TT MATCH PREVIEW
Steve Harris – @SteveHarris84
Match details: Torquay United versus Bromley
Venue: Plainmoor, Torquay
Date: Saturday 8th May 2021
Current form (all competitions):
Torquay United: W, W, D, W, W, W
Bromley: W, W, W, W, L, W
Torquay: Asa Hall 13
Bromley: Michael Cheek 22
Head to Head:
Last time the two teams met: Bromley 1-2 Torquay United, Saturday 10th October 2020
A stoppage-time penalty from Danny Wright earned Torquay a slender victory over Bromley.
Wright kept his cool from 12 yards as he opened his account for the Gulls as they bounced back from Tuesday’s 2-1 loss at Eastleigh to condemn Bromley to their first defeat.
Bromley took the lead in the 17th minute when experienced defender Byron Webster – who played under United manager Gary Johnson at Yeovil – found the bottom corner from the edge of the box.
Torquay levelled just after the hour mark, Plymouth Argyle loanee Adam Randell firedl home following Ben Wynter’s pass with a shot from the edge of the penalty area, before Bromley goalkeeper Mark Cousins saved well from Kyle Cameron moments later.
Aaron Nemane headed an effort just wide for Torquay but Wright made no mistake from the spot to snatch a dramatic win for the visitors.
Manager: Andy Woodman
One of the few goalkeepers to have turned his hand to management, Andy Woodman appeared for a host of clubs throughout his career including Crystal Palace, Exeter City, Northampton Town, Brentford and Oxford United before taking up coaching.
He succeeded Neil Smith as Ravens manager in March 2021, and has previously worked as goalkeeping coach at Premier League giants Arsenal as well as managing Whitehawk in National League South.
One to watch: Michael Cheek
Position: Centre Forward
Date of Birth: Aug 23, 1991 – 29 Years Old
Former Clubs: Stanway Rovers, Heybridge Swifts, Chelmsford City, Braintree, Dagenham and Redbridge, Ebbsfleet, Bromley
National League Stats 20-21: Played 37, Goals 20
A seasoned performer at National League level, Michael Cheek is currently the National League’s top scorer with 20 goals. Since making the step up to the National League in 2015 with Braintree under Danny Cowley, Cheek, 29, has found the back of the net on a regular basis for Braintree, Dagenham & Redbridge and Ebbsfleet United before signing for the Ravens at the start of the current campaign.
View from the Sofa by Sam Jones:
There are 4 games between us and a potential return to the Football League. After agent Mark Ellis helped Notts County to a stunning win over Sutton on Tuesday, the title is United’s to lose. We win four games, we win the title. Today’s game will be a tough one as Bromley are in very good form too, but these Gulls are special. A win today, and then a good result against Stockport and we’ll be on our way…
Ben Wynter – Sam Sherring – Gary Warren – Dean Moxey
Adam Randell – Asa Hall – Connor Lemonheigh-Evans – Jake Andrews
Billy Waters – Scott Boden
Joe Kizzi – Charlie Fox – Chris Bush – Alex Mitchell
Jude Arthurs – Billy Bingham – Luke Coulson – Jack Bridge
Michael Cheek – Ben Williamson