Forbes makes a point
Ashford Town (Middlesex) 1-1 Bromley
Bank Holiday Monday, 25 August 2003
Ryman League Division One South
Bromley captain Dean Forbes sent the Bromley faithful home
happy on this Bank Holiday Monday, scoring from a powerful header into the
roof of the net with ten minutes left on the clock.
The Short Lane pitch has been starved off water during the
hot summer. Both penalty boxes were green, and so was the centre circle.
Unfortunately the rest of the pitch was patchy, bumpy and without any green
grass. Both teams weren't really given a chance to play passing football on
the poorly maintained surface.
Ashford Town had drawn their opening three league games
prior to Bromley's visit but Bromley will be pleased with coming away from
Middlesex with a point in the bag - their seventh point in their first four
Bromley can look forward to their FA Cup Preliminary Round
clash with Hellenic League side North Leigh on Saturday, sitting in ninth
place in the league table.
Playing passing football on such a poor quality surface was
difficult, but Bromley had appeals for a penalty turned down after seven
Colin Luckett, starting his first game of the season, sent
in a corner and the Bromley contingent behind the goal appealed for a penalty
as shaven headed Steve Willmore seemed to control the ball with his hand.
Willmore gave Ashford Town the lead after fourteen minutes
when his bullet header from Sean Gorman's free kick darted past Harwood to his
Andy Driscoll went close for the home side after 22 minutes
shooting narrowly wide of the left upright from 25 yards.
Bromley's first chance fell on 27 minutes. Joe Wade, who
is improving his game each time he puts on a Bromley shirt, played a low pass
to South African Steve Potterill. He made a run, cut inside, so he could
shoot with his left foot from 30 yards. Goalkeeper Paul Burgess dived to his
left to push the shot around the post.
Luckett latched onto a loose ball three minutes later,
shooting over the Ashford Town crossbar just outside the penalty area.
Burgess parried Tony Reid's header following Wade's cross
but the former Lewes striker was in an offside position.
Ten minutes before the break, Driscoll fired high over
Harwood's crossbar when well placed.
Reid went very close to opening his goalscoring account for
Bromley three minutes before the break. He got on the end of Luckett's cross
from the left channel, and his flicked header struck the right post.
Ashford's Giorgi Salaghishvili's right footed free kick
curled wide of the near post and Bromley pressed before the break with Luckett
seeing his shot deflect wide, and Reid flashing a volley over the crossbar.
After scoring a brace in Saturday's 4-0 win over Molesey,
Adolph Amoako was introduced by manager Stuart McIntyre after 56 minutes after
Grant Watts pulled a hamstring.
Another substitution by McIntyre after 61 minutes, bringing
on Gary Drewett for David Smith gave Bromley more attacking options.
And the two substitutes combined after 67 minutes but
Drewett headed wide of the post under pressure from the Ashford defence.
Amoako's skill on the ball saw the talented striker beat
two Ashford defenders. His low shot was saved by Burgess, but Bromley's
supporters, who got behind their team throughout the game, were rewarded as
their captain Dean Forbes scored the equaliser.
Jason McKoy poised himself before delivering a cross from
the left flank and Forbes powered home a header from eight yards into the roof
of the net to send the travelling fans into ecstasy.
Bromley pressed for the winner, and Ashford were unable to
test Harwood for the remainder of the contest.
After Kirk Watts and Mark Willy combined down the left
flank, Watts delivered a cross into the penalty area and Amoako rose but he
headed narrowly wide of the right stick.
Kirk Watts could have given Bromley victory with a shot in
the final minute but he blazed his shot over the crossbar and towards the
petrol tankers behind Burgess goal.
Ashford Town (Middlesex): Paul Burgess, Vince
O'Sullivan, Brett Johnson, Ross Davidson (Capt), Steve Croxford, Jim Hibburt,
Jim Hibburt, Giorgi Salaghishvili (Andy Frost 73) Andy Driscoll, Richard
Butler (Jamie Read 84) Sean Gorman, Steve Willmore. Subs: Lee Simpson, Tony
Bromley: Danny Harwood, Steve Potterill, Joe Wade,
Joe Vines, Mark Willy, Dean Forbes, David Smith (Gary Drewett 61), Jason McKoy,
Tony Reid, Grant Watts (Adolph Amoako 56), Colin Luckett (Kirk Watts 70).
Subs: Andy Hunt, John Butler
Referee: Colin Lymer
Assistants: Mr M Bristow and Mr J Butcher
Tel: 07979 418 360