To progress into the play-offs Bromley had to record a better result than at least two of the three teams immediately above.

Although visitors Notts County had already qualified, they required at least a point to guarantee home advantage in their first post season game.

Bromley did what they had to do by beating the Magpies but they still had an anxious wait at full time. Eastleigh were beaten at Solihull Moors but an equaliser with one minute to go at Dagenham and Redbridge meant that if Wrexham could score again in seven additional minutes, they would dash Bromley’s hopes. The team huddled in the centre circle with phones keeping them up to date and when news came in that Wrexham had failed, a roar erupted around the ground.

Michael Cheek, the National League’s leading scorer, had a great chance early on but headed wide from Billy Bingham’s cross before Notts County dominated the rest of the first half.

They should probably have gone ahead with their first chance when Jim O’Brien sent Kyle Wootton clear but he chose to try and chip Mark Cousins and the Ravens’ custodian stood tall and tipped it onto the underside of the bar. He then recovered to block the follow up header by Ruben Rodrigues and O’Brien slammed the loose ball wide of the post.

Calvin Miller hooked over before Wootton created a chance out of nothing when turning and shooting from the corner of the penalty area but he fired over.

Rodrigues’ clever footwork gave him a shooting opportunity but he fired over from the edge of the area then Connell Rawlinson headed a Jake Reeves corner back across goal but Adam Chicksen was unable to force his header home.

Wootton again chanced his arm from the edge of the area but shot wide before Cheek had another chance with half time looming but could only head Frankie Raymond’s free kick straight at County goalkeeper Sam Slocombe.

After the break, Rodrigues had two shots from the edge of the area deflected. His first was going well wide but was diverted nearer to the goal but went for a corner then his next one nestled safely in Cousins’ arms.

Cousins was again able to make a comfortable save when Wootton chased a long ball but was stretching when shooting and unable to get any power into his effort. Once more, Cousins was called into action making a save from Rodrigues but the angle was against him and a pull back might have been the better option.

Harry Forster came on as a substitute for Jude Arthurs and almost made an immediate impact when his shot was pushed around the post by Slocombe for Bromley’s first corner. That enabled the back four of Chris Bush, Charlie Fox, Joe Kizzi and Alex Mitchell to load the penalty area for the first time but nothing came of it.

However, moments later Bromley broke the deadlock. Frankie Raymond’s shot came back off the post. It bobbled around the area and Ben Williamson bundled it home from close range.

Looking for an immediate response, Rodrigues had a shot well saved by Cousins however it came out to Miller but his shot was cleared off the line by Mitchell. Moments later, Bromley again came close when Forster had a shot deflected wide with Slocombe struggling.

Substitute James Alabi came close to giving Bromley breathing space when his header came back off the crossbar. Although he threw himself at the rebound, he was unable to head it home. Then, in Bromley’s next attack, Bridge hit a low shot that Slocombe couldn’t hold. It came out to Alabi and a combination of Slocombe and the post kept it out.

As the game moved into the closing stages Richard Brindley met a deep Enzio Boldewijn cross but Fox did enough to put him off and Cousins made an easy save.

Three minutes of stoppage time were controlled by Bromley before they awaited the news that Wrexham had been held and the celebrations started.

Now they can start to prepare for what they hope will be a three game play-off campaign at Hartlepool next Sunday. It will be difficult but having only lost twice in the last fourteen games, they will believe that they can go all the way.

Bromley: Cousins, Kizzi, Fox, Bingham, Mitchell, Bush, Arthurs (Forster 62), Raymond (Trotter 73), Cheek, Williamson (Alabi 69), Bridge. Subs not used: Holland, Campbell.