After early ‘fencing’ Whitehawk were starting to have the better of things, against one of the League’s fancied sides. In fact the first chance of the night, after 12 minutes, fell to John-Paul Kissock, who couldn’t wait for the ball to come down, so threw himself headlong – his diving header was saved just under the bar.
A few minutes later and Bromley had the first of what would become a series of chances with Ugo Udoji’s crosses and runs from Sam Higgins, Moses Ademola and Harry Grant all causing problems.
It was Bromley’s Pierre Joseph-Dubois who opened the scoring on 25 minutes, but two minutes later Jake Robinson replied at the other end with a rocket from 25 yards – straight in the top corner.
Ademola scored for Bromley after 39 minutes – with a killing deflection, off a defending Hawks player.
Just before half-time Whitehawk were denied a penalty for a foul on Sergio Torres and then after good pressure, Paul Lorraine put the ball on the head of Osei Sankofa, but he headed just wide from close in.
HT Bromley 2-1 Whitehawk
Manager Steve King: “Decisions change games. I thought it was a definite penalty. 2-2 at half-time, things would have been very different”
Bromley’s giant centreback and captain, Rob Swaine flicked on a near post header into the far corner on 71 minutes – to make things very difficut for Whitehawk. To top it all off Ali Fuseini scored a monstrous ‘once a season’ rocket of a goal 5 minutes later – to make the score … a bit unrealistic, which won’t worry a strong Bromley side.
Manager Steve King: “First half we were better than them – second half they were better than us. We should’ve scored just before half-time.”