Bromley hoping for a bumper crowd

PUBLISHED: 08:15 12 October 2018

Bromley manager Neil Smith (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Bromley manager Neil Smith (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

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Neil Smith hopes his team can repay the Bromley fans for their support with victory at home to Barrow in the Vanarama National League on Non-League Day this Saturday.

The Ravens return home to Hayes Lane this weekend buoyed by a 1-0 victory at Maidstone United last time out — a first win in eight league matches.

With no games scheduled in the top two flights of English football this weekend, Bromley will be hoping to get a few more through the gate for the visit of the Bluebirds.

To help entice a few more to come along, the Ravens are offering adult tickets at £10 and concessions tickets at £5 as long as they are brought in advance.

And after ending a long wait for a win last Saturday, manager Smith hopes Bromley can repay those who do turn up at Hayes Lane this weekend with another victory to savour.

“The fans’ support has been immense with the sacrifices they make in coming to watch us and getting behind us,” he told the club website.

“We now want to do it at home, at Bromley in front of a good crowd. It’s Non-League Day and there’s no Premier League games going on, so I want people to come down and support us. Hopefully we can produce a win for them.”

Away to Maidstone last Saturday, Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe’s 11th-minute goal proved the difference at the Gallagher Stadium.

The Ravens were given a boost in the build-up to the match, with former Stones boss Jay Saunders joining Smith’s coaching staff on a casual basis.

Saunders only left United in late August, so his knowledge would have been of great benefit to Bromley and Smith was pleased his team put that to good use.

“With the acquisitions on the coaching side and Jay helping out, he’s not being paid and he’s only come in to help me. He’s a friend and I wanted to help him out,” he added.

“Jim Stannard coming in (as goalkeeping coach) as well to help Greggers (David Gregory) — I think as a collective group, we deserved that win.”

After ending their long wait for a win, Smith will hope Bromley can follow that up with another triumph at home to Barrow on Saturday.

And the Ravens manager will want a bumper crowd present at Hayes Lane to see it.

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