1 April 2023

Report & Reaction: Bromley vs Solihull Moors

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Report & Reaction: Bromley vs Solihull Moors

The Ravens piled on pressure in the early stages and almost took the lead when Louis Dennis and Corey Whitely linked up before the latter poked a shot inches wide.

Bromley did break the dead-lock soon after though as Bes Topalloj was challenged in the box and Michael Cheek stepped up and fired into the bottom left corner to make it 1-0.

Dennis almost made it two on the half-hour mark, but his shot was saved by Ryan Boot.

Reice Charles-Cook was first called into action on 33 minutes, superbly stopping Callum Howe from equalising after a visitors’ corner was swung into the box.

That missed chance proved costly as Bromley made it 2-0 just before the break as Topalloj’s through-ball found the feet of Whitely who cooly slid it past Boot in the Solihull net.

The dynamic duo of Whitely and Dennis continued to wreak havoc, and more drama followed 54 minutes in, as a rash challenge in the penalty area from Junior Tiensia on Bromley virtuoso Whitely saw the number 33 booked for the second time, culminating in the forward heading for the tunnel. Up stepped Cheek from the spot once more, and the prolific striker had no trouble in finding the back of the net, etching his name into the scoresheet once more for his twelfth of the season.

Whitely continued to cause problems for the Moors, and a slice of clever link up play between the number 18 and Besart Topalloj saw the latter ghost behind the Solihull backline, only thwarted by a timely gather from ‘keeper Ryan Boot.

Boot was called into action seconds later, denying James Vennings from long range. Whitely gave him no time to admire his save, and forced him into a second one, following a powerful strike from the Bromley winger.

The Ravens’ relentlessness saw chance after chance flow, spearheaded by Cheek, who seemed hungry for the hat-trick.

A low shot from Vennings 80 minutes in illustrated the Ravens’ desire for a fourth, the number 21’s teasing effort inching just wide of the post. Vennings featured minutes later, with his hanging cross narrowly evading anyone in black and white.

Substitute Harry Forster’s injection of pace proved irreplaceable once more, and after some luscious interplay from the hosts, the number 19 steered past two Solihull defenders before firing home past a defenceless Boot between the sticks, adding a fourth to Bromley’s inventory of goals.

A fifth nearly arrived for the Ravens, after Whitely’s saved effort recycled itself to Vennings, with his shot forcing a corner.

The referee’s whistle marked the end of an outstanding afternoon for Bromley, a four goal flurry at Hayes Lane to spark the playoff push into life, with Andy Woodman’s side sat eighth in the league, only three points of a magical playoff place. A loss for the Moors sees them rooted tenth in the league, with any hopes of a playoff spot looking extremely slim.

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