Friday 06th January 2006

Wakeling concerned with seven game winless run

Bromley manager George Wakeling is confident his side will be winning again soon after somehow losing the Kent derby at Folkestone Invicta last Monday, reports www.bromleytimes.co.uk

The game was decided by a 12th minute strike from Walid Matata, although Wakeling saw enough to convince him a return to form is just around the corner.

He explained: "I'm really disappointed to come away with nothing because anyone who was there could see we should have been home and dry by the break after the number of chances we had.

"I spoke to Paul Parker at half-time and he said we should have been 4-1 up.  Their goalkeeper has produced some really important saves and deserves credit.

"Our second half performance maybe wasn't as good as the opening 45 minutes, but overall we did enough to win."

Bromley have failed to win a league game since a 1-0 success over Billericay Town in early November - a run of form that has seen them slip down to 15th in the Ryman Premier League table.

"I am alarmed and concerned, but I know what this league is about and the situation we are in," he added.  "I'm confident that we will be climbing the table soon with the players we've got here.

"We outplayed Worthing last week although we still ended up losing 2-1 and then Worthing went and beat Fisher 4-0.

"We just don't seem able to turn draws into wins and defeats into draws at the moment."

Adrian Stone and John-Paul Collier both moved on to Ashford Town at the weekend and Wakeling gave the departing duo his blessing.

"We are looking for replacements at the moment as we operate a one-out, one-in policy.

"Jerry Dolke (chairman) and I went to a game to look at someone the other day and we will be having another player watched this Saturday.

Wakeling will be taking his side to Chelmsford City's new Melbourne Park Stadium on Saturday, where a big crowd is expected.

Just under 3,000 watched Monday's official opening against Billericay and Chelmsford adapted well to their new surroundings with a 2-1 win.

"I'm really pleased they have got their own ground again because they are a big club.  I have no doubt they will climb the leagues in the next few years because they will be playing regularly in front of four-figure crowds."

Bromley's squad has once again been hit by injuries ahead of Saturday's game, reports the club's website - www.bromleyfc.net

Wakeling seems certain to be without current captain, Mark Willy who suffered severe bruising to his leg after a heavy challenge at Folkestone last Monday. Sam Wood (thigh) also looks likely to miss out on the visit to Melbourne Park Stadium as Bromley look to put an end to a run of seven league matches without a win.

Danny Carroll is unavailable for the match but will return for Tuesday's game at Braintree Town. On a more positive note Allan McLeod has resumed full training and should play some part at Chelmsford.

Steve Potterill has now left the club to join up with his former boss, Stuart McIntyre at Kingstonian. The South African born defender made 115 appearances for the club and scored two goals having signed at the start of the 2003/04 season.

There will be no coach to Chelmsford City this coming Saturday but there are still places available for the upcoming trips to Braintree Town and Maldon Town. The return fare for either match is £10. If you would like to travel please email the club at info@bromleyfc.net

Directions to Melbourne Park Stadium:

Please note that Melbourne Park Stadium is next to the only set of high-rise flats in Chelmsford, which can therefore be used as a landmark.

A12 from London

Leave the A12 at junction 15, signposted Chelmsford, Harlow, A414 and head towards Chelmsford along the dual carriageway.

At the third roundabout, immediately after passing the 'Superbowl' on the left, take the first exit into Westway, signposted Crematorium, Widford Ind. Estate. Travel along Westway, which then becomes Waterhouse Lane after the second set of traffic lights. (Take care here, as there is a 30 mph speed limit with speed cameras for some of this part of the route).

At the next set of traffic lights, (at the gyratory system) take the first ext into Rainsford Road, signposted Sawbridgeworth A1060.

Travel along Rainsford Road until you reach the second set of traffic lights. Turn right into Chignal Road and then right into Melbourne Avenue.

Salerno Road is then on your left at the end of the football pitches and immediately before the block of high-rise flats.

Please note that at the mini roundabout in Salerno Way you should turn left into the entrance to the Stadium.

Chelmsford City v Bromley
Ryman Premier League
Saturday 7th January 2006
Kick Off 3:00pm
Chelmsford City Football Club, Melbourne Park Stadium, Salerno Way, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 2EH.  Telephone: 01245 350852