Bromley 1-1 Boreham Wood
Bromley 1-1 Boreham Wood

Bromley picked up a hard fought National League point from a bruising encounter at home to Boreham Wood at Hayes Lane on Tuesday night.

The Ravens started the game on the front foot with Michael Cheek heading over a Joe Kizzi cross and Chris Bush firing over.

After a series of Bromley corners though it was the visitors who took the lead when on their first attack the ball came out to Sorba Thomas on the wing and he was given time and space to cut in and launch an unstoppable curling drive from 25 yards out that game Mark Cousins no chance in the Home goal.

The game was then held up for several minutes when Kizzi and Matt Rhead clashed heads and The Ravens left back required extensive treatment before battling on.

Bromley were still positive from there though, James Alabi putting in a real shift up front and holding the ball up well and winning free kicks. Byron Webster headed a Frankie Raymond free kick wide, but the game was frequently broken up by fouls and free kicks as it grew more and more physical.

Rhead had a header saved by Cousins from a corner as things opened up, while at the other end Cheek went close with a half volley from a poor clearance by Nathan Ashmore in the Wood goal.

With play going from end to end Adam McDonnell played in Thomas again, but Cousins did brilliantly to tip his powerful shot over and Rhead headed over from the resulting corner. Bromley had a decent spell going into the half and they Drew level on 45 minutes when Reeco Hackett’s free kick from the right found Cheek who bravely handed the ball past Ashmore in a crowded area to make it 1-1.

Bromley started the second half positively, with game carrying on in the same vein, seeing heaving challenges and physical battles all over the pitch.

After a long delay for a head injury to Rhead, The Ravens pressed with Billy Bingham driving wide from long range. Surprisingly it took over an hour for the first card to be shown when Webster brought down Kabongo Tshimanga who was heading for the Home box at full speed.

With play constantly broken up and halted, chances were few and far between, Alabi had half a chance when he dispossessed Jamal Fyfield on the edge of his own area, but he then fired wide under pressure from three defenders.

Both sides had chances late on with Thomas firing over for Wood, while Hackett did the same at the other end. In injury time the excellent Kory Roberts was on hand twice to deny the visitors making a superb block from a Gus Mafuta shot and also winning a crucial header to thwart Rhead and keep Boreham Wood at bay.

In the end it finished all square which was about fair over the piece as both sides gave their all and deserved something from the match.

Neil Smith’s side are now ninth in the table as he prepares his side for their trip to Maidenhead Utd on Saturday looking to keep up their challenge for the top seven.

Bromley: Cousins, Kizzi, Bush, Webster, Roberts, Hackett, Bingham, Raymond (Trotter 80), Williamson, Cheek, Alabi.

Subs Not Used: Holland, Purrington, Kyprianou, L’Ghoul.

Boreham Wood: Ashmore, Ilesanmi, Champion, Mongoia, Mafuta, Tshimbanga, Fyfield, Thomas, Rhead, Smith, McDonnell (Stephens 65).

Subs Not Used: Huddart, Woodards, Francis, Angol, Coulthirst.

Ref: Lee Collins.