The Ravens win promotion rewards at Wembley

Bromley celebrate at Wembley.  Image: Dylan Clinton

Bromley celebrate at Wembley. Image: Dylan Clinton

Bromley won promotion to Sky Bet League Two after beating Solihull Moors on penalties in the National League play-off final at Wembley Stadium.

The Ravens almost got off to the perfect start when Louis Dennis hit the edge of the box before firing just wide of the post.

And they were presented with a second chance in as many minutes when Idris Odutayo’s shot whistled wide of the bar as well.

Joe Sbarra caused Bromley problems at the other end and gave Grant Smith his first test of the game when his deflected shot went into the gloves of the Bromley keeper.

Smith’s opposite number Nick Hayes was called into action moments later when Ashley Charles did well to find Corey Whitely before the number 18 cut inside, drilling a low shot towards goal which was resolved.

The deadlock was broken five minutes before half-time when Whitely played through Michael Cheek, who buried his shot into the bottom corner as Andy Woodman’s men took the lead at the break.

But Solihull hit back just minutes into the second half as Sbarra pounced for a half to level proceedings.

However, the Ravens were awarded a penalty just before the hour mark and up stepped Cheek to slot over Hayes and restore Bromley’s lead.

Once again the lead didn’t last long though as Jamey Osborne leveled things up for the second time.

The Ravens pushed for a late winner and Whitely almost claimed glory when his shot hit the side netting before Jude Arthurs saw a low shot saved deep in stoppage time.

Fair after 90 minutes, the final stretched into extra-time and Bromley almost got their noses back just seconds after the restart when Alex Kirk burst forward before bending a shot very high and wide.

The Arsenal loanee was looking for the winner and almost grabbed it four minutes into the added half-hour when he headed a corner onto the bar.

Kirk was at it again on 114 minutes when his shot hit the bar in the last chance of the game, meaning the result would be decided on penalties.

Smith saved Solihull’s first two tries either side of Cheek’s successful strike.

And Olufela Olomola and Arthurs notched two more for Bromley, while Solihull buried their next three, meaning skipper Byron Webster had to score to win for the Ravens.

And he did just that, smashing home from the spot to cap a historic day as the Ravens prepare to play in the Football League for the first time in August.

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