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

Bromley and Dover Athletic shared the points at Hayes Lane on Saturday afternoon with the visitors coming back from going a goal down twice to move into a positive points tally for the season with two goals from Danny Collinge. 

Bromley started the game on top, Michael Cheek forcing a save from Alexis Andre and The Ravens top scorer then headed wide from a Luke Coulson free kick.

Corey Whitely then set up Coulson who was denied by Andre and the Dover keeper soon made a superb one armed save from Cheek who latched on to a great ball from Coulson.

From the corner Chris Bush headed over, before Dover had their first chance when George Wilkinson fired wide from the edge of the area. After more Bromley pressure they finally went ahead on 25 minutes when a Coulson corner was headed home by Bush at the far post for 1-0.

Bush went close with another header from a corner soon after and Whitely shot wide latching on to a great pass from Coulson. Going into the break the game drifted for a while, but just before half time Ali Al Hamadi shot narrowly wide from long range. 

The second half started with Bromley on top again, keeping the ball for long periods around the Dover area. James Vennings fired over and sub Harry Forster had a goal bound shot well blocked by Arjanit Krasniqi.

The Ravens had a strong shout for a penalty waved away after Forster appeared to be brought down by Krasniqi in the box, before the visitors rallied. Michael Gyasi, who worked tirelessly up front on his own all game, raced clear of the home defence, but his powerful drive was well saved by Ellery Balcombe.

Cheek then had a shot blocked and Forster saw an effort on goal headed over by ex-Bromley defender Jake Goodman. From the resulting corner Andre almost palmed the ball into his own net, but it was cleared off the line. Dover always posed a threat on the break and when Gyasi played in Jack Nelson, Balcombe saved the sub’s shot low down to his left.

Whitely, Coulson and Billy Bingham all went close for The Ravens, but Dover kept going and they pulled level on 78 minutes when a Wilkinson corner from the left was headed home by Danny Collinge almost in slow motion past a static defence.

Gyasi forced another great save from Balcombe as he left Byron Webster for dead with his pace and the two then clashed as tempers began to fray late on.

Bromley pressed again from there, James Alabi had a shot deflected wide before Coulson then played in Whitely who coolly side footed the ball into the far corner of the net for 2-1 with a minute left.

Dover didn’t give up though and deep into injury time, with everybody up in the box, another Wilkinson corner from the left was headed home again by Collinge at the far post to make it 2-2.

The draw takes Andy Hessenthaler’s team up to one point, having started the National League campaign on minus 12, and the character they showed in this match was superb.

Bromley still sit in eleventh ahead of their last home game on Tuesday night when they entertain Altrincham.   

Bromley: Balcombe, Margetson, Webster, Bush, Whitely, Coulson, Bingham, Sablier (Forster 51), Vennings, Cheek (Broomfield 78), Al Hamadi (Alabi 56).

Subs Not Used: Partington, Trotter. 

Dover: Andre, Goodman, Ransom, Woods, Collinge, Hanson (Moses 66), Wilkinson, Baptiste (Nelson 56), Judd (Byford 45), Krasniqi, Gyasi. 

Subs Not Used: Bexon, Agbebi. 

HT 1-0 FT 2-2

Goals: BFC – Bush 25mins, Whitely 89mins. DAFC – Collinge 78 & 92mins. 

Ref: Daniel Lamport