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Tonbridge Angels 1-1 Bromley
4:40pm Tuesday 3rd January 2012 in Bromley
IN atrocious weather conditions, Bromley and Tonbridge Angels fought out a draw at Longmead on New Year’s Day.
With torrential rain falling throughout on an already sodden pitch, conditions became progressively worse.
At one point in the second half, the referee tested the conditions in a stoppage of play and it must have been touch and go as to whether the game continued.
However, continue it did.
Bromley started the brighter of the two sides, enjoying most of the possession without really threatening the hosts’ goal, going closest when Moses Swaibu headed wide from Rory Hill’s cross.
But Tonbridge responded on eight minutes as Chris Henry rounded Marlon Patterson on the greasy surface only to shoot wide.
Four minutes later Lee Browning was allowed to run at the defence before chipping over the bar.
Bromley keeper Lloyd Anderson got down well to save Frannie Collins’s low drive after the defender had gifted the ball to Tonbridge’s leading scorer.
Mark Goldberg’s charges were denied a blatant penalty on 23 minutes by the referee when Gary Hill was put through, only for Lee Worgan to race from his goal to clatter the Bromley player to the ground.
Hill fastened onto Freddie Warren’s defence-splitting pass nine minutes later, but Robbie Kember deflected his goal-bound effort over the bar.
Tonbridge might have gone ahead on 41 minutes when substitute Jake Beecroft fired over after a poorly defended corner had been cleared to him.
At the other end Worgan denied Hill with a fine save following good approach work from Orlando Smith and Salifou Ibrahima.
Tonbridge penned Bromley back in the opening stages of the second half with Collins and Beecroft both going close before the visitors were denied a second penalty appeal on 55 minutes.
Araba had possession and as he turned, he was upended by Tom Heath.
However, yet again referee Ryan Atkin was not interested and play continued.
Bromley were caught napping in the 61st minute when a raking 50-yard cross-field pass picked out the unmarked Nathan Korentang, but Anderson was alert to the task and palmed his short around the post.
Tonbridge opened the scoring on 76 minutes when a left-sided corner was over hit and Henry chased what seemed a lost cause to the right touchline.
He retrieved possession and took two touches before thundering a vicious shot into the far top corner of the net past a startled Bromley defence and keeper.
The lead, however, lasted just four minutes as Bromley battled back to grab a deserved equaliser.
Liam Harwood’s long clearance down field found Ibra Sekajja, who had only been on the field two minutes.
The substitute used his speed to outpace Danny Walder before passing to Aaron Rhule, who stabbed home at the near post for his first goal for the club.
Bromley went close in the closing stages when Worgan spilled Danny Waldren’s low effort before Browning shot wide at the other end as both sides settled for a point in what was a fair result all round.
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Bromley: Anderson, Parmenter, Patterson, Warren, Swaibu, Harwood, Hill, Ibrahima (Waldren 60), Araba (Sekajja 78), Williams, Smith (Rhule 67). Subs not used): Henriques, Goldberg. Att: 905.