Whitehawk FC 2 – 1 Bromley FC
Vanarama Conference South … Saturday 17th January 2015
Whitehawk move into 3rd place (joint second) in the league with this 2-1 home win.
Until today Bromley, who are 2nd in the league, were unbeated away from home and having added 3 players to their already strong squad in midweek, today was always going to be ‘interesting’. Bromley fielded two debutants today, both signed from Ebbsfleet.
The pitch, which has suffered from heavy rains for the last few games, was made worse today by the thawing of an early morning frost. It was a skating rink, so the quality of the game shouldn’t be underestimated.
Manager Steve King: “If you think it looked muddy and slippery out there, you try walking across it – it’s not easy to do that!”
Whitehawk were rewarded for sticking to their passing game on the most difficult of surfaces, where all the players struggled with their footing.
Sam Gargan, scored for the second match running, on 31 minutes, when he pounced on a loose ball to force it home past Seb Brown in the Bromley goal.
A drive from Sergio Torres doubled the lead shortly before half time. The goal was a four man move involving JP Kissock, Dave Ijaha, Jake Robinson and Sergio Torres who finished the one-touch move by letting the ball run across his body and firing into the bottom corner. Jake Robinson had an opportunity to increase the lead when Sam Deering finished his 30 yard run by finding Robinson and leaving him one-on-one with the Bromley keeper – normally deadly in that situation Jake Robinson’s attempted curl went just past the far post.
Great pictures of Sergio’s strike and the celebrations by photographer Michael Hulf on this link – £1 each to order)
The referee suffered a collision with Torres a little later and pulled a back muscle, which left him unable to continue. Fortunately a replacement linesman was quickly found in the ground and play continued with the other official refereeing the game – the half eventually finishing about 6 minutes late.
Whitehawk would be very pleased with their work to take a 2-0 lead into the halftime break.
Within 5 minutes of the restart a rare lapse of concentration in the Whitehawk defence let Moses Ademola in to reduce the lead to 2-1. Whitehawk continue to press forward, but it was inevitably tense when Bromley got anywhere near the home goal.
Whitehawk did miss a clear chance to make it 3-1 and settle any nerves. But the run goes on, in the league it’s now 12 games with only 1 defeat.
Manager Steve King: “It was a thoroughly deserved victory, especially after the first half performance with two well worked goals.”