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Chesterfield v Bromley preview
Chesterfield v Bromley preview

After Wednesday night’s National League play off eliminator win, Bromley now travel up to Derbyshire to take on Chesterfield in the semi final on Sunday afternoon.

The Ravens won 2-1 away at Woking in the midweek eliminator, having trailed at half time, thanks to second half goals from Michael Cheek & Deji Elerewe, which secured their place in the semis and another tough away trip this time to Chesterfield.

The Spireites finished the league season in third place with 84 points from their 46 games, thirteen more than Bromley who finished on 71, but The Ravens are now unbeaten in ten matches and came into the post season with the crucial momentum.

When the sides met two weeks ago at Hayes Lane, Andy Woodman’s side won 2-0 courtesy of goals from Billy Bingham and an own goal, which secured The Ravens place in the post season matches.

Earlier in the campaign The Spireites won 3-2 at home in October, Adam Marriott with both Bromley goals, while Chesterfield’s scorers that day were Kabongo Tshimanga, Ollie Banks & Jeff King.

Highly rated striker Tshimanga has since joined League One Peterborough Utd, but they have added Andrew Dallas to their front line from Solihull Moors who has recently found goalscoring form for his new club.   

Paul Cook’s Chesterfield side ended their season with a 4-0 home win over Maidstone Utd to secure third spot, Dallas with two goals along with strikes from Bailey Clements and Ryan Colclough, their league finish giving them home advantage in the semi final and a week off prior to this match.

Bromley may have an injury doubt over Louis Dennis who went off early in the second half against Woking and James Vennings who missed the game, but despite this the squad looks strong and confident with young loan players Elerewe from Charlton and Ryan Strik from Birmingham proving to be astute acquisitions by Woodman, working well with home grown players like Kellen Fisher & Jude Arthurs and the vital experience of Cheek, Bingham, Dennis, Marriott, Reice Charles-Cook in goal & Corey Whitely who earned the man of the match award on Wednesday and has really impressed as the season progressed.    

With a place in the play off final at Wembley on 13th May at stake, against either Notts County or Boreham Wood, and possible promotion to the Football League, this is a huge game in the history of both clubs, with Bromley looking to achieve league status for the first time and Chesterfield hoping to re-gain their place in the 92 having been relegated to the National League in 2018.

Bromley fans have been allocated two sections in the East Stand for the match and tickets are selling fast.

The game is also to be shown live on BT Sport with a 3:30pm kick off, with the other semi final taking place earlier in the day.