Bromley

Lawson D’Ath. Pic YTFC

Yeovil Town midfielder Lawson D’Ath said the team is “buzzing” after a 2-1 home win over Bromley.

Speaking to his former BBC colleague Sheridan Robins having scored the opener in the victoryon Tuesday night, he was pleased, not just for himself but also for his team-mates.

Buzzing, really happy to get the goal and we won which is the main thing, it’s a much better feeling for us to be on the winning side, hopefully we can keep this run going and push on and see where it takes us.

We haven’t won in a while here, so it’s a good feeling and one we need to keep doing and keep this home form good.

D’Ath had a special word on the returning Josh Neufville who, like D’Ath, has recovered from a serious injury.

It was brilliant, I was buzzing when he came on and set the goal up as well, I’m delighted for him, because I know what he’s gone through, it was tough for me, I know that for a fact and I bet it was for him too.

D’Ath and Neufville will earn their rest over the next couple of days with both of them hoping to be involved in the important games coming up.

Sarll on media duties

Yeovil Town manager Darren Sarll was delighted with his side’s performance against play-off chasing Bromley.

The Glovers won 2-1 to record back to back wins after Saturday’s victory at bottom club Dover Athletic.

Speaking to BBC Somerset’s Sheridan Robins, the manager was full of praise for a number of his players:

“They were good you’ve got to give credit where credit is due, they looked so energised, engaged, motivated, all the great things you want to see in a team, I actually thought tonight we got to see a glimpse of the future”

“(Tom) Knowles looked like himself, I thought Lawson (D’ath) was great tucked in on the left, Matthew (Worthington) looked like a Football League player rather than a National League player.”

“Really good performances all round, we will work again Thursday because this new attitude is quite enjoyable to watch at the moment.”

Goals from Lawson D’Ath and Tom Knowles sandwiched a Bromley equaliser that came as a result of an error from loanee Ted Cann in goal, Sarll was delighted with the way his team bounced back and was happy with Cann’s overall performance.

“I was really pleased with Ted, you come to a club like Yeovil and it’s not easy… I said to Ted at the end there, ‘when you woke up this morning, what did you want us to achieve?’ he said ‘for us to win’. I said, ‘job done’…

“I said you made a brilliant save at the end of the first half at 1-1, you took three or four really good crosses… for a 21 year old, who has made a bad call in the first half to then come again I thought that showcased his character splendidly.”

Reuben Reid. Picture courtesy of Mike Kunz.

There was further praise for Reuben Reid, who made only his second start of the season and was key to everything the Glovers did going forward.

“He takes a lot of criticism does, Reuben, but at times I thought he unplayable at times tonight… I thought our attacking play was excellent, but it was excellent because Lawson had a good game, Tom Knowles had a very good game and Reuben was untouchable with the ball at his feet.”

Yeovil have now scored four goals in two games something which the gaffer hopes can be taken into the weekend’s game against Southend United and for the rest of the season.

“The fact that we have scored four goals in the last two games is good for us, it lifts everyone, it makes them believe in their attacking play a lot more, it’s probably the most amount of shots we’ve had here for a long, long time, that was really pleasing”.

Yeovil host the Shrimpers this Saturday, with their visitors losing against Maidenhead United on Tuesday night despite taking the lead.

 

Venue: Huish Park
Tuesday, March 22, 7.45pm kick-off

Conditions: Clear, cool night
Pitch: Continues to be a credit to the groundsman, held up well

Attendance: 1,732 (53 away supporters)

Scorers: Lawson D’Ath 11 (1-0), George Alexander 24 (1-1), Tom Knowles (2-1) 71

Bookings: 

Yeovil: Knowles 45, Worthington 83
Bromley: Webster 53, Vennings 55

Referee: James Durkin



Yeovil Town
: (4-3-3)

Ted Cann

Mark Little, Josh Staunton (for Wilkinson, 75), Ben Barclay, Morgan Williams

Matt Worthington Dale Gorman  Lawson D’Ath (for Josh Neufville, 68)

Charlie Wakefield (for Olomola, 86) Reuben Reid Tom Knowles

Substitutes:  Jordan Barnett, Alex Bradley.

Bromley: Balcombe, Partington, Coulson, Arthurs (for Bloomfield, 76), Cheek, Whitely, Vennings, Alexander (for Alabi, 56), Webster, Cawley, Parsons (for Trotter, 46). Substitutes: Wagstaff, Forster.


