Bromley boss Neil Smith: We’ve done it! We’re safe! If nothing else, we’re safe! It’s not bad being safe in the second week of February so we’ve got nothing to lose now, we can go for it!
BROMLEY manager Neil Smith says the next couple of weeks will be vital massive games for the play-off chasing underdogs.
The Ravens slipped out of the play-off places in the Vanarama National League to eighth-place after being held to a 2-2 home draw by sixteenth-placed Maidstone United at the weekend.
The two sides meet again on Tuesday night, with Maidstone holding home advantage in the Kent Reliance Senior Cup Semi-Final. The winners will face Folkestone Invicta or Charlton Athletic in the Final.
Smith then turns his attention to two massive away league games.
Bromley travel to Tranmere Rovers on Saturday (17 February) and then Aldershot Town (20 February) before Bromley host Vanarama National League North side Spennymoor Town in The Buildbase FA Trophy Quarter-Final at Hayes Lane on 24 February.
Bromley secured their current league status at the weekend as they collected their 51st point of the campaign in their 32nd league game.
Macclesfield Town are top with 59 points from 32 games.
The play-off places contain Aldershot Town (58 points from 32 games), Wrexham (57 points from 33 games), Tranmere Rovers (55 points from 33 games), Sutton United (55 points from 31 games), Boreham Wood (53 points from 32 games) and AFC Fylde (52 points from 33 games).
On Tranmere Rovers, Smith said: “They’re probably where I thought they would be. I know they’ve got off to a poor start but the size of their club, I keep hearing Wrexham and Tranmere telling everyone ‘they’re League clubs.’
“We’ve got to go there and make sure we don’t do silly things like we did against Maidstone.
“We know we’ve got two tough games and that’s why we had to spread the players a little bit but we’ll be ready for both of them.
“We’ll get Tuesday out of the way and then prepare for Tranmere Rovers.
“These games are massive, massive! The next three weeks or the next couple of weeks are going to be vital for us and I need everybody on full tilt.
“We haven’t got a massive squad but I know if I call on some of these players I know they’re going to give me their all.”
On securing safety on 51 points, Smith replied: “We’ve done it! We’re safe! If nothing else, we’re safe! It’s not bad being safe in the second week of February so we’ve got nothing to lose now, we can go for it!”
Winger Iffy Allen has extended his loan spell at Vanarama National League South Wealdstone for another month, while Bromley’s former Tranmere Rovers’ winger Adam Mekki is believed to be another couple of weeks away from recovering from his ankle injury.
Smith was feeling bitterly disappointed following his side’s 2-2 draw against his pal Jay Saunders’ Maidstone United side, who levelled through former Bromley winger Blair Turgott on his Stones debut after a mistake on the edge of the box from Ben Chorley.
When asked if Bromley can reach the play-offs, Smith replied: “Not if we play like that! We should be winning! When you’re playing against the Tranmere’s coming up and Aldershot coming up, when someone offers you a win like that, you’ve got to take it and that’s what the difference is.
“I’m looking at it, a point away from your local rivals taking a draw, I want to win games! You know the big games are coming up, you don’t want to lose that position that we’re in and we should’ve secured it a little bit better knowing if you do have a tricky period you’re still in and amongst it so it was not a good point.”
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