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Notts 1-1 Bromley

Frustration at the Lane

1 November 2022

A frantic evening's action resulted in a 1-1 draw with Bromley at Meadow Lane.

On a night where we had the woodwork rattling numerous times and both keepers made brilliant saves, the biggest surprise was that only two goals were scored.

Adam Chicksen got ours, converting a brilliant Ruben Rodrigues cross, only for Michael Cheek to head home the equaliser from a corner.

Despite Richard Brindley being available once again following suspension, Luke Williams decided to stick with the same team that beat Torquay 4-0 three days earlier.

That meant Brindley had to settle for a place on the bench, with Connell Rawlinson continuing on the right of the back three alongside Aden Baldwin and Kyle Cameron.

We made an excellent start to the game but were nearly hit with a bolt from the blue when Cedwyn Scott’s misplaced pass allowed Bromley to send Michael Cheek racing into space behind our back line. Sam Slocombe opted to try and beat him to the ball but the forward skipped past him and looked certain to roll the ball into an empty net – only for Baldwin to appear from nowhere to make an incredible sliding block.

Cheek will probably have still been wondering how he hadn’t given his side the lead by the time we had the ball in the net at the other end. It came on 17 minutes when Ruben Rodrigues’ superb low cross just evaded Macaulay Langstaff, only for Chicksen to pop up at the back post to turn the ball home.

And it should have been two shortly afterwards when Geraldo Bajrami brilliantly released Aaron Nemane down the right. Langstaff ran free into the area to meet the wing-back’s low cross but, stretching slightly, he could only send his first-time shot over the bar.

Bromley then reminded us of their own threat when they broke the offside trap again, forcing Chicksen into a superb intervention to prevent the ball being crossed to the unmarked Cheek in the middle.

There was no let-up to the action as, with 26 minutes on the clock, Scott’s superbly struck shot was tipped on to the post and the ball spun away to safety.

After that, Bromley put us under intense pressure with Slocombe making a big save at close quarters before getting down to his right to push a low, long-range effort behind.

And the keeper played another huge role moments later when a Bromley forward sent the ball down into the turf with a diving header, only for Slocombe to brilliantly tip it over the bar.

We then managed to survive a nervy goalmouth scramble as the visitors continued to press for an equaliser, before moments later coming agonisingly close to doubling our lead when Rodrigues brilliantly rode a cynical challenge before wrapping a 20-yard shot off the inside of the post and watching on as the ball squirmed across goal and wide of the opposite upright.

After the break we pressed again, Matt Palmer seeing a shot parried away before Kyle Cameron sailed a long-range effort over.

The keepers then exchanged big saves, Tom Smith denying Langstaff before Slocombe made a massive block of his own less than a minute later.

We went straight back down the other end and were cursing the woodwork once again when Baldwin played a clever ball into Langstaff, who spun on to his left foot and crashed an effort off the bar from 20 yards.

Such was the pace of the shot, the bar was probably still wobbling six minutes later when the Ravens drew themselves level through Cheek, who stole in at the near post to nod home a corner.

Palmer issued our response with a thunderous first-time effort which Smith was able to push over the bar.

But Bromley were effectively managing the game, killing time at every opportunity, and we had to wait until the 83rd minute for our next big chance when Quevin Castro, on for Scott, drew a superb point-blank save from Smith.

All eyes were on Castro again two minutes later when Bajrami was brought down on the edge of the box, but there were to be no free-kick heroics this time as the Portuguese failed to get the ball to dip in time.

Six minutes were added on at the end of the match, during which Langstaff got goalside of his defender to meet Brindley's cross only to head the ball over under pressure.

But that was to be the final chance of the night as we had to settle for a point.

NOTTS STARTING XI: Slocombe; Cameron, Baldwin, Rawlinson (Brindley 76'); Chicksen, Nemane; Bajrami, Palmer, Rodrigues, Scott (Castro 76'); Langstaff

SUBS: Adebayo-Rowling, Austin, Mitchell

ATTENDANCE: 6,389 (81)

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