Match preview: Bromley vs Torquay United

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Bromley will be aiming for five wins on the trot as they welcome Torquay United to Hayes Lane this afternoon on BT Sport.

Last time out:

The Ravens triumphed yet again on Tuesday night, beating Weymouth 3-0 in South East London.

Bromley’s top scorer, Michael Cheek, opened the scoring after just ten minutes, putting his side in good stead for the rest of the game.

Chris Bush and second-half substitute, James Alabi, also found themselves on the scoresheet against The Terras.

This win saw The Ravens go up into 6th position, with two games in hand against the rest of the league above them.

A look at the opposition:

Torquay are currently sitting 13th in the National League. Despite being play-off finalists last season, it has been a rocky start to their campaign this time around.

However, their last victory was only a week ago, as they thrashed Wealdstone at Plainmoor.

Armani Little scored in this 5-0 win, and the 24-year-old finds himself as The Gulls’ top scorer this season.

The visitors could move up to 11th today if they pick up a win at Hayes Lane.

Who’s in charge?

Gary Johnson is currently in charge of this Torquay United side, after joining from Cheltenham Town in 2018.

The 66-year-old is very well versed in the National League as well as the Football League. He won the Conference South title with The Gulls in the 2018/19 season, which was his first year in charge, as well as winning the National League with Cheltenham in 2012/13.

Johnson has also had two spells in charge of Yeovil Town, with the first starting in 2001 where he won the FA Trophy, National League (which was then the Football Conference) and League Two, which was a very successful spell for him – lasting until 2005.

He returned to The Glovers in 2012, winning the League One play-offs in his first season back in charge.

Recent meetings:

The Ravens’ last meeting against Torquay came at Plainmoor, in a stalemate 0-0 draw in May last season.

However, the reverse fixture did see some drama, with Bromley starting the game well, and Byron Webster netting just before the 20 minute mark at Hayes Lane.

Torquay’s Adam Randell equalised an hour into the game, and in a very well contested game, it took an injury time penalty from Torquay to run out 2-1 winners at Hayes Lane, as Daniel Wright netted from the spot.

Written by: Josh Hardy

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