Notts County played out a 2 – 2 draw with fellow playoff chasers Bromley on Saturday after a fast and furious second half.
Kyle Wootton and Ruben Rodrigues turned things around after a first-half Mark Ellis own goal, before Tate Campbell rescued a point for the visitors.
In the only change from Notts’ 4 – 0 dismantling of Maidenhead in midweek, Richard Brindley slotted in at centre-back, replacing Connell Rawlinson who was carrying a slight knock.
Adam Chicksen was praised by his manager in the pre-match press conference on Thursday, and kept his left-back berth despite Damien McCrory returning to the squad for the first time since October.
Notts came into this game unbeaten in their last four, while visitors Bromley had only lost one of their last six National League games.
Clear-cut chances were few and far between in the first ten minutes, but Jake Reeves played a peach of a ball over the top to Ruben Rodrigues.
The midfielder had to hit it first time, but he put too much on it and sent it away for a Bromley throw on the opposite side.
Bromley had the first real chance, but Jude Arthurs couldn’t capitalise on a low cross Notts were unable to deal with on 14 minutes.
Notts came into the game having scored 11 in their last three games, so confidence in finding the net was no longer lacking.
Despite having less clear chances than Bromley early on, Ian Burchnall’s side seemed confident in the way they built through the thirds, especially once Miller was released down the left.
It was Miller who had Notts’ first real chance of the game on 24 minutes, as he cut in from the left and shot on his left, but his effort went well over Cousins’ bar.
Kelly-Evans got on the end of a cross to the back post a minute later, but didn’t seem to know too much about it as it bounced off the right-back and went behind.
The visitors went ahead in freak fashion on 27 minutes, though, as a wicked cross from the right was headed home by Notts defender MARK ELLIS. Notts 0 – 1 Bromley.
Ellis has scored plenty at the correct end since joining Notts, but gave the opposition side the lead this time.
Bromley almost doubled their advantage after Notts failed to clear a free-kick, the hosts were run ragged for about a minute but Sam Slocombe got down well to block a header.
HALF-TIME: Notts County 0 – 1 Bromley
Dion Kelly-Evans was replaced by Enzio Boldewijn for Notts at half-time, immediately offering Charlie Fox something different to think about on the Bromley left.
Jake Reeves almost pulled Notts level just after the break as he side-footed a loose ball straight at Cousins, but the Bromley keeper put it behind for the first of three Notts corners.
KYLE WOOTTON did get the equaliser just a few minutes later as he profited from a Rodrigues cross to tap in. Notts County 1 – 1 Bromley.
Michael Cheek fired well over for the visitors on 57 minutes.
RUBEN RODRIGUES pounced on a loose ball after a stunning save from Cousins on 62 minutes to volley home and give Notts the lead. Notts County 2 – 1 Bromley.
Bromley found an equaliser of their own on 75 minutes after a great cross and a simple finish from substitute TATE CAMPBELL. Notts County 2 – 2 Bromley.
After conceding another sucker-punch arguably against the run of play, Notts might have been forgiven for giving up, but they had a flurry of chances in the final five minutes and were desperately unlucky not to find a winner through substitute Eli Sam who saw his shot blocked.
In the four minutes of added time, Notts continued to pepper the Bromley goal, the visitors barely getting out of their own half from 85 minutes onwards.
But they couldn’t get a third and had to settle for a point which keeps the visitors at arm’s length, while still having a game in hand on those around them.
FULL-TIME: Notts County 2 – 2 Bromley
Notts visit fellow play-off chasers Wrexham on Tuesday 18 May, before hosting Weymouth in front of 4,000 fans at Meadow Lane on Saturday 22 May.
Notts starting XI: Slocombe, Miller, Chicksen, Ellis, Brindley, Kelly-Evans (Boldewijn HT), Doyle, Reeves, O’Brien (Sam 81′), Rodrigues, Wootton.
Notts unused subs: Turner, McCrory, Griffiths.
Goals: Wootton 53′, Rodrigues 62′.
Bromley starting XI: Cousins, Kizzi, Mitchell, Bush, Fox, Trotter, Bingham, Arthurs (Campbell 56′), Bridge (Forster 68′), Williamson (Alabi 63′), Cheek.
Bromley unused subs: Holland, Raymond.
Goals: Ellis (OG) 27′, Campbell 75′.
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