FC Halifax Town were humbled by a ruthless Bromley at Hayes Lane in the Vanarama National League.
Despite the Shaymen doing well to keep it goalless at half time, 3 goals in less than 10 minutes from Louis Dennis and Jack Rees gave the Ravens all 3 points from this fixture.
The defeat sees Halifax drop down to 18th position, 4 points from the drop zone.
The first real chance of the encounter came for the hosts. Adam Mekki twist and turned his way into space before delivering a lofted ball right on to the head of Louis Dennis, whose effort is on target by Sam Johnson palms it away.
With 12 goals and 7 assists going into this match, you would not be blamed for thinking Dennis would be involved today, and indeed he was.
The number 10 was crucial in all the home side’s best chances, especially just before the half hour mark, where his cross found Luke Wanadio in the 6-yard box. It looked easier to score than miss for the winger, but his misconnected strike trickled just wide of Johnson’s goal.
Only minutes later, a long punt forward from the Raven’s defence saw Omar Bugiel running through on goal, but the centre forward prefer power to precision, firing well wide.
The visitor’s best chances in the first 45 minutes all came from range, as Michael Duckworth exhibited his ability from 35 yards out. Both attempts from the right back troubled David Gregory in the Bromley net.
However, Neil Smith’s side should have gone into the break a goal up, after Josh Rees spurned a glorious opportunity.
Great work down the right by right back Luke Woolfenden saw him get to the by-line and pull the ball back for what should have been a tap in for Rees, but the number 4 somehow fired it skywards.
Mekki got the second half to a fast start, dribbling to the by-line and fizzing the ball along Johnson’s goal line, but it just evaded the toe of Dennis.
There may have been some questions over the foul which led to the opener, but there was no denying that it was deserved. Mekki’s whipped in free kick found Dennis this time, who nodded it in off the crossbar.
Despite all the good play from Bromley today, their next 2 goals were on the scrappy end of the scale.
Jack Rees was twice in the next 4 minutes the beneficiary of goal mouth scrambles, with the second leading to mass confusion around the ground, with many of those in yellow not seeing the ball cross the line.
Rees’ brace saw the midfielder grab his 10th and 11th goals of the campaign.
There were no more goals to speak about after that, but the home side kept the pressure upon a hapless Halifax side, who were powerless to stop their hosts cutting through their defence.
Wanadio repeatedly found himself one on one with Johnson on the counter but the winger failed to show composure in front of goal, resulting the Shaymen stopper collecting the ball on each occasion.
Bromley: 1. David Gregory, 4. Josh Rees, 5. Ben Chorley, 6. Jack Holland (c), 8. Frankie Raymond (72′ Frankie Sutherland)10. Louis Dennis, 11. Adam Mekki, 16. Tyrone Sterling, 17. Luke Wanadio, 23. Luke Woolfenden, 25. Omar Bugiel (86′ Jordan Higgs)
Subs: 15. Dan Johnson, 18. George Porter, 19. Roger Johnson.
FC Halifax Town: 1. Sam Johnson, 3. Josh Wilde, 5. Matty Brown (c), 6. Scott Garner, 7. Matty Kosylo (62′ Scott McManus), 15. Josh MacDonald, 18. Danny Clarke, 20. Jake Hibbs (45′ Nathan Hotte) , 22.Michael Collins (54′ Tom Denton), 34. Shaun Tuton, 39. Michael Duckworth
Subs: 13. Tom Nicholson, 2. Cliff Moyo.
Goals: Dennis (49’), Rees (54’ 58’)
Yellow Cards: Brown (13’), Raymond (23’), Collins (36’), Garner (89’)
Red Cards: None
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