Despite squandering a hatful of scoring opportunities Charlton Park provided to be too strong for a resilient Bromley side and in scoring three ties ran out 28-16 winners.
From kick off Charlton went onto the offensive and good running saw them press deep into the Bromley half but gained no result for their efforts as passes went astray or the wrong option taken.
It was slightly against the run of play when after resisting Charlton’s efforts Bromley took the lead with a long range penalty. Despite the slight setback Charlton continued to attack but the errors continued and several good scoring opportunities were shunned.
Charlton finally posted their first points of the match midway through the first half when a flowing passage of play saw Peter Squires making a break and following dummying the last defender touch the ball down for a try. Unfortunately, the subsequent conversion hit the goal posts and thus Charlton only held a narrow lead. Charlton had several opportunities to increase their lead but the chances were not taken with the ball either missing or hitting the goal posts. his way through
Bromley to their credit defended well and it was following an error from Charlton that the visitors retook the lead; when following a lineout close to the home sides try line Charlton failed to gain possession and when the ball went loose Bromley pounced to score their second try of the half.
Chasing the lead saw Charlton increase the rhythm of their play and they were unfortunate not to score a second try when following a break from Alan Knuckey his Crossfield kick just eluded the grasp of Reion Raybe who was in hot pursuit. A further penalty attempt was successfully kicked by squires to once again reduce the deficit but a clumsy tackle saw Bromley once again extend their lead.
With just enough time left in the half the match was restarted and good follow up chasing saw Charlton being awarded yet another penalty kick due taken by Squires meaning at half time Bromley were holding a narrow two-point advantage.
The second half was a mirror image of the first with Charlton attacking at every opportunity but errors letting them down and Bromley fending resolutely. It was following a move involving Rob Saunderson, Tommy Nightingale and a searing run from Raybe that was almost a dress rehearsal for Charlton’s next try a few minutes later. A Bromley clearance kick was caught deep in his half by Raybe and his pace took him deep into the Bromley half and when he was tackled Nightingale was on hand to take the move further and his pop pass out the tackled was accepted by Ross McManus to score the try and the successful penalty kick from Knuckey mean Charlton had taken the lead for the first time.
With the tension rising in the game rising both teams suffered players being sin-binned but Midway through half both sides reduced in numbers by yellow cards and two successful penalty kicks by Squires against one for Bromley served to increase to increase Charlton’s lead.
Charlton’s final score of the match saw a piece of team play from deep into the Charlton half that saw Raybe receiving the ball and his seventy yard run beat all Bromley attempts to tackle him and he touched the ball down for a fine individual try. Squires added another conversion to add to his personal points tally.
Another successful Bromley penalty lead to a frenetic last ten minutes that saw Bromley going in search of bonus points and Charlton defending for all they were worth.
Next week Charlton Visit Horsham.