Smith’s Bromley have a weekend off

PUBLISHED: 08:15 30 November 2018

Bromley manager Neil Smith (pic: Paul Dennis/TGS Photo)

Bromley manager Neil Smith (pic: Paul Dennis/TGS Photo)

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Ravens held at Chesterfield on Tuesday after home defeat to Dagenham & Redbridge last weekend

Bromley can enjoy a rare weekend off this Saturday with scheduled Vanarama National League opponents Wrexham in FA Cup action.

The Ravens had been due to welcome the Robins to the Westminster Waste Stadium this weekend, but Wrexham will instead host Welsh rivals Newport County in the second round of this season’s FA Cup.

It means Neil Smith’s men will not be in competitive action again until December 8 when they make the lengthy trip to Gateshead in the league.

That should give Bromley plenty of time in training in the coming days to formulate a plan to end a four-game winless run in all competitions.

The Ravens had looked on course to end their wait for a win on Tuesday night when George Porter fired them ahead in the 37th minute away to struggling Chesterfield.

However, a penalty in the final minute of the match from the Spireites’ Zavon Hines meant Smith’s men returned from Derbyshire with only a point to show for their efforts.

The draw at Chesterfield followed a disappointing 2-0 defeat at home to Dagenham & Redbridge on Saturday.

Bromley fell behind in the 17th minute when Conor Wilkinson, on loan from Sky Bet Legaue One side Gillingham, turned home a corner for Daggers.

The Ravens chucked everything at it in search of an equaliser, but found away stopper Elliot Justham in inspired form.

And with eight minutes remaining, Smith’s men conceded a second when Angelo Balanta netted for Peter Taylor’s outfit.

And the Bromley boss left no one uncertain about his disappointment regarding the defeat.

“I’ll always be the first to praise the boys when I think they’ve done well, but in the first 15-20 minutes against Dagenham, we were nowhere near good enough,” he told the club website.

“To give a sloppy corner away that led to their first goal, I’m very disappointed because we’re normally better than that.

“We had numerous chances to get an equaliser before they had their second shot of the night and scored again.

“I’m really frustrated because when we’re good, we’re good, but we created so many chances today and didn’t have anyone in there that looked like scoring except for Jack Barham.”

In other news, Bromley will play host to divisional rivals Sutton United in the FA Trophy first round.

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