Report: Bromley 1-2 Chesterfield

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Bromley welcomed Chesterfield to Hayes Lane on a chilly evening on Tuesday, for the second meeting between the two sides within the space of two days.

The Ravens started the game on the back foot, with the visitors enjoying a lot of possession and creating a number of half chances. Joel Taylor went the closest, as his powerful strike from the tightest of angles crashed against the crossbar on 14 minutes.

Taylor would have a good chance to score again seven minutes later, but after finding space on the left and cutting inside, he dragged his shot across the face of the face of goal and wide.

Despite Chesterfield’s possession and attacking intent, they failed to really test Mark Cousins in the first half. Kairo Mitchell’s tame effort on 37 minutes was the first attempt on target for the Spireites.

With five minutes left before the break, Jack Bridge breezed past the challenge of Manny Oyeleke and set his sights on goal, only to see his effort fizz narrowly over the crossbar.

As a minute of additional time was signalled, Martin Smith sent a powerful, low strike inches wide of Cousins’ goal.

The visitors started the second half as they had the first, and Charlie Fox had to be at his best to make a vital block just two minutes in. However, on 51 minutes, Chesterfield would take the lead.

A defensive error from Chris Bush presented Jack Clarke with the opportunity to go one on one with Cousins, and he made no mistake, smashing into the top corner.

The game soon hit something of a lull, as Chesterfield seemed content with defending their lead. However, another error was to blame for the next goal, which would fall Bromley’s way.

A poor clearance from Grant Smith fell straight to Jude Arthurs, who, just after signing his first professional contract, chipped the backpeddling goalkeeper from distance, ensuring a wonderful first goal for the Club.

However, the Ravens’ lead would be short lived. George Carline arrived in to meet Taylor’s cross at the back post and slotted beyond Cousins to reclaim the lead for his side.

Subsitute Frankie Raymond went close twice late on, but saw his first effort from 25 yards go inches over the target, before forcing a low save from Smith deep into eight minutes of injury time.

Starting XI: Cousins, Kizzi, Fox, Bingham, Bush (C), Coulson (Raymond), Cheek, Williamson (Alabi), Arthurs, Bridge, Mitchell

Unused substitutes: Trotter, Vincent, Campbell

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