It says something about the form of team in the higher reaches of the National League, that Bromley are fifth in the form guide for the last six matches.

Stretch that to the last ten, however, and our opponents on Tuesday night are top.

In National League action, they have won seven and drawn three of their last ten and you have to go back to September 11 to find their last defeat, at the hands of a 90th minute winner from Boreham Wood.

There was a 3-0 FA Cup defeat away at Paul Warne’s Rotherham United a couple of weeks ago, but in league action Bromley are in good nick.

That said, they have drawn three of their last five and were behind twice against King’s Lynn Town on Saturday, which manager Andy Woodman put down to them not being nasty enough.

Speaking after they came back to win 3-2, the boss said: “I felt we got caught up trying to be this nicey, nicey team because of how they played which, with all due respect, that is not us.

“We have to fight and grapple and put balls in the areas and try and win knock-downs and bits and be a bit more ugly, that’s what I felt we needed.

“We kind of did that, we huffed and puffed as always and got the ball wide and got the crosses in and the result was there.”

As is customary, striker Michael Cheek is the Ravens’ talisman with 12 goals in 16 appearances, a record only surpassed by the division’s top scorer Chesterfield’s Kabongo Tshimanga.

Quite how Cheek has never played League football is something of a mystery and his scoring record of a goal every other game for Bromley can’t be surpassed by many.

Woodman’s position as manager is also something of a surprised after he looked set to take the vacant manager’s job at Hartlepool United a couple of weeks ago.

That led to Bromley issuing a statement insisting the former Newcastle United goalkeeper coach was “fully committed” to his current job which was followed by a further denial from Hartlepool that they were chasing him.

That said, he remains among the favourites for the job at the League Two side with some bookmakers, but remains in charge at Hayes Lane for now at least.

If you are heading to south east London on Tuesday night, don’t forget to check out our Ciderspace Away Travel Guide – here.


FROM THE MANAGER

Bromley manager Andy Woodman is not expecting an easy game when Yeovil Town visit Hayes Lane in midweek.

Asked about the visit of the Glovers after Saturday’s 3-2 home win over King’s Lynn, he said: “It’s not going to be easy, we need to be better and do things in a better manner and understand how teams are going to come here and try and stop us doing certain things.

“We need to be a little more streetwise and smarter about how we go about certain things which we will do, and we’ll pay Yeovil the respect we pay every team that comes here.

“We are prepared and we will do our homework and our due diligence to make sure we are ready for the game and it’ll be the 1% and 2%s that will be getting across the line in these games, which I am really chuffed about.


TEAM NEWS

Former Glovers’ defender Byron Webster will be suspended for the visit of his former club after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season at the weekend.

The 34-year-old, who was part of  Gary Johnson’s side promoted to the Championship in 2013, has been a regular fixture alongside fellow former Glover Omar Sowunmi in the heart of the Bromley defence.

 


A FOOT IN BOTH CAMPS

The absence of Byron Webster means that Omar Sowunmi is the only former Yeovil Town player likely to line up for Bromley.

The giant 26-year-old defender spent four years at Huish Park having been signed from from Lowestoft Town by Paul Sturrock who infamously said he believed he could make the ex-Ipswich Town striker “the next Kenwyne Jones”.

Suffice to say, despite some impressive performances, Omar’s time at Huish Park will be remembered for captaining the side which whimpered out of the Football League in 2018-19.

In the Yeovil Town camp, Charlie Wakefield will be looking to show his old employers what they have missed out on.

The former Chelsea youngster was released by Bromley in the summer having made just four starts after joining in January last season.

Other players with a foot in both camps include Courtney Duffus, who it appears did not appeal to Woodman having been ignored for much of last season and then shipped out to Morecambe.

Winger Iffy Allen is another having had a pretty iffy 12 match spell at Huish Park in 2015-16, before spending the 2017-18 campaign at Bromley.


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