Bromley FC suffer defeat twice in three days as losing streak stretches
PUBLISHED: 09:48 02 April 2013 | UPDATED: 09:48 02 April 2013
It was a demoralising Easter weekend for Bromley as they lost twice in three days, stretching their losing streak to four league games.
Bank holiday Monday saw The Ravens travel to AFC Hornchurch, where they slumped to a 1-0 defeat - though they remain four points clear of the Essex side with a game in hand.
That defeat followed a comprehensive 2-0 loss at home to Eastbourne Borough on Saturday.
Bromley dominated the opening exchanges, with Louie Theophanous shooting wide and Pierre Joseph-Dubois’ weak header easily saved by goalkeeper Danny Potter.
Moments later top scorer Joseph-Dubois was on the receiving end of a rash tackle, meaning his afternoon ended early with barely 15 minutes on the clock. He has now been ruled out for up to two weeks.
The sides were level at the break, but seven minutes into the second half the away side took the lead with Ben Adlesbury heading in a curling free kick past Bromley goalkeeper Joe Welch.
Eastbourne doubled their lead soon after. Substitute Helge Orome’s attempted overhead clearance fell to Simon Johnson, who volleyed home stunningly with the outside of his boot, leaving Welch rooted to the spot.
Jamie Smith then went close to stretching Eastbourne’s lead even further, but a superb last-ditch tackle from new Bromley captain Danny Waldren allowed Welch to scoop up the ball.
After three minutes of stoppage time was added, Bromley applied the pressure they lacked all game. A game of pinball in the area saw Jack Holland’s header miss the target, before Waldren was unable to connect for a shot.
The final chance of the game fell to the visitors, with Johnson’s shot beating Welch but being blocked on the line by Marlon Patterson, prompting hand-ball appeals from the well-travelled Boro’ faithful.
The result means the Ravens have failed to beat Eastbourne in their last four attempts.
Bromley slip to 13th in the Conference South. They next face Weston-super-mare on Saturday 6th April, kick off 3pm at Hayes Lane.