Bromley travelled to the south coast on Monday to take on an Eastleigh side that have only won once at home since October. Richard Hill was now back in charge of the Spitfires looking for a bright end to the season. Neil’s Smiths men were aiming to win for the fourth consecutive game in a row and cement a 10th place finish in their second season in the National League.
Bromley started the brighter with an early corner leaving Lee Minshull with a free header, but he put his effort wide of Graham Stack’s post. Bromley then faced a period of pressure and the first goal came from hugely unlucky piece of play. The ball was attempted to be cleared by Jack Holland but his attempt struck Lee Minshull and it then fell kindly for Scott Wilson who tapped home for the opener.
Eastleigh kept the pressure up, Sam Mathews went close from a free-kick from around 25-yards out, he hit it sweetly enough but it sailed wide of the top right hand corner.
Blair Turgott registered Bromley’s first real shot on target after 37 minutes. Porter did well to hold onto the ball in the midfield, he then sent the ball out wide to Wynter. The advancing right-back crossed into the box for Turgott who struck the ball on the half volley but Graham Stack was able to gather comfortably.
Jordan Higgs had an effort saved moments later. A short corner routine gave the midfielder space to shoot but his strike was easily saved by Stack in the Eastleigh goal. And that proved to be the last attack of the first half with The Ravens going in at the break 1-0 down.
The away side started the second half brightly with two opportunities in quick succession. The first resulted in a corner being won. Turgott delivered and found Dan Johnson, the left-back couldn’t direct his header and had to watch it go wide of the post.
Moments later Bromley won themselves another corner, this time the ball was sent to the front post where Sho-Silva had made his run. The striker couldn’t flick his header goal-wards and the ball sailed high and wide of the mark.
Sho-Silva continued to be a menance for the Eastleigh defence. Bookings were awarded to Dugdale, Hoyte and Reid in the second half and all were for fouls on the Bromley frontman.
Bromley were then almost gifted an opportunity through Graham Stack who cleared onto Sho-Silva which presented McLoughlin with a chance on goal but Odoffin did well to recover and cleared off the line.
Eastleigh went two up after an attack down on the right which led to Mathews having time and space just outside the box to slam home the ball past Ross Flitney.
Eastleigh had been looking comfortable but then a moment of magic from young midfielder Jordan Higgs gave Bromley hope. Good play from Bromley got the away side up to the Eastleigh box, the ball then fell kindly to the onrushing Higgs who slammed the ball into the top right corner.
Two late chances fell for Bromley but neither could be taken. A long throw in from Wynter was flicked on by Minshull, Holland came in at the back post but he headed straight at Stack. Goldberg then had a chance from a free-kick but he too struck into the palms of Stack.
Bromley ran out of time and Eastleigh took all three points at The Silverlake sending Neil Smith’s men to their first defeat in four.
Bromley’s next game is this weekend at home to Guiseley, stay across the website for more details on our end of season awards which will be held after the match.
Attendance: 1,830 (83 away)
Eastleigh XI: Stack, Green, Dugdale, Mathews (Obileye), Togwell ©, Reid, Wilson (Constable), McAllister, Hoyte, Odoffin, Strevens.
Unused Subs: Hall (GK), Constable, Tubbs, Stearn, Obileye.
Bromley XI: Flitney, Wynter, Holland ©, Minshull, Johnson, Porter (Goldberg), Dymond (Omofe), Higgs, Turgott McLoughlin (Dunne), Sho-Silva.
Unused Subs: Daly, Williams.
Report by James Tanner.