Being underdogs the pressure will be with Bromley to win, says Tonbrige Angels boss Steve McKimm

Thursday 27th November 2014
TONBRIDGE ANGELS boss Steve McKimm says the pressure is off his side for Saturday’s FA Trophy tie against bogey-side Bromley.

The two Kent sides clash at Longmead Stadium in the Third Qualifying Round, with Bromley holding the upper hand, having remained unbeaten when the two sides met six times in Conference South.

The two Kent clubs shared the points in a 1-1 draw towards the end of last season and the Angels suffered relegation after three seasons in the Conference South.

Steve McKimm took charge from Tommy Warrilow in the summer and the club go into the game sitting in the bottom seven in the Ryman Premier League table, having collected seven wins, two draws and ten defeats.

Bromley make the short trip sitting in second-place in the Vanarama Conference South table, having won nine wins, three draws and four defeats.  Mark Goldberg’s side are six points adrift of leaders Boreham Wood and are unbeaten on the road this season.

McKimm said: “Everyone is looking forward to the Bromley game.

“Being underdogs the pressure will be with them to win.  It’s good to see how my squad will do against an experienced Conference South side who have improved their squad this season.”

Goals from Dee Okojie, Alex Teniola and Flavio Tavares sealed a crucial 3-0 win over struggling VCD Athletic last weekend.

The victory in Crayford ensured McKimm’s side moved five points clear of the relegation zone.

McKimm said: “It was a much needed three points against VCD last week that I felt was thoroughly deserved.

“We need to push on in the league, accumulating as many points as we can over the next few games.”

Bromley coach Hugo Langton expects a tough Kent derby against his home town club.

The Ravens defeated McKimm’s former club, Sutton United, 2-1 in the Vanarama Conference South last weekend, which keeps their title dream alive after Frenchman Pierre Joseph-Dubois scored his second goal with two minutes left.

Striker Billy Medlock, who scored 16 goals for Tonbridge Angels earlier on in the season, has agreed a one-and-a-half contract with Sutton United.

Langton said: “It’s a tough draw, a one-off Cup game where anything can happen.

“They’ll have been on the phone to Sutton, who we played last week, to get the low down on us.

“They’ll be prepared and will fancy themselves. Why shouldn’t they?  They’ve been on a good run in the Cups and can match anyone in their league on their day so we are expecting a very tough game.”

Langton added: “Our season’s been good so far. We are all really enjoying it.  Added in our new training facilities (at the back of Hayes Lane) and everything else that’s going on around the club, it’s a great place to be.”

Meanwhile, Bromley confirmed today that former Shortwood United striker Duncan Culley has signed for their Vanarama Conference South rivals Farnborough.

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Tonbridge Angels  v  Bromley
The FA Trophy Third Qualifying Round
Saturday 29
November 2014
Kick Off 3:00pm
at Longmead Stadium, Darenth Avenue, Tonbridge, Kent TN10 3LW