EVESHAM United’s dreams of reaching the first round proper of the FA Cup for only the second time in their history were ended in agonising fashion at the Jubilee Stadium on Saturday as Conference South promotion hopefuls Bromley earned a 2-1 victory.
However, it took a magnificent performance from visiting keeper Seb Brown to thwart the Robins’ bid to match their record-breaking FA Cup of 2008/09 as the former AFC Wimbledon and England C international produced some breathtaking saves to keep the hosts at bay.
Roared on by a crowd of 811, Paul Collicutt’s side were the dominant force in the game for long periods but ultimately two goals from Danny Waldren proved enough to book Bromley’s place in the first round.
Collicutt made one change to the starting line-up that beat Chalfont St Peter in the previous round as Carl Brown came in for Nathan Jackson in midfield but things did not go to plan from the outset as Bromley silenced the home crowd when Waldren drilled in from close range to give the visitors a fifth minute lead.
United put the disappointment of conceding an early goal behind them to go on and create some decent chances themselves and Seb Brown was called into action when he brilliantly saved from Lance Smith and moments later did well to get a block on Ashley Edenborough’s goalbound drive.
Elliot Kennedy then got round the back of the Bromley defence and had his cross-shot well held by the diving Brown at the foot of his post.
Evesham’s hard work was finally rewarded on 37 minutes when the lively Edenborough steered in George Washbourne’s corner kick at the near post to make it 1-1.
Linden Dovey prevented Bromley from regaining the lead just before half time when he raced back to hook Moses Ademola’s shot off the line when the former Brentford striker looked certain to score.
Seb Brown made an astonishing save to deny United’s Carl Brown inside the opening minute of the second half before Waldren struck again on 49 minutes when he glanced in Louis Dennis’ corner for what proved to be the game’s winning goal.
Evesham pressed for a deserved equaliser but found Seb Brown in top form as Washbourne, Edenborough and substitute Jack Watts were all denied by the Bromley stopper.
Then, in the closing stages, United skipper Matt Sysum went close to forcing a replay when his header looped just over with the impressive Seb Brown beaten.