14 January 2023

Report & Reaction: Bromley 4-1 Yeovil Town

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Report & Reaction: Bromley 4-1 Yeovil Town

Bromley faced an 18th placed Yeovil side, previously unbeaten in seven league games and looking to have turned the corner after a poor start to the season, with the Ravens hoping to extend their three game unbeaten streak at Hayes Lane and they did exactly that.

Louis Dennis kick-started the match, and two minutes in, a clash of heads between James Vennings and Yeovil skipper Josh Staunton brought the game to a halt, with treatment following for both players. 

Reice Charles-Cook restarted play, and any qualms of a cagey affair were quickly diminished, with a ninth minute deflected strike from Dennis edging the Bromley Boys in front, extinguishing Yeovil’s hopes of a second consecutive clean sheet. 

Andy Woodman’s men continued the surge, and a curling Ethan Coleman strike forced a corner for Bromley, followed by a chance for loanee Besart Topalloj to double the Ravens’ lead, his header narrowly clearing the crossbar.  

The Glovers’ danger man and joint top scorer Alex Fisher exhibited his quality in the 23rd minute, with a run in behind Bromley skipper Byron Webster, but any chance of an attack was ceased after a reckless shot from full back Jamie Reckford sailed over. Another Yeovil chance followed, matched by a challenge from young Bromley full back Kellen Fisher on Andrew Oluwabori to steady the ship. Jordan Maguire-Drew introduced himself into the action with a powerful header, forcing a spectacular stop from an in-form Charles-Cook. 

Oluwabori continued to prove dangerous with a long ball providing him with the opportunity to get in behind the Bromley back line, but a Kellen Fisher recovery was enough to hinder him – a superb start for the youngster. 

Bromley’s quality was rewarded in the 32nd minute, when a Dennis and Corey Whitely linkup culminated in a powerful half volley from Millwall loanee Topalloj nestling into Grant Smith’s net, and commencing further celebrations from the Bromley faithful.  

A quick restart saw Yeovil eager to recover, and Reice Charles Cook proved his excellence once again, with a fantastic save preventing Maguire-Drew from hoisting his team back into the game. Oluwabori came close again, but a lack of composure from the number 27 saw his shot fly wide of the post – most of Yeovil’s chances seemed to involve the tricky winger. 

A corner on the stroke of half time seemed the perfect opportunity for Yeovil to propel themselves back into the game, but the sea of pink and purple struggled to find a way past the Bromley ‘keeper. At the other end, Michael Cheek seemed eager to mark his contract extension with a goal and tighten the reigns on Bromley’s lead, but a goal line clearance to match his effort prevented him from being able to do so.  

Both sides raced out of the blocks in the second half, with chances at either end, and some excellent Oluwabori footwork allowed space for him to whip a ball in, which was dutifully met by Matt Worthington. The joy was short lived however, with the linesman’s flag cutting through the cheers of the Yeovil supporters. 

Yeovil were evidently under the cosh, and a thunderous Fisher strike in the 57th minute graced the crossbar, evoking an added layer of excitement from the Bromley fans behind the goal. 

Bromley’s relentlessness paid off in the 63rd minute, when Bromley legend and Man of the Match Dennis added to his tally of five league goals for the season, seemingly putting the game to bed. This third goal for Bromley marked the most goals that Yeovil had conceded all season, the icing on the cake for Andy Woodman’s side. 

However, a ball over the top to Alex Fisher three minutes later saw the frontman present the ball on a plate for Oluwabori, who tucked the ball into Charles-Cook’s net, denying him a clean sheet. 

Bromley continued to apply pressure on Yeovil, not allowing them to get a foothold in the game, and a fourth goal awaited them – a late Whitely strike was the cherry on top after a goalmouth scramble that saw his first effort saved. The first time that the Glovers have conceded four in the league since May 2021. 

This emphatic win sees Bromley move up to eighth in the league, whilst Yeovil remain rooted in 18th, their seven game unbeaten streak snatched away by the Ravens. 

Written by Daniel Catlin

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