REPORT: Winless Spireites beaten by Bromley

Updated: Sep 9, 2019

Pressure mounts on John Sheridan as the Spireites slip to the bottom of the National League following a 2-1 loss to Bromley at Hayes Lane.

The Ravens took the lead mid-way through the first half through Michael Cheek. The Spireites stuck at it and Liam Mandeville managed to level in the second half, but Cheek found the back of the net again to cancel out the strike almost immediately after the restart.

John Sheridan made two changes to the side that fell to defeat against high-flying Halifax on Tuesday, with Joe Rowley and Haydn Hollis moving to the bench to make way for Curtis Weston and Josef Yarney to come into the side.

In the opening minutes Laurence Maguire curled a cross in, which bounced off the crossbar to go out for a goal kick.

Nine minutes into the action, Ravens’ skipper Marc-Anthony Okoye found Frankie Raymond’s corner at the back post, but the centre half could only nod it into the side netting.

The home side started to pile on the pressure, Reeco Hacket-Fairchild let fly but the effort was deflected away from goal.

In the 26th minute Neil Smith’s side took the lead. Cheek latched onto Luke Coulson’s cross to put it in the bottom right of the net. An all-too familiar situation for Chesterfield who found themselves chasing the game yet again.

Chesterfield lost possession which allowed Cheek one-on-one with Luke Coddington but the Spireites’ ‘keeper pulled off an impressive stop.

Coddington was forced into action again, this time by Raymond who fired a shot toward goal. The Chesterfield ‘keeper kept it out with his legs, but he couldn’t stop the rebound falling to Hacker-Fairchild who’s follow-up strike flew well over.

Early on in the second-half the away side saw a few chances come their way.

Sheridan made a double substitution on the hour mark with Rowley and Jack McKay coming onto the field.

Coddington kept the ball out of the goal again in the 66th minute when Hackett-Fairchild tested him with a powerful strike.

The away side came close just a minute later. Mike Fondop got his head onto a ball from Mandeville, but the striker couldn't manage to make it six goals in six games as he saw the header fall inches away from the left corner.

The equaliser came in the 72nd minute. Mandeville’s impressive half-volley found the top corner of the net to level going into the last fifteen minutes.

But Mandeville’s goal was soon cancelled out by Cheek. A cross from the right allowed the former Ebbsfleet man to score his second.

Yarney whipped in a dangerous ball from the right-hand side, but nobody in the Chesterfield attack could connect with it.

Bromley managed to soak up the pressure in the five minutes of additional time to maintain their unbeaten run and condemn Chesterfield to another loss.

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

Unused Subs: Jalal, Hollis, Sheridan

Attendance: 2,110 (193 away)

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