Bromley 2 Boreham Wood 2
20th January 3.00pm
Vanarama National League
A late equaliser from substitute Kwesi Appiah gave Boreham Wood a deserved point at Hayes Lane against second placed Bromley. A Billy Sass-Davies opener was quickly cancelled out by Corey Whitely. Callum Reynolds gave the hosts the lead in the second half before Appiah’s equaliser.
Luke Garrard named an unchanged line up from the 1-1 draw against York City in Boreham Wood’s last match but there was a welcome return to the bench for defender David Agbontohoma who has been out injured for the best part of four months.
Boreham Wood dominated proceedings for most of the first half and Tyrone Marsh had the first of many chances, on six minutes but fired over from a free kick. Soon afterwards, following a great run from Erico Sousa, he played in Marsh whose shot was off target. On twelve minutes Angelo Balanta shot wide from outside the box. Nine minutes later, an excellent weaving run from Femi Ilesamni nearly resulted in a goal, but his shot was blocked. Then straight away, Marsh struck the Bromley post with Raven keeper, Grant Smith well beaten.
Boreham Wood took a deserved lead on twenty-eight minutes when Billy Sass-Davies connected well with a header from a Sousa corner. Out of nothing, Bromley equalised with a fantastic strike from distance by former Wood player Corey Whitely. This was harsh on Boreham Wood who had been in control of the match. Sass-Davies was just off target from a Sousa free kick on thirty-six minutes. A minute later. Marsh’s shot hit the side netting following a good run from Balanta. On the thirty-eighth minute Sousa forced a good save from Grant Smith and straight away, Bromley’s top scorer Michael Cheek was just off target with a header. On forty-two minutes Bromley’s Olufela Olomola shot wide. A minute later, Cheek tested Ashmore from distance. Just before the break Cheek’s shot was somehow blocked on the line by Chris Bush who then managed to clear it before Cheek could following up.
HALF TIME: BROMLEY 1-1 BOREHAM WOOD
The hosts were better after the interval and most of the second period was played in Boreham Wood’s half. On fifty-one minutes Alex Kirk played in Josh Passley who shot just wide of Ashmore’s goal. Four minutes later Jude Arthurs cross found Ben Krahaus who shot wide. Bromley took the lead on the hour mark when former Wood captain Callum Reynolds finished well from close range. Four minutes later Lee Ndlovu forced a good save from Smith. On sixty-six minutes, Cheek fired over from close range when well placed.
Bromley continued to apply the pressure and were denied by a resolute Boreham Wood defence. Cheek had the ball in the net on seventy-seven minutes, but the goal was correctly ruled out for a handball. With clock winding down, the hosts looked likely to hold on for the three points. However Kwesi Appiah had other ideas and on eighty-nine minutes he produced a fantastic header which gave Smith no chance in the Bromley goal.
A draw was no more than Wood deserved after an excellent performance, particularly in the first half against a very good team. Kwesi Appiah has shown Boreham Wood what they have been missing during his three months out. Luke Garrard will want his team to produce similar performance at home against Eastleigh on Wednesday night.
FULL TIME: BROMLEY 2-2 BOREHAM WOOD
Boreham Wood: Ashmore, Sousa (Coxe 89), Ilesamni, Bush, Sass-Davies, Staunton (Agbontohoma 70). Payne, Robinson, Balanta (Appiah 66), Marsh, Ndlovu
Subs not used: Coxe, Agbontohoma, Appiah, Clayden, Clarke
Bromley: Smith, Reynolds, Passley (Weston 90), Cheek, Kirk, Webster, Whitely, Arthurs, Topalloj, Krauhaus (Woods 88), Olomola
Subs not used: Sharman-Lowe, Dennis, Vennings,
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