TT MATCH VERDICT
Harry Lovering – @HLovering1999
I must admit, not what I had expected going into this game- a 0-0 draw! A gutsy performance but one which left United feeling very frustrated at the end as we had enough chances to win it but just couldn’t put one away. I think we lacked the ruthlessness we had in past games and, despite the intent to score and energy still being present, we just didn’t have enough on the day.
A fairly lively start by United left Boden wondering how the ball didn’t land in back of the net after a cool chip over Bromley keeper Cousins, but the inside of the post didn’t seem to like us very much as the ball rather frustratingly bounced back into their box and away from the goal, with no United player to follow it in. Another good chance went begging as some good link up between Wynter and Randell on the right wing left Wynter through on goal but, after the ball finally came to Andrews in the box, it was blocked by a Bromley man. I was really left thinking Wynter should’ve backed himself to shoot across the goal in this position instead of pulling it back!
Towards the end of the first half and early second half Bromley were really starting to show why they are where they are in the table. They certainly know how to run down the clock and frustrate good teams by reducing them to little opportunities. They were blocking near enough everything coming into their box and were getting very dangerous on the counter-attack after picking us off in midfield numerous times. The wind and rain certainly wasn’t helping matters either as Plainmoor was battered by horrendous conditions on the day, making it very difficult to judge where the ball would land and the pace of the ball.
Bromley had a good few chances of their own coming into the second half, with a dangerous cross into United’s box being ever so close to Cheek’s glancing head as Bromley were looking for a winner themselves. But after a slow start to the second half, United upped the gears and really went for it for the remainder of the half to do all they could to get a goal and win the game. Sam Sherring’s glancing header from a corner went narrowly wide and an Asa Hall shot from the edge of the got blocked by Bush. United needed some fresh legs; on came Little for Andrews and Mbunga-Kimpioka for Waters. United were still looking for that all important goal and they came close once more when Lemonheigh-Evans was able to shrug off Bush at the back for Bromley and dart into the box, but again his pull back did not find a United man and was turned away for a throw-in. Again, I was left frustrated as when we had penetrated past their back line through on goal (and that wasn’t very often yesterday), we didn’t make enough of the chance!
United had enough corners in the second half, most of which were blocked or headed away by a Bromley man. Credit has to go to Bromley for this as they prevented us getting the ball into dangerous areas to create a real quality chance. A lot of United’s crosses were too deep and hit with far too much gusto as the wind was taking them right across the goal and out for Bromley goal kicks and throw ins. United were having a lot of possession and controlling large parts of the game at the edge of the Bromley box, but they couldn’t find that all-important pass to put United through on goal one on one.
James Alabi, previously of Chester, then came on for Bromley (replacing Cheek) giving them some much needed pace up front which was causing United some problems after getting picked off in the midfield. Alongside that, Josh Umerah replaced Boden for United. Minutes were ticking by and as the 4 minutes additional time came up on the fourth officials board United fans were desperately hoping for some more ‘Gary time’ to grace Plainmoor. And that magical moment very nearly came; Benji Kimpioka was able to take the ball down and pounce on some poor Bromley defending and as the goal opened up with only Cousins to beat, Benji could only hit his shot straight at the Bromley keeper. What a moment that could have been!
As the whistle blew for full time, United fans, Gary and the players were left very frustrated after all their hard work and energy (especially in the second half) had only rewarded a point in the end. United created enough chances on the day to win the game but lacked that ‘ruthlessness’ to get on the end of one of the chances we had. Bromley did very well at frustrating us and reduced our quality chances to just a few, but United didn’t make enough of the opportunities we did have. That being said, we played fairly well as we defended resolutely at the back and still created some good chances.
United need to rest up and dust themselves down to go again next Sunday lunchtime in a massive game against Stockport at Edgeley Park. Lets hope Woking and Dagenham can do us a massive favour on Tuesday, but the important thing is United must show that ‘ruthlessness’ again against Stockport on Sunday to get 3 points up there.
It is far from over yet!
Lucas Covolan: 8/10- Lucas had a good game, without having to do too much in the goal. His distribution and claiming from corners was fairly good. Although he did have a few wobbles in the game; coming out to claim the ball from a free kick and corner and getting caught in ‘no man’s land’.
Ben Wynter: 7/10- He has certainly stepped up over recent weeks and is getting back to his usual self after his injury. Ben attacked well this game and had some very tidy link up play with Randall and Hall. He did get caught out a few times from crosses at the back but overall had a sound performance. I would’ve liked to have seen him have a shot when he was through on goal rather than pulling it back.
