The Harriers went crashing out of this seasons FA Trophy when they lost to a disputed penalty scored by Bromley just before half time. With time running out we were handed a late lifeline with a penalty of our own a minute from time but Anthony Malbon, not our recognised spot kick taker, missed it and so we play no further part in any real cup games this season.
Even before the game started we faced an upset to the team when Danny Pilkington was withdrawn with a re-occurence of his thigh injury. Obviously he had been rushed back yet again and yet again had failed to complete a game. Ricky Shakes replaced him for his first start since the beginning of the season while Steve Guinan took the vacant place on the bench.
It was Shakes who was to make the most of his given chance and he tested the former Histon keeper, Joe Welch, early on with a floated cross that the keeper palmed over the bar. Soon after Anthony Malbon tested the Bromley man too with a free kick and then put a header just wide.
Callum Gittings was even closer to opening the scoring in the Harriers favour just five minutes before the break. He broke through the hesitant Bromley defence and sent a curling shot curling narrowly around the upright. If that had gone in it may have changed the outcome of the game but that was changed by a dubious referee giving a dubious penalty after Pierre Joseph-Dubious was adjudged to have been fouled by Josh Gowling.
With the Harriers players protesting that Dubious has dived the referee ignored that to allow Danny Waldren to give Bromley the lead from the spot kick.