Friday 11th November 2005

Smith believes Bromley can challenge for promotion

Billy Smith believes Bromley will be challenging for promotion to the Conference South - just as soon as the Hayes Lane injury crisis finally eases, reports www.bromleytimes.co.uk

The Bromley treatment room is far too busy for Smith's liking, with the long list of first team members needing the physio's help continuing to grow.

Bromley's seven-game unbeaten league run came to an end at Heybridge last Saturday, although they bounced back in style with an impressive 3-2 league cup triumph at Margate on Tuesday, despite being down to the bare bones.

Smith said: "Once we get everybody back, we have the makings of a good squad here. Things are tough at the moment but we've just got to get on with it.

"George Wakeling and I were very impressed with the improvement shown at on Tuesday from the previous game.

"Only four or five players could take any credit for their display at Heybridge, but none of them could be faulted at Margate.

"The injuries played a part again. Barry Gardner was struggling but we had to keep him on for extra time, which is something we could have done without.

"I thought the back four worked well as a unit and I was particularly impressed by Sam Wood, who had an excellent game."

Smith also singled out Jones Awuah for praise after the recent arrival from Gillingham played a crucial role in Bromley's first goal.

He explained: "He was recommended to me by someone I know at Gillingham and he did well. He is coming to training tonight and myself and George will sit down with him at some point to see if we want to take it any further."

Bromley's busy cup schedule continues on Saturday when they visit Southern League Division One East highfliers Boreham Wood in the FA Trophy.

Smith is keen for Bromley to pick up some silverware and give the fans something to shout about. Bromley's last trophy was the 2003 London Senior Cup, but the Ravens have struggled to make an impact recently in the Trophy.

"I want to win it for the supporters and the players," added Smith. "Every game we go into we want to win, and if we can go far in this competition and get promotion, that would be brilliant."

Boreham Wood v Bromley
FA Trophy Second Qualifying Round
Saturday 12th November 2005
Kick Off 3:00pm
at Meadow Park, Broughinge Road, Boreham Wood, Hertfordshire