Second half Bromley blitz sinks the Reds
Such a shame that Reds’ record-breaking FA Trophy run should end with their heaviest defeat in the competition – especially after such a commendable first half showing.
They were a match for a very impressive Bromley side for forty-five minutes before the mammoth journey took its toll, leading to a one-sided second half.
In the end, it was just one game too many. Considering how close they came to knocking out the National League professionals at the first attempt, they probably didn’t deserve such a hammering but not many Step 3 sides could have coped with that second half blitz.
With Bromley going a goal up after four minutes and missing an even better chance to double the advantage sixty seconds later, the final score line shouldn’t be too much of a shock.
But from the sixth minute, when Reds equalised, to just before the interval, when the hosts regained the lead somewhat fortuitously, our boys gave a great account of themselves in an enjoyable, evenly fought encounter.
And what a moment for Nathan Waterston, so early in the game. A goal he will remember for the rest of his career but overshadowed by the fact that it turned out to be a mere consolation.
With four untried teenagers on the bench, the injuries to Josh Calvert and Anthony Wright just compounded what was clearly mission impossible.
For the record, Brandon Hanlon opened the scoring with a confident finish via Jordan Higgs’ assist in the fourth minute. And the same player should have added a second soon after.
But they didn’t and Reds responded in some style. Scott Allison did well to set up the chance and Waterston struck to score a fine equaliser from the edge of the area.
Play pinged from end to end – Anthony Wright headed a spectacular clearance clear from under the crossbar then Jordan Holt’s low goal-bound was kept out by David Gregory’s dive to his left.
Just before the break, the talented Louis Dennis scored Bromley’s second with what looked like a teasing cross towards the far post. He certainly has the ability to score from there but not sure it what was he intended.
But it sent the hosts to the dressing room in the ascendancy and there was never any doubt thereafter.
Reds were under the cosh from the word go after the break and looked a bit ragged. Within eight minutes, it was all over as George Porter netted a well taken third following good link-up play with danger man Dennis.
The Cumbrians got the ball into the Bromley area several times but couldn’t unsettle Gregory – by fair means or foul.
And Bromley turned the screw in the final twenty minutes, putting tired Reds to the sword.
Dennis added his second, The Ravens fourth, after sixty-nine minutes then provided the assist for substitute Luke Wanadio to hammer home the fifth.
Higgs’ close-range finish made it six in the eighty-fourth minute and there was still time for skipper Jack Holland to complete the rout just before the end following a well-worked free kick routine.
Neil Smith was complimentary about Reds’ play over the two games but can now look forward to leading his side into the quarter-finals and a tie against Spennymoor Town.
Bromley Gregory, Woolfenden, Chorley (Johnson R), Holland, Sterling, Rees (Wandio), Raymond, Higgs, Porter, Hanlan (Bugiel), Dennis. Substitutes – Johnson D, Sutherland (not used).
Workington Taylor, Douglas, Rowntree, Smith, Calvert (Wilson, 30), Wright (Whitehead, 58), Symington, Holt, Allison, Waterston, Tinnion. Substitutes – Harker, Holliday, Mossop (not used).
Referee Savvas Yianni, Weston-super-Mare
Booking: Higgs (Bromley)