Bromley vs York City preview: How to watch, kick-off time, predicted lineups, team news and ones to watch
BROMLEY, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 03: General view inside the stadium prior to the FA Women's Continental League Cup match between Crystal Palace Women and Tottenham Hotspur Women at Hayes Lane on November 03, 2019 in Bromley, England. (Photo by Tottenham Hotspur FC/Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images)

Bromley have been struggling of late, failing to win any of their last eight league games, however they have continued to progress in the Buildbase FA Trophy, making it into the remaining four.

The Ravens currently sit 10th in the National League, 5 points outside the playoffs. They have also now dropped below Dagenham & Redbridge, the side their opponents triumphed against in the previous round.

Looking to bounce back from a difficult period, Bromley will hope to pick up their fourth FA Trophy win of the season this Saturday, to take them to the national stadium.


York City, on the other hand, get along in the National League North, one division below The Ravens, and have exceeded expectations in the trophy so far, plus recently had their 12-unbeaten run ended by Boston.

A 1-0 win at the weekend restored City fans' hopefulness though, as Kurt Willoughby's set piece stunner claimed all three points at home to Leamington.

Despite having to play one more game than Bromley in the knockout competition, The Minstermen have still managed to come out victorious on five occasions and this is set to be just the second National League team they will have faced this season.

  • Team news

Two key players in Luke Coulson and Harry Forster will be missing for Bromley due to injury. The only other concern is an experienced Scott Wagstaff being cup-tied for this one.

Injuries are not so much of a problem for York, with just loan midfielder AJ Greaves being confirmed out for the season with a broken leg, where he will join Josh King on the sidelines.

Veteran striker and prolific goalscorer Clayton Donaldson may be an unlikely starter with the game being played on a 3G pitch whilst Lenell John-Lewis is ruled out, with him being cup-tied.

Jack McKay will also be unable to play for the same reason, plus visiting supporters will be disappointed to be kept waiting for their new signing, Maziar Kouhyar's debut after he has already played in the FA Trophy for Hereford.

  • Predicted lineups

Bromley: Balcombe; Partington, Webster, Bush; Arthurs, Trotter, Bingham, Whitely, Dennis; Al-Hamadi, Cheek

York City: Jameson; Duckworth, Kouogun, Brown, Barrow; Hancox, McLaughlin, Wright; Longdon, Dyson; Willoughby

  • FA Trophy journey


The trophy campaign began for the London team down in Dover, who have still not emerged out of minus points yet. The scoreline of 1-0 flattered Dover really, who rarely had a chance. Bromley were the ones who progressed, Finlay Lovatt bundling home from a corner just shy of the half hour mark.

Yet another away draw saw Bromley travel to fellow National League side Aldershot, where The Shots were dismissed from the trophy after a comfortable 2-0 win, featuring second half goals from Joe Partington and George Alexander.

National League South outfit Tonbridge Angels were the next victims of The Lilywhites, however they made hard work of it against a lower league opponent. Skillful Palace Francis opened the scoring for the NL side with 10 minutes to play, before Joe Turned struck late on for Tonbridge to take the tie to penalties, which Bromley won 3-2.

Then it was time for the antepenultimate game of the competition, which finally gave the team from the capital a home draw - against playoff challengers Solihull Moors. It began to look like a long day for The Ravens after falling behind just two minutes in. However, a Michael Cheek double saw them come from behind to lead, before James Alabi stuck the final nail in the coffin with four minutes left.

James Alabi celebrates after scoring in Bromley's 3-1 win over Solihull Moors (Photo: Ed Boyden)
James Alabi celebrates after scoring in Bromley's 3-1 win over Solihull Moors (Photo: Ed Boyden)

York City

It all began on a wintry afternoon at home to Blyth Spartans. An early goal from Mark Beck within the first five minutes wrapped up the game for York, with Blyth seemingly the most dominant overall but struggling to find that all-important equalizer.

