SMITH’S RAVENS SEE RED!

The Non-League Football Paper - - FA CUP 1ST ROUND - By Machel He­witt

ACONTENTIOUS red card on the stroke of half-time left Brom­ley rue­ing what might have been as their goal ad­van­tage was ex­tin­guished by a classy Peter­bor­ough United.

Roger John­son had Brom­ley dream­ing of an up­set af­ter 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 saw Peter­bor­ough safely into the next round.

Ravens man­ager Neil Smith was in no doubt about the turn­ing point of the game, say­ing: “Up un­til the send­ing-off, we had done ev­ery­thing we planned.

“We had the open­ing goal and just needed to get to half-time with 11 men and set our­selves up again for the sec­ond.

“The free-kick we gave away was need­less and the red card made it worse.”

De­spite Peter­bor­ough dom­i­nat­ing pos­ses­sion and cre­at­ing sev­eral open­ings, they failed to demon­strate an end prod­uct in a frusNai­smith’s trat­ing first half. God­den had a header saved by David Gre­gory and Ja­son Cum­mings broke the off-side trap only to shoot straight at the Brom­ley keeper. The Posh were made to pay for those wasted op­por­tu­ni­ties when John­son headed home Suther­land’s free­kick, al­though Aaron Chap­man’s mis­judge­ment played a key role. With the board up for first half in­jury­time, a clash on the far touch­line be­tween Ray­mond and George Cooper saw ref­eree Kevin John­son im­me­di­ately is­sue a red card, al­though Cooper ap­peared to make a lot of the in­ci­dent.

From the re­sult­ing free-kick, an un­marked Matt God­den ex­pertly volleyed into the top cor­ner from ten yards out to change the com­plex­ion of the game.

With a man ad­van­tage Peter­bor­ough, in truth, made easy work of the sec­ond half boss­ing pos­ses­sion and nul­li­fy­ing any Brom­ley threat

God­den got his and Peter­bor­ough’s sec­ond ten min­utes af­ter the restart, sweep­ing home Ja­son cross, and with Brom­ley un­able to mount any at­tacks of real con­se­quence Peter­bor­ough made the game safe four min­utes from time – a fine one­touch move started and ended by Ward as the winger slot­ted past Gre­gory to seal the win.

Posh man­ager Steve Evans felt the win was no more than his side de­served: “Aside from Brom­ley’s goal I thought we dom­i­nated the game. I thought some of our play in the sec­ond half was spe­cial to watch.”

PIC­TURES: NLP pho­tog­ra­pher PIC­TURES: Ed­mund Boy­den

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