Sam Sherring- 8/10- MOTM- A constantly good performer. Sam had a very good game at the back like he always seems to. He was good in the air, made some good tackles at crucial points and was calm and composed on the ball at the back. Another clean sheet. A deserved MOTM award from me.
Joe Lewis- 6/10- It was good to see Lewis back from injury, although I didn’t personally think he had the best of games. The wind was certainly a factor in this, but he mis-judged a few over the top balls and got caught in the air having to track-back and take the ball out of play on a few occasions. Solid in the air.
Dean Moxey- 6/10- I didn’t think this was one of Moxey’s best games, although he still had a solid performance. I thought he got caught on a few occasions whilst he pushed up the pitch and left the left-hand side a bit exposed. That being said, a decent performance from an experienced player that has played very well in recent weeks.
Adam Randell- 7.5/10- This young lad has been at the heart of all our good play and results this season and deserves a lot of credit. He will know it wasn’t his best game but still played well, created some opportunities with his quick one-twos in the midfield and crosses from the right.
Asa Hall- 7/10- A good performance from Asa in the midfield. Put in some good challenges and does the hard work in the defensive midfield role he thrives on. As did most of the midfield, he lost the ball a few times as and got picked off by them a bit, but overall a good solid performance from our captain.
Connor Lemonheigh-Evans- 8/10- A very good performance again from the Lemon. He knows how to run at defenders and cause them a problem or two. Got in behind them a few times under pressure but just couldn’t find the killer pass or shot. Has really shown us his energy and determination in recent weeks, a very talented player that we need to keep hold of in the summer!
Jake Andrews- 6.5/10- Jake certainly didn’t have the best of games out on the left. I thought his crossing was ill-judged at times, although the wind was a factor in that. Lets hope we see more of him in weeks to come as we know what he can do!
Billy Waters- 6.5/10- Billy has really stepped up to the plate and grabbed his opportunity with both hands over recent weeks. Wasn’t his best performance out there but little opportunities were really coming his way because of the resolute Bromley defence. Certainly more to come from Billy over the last 3 games…
Scott Boden- 7/10- Not a bad game from Scott. He had his big chance which he did well to create in the first half; it deserved to go in in my book! Didn’t really get all that much service as Bromley proved a hard nut to crack but he certainly holds the ball up well and has the ability to get on the end of things put his way!
Benji Mbunga-Kimpioka- 6/10- A player full of energy and determination, and I cannot fault that! But unfortunately his composure and experience lacks, and that chance unfortunately for me couldn’t have fallen to a worse man in the dying moments of the game. Keep your head up Benji, because as Gary says your goal will come!
Armani Little- 7/10- I thought he came on and did fairly well, making some good link up play with Asa and putting in some good crosses. We all know Armani can be a handful when fully fit, and lets hope we can see more of that in these last 3 games!
Josh Umerah- N/A- Didn’t see all that much of Josh in this game so I cannot really comment on his overall performance.
Additional Material by Matty Hayward
Man of the Match – Sam Sherring
I agree with Harry on this one. Nobody was anywhere near their best, but the centre-back pairing did OK and kept the league’s top scorer quiet. Sherring’s header was decent, and he kept his composure when Covolan’s fannying very nearly led to being dispossessed in a dangerous area, so he probably shades it.
4-4-2 again, Boden back in from the start having done plenty of running in the Chesterfield stand. Lewis returned to the heart of defence, with Warren missing out altogether. Little came on for Andrews on the left and was expectedly ineffective there. Neither Benji nor Umerah added much either.
Bromley are in really good nick, and were always going to be a challenging opposition. They are also, across the park, massive, which probably didn’t help our cause on a blustery day. A point against them isn’t a disaster, but they’re not really very good.
We had a couple of half-hearted penalty shouts. Neither were particularly strong from what I could see, but you could probably file the Waters one in the “seen ‘em given” category. Would’ve been soft, though.
This is no disaster. It would’ve been nice to have stayed in the driving seat and mount the pressure on Sutton. It would’ve been nice to go into Stockport (a) without having to go there and win. But every team was always going to drop points in the run-in, and Bromley are a difficult side to beat. Gary knows what he’s doing, and these players are good enough to go to Stockport and win. So we plod on, plod on, with hope in our hearts.
COYY – Harry and Matty