The Ravens welcomed York City for a chilly Tuesday night matchup beneath the Hayes Lane lights, with the Minstermen slouched 18th in the league, and having lost their last five league games away from home. A momentous fixture in April 2022 marked the last time the two sides met at Hayes Lane, with a 3-1 win propelling Andy Woodman’s men to Wembley, the penultimate game in Bromley’s FA Trophy extravaganza.  

Both sides raced out of the blocks, with York applying pressure from the get-go, but Bromley were quick to assert control on proceedings, with dominant spells of possession over the visitors.  

A piercing York City ball through the Bromley layers looked to be promising, but wing back Ryan Fallowfield failed to control. It didn’t take the number two long to get involved once more, drawing a corner after a drilled ball into the box found itself turned behind by a white shirt. 

It was the Minstermen who appeared to reign supreme in terms of chances created, and a 14th minute freefalling corner from Mitch Hancox was begging to be dispatched by Michael Duckworth; the number 28’s shot flew the wrong side of Reice Charles-Cook’s goal. 

York’s corners seemed to flow in abundance, but none of them possessed enough potency to trouble Charles-Cook between the sticks. 

Bromley’s best chance of the half came after a corner found the head of prolific goalscoring centre back Omar Sowunmi, with the ball deflecting back into the box and falling to the feet of Callum Reynolds, only prevented by a sharp swipe from York ‘keeper Ryan Whitely. 

A defensive error at the half hour mark from the York backline granted Bromley a corner, which was briskly taken short. A Louis Dennis fake shot sold a few in blue, but the winger’s ball into the box was eventually cleared. 

Peril followed for Bromley on the stroke of half time, as a dodgy clearance led to a shoddy challenge from Charles-Cook in the penalty area, seeing the referee reach for his back pocket and dismiss the Bromley ‘keeper. The Ravens were left with no choice but to select Besart Topalloj as guardian of the goal. York captain and danger man, Lenell John-Lewis, stepped up from the spot to introduce himself into proceedings, his venomous strike flying high into the top left corner for his 12th of the season, edging his side in front at half time. 

Olly Dyson restarted proceedings for the second half, and York continued in the vein of attack, as John-Lewis came close to converting his second of the game with a half-volley that whizzed over Topalloj in goal.  

Further chances followed for John-Lewis, but for a man synonymous with finding the back of the net, the frontman struggled to notch his second of the evening. 

The 65th minute held more joy for the Minstermen – after steadying himself on the edge of the area, Fallowfield unleashed a venomous missile that hurtled towards Topalloj, leaving the stand-in ‘keeper with no chance as the ball thundered into the top right hand corner, doubling the visitor’s lead.  

Fallowfield did not stop there. His luscious cross into the six yard box marked a man of the match performance, and beckoned for a blue shirt to meet it. Substitute Luke James applied the icing on the cake, his glancing header propelling York to 3-0 and evoking an eruption from the away support. 

They say every cloud has a silver lining, and for the hosts, it arose from the debut of Charlton loanee, Deji Elerewe, and despite the scoreline, the defender illustrated his confident surges forward and range of distribution. 

Disappointment for Bromley followed the final whistle, with the Ravens condemned to a 3-0 defeat at the hands of interim manager Michael Morton’s men, marking York’s first league away win since December, and drawing the Ravens’ nine game unbeaten streak at home to a close. 

Written by Daniel Catlin

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