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Posted Sat 04 Jul 15 at 09:27 AM

A disappointing beginning to the new campaign as Conference South champions Bromley recovered from a goal behind to take the spoils at Hayes Lane. 

It looked like being a completely different story in the first 20 minutes, as Wrexham ran the show and pushed themselves in front via Wes York. 

Then they shot themselves in the foot through two poor pieces of defending to find themselves trailing just minutes later. All compounded when they conceded a third on the break minutes before half time. 

The game got off to a nice start as Blaine Hudson’s long ball from defence was arrowed at Wes York on the right wing, with the attacker running onto the pass and firing a shot straight at goal with Alan Julian making the save. 

The was more pressure form the Reds as York used his pace to chase a ball down the wing, managed to get to it before the line and crossed into the centre with Bromley having the clear the danger with James Gray lurching for any mistake. 

On 18 minutes, we opened up the home defence with red shirts streaming forward. Moke opted not to shot and his ball out wide set York in behind, his shot deflected across to Gray, but the striker had strayed into an offside position. 

This early pressure paid off on 19 minutes when a left wing corner was swung towards the near post, where Wes York darted through traffic to make contact and divert the ball into the net. Much to the delight of the sizeable travelling support, who certainly celebrated in style. 

Yet just a few  minutes, the home side were level when a unspectacular lob from a free kick wide on the left wasn’t dealt with, bounced behind several defenders and sat up nicely for Sean Francis to steady himself before crashing the equaliser into the roof of Cameron Belford’s net. 

Another horrible mistake minutes later saw us go behind, as what looked an innocent ball along the edge of our penalty turned in a second goal for Bromley. 

Hudson let it run passed him, no doubt thinking to spin round and kick up field, but he didn’t see the giant figure of Alex Wall approaching, who couldn’t believe his luck and had a free effort to steer the ball into the far corner with the keeper stranded. 

Javan Vidal got his named taken on 37 minutes, when he was adjudged to have conceded a foul in midfield and said something to the referee as he ran away – which saw him called back and cautioned. 

The defence was opened was prised open again on 42 minutes, as a swift breakaway saw Moke unable to keep up with Moses Emanuel, who crossed the halfway line, fed inside to Wall. The striker looked up and played a return pass behind the retreating Newton, for Emanuel to run onto and crash his effort passed Belford. 

Just before the interval, Moke was fouled, but as he lay on the ground Wall hammered the ball into the prostrate player and earned himself a caution for his efforts. 

At the interval there was a change in the Wrexham defence with Mason Watkins-Clark leaving the action and Joel Logan being introduced, Vidal switching to full back. 

Bromley had two more real opportunities in the opening minutes, but failed to take either as the Dragons were sorting themselves out with the new line-up. 

The Wrexham response was a long range shot from Connor Jennings that Julian was happy to tip over the crossbar for a corner. 

From the resulting corner, Logan attacked down the opposite flank and was tripped as he moved down the side of the box. The free kick was delivered into the danger zone, but the missed ranks of Bromley players did their job. 

Another free kick in by Newton, after Moke was fouled saw two visitors get free, but neither could divert the ball round Julian and the keeper was able to collect easily. 

Jamal Fyfield was sent on for Gray on the hour and Jennings found himself pushed further forward with the substitute taking over in midfield. 

There was some action to encourage the travelling fans on 65 minutes, when Vose came through centre and from 20 yards fired a shot in that whistled the wrong side of a Bromley upright. 

Kayden Jackson was introduced for Vose with heading for the bench on 68 minutes, as the home side made two changes themselves. 

Logan and Jackson combined well on the left after 78 minutes and while the latter’s shot was blocked, the ball was retained and worked out to York coming in from the right, but with a sight of goal he blazed his effort high into the woodland behind Julian’s goal. 

There was another left off for the visitors two minutes later when defending a corner. The ball came right through a crowd and at the back it bounced up to hit Vidal’s arm as he tried to turn away. The crowd screamed for a penalty, but Mr Lugg was clear he thought it was accidental. 

Fuseini then fired in a raising shot that only just carried over Belford’s crossbar

Wrexham raced to the other end and the ball flew across the face of the Bromley net for Jennings catch and knock back into the middle where midfielder Minshull swung a leg and sliced the ball onto the roof of his own net. 

The Dragons passed up another chance as Vidal tried to cross in the home area, with Jennings and York clear at the back post, but it never reached them, knocked behind for a corner. 

Newton’s flag kick came out to Logan, whose effort from 18 yards was turned away by a spectacular flying save from Julian for another corner I the final few minutes.. 

Bromley:  Julian, Udoji, Fuseini, Swaine, Goldberg, Cook, Anderson, Minshull, Wall (May 68), Emmanuel (Joseph-Dubuis 68), Francis. 
Subs:  Holland, Prestedge, Dennis. 

Wrexham: Belford, Watkins-Clarke (Logan 46), M Smith, Hudson, Newton; York, Vidal, Vose (Jackson 68); Moke, Gray (Fyfield 60), Jennings. 
Subs: Royle, Fowler. 

Referee: Nigel Lugg (Surrey)

Attendance:  2,083
Away:  500ish

Bookings -
Bromley:  Wall (44. ungentlemanly), Anderson (55 foul) 
Wrexham:  Vidal (37, dissent)

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