Match Centre

Bromley (A)
19:45 - Tuesday 10th May 2022
National League (Hayes Lane)
Goals: Dan Mooney [86']
Goals (Opponent): Mason Bloomfield [16']
Attendance: 1000
Referee: Robert Whitton
21 Matthew Gould
2 Shaun Densmore
5 Tom Hannigan
6 Jake Moult (c)
7 Dan Mooney
8 Elliot Osborne
14 Jake Cooper
17 Ben Pringle
26 Kole Hall
28 Eddy Jones
32 Isaac Marriott
13 Ellery Balcombe
2 Joe Partington
4 Billy Bingham
5 Chris Bush
7 Luke Coulson
10 James Alabi
14 Mason Bloomfield
16 Liam Trotter
17 Byron Webster (c)
19 Harry Forster
6 Jude Arthurs
6 Omar Sowunmi
21 James Vennings
11 Louis Dennis
18 Corey Whitely
22 George Alexander
09 May 2022 by John Edwards

*So close .. a near-miss for Alty in the home game against Bromley earlier this season.

Ed Painter reports:

The Robins play their final away game of the Vanarama National League season on Tuesday evening when they take on Bromley at Hayes Lane.

After being held by Barnet at The J. Davidson Stadium last Monday, Alty hit the road to take on Notts County for a third time this season. Unfortunately, despite being level at the break, Phil Parkinson’s side fell to a 3-0 defeat at the hands of the Magpies, who guaranteed a play-off place in the process.

The hosts forced the issue early on and were nearly rewarded for their efforts when Ruben Rodrigues' goalbound cross was tipped over and Jayden Richardson's centre from the resulting corner came back off the crossbar.

County hit the woodwork again on the stroke of half-time when Callum Roberts picked out Kyle Wootton, who could only guide his header off the bar.

The Magpies had their deserved lead straight after the break when Roberts was brought down inside the area before he picked himself up and dispatched from 12 yards.

The hosts grabbed their second with 15 minutes to go when Roberts crossed to Wootton, who lashed home.

County put the game to bed in the 83rd minute when Richardson crossed for Rodrigues to finish with a diving header.

Following that result, the Robins remain 14th in the table, nine points behind Bromley in 11th, having played the same number of games as the Ravens.

Last Meeting

This will be the second meeting between the sides this season, with the Robins falling to a narrow 1-0 defeat at The J. Davidson Stadium on December 11th.

The only goal came after 30 minutes when Omar Sowunmi met a free-kick floated into the danger area by Luke Coulson and headed home from close range.

The Ravens caused problems for the home side through Michael Cheek, who made an early opportunity for Corey Whitely and hit the post himself from close range.

At the other end, Josh Hancock's effort was deflected over Reice Charles-Cook's bar, and the miss proved costly as Sowunmi opened the scoring shortly afterwards.

Altrincham pressed for an equaliser and almost got it when Ryan Colclough cut inside, but his low effort was well saved, and Ben Pringle, Connor Hampson and Marcus Dinanga also missed from close range as the hosts piled on the pressure.

However, the visitors held on to secure all three points.

You can watch the highlights of that game by pressing play below:

The Opponents

Saturday’s opponents have comfortably established themselves in the National League, following their promotion to this level as 2014/15 NL South champions.

Finishing no lower than 14th across the last six seasons and having narrowly missed out on a place in the top seven, Bromley forced their way into the play-off picture last season.

However, they lost 3-2 at the quarter-final stage to Hartlepool United, the side that eventually triumphed in the final at Ashton Gate.

Despite missing out on promotion in such a painful fashion, Bromley looked set for success this season, with our hosts on Tuesday having reached the final of the FA Trophy, where they will face Wrexham at Wembley Stadium. However, their league form has suffered as a result.

Right in the mix for a play-off place just over a month ago, the Ravens have fallen short of the top seven, with the club now destined for another season at this level. Since beating York City at Hayes Lane in the FA Trophy semi-final on April 2nd, Bromley have picked up only two wins from nine games.

With their attention rightly turned towards the Trophy final on May 22, Andy Woodman’s side will be heavily reliant on the form of striker Michael Cheek, who has notched an impressive 21 goals in all competitions so far this season while strike partner James Alabi has only managed seven (the next highest total).

