Report: Stockport County 0-0 Bromley

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Bromley made the trip to Edgeley Park to take on an in-form Stockport County side in front of the BT Sport Cameras on Monday evening, with Andy Woodman’s defensive options being bolstered by the signing of former QPR defender Charlie Fox.

Fox went straight into the starting XI, with Liam Trotter joining the injury list, already containing Jack Holland, Courtney Duffus and Billy Bingham.

The opening 45 minutes was a cagey affair, with the first effort on target for either side coming after 15 minutes, with Frankie Raymond’s low drive being easily saved by Ben Hinchliffe.

Raymond then almost turned provider, but after Joe Kizzi reached his inch perfect free kick delivery at the back post, County’s Liam Hogan made a well timed block to prevent the Ravens taking the lead.

It would then be the hosts’ who would go close. John Rooney struck a low, crisp effort from just inside the box, which was well saved by Cousins. As Bromley failed to clear, Rooney had a second attempt with a curled effort, which was tipped around the post by the Bromley stopper.

As half time drew closer, Michael Cheek took advantage of a poor clearance and broke into the hosts’ penalty area, only to see his fierce effort bravely blocked by James Jennings.

The second half was a similar affair, with the hosts doing most of the attacking, but remaining frustrated by the Ravens’ resolute defence.

Four minutes in, Ryan Croasdale tested Cousins with a low shot from just inside the box, but the Bromley man was equal to it, holding onto the ball well.

Macauley Southam-Hales had been producing some dangerous crosses throughout the game, and none more so than just shy of the hour mark, where he almost found Paddy Madden at the back post, but for an excellent clearing header from Kizzi.

After Chris Bush, who was later chosen as BT Sport’s Man of the Match, shot wide, the best chance of the game arrived for Bromley. After good work from Jack Bridge to cut inside and drift into the box, he was able to find Ben Williamson, who, from a tight angle, shot across Hinchliffe and agonisingly missed the target by inches.

With Byron Webster sustaining an injury with 20 minutes left to play, Jude Arthurs was brought on at right-back, meaning Joe Kizzi shifted to centre-back.

Substitute Elliot Newby sent a volley just over the crossbar, before Madden fired wide from the middle of the box as County applied some late pressure.

At the other end, Arthurs’ pinpoint cross was flicked goalwards by Williamson, but Hinchliffe was equal to it and made the save.

There was time for one more opportunity for the hosts, but in an almost carbon copy of his earlier chance, Croasdale’s low shot failed to beat Cousins, leaving the sides to settle for a draw.

Bromley XI: Cousins (GK), Kizzi, Fox, Bush, Raymond, Cheek, Maloney, Webster (C) (Arthurs), Williamson, Vincent (Coulson), Bridge

Unused substitutes: Alabi, Purrington, Najia (GK)

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