1-1 score-line only tells half the story of another entertaining game
between the two Kent rivals, writes Steve Wells.
There were two sendings off: Colin Luckett (two bookable offences) and
Lawrence Yiga (a straight red card for a two-footed challenge). In
addition, Frank Coles, a member of the Bromley coaching staff was ordered
from the dugout.
Bromley’s goal came from a harsh looking penalty decision and the
Margate goal – a real collectors item - from Bill Edwards.
For Gate, John Keister was restored to the side after missing out against
Windsor and Charlie Mitten looked to be carrying a thigh or hamstring
strain – Edwards or James Donavan taking the goal kicks.
The game started in open fashion with both sets of attacking players
involved. For Margate, Osman Sesay and Adolph Amoako (against his former
club) were prominent, as was Barry Gardener for the visitors with his
over-lapping right-wing runs.
The was a moment of panic for the Bromley defence when a wayward defensive
header by Joe Vines left keeper Andy Walker with little choice but to
clear for a throw in from just outside his area as the Margate forwards
closed him down at pace.
Then from another throw on the left, the Blues fashioned a chance for
Anthony Allman on 12 minutes. Dean Standen found Charlie Taylor from the
throw. Taylor moved towards the edge of the area – twisting and turning
with the close attention of Bromley defenders, before slipping the ball to
Allman who hit a low effort from the edge of the box, that Walker saved
A minute later, Bromley broke quickly through the middle, Jones Awuah
picking the ball up just outside the area before firing in a shot that
flew just wide of Charlie Mitten’s left post.
Then on 14 minutes, Margate won a corner – their first of the match –
on the right. Standen floated the ball into the far post where Allman hit
a left foot shot that Walker was well positioned to save from the middle
of his goal.
Bromley responded in kind – Gardner and Fraser Logan combining well
before Gardner himself hit a half volley goal-wards that Mitten saved
For Margate, Taylor had an effort on 20 minutes that once again the keeper
was equal to. Three minutes later, Osman Sesay crossed form the right and
Gavin McGowan – another former Bromley man – headed just wide of
Walker’s left post.
On the half hour mark, Margate lost possession just outside their own
area. Bromley top scorer Nic McDonald pounced, firing in an effort from 20
yards that went just wide of Mitten’s right post.
Then Gary Drewett tried his luck from distance, but his effort was weak
and lacked direction. With 36 minutes on the clock, Bromley came within a
whisker of opening the scoring. Awuah found Gardner on the edge of the
Margate area from where the Bromley full back unleashed a stunning left
foot rising drive that hit the bar and then went out for a goal kick.
With five minutes to go to half time, Margate won another corner after
good work from Edwards and Allman – Edwards putting in the cross that
won the corner. Standen’s corner dropped invitingly in the Bromley area
before Edwards' effort was cleared by a combination of keeper and defender
for the visitors.
On the stroke of half time, Margate showed some neat touches moving
through midfield. Allman’s throw-in found Keister who neatly turned his
man and found McGowan. McGowan slipped the ball back to Keister who in
turn found Allman, who checked, went inside his man before crossing for
Amoako on the edge of the six-yard box, but Walker beat him to the ball.
Margate had a scare in the opening stages of the second half when Mark
Willy’s effort hit the bar, but the assistant referee had flagged for
But then the Blues had a golden chance to open the scoring. Mitten came
quickly off his line to claim the ball ahead of the approaching Bromley
forwards. He cleared quickly to Keister who found Amoako. The Margate
front man then found Taylor who from 10 yards out fired his effort over
On 52 minutes, Colin Luckett’s challenge on a Margate player earned him
a second yellow card of the match, and dismissal. Then, Bromley coach
Coles was ordered from the dugout presumably for protesting too much about
the previous decision.
Seven minutes later, Taylor went close again for the home side when
hitting a right foot effort from just inside the Bromley box – Walker
needing to be at his best to save.
On 69 minutes, Bromley went close when Sam Wood’s cross-come-shot looked
to be dropping into the goal but Mitten was alert to the danger and caught
the ball safely, under his bar. Margate attacked through midfield with
Keister. He found Standen who lined up a long-range effort – his shot
flying just inches over Walker’s bar.
But three minutes later, Bromley went ahead from the penalty spot when a
Margate defender was judged by referee to be pushing down Awuah. Top
scorer Nic McDonnell stepped up to fire his spot kick out of Mitten’s
Bromley’s lead only lasted two minutes. Margate won a corner on the
right. Standen took the kick and Bill Edwards came in at the near post to
powerfully head home for a deserved equaliser.
Then with two minutes to go, Edwards went close to claiming a second goal.
McGowan was involved in some good build up play. Edwards picked up
possession on the edge of the Bromley area and hit a rising effort that
flew just over the bar.
On the stroke of full time, substitute Yiga was (according to some
observers) unfortunate to be shown a red card for a two-footed challenge
on Drewett, leaving both sides to finish the game with 10 men.