Football returned to Priory Lane for the first home fixture of the 2012/2013 season, and with a new squad, a new kit, there was a sense of expectation
Tommy Widdrington and Alan Kimble made two changes from the weekend with Chris Shephard taking the starting XI spot from Gary Hart and Charles Ademeno replacing David Knight, but the evening did not start as expected when Anwar Uddin was awarded a yellow for an unceremonious 'stopping' of a Bromley attack in the first minute.
The opening exchanges were relatively equal, James Walker shooting over the bar before a returning Richard Pacquette got across the front post to meet a low cross. Charles Ademeno struck an effort across the face of the Bromley goal before the opening 15 minutes ended with Pierre Joseph-Dubois striking straight at Danny Potter.
After these opening exchanges Boro very much took control. Chris Shephard's low free-kick wasn't cleared by the massed ranks of the Bromley defence and Sam Cole was unlucky to see his effort blocked and scrambled clear. Ademeno had an effort saved by Joe Welch in the visitors goal and Walker again went close before the opening goal came on 40 minutes. As Bromley again failed to deal with a right-wing cross, this time from Marvin Hamilton, Chris Shephard was fouled and a penalty awarded. Walker despatched the spot kick with ease and Boro were 1 up, and never looked like relinquishing the lead.
With Boro looking to close out the half they received an unexpected bonus. Another delivery from the right was handled by Marlon Patterson and a second penalty was awarded. Ademeno took responsibility for this effort, and as he fired home the whistle blew for a 2-0 Sports lead.
Aaron Rhule and Hakeem Araba were introduced at half-time for Bromley but within 4 minutes they found themselves further behind. A combination between Hamilton and Ademeno saw the later play a sublime reverse pass to the breaking Chris Shephard, Walker cleverly holding his position to avoid any possibility of an offside decision. Shephard carried the ball the entire half before striking home past Welch for 3-0.
After this Bromley took a rather more cavalier approach to the game and consequently put Boro under more pressure, Boro also consciously looking to protect a lead after the previous Saturday. On 62 minutes Potter underlined his quality with a brilliant point blank save and on 78, just in case anyone had missed the earlier save he 'Grobbelaar-esque' out psyched the Bromley penalty taker, awarded for a foul by Ollie Rowe, to save low and maintain the three goal cushion.
The 'Danny Potter Show' continued as he saved low from Mike Jones and again point blank at the near post in time added on.
Everything was different this evening, the new club kits selling well, even the wind was kind ! But the crowd responded to the squad, and the squad played up to the crowd. Walker and Ademeno received standing ovations as they were replaced late on and Charles looked delighted to be awarded MOM by match sponsors Best Demolition. The season has a long way to go but this was a very different Priory Lane from the defeat at the hands of Salisbury to close out the 2011/2012 season.
Widdrington commented "The result mirrored the performance today. We are steadily getting better and it shows that there is a little depth in the squad as we brought on people to see the game out". He went on "We need to see that type of performance every week and we have a job on our hand to build confidence on and off the pitch. I think we are a side that entertains and I hope people can now see that - those that have seen both games or just the match this evening".
Borough: Potter, Hamilton, Rowe, Uddin, Cole, Gorman, Johnson, Scowen, Walker (Knight 89), Ademeno (Turpin 89), Shephard (Hart 70).
Unused Subs: Baker, Jordan
Cards: Uddin Y, Gorman Y
Goals: Walker (40 P), Ademeno (45 P), Shephard (49)
Bromley: Welch, Ming, Patterson, Fuseini, Swaibu, Harwood, Joseph-Dubois, Waldren (Jones 76), Pacquette, Chaaban (Rhule 45), Malcolm (Araba 45)
Unused Subs: Sobers, Finn
Cards: Swaibo Y, Waldren Y,
Ref: Mr. C. Hicks
Best Demolition MOM: Charles Ademeno
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