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Boreham Wood 1 Bromley 1
3:09pm Monday 7th October 2013 in Sport
Bromley dropped two points at Meadow Park on Saturday when, after dominating play for the most part, they conceded an equaliser in the third minute of time added on to 10-men Boreham Wood.
The hosts – fifth from bottom in the league table going into the match – have their goalkeeper, James Russell, to thank for the unlikely point.
The game opened with Bromley immediately attacking, and Bradley Goldberg shot over after just two minutes; before Elliott Buchanan’s 30-yard effort was inches wide of the post, while Goldberg’s curling shot a few minutes later lacked power.
The hosts had a half-hearted penalty appeal against Joe Anderson turned down in their first foray into the Bromley area, after 18 minutes.
But Bromley were soon back on attack. Danny Waldren’s volley had the sting taken out of it and safely went through to Russell, Pierre Joseph-Dubois fired just wide, before Waldren’s free-kick was agonisingly the wrong side of the upright.
The visitors should have had a penalty on 41 minutes when Russell flattened Rob Swaine when coming out to punch clear, only for the referee to award a corner.
A great tip over by Russell denied Swallow, before Jacob Erskine saw his effort cleared off the line by defender, Sam Cox, after the goalkeeper had been beaten. With almost the last kick of the half Dean Pooley was denied by another first-class save from Russell, who went full-length to tip the full-back’s drive around the post.
The second half started in similar fashion to where the first half had ended, and Bromley opened the scoring after 48 minutes when Ben Swallow’s 25-yarder brushed Charlie O’Loughlin’s head on its way past Russell.
It should have been two just two minutes later when Waldren dispossessed a defender to play Erskine in on goal, but the striker's shot on the run was brilliantly tipped over by Russell.
The home side's first shot on target did not come until the 59th minute when substitute Graeme Montgomery shot over; but after Donovan Simmonds had had a shot saved by Lewis Carey Boreham Wood were reduced to 10 men in the 70th minute when Mario Noto was dismissed for elbowing Dean Pooley.
This seemed to give the home side a spur and they came more into the game from that point without really threatening the Bromley goal, except a free-kick that shaved the outside of a Bromley post.
Goldberg had a weak effort easily saved by the goalkeeper, but Bromley were to pay the price for some sloppy defending.
Three minutes into time added on Swaine somewhat foolishly tried to shepherd the ball out for a goal-kick, and conceded a foul deep on the byeline to Raheem Sterling-Parker. Billy Lobjoit’s resultant free-kick was headed home by Sterling-Parker at the far post.
This was harsh on Bromley, but they only have themselves to blame as the three points should have been sealed by then.
Bromley: Carey, Pooley, Anderson, Waldren, Swaine, Holland, Joseph-Dubois, Buchanan (Smith, 88), Goldberg (Kiernan, 87), Erskine (May, 53), Swallow. Subs not used: Parmenter, Nicholls. Gate: 218
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