Shaymen's winning run comes to an end with 2-0 defeat at Bromley

FC Halifax Town's play-off hopes were dealt a blow as they lost 2-0 at Bromley.
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Corey Whitely's double saw Halifax suffer their first defeat in five and brought their winning run to an end.

It was a match that failed to live up to its billing as two promotion chasers going head-to-head, with Bromeley producing the game-changing moments when it mattered thanks to two excellent goals.

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And once they assumed control of the contest, it never looked like they'd relinquish it.

Alex Kirk was close to meeting a driven cross through the Town box from Michael Cheek after three minutes.

But it didn't herald a thriller of a game - both teams were a bit too ragged and untidy for that, a bit too tentative and reserved.

If either side could have mustered some composure, they'd have taken control of the contest, but it was a scrappy game, with possession being too easily lost and both defences on top against ineffective attacks.

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It was a better away performance by Town than a home performance by Bromley though.

Jamie Stott's header and Luke Summerfield's shot, both way wide, were the closest Town had come after half-an-hour, but they still looked more productive than the hosts.

Bromley showed signs of life when Olufela Olomola dragged a shot off target from inside the box and then brought a fantastic save by the back-pedalling Sam Johnson to tip his header onto the bar.

But Whitely's goal was still completey at odds with the rest of the opening half as he unleashed a pearler of a right-footed volley that screamed into the top corner from 25 yards.

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Town then had to clear an effort off the line from a corner a couple of minutes later: from comfortably 0-0 to nearly 2-0 down in less than ten minutes.

Andrew Oluwabori registered Town's first, and only, shot on target just before half-time, straight at Grant Smith from 20 yards, with the onus now on The Shaymen to produce something, like Bromley had, from a match that was stuttering to pick up speed.

But Halifax made a disastrous start to the second-half when Whitely hammered in a superb second goal a minute after the restart when the ball bounced into his path just inside the box.

Town were like a boxer reeling from a right hook as a rejuvenated Bromley pressed them and made it hard for The Shaymen to get out of their own half never mind muster a response.

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Bromley had upped their game after an out-of-sorts first half-an-hour. Halifax now needed to do the same.

Rob Harker, starting for the first time in more than three months in place of Flo Hoti, was still to get a chance.

Oluwabori headed a good opportunity wide from Summerfield's free-kick, but Town only just escaped going 3-0 down when Ben Krauhaus' shot thundered off the underside of the bar.

Hoti and Kane Thomson-Sommers were brought on, but no-one in blue was offering any evidence they could drag their side back into the game against a Bromley side who seemed to be prioritising protecting their lead over adding to it.

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Unfortunately Town never seriously threatened to reduce it. Despite seeing much more of the ball, and remaining patient with it, Smith and his defence remained far too underworked.

To make a bad day even worse, Adan George, along with Bromley's Bes Topalloj, was shown a straight red cards in added time.

Bromley: Smith, Reynolds, Webster, Topalloj, Passley, Kirk, Charles, Whitely, Krauhaus (Arthurs 84), Olomola (Amantchi 90), Cheek. Subs not used: Orlowski, Grant, Vennings.

Scorer: Whitely (38, 46)

Shots on target: 4

Shots off target: 4

Corners: 4

Halifax: Johnson, Golden, Senior, Stott, Evans, Summerfield (Cosgrave 86), Hunter (Thomson-Sommers 58), Wright (Hoti 58), Oluwabori, George, Harker. Subs not used: Chikukwa, Jenkins.

Shots on target: 1

Shots off target: 6

Corners: 1

Referee: Callum Walchester

Town man of the match: Sam Johnson. Very few contenders, but Johnson could do nothing about either goal and otherwise did what was asked of him well.

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