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Bromley 1-2 Heybridge Swifts
10:34am Monday 14th October 2013 in Sport
BROMLEY’S 100 per cent home record was ended on Saturday when Heybridge Swifts went home to Essex with a well deserved third qualifying FA Cup victory.
In a poor performance, Bromley lacked quality and passion against their lower league guests from the Isthmian Division One North, and maybe thought that they only had to go through the motions to get a positive result.
But they had no answer to a well organised and compact defence, and their insistence in trying to play the ball over the top only played in to the defenders hands.
The home side’s first chance came in the third minute as Bradley Goldberg’s effort was blocked before Ben Swallow’s penetrating run and cross just failed to find Pierre Joseph-Dubois a few minutes later.
Heybridge responded and Aaron Greene miscued wide after receiving the ball in front of goal from a right wing cross.
Terence Amass shot over from 20 yards following Bromley keeper Lewis Carey’s punched clearance from Greene’s corner.
The visitors took a deserved lead on the half hour.
Carey came out and missed Kevin Dobinson’s corner from the left and the ball was knocked back across goal to Dobinson, who curled a shot home under the scrambling keeper.
Ben Newson was denied by Carey after being put through as half-time approached before Heybridge increased their advantage in the opening minute of first half stoppage time.
Following a Bromley corner in which Goldberg’s poor shot was cleared up field, Greene fastened onto the ball to outpace a struggling defender and give Carey no chance with a first-time shot from the edge of the area.
However, there was still time for Bromley to reduce the arrears before the interval.
Joe Anderson’s free-kick found Rob Swaine, who headed against the bar and as the ball dropped, Jacob Erskine was on hand to head it over the line.
The second half began badly for Bromley as Anderson was injured within three minutes of the restart and replaced by Steven Smith.
Then Joseph-Dubois suffered the same fate after colliding with the visiting keeper to be replaced by Brendan Kiernan on 57 minutes.
By this stage Bromley were enjoying the majority of the play but failed to take advantage of several crosses from Swallow.
Goldberg’s free-kick was saved by Nicky Eyre and then the Lillywhites striker failed to find the target after dispossessing a defender on the edge of the area.
Danny Waldren fired another free-kick straight at Eyre and Swallow thrashed a shot over from a good position.
Jack Holland was moved to centre forward in the closing stages in an effort to force a replay, but this proved fruitless as Heybridge earned their place in the next round, and with it prize money of £7,500.
But it is back to the league for the Lillywhites, who this weekend make the short trip to Sutton.
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Bromley: Carey, Pooley, Anderson (Smith 48), Waldren, Swaine, Holland, Joseph-Dubois (Kiernan 57), Buchanan, Goldberg, Erskine (May 50), Swallow. Subs not used: Parmenter, Welch, Nicholls, Mullings. Att: 797
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