Jamie Allen’s goal 4 minutes into the 2nd half proved to be the decisive goal as the Club recorded their first ever win at Bromley following a game that had a bit of everything including a red card.
Town manager Pete Wild was forced into changes for the short notice trip to Hayes Lane with the fixture against Bromley moved from The Shay. Tahvon Campbell came in for his debut partnering the returning Jamie Allen up front. Kieran Green also started with both Martin Woods and Lewis Mansell absent.
The first half was very equal. A penalty each, 2 yellow cards each and a number of chances at either end. Town forced an early corner but Tom Bradbury’s header was cleared. Bromley replied with Chris Bush’s cross almost finding Billy Bingham. Kieran Green tried his luck from 25 yards but was off target and minutes later Bromley took the lead from the penalty spot. From a throw in on the right the ball broke to Michael Cheek in the penalty area and he went down under a challenge from Green. Cheek duly converted the spot kick sending Sam Johnson the wrong way.
Town replied with Neill Byrne almost getting on the end of a free kick and in the 22nd minute they were level from the 2nd penalty of the game. Jeff King’s ball in was spilled by Mark Cousin’s and Campbell was brought down with Luke Summerfield’s emphatic penalty bringing the equaliser.
Jamie Allen tried to get onto a long ball but Corey Roberts averted the danger. 4 yellow cards in 10 minutes threated the flow of the game but Town continued to press with another Green shot off target and King shooting straight at Cousin’s after a corner was cleared to him 20 yards out.
Chances came in stoppage time with Courtney Duffus threatening for the hosts and Jack Earing breaking forward but he was unable to beat Cousins.
Town took the lead 4 minutes after the break when Allen latched onto a long ball forward from Tom Bradbury, held off a challenge from Kory Roberts to score from 10 yards out.
Tahvon Campbell had a chance to score on his debut with a free header after Jack Earing and Danny Williams linked up well on the left but his effort was off target. Bromley responded with balls into the box but were dealt with by the back three of Byrne, Maher & Bradbury. They did hit the post in the 65th minute when Bridge & Duffus linked to provide Cheek with a shooting opportunity which rebounded off the woodwork.
The home side were reduced to 10 men when Liam Trotter received a red card for a poor challenge on Danny Williams. The resulting free kick from Summerfield hit the wall and his follow up shot was off target. Town continued to look dangerous on the break and Jack Senior, who replaced Williams, almost got on the end of a flowing move.
8 minutes of added time by referee Karl Evans saw Bromley send long balls into the Town penalty area but these were all dealt with and Pete Wild’s men take all 3 points from a rewarding trip to Kent
1 Mark Cousins, 2 Joe Kizzi, 17 Byron Webster ©, 14 Kory Roberts, 5 Chris Bush, 4 Billy Bingham, 16 Liam Trotter, 19 Harry Forster (18 Ben Williamson 53), 24 Jack Bridge (23 Charlie Wakefield 66), 11 Courtney Duffus (8 Frankie Raymond 71), 9 Michael Cheek
Subs: 6 Jack Holland, 10 James Alabi
1 Sam Johnson, 2 Jeff King, 5 Neill Byrne, 6 Tom Bradbury, 7 Jamie Allen, 8 Kieran Green, 10 Jack Earing, 11 Danny Williams (3 Jack Senior 71), 19 Luke Summerfield, 31 Niall Maher © 33 Tahvon Campbell (20 Dom Tear 90 + 2)
Subs: Harrison Davison-Hale, 18 Jay Benn, 35 Jean Leroy-BelehouanReferee: Karl Evans
Referee: Karl Evans
Goals: Cheek pen 15, Summerfield pen 22, Allen 49
Yellow Cards: Kizzi 23, Allen 25, Bingham 30, Campbell 31
Red Cards: Trotter 67
Full Time: Bromley 1 FC Halifax Town 2
Next Game: Wrexham vs FC Halifax Town – Tuesday 26th January, 7pm kick-off
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