Bromley want to shock Posh in cup

PUBLISHED: 08:15 09 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 beat Hartlepool United 4-0 in Vanarama National League last Saturday

Bromley will aim to cause an FA Cup shock this Saturday when they welcome Sky Bet League One high-flyers Peterborough United in the first round.

With the Ravens currently 14th in the Vanarama National League and the Posh third in League One, 59 places split the pair in the English football pyramid.

Neil Smith’s men, though, will hope the old saying rings true that in the FA Cup, anything can happen.

The Hayes Lane club will be full of confidence for the cup tie having beaten Hartlepool United 4-0 in the league on Saturday.

Frankie Sutherland netted twice from the spot for Bromley in the win over Pools, with Omar Bugiel and George Porter also on target.

The win saw Ravens keep just a fourth league victory of the term, something which seemed to please boss Smith the most.

Speaking to the club website, Smith said: “We want to work on clean sheets because I genuinely believe with the players we have in this team that we’ll create chances and score goals.

It was a terrific team performance from Bromley as they eased to their biggest win of the campaign so far.

And there were plenty of players that Smith was able to pick out for praise after getting the better of Hartlepool.

“Richard Brindley has been outstanding since he came in and he’s only going to get better,” added the Bromley manager.

“Roger Johnson coming in gave me a bit of experience at the back as well, organising the people alongside and in front of him.

“Sam Wood was outstanding, as were the two midfielders in front of him. You could go through the lot – they all did what I expect of them.”

Smith will hope the players can replicate that performance on Saturday as they look to spring a surprise in the cup.

The Posh’s jittery form should offer the Ravens some hope, with Steve Evans’ side having won three and lost three of their last six matches in League One.

Peterborough’s cup form this term has also been patchy at best, having lost to Queens Park Rangers in the first round of the Carabao Cup and being beaten on penalties in each of their first two Checkatrade Trophy group stage games.

With winners of first-round ties taking home £36,000 in prize money, there is plenty for Bromley to play for this weekend.

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