- Under 21's PDS
4 December 2023
The team news ahead of kick off was that Chorley and Johnson remained injured, Williams missed his second of his three games through suspension and Sutherland missed the game due to concussion sustained in midweek training. Kristian Campbell also returned to Bognor Regis on loan for a month.
Bromley and Chester played out a score draw at the H2T Group Stadium on Saturday, with the Ravens perhaps feeling frustrated after a good attacking performance and plenty of chances.
Adam Mekki almost gave Bromley the lead seven minutes in, but after he shaped up for a long shot from distance, Alex Lynch in the Chester goal dealt well with an awkward bounce and clutched the ball to his chest.
However, the deadlock was broken 7 minutes later, and it was the away side who would do it. Lucas Dawson skipped over a challenge and fed the ball to Ross Hannah, who twisted and turned, before firing a low shot under David Gregory.
Yet, it took Bromley less than a minute to respond. Luke Wanadio took a pass and cut in from the left hand side into the penalty area, before twisting on the spot and curling a shot at goal. Lynch parried the ball, which again bounced awkwardly, but could only parry the ball into the path of Louis Dennis, who slotted home from the six yard box.
Towards the end of the half, Wanadio put a shot high and wide, and Dennis connected with a delightful Mekki cross, but could only put it wide of the mark.
After the break, Bromley looked to hit Chester immediately, but after some immense skill from Josh Rees to beat two men and take the ball down the line, his low delivery across the face of goal was put on a plate, but nobody got on the end of it.
Dennis was then in amongst it again, as his shot from the centre of the box beat Lynch, but was blocked on the line by Paul Turnbull. Jack Holland then glanced a header inches wide of the post from a Frankie Raymond free kick, before Hannah turned saviour again at the other end for Chester, clearing Dan Johnson’s headed effort off the line. Rees then nearly capped off a lovely Bromley move, but his first time sweep from a pacy cross looped just over the bar.
Chester reminded Bromley of their threat on the break as time went on, and Hannah nearly grabbed his side a second, but after a slick counter attack, his effort from the left hand side of the box hit the outside of the post.
Later on in the half, Dennis curled two efforts wide and over respectively, before Lynch parried a Wanadio effort and saw it cleared. Bromley found themselves frustrated at full time, having been unable to take their chances in the second half.
Attendance: 1,129 (125 Chester supporters)
Report by Matt Hall