The Non-League Football Paper - - NATIONAL LEAGUE - By Mach He­witt

ARUTHLESS sec­ond-half per­for­mance from Brom­ley saw them romp to vic­tory against a shell­shocked Hartle­pool side that bossed pos­ses­sion for large spells but fail to turn pos­ses­sion into goals.

A brace of penal­ties ei­ther side of the break from Frankie Suther­land sand­wiched an Omar Bugiel strike and af­ter Peter Kioso was sent off for Pools for a sec­ond yel­low card, Ge­orge Porter rounded off a fine af­ter­noon for the Ravens with a fourth five min­utes from the end.

It’s now three suc­ces­sive de­feats for Pools af­ter a promis­ing start, leav­ing rookie boss Matthew Bates was left be­moan­ing the de­fen­sive lapses of his side.

“Every sin­gle goal was avoid­able but I don’t want to say too much, we need to go away and work on it,” he said.

“We will look at it with a clear mind on Mon­day rather than re­act emo­tion­ally to­day.”

Trail­ing to an early Suther­land penalty on 12 min­utes, con­verted af­ter Adam Mekki had been bun­dled over in the penalty area, Hartle­pool pro­ceeded to dom­i­nate the game over the re­main­der of the first half. The clos­est they came to an equaliser came cour­tesy of Mar­cus Di­nanga, who side-footed wide with just keeper David Gre­gory to beat. Hartle­pool, how­ever, were to be ar­chi­tects of their own down­fall af­ter the break as Brom­ley seized on the op­por­tu­ni­ties handed to them.

Bates’ de­fence failed to clear their lines again on 63 min­utes, al­low­ing Bugiel the free­dom of the penalty area to smash the ball past Loach to dou­ble Brom­ley’s lead.

And if that goal was calami­tous the third was clas­sic self-de­struc­tion. Kioso shoved the ma­raud­ing Bugiel just as he was about to pull the trig­ger, he re­cieved his march­ing or­ders and Suther­land ri­fled home his sev­enth goal of the sea­son – all from the spot.

Brom­ley then ran ram­page and duly added an­other be­fore the fi­nal whis­tle. The ex­cel­lent Richard Brind­ley and Bugiel com­bined down the right for the lat­ter to cross for Porter to slide in and score at the back post.

Elated Ravens boss Neil Smith beamed: “Af­ter Tues­day night [4-2 de­feat by Brain­tree], we needed a real per­for­mance, I stressed the need to keep a clean sheet to­day and make less mis­takes. Roger John­son came back in and was cru­cial in help­ing our or­gan­i­sa­tion.

“We worked hard to­day and over the course of the 90 min­utes we fully de­served the vic­tory.”

THAT WILL DO NICELY: Brom­ley mid­fielder Frankie Suther­land scores from a sec­ond penalty

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