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Match Preview and Guide | Bromley (H)

William Bewsey
9:38am, Thu 26th Oct 2023
Woking vs Bromley
Vanarama National League
Saturday 28th October 2023
15:00 Kick-Off

Woking will look to right the wrongs of last season's playoff eliminator and make up further ground on the top seven when they host high flying Bromley at the Laithwaite on Saturday.

Following a much needed win over Eastleigh at the Silverlake on Tuesday night, Darren Sarll will be hoping his side can finally end a run of home league games without a win stretching back to late August, with several players available for the first time in a while.

Woking will hope that Reece Grego-Cox can recover from the illness that saw him sidelined on Tuesday night to add to a strike force containing a recently returned Rhys Browne, who completed 82 minutes and got the assist for the winner, as well as the likes of Charlie Wakefield and Alfie Pavey, who were both included on the bench. They will be without Jim Kellermann, who is expected to return in time for the trip to Ramsgate, as well as Luke Wilkinson, whilst Ricky Korboa and Manny Oyeleke are expected to return close to the New Year.

Around the Ground
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Opposition Watch
After victory over the Cards in the eliminator led to a devastating 3-2 extra time defeat to Chesterfield in last season's semi final, Bromley saw somewhat of an exodus in the summer, with star defender Kellen Fisher moving to Norwich, whilst Omar Sowumni and Harry Forster made moves to the EFL with Sutton and Crawley, as well as losing keeper Reice Charles Cook. Andy Woodman has strengthened his Ravens side, however, with Grant Smith from Yeovil becoming number one between the sticks, whilst star signings have included Millwall loan defender Chin Okoli, right back Josh Passley from Havant & Waterlooville and midfielder Lewis Leigh on loan from Preston.

Top scorer, unsurprisingly, is serial National League goal scorer Michael Cheek, who has seven goals so far this season, whilst Bromley have shared 27 goals between 11 players so far this season. After a last minute Corey Whitely winner saw Dorking defeated at Hayes Lane, Woodman's side are now third in the league, with nine wins, five draws and three defeats thus far this season.

A shaky start to the season saw Bromley winless in their first five, but they've lost just once in twelve games since, an away defeat to top of the table Chesterfield. With a televised FA Cup First Round tie against Blackpool on the horizon, the Ravens will be looking to carry some momentum into a tricky fixture against a League One giant.

Last Time Out
Bromley were victorious against the Cards in early May's eliminator, with a first half Rohan Ince goal cancelled out by a Michael Cheek penalty, followed up by a Deji Elerewe header.

Woking completed the league double over the Ravens last season, with goals from Reece Grego-Cox and Rhys Browne enough for a 2-0 away win at Hayes Lane in November, before February's 2-1 win over Andy Woodman's side, courtesy of goals from Scott Cuthbert and Jim Kellermann to cancel out Mitchel Bergkamp's opener.

This was a rare feat for the Cards, who previously hadn't beaten Bromley at the Laithwaite since the 2019-20 season, and not at Hayes Lane since September 2011. Woking have won 9 of the 22 meetings between the sides, with 3 draws and 10 Bromley wins.

Match Report | Cards suffer home woes again

William Bewsey
4:58pm, Sat 28th Oct 2023
Woking 0-1 Bromley
Vanarama National League
28th October 2023
Woking returned to the Laithwaite to take on a Bromley side sitting third in the table before kick-off, with the Cards desperate for a first home league win since August. After success at the Silverlake against Eastleigh in midweek, Darren Sarll kept the starting 11 unchanged, with the only change to the squad being Reece Grego-Cox back on the bench after illness; Charlie O’Connell made way for the striker.

Bromley kicked off towards the KRE and dominated the ball for the majority of the opening ten minutes, despite a few corners for the Cards. Dennon Lewis got the winner at Eastleigh in midweek, and the winger was showing real confidence as he nabbed the ball off Josh Passley, before his cross was well blocked, as the Cards enjoyed a good spell of pressure.

