Havant & Waterlooville
Bugiel 8', 33'; Ogedi-Uzokwe 59', 72'
By Henry Deacon (@H_Deaconmedia)
Bugiel netted early and midway through the opening period with the Nigerian Ogedi-Uzokwe netting in the second to put the game past Lee Bradbury’s side.
The gaffer made 4 changes from the starting lineup which saw the Hawks gain a point from Salford City. Dan Strugnell, Mike Carter and the two Robinsons, Andreas and Paul came into the lineup as Lee Bradbury looked to utilise his squad.
Both sides would use the first 5 minutes of the game to feed into the encounter and for the Hawks an opportunity to acclimatise to the 3G surface at Hayes Lane.
However in Bromley’s ranks is prolific striker Omar Bugiel, a man who leaves no mercy and it took 8 minutes for him to get into the game but when he got into the game the Hawks found out about it as John Goddard fired a free kick down the left into the path of Bugiel, who unmarked at the backpost, headed home into the top left corner to give the home side the lead.
But the Hawks would respond positively to going behind as Alfie Pavey plays a delightful ball into the path of Rory Williams who cuts inside before unleashing an effort on his unfavourable right foot going a matter of inches wide of the ‘keepers far post.
And minutes later the Hawks would come close again from a corner as Andreas Robinson whipped a delightful ball from left into Dan Strugnell at the near post who headed his effort a whisker wide clipping the edge of the crossbar.
25 minutes in and Bromley came close again as new Ravens signing Sam Wood played a ball into the path of Bugiel who in turn teed up Goddard who’s powerful shot went way over Ryan Young’s goal.
Half hour in and the Hawks won a corner which caused some confusion in the Bromley penalty area as the ball ricocheted off the Bromley defender but much to the home sides’ relief it deflected straight into the path of David Gregory in the Bromley goal.
Minutes later Bromley won another free kick and it would be a replica of the first goal as Goddard plays a delightful ball into the penalty area, finding Bugiel who lost his man to nod home and double their advantage.
Lee Bradbury was looking for a reaction following the goal and called upon the experienced talisman Brian Stock to lead the line for the Hawks in the place of Andreas Robinson.
5 minutes before the interval and Bromley saw themselves in a good position again as Goddard has a ball played into his path but his volley goes over.
And right on the edge of half time a Bromley free kick saw them hit the post as the Hawks went into the interval 2-0 down.
5 minutes in and the Hawks had a free kick in an opportune position with Stock whipping in a good ball but Gregory in the Bromley goal, came out and scooped the ball before the onrushing attackers can stake a claim to the ball.
Stock was supplying some great balls in the penalty when the Bromley defence gave him time on the ball and when he floated one in seconds after the first Hawks chance could see Pavey only hit the side netting.
However, just before the hour mark the Hawks would fall further behind as Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe on the edge of the penalty curled the ball home to put the game beyond the Hawks.
The game then fizzed out for the next 10 minutes before the Hawks tried again to breach the Bromley defence but Kabamba, who with two men marking him whenever he had the ball during the game could only see his effort blocked as the Ravens defenders did their job to a “T”.
18 minutes from time and Bromley made it 4 with the Nigerian Ogedi-Uzokwe doubled his goalscoring tally as the 5 on 3 had a poke on goal and knocked it in off the post.
Lewis quarter of an hour before time had a go at goal to try and pull a goal back, however as good a strike it was, Gregory was equal to the effort as the Hawks’ frustration grew.
And 5 minutes before the end Nicke Kabamba broke free of his markers in a yard of space with the ball but when he unleashed his effort it was deflected into the arms of Gregory.
A heavy defeat which may temporarily deflate the Hawks but will be looking to put that behind them and build on our home form as Hartlepool United make the trip to Westleigh Park on Saturday. The lads will want to put out a reaction for the 121 fans that travelled today and showing that a wounded animal is the deadliest.