7 November 2020

Preview: Bromley vs Yeovil Town (FA Cup)

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We welcome this weekend, all connected with Yeovil Town Football Club, who visit Hayes Lane for a 1st Round Proper FA Cup tie, for which this is the first meeting between our two Clubs in this particular competition.

We have met on two previous occasions in Cup competitions, and our visitors have been successful on both occasions.

The first of these came in 1988 on August Bank Holiday Monday, in the Isthmian League Charity Cup.  This was normally played as a pre-season opener between the League Champions and the League Cup Winners, but as Yeovil had won both competitions in the 1987/88 season, Bromley were invited – as League Runners Up – to fulfil the fixture.

A promising start to the game for Bromley turned into a total disaster in a nightmare final ten minutes, when the home side scored three times to run out four nil winners overall.

Yeovil opened the scoring in the first half when Mick Doherty capitalised on a poorly taken Bromley free kick to slot home pas the advancing Curtis Hayes; but Bromley should have levelled the scores before half time with Alan Scotting’s effort being deflected and Yeovil’s goalkeeper denying John Parry with a first class save.

The visitors dominated the second half for the first 30 minutes or so, when Paul Loughlin, Paul McMenemy and Scotting all missed gilt-edged chances.

It was in the final 10 minutes that it all went wrong for the Kent Club.  Firstly Paul Edwards handled, and Doherty converted to spot kick, before he completed his hat trick four minutes from time with a close range effort; and, in the 88th minute the Somerset Club added a fourth when Martyn Grimshaw scored with a header from a corner.

The second occasion came on 1st February 1992, when the West country Club visited Hayes Lane for a 2nd Round FA Trophy tie.  But a poor first half performance from Bromley put paid to any advancement in the Competition.  Although Yeovil were bottom of the Conference League at the time, two goals in the first 20 minutes effectively decided the tie.

Robbie Carroll opened the scoring in the 10th minute, and in the 19th minute it was 2-0.  After Carroll, Richard Cooper and Paul Wilson had missed open goals, Mickey Spencer fired home past an unsighted Curtis Hayes.

Although Bromley improved after the break, Hayes was called upon to make smart saves from Wilson and Carroll; before Bromley reduced the arrears in the 88th minute when Frankie Coles slammed home past his name sake in the Yeovil goal.

However, the visitors wrapped the game up when Spencer headed home at the far post, following two Yeovil corners, with the last action of the game.

The winners of today’s tie receive prize money of £16,972, whilst the losers get £5,659.

Words by John Self

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