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Posted Tue 08 Mar 16 at 21:30 PM

Bromley: Match Report

FC Halifax Town travelled to mid-table Bromley off the back of an important 1-0 win away at Southport, while the hosts managed a 1-1 draw away at Chester.

 

Saturdays win lifted the Shaymen up to 19th place just a point clear of the relegation zone on 36 points, while Bromley occupied 13th place on 48 points.

 

Shaquille McDonald’s last minute winner at Southport saw him selected ahead of Connor Hughes to start the night’s clash at Hayes Lane alongside top scorer Jordan Burrow with the rest of the team unchanged.

 

Bromley made also one change to their starting line-up with Adam Coombes being replaced by Pierre Joseph-Dubois in left midfield.  

 

Town started positively within the opening minutes securing two successive corners that forced Bromley centre back Sean Francis to clear.

 

Both teams desire to gain the upper hand was clearly on show with Scott McManus entering a solid one on one tackle with Ben Chorley.

 

The first big chance of the game fell to Bromley however inside 15 minutes with Jack Hollands long ball into the box ending up at the feet of striker Moses Emmanuel who edged his shot wide from a couple of yards out.

 

Town yet again was soon caught wide open with Emmanuel this time turning past James Bolton and crossing it to Sean Francis who blazed the ball wildly over the bar.

 

Halifax was happy to start their passing from the back with Matty Brown drawing a foul from Bromley striker Adam Cunnington who wasn’t having as much space as his strike partner.

 

But Bromley was constantly finding space easy to come by in midfield with a mazing run by Pierre Joeseph-Dubois passing to Emmanuel who like Francis’s shot went over the bar.  

 

Burrow was repeatedly finding the ball in the centre of the pitch when dropping back, who passed out wide to either McManus or Jake Hibbs while strike partner Mcdonald was living off balls over the top using his pace to no prevail.

 

Loose headers by the Halifax back line gave Joesph- Dubois a shot at goal which glanced past the post with Sam Johnson covering.

 

But like the first half Town started the brighter side after the interval, Kingsley James finding McManus out wide who put it a low cross which was scruffily cleared by Chorley.

 

The Bromley frontline continued to cause problems for Matty Brown and James Bolton, a header knocked down by Cunnington lead to Midfielder Lee Minshull striking the ball fiercely wide.

Kevin Roberts received the first yellow card of the game moments after Minshull’s chance for bringing down Joseph-Dubois unfairly.

 

From a Bromley corner came Halifax’s first real break of the game by Mcdonald, but could only pass the ball behind the running Hibbs and was cleared by Holland.

 

Bromley then penetrated through the middle of the pitch with Joesph-Dubois aiming to shoot until Hamza Bencherif intercepted with a last ditch tackle with Johnson then gathering the free ball.

 

Hibbs then received Halifax’s second booking this time a late challenge on Minshull. Bromley made the first substitution of the game Emmanuel making way for Bradley Goldberg.

 

Within 10 minutes of coming on Goldberg found space within the centre and teed up un-marked Cunnington down the right who slotted the ball in the left hand corner past Johnson in the 75th minute.

 

Bromley followed up their deserved goal with Louis Dennis replacing Joseph-Dubois. Halifax responded going behind well with Bencherif hitting the post from close range.

 

An attacking substitution was then made by Town with Josh Macdonald replacing Roberts. However Bromley pursued a second goal with Dennis forcing a save from Johnson.

 

Dennis minutes later was then booked for simulation after jumping over Bolton’s foot in the box. Bromley completed their third substitution with goal scorer Cunnington being replaced by Ali Fuseini.

 

With five minutes added on Halifax struggled to keep the ball in the opposing half with Bromley captain Rob Swaine clearing out of play away from Hughes. 

 

The full time whistle was eventually blown with Halifax unable to find an equaliser which would have been harsh of Bromley’s overall performance.

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