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Match details: Bromley FC V Torquay United – National League
Venue: Hayes Lane
Date: Saturday 10th October 2020
Previous NL form:
Bromley FC: W
Torquay United: W – L
Last time the two teams met: Bromley FC 3-3 Torquay United – 10th August 2020, National League
Frankie Raymond scored directly from a corner to secure a draw for Bromley in a six-goal thriller, which proved to be a topsy turvy encounter.
Jack Holland opened the scoring for the Ravens in the first minute with a header, but United levelled through Jamie Reid who made no mistake from the penalty spot. Defender Joe Kizzi restored the hosts’ lead on the stroke of half-time, when he pounced on the rebound after Holland had headed against the bar.
Torquay nabbed their second equaliser through Connor Lemonheigh-Evans, and led after a strike from Jake Andrews midway through the second half. Raymond’s dramatic intervention, however, levelled things up once and for all, as the constant driving winds only contributed to the intrigue.
Manager: Neil Smith
After starting his playing career with Tottenham Hotspur, Neil Smith made his name in the lower leagues as a midfielder with Gillingham, Fulham, Reading and Woking amongst others. As a manager, Smith had a caretaker spell in charge of Woking before managing Welling United. He initially joined the Ravens as assistant manager to Mark Goldberg, who he replaced as Ravens boss in April 2016, after a successful spell at caretaker manager. During this time, he has firmly established Bromley as a National League outfit.
One to watch: Ben Williamson
After being given a second chance in the professional game through the Glenn Hoddle Academy in Spain, Ben Williamson re-ignited his career with spells at AFC Bournemouth and Hyde in the National League North. He then made his mark in the Football League with stints at Port Vale, Gillingham and Cambridge United before returning to the non-league game in 2017 with Eastleigh. Two years later, he made the move to Hayes Lane and he was on target in the Ravens’ 4-1 win over Dover Athletic in their opening fixture of the 2020-21 season.
Notable previous fixture: Bromley 0-2 Torquay United – 16th April 16, National League
The Gulls secured an amazing great escape at Hayes Lane, with goals from Angus Mac and Courtney Richards delighting the travelling Yellow Army and securing another season in the Conference for Kevin Nicholson’s team.
Kory Roberts – Byron Webster – Chris Bush
Joe Kizzi – Harry Forster – Frankie Raymond – Jack Holland – Billy Bingham
Ben Williamson – Michael Cheek
Ben Wynter – Kyle Cameron – Sam Sherring
Matt Buse – Aaron Nemane – Asa Hall – Jake Andrews – Ben Whitfield
Danny Wright – Josh Umerah