Chester earned a hard-fought point against playoff chasing Bromley at Hayes Lane, despite taking the lead early on.
The Blues’ number 10, Ross Hannah, opened the scoring on 14 minutes with a well taken effort under Bromley ‘keeper David Gregory. However the lead only happened to last just 60 seconds, as Louis Dennis tapped into an open net.
In a shake up to my usual match reports, I’m going to be leaving my verdict on the performance below, so get leaving your comments on whether you agree or disagree and what you thought of the performance!
The action began on seven minutes, as the Ravens’ Adam Mekki hit the first of many Bromley efforts that tested Blues’ goalkeeper Alex Lynch. The Seals then fired back with an effort of their own, James Akintunde aiming wide following a long throw.
It wasn’t long after this that the Blues opened the scoring, Lucas Dawson played in Hannah, who chopped inside beautifully before firing under ‘keeper Gregory. Advantage Blues, at long last.
At the other end, however, Bromley were quick to respond. Wanadio’s shot was palmed away by Lynch, which only allowed Louis Dennis to tap into an open net. Game on.
A fairly uneventful first half following these two efforts was capped off with a Chester opportunity that should have been converted. Harry White was superb in beating his man and managed to weave his way in behind the defence, but a remarkable tackle from Dunne stopped his effort from finding its way into the net.
As the referee blew for half-time, Chester went into the dressing rooms the better side, but Bromley soon turned this around for the second half. Their first effort came in the 49th minute, as in-form Josh Rees fired an effort across goal, which wasn’t met by a Bromley boot.
The Ravens then continued the onslaught, as Dennis’ shot was miraculously cleared off the line by Paul Turnbull, before the same just four minutes later as Hannah cleared a Johnson header.
Amongst the pressure from the Kent side came an even better Chester opportunity, Ross Hannah was again in the thick of the action as he moved in behind the defence and aimed his shot for Gregory’s near side, smashing the ball off the outside of the post in the process.
Perhaps Chester’s best chance of the 45 came in the final ten minutes, Nyal Bell’s effort across goal agonisingly wide of the far post.
But despite pressure from Bromley in the five minutes of stoppage time, the Blues walked away with a well earned point down South!
In a new segment to my match reports, I’m going to be including my opinions on the performance – so that Blues fans can chip in with their thoughts in the comments!
Coming off the back of a Derby Day defeat against Wrexham, the Blues weren’t full of confidence as they travelled to Kent. But despite said derby defeat, Chester’s performance wasn’t as positive today, despite the point taken.
That’s not to take away from some of the performances, Ross Hannah was sublime today, he put in a shift offensively and defensively, getting the goal that ended up earning us a point.
Jordan Gough also marshalled the defence and put in a hell of a performance, but a large period of the game was spent backs to the wall as the Blues let Bromley control the half.
Despite all of that, the Blues earned a point – it doesn’t matter how many shots you have, if you can’t score then you don’t win. Bromley couldn’t score in that second half, so the Blues took home the result that any fan would have taken coming into the match.
Altogether the game was nail-biting at the worst of times, Bromley continued to pepper the Blues goal in the second half – but the commitment of our defence kept out a very good, playoff chasing side.
It was refreshing to see us dominate a first half for once, also.
For these reasons, I’m very proud of the team and the way they went about their play. A point well earned and a confidence booster for the six-pointer this Tuesday night at Brisbane Road.
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