13 October 2015

Bromley 1-2 Cheltenham

  • Men's

A top of the table Vanarama National League clash saw 4th placed Bromley welcome 2nd placed Cheltenham Town to Hayes Lane on a cold Tuesday evening.

Chris Kettings remained in goal for Bromley as Alan Julian is still recovering from a back injury. Lee Minshull was absent, serving his final game ban of 3, and Louis Dennis was replaced by Pierre Joseph-Dubois in the starting line-up due to a chest infection.

Bromley’s first chance came just 4 minutes in to the game when a defensive error from Cheltenham let Moses Emmanuel through on goal one on one with the keeper. Moses fired in a shot from close range, but it was just put over the bar by Dillon Phillips.

Bromley continued to attack Cheltenham, and a fantastic pass from Moses through to Pierre Joseph-Dubois took him through the middle of two defenders, but unfortunately his shot hit the far post, and Jack Holland s sent the rebound over the bar.

Cheltenham then began to find their feet and came more into the game, but the few chances they had, did not really threaten the Ravens, and both teams went in to half time thinking they deserved the lead

Bromley started off the 2nd half just as they did the first. Moses Emmanuel very nearly put Bromley in to the lead with a fantastic curling shot similar to that of Louis Dennis against Barrow, however Cheltenham’s keeper Dillon Phillips had other ideas, and pulled off a fantastic save to send the ball out for a corner, which amounted to nothing.

Both teams continued to have chances in the second half, but it was Cheltenham Town who made their chance count when Kyle Storer’s rasping long shot was saved by Kettings, only for Billy Walters to fire home the rebound, to put the visitors one nil up.

With just two minutes of normal time remaining Cook was brought down in the area, and the referee awarded a penalty. Cook picked himself up and slotted the ball home to make it 1-1. However, there was still time for the visitors to inflict heartbreak for the Bromley fans and players, as Cheltenham Town fired home the winner in the last minute of the game.

Bromley’s search of a late equaliser in the four minutes of additional time did not amount to anything. The score line was not a true reflection on how Bromley played, and the players, fans and management left feeling they deserved more.

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