Cheek 10, Bush 45, Alabi 77


BELOW-PAR Weymouth extended to six games their winless run as Bromley claimed a simple 3-0 victory at Hayes Lane in the Vanarama National League.

After a promising Weymouth start, Bromley hitman Michael Cheek buried the hosts’ first chance of the game in the 10th minute.

With a catalogue of defensive errors following for Weymouth, the visitors were fortunate not to concede a second before Chris Bush’s long-range effort caught out keeper Ross Fitzsimons.

Weymouth did improve after the break but their possession could not conjure a goal.

Instead, Bromley sub James Alabi made it 3-0 and hit the post late on, Weymouth well beaten on the night.

Before what was at times a nervy defensive display, Weymouth boss Brian Stock made two changes to the side that began the 2-1 loss to Stockport County on Saturday.

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Cameron Murray and Josh Leslie-Smith dropped to the bench, with Calvin Brooks and Brad Ash recalled to the starting XI.

The only change to the Weymouth matchday squad as a whole was Xander McBurnie's omission, the midfielder making way for returning winger Ahkeem Rose.

Weymouth began brightly with skipper Josh McQuoid winning a corner inside the first minute, only for Sean Shields to find the far touchline with his delivery.

Brooks, making only his fourth start of the season, then found the gloves of Mark Cousins from another errant Weymouth cross.

Ten minutes in, however, Bromley opened the scoring as Cheek planted a volley beyond Fitzsimons from Corey Whitely’s left-wing ball.

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Cheek’s goal instigated a torrid 35 minutes for Weymouth’s defensive unit, with a catalogue of errors made.

Tyler Cordner was the first to make a mistake, his pass to Brandon Goodship telegraphed by a hungry Bromley midfield who played Luke Coulson in for a wayward shot.

Two minutes later McQuoid was caught dithering on the ball in his own third, Whitely pinching possession and firing against the post.

Cordner then gave the ball away for a second time, allowing Joe Partington to scamper down the wing and cross for Cheek who guided his effort wide.

Weymouth responded when Goodship’s pass into the box found Ash but the striker got his feet in a tangle and Bromley cleared.

Ash’s chance preceded another gift for Bromley as Cheek was handed possession from a Weymouth throw-in, the visitors grateful to Fitzsimons for smothering the ball.

At the other end Weymouth were causing problems with their press, Ash and Goodship working well before the former’s effort curled wide.

Yet, Taofiq Olomowewe was next to make a bad mistake, his poor pass playing in George Alexander only for a superb tackle from Cordner to rescue the situation.

However, Weymouth’s next misjudgement ended in a goal as Bush spotted space between Fitzsimons and his near post.

His shot was placed well enough to fool the keeper, whose scrambling effort to stop the ball crossing the line was in vain.

Both sides made a change at half-time with Leslie-Smith replacing Olomowewe for Weymouth and Bromley’s Liam Trotter coming on for Jude Arthurs.

Moments after Bush struck a free-kick at Fitzsimons, Weymouth enjoyed their best moment of the match.

Goodship was played in by Shields but his shot lacked power and Ash was denied on the follow-up.

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Bromley continued to rain in shots and Billy Bingham tested a flying Fitzsimons from range before Brooks sliced wide from distance at the other end.

Omar Mussa whistled a shot wide of the post and McQuoid blazed over as Weymouth came forward.

Introductions for Ben Thomson and Rose followed at the expense of McQuoid and Ash as Stock sensed an opportunity to get back into the game.

However, as Weymouth came forward they were picked off on the counter by Cheek whose ball into the box was polished off by sub Alabi.

Weymouth’s night could have worsened when Alabi rattled the post from a fabulous cross and Cheek had a goal ruled out for a foul as Bromley continued to threaten.

But the Terras failed to work Cousins into serious action all night as Bromley deservedly took all three points, Weymouth falling to 20th - one spot above the drop zone.

Bromley: Cousins, Partington (Sowunmi 58), Bingham, Bush, Arthurs (Trotter 46), Cheek, Webster, Whitely, Alexander (Alabi 63), Sablier. Subs not used: Lawler, Dennis.

Terras: Fitzsimons, Cordner, Goodship, Mussa, McQuoid (Rose 74), Ash (Thomson 74), Robinson, Brooks, Harfield, Olomowewe (Leslie-Smith 46), Shields. Subs not used: Bearwish, Murray.

Referee: Daniel Lamport