Bromley board give Smith backing

PUBLISHED: 12:15 05 October 2018

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

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

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Bromley manager Neil Smith has been given a vote of confidence by the club’s board ahead of visiting Maidstone United in the Vanarama National League on Saturday.

The Ravens have endured a poor start to the new term, winning just three of their first 14 matches and taking 14 points in total.

Saturday saw the Hayes Lane club make it seven matches without a win with a 2-2 draw at home to Halifax Town.

Frankie Sutherland had put Bromley ahead in the 13th minute, before Josh Staunton equalised for the Shaymen 15 minutes into the second half.

A George Porter goal nine minutes from time looked to have secured a much-needed victory for the Ravens, only for Jordan Preston to score a stoppage-time penalty for Halifax.

The draw meant Smith’s men went through the whole of September without a win, increasing the pressure on the Bromley boss.

But the Ravens’ board have moved to publicly give Smith their backing in a statement published this week.

The statement began: “The start of the season has not been what all of us would have hoped for, but this is only with regard to the results on the pitch. Let me comment about these, before I cover the other areas within the football club.

“We finished last season on an enormous high, with the highest league position the football club has ever achieved, and a wonderful FA Trophy run which allowed us all to enjoy a day out at Wembley, regardless of the result!

“Moving into this new season, we clearly have a hangover from those previous season successes, and if we reflect maybe it is not too much of a surprise.”

It continued: “It is also important to note that the standard in the National League has increased this year with the teams that have come into it, and the money now being spent on the playing squads.”

The statement went on to read: “As a board, we are committed to Neil Smith and his management team and we believe that with some minor personnel changes, and a bit more luck with injuries, then we have a squad of players that will compete to the level achieved last year.

“This season will be all about how we finish and not how started, which of course is a reverse on last year.”

Smith will hope to repay this board’s faith with victory against Maidstone on Saturday.

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