Match Report

A stunning winner from Tom Knowles saw an impressive Yeovil Town turn up at Huish Park with a long-awaited winning performance in front of the home faithful.

The three points was nothing less than the Glovers deserved against a Bromley side who (at the start of the game, at least) still considered themselves in the hunt for a play-off place in the National League.

Lawson D’Ath opened the scoring after just ten minutes before a mistake by on-loan goalkeeper Ted Cann gifted Bromley’s George Alexander an equaliser on 24 minites.

It was a superb team goal after 71 minutes which won it, starting from a great pass by Cann to Reuben Reid, Dale Gorman and then substitute Josh Neufville whose delicious delivery found Knowles who made no mistake.

Here’s how Ian saw it from his position at Huish Park……

 

First half

Team news saw Darren Sarll replaced the absent Adi Yussuf, who had received a call-up by Tanzania, with Reuben Reid, only his second National League start of the season which he missed the first half of through injury.

Lawson D’Ath replaced Jordan Barnett in midfield for the other change with captain Luke Wilkinson returning on the bench having missed out of the squad in recent week.

The 2-0 win at Dover Athletic at the weekend seemingly sparked the Glovers in to life with a fast start and had two decent efforts inside the first five minutes. Reid drew a save from the keeper and from the resulting corner Dale Gorman‘s effort was parried away by on-loan Brentford keeper Ellery Balcombe.

In the hosts’ goal, Ted Cann, playing his second game since joining on-loan from West Bromwich Albion at the end of last week, was called into action with a low save shortly after which he dealt with comfortably.

Five minutes later the home side deservedly took the lead. Tom Knowles turned his full-back inside out and delivered a brilliant low cross which was turned in by Lawson D’ATH with 10 minutes on the clock.

That was the first goal seen by the Huish Park crowd since Adi Yussuf’s equaliser (yes, it was an own goal but the record books show it was Adi’s) in the 1-1 draw with W*ymouth at the start of February.

Reid was definitely in the mood and got another decent effort away which had to be dealt with by Balcombe.

The Glovers were not shot-shy in the first half and a typical Knowles strike from distance was matched by Balcombe, although the referee thought it hit the post. The visiting stopper was keeper his side in this.

Bromley his back in calamitous circumstances in the 25th minute. A low cross somehow snuck through Cann and put in the empty net by George Alexander.

Reid showed his back to goal credentials with a smart turn and shot which Balcombe was equal too.

Cann redeemed himself before the break with a good low stop from Alexander who was bearing down on goal.

Yeovil made a good account of themselves in the first half and offered a vast improvement on their previous Huish Park performances.

Half time: Yeovil Town 1 Bromley 1

Second half

Bromley came out for the second half the stronger, putting the pressure on their hosts who had some nervy moments, however, there was little in the way of chances for either side.
The first opportunity came fell to Yeovil on 58 minutes when good play between Reid and Wakefield got behind the visitors defence, but Gorman’s effort went over the bar.
Two minutes later, Balcombe was in action again with Josh Staunton having an effort turned over the bar from the on loan keeper and Michael Cheek was on hand to hack it away.
On 69 minutes, a lovely moment as those inside Huish Park rose to acknowledge the efforts of D’Ath and welcomed back Josh Neufville, who made only his second appearance in front of fans after making such an impact in front of empty stadiums last season.
Tom Knowles. Picture courtesy of Mike Kunz.

Great distribution from Cann (see the comments of Ed Turnbull in Gloverscast #154) found Reid with what was definitely a pass not a clearance, he controlled it beautifully and linked up with first Gorman, then Neufville did unbelievably to feed Tom KNOWLES to drill one home.

Two goals in a game for the second consecutive match and it came at home. This. Is. Not. A. Drill.

If Knowles needed more energy, that gave it to him. On 77 minutes, the human dynamo burst forward and he was brought down as close to the edge of the box as you can get – was it a penalty? The Thatchers End thought so. The resulting free-kick came to nothing.

With seven minutes remaining, a long throw by Cawley was missed by a wild punch from Cann and if a Bromley player could find it, it would only take a smashed effort to find an equaliser. Luckily it was Luke Wilkinson, on for Josh Staunton moments earlier, who was there to clear.

