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Bromley defeat for Spireites

7 September 2019

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The Spireites fell behind in the first half after looking reasonably solid but Bromley’s goal came through making space and getting into dangerous positions.

After the break and changes Chesterfield’s equaliser was an absolute gem, a sweet unstoppable half volley that flew home. Sadly, the celebrating had hardly stopped when Bromley were back ahead after a brave header from the hard-working Michael Cheek.

The Spireites battled but there just wasn’t enough in the tank to break down a hard-working and resolute defence as Bromley held out.

The Spireites made two changes at Bromley from the team that narrowly lost to league leaders FC Halifax Town in mid-week. Joe Rowley and Haydn Hollis had to settle for a place on the bench as Josef Yarney and Curtis Weston took their places in a 4-4-2 line-up.

In the opening move, Laurence Maguire’s ball in from the left looked to be sailing over but instead rattled the woodwork.

Moments later Luke Coddington read a dangerous through ball well and claimed off the feet of Luke Coulson.

The first corner of the game fell to Bromley as Maguire played safe. Frankie Raymond’s ball to the far post found the head of Marc-Anthony Okoye, his direction failed to match his effort’s pace as the side netting bulged.

A quick ball into the box from Reeco Hackett-Fairchild looked tasty but, again, Coddington claimed well.

The Spireites went behind in the 26th minute after Cheek neatly touched home a high looping ball in from Coulson.

Cheek almost grabbed a second two minutes later but the impressive Coddington came out best in a one-to-one.

The Spireites needed to bounce back and Jermaine McGlashan burst down the right, sadly his cross failed to test Mark Cousins in the home goal and moments later, he lost possession in the box as he unsuccessfully appealed for a foul.

It could have been two for Bromley as Coddington saved well from Raymond but Hackett-Fairchild fired wastefully over from close range.

The Spireites decided against changes at the interval but they knew they had to up the tempo in the second period if they were to claw their way back into the game.

An early free-kick saw Liam Mandeville shoot wide of the right upright and shortly after Scott Boden failed to connect cleanly as he headed over from the edge of the six-yard box.

Mandeville’s ball from the left again drifted out of play but there was little movement to make a connection.

On the hour John Sheridan made a double substitution. Jack McKay and Rowley replaced McGlashan and Boden.

Almost immediately Rowley went close, just inches from connecting with a testing ball into the box.

Chances came and went at both ends. The Spireites defence were claiming offside, referee Rhodes didn’t agree and Hackett-Fairchild burst through and his strong first-time blast brought a superb save from Coddington.

Within seconds play was in the Bromley half and Fondop went agonisingly close as his header at the back post looped inches wide of the left post.

A Mandeville free-kick hit the wall but moments later he made no mistake as he levelled with a stunning angled half volley that gave the keeper no chance (72).

Agonisingly Bromley regained the lead from the kick-off. A tempting cross from the right allowed the brave Cheek to head home, despite the presence of Will Evans (73). Both were injured in a clash of heads and Cheek had to be substituted.

Yarney added a new dimension and one ball in from the right caused concern in the home defence.

Substitute Alfie Doughty almost made it three as he burst through space on the left and tried his luck, his powerful effort flew across the face of the goal to safety.

So close in the last minute as Fondop headed towards goal but there was nobody to complete the task. The pressure continued in the five added minutes but the home defence held firm.


Spireites: Coddington, Yarney, Evans, Maguire, Weston, Mandeville, Gerrard ©, McGlashan (Rowley, 59), Boden (McKay, 59), Smith, Fondop

Subs (unused): Jalal, Hollis, Sheridan

Attendance: 2,110 (193 away)

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