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Bromley 1-1 Havant & Waterlooville
9:53am Monday 1st October 2012 in Sport
BROMLEY’S four-game winning run came to an end on Saturday at Hayes Lane when they were held to a 1-1 draw by managerless Havant & Waterlooville.
But the Lillywhites had to play 85 minutes of the match with only 10 men after Liam Harwood was shown an early red card for denying Ollie Palmer a goal scoring opportunity.
Goalkeeper Joe Welch, had come for a routine fifth minute clearance but Palmer charged it down and as the ball broke towards goal, Palmer was brought down by Harwood just as he was about to tap a shot home into an empty net.
Welch partially redeemed himself by parrying Tony Taggert’s resultant penalty and excelled when he recovered quickly to keep out Steve Ramsey’s follow up shot.
As a result of the sending off, Aaron Rhule was sacrificed for Jerrome Sobers.
Sobers replaced the youngster after 13 minutes and the tactical switch paid dividends six minutes later when Bromley opened the scoring.
A corner from the right to the far post was headed back across the goal by Sobers for Pierre Joseph-Dubois to head just inside the post, where Jake Newton clearly handled the ball.
After the referee had consulted his assistant, he awarded the goal to save Newton from certain dismissal.
Welch did well to tip Taggert’s drive over the bar after the winger had made a penetrating run from just inside the Bromley half.
Two shots were blocked by defenders following a goalmouth scramble, as the Hawks looked to take advantage of their extra man.
The visitors should have levelled the scores on 37 minutes when Ed Harris shot over from three yards, although Welch was quick to close him down.
Bromley and Havant each had a chance each to score as half-time approached.
Firstly Moses Swaibu headed Sanchez Ming’s pinpoint cross narrowly wide of Clark Masters’ goal before Aaron Dawson broke clear, only to be denied by a timely block from Danny Waldren.
Tony Finn replaced Joseph-Dubois at the break and was unlucky not to increase Bromley’s lead on 51 minutes when Michael Malcolm helped on Elliott Buchanan’s cross, but Masters was quickly out to smother at the substitute’s feet.
This proved to be Bromley’s only attack of the second half, as the visitors upped the pace and penned the 10-men back in their own half for long periods.
Bromley were lucky to survive on 62 minutes when a headed clearance by Swaibu went straight to Ryan Moss, but the Havant striker screwed his shot wide of the post.
Four minutes later, Moss hooked his effort wide from five yards with only Welch to beat before the visitors had an effort disallowed for offside.
But the inevitable equaliser came with nine minutes remaining when the defence failed to cut out a Taggert cross from the left and substitute Scott Jones scored with a free header from eight yards.
Havant pushed forward in search of the winning goal as the minutes passed, but a tired looking Bromley held on to preserve their unbeaten home record.
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Bromley: Welch, Ming, Patterson, Waldren, Swaibu, Harwood, Malcolm, Jones, Joseph-Dubois (Finn, 46), Buchanan, Rhule (Sobers, 13), SUBs (not used): Howard, Daly, Hughes. Att: 582
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