23 April 2016

FULL TIME: Gateshead 3-1 Bromley

  • Men's

3-1 at The Gateshead International Stadium with Adam Coombes netting the goal for the away side.

Bromley once again had to set up with a slightly weakened side, however, Neil Smith was able to re-introduce Ben Chorley into the starting 11 who partnered youngster, Jordan Higgs in the centre of midfield. Out missing were; Louis Dennis, Lee Minshull, Alex Wall, Moses Emmanuel and Ali Fuesini.

Despite the weakened line up, The Ravens had the first chance of the match with less than two minutes on the clock. Rohdell Gordon had a free-kick which forced an early save from Gateshead shot-stopper, Sam Russell.

Following the opening attempt, Gateshead were able to take control of the tie. With 10 minutes gone, Ryan Bowman forced a diving save from Bromley ‘keeper Alan Julian after Gillies’ pinpoint cross from the right wing.

Gateshead were looking the side most likely to score and they duly went in front on twelve minutes. CJ Hamilton cut the ball back to Johnson who managed to get a shot away which found the bottom corner, that was his 12th goal of the season.

Paul Rodgers was back in the Bromley side after seeing out his ban following his sending off against Guiseley. His time away from first team action was evident as he was struggling to keep up with Hamilton who caused him a great deal of issue throughout the match. The Gateshead winger played a similar move to the goal minutes after the opener, he drove down the wing and crossed for goal scorer, Johnson who was unable to get his strike on target.

The Tynesiders had to do without Ryan Bowman for 78 minutes after he went off injured to be replaced by Rob Ramshaw. This didn’t cause Gateshead any problems however as they manged well without their top goal scorer. They went on to double their lead in the 24th minute following some poor defending from a corner, Gillies struck home for Gateshead which all but put the tie out of reach for The Ravens.

Gillies almost put the home side 3-0 up before half time but Julian was on hand to save the blushes of the Bromley defence as he palmed away the effort.

The away side struggled to create any clear-cut opportunities throughout the rest of the first period and were certainly missing the large number of players out injured, notably Moses Emmanuel was absent who has been the forefront of the Bromley attack this season

Bromley were able to give the 120 travelling supporters some means to celebrate just after half time, Adam Coombes latched onto a perfectly executed Jordan Higgs pass and rounded Russell in the Gateshead goal.

Chances were indeed hard to come by in the second half as Bromley looked to try and salvage something from the game.

Alan Julian continued to keep Bromley in the game at one end, he denied Johnson who had a wonderful opportunity to restore the Tynesiders’ two-goal advantage with twenty minutes left to play.
The home side were then able to put themselves three up with less than 15 minutes to play. Gillies, who had been largely influential in the game, was able to find the bottom corner from a tight angle for his second goal of the match

Bromley struggled defensively but with injuries still causing issues to the squad, Neil Smith has had to put together rather make-shift teams of late. The Ravens will attempt to get their first win under Smith after his full time appointment at home to Aldershot on Saturday.

FULL TIME: Gateshead 3-1 Bromley

Gateshead XI: Russell, Baxter, Pattison, Clark, (Chandler, 88), Gillies, Mafuta, Holden, Bowman (Ramshaw, 22), Johnson, Hamilton, Whitmore.
Subs: Chandler, Ramshaw, MacDonald, Onovwigun, Kanda

Bromley XI: Julian, Swaine, Holland, Joseph-Dubois (O’Connor, 69), Goldberg, Cunnington (Coombes, 46), Rodgers, Anderson, Chorley (Stanic-Stewart, 89), Gordon, Higgs.
Subs: Coombes, O’Connor, Stanic-Stewart, Crean, Francis.

Attendance: 865 (120 away supporters)