Bromley back to winning ways with win over Havant and Waterlooville

PUBLISHED: 08:35 25 November 2013 | UPDATED: 08:36 25 November 2013

Pierre Joseph-Dubois scored the only goal of the game

Pierre Joseph-Dubois scored the only goal of the game

Mark Avenell

Bromley bounced back from last week’s FA Trophy defeat at Ebbsfleet in perfect fashion, with a 2-0 win over in-form Havant and Waterlooville on Saturday.

The first half was a dull and even encounter. In the first minute, Brendan Kiernan’s shot was half-saved by Scott Bevan, before being cleared off the line by a Havant defender.

At the other end, the lively Sahr Kabba’s deflected shot was well saved by Joe Welch, diving down to his right. Ashley Nicholls then had a curling shot agonisingly bounce off the crossbar and out for a goal-kick.

The second half was an entirely different affair. Nic Ciardini was introduced for the visitors, and almost made an immediate impact. His long range effort skimmed off the surface and was fumbled by Welch. Yet, the follow up was ruled offside.

Shortly after, Bromley took the lead. Nicholls picked out the impressive Jay May, who’s first time flick fell into the path of Pierre Joseph-Dubois. The forward beat a defender before cooly slotting past Bevan to give Bromley a deserved lead.

It was a carbon copy of his goal against Staines Town in September.

Just a few minutes later, it was 2-0. Ashley Nicholls got the goal he craved, after a poor clearance gave him room to shoot from just inside the area.

His strike took a slight deflection before nestling in the back of the net to the delight of the Ravens faithful.

Jay May then headed narrowly wide, and sent a spectacular volley the wrong side of the post before Havant managed their next chance - in the 89th minute.

Former Gillingham winger Dennis Oli did well to set up Ciardini, but his stinging drive was bravely blocked by Welch.

The win sends the Ravens back to first place, two points clear of Eastleigh with a game in hand.

Eastleigh lost at home to Tonbridge Angels at the weekend, while fellow rivals Sutton United were beaten at home by bottom of the table Dorchester Town.

Bromley are next in action at home to London Bari on December 3 in the London Senior Cup. The game will kick off 7:45pm at Hayes Lane.

Next week’s game away to Basingstoke Town has been postponed, and rearranged to December 17.

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