The TT Match Verdict: Bromley FC 1-2 TUFC – 10th Oct 20

TT MATCH VERDICT

Joe Uglow

Joe Uglow – @Joe_Ugs

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Summary:

The Yellows bounced back from the disappointing midweek loss against Eastleigh to clinch a last gasp 2-1 win, after a dominant second half performance at Hayes Lane.

Torquay started well, enjoying lots of possession without really threatening, with lots of sloppy play in the final third. Chances proved hard to come by for either side with the Bromley danger man; Harry Forster looking the most likely to score.

The deadlock was finally broken in the 17th minute; Torquay failed to clear a Bromley corner from the right hand side, and centre half Byron Webster, turned and struck the ball low into the bottom corner from the edge of the box, 1-0 Bromley.

Although Torquay carried on enjoying much of the possession, clear-cut chances were fairly non-existent for either side, Danny Wright coming closest with a very tame header straight at Bromley keeper Mark Cousins.

Half time came and it was clear GJ had to get into the players at half time in order to salvage something from the game.

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Whatever GJ said at half time had clearly worked, the Yellows came out much sharper in the second half, carving out numerous chances. Whitfield went close from the edge of the area, then Nemane had a good shot well saved, Bromley managing to clear their lines just as it looked like Danny Wright might pounce on the rebound.

Bromley were still a threat though and Harry Forster went close in the 59th Minute as he rode Andrews’ challenge, coming in off the right wing and just firing over.

Torquay kept on going and got their just rewards in the 60th minute, Wynter drove down the right wing and played it across to Adam Rendall, one touch then bang! The ball flew into the top corner from 25 yards, It was some strike and no more than the gulls deserved! 1-1.

A minute later it was nearly 2. A Torquay corner found Randell on the edge of the area and he struck the ball on the half volley towards goal. The ball was so nearly directed in by Kyle Cameron, the Bromley keeper managing to somehow tip it over.

Torquay would go close again twice more, Andrews hitting just over from the edge of the area and then minutes later, Aaron Nemane stealing in at the back post but heading just wide with the goal at his mercy.

Just as it looked like we would have to settle for 1 point, a Torquay corner was sent over in the 91st minute, pinball in the area ensued and Gary Warren was brought down as the referee signalled for a penalty. In truth it looked incredibly harsh but no one in a yellow shirt was complaining!

Danny Wright stepped up, and with virtually the last kick of the game, sent the keeper the wrong way and secured all 3 points for Torquay. 2 wins from 3 tough games for the Gulls, a fairly decent start especially considering the number of first team options unavailable in the first week of the season!

Player Ratings:

Lucas Covolan – 7 – Solid, couldn’t do much with the goal. Not sure my heart can take much more of his footwork at the back though!

Ben Wynter – 7 – Easily one of our most consistent players, did his job both defensively & going forward.

Sam Sherring – 7 – Solid, dealt with Michael Cheek well.

Kyle Cameron – 7 – Solid, looked good at left back when he moved there for the last 20 minutes as well.

Jake Andrews  – 7 – Much improved from Jake in an unfamiliar position, grew into the game as it went on.

Aaron Nemane – 8 – Much improved this season, looked our most dangerous option going forward today.

Connor Lemonheigh-Evans – 6 – Didn’t always come off for him today, but he didn’t shy away from getting on the ball, can do a lot better though.

Adam Randell – 9 – An incredibly assured performance from the loanee; keen to get on the ball, always chose the best option, and you can clearly see he’s a talented footballer. Capped off a good performance with a goal of the season contender.

Ben Whitfield – 6 – Plenty of endeavour & energy from Whits, as we’ve come to expect, but he lacked end product today. He’ll know that and I’m sure it won’t be long until he’s back to his best.

Louis Britton – 5 – Wasn’t in the game, barely contributed, a tough day for our strike pair against 3 experienced centre halves.

Danny Wright – 6 – Didn’t win his headers and struggled to retain the ball when it was played into him BUT massive balls of steel to step up and tuck the penalty away at the end. Needs to do better, but I’m sure he’s aware of that.

Subs:

Gary Warren – 7 – Gary came on and looked assured, did well to get in between the ball and the Bromley defender to win the penalty.

Olaf Koszela – N/A – Nice cameo from Olaf, showed some sharp touches.

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Man of the Match: Adam Randell

He was superb today, always looking to get on the ball and always made the right decisions. An absolute brilliant goal as well, gave their keeper no chance. Let’s hope we can turn his month loan into a season long deal!

Honourable Mentions:

Danny Wright – In truth, he wasn’t brilliant today and struggled even to hold the ball up and win headers, but fair play, he stepped up and struck the last-minute penalty away with no issues. Nerves of steel!

Tactics:

Back to the trusted 4-4-2 today, and we looked a lot more comfortable. Andrews slotted in at left back with Whitfield and Nemane providing the width in midfield. Sherring and Cameron look to be forming quite a promising partnership in the centre of the defence as well. I’d like to see us persist with this, with Moxey coming back in for Andrews.

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The Officials:

The officials seemed to let a few things go first half but overall no major complaints. Bromley will feel a little aggrieved with the penalty at the end as it did appear a little soft.

The Opposition:

Bromley will be top half come the end of the season and are no mugs. In Harry Forster they have one of the most dangerous wingers in the league and their left wing back; Corey Roberts also impressed. Having not beaten them since the 2016 great escape, it was nice to finally beat them again.

Key Moment:

91st min penalty – A massive decision by the ref. At first I wasn’t sure if it was for handball or a foul, but either way I wasn’t complaining. A lack of fans in the ground probably helped relieve some of the pressure on Danny Wright. Having barely had a sniff all game he struck the penalty away with no problem. It was no more than we deserved!

Conclusion:

A solid away performance, we enjoyed much of the possession first half without really threatening the Bromley goal, Second half though, we could have scored 2 or 3 before the penalty at the end. Still plenty of room for improvement, especially upfront, but with players like Moxey, Little & Nelson still to return there’s reason to be positive. And just a word on the stream, brilliant coverage from Bromley today. Multiple camera angles, highlights throughout half time and again at full time as well as manager and player interviews, well worth a tenner!

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