24 February 2024
Bromley fell to defeat at the hands of Chester on Tuesday night, as a dramatic final 15 minutes saw the home side claim all three points.
In what was a fairly uneventful first half, two chances in the space of a minute seemed to be a catalyst for goals.
30 minutes in, Craig Mahon twisted and turned, finding space in the box before firing a fierce drive at goal, which was well saved by David Gregory, diving down to tip the ball around the post. From the resulting corner, Bromley started a slick counter attack. George Porter emerged from the penalty area with the ball, feeding it forwards to Louis Dennis, who spotted Brandon Hanlan running forward into space. Dennis threaded the ball through to Hanlan, who rounded the onrushing Andrew Firth and slotted the ball towards the empty net, only to be denied by a last ditch sliding block by Tom Crawford.
The Ravens would have Gregory to thank moments later, as he somehow denied Harry White from point blank range, tipping his effort wide after he got on the end of an Andy Halls cross. However, in first half stoppage time, they would take the lead. Mahon found former Bromley man Dominic Vose in space on the edge of the box, and he worked the ball onto his right foot before curling an effort into the bottom corner from 20 yards, sending his side into the break a goal to the good.
After the break, Bromley were full of intent to respond. Dennis went close on 52 minutes, cutting inside from the right and seeing an effort go inches wide of the post, via a deflection.
13 minutes later, Bromley’s attacking intent would pay off. Persistence and hard work from substitute Luke Wanadio saw him dispossess his man in the box, before crossing back to Josh Rees, who slotted into the bottom corner from the centre of the box to restore parity.
Gregory was called into action yet again with 20 minutes remaining, as Crawford latched onto a through ball into the box from James Akintunde, before shooting low, only to be denied by an excellent block by the Bromley stopper.
However, the Seals’ luck would take a turn on 78 minutes, as they took the lead for the second time. Akintunde beat Gregory to a Vose pass in the box and crossed into the six yard box, where Jordan Archer had the most simple of finishes, tapping home into an empty net.
In what was becoming an end to end affair, it took Bromley less than 2 minutes to respond. After the Ravens were awarded a free kick out wide on the left, Frankie Sutherland whipped in a delightful delivery, where substitute Omar Bugiel connected with his head, firing a bullet header beyond Firth and into the net.
Yet, the topsy turvy nature of the game continued, and minutes after coming on, Nathan Brown picked up the ball from Vose, charged all the way through the Bromley half, before wrong footing Dan Johnson and going through on goal, eventually firing past Gregory, via a slight touch, into the roof of the net.
Deep into injury time, Firth was the hero for the home side, as he first got down to his left to deny Rees’ low effort, before brilliantly thwarting Bugiel’s close range rebound, ensuring Chester clung on to seal victory.
Bromley XI: Gregory, Rees, Holland (C), Raymond (Bugiel), Hanlan, Dennis (Wanadio), D.Johnson, Sterling, Porter, Sutherland, Woolfenden
Unused substitutes: Dunne, Allen, Higgs
Report by Matt Hall – @hally_matt