United came unstuck at Hayes Lane as a penalty from Blair Turgott was enough to earn Bromley all three points.
Despite creating numerous chances, United couldn’t get back into the game after conceding early in the 1st half. Brett Williams, Dan Sparkes, and David Fitzpatrick went close for the Gulls but United couldn’t find the finishing touch.
Kevin Nicholson made one enforced chance to the side that came out 3-1 winners over Gateshead at Plainmoor seven days ago. Giancarlo Gallifuoco replaced Aarran Racine who received the news that he will be out of action for over a year with ACL and MCL injuries. Damon Lathrope continued his comeback into the 1st team with a place on the bench. Player-manager Kevin Nicholson took a place on the bench.
The poor state of the pitch was highlighted by player-manager Kevin Nicholson before the match. His warning to his team that they would have to bring the fight first seemed to be sinking in as the first half progressed.
The highlight of the 1st half for Gulls fans must surely have been the cat that appeared in our penalty box in the 7th minute. Unfortunately, it wasn’t a good omen for the team as they went behind in the 13th minute. David Fitzpatrick was penalized for handball and Blair Turgott stepped up to convert in off the post. To compound the error Fitzpatrick received a yellow card. Goalkeeper Brendan Moore went the right way but Turgott placed his shot right in the corner.
United hit back immediately conjuring up chances for David Fitzpatrick and Dan Sparkes. After some good play from the on loan winger, Luke Young got a shot away but Bromley had men back to cope. Next Fitzpatrick had a chance of his own after receiving a pass from Dan Sparkes. His low shot tested Bromley ‘keeper Alan Julian who had to tip the ball out for a corner.
United were starting to find their groove. Lathaniel Rowe-Turner’s low cross found Williams and his shot hit the bar. It wasn’t to be the last time that the striker was to be frustrated.
In the 37th minute, United pleaded for a penalty as Williams was taken down inside the box. The referee was not interested, but United’s frustrations weren’t over even though they were enjoying their best period of the game.
Firstly Fitzpatrick fired wide of the post when well placed in front of goal. Alan Julian did his very best to make it difficult for Fitzpatrick and his shot missed the target. Then Aman Verma headed over from a corner. It was United’s best chance of the match, and he’ll be disappointed that he couldn’t get his header on target.
After coming out of the half-time break, United kept up the pressure on Bromley’s goal.
It was a matter of déjà vu for Brett Williams when in the 57th minute he was challenged inside the box. Cries for a penalty were left ignored.
United’s best moments came in a twenty-minute period before half-time and after the break.
The pressure didn’t tell, and further chances for Williams and substitute Jamie Reid were comfortable for ‘keeper Julian.
If United had broken through during their periods of sustained pressure then you would have hoped they would have gone on to find a winner and maybe more.
United take on Macclesfield Town in seven days time at Plainmoor. You can buy tickets online here.