Neufville flashed an effort wide soon after before Cann came roaming outside of his box and was very lucky to be saved by the assistant’s flag. Having been saved by a similar decision at Dover at the weekend, it’s a bit of worry.

Wakefield was replaced by Olomola with four minutes of the game remaining, as Bromley turned the screw knowing that their play-off push is coming off the rails.

And it did. Two wins in a row, more than one goal scored in two games. We’re claiming this as a run of form.

Full time: Yeovil Town 2 Bromley 1

Ruben Reid comes on vs Bournemouth


Reuben Reid 
– “the best back to goal striker in the National League” (D. Sarll, 2022) – replaces Adi Yussuf in the starting line-up for tonight’s visit of play-off-chasing Bromley at Huish Park (7.45pm kick-off).

The change was one of two with Lawson D’Ath, who was a substitute for the 2-0 win at Dover Athletic at the weekend, coming in for Jordan Barnett.

Josh Staunton remains in the heart of defence alongside on-loan centre half Ben Barclay with skipper Luke Wilkinson only fit enough for the bench.

There’s still no place for Sonny Blu Lo Everton with Josh Neufville and Olufela Olomola the attacking options among the substitutes.

Yeovil Town: Ted Cann, Mark Little, Josh Staunton, Ben Barclay, Morgan Williams, Lawson D’Ath, Dale Gorman, Matt Worthington, Tom Knowles, Reuben Reid, Charlie Wakefield. Substitutes: Luke Wilkinson, Jordan Barnett, Alex Bradley, Josh Neufville, Olufela Olomola.

Bromley: Balcombe, Partington, Coulson, Arthurs, Cheek, Whitely, Vennings, Alexander, Webster, Cawley, Parsons. Substitutes: Alabi, Bloomfield, Wagstaff, Trotter, Forster.

Yeovil Town return to Huish Park following their first league win in ten on Saturday and welcome play-off chasing Bromley to town on Tuesday night.

The Glovers overcame Dover Athletic 2-0 at the weekend with goals from Ben Barclay and Dale Gorman whilst Bromley were holding the Hollywood boys of Wrexham to a goalless draw.

In terms of stats, Bromley’s form isn’t actually that good, draws against ten-man Torquay and Weymouth were sandwiched inbetween defeats at the hands of Stockport and Halifax.

They are still in the FA Trophy with their semi-final against York City scheduled for early April and currently sit 9th in the table, four points behind Notts County in 7th and 11 points ahead of the Glovers.

Yeovil won the reverse fixture 2-1 back in late November as part of that incredible run which had us all dreaming of our own crack at the top seven for a while; goals from Tom Knowles and Charlie Wakefield either side of a Michael Cheek penalty bringing all three points back to Somerset.

On that day, the Glovers could only name four subs including goalie Max Evans and youth prospect Ollie Haste.

Dan Moss (loan ended), Grant Smith and Luke Wilkinson (both injured) were all part of that impressive back line on the day and will all be missing this time around.

Since that game in November, the Ravens have added James Vennings, a young midfielder on loan from Charlton and Ali Al-Hamadi on a temporary deal from Wycombe, he will be expecting to start a third successive game alongside Michael Cheek in attack.

They could also have a new goalkeeper with on loan Brentford stopper Ellery Balcombe between the sticks, regular ‘keeper Mark Cousins hasn’t featured since the draw with Weymouth back in February.

FROM THE MANAGER

Bromley manager Andy Woodman is not expecting an easy game against Yeovil Town

Asked about the trip to the Glovers after Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Wrexham, he said:

“We have got to build on this (result v Wrexham) now, that’s the real important thing, a clean sheet against Wrexham, a good performance against Halifax although we didn’t get the result, we have got to keep plugging away at this stage of the season”

It wont be easy, I don’t think any game is easy, we are all seeing that, we will prepare for that one and hopefully we can come back with the points”


TEAM NEWS

Michael Cheek will almost certainly lead the line for the Ravens, with three goals in his last three games against the Glovers he’ll be hoping for more of the same.

Former Glovers captain Omar Sowunmi hasn’t featured in either of the last two Bromley games.

 


A FOOT IN BOTH CAMPS

Two former Glovers defenders are currently in the Bromley squad, Wembley hero Byron Webster and Omar Sowunmi

Defender Omar Sowumni.
Picture courtesy of Mike Kunz.

