Bromley extend conference lead to 10 points after Basingstoke win
PUBLISHED: 12:32 16 December 2013 | UPDATED: 12:32 16 December 2013
Bromley completed their first "double" of the season at Basingstoke on Saturday.
The Ravens had already beaten Town 3-2 at Hayes Lane in September, and this match was another tight affair - with Bromley winning by the odd goal again. This time, 1-0, in blustery conditions at the Camrose Stadium.
Bromley had already beaten Dover Athletic at the Crabble just days before, and started on the front foot.
Bradley Goldberg had a flicked effort ruled out for offside, before Brendan Kiernan shot wide.
The away side took the lead on 38 minutes, courtesy of Pierre Joseph-Dubois. Jay May chested down Dean Pooley’s header, before feeding Kiernan.
The lively winger then passed to Goldberg, whose cross was deflected high in the air. Joseph-Dubois out-jumped David Ray to send a back-header just under the crossbar and into the net.
The second half was more of an even contest. Pooley had the first chance, but his bouncing volley flew wide.
Basingstoke should have levelled soon after, but former Fulham defender Adam Green’s powerful volley struck the base of the post, with the follow up being gathered easily by Joe Welch.
Town’s David Ray was then sent off for a second bookable offence, this time a deliberate handball.
Despite this, they continued to press Bromley. Jordace Holder-Spooner forced an excellent save from Welch with a curling effort.
After scintillating skill from Goldberg saw him beat three defenders, he put Joseph-Dubois through on goal, but Louis Wells stood firm and blocked the shot.
Goldberg then capitalised on a defensive error to round Wells, but his goal-bound shot was blocked on the line by Green.
The final chance of the game fell to the Dragons. Substitute Robbie Matthews’ cross-shot was headed off the line by Jack Holland to seal the three points for Bromley.
They are now ten points clear of Eastleigh at the top of the Skrill Conference South, and next in action away to Weston-super-Mare on Saturday for a 3pm kick off.