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Bromley 1-1 Truro City
11:43am Monday 23rd January 2012 in Bromley
BROMLEY had to come from behind on Saturday to salvage a point against a Truro City side making their first ever visit to Hayes Lane.
The visitors had only 12 recognised first team players available as they are under a transfer embargo by the league due to financial problems, although they were allowed to name two reserve players as substitutes.
In a poor first half in which the strong swirling wind caused problems, neither side had much enthusiasm for attacking.
As a result, much of the play was restricted to the middle third of the pitch and it took 17 minutes before there was an attempt on any goal.
It fell to Bromley’s Orlando Smith, who shot wide following good work by Pierre Joseph-Dubois.
Six minutes later, Joseph-Dubois raced onto a long clearance and, with no support, was forced to shoot wide while surrounded by three defenders.
Bromley were denied two penalties in the 30th minute.
The lively Joseph-Dubois was through on goal when he was felled from behind by Steve Adams but the Referee gave a corner kick, from which Mike Jones was upended by Scott Walker before the ball was kicked out for a throw in.
Substitute Danny Waldren was booked on the bench for comments he made to the Match Official over the incidents.
Smith did well to rob a defender five minutes before the interval but was fouled on the edge of the area as he was about to shoot.
However, the ball broke to Gareth Williams and the referee played a good advantage, although Williams curled his shot wide of the far post.
The Cornishmen opened the scoring with their first attack of the half on the stroke of half-time.
Liam Harwood fouled Les Afful wide on the left and, from Scott Walker’s free-kick, the smallest man in the Truro side Andy Watkins rose to head home unchallenged from eight yards.
Bromley dominated the second half for long periods but lacked the cutting edge to cause visiting keeper Tom Brooks any real problems, although had Williams’ shot in the first minute of the half been two inches lower it would have burst the roof of the net.
Joseph-Dubois’ cross was scrambled away a few moments later before Williams missed a sitter from four yards following Tutu Henriques’ cross to the far post.
At the other end Harwood saved the day with a timely tackle as Jake Ash broke clear on the Bromley goal.
The equaliser came on 62 minutes with a touch of class, as Joseph-Dubois collected possession on the halfway line before setting off on a run which took him past three defenders before coolly placing a shot under Brooks for his first goal for the club.
Bromley continued to enjoy much of the play and Antonio German blasted over following good approach work, while Williams just failed to connect with a cross from Mike Jones.
Truro rallied towards the end, causing Bromley anxiety as they forced a number of corners with Watkins seeing a shot saved and Ash firing over from close range.
Bromley travel to Weston-super-Mare on Saturday, kick-off 3pm.
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Bromley: Welch, Henriques, Patterson, Fuseini, Swaibu, Harwood, Joseph-Dubois, Jones, German (Araba 79), Williams, Smith (Rhule 79). Subs not used: Warren, Waldren, Ibrahima. Att: 435.