1 December 2023
Bromley increased their winning streak to six matches yesterday, thanks to a 3-0 victory over Chester. The match was effectively over at half time, as a clinical first half showing saw the Ravens enter the break 3-0 up, and resolute defending in the second half ensured the deficit was not reduced.
Despite the one sided scoreline, the opening minutes were anything but. The visitors started the livelier of the two sides, with Craig Hobson in amongst the action. The experienced forward did well to control the ball on the edge of the area, but after turning his man, he could only shoot wide. Jordan Chappell then blasted an effort over from a good position, as the hosts settled into the game. After a mistake from Ali Fuseini, Chester launched an attack, but unfortunately for them, it ended with Hobson shooting high and wide from inside the box. However, the shoe was very much on the other foot 3 minutes later, as this time Chester’s Ben Heneghan was dispossessed by Moses Emmanuel, who then cut in and unleashed a superb curling effort from an angle, which beat the diving Jon Worsnop and put Bromley 1-0 up.
Not long after, the Chester missed a glorious chance to equalise. Ross Hannah somehow volleyed wide from six yards out following a corner, when it seemed easier to score. Soon after, sublime interplay between Emmanuel and Louis Dennis nearly saw Bromley double their lead, but the former poked the ball wide at the near post following a pinpoint cross. However, the Ravens wouldn’t have to wait long to increase their lead, as Dennis struck. Following a though ball from Joe Anderson, Dennis controlled the ball and after a series of stepovers, calmly slotted past Worsnop.
Moments before half time, Chester captain Ian Sharps somehow missed yet another close range effort following a corner, this time volleying over the bar from the back post. The visitors were made to pay just a minute later, as Emmanuel hit a stunning, dipping volley into the net from just outside the penalty area, giving Worsnop no chance.
The second half of the match was still an entertaining one, despite there being no goals. Ali Fuseini nearly put one into his own net after attempting to head a corner away, but Chris Kettings did well to react and divert the ball away from the goal. Jack Holland had Bromley’s best chance, but when seemingly in a position to tap the ball home from Dennis’ cross, Ryan Higgins reacted just in time to divert the ball out for a corner. Craig Mahon had efforts for Chester, but was unable to find a way past the in-form Kettings. Chappell and Tom Peers suffered the same fate, with the hosts holding firm to preserve their lead and claim a deserved victory, as well as a first clean sheet in three games.