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Match Report: Pools beaten by Bromley

25 November 2023

Match Reports

Match Report: Pools beaten by Bromley

25 November 2023

Goals from Michael Cheek, Ben Krauhaus and Olufela Olomola gave Bromley a 4-1 victory at the Suit Direct Stadium.

John Askey made two changes to the side that travelled to Kidderminster Harriers on Tuesday night. There was a straight swap at left wing-back with David Ferguson coming in for Brody Paterson. And in the centre of defence, a late illness to Manny Onariase meant Kieran Burton was called into the 11.

Bromley’s opener came inside five minutes. Corey Whitley’s cross fell for an unmarked Cheek to slam home inside the box.

It could’ve been two after 20 minutes. Joe Mattock’s mistake put Whitley in the clear but Joel Dixon stood his ground one-on-one.

Hartlepool’s first chance came around the half-hour. Tom Crawford tried his luck from distance but his strike fell narrowly wide of the top left corner.

Mani Dieseruvwe had another big opportunity to find the leveller for Pools, after volleying Nicky Featherstone's corner off target at the back post.

Bromley made it two before the break as a corner from the left dropped to a lurking Cheek, who smashed his effort through a crowded box and into the bottom corner.

Hartlepool's afternoon got worse before seconds before half-time with Crawford being forced off the field due to injury. Askey decided on an attacking change, bringing on Josh Umerah.

And with the first chance of the second half, Pools pulled one back. Featherstone's corner found the head of Dieseruvwe, with his header proving too powerful for Grant Smith to keep out.

It took just three minutes before Bromley regained their two-goal cushion, however. A counter-attack saw Louis Dennis square to Krauhaus, who slotted home from inside the area.

The hosts created several chances in the second half - most notably with Callum Cooke hitting over and Ferguson forcing a big stop from Smith at his front post.

The Ravens wrapped it up in injury time however as Olomola, against his former side, went through on goal from a counter-attack and snuck an effort under Dixon.

Pools: Dixon, Johnson, Mattock, Burton, Hastie, Featherstone (Grey 65), Wallace, Ferguson, Crawford (Umerah 46), Cooke (Hancox 83), Dieseruvwe

Subs (not used): Jameson, Paterson

Bromley goals: Cheek (5, 43), Krauhaus (55), Olomola (90+1)

Attendance: 3547 (75 away)

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