Bromley 2-3 Eastleigh
Cheek 20’. Winfield 32’ (og)
Coker 90’ Barnett 45’
Bromley suffered defeat at the hands of Eastleigh as they went down 2-3 at home with two of the five goals very strange indeed.
Bromley welcomed Eastleigh to the Westminster Waste Stadium in need of a win. With Barrow’s game against Solihull Moors falling foul to the weather, this represented a great chance for the Ravens to pull back some points on the leaders, although they have now played two games more.
New signing Andre Coker made the bench, while Reeco Hackett-Fairchild, Jake Goodman, and Mark Cousins all missed out with injury. Chris Bush was suspended after his red card against Yeovil.
The home side started off well and might have had a penalty in the third minute. Andrew Boyce made a desperate challenge to deny Billy Bingham a one on one with Max Stryjek, but referee said Boyce got the ball. It looked a clumsy one from the stands.
Their pressure would pay off in the 20th minute. Luke Coulson beautifully controlled a swirling high ball, and lobbed the Eastleigh defence in the same motion. Michael Cheek showed his strength and skill as he turned his marker and slid the ball through Stryjek’s legs.
The lead only lasted 11 minutes though as Eastleigh drew level in bizarre fashion. Dave Winfield’s header simply missed Ryan Huddart in the Bromley goal and trickled into the net. Despite failing to threaten at all the away side were level.
Both sides started to have chances after the equaliser and Adam Mekki really should have scored after Coulson passed across the box — he managed to backheel it just yards out, although he was under pressure.
Somehow the Ravens went into the break a goal down. In added time in the first half Tyrone Barnett deftly headed past Huddart into the far corner from a good ball in. Bromley had played well but had it all to do in the second half.
The second period started awfully for Bromley. On 50 minutes Eastleigh scored again through Andrew Boyce who headed home from a Jack Payne corner after rising well.
That really was the killer blow. Eastleigh was more than content to pass the ball around and could have furthered their lead through sloppy Bromley defending on 65 minutes — Scott Rendell fired over.
The home side did get one back in added time to make it nervy for Eastleigh. Stryjek caught well but in attempting to waste time by dropping to the ground he spilt the ball. Debutant Andre Coker was on hand to tap home for the easiest of goals.
It would prove to be inconsequential though as Eastleigh held on and condemned Neil Smith’s men to defeat in a very frustrating afternoon for those in white.
National League Table
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|Last updated: Saturday 21st December 2019 at 17:00:07|