got off to a flying start, taking a first minute lead.
Tony Reid’s pace helped him beat the Tilbury defence and as
goalkeeper Marc Baker came rushing to the edge of his penalty area, Reid took
the ball past him. Reid’s
floated shot was met by predator James Goodwin, heading home from close range
at the far post.
Hunt, Bromley’s goalkeeper, made a comfortable save from John Elme’s free
kick just outside the penalty area.
impressive Reid struck a fierce right-footed shot over the Tilbury crossbar
from twenty-five yards but Tilbury scored their equaliser after 13 minutes.
Chris Wolff’s pile-driver from 25 yards out found the bottom left
hand corner of Hunt’s net despite the goalkeeper’s efforts
Nicholls tried another low shot, a minute later, but Hunt made a comfortable
save before shots reigned in from Ricky Downs, narrowly missing the far post,
and Chris Stevens.
it was time for Tony Reid to grab the headlines with two perfectly taken goals
in the space of two minutes to give Bromley a 3-1 lead.
first goal, after 29 minutes, started in midfield when Colin Luckett played a
short pass to Kirk Watts. The
talented winger was given license to go on one of his trademark runs at pace
with the ball. A delightful pass
to Reid, who beat the offside trap, and the former Lewes striker unleashed an
unstoppable, powerful left footed shot inside the near post.
Wade, a midfielder with bite, played a cutting pass for Reid, and as Baker
came rushing out of his penalty area, Reid’s delightful lob from 25 yards
went over the goalkeeper. As the
ball was in the air you could feel the anticipation from the Bromley
supporters, and then the delight once the ball dropped into the back of the
made an athletic save just before the break, scooping the ball off the
goal-line following a deflection of his own player.
There were heated exchanges just before the interval after Kirk Watts pass to Forbes didn’t find its target and Stevens clipped Forbes. This sparked off with some push and shove on the touch-line. Once it calmed down the Referee spoke to Stevens and Bromley’s Luckett.
replaced Michael Azzopardi after 51 minutes and his runs down the flank
brought excitement and pace to the match.
fierce shot after 56 minutes brought a fine save from Baker, and at the other
end, Bromley substitute goalkeeper, Danny Harwood produced a save of the
highest quality. Harwood was
sorting out his defensive wall and had to squirm across the goal-line to parry
a quickly taken free kick.
made changes and shots were at a premium.
Tilbury scored their second after 77 minutes when Dean Frost, his first
action following a year out of the game with a knee injury, was beaten to the
ball, but followed the Tilbury man to the by-line.
The whipped in low cross found Chris Stevens who scored from close
range at the far post.
Grant Watts curled a shot over the crossbar after 79 minutes and every Bromley
player was urged on by their
captain Dean Forbes, shouting “don’t settle for it”.
want to settle for a successful campaign, once it gets under-way at Croydon on
Saturday 16 August.
Andy Hunt (Danny Harwood 60), Steve Potterill, Colin Luckett, John
Butler (Dean Frost 60), Joe Wade (Tommy Ellis 72), Dean Forbes, Michael
Azzopardi (Bobby Nolan 51), Paul Kember (Grant Watts 68), Tony Reid (Adolph
Amoako 74), James Goodwin (Tom Beech 58), Kirk Watts
(squad); Marc Baker, Robert Bird, Jordan Tolan, John Elmes, Danny Wolf, Ricky
Downs, Danny Nichols, Mark Brennan, Chris Stevens, Greg Cohen, Chris Wolff.
Subs: Lee Double, Richard Hayward, Jamie Saunders, James Asser, Andy