8 December 2023
Bromley bow out of the play-offs after a 3-2 defeat away at Chesterfield with Adam Marriott and Michael Cheek scoring for the Ravens. 707 Ravens backed us which sums up the support of this club of late.
The first chance fell the hosts’ way as a short corner found Armando Dobra who bent an effort past Reice Charles-Cook, but past the post too.
Chesterfield piled on the pressure as Jeff King pulled the trigger from range, but his effort flew high and wide on 11 minutes.
Soon after and Charles-Cook was forced into a good save to deny Liam Mandeville who struck at goal from inside the box.
Play stopped and 11 minutes were eventually added at the end of the first half due to an incident in the crowd. Everyone at Bromley FC wishes the Chesterfield supporter a speedy recovery.
As play restarted, a Jude Arthurs free-kick was headed just wide by Callum Reynolds inside the box just before the lengthy stoppage time.
Marriott then had the ball in the net, but was denied by the offside trap. However, he did eventually write his name on the score-sheet, tapping home from close range deep into the 11 added minutes.
Ryan Stirk put in a crucial block to keep the scores at 0-1 before the Birmingham loanee floated in a free-kick towards Cheek who headed narrowly wide in the early stages of the second period.
Jeff King tried his luck, but it was comfortable enough for Charles-Cook. However, Chesterfield did have their equaliser on 57 minutes through a Deji Elerewe own goal.
The Charlton loanee then floated in a fantastic pass over the top to Kellen Fisher who juggled the ball before striking at goal, forcing a save.
Play stopped again due to a drone floating over the stadium and it was Chesterfield who continued to attack when play resumed as Ash Palmer headed a corner just over the bar.
Bromley had to play the final 15 minutes with 10 men after Elerewe was shown a questionnable straight red for a strong challenge. The resulting Chesterfield free-kick saw a looping header land just over the bar.
On 80 minutes, the Spireites turned the game on its head as Darren Oldaker put the hosts firmly in the driving seat. However, deep into 10 minutes of stoppage time, Bromley bagged another late Technique Stadium goal and it was Cheek who tapped home a header across goal by Omar Sowunmi.
Onto extra time we went and King almost put the hosts back in front with two minutes on the clock before Liam Mandeville did bag the crucial goal just before half-time of extra time.
Joe Quigley almost sealed the win for Chesterfield, but couldn’t find the net, but it didn’t prove costly as Paul Cook’s side held on to book their place in Wembley’s final where they’ll face Notts County.
The defeat marked our final game of a special 2022/23 season where records broke and memories continued to be made.
Onto 23/24 we go…