8 May 2021

Report: Torquay United 0-0 Bromley

  • Men's

Bromley made the trip to Devon on a drizzily and windy Saturday afternoon to take on League leaders Torquay United at Plainmoor, with both sides enjoying a fine run of form of late.

The match took place in front of the BT Sport cameras, and Bromley were aiming to keep up their excellent record on the TV screens, having not lost a BT Sport fixture since January 2020.

The hosts started on the front foot, and were inches away from taking a third minute lead. Scott Boden was first to reach a loose ball into the box and chipped the onrushing Mark Cousins, only to see his effort cannon off the post before being cleared to safety.

Two minutes later, excellent work from Luke Coulson allowed him to keep the ball in play out wide on the left and cross into Jude Arthurs, but the man searching for his third goal in as many games could only find the side netting.

Mark Cousins had to be alert on two occasions just a minute apart, as he comfortably denied Jake Andrews’ effort from 20 yards, before making a smart save to deny his fierce effort from inside the box seconds later.

Andrews would then try his luck from 25 yards after being found with a short free kick, but could only direct his effort straight at Cousins.

It was the hosts who would have most of the attacking play in the first half, but they failed to create any further threat to the Bromley goal in the first half, and the Ravens saw it through to half time with the scores level.

The second half was more of the same, with Bromley displaying character in abundance throughout, thwarting a number of attacks.

Despite this, the first chance of the second half fell to the Ravens, as less than a minute in, the remnants of a corner fell to Arthurs on the edge of the box, but he fired high over the crossbar.

Ten minutes later, Asa Hall went close for the hosts, but saw his heavily deflected effort fielded by Cousins with relative ease. On the hour mark, Coulson would whip an inch perfect cross into the box which required only the slightest of touches from Michael Cheek, but the Ravens’ top scorer couldn’t reach the ball.

With 25 minutes left on the clock, the Gulls threatened from two consecutive corners. Sam Sherring reached the first one with a diving header, but diverted it across goal and inches wide, before Boden headed into the side netting at the back post. Four minutes later, substitute Benjamin Kimpioka forced Cousins into a smart but fairly standard save, as he stabbed a cross goalwards from six yards out.

At the other end, Lucas Covolan nervously backpeddled towards goal to tip substitute Frankie Raymond’s deep free kick over the bar, before Charlie Fox headed over from a good position after reaching Raymond’s resulting corner.

There was time for one more chance, deep into injury time, as Kimpioka went one on one with Cousins, only for Bromley’s number one to make a fantastic, low block to ensure it was two clean sheets in as many games for the Ravens, and a hard earned point on the road.

Bromley XI: Cousins, Kizzi, Fox, Bingham, Bush (C), Coulson (Raymond), Cheek (Alabi), Trotter, Williamson, Arthurs (Campbell), Mitchell

Unused substitutes: Holland, Najia (GK)

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