FA Cup 3rd Preliminary Round
Grays Athletic 0 v 0 Bromley
GRAYS fought hard to earn a draw against Conference South opposition Bromley at Mill Field in the FA Cup.
This was always going to be a big test for Grays Ath and they looked a little tentative early on.
In the 6th minute, Jay Siva sent in a free kick and then a cross which put pressure on the Bromley goal. The South London team were happy to put the ball out. The next corner saw good skills from Jay Leader but no goals.
The first booking of the game came from a foul by Ali Fuseini. Again, Jay Siva sent over a free kick which caused confusion.
Bromley were not enjoying the pace of Joao Carlos and the menace of Freddie Ladapo who looked like he was really relishing this chance.
Ladapo was going past Bromley defenders at will but he could not find the final ball.
The first real attack by Bromley came in the 25th minute and showed what an attacking force they were. A fierce cross came in that was headed away by the experienced Mark Bentley.
Damien Scannel was a threat down the right for Bromley and from the left Harry Grant’s shot from thirty yards went close.
Grays were now on the back foot as it looked like it was only a matter of time before Bromley scored. However, they still piled on the pressure, whether it was Siva’s cross or Ladapo’s industry.
Bromley were getting closer and closer. It was only thanks to two saves in close succession on the hour by Conor Gough from former Blue Pierre Joseph-Dubois that kept Grays in the game.
Ladapo’s industry was best illustrated when he lost the ball early in the second half, and tracked back 50 metres before retrieving it.
The best chance of the game came in the 70th minute when Joao Carlos got to the dead ball line crossed but Dumaka with just a yard to goal headed wide.
At the other end, Manny Parry was starting to make unforced errors that Bromley could not convert.
In the 75th minute, Joao Carlos produced a great run but he skied his shot.
A foul on Freddie Lapado saw a free kick for Grays. Jay Siva swung it over, it popped out. Kenny Beaney’s shot went wide.
Bromley had a few more chances but just could not make it count as both teams faced a replay on Tuesday night in Bromley.
Grays Ath: Gough C, Best-Riley A, Siva J, Bentley M, Parry M, Leader J, Glowacki J (Zefara J 80),, Beaney K, Ladapo F, Carlos J (Bryan C 90) Gb-Dumaka D (Guy J),
Subs not used: Wootten E, Sampayo B, Wilson J, Marfo A,
Bromley: Brown S, Udoji U, Anderson J, Fuseini A, Waldren D (Culley D 70),, Holland J, Scannel D, Prestedge R, Robertson J, Birchall A (Ademola M 60), Grant H (Joseph-Dubois P 59),
Subs not used: Bailey-Dennis A, Agu P, Dennis L, Swaine R
Referee: Michael George
Grays Ath: Glowacki J, Ladapo F
Bromley: Fuseini A, Brown S