After the euphoria of dramatic late winners against Forest Green and Cheltenham earlier in the season, Sutton were given an idea of how their opponents would have felt when Bromley substitute Louis Dennis struck five minutes in to injury time to grab all three Boxing Day points for his side just when it seemed as though a competitive but untidy game was going to end in the goalless outcome that would have been about right. Dennis, who had been brought on midway through the second half, pounced on a mistake by Roarie Deacon following a corner and hit a shot from outside the penalty area which took a deflection to loop over goalkeeper Ross Worner, who had not had a shot to save in the previous 95 minutes, and in to the top corner of the next to spark wild scenes of celebration among the home players and supporters.
It was harsh on Sutton, who would have been worth a point on a day when the two defences always seemed on top as both attacks struggled to create clear cut chances on a surface which neither side found easy. With Kevin Amankwaah joining Dan Spence on the injured list Nicky Bailey was forced to fill in at right back, with Craig Dundas coming in to the midfield, and Dundas picked up an early booking for a late challenge after already having been spoken to for a previous foul by referee Neil Hair. There waslittle threat to the Sutton goal, though, with Worner's only real action a dash outside his area to clear from the onrushing Adam Cunnington. At the other end U's had the clearest chance of the half after a short corner move ended with Deacon's cross falling to Matt Tubbs twelve yards out, but his volley was miscued disappointingly wide.
Towards the end of the half George Porter twice had a sight of goal, but was first forced to shoot too high by an excellent Bailey challenge, and then looped a header on to the roof of the net from Dave Martin's cross. Worner was scrambling in the first minute of the second half as Cunnington's header bounced just wide, but the first on target shot of the game was from Sutton, Tubbs firing in a snap shot that was beaten away by former U's keeper Alan Julian and cleared from inside the six yard box as Craig Eastmond tried to get to the rebound.
Simon Downer might also have done better with a shot from just inside the penalty area that went over following a half cleared free kick, but the more the game went on the less likely a goal looked. Both sides made attacking substitutions, Bromley intorducing Bradley Goldberg and U's bringing on both Dan Fitchett and Max Biamou, and either might have borne fruit. Fitchett chased a long ball over the top in to the penalty area, but was crowded out before he could get his shot away, while Goldberg showed his ability as he beat Jamie Collins on the outside and flashed a shot across goal, but it was the first substitution of the game that proved the significant one. With the game reaching the end of the fourth of the minimum four extra minutes indicated Cunnington won a corner off Collins, who climbed to head Joe Anderson's corner away to the edge of the penalty area. Rather than hammer the ball downfield, which would have probably heralded the final whistle, Deacon only managed to head the ball on a short distance as far as Dennis, who worked space for a shot that deflected over Worner and won the game.
Bromley: A Julian, D Johnson, J Anderson, C Dymond, R Swaine, J Holland, B Turgott, J Higgs, G Porter(sub B Goldberg 76), A Cunnington, D Martin(sub L Dennis 67). Subs n/u J Wynter, B Chorley, R Prestedge. Booked: Dymond, Cunnington.