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Match details: Torquay United versus Bromley FC
Date: Saturday 5th March 2022
Current Form (last six):
Torquay: L – W – W – D – D – D
Bromley: W – W – L – W – L – D
Torquay: Armani Little (10)
Bromley: Michael Cheek (16)
Bromley FC 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 eliminator stage.
In the 2021-22 season, he has further increased his managerial reputation and recently turned down an approach from League One side Gillingham.
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, 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. Cheek currently leads the way at the top of Bromley’s goal scoring charts for the 2021-22 season with 16 goals.
Date of Birth: 23rd August 1991 – 30 Years Old
Former Clubs: Stanway, Heybridge, Chelmsford, Braintree, Dagenham, Ebbsfleet
National League Stats 21-22: Played 28, Goals 16, Yellow/Red Cards 4/0
Last meeting: Saturday 9th October 2021, Bromley FC 2-0 Torquay United
Torquay United were no match for bang-in-form Bromley and slipped to their second 2-0 away defeat in the space of five days as the Ravens won for the fifth successive game in front of BT Sport cameras at Hayes Lane.
Gary Johnson’s Gulls, who had lost by the same score-line at Boreham Wood on Tuesday night, posed little threat to Bromley, who strengthened their promotion push with first-half goals by Marcus Sablier (17mins) and defender Omar Sowunmi (36).
Bromley (4-4-2): Cousins; Webster, Bush, Sowumni; Coulson, Bingham, Trotter (Skeffington 79), Sablier (Dennis 63), Whiteley; Cheek, Alexander (Alabi 57)
Torquay United (3-5-2): MacDonald; Wynter, Lewis, Moxey; Johnson, Little, Hall, Lapslie, Martin (O’Connell 66); Lemonheigh-Evans, Holman (Lolos 56)