Bromley's live television debut: It should inspire the players to respond and to put on a good performance, says Bromley boss Mark Goldberg

Thursday 12th November 2015

BROMLEY manager Mark Goldberg says he is looking for a response from his players on a special day for the club on Saturday.

BT Sport have chosen to bring live coverage from Hayes Lane as Bromley play Altrincham in the Vanarama National League, kicking off early at 12:30pm.

Bromley are to make their television debut and a crowd of over 3,000 is expected as Bromley will receive a lucrative cash boost from fans of local Premier League and Championship clubs that are without a game due to the international break.

Bromley suffered a 2-1 home defeat to Boreham Wood on Tuesday night.  The Ravens went 2-0 down inside the opening 11 minutes through two goals from Luke Howell.

Bromley pulled a goal back through Moses Emmanuel just before the break, the 26-year-old’s 15th goal of the season, but the Ravens couldn’t make the breakthrough to claim a point.

The Kent side slipped down a couple of places to sixth-place in the Vanarama National League table with 33 points from 20 games and welcome an Altrincham side that are in the bottom six on 20 points, four points clear of the relegation zone that is occupied by Torquay United, Southport, Kidderminster Harriers and FC Halifax Town.

“We’ve been in front of TV cameras before,” said Goldberg, who believes his players will feel inspired to perform in front of a larger audience sitting at home.

“We’ll treat it just a game we need to respond from our performance on Tuesday night with a win.

“I think, if anything, it should inspire the players to respond and to put on a good performance and hopefully (win).

“The only thing I can say is we can only deal with the players that we’ve got and if we don’t get enough players back it’s going to be another very difficult fixture for us, it’s going to be a very difficult fixture anyway.”

Goldberg revealed details of his crippling injury crisis at Hayes Lane following Tuesday’s game and hopes to have more bodies available at the weekend.

“The reality is Moses (Emmanuel) has got to repair his dead leg. Joe Anderson, we’re just waiting to see, he’s got a calf strain and Louis (Dennis) will hopefully in the next couple of days will know whether he’s available or not.”

Bromley are exceeding all expectations this season but the Hayes Lane faithful are concerned that Boreham Wood became the sixth team to score the first goal inside the opening six minutes of games.

Bromley are level on points with fifth-placed Grimsby Town and are below Forest Green Rovers (40 points), Cheltenham Town (39), Dover Athletic (36) and Eastleigh (34) in the table.

Goldberg is proud of the way his Conference South champions are adapting to life in the top-flight during their debut season.

“Where we’ve been and where we are in the league and we’re sixth but it’s respectable, certainly with the squad that we’ve dealt with, injuries shall I say, we’ve got a fantastic squad that I’m really happy with.

“But we’ve just had a depleted squad over the last (few weeks) and we haven’t made that as an excuse, which is credible to the team.

“I think we should take a lot of confidence from the fact that we competed with 10 players out of our squad.”

On Tuesday night, Goldberg revealed details of his injury crisis that is keeping physio Sean Wickenden a busy man.

“So we’ve got Ben May, Alex Wall, Alan Julian, Max Porter, now we’ve got Bradley Goldberg, we’ve got Pierre Joseph-Dubois not fit.

“We had Louis Dennis not really fit and we had Anthony Cook suspended and I think I’ve probably not named everybody have I?”

Pausing, he added: “And Ben Chorley and Sean Francis.  So you think about it we had nine players out and one more in the warm-up so we had 10 players out and we had a player on the bench (Dennis) who wasn’t really fit to be on the bench .

Goldberg, who runs with a 21 man squad, said: “My hope is that we can call some players back from injury. We’re hopeful with Max Porter, hopeful with Ben May, hopeful with Pierre Joseph-Dubois potentially to come back. Cookie should be back, hopefully Ben Chorley, so it could be a real together different proposition on Saturday.”

With Saturday’s game finishing early, fans are welcome to get themselves over to Oakley Road (BR2 8HQ) to watch the Kent Invicta League clash between FC Elmstead (who wear sky blue shirts) and Gravesham Borough. The game at Holmesdale’s ground kicks off at 15:00.

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Bromley  v  Altrincham
Vanarama National League
Saturday 14th November 2015
Kick Off 12:30pm
at Hayes Lane, Bromley, Kent BR2 9EF