Bromley continue unbeaten away record
PUBLISHED: 13:11 09 September 2014 | UPDATED: 13:11 09 September 2014
After losing out 1-0 to Chelmsford City in their non league day clash, Bromley continued their unbeaten away record with a 2-2 draw at St Albans City.
The City lineup included recently departed Bromley goalkeeper Joe Welch, who received a superb reception from the Ravens faithful.
Bromley started the game the more lively of the sides, and Pierre Joseph-Dubois’ glancing header from a Harry Grant corner was cleared off the line by John Kyriacou. St Albans back line seemed unable, at times, to prevent themselves from slicing crosses narrowly over their own crossbar. Crosses from Grant and Joe Anderson were scuffed just over Welch’s crossbar, as City appeared to have had a luck escape. After Jack Holland put a close range header over, the Yellows’ Geoff Mitchell had a thumping, long range shot cannon off the crossbar, with Ravens goalkeeper Seb Brown helpless. However, Brown was to be the visitors’ saviour just moments later, as he made an excellent one on one save from Charlie Gorman.
Bromley deservedly went ahead on 34 minutes. Louis Dennis collected the ball on the edge of the penalty area, before sidestepping his man and curling a fine effort past former team-mate Welch. It should have been 2-0 minutes after, as City somehow managed to block three Bromley shots on the line. Grant, Dennis, and Joseph-Dubois had certain goals prevented by a combination of Saints defenders and goalkeeper Welch. Bromley would live to rue those missed chances, as a flicked header from a long throw in evened the scores up a minute before half time, James Kaloczi with the goal for the home side.
Bromley went back in front not long after half time. Following heroics from Welch to keep out a close range Moses Ademola header, he was unable to prevent Danny Waldren powering home a headed effort for his third league goal of the season. However, yet again, the joy was short lived, as City levelled up the scores seven minutes later. Bromley were unable to defend a free kick out wide, and Ben Martin duly headed home the set piece. A succession of chances for Bromley followed, and Grant missed a great chance following a flowing team move, half volleying the ball over from inside the box.
Anderson had to be alert to head a flicked effort off the line from a Saints corner, and almost immediately, Lee Chappell cleared a Waldren volley off the line at the other end, as the game began to become more intense.
Joseph-Dubois had an effort dubiously ruled out for offside, before perhaps the best chance to win the match came in injury time.
Jamie Slabber wriggled in and out of City defenders in the box, before seeing his deflected shot agonisingly headed off the line, swiftly followed by the final whistle.
The result does see Bromley move to third in the Vanarama Conference South, with 14 points from 8 matches. They are next in action away to Farnborough on Saturday, before hosting Gosport Borough on 20th September at the Fortress Stadium.