Bromley return with Gateshead trip

PUBLISHED: 08:15 07 December 2018

Roger Johnson of Bromley (pic: Paul Dennis/TGS Photo)

Roger Johnson of Bromley (pic: Paul Dennis/TGS Photo)

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Ravens had last Saturday off with scheduled opponents Wrexham in FA Cup action

Bromley return to action in the Vanarama National League with a long trip to Gateshead on Saturday.

The Ravens were due to play Wrexham in the league last weekend, but that match was postponed with the Dragons instead in action in the FA Cup second round.

It means the Westminster Waste Stadium outfit have not played since a 1-1 draw away to Chesterfield on November 27.

That match was a third league game in a row without a win for Neil Smith’s side, and the boss will be hoping his team can return to winning ways this weekend.

Bromley have already faced Gateshead once this season, securing a 1-0 win at home to the Heed in August.

The Ravens left it late to triumph that day, with on-loan Colchester United forward Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe netting the game’s only goal in the 88th minute.

The Westminster Waste Stadium club will be hoping, then, to complete a first double over a team this season when they head for the Gateshead International Stadium this Saturday.

However, it looks like being a tough afternoon for Smith’s men as they visit a Gateshead side who currently sit seventh this season.

After being tipped by the bookmakers to feature in the battle to stay up this term, Steve Watson’s team have been proving their doubters wrong on a weekly basis.

The Heed, however, will host Smith’s men following a 2-0 defeat away to league leaders Leyton Orient last weekend.

And Gateshead boss Watson has warned Bromley his team will be eager to get back to winning ways on Saturday.

Watson told the Gateshead website after the Orient defeat: “Bromley is a game where we’re back on home turf and we desperately need to bounce back.”

That seems to be a sentiment echoed by Gateshead wing-back Jordan Barrow, who also told his club’s website: “We’re looking forward to the Bromley game and getting back to winning ways.”

If Bromley are to triumph this weekend, they will have to improve on their recent record on the road.

The Ravens have won just twice away from home this term, with their last success on the road coming at Maidstone United on October 6.

Gateshead are also in fairly good nick at home with their last defeat in front of their own fans coming on September 29.

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