Holland's late effort denies Reds Trophy progress
Workington’s magnificent FA Trophy adventure will extend to a ninth game, at least, but they came ever so close to reaching the quarter-final stage at the first attempt.
The effort and commitment produced by Lee Andrews’ side left Workington supporters bursting with pride and only a fool would write them off as they prepare for Tuesday’s replay on the 3G at Hayes Lane.
Reds were on the attack from the off and might have taken a shock lead with just seconds on the clock. Conor Tinnion and Scott Allison both hurried attempts at goal and Bromley survived the early scare.
The National League outfit responded with two chances at the other end but Aaran Taylor was equal to both. First he advanced quickly off his line to smother the ball at Omar Bugiel’s feet and then confidently handled George Potter’s curling shot.
There was a good tempo to the match and a brilliant advantage from the excellent referee almost produced an opening goal for Dav Symington, his well struck shot just drifting wide.
Reds went even closer in their next sortie forward. A crunching Gari Rowntree tackle on Porter won the ball and he set Nathan Waterston free down the left. He advanced towards goal, cut inside the last defender only to see his shot rebound off the foot of the post with David Gregory beaten.
The Ravens, who made the journey north from Kent by rail, had a great chance to open the scoring just before the interval. Porter, for once, got away from Rowntree down the right and crossed into the path of Josh Rees but the latter’s finish didn’t match his run into the box and Taylor didn’t have to move to complete the save.
Within four minutes of the restart Reds opened the scoring and it was Phil McLuckie, the man who thrives in this competition, credited with the goal. Nathan Waterston, like several previous occasions from this position, provided the assist from the right and McLuckie put the ball into the net in front of a packed Town End terrace.
And that goal looked as though it might prove to be the winner as Bromley couldn’t get going in the tacky underfoot conditions.
When they did get forward, the impressive Brandon Hanlan rolled one effort round Taylor but the ball drifted harmlessly wide and Luke Wanadio also missed the target when he joined the attack.
And it took a well-rehearsed set piece, the hallmark of any good side, to save Bromley blushes twelve minutes from time. They won a fortunate corner and a perfectly flighted cross from Frankie Raymond was met by skipper Jack Holland who headed his side’s equaliser to the delight of the travelling supporters at the River End.
Neither side came close to grabbing a winner in the time which remained so a good, old-fashioned cup-tie finished all square.
Tinnion, McLuckie and Anthony Wright were outstanding for Reds but this was a magnificent team effort and a commendable result against a side currently the seventh best in the country.
Proud manager Andrews said, “Their goal was a bit sloppy from our point of view but I can’t be negative on the way we have performed today. Overall, we contained them well and we’re still in the competition.”
Bromley skipper, Holland appeared more relieved, “We weren’t at our best and it wasn’t our day but we go into the draw for the next round and, hopefully, will make the most of our opportunity on Tuesday.”
Workington Taylor, McLuckie, Rowntree, Douglas, Calvert, Wright, Symington (Wilson, 85), Holt, Allison (Joel, 81), Waterston, Tinnion. Substitutes – Earl, Smith, Mellen (not used).
Bromley Gregory, Sterling, Wanadio, Rees (Sutherland, 90), Chorley, Holland, Porter, Raymond, Hanlan, Woolfenden, Bugiel (Higgs, 67). Substitutes – Hunter, Johnson D, Johnson R (not used).
Referee Matthew Dicicco, Middlesbrough
Bookings: McLuckie, Rowntree, Wright (Workington), Raymond (Bromley)