Match preview: Bromley vs Yeovil Town

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Bromley welcome Yeovil Town to Hayes Lane tonight, as the Ravens look to push on from their 3-2 win on Saturday.

The Last Game:

In the last game for Andy Woodman’s side, they came up against King’s Lynn Town, and ran out 3-2 winners, but it was not all plain sailing.

Despite the Linnet’s being 22nd in the league coming into the game, they started the better side, scoring just six minutes into the game through Jayden Davis.

Bromley took a while to respond to King’s Lynn’s opener, with Michael Cheek scoring just before the half-time whistle, with a glancing header following a Luke Coulson cross.

However, there were more early misery for the Ravens, when Ross Barrows’ clever finish put his side back in front, five minutes after the start of the second period.

Second-half substitute, James Alabi, made the perfect impact for the Ravens, following on from a goal-mouth scramble after a Chris Bush free-kick, to put his side back level with half an hour to play.

The winner for Bromley came 10 minutes after the equaliser, with Cheek scoring yet again, this time slotting home after a drilled cross from Bush, which sent the home fans into delirium.

The Opposition:

Yeovil Town are currently 13th in the National League, after a shaky start to the season, but they now see themselves on a five-game unbeaten run in all competitions.

In their last game, they came away 1-0 winners away to Dagenham & Redbridge on Saturday, with Paul McCallum putting the ball into his own net just before the half, to give the Glovers the win.

Former Bromley player, Joe Quigley, leads the scoring charts for Yeovil this season, netting six times in 15 appearances.

The Opposite Manager:

Darren Sarll is the man in charge of the Glovers, and has been in the role since 2019.

After coming through at Ipswich Town’s academy, Sarll played in the lower levels of English football for five years, before retiring in 2006 to take up coaching.

Sarll picked up various coaching roles at Stevenage Borough, Brentford and Rotherham United. He returned to Stevenage in 2012, and got promoted to a first-team coach in 2015, after the appointment of Teddy Sheringham.

After being made caretaker manager in 2016, following the sacking of Sheringham, Sarll was given the job on a permanent basis at the end of the season.

Sarll ended up at Yeovil Town in 2019, following his sacking at Stevenage, and leaving Watford as the Head of Academy. Signing a three year deal at the Glovers, Sarll got off to a great start, winning September Manager of the Month in the National League, after taking maximum points.

The Previous Meeting:

In the previous meeting against Tuesday’s opponents, Bromley ran out 2-1 winners at Huish Park.

In what was a dull first half, it took the second-half to see all of the goals in this game, with the first goal coming in the same way as the opener on Saturday, with Cheek nodding home from a Coulson cross in the 56th minute.

Not even 10 minutes after the opener, Yeovil equalised through a Rhys Murphy penalty. 

It ended up taking a very late own-goal from the Glovers’ Reuben Reid, for Bromley to take all three points on the day.

The Familiar Faces

Bromley’s centre-back pairing of Byron Webster and Omar Sowunmi both spent time at Yeovil Town in the past. 

The Ravens’ captain, Webster, spent two years at the Glovers in 2012 until 2014, where he left to go to Millwall, before going back to Huish Park for a loan spell in 2015. In total, he made 112 appearances for the opponents, scoring nine times during his time there.

Summer signing Sowunmi spent four years of his career at the Glovers, from 2015 until 2019, playing 88 times, scoring five times.

On the other side, Charlie Wakefield is a familiar face for a lot of the current Bromley squad, staff and fans, spending the back-end of last season at Hayes Lane, where he made 12 appearances and scored once.

Joe Quigley is another player who has played for both sides, joining the Ravens in 2018, making seven appearances and scoring once.

Written by Josh Hardy

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