Rotherham United 3-0 Bromley, FA Cup First Round: report, ratings and verdict


Rotherham United 3-1-4-2



Bromley FC 3-4-1-2

Half Time: 2 - 0 New York Stadium ( Attendance: 4,064 )
1 min

Bromley’s FA Cup dreams came to an end with a 3-0 defeat to League One Rotherham United at the New York Stadium.

Despite a battling performance, first-half goals from Ben Wiles and Freddie Ladapo effectively ended the tie as a contest before Will Grigg sealed the win ten minutes from time.

For large periods of the first-half, Bromley kept Rotherham at bay with Omar Sowunmi and Harry Forster producing last-ditch challenges to prevent goal scoring opportunities.

Bromley then should have scored themselves with forwards James Alabi and George Alexander combining to see the latter’s effort parried with Alabi placing the rebound wide. 

Rotherham made Bromley pay for the missed opportunity with two goals in the final minutes of the half with Wiles smashing home from 20 yards before Ladapo turned in from a corner. 

Bromley responded with four half-time substitutions and although Louis Dennis had an early chance cleared off the line, the game was effectively over with Haji Mnoga’s sending off.

A reckless challenge saw the defender rightly dismissed and Rotherham used the man advantage to increase their lead when Will Grigg turned home Tolaji Bola’s cross to ease the Millers into the next round.

Key Points

Check out all the key talking points and reaction from London Football Scene below…

Key Moment

Bromley had a golden chance to take the lead but George Alexander fluffed his lines. A case of what might have been if Bromley had a one goal lead to defend.

Moan of the Match

Given Bromley manager Andy Woodman made four half-time substitutions, Haji Mnoga’s reckless challenge no less than five minutes into the half ended the tie as a contest.

Talking Point

When playing a high-flying League One side you need the fine margins to go your way. The corner that led to Rotherham’s second goal in first-half injury time was hotly disputed. 

Man of the Match

James Alabi – several Bromley players had fine games but the forward had one of his best games in a Bromley shirt. A constant menace whether in his hold-up play or direct running.

Tweet of the Match

Referee Watch

Declan Bourne (Nottinghamshire) – a few calls that earned the ire of the away contingent but the biggest decision of the match, the sending off, was 100% correct.


Over 400 Bromley fans travelled from South London and more than played their part in driving on their charges. Befitting the occasion they were loud and proud throughout.


The scoreline might read 3-0 but ten-man Bromley acquitted themselves well. Ultimately the League One quality shone through for Rotherham but Bromley will rue missed opportunities.

Line Ups

Rotherham United 3-1-4-2

Johansson; Ihiekwe (Edmonds-Green, 46), Wood, Harding; Barlaser; Ogbene (Sadlier, 53), Rathbone, Odoffin (Wiles, 17), Ferguson (Bola, 60); Grigg, Ladapo (Kayode, 60)

Subs not used:

Vickers, Smith



Bromley FC 3-4-1-2

Charles-Cook (Cousins, 46); Sowunmi, Webster, Bush; Coulson (Sablier, 77), Bingham (Cawley, 19), Trotter (Arthurs, 46), Forster (Mnoga, 46); Cheek (Lovatt, 81); Alexander (Dennis, 46), Alabi

Subs not used:

Partington, Skeffington



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