After Bromley’s FA Trophy euphoria on Saturday in Gateshead, the Ravens made yet another long trip up to the North-East, this time to Victoria Park to take on Hartlepool United.

The Ravens didn’t make the best of starts to the match, and fell victim to persistent Pools pressure on ten minutes. Josh Hawkes, who was making his first senior start for United, gave his side the lead, with an effort that took a heavy deflection and looped over the helpless David Gregory and into the net.

Blair Adams could have increased the home side’s lead on 24 minutes, but after cutting in from the wing, he curled an effort just wide. It was a frustrating period for Bromley, in which they were restricted to very few attacks.

Just after the half hour mark, a good chance fell to Rhys Oates, but after a good turn, his shot from 25 yards was high over the crossbar.

However, on the stroke of half time, Bromley would draw level. An Adam Mekki corner was met by the waiting Josh Rees, who scrambled the ball over the line to level things up and add to his impressive goal tally this season.

After the break, the goal appeared to have given Bromley a boost, and with plenty of good football being played, the Ravens began to grab a foothold in the game.

This nearly paid off in the early stages, as a glanced headed Brandon Hanlan cannoned back off the base of Scott Loach’s upright before the flag was raised for offside.

However, the Ravens were hit with a sucker punch on 63 minutes, as the lively Michael Woods found space inside the box and fired past Gregory from just past the penalty spot.

The Pools would hold on for what was an important victory, taking them onto 45 points, whilst Bromley, who have played two games less, remain in 10th place on 55 points.

Bromley XI: Gregory, Rees, Holland (C), Hanlan, Mekki, Higgs (Sutherland), D.Johnson, Wanadio (Porter), R.Johnson, Woolfenden, McLoughlin (Sterling).

Unused substitutes: Dunne, Chorley.

Attendance: 3041 (20 Bromley fans)

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