Woking 0-2 Bromley
Woking 0-2 Bromley

Bromley rebounded well from Tuesday night’s poor defeat at Chester to claim three points at Woking and in the process maintain their faint playoff hopes.

In truth it was a straight forward victory as Woking continued their horror run of form that has now seen them fail to win in 12 games.

The home side were desperate for three points as they had started the day one place and one point above the relegation zone having played two more games than their rivals.

However befitting the form of a side in free-fall the Cards failed to force David Gregory into a meaningful save across the 90 minutes.

The first half was a lively affair with Woking the first to go close, Roger Johnson failed to deal with a long ball allowing Reece Grego-Cox to feed Charlie Carter but the midfielder’s shot from the edge of the area failed to trouble Gregory.

On the quarter hour a frenetic passage of play saw both sides threaten, firstly Woking goalkeeper Nathan Baxter did well to prevent efforts from George Porter and Luke Wanadio after they had taken advantage of Jordan Wynter’s misplaced header.

Woking promptly counter-attacked and a one-two between Grego-Cox and Charles-Cook saw the former volley over the bar.

The opening goal when it came was not only out of the blue but highly preventable from a Woking perspective. A long throw from Porter caused chaos in the Woking penalty area and Baxter could only succeed in tipping the ball to Jordan Higgs who planted the ball into the net with a diving header.

Bromley saw out the remainder of the half relatively comfortably but had Roger Johnson to thank for a timely block, on the stroke of half time, from a Charles-Cook effort inside the 18 yard box.

Given what was at stake for Woking the second half was very flat as the home side toiled but failed to seriously threaten the Bromley goal.

In the 64th minute a Grego-Cox cross eluded Gregory but no Woking player could take advantage as the ball deflected off substitute Luke Woolfenden into the grateful arms of the Bromley custodian.

That was to be as good as it got for Woking and they were punished for their lack of end product when Bromley stretched their lead with their first effort of the half minutes later.

Good work between Wanadio and Omar Bugiel saw the former’s cross create an opportunity for Porter but the frontman saw his effort blocked for a corner. From the resultant corner Roger Johnson registered his first goal for Bromley.

Johnson’s header from Frankie Sutherland’s corner was parried by Baxter but the towering defender was able to poke in the rebound as the Woking defence failed to react.

The rest of the match played out to little or no incident as Bromley were to content to see the match out with their shot shy hosts devoid of all confidence.

The win keeps Bromley in 10th place six places from the playoffs with two games in hand.  Whilst on the surface the equations look simple, with Dover (8th) and Ebbsfleet (9th) also holding games in hand and several points better off all Bromley can do is win theirs and worry about everything else afterwards.

The games come thick and fast for Bromley as they host Dagenham and Redbridge on Tuesday night looking for a victory that would pressure on the aforementioned teams above them.

 

Woking:  Baxter, Ramsay, Ralph, Carter, Isaac (Edwards 78), Staunton, Charles-Cook (Saraiva 76), Wynter, Grego-Cox, Ferdinand, Cook
Subs not used: Jones, Mason, Young

 

Bromley:  Gregory, Dunne (Woolfenden 61), Holland, R.Johnson, Sterling, Higgs, Raymond , Sutherland, Wanadio, Porter (Dennis 81), Bugiel (Hanlan 69)
Subs not used: Rees, D.Johnson

 

Goal scorers / Time of goal: Bromley: Higgs 32, R.Johnson 68

 

Attendance: 2,027

Referee: Mr A.Penwell

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