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Bromley 3-0 Maidstone United
Bromley 3-0 Maidstone United

Bromley came out on top in the Kent derby against Maidstone United at Hayes Lane with a stylish display of attacking football, despite playing with Chris Bush in goal for the final 25 minutes.

The game got off to a lively start with both sides looking to attack, Reagan Booty had a shot deflect off Byron Webster for a corner, but it was The Ravens who took the lead on 14minutes.

A deep Reece Hannam corner caused a scramble in the box and Omar Sowunmi was on hand to side foot the ball home for 1-0.

Bromley continued to press from there, Webster had shot saved from a corner and then Whitely crossed for for Harry Forster whose goal bound shot was cleared off the line my George Fowler.

Forster went close again soon after before The Stones had a good spell, but Bromley’s defence held strong.

Then with half time approaching Bromley doubled their lead when Forster and Whitely combined to set up Adam Marriott who ghosted in at the front post to sweep the ball home for 2-0 to The Ravens.

The second half started with Maidstone pressing, Rory Deacon had a drive tipped over by Reece Charles-Cook and they went close again after a strong run.

Patrison had a shot saved by Charles-Cook, but then Bromley all but killed the game off with their first attack when Whitely hit a powerful shot that Mersin could only parry into the path of Marriott who converted from close range for 3-0.

Michael Cheek almost made it four when he had a header from a Forster cross well saved by Yusuf Mersin.

Sam Corne then fired wide for The Stones and from the goal kick Charles-Cook pulled up injured. The Bromley keeper carried on for a while, with Marriott going close to grabbing his third, curling a shot just wide.

Charles-Cook then went down again and this time had to be carried off looking in real trouble. With no sub keeper Bush stepped into the breach and donned the gloves.

For a period Maidstone pressed and Bromley sat deep, but they did still pose a threat on the break. Cheek set up Forster whose shot was saved by Mersin’s feet.

Former Bromley player James Alabi had a shot saved by Bush and the visitors had another spell of pressure, but Bromley held out well and Forster went close for Bromley on the break when he raced clear and hit an effort from 40 yards which went just wide.

Deacon and Booty both went close for The Stones in the final few minutes of the ten added on, but The Ravens held on for the 3-0 win.

Bromley: Charles-Cook (Bush 74), Reynolds, Hannam (Dennis 66), Marriott, Sowunmi, Bingham, Cheek, Webster, Whitely, Forster, Vennings (Arthurs 86).

Subs not used: Coleman, Alexander.

Maidstone: Mersin, Hoyte, Galvin (Cawley 64), Booty, Corne, Fowler, Barham (Alabi 54), Patrison, Deacon (Fawole 86), Lyon’s-Foster, Gurung.

Subs not used: Hadler, Odusanya.

Goals: Sowunmi 14, Marriott 42 & 49mins.

Att: 3,386 (521 away)

HT2-0 FT 3-0.