Thursday 01st September 2005

Bromley high on confidence ahead of Aldershot showdown

Saturday 15th
October 2005
FA Trophy
First Qualifying Round
Colin Head reports from The Homelands
Ashford Town 0  
Bromley 2 Logan 28
Locke 41

Bromley made their way through to the next round of the FA Trophy with a professional display away at Ryman Division One strugglers Ashford Town, writes Colin Head.

Any fears of a hang over from their FA Cup win at Mangotsfield United on Tuesday night were misplaced as The Ravens completed their task comfortably once they eventually broke through the home sides hard working defence.

The game started slowly, with both sides having spells of possession, Joe Vines came close when heading a Sam Wood corner just wide and at the other end Andy Walker saved well from Boorman’s long drive.

Allan McLeod had to go off injured and was replaced by Fraser Logan, soon after Boateng forced a good save out of Sean Glover, but from the corner Bromley went in front when Logan swept home from close range with his first touch on 28 minutes.

Just before half time Glover made a good save from Logan who had broken through the Ashford back line, but the keeper let himself down when the following corner came out to Adam Locke 25 yards out and the ex-Southend man drove the ball into the net under Glovers body.

The second half wasn’t great viewing, but Bromley were never in trouble of letting their lead slip. Wade Falana was denied by a great saving tackle from Duncan and Bromley’s big front man hit the side netting from the resulting corner.

Vines went close again and Wood had a great run down the left before cutting in and shooting only for his effort to be deflected wide by the impressive Marc Cumberbatch.

Ashford had a spell pressing Bromley back, but The Ravens defence kept their recent good record up and Andy Walker was as reliable as ever.

Des Boateng and Wood both had good runs from midfield, but will both be disappointed with their final ball and former Ashford striker Adrian Stone nearly scored against his old side when being set up one on one with Glover, but his shot went just wide of the post.

This was a competent performance from a Bromley side now unbeaten in 10 games and go into next Saturday's FA Cup fourth qualifying round showdown against Aldershot Town at Hayes Lane high on confidence.


Ashford Town: Glover, Adlington, Ross, Cumberbatch, Duncan, Boorman, McCann, Humphrey, Bradshaw, Henry, Bonaparte. Subs: Jarrett-Elliot, Pace, Clarke, Croxton, Thorogood.    

Bromley: Walker, Mcleod, Potterill, Vines, Willy, Boateng, Gardner, Locke, Wood, Falana, Stone. Subs: Logan, George, Tompkins, Drewett.