The giant 26-year-old defender spent four years at Huish Park having been signed from from Lowestoft Town by Paul Sturrock who infamously said he believed he could make the ex-Ipswich Town striker “the next Kenwyne Jones”.

Suffice to say, despite some impressive performances, Omar’s time at Huish Park will be remembered for captaining the side which whimpered out of the Football League in 2018-19.

In the Yeovil Town camp, Charlie Wakefield will be looking to show his old employers what they have missed out on.

The former Chelsea youngster was released by Bromley in the summer having made just four starts after joining in January last season.

Other players with a foot in both camps include Courtney Duffus, who it appears did not appeal to Woodman having been ignored for much of last season and then shipped out to Morecambe.

Winger Iffy Allen is another, having had a pretty iffy 12 match spell at Huish Park in 2015-16, before spending the 2017-18 campaign at Bromley.

Yeovil Town recorded their second away win in 72 hours and stretched their unbeaten run to seven with a 2-1 victory over Bromley on Tuesday, on co-commentary duty for the BBC was Marcus Duncomb who penned a few thoughts for us here at the Gloverscast

This Yeovil team is special. In terms of mentality and fight, they could not be further away from what we’ve had to get used to from Yeovil for the past eight or so years. In years gone by if we’ve taken the lead and then concede an equaliser it seems to have always led to a collapse – and that is unfortunately what Yeovil fans have grown to expect. But not this team. We conceded a soft penalty right before half time away at a team on an 11-match unbeaten run. Charlie Wakefield’s response? Instantly go down the other end bang one into the top corner against his former side. I can get behind that.

Darren Sarll said in pre-season that he was doing things differently this season. The manager said that he had been focussing on making sure they had a solid defensive base before anything else. I think it’s clear to see that this coaching has been effective. The whole team looks so structured and everyone knows their role defensively. Even when Sarll changed things up for the final 20 minutes as he subbed Morgan Williams on, it did not disrupt the team’s cohesion and understanding. It’s not just the structure of the defending which is promising, but it’s also their attitude towards it. These players will do anything to make sure that ball doesn’t end up in the back of the net.

Adi Yussuf scores v Weymouth
Credit: Weymouth Flickr

Adi Yussuf was so good at what he needed to do yesterday. Coatesie mentioned in his Dagenham conclusions that Yussuf is a back to goal striker and he did exactly that against Bromley. It was not an easy job for him. The whole Yeovil team spent much of the second half in and around their own penalty box with Yussuf being the only one staying on the halfway line. Every time Yeovil cleared it, Yussuf would somehow find a way to get onto the ball and keep it for as long as he could. The Bromley fans around me were getting frustrated with how often Yussuf was winning headers and keeping the ball for Yeovil which says it all.

As the players were celebrating jubilantly with the fans at the end (and I wished I was there and not in the press box…) a bitter Bromley fan saw my Yeovil scarf and said to me “Does this win mean a lot to you then? It’s like a cup final celebration!”. I explained to him that we celebrate every win like this and that it doesn’t matter who we’ve beaten. Where would the fun be if after winning a game there was a quick round of applause and then everyone popped home? We’re not going to win every game (sorry), so enjoy these moments and remember them when things aren’t going as well. This squad is down to its bare bones – just look at yesterday’s bench – and is performing ridiculously well considering.

Can we play at Hayes Lane every week? Since relegation from the EFL, Yeovil have enjoyed some great outings to Bromley. A Rhys Murphy 90+7th minute equaliser, a 120+2nd minute winner in the FA Cup, *finally* getting a first league win in December 2020 and now ending their 11-match unbeaten run through a thoroughly professional performance. I’m already looking forward to Luke Wilkinson’s 90+4th minute free kick winner in the FA Trophy semi-final at Hayes Lane in April…

 

Yeovil Town defender Max Hunt spoke to BBC Somerset’s Sheridan Robins following the Glovers’ 2-1 win over Bromley and was full of praise for his team mates.

“It’s a special night, the gaffer and Tel (Skiverton), spoke to us about what we needed to do, gave us the confidence before the game to go out and do it, to see the boys back it up – every one of us – putting a shift in, defending like we did in the second half… to hold out and for Granty (Grant Smith) to make that save was brilliant”

The former Carlisle defender referenced how in previous seasons Bromley may have got an equaliser, but another rear guard action saw the game out for the win, thanks to whole defensive unit.

