Hawks suffer heavy defeat at Bromley

Hawks boss Lee Bradbury. Picture: Neil Marshall
Hawks boss Lee Bradbury. Picture: Neil Marshall

The Hawks were completely outmuscled as they spun to a 4-0 National League defeat at Bromley.  

Poor defending from set-pieces cost the visitors two first-half goals before Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe fired in a double after the break.

The visitors made four changes to their starting line-up from Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Salford City.

Paul Robinson returned at centre-back in place of the injured Ed Harris.

Mike Carter, Andreas Robinson and Dan Strugnell replaced Brian Stock, Bradley Tarbuck and Theo Lewis respectively.

The game started at a frenetic pace on the 3G playing surface at Hayes Lane.

It was the home side who made the early breakthrough via an eighth-minute free-kick.

John Goddard curled the ball in from the left and, with the Hawks defence rooted to the spot, Omar Bugiel ran in to head home from six yards.

From the visitors’ point of view, it was a terrible goal to give away with the Bromley striker totally unmarked.

The hosts were looking more composed and comfortable on the ball while the Hawks struggled to retain possession.

Last season’s FA Trophy finalists extended their lead on 32 minutes and again it resulted from a free-kick.

The delivery was sent to the far post from the right and Bugiel rose highest to head home his second goal of the game.

As a result, Bradbury immediately sent on Stock in place of Robinson.

The Hawks were lucky not to go into half-time three goals down when Strugnell diverted a corner against his own post. 

Stock delivered a couple of free-kicks into the area at the start of the second half but they came to nothing.

It started to get a little fractious as the Hawks’ frustrations began to show.

On 57 minutes the home side punished the Hawks again when they failed to clear their lines.

Ogedi-Uzokwe picked up the loose ball on the edge of the area and lashed his shot into the roof of the net.

Bradbury’s men found themselves under the cosh as Bromley launched wave after wave of attacks.

Another quick attack in the 73rd minute ended with Ogedi-Uzokwe firing across Hawks keeper Ryan Young for a fourth goal and completely kill off any chances of a fightback.