Bromley’s South African defender, Steve Potterill was very lucky not to be shown a card within seconds of the first whistle, going in hard on Casuals skipper and dead ball specialist Simon Shergold.
Match referee, Mr Cork failed to show Nathan Jupp a card on two occasions early in the game, for a crunching foul on Bromley play-maker Gary Drewett and for an elbow on solid defender Joe Vines.
Seven days ahead of their FA Cup showdown against Dartford at Hayes Lane, Stuart McIntyre's men have put in place their first piece of the jigsaw by collecting three points in Tolworth. Their next piece is picking up another three points in next Tuesday's home game against Tooting & Mitcham United (7.45pm).
Reid twice went close before his match winning strike. Potterill launched a long throw into the Casuals penalty area and goalkeeper Chris Roberts did well to palm the ball away under pressure. Leroy Huggins crossed to the far post but Reid’s effort was blocked on the line.
Joe Wade’s pinpoint corner found Reid unmarked at the far post but his header was wide of the right upright.
But the hardworking striker was rewarded with his first goal in Bromley colours after eighteen minutes. His twelve yard strike, with his left foot, fired low and across Casuals shot-stopper Robert’s finding the back of the net just inside the far post.
Delighted with breaking his duck following his close season switch from Lewes, the goalscorer took off his shirt celebrating his goal.
Speaking after the game, Reid said: “My goal was well overdue. I have been waiting and practising hard with my finishing in training, having one on one sessions with a couple of goalkeepers. My first goal for Bromley has been overdue, and there are more goals to come from me!”
A minute later Bromley had the ball in the Casuals net for the second time but Huggins was in an offside position when he slotted home after good play by Drewett.
Casuals, with only one win in their opening six games, went close when Jupp drilled a ball across the penalty area and Chris Morrison diverted the ball narrowly over Danny Harwood’s crossbar.
On form Bromley goalkeeper, Harwood made a smart save at the near post from Ashley Martin after 29 minutes. Martin beat Bromley central defender Dean Forbes, but he couldn’t beat Harwood who got down well to block the shot towards the near post.
Casuals had two chances before the break when Mark Hyland, a former Bromley reserve player whilst at Old Bromleians, shot wide of the right post after he pulled away from Colin Luckett, before Shergold’s corner found Morrison at the near post but the header was off target.
Casuals substitute Justin Georgiou missed the home side’s best chance within three minutes into the second half. Jupp flicked the ball into his path and his left footed shot drifted across Harwood narrowly missing Morrison, who made a late run into the Bromley penalty area, and the far post.
Bromley turned defence into attack in the 59th minute. Shergold’s corner was headed clear by Drewett at the near post and the ball was collected by Huggins. He waited for support, which came from Jason McKoy, who took the ball down the right flank. His centre found Colin Luckett whose well-hit strike brought a fine diving save from Roberts who pushed the ball around the post.
Former Cray Wanderers and Aldershot Town player Mark Hammond made his eagerly awaited Bromley debut on the hour and delivered some telling crosses into the Casuals penalty area.
Harwood produced the save off the match in the 78th minute when he tipped over John Eldridge’s rasping volley from 25 yards.
Hammond’s class showed again in the 81st minute when his left wing run set up a chance for Drewett. Crowded out by the home defence, he laid the ball for Wade whose shot drifted wide of the goal.
Harwood tipped over Iain Waghorn’s header over the bar after he got to the ball ahead of Wade following a late Shergold free kick.
Bromley manager Stuart McIntyre praised goalscorer Reid: “A great goal from Tony Reid. His work rate is not in question, as he really works hard. What he needs maybe is to calm down a little bit. I think he sometimes gets excited on the ball. He thinks every time he gets the ball he has to do something special. He just needs to keep possession, hold the ball up and keep the play. It is something we can work on.”
Reid added: “We made it hard for ourselves, but I think It’s just confidence really. Against teams struggling in the league, we have to go on and destroy them and put them to bed.”
Corinthian-Casuals: Chris Roberts, Nathan Jupp (John Eldridge 60), Lyndon Buckwell, Andy Gibbons, Danny Arkwright, Mark Hyland, Simon Shergold (Capt), Tony Blunt, Ashley Martin (Justin Georgiou HT), Iain Waghorn, Chris Morrison (Elliot Lynard 77). Subs: Nick Brown, Dave Roberts
Bromley: Danny Harwood, Steve Potterill, Colin Luckett (Mark Hammond 60), Joe Vines, Mark Willy, Dean Forbes (Capt), Gary Drewett, Jason McKoy (Danny Smith 82), Tony Reid. Leroy Huggins (Adolph Amoako 62), Joe Wade. Subs: Andy Hunt, John Butler