Trouble is that Cheek has not found the back of the net since Bromley’s 2-2 draw against Weymouth on February 22nd. The sooner he finds form, the better for our hosts on Tuesday. Let's just hope that doesn’t begin against us tomorrow evening.

Last Match

In their last match against Dover Athletic, Bromley let the lead slip twice late in the game as the Ravens drew 2-2 with their already-relegated guests.

Experienced defender Chris Bush headed Bromley ahead midway through the first half, rising highest to turn Luke Coulson's corner home.

Bromley were grateful to goalkeeper Ellery Balcombe for denying Michael Gyasi and Jack Nelson before Danny Collinge levelled nine minutes from time.

It looked as if the hosts had won the three points when forward Corey Whitely hit the back of the net in the final minute.

However, Collinge was on hand once again with no more than a few seconds left to play to level the score, moving Dover on to one point after a 12-point deduction earlier in the season.

You can watch the highlights of that game by following the link below:

The Manager

Bromley are managed by Andy Woodman, who took charge on March 29th this year, replacing long-serving manager Neil Smith. Woodman joined the Ravens following a stint with Premier League side Arsenal as their Head of Goalkeeping.

An experienced former professional who featured for 12 clubs during his playing days, the Bromley boss started out with Crystal Palace, before departing for Exeter City in 1994 after failing to make an appearance at Selhurst Park.

The former ‘keeper left the Grecians after only one season, moving to Northampton Town where he became a key player.

After 160 appearances at Sixfields, he bounced around quite a bit, suiting up for Brentford, Peterborough United, Southend United and Colchester United, before a move to Oxford United came about in 2002.

Two seasons at the Kassam Stadium quickly passed before Woodman moved to Stevenage Borough in 2004, followed by short spells with Redbridge, Thurrock and Rushden & Diamonds, hanging up his boots with the latter.

His first coaching role came in 2006 as a part of Alan Pardew’s West Ham United staff, and he duly followed Pardew to Charlton Athletic a year later. He held similar positions under Pardew at Newcastle United and Crystal Palace before striking out on his own as the manager of Whitehawk in 2017.

After ensuring the club’s survival in the National League South at the end of that season, he left the Hawks to assume a position with Arsenal. Since his arrival at Hayes Lane, he has shaped his side into legitimate promotion contenders.

A win for Alty on Tuesday evening could lift the Robins above Yeovil Town and Southend United into 12th, while three points for Bromley could see them leapfrog Torquay United into 10th.

Last five league games

Bromley: LDWLD (F7 A10)

Altrincham: LWWDL (F6 A10)

What are we saying?

Alty manager Phil Parkinson spoke after our 3-0 defeat against Notts County at Meadow Lane.

What are they saying?

Bromley manager Andy Woodman spoke after their 2-2 draw against Dover Athletic.

Listen to the game Live on Radio Robins

You can listen to live commentary on Radio Robins, sponsored by Ashley Mowers Garden Machinery.

The broadcast starts at 7.30pm.

The match commentary sponsor is Black Opal Travel.

The commentary team is Brian Flynn and Laurence Howarth

You can listen to Radio Robins in any of the following ways:

1) By visiting our Match Centre on the club website

2) Download and install the Mixlr app on Android devices from the Google Play Store - start the app and search for 'Radio Robins'.

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Other ways to follow the game


Match Centre:

