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Match details: Bromley FC versus Torquay United
Venue: Hayes Lane
Date: Saturday 9th October 2021
Current Form (last six):
Bromley: D, L, W, W, W, W
Torquay: L, L, W, D, W, L
Bromley: 5 Draws: 2 Torquay: 3
Bromley: Michael Cheek (8)
Torquay: Armani Little (5)
Bromley fact file:
Year founded: 1892
Nickname: The Ravens
Last season’s league finish: 7th in National League
National League South:
Winners: 1908-09, 1909-10, 1953-54, 1960-61
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.
Woodman had previously worked as goalkeeping coach at Premier League giants Arsenal and has also managed Whitehawk in National League South, and succeeded Neil Smith as Ravens’ manager in March 2021. He was able to make a positive impact on his appointment as Ravens boss, as they reached the National League play-offs with a seventh place finish in the league. They were then eliminated by Hartlepool United at the first stage.
Player to watch: Michael Cheek
A seasoned performer at National League level, Michael Cheek was the National League’s top scorer in the 2020-21 campaign. Since making the step up to the National League in 2015 with Braintree under Danny Cowley, Cheek, 30, 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. Cheek currently leads the way at the top of Bromley’s goal-scoring charts for the 2021-22 season with eight goals.
Date of Birth: 23rd August 1991 – 30 years-old
Former Clubs: Stanway Rovers, Heybridge Swifts, Chelmsford, Braintree, Dagenham, Ebbsfleet
National League Stats 21-22: Played 8, Goals 8, Yellow/Red Cards 2/0
Bromley FC: None
Torquay: Ben Wynter
Last meeting: Saturday 8th May 2021 – Torquay United 0 Bromley 0
National League leaders Torquay United saw their lead at the top of the table cut to two points as they were held to a goalless draw by play-off chasing Bromley.
Despite creating a host of chances including a gilt-edged one for Kimpioka in the last minutes of the game, the Gulls couldn’t break down a resolute Ravens’ side, who were one point adrift of the top seven.
Torquay United (4-4-2): Covolan; Wynter, Sherring, Lewis, Moxey; Randell, Hall, Lemonheigh-Evans, Andrews (Little 62) Waters (Kimpioka 62), Boden (Umerah 84)
Bromley (4-4-2): Cousins; Kizzi, Fox, Bush, Mitchell; Arthurs (Campbell 59), Bingham, Trotter, Coulson (Raymond 70); Cheek (Alabi 83), Williamson
Joe Partington – Chris Bush – Byron Webster
Billy Bingham – Jude Arthurs – Luke Coulson – Marcus Sablier – Corey Whitely
Michael Cheek – George Alexander
Torquay United (3-5-1-1)
Ben Wynter – Joe Lewis – Dean Moxey
Keelan O’Connell – Tom Lapslie – Armani Little – Asa Hall – Dan Martin
TT Pre-Match Talking Points:
Two away days in one week – can the boys bounce back from the defeat at Boreham Wood?
Will Alex Addai make a return this weekend?
Is Jake Andrews finally going to see some National League action in 2021-22?