Game 26: Bromley 2.1 Hayes & Yeading (Conference South) 25.01.14
A game that started in bright sunshine but ended in some of the heaviest rain and winds I’ve seen at a football match. League leaders Bromley took a first half lead from a low corner that evaded everyone at the near post, allowing their captain Swaine to slide in near the back post to guide the ball in.
In the second half a couple of good chances were wasted, notably a one on one where the Bromley striker couldn’t place the ball past the keeper. Hayes equalised from a corner after 76 minutes, this time the ball was headed high into the net at the near post by Inman. Bromley were only behind for a couple of minutes. Jarrett brought the ball down the wing and checked back before crossing into the centre. Substitute McDonnell dived for the ball and his glancing touch was enough to beat the keeper from close range. At this point the rain started to fall and Hayes were unlucky not to equalise on a couple of occasions, hitting the post with almost the last kick of the game.
The weather deteriorated badly in injury time and if there had been longer to play it would not have been a surprise if the ref had called the players in. The downpour lasted another ten minutes or so and I heard later that several games in the area were either abandoned or delayed by the same storm.