“It’s brilliant, I love every minute of it, going out there, and whether it’s Robbo (Jack Robinson) or Jordan (Barnett) there, you know everyone is going to put a shift in.

(Luke) Wilko and I have got a great relationship and have done since day one, and (Dan) Mossy has been faultless and to have Granty behind us is… you can’t ask for much more”

Yeovil have won back to back away games at Dagenham and Bromley and Hunt thinks that shouldn’t be underestimated.

“To come away twice in a week to two very tough teams, that are both up there and are always going to be up there, both good sides, to do a job on both of them is massive, and it shows how far we’ve come and the spirit of the boys”

“(We are) Looking forward to getting back to Huish on Saturday (vs Dover), put all this behind us, enjoy it tonight and make sure we start prepping properly this week”

Joe Quigley celebrates his goal against Altrincham.
Picture courtesy of Mike Kunz.

Yeovil Town manager Darren Sarll confirmed that Glovers’ top scorer Joe Quigley could be missing for a little while with a knee injury.

Speaking after the 2-1 win over Bromley, Sarll told BBC Somerset’s Sheridan Robins, the front man has had a scan after picking up the injury late in the win over Dagenham & Redbridge on Saturday.

“When he (Quigley) went into the corner on Saturday, late on to see the game out, he opened his knee up so we’re going to have to scan him.”

“We’re a little bit worried about that one, so I don’t think we will see him Saturday (vs Dover), poor Joe is not in a great frame of mind, so hopefully his scan comes back as good as it can be, but he’s in a lot of discomfort.”

Sarll also confirmed that captain Luke Wilkinson only made the squad at the last moment with the Glovers restricted to just four subs on the bench with Dale Gorman suspended, Toby Stephens out on loan and long term injuries to Reuben Reid and Mark Little not ready to return just yet.

Yeovil Town Manager, Darren Sarll has been heaping praise on his side after a second away win in 72 hours with a 2-1 victory over Bromley.

Goals from Tom Knowles and Charlie Wakefield secured the points either side of a Michael Cheek penalty.

Sarll praised the spirit of his team when speaking to BBC Somerset’s Sheridan Robins.

“This group, their spirit, on Saturday I called it their ‘USP’, I thought their spirit, their running ability, their fitness levels… it’s their thing.”

Sarll called the awarding of the Bromley penalty ‘soft’ but reiterated the praise for his team, as not long after, Wakefield scored what would be the difference making strike shortly after.

“Listen, it was a brilliant strike from Charlie – we’ve just got to wait another 100 now before he does it again (tongue firmly in-cheek), it was a brilliant strike and it obviously meant something to him, as he’s played at the Football Club before”

“It was a very good performance for heart, tenacity, organisation. They adapted very well to shape changes, they adapted very well to playing in different positions. 
Morgan Williams, when he came on, was fantastic at left-back, it’s a brilliant win for us”

The gaffer mentioned he was excited about ending the month strongly with games against Dover, Wrexham and the FA Cup game against Stevenage coming up shortly.

He praised goalkeeper Grant Smith for a save he referred to as important as a third goal, with another shout out for the defensive unit as a whole.

But, he was quick to temper a few expectations with the Glovers unbeaten run now stretching to seven.

“We’ve got a lot of work to do, we need to stay really balanced with this group of players because I’ve seen this so many times in the past where people get giddy, we have literally had to give our lives, our limbs, our blood, to win these games of football – and credit to the players for a magnificent performance.”

Venue: Hayes Lane
Tuesday, November 23rd, 7.45pm kick-off

Conditions: Blinking freezing – to put it mildly!
Pitch: Plast

Scorers: Knowles 19 (1-0), Cheek 44 pen (1-1), Wakefield 45+1 (2-1)

Referee: Tom Bishop

Bookings:
Yeovil Town: Moss 51, Williams 76
Bromley: 

Sendings off:
Yeovil Town: None
Bromley: None



Yeovil Town
: (4-3-3)

Grant Smith
Dan Moss, Max Hunt, Luke Wilkinson, Jordan Barnett
Matt Worthington, Josh Staunton, Lo-Everton
Tom Knowles, Adi Yussuf, Charlie Wakefield

Substitutes: Ollie Haste, Morgan Williams (for Knowles ’73), Alex Bradley (for Lo-Everton ’88), Max Evans(GK)

Dagenham & Redbridge: Cousins, Alexander, Arthurs, Bingham, Bush, Cheek, Coulson, Dennis, Forster, Partington, Sowumni

Substitutes:  Alabi, Cawley, Sablier, Tormey, Trotter

 


Match Report

Yeovil Town made it three National League wins in a row and extended their unbeaten run in all competitions to seven games yesterday evening as they overcame Bromley 2-1 at Hayes Lane.

