The Football League Paper - - FA CUP - By Mach He­witt

PETER­BOR­OUGH UNITED sur­vived a po­ten­tial up­set with a come-frombe­hind win against plucky Na­tional League Bromley.

A red card on the stroke of half-time left Bromley rue­ing what might have been as their goal and man ad­van­tage was ex­tin­guished by a classy Peter­bor­ough United, who in truth dom­i­nated large parts of the game.

Posh man­ager Steve Evans felt the win was no more than his side de­served. He said “Aside from Bromley’s goal I thought we dom­i­nated the game, we equalised on half-time and my team talk changed as a re­sult. I thought our play in the sec­ond half was spe­cial to watch. Whether Bromley had 10 or 11 we were to­tally dom­i­nant, Aaron (Chap­man) gave them a help­ing hand for the goal but other than that we were dom­i­nant”.

Roger John­son had Bromley dream­ing of an up­set, head­ing home Frankie Suther­land’s free kick five min­utes be­fore the in­ter­val. How­ever Frankie Ray­mond’s send­ing off fol­lowed by a Matt God­den dou­ble and a Joe Ward ef­fort in the fi­nal five min­utes of the tie saw Peter­bor­ough safely into the next round.

Peter­bor­ough dom­i­nated pos­ses­sion in the first half but failed to make it count. God­den had a header saved by David Gre­gory and Ja­son Cum­mings broke the off­side trap only to shoot straight at the Bromley cus­to­dian.

Posh were made to pay for those wasted op­por­tu­ni­ties when John­son headed home Suther­land’s free kick, al­though Chap­man’s mis­judge­ment played a key role.

In first-half in­jury time a clash on the far touch­line be­tween Ray­mond and Ge­orge Cooper saw ref­eree Kevin John­son is­sue a red card.

From the re­sul­tant free-kick an un­marked Matt God­den volleyed into the top cor­ner from 10 yards out to change the com­plex­ion of the game.

With a man ad­van­tage Peter­bor­ough made easy work of the sec­ond half, nul­li­fy­ing any Bromley threat.

God­den got his and Peter­bor­ough’s sec­ond 10 min­utes after the restart sweep­ing home Ja­son Nai­smith’s cross.

Nai­smith saw a fierce drive from the edge of the penalty area tipped over the bar by Gre­gory be­fore the ex­cel­lent Joe Ward smacked a long range ef­fort against the cross­bar.

Peter­bor­ough fi­nally made the game safe four min­utes from time a fine one-touch move started and ended by Ward saw the winger slot past Gre­gory to seal the win. Bromley man­ager Neil Smith was philo­soph­i­cal in de­feat, say­ing: “Up un­til the send­ing off, we had done every­thing we planned for. We had the open­ing goal and just needed to get to half time. The free-kick we gave away was need­less and the red card made it worse”

PIC­TURE: Ed­mund Boy­den

ALL SQUARE: Matt God­den of Peter­bor­ough cel­e­brates scor­ing to make it 1-1 In­set left: Bromley’s Roger John­son ar­gues with ref­eree Kevin John­son In­set be­low: John­son cel­e­brates open­ing the scor­ing

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