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Corey Whitely scores brace as Bromley beat Halifax Town


Corey Whitely scored twice as Bromley moved closer to securing a National League play-off spot.

The game saw a quick start from the home side, with the flashing across the box in the first minute.

Bromley received a lot of joy down the right-hand side early on with Olufela Olomola showing some terrific hold-up play.

It didn’t take long for the visitors to grow into the game, with Andrew Oluwabori providing a bright spark.

The ex-Peterborough academy player caused a lot of problems for the home side, taking on three or four players before driving a low cross into the box which eventually dropped to Luke Summerfield on the edge, who dragged his shot wide.

Bromley began to regain control of the game with 15 minutes to go in the first half, as the top scorer Michael Cheek found Olomola in the box, but the forward forced a fingertip save from Sam Johnson.

It took 38 minutes for the deadlock to be broken as a ball was brought down nicely by Olomola. He laid it off to Corey Whitely on the edge, who hit a half volley into the right side of the net.

Andy Woodman’s side nearly doubled their lead two minutes later as a corner found skipper Byron Webster, but his header was blocked and follow-up was cleared off the line by the Town.

It didn’t take long for Bromley to extend their lead. The ball fell to Whitely on the edge, who wrapped a shot into the top left corner, grabbing his second of the game.

Halifax were given a chance to get themselves back in the game as Oluwabori had a free header in the box, but the effort went wide.

The game slowly fizzled out with neither side creating chances in the last 20 minutes.

Referee Callum Walchester sent off both Besart Topalloj and Adan George for an off-the-ball incident in second-half added time.

The Ravens stayed second in the National League table and are eight points clear of seventh-placed Aldershot.

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