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Maidenhead United
Bromley
Sat 1 Sep 15:00 - The Vanarama National League - Vanarama National League Full time Attendance 1,201

Ravens swoop to pinch points from Magpies

Two goals in injury time from Bromley cancel out Clifton and Kelly strikes

After back-to-back victories over the Bank Holiday launched Maidenhead off the root of the table Devonshire shuffled his hand with two changes for the visit of mid-table Bromley. Rene Steer returned to the eleven for Cole, while Owusu replaced Comley with Odametey operating in central midfield, Owusu on the right and Mulley the left.

The two meetings between the sides in 2017/18 saw 12 goals scored with Maidenhead coming out on top in both games (3-2 away) and (5-2 home). The fixture over the years having plenty of eye-catching score lines and talking points and this afternoon would be no different.

With just two minutes on the clock Gregory in the Bromley goal was called into action to save low from Owusu’s 25-yard effort as Maidenhead countered following a corner. Bromley set pieces and long throw ins would be an ongoing theme throughout the match and they continued to fire the ball into Maidenhead’s box in the early exchanges with Maidenhead defending strongly. Bromley’s best chance of the first half would be wasted by Porter as he scuffed his fifteenth minute strike into the hands of Pentney from a narrow angle.

The deadlock was broken on 33 minutes and it was no surprise around the ground who got the goal. Adrian Clifton who’d scored against Maidstone and Braintree made it 3 in 3 games bursting on to Kelly’s flick and finishing impressively across the face of goal and past Gregory. 1-0 Maidenhead. The strike would be the last real attacking action of the first half.

The opening sequences of the first half almost mirrored the first. Bromley firing long throws into the Maidenhead box with Maidenhead looking to play on the counter attack. Just past the hour mark the games stand out bit of quality emerged almost out of nowhere. Kelly picked up the ball on the edge of the box with 2 defenders in his way. He used a Cruyff turn to work space and fired with his left into the top left corner to make it 2-0 and send the Bell Street End rocking! What a way to get his first National League goal.

Bromley responded with a double change throwing Sutherland and Taylor on for Higgs and Goddard but really were struggling to get at Pentney’s goal from open play as Ogedi-Uzokwe flicked a header wide via a corner.

It wasn’t until the 89th minute where Bromley came closest to getting back in it. Sutherland curled narrowly over the crossbar with a 20 yard free kick. Bromley were then give the lifeline they craved just as the game entered 4 minutes of injury time. Substitute Archer making his debut was adjudged to have tripped Okoye and Sutherland stood up to reduce the arrears to 2-1.

The goal energised Bromley and seemed to take all confidence out of Maidenhead as less than a minute later it was 2-2. A long ball wasn’t cleared and Porter found himself in space on the edge of the box to curl into the net. Bromley even had time to have one last chance, winning a free kick on the left channel but the delivery was poor and the game ended 2-2.

Maidenhead

Pentney, Clerima, Massey, Obileye, Steer, Odametey, Upward, Mulley, Owusu (Cole, 74), Kelly (Akintunde, 78), Clifton (Archer, 85)

Subs: Alves, Smith

Bromley

Gregory, Johnson, Raymond, Bugiel (Meekums, 81), Higgs (Sutherland, 65), Oyoke, Goodman, Porter, Ogedi-Uzokwe, Goddard (Taylor, 68), Wood

Subs: Adebayo-Rowling, Johnson

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12. Barnet 11 17
13. Maidenhead United 11 14
14. Ebbsfleet United 11 14
15. Barrow 11 12
16. Chesterfield 11 11
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