Passley’s deep cross looked to be met by Bes Topalloj at the back post on 23 minutes, but a fantastic diving header from Dan Moss put the ball behind for a corner. A couple of minutes later, Woking’s own corner caused problems, and Morgan Williams’ header narrowly went wide of the far post.

Good work from Rhys Browne saw him fire a shot straight at Grant Smith on 29 minutes as Woking enjoyed most of the ball, but Bromley nearly created something out of nothing on the stroke of half time. A punt up field was missed by Will Jaaskelainen, but by the time Olufela Olomola had realised, the ball had been cleared out of play.
A half where chances were few and far between, as Bromley’s defence stood firm against pressure put on them by the Cards.

Half-time: Woking 0-0 Bromley
A superb effort from Lewis Walker nearly broke the deadlock; the striker receiving from a Josh Casey throw in, taking a touch before firing a shot just wide of the far corner from the best part of 30 yards, before an excellent save from Smith denied Browne a goal after great work in the build up from Dennon Lewis.

Danger man Michael Cheek received the ball on the left hand side as the away side broke, but his near post shot was excellently tipped past the post by Jaaskelainen. However, Bromley scored from the resulting corner, as Chin Okoli’s initial header was met at the back post by Deji Elerewe on 58 minutes.

Jaaskelainen was called into action again on 66 minutes, after good play saw Topalloj fire one towards goal, but the Finn saved well to his right hand side. Sarll reacted by sending on Alfie Pavey and Reece Grego-Cox on 70 minutes in place of Lewis Walker and Rhys Browne, and immediately the Cards came close twice. Bromley had to defend well to prevent Scott Cuthbert from tapping home following a free kick, before Grego-Cox’s header was cleared at the back post.

Another superb save from Smith denied Grego-Cox from close range on 87 minutes, before Zak Bradshaw’s shot was blocked away as Woking pushed desperately for an equaliser. But that was to be the last chance for the Cards, as Bromley held on for three valuable points. Woking will hope they can get back to winning ways at Ramsgate in the cup next Saturday.

Woking: Will Jaaskelainen, Dan Moss, Josh Casey, Scott Cuthbert, Timi Odusina, Zak Bradshaw, Rohan Ince, Morgan Williams (Amond 81’), Dennon Lewis, Rhys Browne (Grego-Cox 70’), Lewis Walker (Pavey 70’)

Unused subs: Taylor, Wakefield

Bookings: Walker 60’, Casey 90+7’

Bromley: Grant Smith, Deji Elerewe, Lewis Leigh (Woods 55’), Josh Passley, Michael Cheek, Chin Okoli, Byron Webster, Corey Whitely, Jude Arthurs, Bes Topalloj, Olufela Olomola (Dennis 70’)

Unused subs: Sharman-Lowe, Reynolds, Miller

Goals: Elerewe 58’

Referee: Ruebyn Ricardo

Attendance: 2754

Man of the Match: Dennon Lewis
22Will Jaaskelainen
2Dan Moss
3Josh Casey
22Timi Odusina
4Scott Cuthbert
24Rohan Ince
25Morgan Williams ('81)
20Zak Bradshaw
11Dennon Lewis
34Lewis Walker ('71)
14Rhys Browne ('71)
5Greg Taylor
19Charlie Wakefield
9Reece Grego-Cox ('71)
10Padraig Amond ('81)
29Alfie Pavey ('71)
Bromley LINEUP
1Grant Smith
3Deji Elerewe
16Chin Okoli
23Besart Topalloj
17Byron Webster
7Josh Passley
4Lewis Leigh ('54)
20Jude Arthurs
18Corey Whitely
29Olufela Olomola ('69)
9Michael Cheek
30Teddy Sharman-Lowe
2Callum Reynolds
6Sam Woods ('54)
25Todd Miller
11Louis Dennis ('69)

Woking 0-1 Bromley | Darren Sarll Interview

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