Bromley could not capitalise on their midweek victory and fell to defeat against Eastleigh.
The game kicked off and Bromley had the first key chance. Michael Cheek passed the ball to Harry Forster and the midfielder forced a good save from Joe McDonnell. However, it was Eastleigh who nearly took the lead. After a wayward clearance, Eastleigh striker, Ben House hit the inside of the post from his side’s first real effort of the game, a warning sign for the Bromley defence. Bromley also hit the woodwork later on, following some great hold up play by Ben Williamson. The former Eastleigh forward set up fellow striker Cheek whose effort came off the base of the post.
Midway through the first half, Nassim L’Ghoul cleverly found Liam Trotter at the back post from a corner. The midfielder connected well, but saw his first time effort go just over the bar. Mark Cousins was called into action minutes later after sweeping up a dangerous ball from the Eastleigh backline. Forster carried Bromley’s momentum, taking on the Eastleigh defence, cutting inside and forcing another great save from McDonnell with a low, swerving effort. The Watford loanee was at the thick of the action again, when he passed for L’Ghoul, for only the midfielder to shoot straight at McDonnell.
In the second half, Bromley started the more positive of the two teams. Cheek led a promising attack, playing the ball to Forster, with the midfielder shooting straight at McDonnell. Despite Bromley’s pressure, it was The Spitfires who took the lead. After Bromley lost possession in the middle of the park, Ben House was found one on one with Cousins and calmly slotted the ball past the Bromley number one. Minutes later, Bromley earned a free kick in a dangerous area. Chris Bush hit his shot with swerve and McDonnell palmed away. However, moments later, Eastleigh doubled their lead. House received the ball, twisting and turning his defender and shot low to Cousins’ left.
With just over 20 minutes remaining in the game, Eastleigh had the ball in the net. However, Danny Holland’s effort was flagged offside. With the game coming to an end, James Alabi gave Bromley hope when he took advantage of a mistake inside the Spitfires’ box to finish with ease. With a couple of minutes remaining, McDonnell saved a goal bound Bush free kick once again.The Ravens will hope to find form when they face Yeovil Town in the FA Cup next week.
1 Mark Cousins, 3 Harry Kyprianou, 5 Chris Bush, 6 Jack Holland, 16 Liam Trotter, 15 Taylor Maloney (Raymond), 24 Nassim L’Ghoul (Hackett-Fairchild), 18 Ben Williamson,19 Harry Forster (Alabi), 9 Michael Cheek
Unused Subs: 2 Joe Kizzi, 12 Tom Purrington
Report by Alex Exadactylos