Bromley recorded their first away win of the season and their first victory overall in a month with a hard fought rear guard action display against an Ebbsfleet side who will wonder just how they ended this game empty handed.

The game began with Fleet dominating possession and pressing Bromley with crosses from Weston and Whitely on either wing causing The Ravens problems.

Bromley created one chance when Sutherland fired wide, but it was pretty much one way traffic until the visitors took the lead on 17minutes when Sutherland’s corner was headed home by Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe for his fifth goal of his loan spell from Colchester.

The home side continued to have the majority of the play from there with Weston setting up Graham who shot wide and Whitely playing in Cheek who scuffed his chance from ten yards out.

Powell went close soon after before The Ravens doubled their advantage on a break up field when Bugeil was judged to have been tripped in the box for a penalty. Sutherland sent Ashmore the wrong way to make it 2-0 from the spot on 31minutes.

Fleet again pressed, but Bromley’s defence held out and they nearly made it three when a quick passing move involving Ogedi-Uzokwe and Sutherland set up Bugeil but his shot was well saved by Ashmore.

In first half injury time Ebbsfleet finally found a way through the Bromley defence when Powell curled in a superb free kick from 25yards that Gregory got a hand to but could not keep the ball from crashing into the top corner of net.

The second half saw Fleet on the attack again, Weston hit the post after a strong run into the box, but The Ravens back line stood firm to a barrage of high balls into the box. On a rare break up field Porter had a good chance saved by Ashmore when one on one and Johnson had a header blocked from the resulting corner, but Fleet went close to equalising soon after when Cheek had a header well saved low down by Gregory.

Another Bromley break saw Ogedi-Uzokwe play in Bugeil, but the Lebanese international saw his attempted chip palmed away by Ashmore. For the final quarter the home side were camped in the Bromley half, but could find no way through and were left frustrated at losing another home game despite dominating the match.

For Bromley this was a display of guts and character that manager Neil Smith had demanded after Saturday and they will hope to rake this on into the next National League match on Saturday at home to Halifax Town.

Fleet: Ashmore, Bush, Wingfield, Magri, Graham (Shields 69), Rance, Adams, Powell, Weston, Whitely, Cheek (Kedwell 84). Subs not Used: Miles, Coulson. McQueen.    

Bromley: Gregory, Brindley, Wood, Goodman (Johnson 62), Holland, Ogedi-Uzokwe, Sutherland, Raymond, Porter, Bugeil (Meekums 90), Luque (Higgs 66). Subs Not Used: Huxter, Da Silva.

Goals: Bromley – Uzokwe 17mins, Sutherland 31pen. Fleet – Powell 45mins

HT 1-2 FT 1-2