9 February 2016

Report: Bromley 1-2 Grimsby Town

  • Men's

Bromley failed to bounce back following the dissapointing loss away to Cheltenham last week, this time losing out to The Marriners at Hayes Lane.

Neil Smith took charge of his first game since the departure of Mark Goldberg last week, and he made significant changes to the side that lost in Gloucestershire. Adam Coombes and Ali Fuseini returned to the starting eleven with new signing Reise Allassani handed his Bromley debut, hours after signing on loan for the club.

The first chance of the game fell to Nathan Arnold for the away side. Omar Bogle drove his way through the Bromley resistance before Arnold drove a shot towards goal. Bromley’s ever reliable shot stopper Alan Julian was on hand to push it away for a corner.

After a nervy few minutes Bromley went on to strike the first blood in the game after just 6 minutes. Sean Francis buried his header after some good wing play by Emmanuel who took on the Grimsby defence and floated a cross to the back post. Up untill this point, Julian had only been called upon once but Grimsby were fired into action following the set back. Backed by just under 400 travelling fans, Grimsby’s quality was showing with some slick passing moves and confident possession. The next chance however fell to Bromley. Cunnington rose above the Grimsby defence to meet an Allassani cross but he could only guide his header into the palms of McKeown.

A shaken up Bromley defence was coping well with the Grimsby attack and, with the absence of Rob Swaine, Jack Holland was alongside Sean Francis in the centre of defence. Just after the 30 minute mark however, Grimsby’s attacks were relentless with Bogle trying a speculative effort that went just wide. Minutes later and The Mariners were level. Arnold once again at the heart of the offence, his cross ricocheted off Francis and into the pass of Norris who sweetly struck the ball home. The Grimsby pressure continued right up until the interval with Julian once again denying the visitors, this time from an Amond strike.

The second half saw the game open up slightly more and the introduction of Ben May for Bromley was a welcome presence up front. Allassani provided a tempting cross for the substitute but his effort was charged down well by the Grimsby defence. Minutes later, Adam Coombes found his way into a shooting position but Grimsby’s captain, Craig Disley, blocked the shot leading it to loop dangerously over McKeown’s bar.

Bromley were still holding on well into the final ten minutes of the match but any hope of getting points out of the game was lost 6 minutes from time. A free kick, won out of a rather opinion splitting tackle, was floated in by Arnold and was met by substitute John-Paul Pitman at the back post.

Bromley sit in 14th place in the National League and are 10 points above the drop zone. Attention turns to our away trip to Wrexham this Saturday with the chance to replicate our opening day win against the Welsh side.

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