Bromley continued their impressive unbeaten run in the National League after earning another hard-fought victory away to Hartlepool.
The Ravens made a positive start to the game, with a chance falling to George Porter following a great pass from Reeco Hackett-Fairchild. He cut inside the box and shot, but he failed to get his shot on target and the ball only found the side netting. Bromley only had to wait a few minutes later to get on the scoresheet though, with Luke Coulson playing a through ball down to meet the run of Michael Cheek, who was able to calmly place the ball in the back of the net in a one-on-one situation with Ben Killip.
However, Bromley’s lead was short-lived after the Pools equalised moments later, with the Ravens failing to get the ball out of harm’s way, allowing Gavin Holohan time and space to be able to swing a foot at the ball six yards out with the ball taking a deflection, leaving Mark Cousins no chance to make a save. Hartlepool had a chance to take the lead after the 20-minute mark as the Pools organised a counter-attack that was filled with pace, with Gime Toure beating Joe Kizzi and cutting into the middle of the box, lining up a shot. Fortunately, Bromley Skipper Jack Holland was able to make a block to prevent any threat to Cousins’ goal.
Bromley scored again in the 27th minute when Luke Coulson’s corner wasn’t cleared, leaving Hackett-Fairchild the chance to shoot from close range to put the ball beyond Killip and into the net. The Ravens nearly added to their lead nine minutes later when Killip’s poor handling of Porter’s low drive invited Hackett-Fairchild to a rebound, but he failed to hit the target and the ball went wide.
Hartlepool bit back soon after Bromley’s close chance, equalising yet again when Gus Mafuta was afforded too much time and space, allowing him to dispatch a long-range effort which was placed in the bottom corner out of reach for Cousins.
The first half seemed very open with opportunities for both sides, with the second half setting up to be an interesting affair.
The Pools had the first opportunity of the second half. However, Cousins made an impressive fingertip save to deny Muir’s low driven shot, pushing it onto the post. Both sides had half-chances throughout the second half, However, Hackett-Fairchild was able to restore the lead for the Ravens when Chris Bush played a diagonal ball into the box, where Kizzi prodded across the six-yard-box, catching out Killip, leaving Hackett-Fairchild with an open goal to slot the ball into.
Hartlepool piled on the pressure in the final five minutes relentlessly attacking the Lillywhites. However, they came closest with audacious acrobatics from Jason Kennedy, but he failed to keep the ball below the bar and saw his effort skim the roof of the net.
The referee blew his whistle for full time, with a Hackett-Fairchild brace and a goal from Cheek proving significant for the Ravens’ three points on the road.
Bromley XI: Cousins, Kizzi, Wood, Holland (C), Coulson (Rees), Raymond (Clifton), Cheek, Bingham, Bush, Porter (Okoye), Hackett-Fairchild
Unused substitutes: Mekki, Klass
Attendance: 3171 (37 away supporters)
Report by Paddy Gray.