16 April 2016

Full Time: Bromley 0-2 Torquay United

  • Men's

Bromley played host to Torquay United on Saturday with The Gulls travelling up from the South West looking to secure their National League status.
Neil Smith’s side were still plighted with injury with Pierre Joseph-Dubois needed to fill in defence but Smith could welcome back Adam Cunnington to the starting eleven.

The opening moments saw little action but Torquay looked a side in form and certainly had the impotence to win all three points. And on 11 minutes The Gulls took their first step to securing the win, a corner was swung in from the left and captain, Angus MacDonald rose above everyone to head Torquay into the lead. The opener sparked crazed celebrations in the away end with over 500 making the trip up from Torquay.

Bromley only managed to put together a couple of half chances in the first period. Ali Fuseini had a strike from 25 yards which went well wide of Brendan Moore’s goal only for Joe Anderson to try from a similar distance, moments later. However, his low strike failed to test the Torquay keeper who collected the shot with relative ease.

Bromley were forced into a substitution before the interval, Lee Minshull picked up an injury which further adds to the list of first teamers that are unable to play in the closing stages of the season. Jordan Higgs was introduced as his replacement with Bromley going into the break a goal down to a side that clearly cared more for the points at stake.

Minutes after the restart, the home side found themselves down to ten men with Ali Fuseini receiving a second booking from referee, Craig Hicks. The midfielder talked his way into the booking, leaving Bromley in a position where they would be unlikely to form any sort of comeback against a team still fighting for their position in this league.

Bradley Goldberg was one of few for Bromley that posed some threat, he had two chances in fairly quick succession once being denied by Moore and then by the crossbar. His first chance came after a run through the right wing, he then cut in and hit a shot at goal only for Moore to get a defining touch sending the ball out for a corner. Goldberg’s second chance came from a similar break, he then struck a powerful strike which crashed against the Torquay crossbar.

Torquay rounded off their win with a great free kick from Courtney Richards finding the back of the net from 20 yards. His strike curled up and round the wall and into the near post which secured all three points for The Gulls. Bromley went close through Jack Holland in the dying embers after the England C man headed over from a Joe Anderson corner. The win see’s Torquay move onto 50 points and book their place in the National League next season.

Full Time: Bromley 0-2 Torquay United

Bromley XI: Julian, Anderson, Holland, Swaine, Joseph-Dubois, Coombes, Minshull, Fuseini, Emmanuel, Cunnington, Goldberg

Subs: Crean, Stanic-Stewart, Gordon, O’Connor, Higgs

Torquay United XI: Moore, Verma, Gerring, MacDonald, Butler, Young, Rees, Richards, Allen, Blissett, Harrard

Subs: Fisher, Geohaghon, Ajala, Chaney, Wright