond smothered it at the second.

Cheek would go agonisingly close to levelling the scores moments later. In a reversal to the earlier chance, Alabi won possession from Massey and played Cheek in on goal, but in an almost carbon copy fashion, Ashby-Hammond kept the low effort out, diverting it away from goal.

In the second half, it would be the hosts who would strike first. Just two minutes in, after the Ravens failed to properly clear a corner, Shaun Donnellan struck an unstoppable volley from the edge of the box, which Cousins had no chance of saving.

The hosts could have gone three up not long after, as Josh Coley acrobatically flicked an effort goalwards, only for it to go just wide.

The Ravens began to dominate proceedings as they had done in the first half, and just shy of the hour mark, they were given some hope.

An outstanding, solo effort from Hackett-Fairchild saw him cut inside from the right and find a pocket of space, before unleashing an unstoppable drive from 20 yards, which found the top corner. Another goal of the season contender for Bromley on their travels.

Coley fired over the bar for Maidenhead, before Joe Kizzi was found in space on the edge of the box, and fired a volley goalwards, only for Manny Parry to make the block on the edge of the six yard box.

Alabi almost restored parity on 77 minutes, but after being found by Chris Bush in the box, he was tackled well as he pulled the trigger to shoot at goal.

As six minutes of injury time were signalled, Bromley may have felt it wouldn’t be their day, as Alabi cut inside and curled an effort at goal, only for it to be headed off the line.

However, as time drew on, it became clear Bromley weren’t quite done. A deep corner from Hackett-Fairchild was cleared into the path of Bush, who, from the corner of the box, drilled an absolute thunderbolt into the top corner to salvage a point. Yet another contender for goal of the season!

Bromley XI: Cousins, Kizzi, Bingham, Bush, Raymond (Trotter), Cheek, Alabi, Hackett-Fairchild, Roberts (Holland), Webster (C), Williamson (L’Ghoul)

Unused substitutes: Kyprianou, Purrington

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