Bromley aiming for long FA Cup run

PUBLISHED: 08:15 19 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 Bromley can begin the start of a lengthy run in this season’s FA Cup with victory at Gloucester City on Saturday.

Like all clubs in the Vanarama National League stage, the Ravens will enter the competition in the fourth qualifying round.

Winners of ties at this stage stand to pocket £25,000 in prize money, as well as a place in the draw for the first round proper and a chance to get a glamour tie against a team from the English Football League.

Heading into Saturday’s game at the Jubilee Stadium, 27 places split the Hayes Lane outfit and their National League South hosts.

Bromley boss Smith, though, knows his team will be tested, but hopes the Ravens came embark on a good run in the competition this term.

“We know its going to be difficult and we’re away from home as well,” the 47-year-old told the club website.

“A cup run is always an important thing for us to try and do with a club like Bromley.”

Bromley warmed up for their cup clash at Gloucester with a 2-1 win at home to Barrow in the league last weekend.

The Ravens got off to a flyer in that game, with Omar Bugiel putting the hosts ahead in just the seventh minute.

The Bluebirds, however, were able to draw level in the 56th minute when Erico Sousa found the net from distance.

Smith’s men were able to claim all three points, though, when midfielder Frankie Raymond scored 15 minutes from time.

And the Bromley manager was thrilled his team were able to collect third win in their last four league matches.

“Barrow are a good side. They get the ball down, pass it and play. Barrow are very patient, so we had to be patient too on the other side without possession,” he added.

“When we got our chances, we had to take them and we did.

“The celebrations for Frankie’s goal show how badly we wanted to win the game, not just individually, but together.”

Bromley will hope to make it four wins from five in all competitions on Saturday when they make the trip to Gloucester in the cup.

The Ravens safely made it through the first qualifying round last year with a 3-0 victory over Dover Athletic in a replay, but will hope they progress at the first attempt when they visit the Tigers.

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