Bromley captain Jack Holland insist his side will be raring to go when they face Leyton Orient at a sold out Breyer Group Stadium. The Ravens exited the FA Cup last weekend and Holland wants to his side to start climbing the league table. Speaking to kentishfootball.co.uk “We’ll put all our energy into the league now and hopefully start to climb the table”.
- Sit 14th on 23 points
- League Record – P19 W6 D5 L8 F22 A26
- Only won one of their last four in all competitions
- Won three of last five in league
Bromley head to Orient on the back of a 3-1 defeat to Peterborough last weekend. Roger Johnson headed them ahead before Frankie Raymond was sent off just before half time. Matt Godden struck either side of half time before Joe Ward wrapped up victory for the Posh.
Neil Smith’s side were more than holding their own against a side two divisions above them with Smith stating the sending off completely changed the game. Speaking to bromleyfc.co.uk “up until the sending off, I thought the boys were outstanding and to go a goal up at home in front of 5000 supporters was amazing”. He added “it was always going to be hard, we tried to stay in the game but as soon as they scored their second we were fighting a losing battle”
- Kept just four league clean sheets (only one away)
- Kept two clean sheets in last six
- Kept two in last five league games – conceding eight in other three games
- Kept two in last three away games in all competitions
- Kept just one in last ten away league games
Despite bowing out of the competition to a side 60 places above them in the football pyramid, Holland admitted that it was a difficult defeat to take especially after going ahead. Speaking to kentishfootball.co.uk “it’s hard though, we’re a team of winner, that’s what we try to be. We hold ourselves in high standard and any loss feels the same. It hurts just as much as any other loss”.
- Failed to score in four games this season
- Scored in last nine games in all competitions – scoring two or more five times
- Last failed to score 22/09/2018 , 5-0 loss at Solihull Moors
- Scored in last four away games and only failed in one of their last eight in the road
Following their great season last season finishing ninth and losing in the FA Trophy final to Brackley, it was a summer of rebuilding at Hayes Lane with Louis Dennis and Josh Rees making moves to the Football League. After showing they can match quality sides, Holland states his side will put all of the emphasis on moving up the league. Speaking to kentishfootball.co.uk “personally we only look up, we won’t look behind us. We’ll have respect for the teams below us but we know where we want to be and where we feel we should be”.
With the “Football for a Fiver” initiative at the Breyer Group Stadium both sides have sold out their tickets for the clash. The Ravens should take some confidence into the clash after beating Orient back in January and Holland insist his side are really looking forward to playing in front of a packed stadium. Speaking to Kentishfootball.co.uk “it never gets any easier does it but it will be another bumper game. It will be a brilliant game, a tough game but we relish these games. We’ll pick ourselves up, that’s the team we are and we go again”.
- Away League Record – P9 W2 D2 L5 F11 A18
- Won three of their last four in all competitions
- Won two of their last three away league games
- Only won three of their last 12 away league games (W3 D2 L7)
- Lost four of their five away games against teams in top half – D1 L5 F6 A15
Following their defeat last week, Smith criticised his sides games management stating to bromleyfc.co.uk “I thought the game management towards the end of the first half was poor and what cost us the game today. I don’t think it was about ability, I thought we matched them in ever department”.
- Have netted 8/22 league goals before 15th minute – most in league
- Only Solihull Moors and Leyton Orient (10) have scored more goals in final 15 minutes of games than Bromley (8)
- Scored in the first half of their last seven league games (five before 15th minute)
- In Nine of the ten games they have opened the scoring, goal has been before 30th minute
Ahead of their trip to inform Leyton Orient Smith knows his side must learn from their errors if they are to pick up a result. Speaking to BBC Radio Kent “we have got to learn, Leyton Orient are a team in form and are right up there. It’s a sell out, a fantastic occasion and a great game to come back to. We need to make sure we learn from our mistakes”
- Four of their six wins have been by just one goal
- Not won against any of the top seven – D2 L3 F4 A12
Midfielder Frankie Raymond is suspended after his red card against Peterborough last weekend. Striker Omar Bugiel is a doubt after coming off with a hamstring injury against Peterborough.
Head to Head – Leyton Orient 1, Draw 0, Bromley 2
Last Time Out– 3-1 home defeat to Peterborough
Prediction – Leyton Orient 2-1 Bromley