Tom Knowles opened the scoring on 18 minutes to put Town ahead but Bromley equalised just before half time from the penalty spot.

Charlie Wakefield then put Yeovil back in front just moments later with a thunderous strike and Yeovil were able to withstand some late pressure from Bromley to return home with three points.


First half

Darren Sarll made one enforced change to the side that beat Dagenham & Redbridge on Saturday as the suspended Dale Gorman was replaced by Sonny Blu Lo-Everton.

Yeovil kicked off towards the terraced end.

The home side made the brighter start of the two teams but the opening 15 minutes or so were fairly tame.

Out of nowhere Yeovil took the lead on 18 minutes as Sonny Blu Lo-Everton capitalised on a defensive mistake from former Yeovil Town defender Omar Sowunmi which allowed him to find Knowles who’s shot found the bottom corner. I should point out at this stage of the report – I didn’t actually see the goal as I was using the toilet facilities at the time – but I was reliably informed by the people around me that it was a cracking strike – apparently the best they’d ever seen!

Shortly afterwards Bromley won their first corner of the game on the left hand side which was crossed to the outside of the box and Yeovil gave away a free kick for handball in a dangerous position. The shot was deflected off the wall and out for another corner on the left hand side which was taken short but Bromley gave away a foul.

Yeovil won their first corner on 35 minutes on the right hand side which was taken short and then crossed into the center of the box but the ball was headed just wide.

Just before half time Bromley were given a way back into the game as they were awarded a penalty on 45 minutes. It was unclear as to what the penalty was given for but the Yeovil players weren’t aggrieved to see the referee point to the spot. Michael Cheek stepped up and slotted the ball past Grant Smith‘s left to pull the game level again.

Similarly to the game at Dagenham on Saturday – just when it looked like Yeovil would go in at the break all square they took the lead again. This time Charlie Wakefield found loads of space outside the Bromley penalty area and unleashed a cracking shot that flew into the top corner of the net. Apparently the first goal was even better – unfortunately I cannot be the judge of that!

Half time: Bromley 1 Yeovil Town 2

Bromley made a double substitution at half-time as Jude Arthurs was replaced by Liam Trotter and Louis Dennis was replaced by James Alabi.

It was always going to be a nervy second half for Yeovil. Playing away from home to a team that had gone 12 game unbeaten was never going to be an easy task. We had a slim advantage and needed to ensure that if we were to walk away from Hayes Lane with the win we’d have to put in an excellent shift in the second 45 minutes.

On 50 minutes Bromley won a corner on the right hand side which was crossed to the far post but Yeovil were able to defend the ball away.

Seven minutes later Yeovil were almost in dreamland as they very nearly increased their lead. Yeovil won a free kick just outside the are and Luke Wilkinson’s effort beat Mark Cousins but cannoned off the crossbar.

On 65 minutes Bromley won a succession of corners but on both occasions Yeovil were able to deal with the danger.

With 20 minutes left to play Bromley made their final substitution as George Alexander was replaced by Jack Cawley.

One minute later Bromley spurned a good chance to equalise as Omar Sowunmi put a low cross into the box which found Michael Cheek in the six yard box but he was unable to make a clean strike on the ball and Yeovil could breathe a sigh of relief.

Yeovil made their first substitution on 73 minutes as Tom Knowles was replaced by Morgan Williams.

The final 15 minutes saw Bromley dominate the game with Yeovil performing backs to the wall defending.

On 86 minutes Grant Smith came to Yeovil’s rescue as he was able to somehow hook the ball off the goal line from Omar Sowunmi’s header and protect Yeovil’s advantage.

Yeovil made their second and final substitution on 88 minutes as Sonny Blu Lo-Everton was replaced by Alex Bradley.

Five minutes of time was added on and after what felt like five years the referee blew the final whistle and Yeovil could celebrate a superb victory in front of the travelling support.

With thanks to Jake Farrant from the Green & White Supporters’ Club for allowing us to reproduce his match report.

