Neil Smith’s heavily depleted squad matched up against Chesterfield on Tuesday night, but the home side were able to welcome back captain Jack Holland to the starting eleven.
Chesterfield had the first chance of the game after just two minutes. Joe Rowley was allowed time and space on the edge of the box to eye up a curling effort, which landed on the roof of David Gregory’s net. An early warning sign for the Ravens who lined-up in a 3-4-1-2 formation, with new signing Reeco Hackett-Fairchild thrown straight into the fold.
Bromley had their first chance of the game after eleven minutes. Hackett-Fairchild did well on the left flank and managed to find a gap to get a cross into the box. His cross found Brindley at the back post, who then prodded an effort goal-wards only for the recovering Chesterfield defence to scramble clear.
Bromley would then go closer just minutes later with Brindley at the heart of the attack once more. The right wing-back beat his man before squaring to Raymond who was 20-yards from goal. Bromley’s number 8 hit a first time strike destined for goal only for Jalal to get finger tips to the strike, pushing the ball onto the crossbar.
Bromley then faced an injury scare, with Roger Johnson going down inside the box after being caught by a flailing arm. For a while the signs weren’t looking good, however, after receiving medical attention the experienced defender returned to the field of play.
Neither side truly tested either goalkeeper from the rest of the half, but the away side would nick a goal right before the interval. A cross in from the right was lofted into the Bromley box, Jerome Binnom-Williams’ crept in from the right wing and sent a header into bottom corner to put the away side ahead at the break.
Bromley came out in the second half with a different operative. The back three became a back four, with Alan Dunne moving over to right-back. That pushed Richard Brindley out to right-wing, and Luke Coulson vacated attacking-midfield to take up position out on the left flank to complete a 4-4-2 formation.
The change in formation had its desired effects and Bromley would make a complete turnaround in the space of three minutes. First, an own goal would level the match up after a goal-mouth scramble inside the Chesterfield box. An effort had initially crashed onto the crossbar, before the ball deflected off a Spireites player from from just a few yards out.
The turnaround was complete on the hour mark. JJ Hooper picked the ball up in the middle of the pitch and drove at goal. The away side gave him time to line up his strike and Hooper thrashed his effort in from 20-yards, finding the bottom corner and evading Jalal in the Chesterfield goal.
After taking the lead the home side almost lost it as quick as they had taken it. After failing to clear the danger Bromley gifted a chance to Scott Boden inside the area. He snatched at thee ball and lofted his effort onto the crossbar, with Gregory possibly beaten had it been goal-wards.
Chesterfield introduced the physical presence of Tom Denton and he made himself immediately known. He clashed with Jack Holland inside the Bromley penalty area, causing a cut to Holland’s head meaning he had to be replaced with just under twenty minutes to play.
The away side continued to hit back in the second half and would eventually draw level. Bromley failed to clear a corner from the right and that gave Scott Boden a golden opportunity to level the match, which he duly took tapping in at the back post.
Bromley didn’t let that phase them and struck back with just minutes left in the game. Superb work from Charlton loanee Brendan Sarpong-Wiredu opened up a chance for JJ Hooper. Loanee to loanee, the Grimsby man fired in from range to put Bromley ahead for the second time in the match.
That lead would once again disappear in the dying embers of the match. The ball was sent long into the Bromley box, Denton knocked down for Rowley who struck into the top corner to draw Chesterfield level.
And that’s how the match would end, a six goal thriller with the points shared. Bromley are not back in action until next Tuesday was they travel to the Longmead Stadium to take on Tonbridge Angels in the Kent Senior Cup Semi-Final.
Full-Time: Bromley 3-3 Chesterfield
Bromley XI: Gregory, Johnson, Dunne, Holland (c) (Higgs 72′), Wood, Sutherland (Sarpong-Wiredu 64′), Raymond, Brindley, Coulson, Hackett-Fairchild (Bugiel 67′), Hooper.
Unused substitutes: Meekums, Lewis
Chesterfield XI: Jalal, Binnom-Williams, Evans, Weston, Shaw (Reid 80′), Rowley, Hollis, Smith(Kiwomya 80′) (c), Fortune (Denton 70′), Yarney, Boden.
Unused substitutes: Anyon, McKay
Attendance: 910 (158 away)