SMITH HAS A WILL TO WIN IN LAST GASP BRETT
MANAGERLESS Gateshead once again imploded at the death on home soil as Bromley enjoyed a great week on the road thanks to a last-gasp winner from supersub Brett Williams.
The Ravens struggled on Tyneside taking over an hour to register their first attempt at goal, 77 minutes their first corner.
Gateshead played more football under stand-in boss Micky Cummins, and deservedly led through Danny Johnson’s 68th minute header.
The Heed, however, just can’t seem to put games to bed these days, and they paid the price when the Ravens swooped to score twice late in the game.
Louis Dennis levelled six minutes from time after a penalty had wrongly been awarded following a Scott Barrow challenge in the box.
The fullback won the ball against Jack Holland but was penalised and after that a rattled Gateshead fell apart.
A toothless Bromley were suddenly causing the Tynesiders all kinds of problems, and they pinched the winner three minutes into stoppage time.
Substitute Williams, so often the Heed’s nemesis in the past, gleefully headed home with fellow replacement Adam Mekki with both assists.
“We didn’t get going at all in the first half,” admitted Bromley manager Neil Smith.
“Gateshead dominated us, but putting defender Holland up top changed it. “We had two targets rather than the one. Gateshead’s supporters were fantastic and got behind their team and it was tough for us. “Last weekend we were on the receiving end of a late goal, so for us to get a win here through a late winner was brilliant. “We weren’t great by any means but we came away with three points and it has been two great results on the road.” Gateshead, looking for a replacement for Neil Aspin who took over at Port Vale this week, have now won only one of their last 10 games. Neither goalkeeper had a save to make in a goalless first half, Barrow missing a great chance 20 minutes in when he shot into the sidenetting. Johnson’s back post header from Richard Peniket’s cross gave the Heed hope, Dennis wide when wellplaced as Bromley finally upped the ante.
Barrow’s alleged foul on Holland brought the equaliser from the spot, Holland and Russell Penn just wide before Williams headed home Mekki’s late cross.
“If you erase the last eight or nine minutes it was okay,” said Heed caretaker boss Cummins. “The players did everything I asked of them.
“You can’t legislate for decision making, they’re grown men. The penalty was very harsh but we’ve got a soft underbelly and it came back to cost us.”