Smith hopes Bromley keep form up
PUBLISHED: 08:15 25 October 2018
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Bromley will aim to maintain their strong recent form in all competitions when they visit Boreham Wood in the Vanarama National League on Saturday.
The Ravens are unbeaten in their last five matches in both league and cup, winning four games in that time.
It has been a fine turnaround from the Hayes Lane club, who were winless in seven prior to embarking on their current unbeaten run.
And manager Neil Smith expressed his delight at how things have improved in recent weeks, putting it down to the work his Bromley players are putting in.
“It’s been a perfect few games for us – four wins and a draw, which is testament to the players,” Smith told the club website.
“There are disappointed players who are not even substitutes at the minute, so we have that competition for places which you can see on the pitch. Everyone wants to play.”
Bromley face Wood off the back of a 1-0 victory at Gloucester City of the Vanarama National League South in the FA Cup fourth qualifying round last weekend.
Frankie Raymond scored the game’s only goal in the 50th minute to make the Ravens £25,000 richer and send them into the first round proper.
As a reward, the Hayes Lane club are due to welcome Sky Bet League One side Peterborough United in the first round with the tie taking place over the weekend of November 9-12.
And Smith was pleased to see Bromley avoid a potential banana skin and secure safe passage in the cup.
“I thought we were worthy winners. I thought we had chances; their keeper pulled off a couple of saves and then George going through and hitting the post at the end, when a goal would have killed it off,” he added.
“What I said to the boys was that it didn’t matter how we did it, but that we got into the next round, which we achieved.
“The pitch was a little bit lumpy and a little bit long, but there are no excuses.
“Gloucester put up a good fight and are a hard team. We knew they would be a hard team, but I thought we dealt with them in the end.”
After the cup success, Bromley’s focus now returns to the league on Saturday as they head for a Wood side that is starting to find form.
The Ravens were unbeaten in both of their league matches against the Hertfordshire club last term and will hope to continue that run at Meadow Park on Saturday.