City crash at Bromley
Bromley 2 (Gareth A Williams 33, Mark Corneille 76) St Albans City 0 James Ronayne at Hayes Lane STRIKES from Gareth A Williams and Mark Corneille condemned City to a disappointing defeat to Bromley at Hayes Lane. Both goals had a sense of fortune about
Bromley 2 (Gareth A Williams 33, Mark Corneille 76)
St Albans City 0
James Ronayne at Hayes Lane
STRIKES from Gareth A Williams and Mark Corneille condemned City to a disappointing defeat to Bromley at Hayes Lane.
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Both goals had a sense of fortune about them as Warren McBean wasn't punished for a handball in the build up to the first and a wicked deflection saw the ball fall nicely to Corneille for the second.
However, City offered no attacking threat of their own and only had two shots on target throughout the 90 minutes.
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Manager Steve Castle shook things up following last weekend's FA Trophy nightmare giving Lamine Sagna his first start for the club in place of Gary Cohen who dropped to the bench.
Gareth A Williams ran the show for the hosts, and the striker showed good vision to thread a ball between City's two centre halves for McBean to latch onto but Michael Emery was quickly off his line to clear the danger.
A Drew Roberts' free kick found the head of Justin Clayton but he headed well over while at the other end Gareth A Williams stole the ball from James Quilter and teed up McBean but he dragged his effort wide.
A corner from Roberts went long to Quilter outside the box. He steadied himself and sent the ball back towards goal. Goalkeeper Gareth I Williams misjudged the flight of the cross and looked a relieved man when the ball bounced on the top of his bar and away to safety.
Bromley took the lead with the first shot on target, 33 minutes in. McBean held off the attention of the City defenders before laying it off to Gareth A Williams. He shot from the edge of the area low into the bottom corner of Emery's net.
The goal encouraged Bromley to push for another. Harrison Dunk's marauding runs down the left were a feature of the first 45 minutes and from one of these the ball reached Corneille on the right of the box. The midfielder unleashed a shot from 20 yards that took a deflection and went over Emery's bar.
Emery did well to avoid a potentially tricky moment a few minutes later getting down low to stop Corneille's well struck effort from distance.
A free kick early in the second half caused panic in the opposition box as Ryan Frater beat goalkeeper Gareth I Williams to the ball only for the referee to give a free kick in the goalkeeper's favour.
A long ball forward by Frater saw Rob Gillman smash the ball off Sagna's chest and into the path of Roberts. The striker held off Dunk but lifted his shot onto the bar and over.
Substitute Marcus Cassius dispossessed Shields in the centre of the park before playing a neat through ball to Gareth A Williams but Frater was on hand to clear behind.
Cohen threaded the ball out to Fisher out on the right who drove a shot goal bound and wide off the outside of the post.
Bromley put the result beyond doubt with an extremely fortuitous second. Gareth A Williams lined up a free kick from 30 yards and although his effort hit a body in the 18-yard box the ball fell kindly to Corneille on the right who turned the ball into the net with an extremely neat finish.
With eight minutes remaining Ross Dedman was given his first team debut coming on to replace Quilter.
A good run by Cohen ended with the former Grimsby man shooting from 20 yards out but Gareth I Williams held the shot and Poku also had an effort from distance that drifted wide of the post.
It was a disappointing performance from City who offered little attacking threat and that's something they'll hope to put right when they welcome Basingstoke Town to Clarence Park on Tuesday.
Bromley: G.I. Williams; Fray, Henriques, Gillman , Dunk; Greene (Ibrahima 67), Corneille, I'Anson, Carew; G.A. Williams (O'Sullivan 83), McBean (Cassius 61).
Subs: Dolby, Stone.