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Bromley 1-2 Salisbury City
10:37am Monday 29th October 2012 in Football
Salisbury keeper Willem Puddy can do nothing as Elliot Buchannan's long range effort flies into the net. AVENELLPHOTOS.COM
LEADERS Salisbury City grabbed an injury time winner against Bromley to maintain their position at the top of the table on Saturday at Hayes Lane.
It was no more than they deserved after dominating possession for long periods and with a bit more steadiness in front of goal, they might have won by a greater margin.
Salisbury’s player-manager, Darrell Clarke was lucky he was not sent off in the second minute for a crunching tackle on Sanchez Ming, the referee deciding perhaps it was too early in the game and only showing a yellow.
After a drab opening in which neither side created any worthwhile efforts, the game sprang to life on the half hour.
Bromley keeper Joe Welch had to be at his best to deny James White by diving at his feet to smother the ball after the league’s leading scorer broke through on goal.
Elliott Buchanan shot over when well placed one minute later following good work from Pierre Joseph-Dubois and Richard Pacquette.
But it was the visitors opened the scoring on 32 minutes. A cross from the right was not dealt with allowing Chris McPhee a clear header and although Welch did well to dive full length to get a palm to the ball, he could not prevent it crossing the line off the upright.
The advantage proved short lived as Bromley were back on terms four minutes later. Salisbury keeper Willem Puddy saved Joseph-Dubois’s header from Pacquette’s cross, but Ming broke up the resultant clearance to pick out Buchanan, who sent a curling 20 yard shot into the top corner out of the reach of the visiting keeper.
Ming went close a few minutes later, his low shot through a crowded penalty area going just wide of the post.
Bromley had a lucky escape on the stroke of half-time when Daniel Fitchett missed an open goal by screwing his effort wide.
Salisbury dominated the second period without creating anything, but it was Ming who sent a 20-yard shot sizzling over the bar following a lay back by Elliott Jones.
Substitute Matthew Clark shot wildly over for the visitors before Joseph-Dubois and Jones should have done better with chances which came their way.
The visitors finished the game strongly with Theo Lewis shooting over from five yards, White hit the post with a header following a goalmouth scramble and White mis-kicked in front of goal after a cross from McPhee.
McPhee’s 89th minute cross from the right was chested down by Moses Swaibu at the near post, but his momentum carried him into the hoardings behind the goal and he required a lengthy spell of treatment.
But while he was awaiting a return to the field, the resultant corner was taken.
Brian Dutton’s shot was deflected off a defender and into the net to wrong-foot Welch to increase Salisbury’s at the top of the table.
The Lillywhites visit Fleetwood Town in the first round of the FA Cup on Saturday, kick-off 3pm.
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Bromley: Welch, Ming, Patterson, Swaibu, Harwood, Fuseini, Waldren, Jones (Harding 90), Joseph-Dubois, Pacquette (Finn 64), Buchanan. Subs not used: Boateng, Rhule, Malcolm. Att: 495.