Bromley v Wealdstone preview
Bromley v Wealdstone preview

After an eventful week at Hayes Lane, new first team manager Andy Woodman takes charge of his Bromley side for the first time on Good Friday afternoon when they entertain Wealdstone in the National League at Hayes Lane.

The former Football League goalkeeper and Premier League Coach took over the helm at Bromley on Monday and expressed his excitement at managing such an ambitious club.   

Under the interim management of Roger Johnson & Alan Dunne The Ravens lost 3-0 away at Wrexham last Saturday following Neil Smith’s sacking two days earlier, in a match that saw a number of personnel changes and a different 3-5-2 formation adopted.

Both injured defenders Byron Webster and Jack Holland returned with Webster starting and Holland named on the bench, while Kory Roberts, James Alabi and Charlie Wakefield were dropped from the squad, while Billy Bingham was still unavailable.

Although the score line could have different if Bromley had taken their chances in front of goal, missing a number of opportunities in front of goal.   

Following the expungement of Dover’s results, Bromley are now tenth in the National League table with 41 points from 29 matches played, four points off the play off places.

Wealdstone make the trip over from West London sitting in nineteenth with 29 points from 29 league matches on a run of four consecutive defeats, having lost 3-0 away at Solihull Moors on Tuesday. 

The Stones are in their first season back at this level following promotion from NL South last season and they have taken a while to settle back, with new manager Stuart Maynard taking over on a temporary basis in February before being made permanent in March.

With relegation now seemingly out of the picture for the season, The Stones have a third of the campaign left to try an pick up as many points as possible with no pressure on their league status.

The club furloughed some of the first team squad in February and have brought in some new faces since to increase numbers.   

This will be the first meeting between the teams this season as the reverse fixture was postponed due to a frozen pitch in February and is now scheduled for May.

The last time they met at Hayes Lane was in the Conference South back in December 2014, with the game ending in a 1-1 draw, Moses Emmanuel putting The Ravens in front before Richard Jolly equalised for Wealdstone.

Emmanuel was at The Stones this season, scoring 5 goals in 14 games, but he hasn’t played for some time.

The match is the beginning of a new era for Bromley FC with Woodman having 13 league matches left to make an attempt on finishing in the top seven and taking the club into the play offs for the first time since promotion to Non-League football’s top flight in 2015.     

The game takes place behind closed doors as per COVID 19 restrictions, but supporters can purchase the excellent live stream service for £9.99 from the official Bromley FC website.

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