Returning players to boost Bromley

PUBLISHED: 12:15 14 September 2018

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

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

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Bromley boss Neil Smith is looking forward tom welcoming back a host of players for Saturday’s game with Salford City in the Vanarama National League.

The Ravens have been hampered in recent weeks with a number of senior players suffering injuries in the early part of the season.

It seems some, though, have timed their return well and should be fit to face the big-spending Ammies, much to Smith’s delight.

“We’ll have Omar Bugiel back, Jack Holland back and Adam Mekhi will be a week fitter,” the 46-year-old told the club website.

“We’ll have a lot of people back and we’re all going to need to work hard, get together and drive us forward.

“It’s a cracking game to play at home against a Salford side who obviously have the budget they’ve got. Make no mistake, we’re looking to get a win on Saturday.”

Bromley go into the Salford clash having lost 3-2 at Aldershot Town in the league last weekend.

The Ravens fell behind to a Scott Rendell opener for the Shots, but were level at the break after Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe found the net and Town defender George Fowler scored an own goal.

However, Smith’s men fell to a defeat after the hosts turned things around in the second half through goals from Dan Holman and James Rowe.

And having fought back from conceding the opener to lead, the Bromley boss was disappointed to see his side let their own advantage slip.

“To go a goal behind was disappointing, and then to get the two goals, come back into the game, I thought we looked comfortable,” he added.

“I thought we created enough chances to have gone a couple of goals up before half-time.

“We came out after half-time and looked OK, but then a mistake, a slip or whatever you want to call it gifts them a second goal.

“At 2-2, we went on the back foot and I think that’s when you need your characters.

“To give the free-kick away late on, you could see that happening.

“We had chances at the other end, so it’s a frustration. We’re doing some really, really good things, but we’re getting punished for a couple of bad mistakes.”

Smith will want Bromley to eradicate those mistakes on Saturday, particularly with Salford containing the division’s joint-top scorer in Adam Rooney.

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