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Bromley 1-0 Burgess Hill Town
12:57pm Monday 30th September 2013 in Sport
BROMLEY struggled to overcome lower league opposition in Saturday’s second qualifying round FA Cup tie with Burgess Hill Town at Hayes Lane.
As in their previous visit to Hayes Lane in January 2005, Burgess Hill Town put up stern resistance and were rather unfortunate to return to Sussex on the wrong end of a 1-0 scoreline.
Bromley created two good scoring chances in the first five minutes, Dean Pooley heading Ben Swallow’s cross inches wide and then Swallow shooting off target from a good position after being given the chance by Elliott Buchanan.
The only goal of the game came on 20 minutes.
Swallow managed to reach a pass which appeared to be going out of play and at full stretch, crossed from the byline where Shamir Mullings side-footed home under visiting keeper Alan Mansfield.
Burgess Hill gradually came into the game and Curtis Gayler’s free-kick hit the angle of the post and bar with Lewis Carey stranded, before the wingman’s firm shot was held by the Bromley keeper a few moments later.
Buchanan should have done better when he screwed wide of goal as half-time approached following a five-man passing movement.
Mullings’ attempt from Swallow’s cross lacked direction before Rob Swaine was unlucky when his header from Buchanan’s free-kick went inches over the bar.
However, the last chance of the half fell to Burgess Hill when a cross from the left was not defended and Pat Harding found the side netting from eight yards.
The visitors controlled the match following the restart, as Bromley found it difficult to get the ball out of their own half.
Harding scooped a close range effort over the bar, and Carey denied Danny Curd in the early stages of the half by taking the ball off the centre forward’s head at the last minute.
Gayler’s corner was shot over by Max Lake-Edwards on 56 minutes.
A flowing Burgess Hill movement was thwarted by the timely interception of Danny Waldren before Jack Holland headed away in the nick of time a dangerous looking cross from Joe Keehan’s head.
Carey punched away a ricochet under press from Keehan and Curd shot wildly over from a central position, as the visitors continued to press forward.
The Burgess Hill keeper, a virtual second half spectator, was called into action to deny Pierre Joseph-Dubois on 78 minutes in an isolated Bromley attack.
This did not detract from the visitors, as they resumed the pressure on the Bromley rearguard without creating an end product.
Bromley, however, might have doubled the score in injury time when Holland fired wide when it looked easier to hit the target and then Mansfield did well to palm away Bradley Goldberg’s powerful effort.
Sam Fish’s free-kick straight to Carey at the other end was the last action of the game, which Burgess Hill will consider themselves unlucky not to have had a second chance of a replay.
Bromley’s reward for their narrow win is another home time against lower league opponents, Heybridge Swifts.
The Lillywhites travel to Boreham Wood on Saturday in the league.
Bromley: Carey, Pooley, Anderson, Smith, Swaine, Holland, Joseph-Dubois, Buchanan, Goldberg, Mullings (Kiernan 55), Swallow (Kiernan 55). Subs not used: Welch, Nicholls, Erskine, May, Parmenter. Att: 506
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