'No complaints', says Bromley boss after Chesterfield secure vital win as National League promotion race hots up
Bromley manager Andy Woodman said he had ‘no complaints’ with the result as Chesterfield ran out winners at Hayes Lane.
The Spireites got their revenge against the Ravens after defeat 10 days ago, with goals from Jack Clarke and George Carline coming either side of Jude Arthurs’ chipped finish.
The victory sent the Blues above Bromley into sixth with seven games to go.
It was Woodman’s first loss as Ravens boss after seven matches in charge.
“Credit to Chesterfield I thought they were excellent tonight,” Woodman said.
“They had a good game plan, they stuck to it and it caused us problems.
“Fair play to their manager and their team.
“They are a big club and we are competing with them so that is good.
“I have got no complaints with the result, I have got no complaints with my team.”
The early stages of the game mirrored the reverse fixture, with Chesterfield controlling possession and Bromley playing on the counter-attack.
The visitors edged the first 45, the impressive Joel Taylor came closest when he volleyed against the crossbar at the back post.
Town started on the front-foot again after the break, Carline had an effort cleared off the line following a cross by Taylor, and the pair would combine again for the winner.
Goalkeeper Grant Smith had his head in his hands when he gifted Arthurs an equaliser, but he showed great character to bounce back with a brilliant save as the clock ticked down following Carline’s winner.
“We weren’t great first-half,” Woodman added.
“We changed our shape in the second-half and I thought we had more joy.
“It was just small margins, a little error at the back, a lapse in concentration and we got punished.
“I thought we had a go and I just said to them that if you keep performing like that until the end of the season we are going to be there or thereabouts.
“We knew this was going to be a hard game. Chesterfield were never going to come here and just roll over. They are trying to get in the division above as well - a division they have been in before - so fair play to them.”