We look forward to our FA Cup tie against Bromley.
When the draw for the FA Cup was made and Bristol Rovers came up with a home tie there was a sense of satisfaction but this was somewhat tempered by the name of the team they would face, Bromley. The words, “Bristol Rovers”, “FA Cup”, “non-league opposition” do not sit well together in BS7. To be brutally honest Rovers recent record against non-league teams is poor, Barnet, Barrow, Chesham have all recently visited the Mem and achieved positive results.
There is no doubt that Graham Coughlan has added some steel to this team and it is difficult to imagine them slipping up, but Bromley are not to be underestimated. The Kent team sit proudly top of the National League one point ahead of Yeovil Town, on 36 points from their 20 games played.
Bromley reached the First Round (Proper) after beating Aldershot 4-3 in the 4th Qualifying Round. The Ravens got off to the perfect start going ahead after just 7 minutes as Luke Coulson’s free-kick from the left wing was headed home at the far post by Joe Kizzi.
Much like Rovers last week Bromley found themselves 2-0 on 12 minutes. A Frankie Raymond free-kick was knocked down by Jack Holland for Michael Cheek to turn the ball in from close range.
Aldershot pulled a goal back ten minutes later when a free-kick wasn’t cleared properly and Mohammed Bettamer drove the ball into the corner of the net from the edge of the area.
The Ravens continued to have the better of things though and their third goal came on 36 minutes when a free-kick was only half-cleared with a punch from Aldershot keeper Mitch Walker and following a goalmouth scramble the linesman spotted that Holland had headed the ball just over the line before the custodian scooped the ball away down at the foot of the post.
Aldershot moved to within a goal of Bromley just before the hour mark when former Raven Shamir Mullings found space on the edge of the box to fire the ball low into the far corner of the net from 20 yards out to make it 3-2.
The Ravens rallied again from there, the pressure paid off on 68 minutes when Alfie Doughty hit a low cross from the left, which caught The Shots defence on the wrong foot and Cheek pounced to make it 4-2 with a cool finish from close range.
The Shots made it 4-3 with 11 minutes to go, Lewis Kinsella crossing from the left for Robbie Tinkler to score with a header in the box finding a gap between the towering Bromley backline.
Last weekend whilst Rovers were battling to overcome Rochdale at Spotland, Bromley went down 1-0 at the Racecourse to a resilient Wrexham team. It was only the second time that the Ravens had failed to find the back of the net this season, the other time was on the opening day of the campaign.
That defeat meant that they have won just two of their last seven league games. Their top scorer is Michael Cheek with 8 goals to his name.