Then it was a trip down to Matlock Town where it looked like a penalty shootout was to decide the game, however Mark Beck got City over the line yet again with an injury time winner, heading home a Scott Barrow free kick.

Another home draw meant York City were to face National League South outfit Slough Town, but it was a York side with no Mark Beck. They still managed to overcome the side from down South with yet another 1-0 win! Veteran Clayton Donaldson found the net during the first half to put City into the hat for the next round.

It was a familiar sight in the last-16 as The Minstermen were drawn at home to Morpeth Town. The hosts had already faced lower league Morpeth twice this season in the FA Cup, eventually beating them in the replay. But The Highwaymen hadn't lost a game since then...

But in brilliant form, York City somehow found their way back from 2-0 down to an extraordinary comeback. Mitch Hancox brought the game level with 12 minutes to play and captain Matty Brown broke the hearts of Morpeth fans and players with a bullet header in the final minute of normal time.

The Quarter-Final draw had been made and City fans had mixed emotions as they were given their first trip down to London since the Wembley win in 2016, where National League side Dagenham & Redbridge were the hosts.

A Paul McCallum goal in the 15th minute looked to have knocked York out of the FA Trophy, but for an unbelievable ending, as Clayton Donaldson dispatched a penalty in the 97th minute to send the game to a penalty shootout. Some Pete Jameson heroics won it for The Minstermen as they came out 7-6 winners.

York City players celebrate an astonishing penalty shoot-out win against Dagenham (Photo: Tom Poole)
York City players celebrate an astonishing penalty shoot-out win against Dagenham (Photo: Tom Poole)


  • Ones to watch

Michael Cheek

When on form, Bromley's Michael Cheek can be one of the best strikers in non-league! The 31-year-old forward has been the driving force for his team this season, pitching in with 16 league goals in 33 matches, putting him fourth in the National League top scorers.

Two goals in the last round of the FA Trophy helped The Ravens to this stage and Cheek be hoping to add to his trophy tally and fire Bromley to Wembley for the second time in five years.

Kurt Willoughby

Super striker Kurt Willoughby will most likely get the upper hand over Clayton Donaldson on a 3G surface, and will hope he has given manager John Askey something to think about after a classy free kick to win it against Leamington last Saturday.

'King Kurt' has already put the ball in the net eight times this campaign, and when he does score, he likes to do it in style. The spectacular free kick last week is one of many brilliant goals from Willoughby. Always looking to cut inside and try one of his trademark curlers, he has succeeded a few times with a cross-shot going in against Darlington and a last minute screamer versus Guiseley.

Willoughby will be looking to prove a point this Saturday and be the hero for York City.

  • What the managers have said

Bromley boss Andy Woodman spoke to the club following a disappointing 1-1 draw at Wealdstone and talked on the upcoming fixture against York:

"It's a big game for us, I'm sure it's a big game for them as well. We've just got to prepare for a break from the league and probably the biggest game of the season really for both clubs. We're looking forward to that and prepare as we do for all the games."

On the opposite side, John Askey spoke to the media following York City's 1-0 win over Leamington on Saturday and also discussed the huge semi-final approaching:

"Everybody will be feeling good. We can really look forward to it now and hopefully we can do ourselves justice on Saturday."

  • Previous meetings

Bromley 3-0 York City (26th November 2016)

York City 0-2 Bromley (4th April 2017)

  • How to watch and listen

Tickets are only available for home supporters, with the visitors selling out their allocation of 1,000 within 16 hours of going on sale. For home fans, tickets are available on Wednesday 12-2pm from Broomfields and will NOT be available on the day.

Other than watching the game live, there will be no livestream, but live commentary is available from BBC Radio York and Bromley Mixlr.

Kick-off is at 15:00 BST at a packed Hayes Lane.

Live updates will be available through both clubs' social media and also through Jorvik Radio on Twitter.