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FT: Dan Mooney's fine finish earns Alty a point at Hayes Lane this evening. (1-1)
90' Kyle Ferguson wins Alty a free-kick. Five additional minutes. (1-1)
89' Corner for Bromley. (1-1)
89' Bromley free-kick, despite the fact Morton cleanly won the ball there. (1-1)
86' MOOOOOOONNNNNEEEEYYYYYY. A fine finish low into the bottom corner draws us level! (1-1)
83' Corner for Bromley. Just about cleared away by Alty, after a touch of fortune. (1-0)
81' A stoppage in play as a Bromley player has picked up a knock following a strong challenge. (1-0)
77' A final Alty chance.Kole Hall is replaced by Ryan Morton. (1-0)
77' Great play from Campbell to win Alty a corner. (1-0)
75' Corner for Bromley. Scrambled clear by the Alty defence. (1-0)
73' Hayden Campbell comes on for Isaac Marriott. (1-0)
72' Bloomfield picks up a booking for throwing the ball away after Alty were awarded a free-kick. (1-0)
69' Osborne tries his luck from range, but blazes his shot well wide. (1-0)
66' Tom Hannigan is replaced by Kyle Ferguson. (1-0)
64' Hall goes for a deep cross from Eddie Jones, but comes off worse in a collision with the 'keeper. (1-0)
61' Coulson's effort is deflected behind for a corner. (1-0)
61' Free-kick for Bromley not far from the corner of the penalty area. (1-0)
59' Good defending from Jones to prevent a ball into the Alty box. (1-0)
55' Once again Alty have had plenty of possession, but just not yet been able to find that breakthrough. (1-0)
49' Mooney wins Alty a corner. Comes to nothing as Bromley clear their lines. (1-0)
46' We are back underway. (1-0)
HT: Created plenty of chances but we are a goal down at the break. (1-0)
45' Two additional minutes. (1-0)
42' Joe Partington clatters the crossbar. A let-off for Alty. (1-0)
40' Free-kick right on the edge of the Alty box. Marriott picks up a booking for his challenge. (1-0)
37' Comes to nothing as the ball misses everyone inside the box. (1-0)
37' Bromley corner. (1-0)
32' More great 'keeping from Gould to prevent a close-range effort from Trotter, who wouldn't have known the linesman had his flag up. (1-0)
32' Free-kick to Bromley about 35-yards out from Gould's goal. (1-0)
26' Sooooo close to an equaliser. More intricate play in and around the Bromley box, before Mooney cuts inside and bends the ball inches wide of the top corner. (1-0)
23' All Bromley at the moment as they look to double their lead. (1-0)
20' An absolutely tremendous save from Gould to deny Bromley a second. Proper world class 'keeping to deny Forster. (1-0)
18' Almost an immediate equaliser for Alty. A great cross into the box from Densmore finds Hall, but he heads over from close range. (1-0)
17' Goal Bromley. A poor defensive header finds Bloomfield in space, who makes no mistake from just outside the box. (1-0)
15' Alty trying to play their way through the Bromley defence, but just can't quite pull it off. (0-0)
12' Game has settled down a little bit, with both sides having a decent share of the ball. (0-0)
6' Moments later, Mooney lays the ball off for Marriott, but he fires over. (0-0)
5' Alty corner. Excellent piece of play in the build-up. Headed clear by the Bromley defence. (0-0)
3' A nice diagonal ball from Densmore almost finds Pringle but the Bromley defender gets his head to it and the danger is cleared. (0-0)
2' Pringle threads the ball through to Hall, but the striker is just about offside. (0-0)
1' We are underway at Hayes Lane. COME ON ALTY (0-0)
Teams are on their way out. We will be kicking off in a matter of moments.
Bromley Team News: Starting XI: Ellery Balcombe, Joe Partington, Billy Bingham, Chris Bush, Luke Coulson, James Alabi, Mason Bloomfield, Liam Trotter, Byron Webster (c), Harry Forster, James Vennings. Subs: Omar Sowunmi, Jude Arthurs, Louis Dennis, Corey Whitely, George Alexander.
Altrincham Team News: Starting XI: Matty Gould, Shaun Densmore, Tom Hannigan, Jake Moult (c), Dan Mooney, Elliot Osborne, Jake Cooper, Ben Pringle, Kole Hall, Eddy Jones, Isaac Marriott. Subs: Jamie Morgan, Harry Perritt, Kyle Ferguson, Hayden Campbell, Ryan Morton.
We will get you some team news as soon as possible.
Six points from the two games we have remaining would see Alty finish as high as 12th, which would be a fantastic achievement for this club, considering the size of some of the teams in this division. However, we look no further than tonight's game against a side with bigger fish to fry themselves. Can we take advantage and bag all three points against Bromley? Tonight's updates are brought to you live by Ed Painter. We
Despite the fact that nothing more remains on the line other than pride, Phil Parkinson's side will be looking for a response to their 3-0 defeat at the hands of play-off bound Notts County. Despite entering the half-time break level, three second half goals condemned the Robins to defeat, with the scoreline not overly reflective of the performance the boys put in on the pitch.
Good afternoon and welcome to tonight's matchday live updates from our Vanarama National League game against FA Trophy finalists Bromley. Tonight is the last time Alty will have to take to the road this season, with our season coming to a close against Yeovil Town the following Sunday. However, tonight also represents the last time that Alty will visit another teams ground as a part-time side, with the club going full time ahead of the 22/23 season. What an exciting time to be involved with this football club.
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