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Maidenhead United 0-1 Bromley
5:10pm Monday 28th October 2013 in Sport
JAY May’s second half winner ensured Bromley bounced back from last weekend’s defeat to promotion rivals Sutton with a 1-0 success at Maidenhead United.
Bromley were made to work hard for their victory at York Road against a battling Maidenhead United side who were reduced to ten men in the 38th minute when captain Curtis Ujah was dismissed for a second bookable offence.
Up until then, it was the visitors who had looked the most likely to score, with Pierre Joseph-Dubois stabbing just wide and Joe Anderson skimming the bar after Maidenhead’s keeper had punched clear a long free-kick.
Sandwiched in between these strikes, Danny Waldren lost possession on the edge of his own 18-yard box, only for Jack Holland to get across smartly to block Richard Pacquette’s fierce shot.
May headed wide when it seemed easier to hit the target from Bradley Goldberg’s free-kick.
And May was rather fortunate to get away with aiming a slap at Ujah after the centre half had come in late on him, an offence which produced a first yellow card for the home skipper.
Three minutes later he saw red, as he scythed down Brendan Kiernan from behind.
Goldberg’s resultant free-kick was deflected behind for a corner, from which Waldren was denied by a spectacular save from Elvijs Putnins in the home goal. Twisting in mid-air, Putnins somehow managed to deflect Waldren’s attempt over the bar.
The interval was extended by 15 minutes due to one of the assistant officials being unable to continue through injury before eventually Bromley’s Mark Hammond took over his duties.
Once the action resumed, Bromley continued to boss play without an end product. Kiernan shot wide, Ashley Nicholls’ header on the blind side was just the wrong side of the post before May scored what proved to be the winning goal in the 66th minute.
Goldberg picked out Kiernan on the left and his first-time cross caught the Maidenhead defence out of position to allow May a crisp volley.
Straight from the restart the home side squandered a great chance to level.
Rob Swaine conceded an unnecessary penalty by upending former Lillywhites team-mate Jacob Erskine. Bobby Behzadi stepped up to take the spot-kick but Lillies keeper Joe Welch saved well with his legs to preserve his side’s narrow advantage.
Maidenhead wasted another good chance to equalise on 70 minutes as Danny Green’s whipped cross was side-footed just wide of the post by Erskine.
Bromley ended the game missing a couple of good chances to increase their lead, the best of which came in the 84th minute.
Dean Pooley put May in the clear, but with only the home keeper to beat, the striker screwed his effort wide of the upright.
The Lillywhites are at home to Dorchester Town on Saturday (3pm).
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Bromley: Welch, Pooley, Anderson (Parmenter 87), Waldren, Swaine, Holland, Joseph-Dubois (Buchanan 87), Nicholls, May, Goldberg, Kiernan. Subs not used: O’Connor, Smith, McDonnell. Att: 288.
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