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Bromley primed for return to league

PUBLISHED: 08:15 16 November 2018

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

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

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Ravens beaten by Peterborough United in FA Cup last weekend despite brave effort

Bromley return to action in the Vanarama National League on Saturday with a trip to high-flying Leyton Orient.

The Ravens were in FA Cup action last weekend, losing 3-1 at home to Sky Bet League One promotion hopefuls Peterborough United despite a brave performance.

It was a display that was packed full of positives for the Westminster Waste Stadium side, even if the end result was not what they were hoping for.

And Bromley boss Neil Smith is keen for his team to build on the plus-points from the cup loss to the Posh when they head for the O’s this weekend.

Speaking after the cup exit, Smith told the club website: “We matched a team that are currently third in League One and could be playing in the Championship next year.

“I don’t think we looked out of place against them, especially in the first 45 minutes.

“The second half was always going to be difficult, but the players stuck to the game plan.

“They never gave up and that’s what I expect from them now until the end of the season.”

Despite the final score, Bromley had taken the lead against Peterborough when Roger Johnson headed home in the 40th minute.

The Ravens suffered a blow in stoppage time at the end of the first half when Frankie Raymond saw red for an off-the-ball incident after Posh had been awarded a free-kick.

From that set-piece, Matty Godden eventually netted for Steve Evans’ men to send the sides into the break level.

Godden then added his second 11 minutes into the second half, before Joe Ward netted six minutes from time to wrap up the win for Peterborough.

Smith was nonetheless disappointed to exit the FA Cup, but believes Bromley can be proud of their display.

“Up until the red card, I thought the boys were outstanding. To go a goal up at home in front of a big crowd was amazing and we gave the fans something to cheer about,” added Smith.

“I’m just disappointed with the free-kick we conceded for their first and that it resulted in a red card.

“For them to score from that, you going into half-time not only at 1-1, but also having lost a player.”

Smith will hope another strong display from Bromley at Orient this time leads to a win, but they will be without Raymond for the trip to the Breyer Group Stadium as he begins his ban for his dismissal last weekend.

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