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Cards targeting goals in Bromley rematch

Glen Harrington - 25th January 2021

Cards targeting goals in Bromley rematch Bromley vs Woking
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Tuesday 26th January 2021

Woking travel to Bromley for the second time in seven days on Tuesday evening, this time in National League action, with the Cards aiming to replicate last week’s FA Trophy success.

Last time the two teams met, the Cards produced comfortably their best performance since the 3-0 win over Hartlepool United in early December, with Max Kretzschmar cancelling out Michael Cheek’s penalty, before a dramatic penalty shoot-out victory. Alan Dowson’s side turned in another strong defensive display in Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Maidenhead United but lacked the cutting edge necessary to win the game, instead extending their winless run in the league to four games.

Bromley, for whom last week’s FA Trophy game was a first game in 2021, were beaten 2-1 by FC Halifax Town at the weekend. Michael Cheek was on the scoresheet once again, netting his tenth of the league season, again from the penalty spot, but the visitors came from behind to claim the points. The Ravens defender, Liam Trotter, was also sent-off midway through the second-half and will miss Tuesday’s game. The result leaves Neil Smith’s side in 14th place with 22 points, above the Cards on goal difference, but still with two games in hand. The duo are three points adrift of the play-off places.

Woking – Team News

Dowse will have a tough decision to make in defence. His back four have been impressive since the return of Ben Gerring alongside Jack Cook, but new signing Moussa Diarra is now available, having not been registered in time to play Maidenhead on Saturday. Cook could revert to right-back, which would mean a return to last season’s defensive line-up, but the form of Oxford United Kyran Lofthouse makes that unlikely. Further forward, Jonté Smith could make a full debut, having appeared off the bench last time out. Malachi Napa will also be hoping for a start after playing the final 10 minutes against the Magpies.

Bromley – The Boss

The Lilywhites have been coached by Neil Smith since 2016, having previously served as the club’s assistant manager since 2011, meaning he’s rapidly approaching 10 years at the club. Smith will, of course, be well known to Woking fans having made 142 appearances for the Cards between 2002 and 2007, many as captain, and briefly serving as the club’s interim manager at the end of his spell.

One to Watch

Striker Michael Cheek has already scored 10 league goals this season. The 29-year-old is one of non-league football’s most dangerous frontmen, having also been a regular scorer for Braintree Town, Dagenham & Redbridge, and Ebbsfleet United before joining Bromley in 2019. He scored 15 goals last season and is already well on his way to matching that tally this campaign.

How to Watch

Bromley will be live streaming the game on their website, tickets cost £9.99 with coverage starting at 7.15pm.

To buy your ticket please visit www.bromleyfc.tv/site/matchday-live-bromley-vs-woking-vnl-2/

Last Time Out

Bromley 1-1 Woking – National League (19th January 2021)

Michael Cheek’s penalty and Max Kretzschmar’s expertly taken header saw the game end level after 90 minutes. Kyran Lofthouse scored the winning penalty after an epic shoot-out. Last season, the Cards came from behind to claim all three points at the Laithwaite Community Stadium. Luke Coulson gave Bromley the lead after 15 minutes, but Dave Tarpey equalised two minutes before half-time, and Jake Hyde grabbed the winner 15 minutes from time. Jamar Loza was awarded man-of-the-match after playing a key role in setting up both goals.

Next Up

The Cards host Stockport County on Saturday. That’s followed by an away double header against Sutton United, first in the next round of the FA Trophy, before the league encounter three days later.

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