Bromley could not make amends for Tuesday’s FA Trophy exit as they lost 1-2 to FC Halifax Town at Hayes Lane.
The first half commenced and it was the Shaymen who looked to threaten early on. Kieran Green was found in acres of space, but shot wide of the goal. Byron Webster displayed his precise passing ability by sending an inch perfect cross which was headed by Chris bush on to Harry Forster. The midfielder did well to get past his marker but sent his cross over the bar.
The positive play from Bromley was to pay off. In form striker Michael Cheek got fouled inside the opposition’s penalty area and the referee pointed to the penalty spot instantly. Cheek sent Sam Johnson the wrong way and sent his penalty to the goalkeeper’s left side in clinical fashion. Minutes later, the visitors threatened to equalise. Jack Earing produced a dangerous cross which Cousins did well to palm away to safety. Halifax were once again causing issues for the Ravens, this time captain Jeff King delivered in a cross which Cousins spilled and was adjudged by the assistant referee to have taken down Tahvon Campbell. A penalty was awarded. Luke Summerfield sent the Cousins the wrong way and equalised for the visitors.
As the first half was coming to an end, Earing was sent through on goal with only Cousins to beat. Cousins held his nerve and saved well from the Halifax midfielder.
In the second half, it was a nightmare start for Bromley. Tom Bradbury cleared the ball and Jamie Allen pounced on the hopeful clearance, taking advantage as Kory Roberts was unable to clear, before going through on goal to calmly slot the ball past Cousins. As the game reached the hour mark, the visitors had a major opportunity to add to their lead. Danny Williams sent in a fantastic delivery looking for Campbell – with the striker heading wide despite being unmarked in Bromley’s penalty area – a real let off for Bromley.
Bromley’s luck then took another turn for the worse, as Forster went down off the ball and it was apparent he couldn’t continue.
The Ravens went agonisingly close when Cheek hit the post. Courtney Duffus showed great strength by holding the ball up to then pass to Cheek, whose effort came back off the post with Johnson unmoved. The game then turned for the worst for Bromley after Liam Trotter was shown a straight red card for dangerous challenge on Williams.
Despite having 10 men, Ben Williamson came closest to equalising for the Ravens. The forward’s powerful shot forced a good save from Johnson. A day to forget for Bromley on the whole.
Bromley: 1 Mark Cousins, 2 Joe Kizzi, 17 Byron Webster (C), 14 Kory Roberts, 5 Chris Bush, 4 Billy Bingham, 16 Liam Trotter, 19 Harry Forster (Williamson), 24 Jack Bridge (Wakefield), 11 Courtney Duffus (Raymond), 9 Michael Cheek
Subs not used: 6 Jack Holland, 10 James Alabi
Report by Alex Exadactylos