The team have been fantastic since everything happened last week, says Bromley interim manager Neil Smith

Monday 08th February 2016

INTERIM manager Neil Smith takes charge of Bromley for the first time for the visit of third-place Grimsby Town on Tuesday night.

Smith was made interim manager following the unpopular decision made by the club’s new investors to axe Mark Goldberg, the man that guided the club to their first league title for 54 years in April.

Bromley are in fourteenth-place in the Vanarama National League table on 38 points from 29 games and are 12 points adrift of fifth-placed Eastleigh and 10 points clear of fourth-from-bottom side Boreham Wood.

Despite the club celebrating winning the Conference South title only 31 league games ago and playing at non-league football’s top table for the first time in their history, Goldberg paid the price last Thursday for a run of one win in 10 league games, although he suffered from a lengthy injury list.

“We’re looking forward to the game against Grimsby, it’s going to be a really tough game,” Smith told

“We know about Grimsby, they’re sitting third at the moment, but I know we can put in a performance, put them under pressure and give ourselves the best chance of gaining something from the game because the team have been fantastic since everything happened last week and it’s just great to know we’ve got a game of football ahead and we can go out and play.”

Smith, 44, who has previously managed Woking and Welling United, has challenged the shell-shocked Hayes Lane faithful to get behind the team tomorrow night.

“They’ve been fantastic since the day I walked through the door,” said Smith, who was Goldberg’s assistant manager.

“We need them more than ever, the players really appreciate it, especially those who have travelled up and down the country in great numbers.

“We want to make it as difficult as we can for visiting teams at Hayes Lane and that’s helped by the supporters backing us one hundred percent.”

Bromley require four more league wins from their last 17 league games to retain their National League status, although the club’s new investors have said that promotion into the Football League is the target within three years.

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Bromley v Grimsby Town
Vanarama National League
Tuesday 9th February 2016
Kick Off 7:45pm
at Hayes Lane, Bromley, Kent BR2 9EF