Bromley 2-2 Dover Athletic
Bromley 2-2 Dover Athletic

In the fourth meeting between these two sides this season the points were shared in a classic game of two halves with the home side two up by the break before the visitors had all of the second period finally equalising in the last minute.

Bromley started brightly, playing 4-5-1 with Jack Holland up front as a lone striker in front of a diamond midfield, but it was Dover who had the first chance when Kadell Daniel shot wide.

The match was a real clash of style with The Ravens passing the ball and getting it out wide to Luke Wanadio and Louis Dennis, while The Whites were far more direct and rugged. Micth Brundle forced a save from David Gregory before Dennis had Bromley’s first shot, which was saved by Mitch Walker. The home side took the initiative from there and were in front just after the half hour when Dennis was too quick and tricky for the Dover defence and finished his run off with a cool finish past Walker from just inside the box for 1-0.

The Ravens had a strong shout for a penalty soon after when Dennis’ shot appeared to be blocked by an out stretched hand, but Referee Middleton waved the appeals away. After Daniel missed a chance to equalise Bromley made it 2-0 on 42minutes when a Frankie Raymond corner was powerfully headed home by Holland from six yards out. Just before the break Nortei Nortey put an effort wide, but The Ravens were worth their lead.

The second half was a completely different story, having made two changes at half time Dover came out looking to get back into things and pulled a goal back on 55minutes when Anthony Jefferey crossed for Brundle who fired home in off the bar from ten yards out. Soon after Giancarlo Gallifuoco crossed for Manny Parry who somehow headed wide from almost under the bar.

The Ravens only real chance of the half came to Holland who had a header saved from a Dennis cross, but they just couldn’t get going again despite the introduction of a second striker. Conor Essam had a header saved from a free kick, but the inevitable equaliser came on 90minutes when a free kick from the left bounced around the crowded six yard box before eventually being headed home by Kane Richards from a few feet out.

In injury time Dover had a Ryan Bird goal ruled out for offside and Frankie Sutherland put an effort wide for Bromley, but over the piece a draw was about fair.

Bromley now have two games away at Eastleigh and Hartley Witney before they return to Hayes Lane on 23rd December to play leaders Macclesfield.

Bromley: Gregory, Wynter, Sterling, R Johnson, D Johnson, Rees, Raymond, Vose (Williams 60), Dennis, Wanadio (Sutherland 72), Holland.

Subs Not Used: Porter, Mekki, Allen.

Dover: Walker, Illesanmi, Gallifuoco, Parry, Essam, Brundle, Pinnock, Fazackerley (Jeffery 45), Bird, Nortey (Okosime 45), Daniel (Richards 82).

Subs Not Used: Alabi, Deen-Conteh.

Goals – Bromley – Dennis 32, Holland 42mins. Dover – Brundle 55, Richards 90mins

Att: 1,201

HT 2-0 FT 2-2

Ref: Mr D Middleton