2 March 2024
Bromley looked to extend their winning streak on Saturday this time facing Chester who were coming off the back of a local derby defeat to Tranmere. The Bromley line up saw one change from the midweek win, Neil Smith was forced to swap out Lee Minshull due to injury for the returning Ben Chorley.
Chester kicked off the match and had an early chance through James Alabi. The frontman moved into some space but he could only shoot over. Bromley were looking shaky at the start and Chester’s top goal-scorer, Ross Hannah, managed to break away from the Bromley midfield. However, Rob Swaine’s attempts to challenge the Chester forward proved just enough to put off his cross with Julian duly collecting the ball. Bromley weathered the early threat and even had some chances of their own. The first coming from a Rohdell Gordon free kick. The winger put the ball into a very good area, Francis rose to it but he headed it high and wide. Chester then broke forward with Wigan loanee O’Brien. His initial cross was cleared but the ball then fell to Hughes who attempted a strike from range, but it proved to be a comfortable save for Julian. The control of play then changed once again, this time Coombes broke down the wing for Bromley, he played a lofted through ball for Emmanuel but he found himself offside.
Then came the ties first opening goal. Bromley’s Sean Francis set Ross Hannah through. Swaine did his best to hold up the Chester forward but he was skipped past leaving him one on one with Alan Julian. Despite being the saviour of The Ravens many times this season, Julian was rounded and Hannah fired a low shot into the back of the net putting “The Blues” 1-0 up.
Following the setback, Emmanuel immediately looked to level things, he was sent through on goal but his low strike deflected behind for a corner. Anderson took the resulting corner and it led to chaos in the penalty area. The ball somehow fell to Coombes but his resulting shot was miscued and went wide. Chester then took strong control of the tie and continued to use their wide players to cause Bromley problems. O’Brien was having lots of joy down the right wing and he played a teasing ball across goal, but the on rushing Alabi and Lloyd both missed it at the far post. The best chance of the match then fell to Emmanuel. Coombes broke down the left, he then fired a low cross to Emmanuel who had space in the box but he could only strike wide on his weaker left foot. Chester’s final chance of the half came from a corner. The ball was played in, Chapell recycled the ball and it then fell unexpectedly to Hannah whose quick reaction finish went agonisingly wide. Bromley’s final plays came through Gordon who set the ball back to Fuseini and hit a 25 yards strike that went inches wide of Thompsons goal. Gordon then played the ball through, following a Joe Anderson corner, to Ada Cunnington but his strike wnet straight at Thompson.
The second half begun with Bromley earning themselves an early free kick, Andersons ball was whipped into the box, but Adam Coombes header was well dealt with by the Chester defence. Emmanuel then found his way into the box, he dummied Astles but tried one to many tricks and only managed to strike against the defender. Following that move, Bromley had another free kick in a really good position. Gordon crossed for Emmanuel whose strike was well hit and did just enough to allude Thompson and go over the line. The keeper’s reaction save put some doubt in the minds of the fans in the ground but the referee and his officials awarded the goal to Bromley, levelling the match. The goal switched the power of the tie well into Bromley’s hands and they looked for a winner. Gordon cut in from the right and hit a low hard strike testing the hands of Thompson. Minutes later Emmnauel was sent through and, with Thompson well off his line, he chipped the ball over the keeper but his attempt went inches wide of the post. Cunnington attempted to one better Emmnauel, Gordon sent the front man through and he tried to lob the keeper, but he could only see his effort fall onto the roof the net.
With increasing frustration coming from the home fans, manager Steve Burr introduced two substitutes to the contest. Bell and Rooney were brought on to provide new attacking options and it was the former who was gifted a chance minutes after coming on. After some poor defending he was given a sight at goal. His strike was deflected by the leg of recovering Rob Swaine but the referee awarded a goal kick, to the delight of the home fans.
In the dying moments of the match Bromley substitute, Bradley Goldberg beat his man but was unable to finish off the move as his effort went wide. Bromley faced a late onslaught from Chester who were looking to get a winner but The Ravens held out for a well-earned point.
Bromley XI; Julian, Holland, Swaine ©, Francis, Anderson, Coombes (Joseph-Dubois), Fuseini, Chorley(Rodgers), Gordon, Cunnington, Emmanuel (Goldberg)
Subs: Joseph-Dubois, May, Goldberg, Rodgers, Allassani
Chester XI: Thompson, Higgins, Heneghan ©, Astles, Hunt, O’Brien (Mahon), Hughes, Lloyd, Chapell (Rooney), Alabi (Bell), Hannah
Subs: Worsnop, Shaw, Mahon, Bell, Rooney