8 March 2016

Report: Bromley 1-0 FC Halifax Town

  • Men's

Bromley extended their fine run of form on Tuesday night, this time halting a resurgent Halifax Town side at Hayes Lane. Adam Cunnington’s second half winner sealed the points in front of 706 fans on a damp midweek evening.

The game started off slowly with both sides enjoying some early possession. Halifax saw much of the ball in the opening periods but didn’t force Alan Julian into any saves. 

Moses Emmnanuel had Bromley’s first chance, the ball was headed down to the front man but he sliced his shot from 6-yards. This became a worrying trend in the first half with both sides seeming to miss-cue their shots on a number of chances. The next to do so was Halifax’s Hamza Bencherief. He found himself space within the 16-yard area but he got tangled under the ball seeing it fall wide of the mark. 

Emmanuel had another opportunity minutes later, his shot on the turn was hit with pace but went wide of Sam Johnsons goal. Emmanuel provided the following opportunity, he crossed into the 18-yard area with Joe Anderson running in at the back post. However, the left-back’s header was comfortably saved by the Halifax keeper.

The first half continued as a scrap with both sides lacking the final quality. Bromley’s Lee Minshull led a quick counter attack 7 minutes before half time. After travelling well with the ball his attempted pass was over hit and Johnson was able to gather without much trouble. Joseph-Dubois had a wayward strike towards the end of the half but nothing was falling for either sides with the teams heading in at the break goalless.

Halifax kicked off the second half and almost went ahead from the restart. McDonald and James sent the Shaymen on their way with a dangerous cross entering Alan Julian’s box. Halifax committed bodies forward but the Bromley defence were able to clear their lines and diminish the early threat.

After a strong start to the second half, Halifax let Bromley back into the game with Lee Minshull and Moses Emmanuel both having chances just after the 50-minute mark. Neither could convert their opportunities but the game had now begun to shift Bromley’s way.

Pierre Joseph-Dubois had a clear run at Johnsons goal and just as he was about to pull the trigger, the recovering Roberts and Bencherif superbly denied the Bromley winger. Bradley Goldberg then came on to replace Moses Emmanuel and this proved to be an inspired substitution. Goldberg’s darting run beat off two Halifax defenders, he then played a perfectly waited pass into the feet of Adam Cunnington. The front-man touched the ball out from underneath him and smashed it low to give Bromley the lead.

Bromley seemed to have sealed the tie with the goal and Neil Smith introduced Louis Dennis to the side, with the winger returning after weeks out due to an operation. Halifax also made changes and the away side won themselves a corner with 9 minutes to go. The ball fell into the path of Bencherif who turned quickly and got a strike away. To the agony of the travelling fans the defender’s effort hit the woodwork and ricocheted out of harm’s way.

Louis Dennis also went close late on, he tricked his way past two defenders giving him a sight at goal. His low strike was well hit, but went directly at Sam Johnson. 5 additional minutes was awarded by David Rock at the end of the 90, but Halifax could not pull a goal back for the 64 travelling supporters.

The win sends Bromley up to 11th in the National League and leaves Halifax one place off the drop zone.

FULL TIME: Bromley 1-0 FC Halifax Town

Bromley XI: Julian, Holland, Swaine ©, Francis, Anderson, Joseph-Dubois (Dennis), Minshull, Chorley, Gordon, Emmanuel (Goldberg), Cunnington (Fuseini)

SUBS: Fuseini, May, Goldberg, Dennis, Coombes

Halifax Town XI: Johnson, Bolton, Bencherief, Brown, Roberts (Hughes), McManus, Wroe ©, Hibbs, James (MacDonald), Burrows (Peniket), McDonald

SUBS: Porter, Walker, Hughes, MacDonald, Peniket

Attendance: 706 (64 Away)