Thursday 01st December 2005

Bromley down to bare bones - Coles

After playing two cup games last week, Bromley return to Ryman Premier League action when Slough Town visit the Courage Stadium on Saturday, writes Stephen McCartney.

The Hayes Lane outfit progressed through to the last eight of the Westview (Ryman League) Cup at Dover Athletic last Saturday, courtesy of two goals in the first period of extra time from top scorer Nic McDonnell and former Whites' loanee, Jones Awuah.

But former AFC Wimbledon striker, Kevin Cooper's hat-trick sent Bromley crashing to a 4-2 defeat at Ryman League Division One side Metropolitan Police, as they made their one and only appearance in this season's London Senior Cup on Tuesday night.

A long range effort from Kevin George and McDonnell's 14th goal of the season weren't enough as Bromley made an early exit.

Speaking about their defeat at Imber Court, Bromley coach Frank Coles told www.bromleytimes.co.uk: "We gifted them three of their goals - it was like Christmas.

"We just didn't defend properly.  It's not an excuse but we are down to the bare bones at the moment and maybe it caught up with us."

But stalwart Coles is optimistic Bromley can bounce back against Slough Town on Saturday.  The Rebels lost 3-0 the last time they played in Kent when James Dryden's hat-trick, his fourth in his Folkestone Invicta career, helped Neil Cugley's men climb above the Berkshire side in the table last Monday night.

Allan McLeod, Adam Locke, Mark Willy, Des Boateng and Barry Gardner are all out or doubtful for their clash against the Rebels but Coles is hopeful their spirit will continue their charge towards the play-offs.

"Every game we've lost this season we've bounced back from,"
he said.  "Slough need points and they know we won't be at full strength, but we want something from the game and hopefully we'll have one or two back."

Meanwhile, Bromley fans are disappointed to learn their 21-year-old Scottish striker, Fraser Logan has joined Ryman League Division One side Tonbridge Angels.

Six-footer Logan, originally signed for Bromley on loan until the end of last season from Nationwide Conference South outfit Lewes in February 2005.  He joined the East Sussex club from Scottish Premier League outfit Kilmarnock at the end of 2004 having progressed through the youth set up at Rugby Park and featured regularly for their under 21 side.

Bromley v Slough Town
Ryman Premier League
Saturday 3rd December 2005
Kick Off 3:00pm
at Courage Stadium, Hayes Lane, Bromley