 

 

Full time: Bromley 1 Yeovil Town 2

It says something about the form of team in the higher reaches of the National League, that Bromley are fifth in the form guide for the last six matches.

Stretch that to the last ten, however, and our opponents on Tuesday night are top.

In National League action, they have won seven and drawn three of their last ten and you have to go back to September 11 to find their last defeat, at the hands of a 90th minute winner from Boreham Wood.

There was a 3-0 FA Cup defeat away at Paul Warne’s Rotherham United a couple of weeks ago, but in league action Bromley are in good nick.

That said, they have drawn three of their last five and were behind twice against King’s Lynn Town on Saturday, which manager Andy Woodman put down to them not being nasty enough.

Speaking after they came back to win 3-2, the boss said: “I felt we got caught up trying to be this nicey, nicey team because of how they played which, with all due respect, that is not us.

“We have to fight and grapple and put balls in the areas and try and win knock-downs and bits and be a bit more ugly, that’s what I felt we needed.

“We kind of did that, we huffed and puffed as always and got the ball wide and got the crosses in and the result was there.”

As is customary, striker Michael Cheek is the Ravens’ talisman with 12 goals in 16 appearances, a record only surpassed by the division’s top scorer Chesterfield’s Kabongo Tshimanga.

Quite how Cheek has never played League football is something of a mystery and his scoring record of a goal every other game for Bromley can’t be surpassed by many.

Woodman’s position as manager is also something of a surprised after he looked set to take the vacant manager’s job at Hartlepool United a couple of weeks ago.

That led to Bromley issuing a statement insisting the former Newcastle United goalkeeper coach was “fully committed” to his current job which was followed by a further denial from Hartlepool that they were chasing him.

That said, he remains among the favourites for the job at the League Two side with some bookmakers, but remains in charge at Hayes Lane for now at least.

If you are heading to south east London on Tuesday night, don’t forget to check out our Ciderspace Away Travel Guide – here.


FROM THE MANAGER

Bromley manager Andy Woodman is not expecting an easy game when Yeovil Town visit Hayes Lane in midweek.

Asked about the visit of the Glovers after Saturday’s 3-2 home win over King’s Lynn, he said: “It’s not going to be easy, we need to be better and do things in a better manner and understand how teams are going to come here and try and stop us doing certain things.

“We need to be a little more streetwise and smarter about how we go about certain things which we will do, and we’ll pay Yeovil the respect we pay every team that comes here.

“We are prepared and we will do our homework and our due diligence to make sure we are ready for the game and it’ll be the 1% and 2%s that will be getting across the line in these games, which I am really chuffed about.


TEAM NEWS

Former Glovers’ defender Byron Webster will be suspended for the visit of his former club after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season at the weekend.

The 34-year-old, who was part of  Gary Johnson’s side promoted to the Championship in 2013, has been a regular fixture alongside fellow former Glover Omar Sowunmi in the heart of the Bromley defence.

 


A FOOT IN BOTH CAMPS

The absence of Byron Webster means that Omar Sowunmi is the only former Yeovil Town player likely to line up for Bromley.

The giant 26-year-old defender spent four years at Huish Park having been signed from from Lowestoft Town by Paul Sturrock who infamously said he believed he could make the ex-Ipswich Town striker “the next Kenwyne Jones”.

Suffice to say, despite some impressive performances, Omar’s time at Huish Park will be remembered for captaining the side which whimpered out of the Football League in 2018-19.

In the Yeovil Town camp, Charlie Wakefield will be looking to show his old employers what they have missed out on.

The former Chelsea youngster was released by Bromley in the summer having made just four starts after joining in January last season.

Other players with a foot in both camps include Courtney Duffus, who it appears did not appeal to Woodman having been ignored for much of last season and then shipped out to Morecambe.

Winger Iffy Allen is another having had a pretty iffy 12 match spell at Huish Park in 2015-16, before spending the 2017-18 campaign at Bromley.

Tickets are on sale for the  National League midweek visit to Bromley on Tuesday, November 23 (7.45pm kick-off).
They are on sale from The Ravens’ website – here.
Prices are:
Adults: £20
Concessions (Over 65, Student, Registered Disabled with carer free): £15
12-18 Years Old: £7
Under 12: £5

All the away provision at Hayes Lane is uncovered standing terrace. Any visiting fans with reason to require a seat should speak to a steward who will escort them to one of the (limited) number of seats reserved in the home South Stand for such contingencies.