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Preview | Bromley (h)

21 April 2019

Vanarama National League – The Hive London – Monday 22nd April 2019 – KO: 15:00

The Bees will be hoping to return to winning ways on Monday as they welcome Bromley to The Hive London in their final home game of the season.

Darren Currie’s side face the Ravens off the back of a 1-0 defeat away at promotion chasers Fylde on Friday with Danny Rowe bagging the only goal of the game on 21 minutes.

Last Meeting:

Barnet came out on top in their last meeting with Bromley back in September. Despite a late David Tutonda red card, Dan Sweeney bagged the only goal of the game as the Bees won 1-0 at Hayes Lane.

ManagerNeil Smith

Neil Smith has occupied the Bromley hot seat for just over three years now but he was no stranger to the club before he was named manager in 2016.

The former midfielder had a brief spell with The Ravens as a player back in 2008 before hanging up his boots for the first time.

Smith then returned to Bromley in 2011 where he became assistant manager before taking up the role as interim boss in February 2016 after Mark Goldberg’s departure. After winning six times and drawing three of his 13 matches in charge, the 46-year-old was given the job on a permanent basis.

After seeing out the remainder of the 2015-16 National League season as boss, Bromley finished in 14th before securing 10th place the following campaign. Last term saw them continue to rise up the standings again, this time clinching ninth, three points adrift of the final play-off spot.

Smith began his playing career at Tottenham as an apprentice but having failed to break into the first team, he made the move to Gillingham. The Lambeth-born manager featured over 200 times in six years for the Gills before going on to play for Reading, Stevenage, Woking and Welling. Despite retiring at the end of his Bromley spell, Smith returned to the field for Maidstone in the same year.

The current Ravens manager embarked on his first stab at management when he became joint caretaker boss at Woking in 2007 alongside Graham Baker in a spell that lasted only two months. Smith was then named manager at former club Welling United shortly after but faced the sack mid-way through the 2007-08 season. He then went on to become part of the coaching staff at Grays Athletic and Croydon Athletic before becoming assistant manager at Lewes, his most recent side before his switch to Bromley.

One to Watch: JJ Hooper

Forward JJ Hooper tops Bromley’s highest scorer standings this season having bagged 13 goals in 19 games for the Ravens.

The 25-year-old is on top form at the moment after netting six goals in his last six games but he sat out Friday’s 2-0 loss to Solihull Moors.

It’s proving to be a very good debut season for Hooper who joined on loan from Grimsby Town in December and he’ll be eager to prolong his scoring habit tomorrow.

Recent League Form:

Bromley, who are level on points with the Bees in 13th, go into tomorrow’s game having won once in their last five league games.

They fell to a 2-1 defeat away at Salford City but began April in better spirits, beating Leyton Orient by the same score-line. However, they had to settle for two consecutive 2-2 draws when coming up against Aldershot Town and Halifax Town before losing 2-0 at home to Solihull in their most recent fixture on Friday.

Bromley have also bagged 62 goals, conceding 67 and have won five of their 22 games on the road this season.

Connections: 

Bromley’s Kyle De Silva spent a short spell on loan at Barnet from Crystal Palace during the back end of the 2012-13 season. The 24-year-old only made three appearances for the Bees before returning to his parent club at the end of the campaign.

Midfielder Adam Mekki, who joined Barnet in August 2014, featured 11 times for the club but failed to find the net before he was released later that year. The 26-year-old then went on to play for Dover and Tranmere before signing for Bromley ahead of last season.

Full-back Richard Brindley spent last season with Barnet, scoring his first and only goal in our last game of the season against Chesterfield. He then joined the Ravens at the start of this campaign after leaving The Hive.

Off the field, Bromley fitness coach Ben May bagged four goals in 11 appearances for Barnet after joining on loan for the remainder of the 2011-12 season in March 2012 from Stevenage.

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Match Reports

Report | Barnet FC 1-1 Bromley

22 April 2019

The points were shared in Barnet’s final home game of the season as they drew 1-1 with Bromley at The Hive London.

Shaq Coulthirst clinched the equaliser with 20 minutes to go to cancel out Jordan Higgs’ opener in the early stages of the second half.

The Bees made three changes from the side that lost 1-0 away at Fylde on Friday. Dan Sweeney’s suspension meant Ricardo Santos returned to the starting line-up alongside Dan Sparkes and Wes Fonguck who replaced Medy Elito and Harry Taylor. As for the visitors, they lost 2-0 at home to Solihull last time out and made the one switch with top scorer JJ Hooper coming in for Brendan Wiredu.

Neither side posed a real attacking threat in the opening stages of the game but the Bees did put the ball in the net on 13 minutes. Wes Fonguck set up Ephron Mason-Clark who slotted home from close range but the referee blew for a foul in the build-up to the goal.

It proved to be a very quiet first half-hour, but the visitors should have put their noses in front soon after when Higgs fizzed his shot wide from just inside the area.

Up the other end and the Bees had a golden chance themselves. After Elliott Johnson did well to find Mason-Clark at the back-post, the latter hit the ball first time but was denied by a fine save from David Gregory.

With five minutes of the first period remaining, Hooper latched onto a cross but his dipping header could only land on the outside roof of the net.

The second half started much livelier than the first with Bromley opening the scoring three minutes after the break. Former Bee Richard Brindley pinged a ball in from the right which landed perfectly for Higgs to head home.

The hosts could have equalised on the hour mark when Jack Taylor was played through before the youngster pulled the trigger but his shot deflected out for a corner.

Simeon Akinola, who replaced Sparkes earlier in the second half, nearly fashioned one of the goals of the season shortly after. The ball floated out to the wide-man who produced a spectacular overhead kick which bounced in front of Gregory who had to tip it over.

Barnet’s attacking threat soon paid off as they bagged an equaliser with 20 minutes left on the clock thanks to Coulthirst who found space to fire into the back of the net from close range.

The Ravens really should have gone back in front 10 minutes later though when George Porter was played through on goal. One on one with the goalkeeper, the attacker slotted the ball past Cousins but his effort could only roll against the post.

Hooper then saw his effort from close range drag wide of the post in stoppage time as Darren Currie’s side managed to hold on to clinch a draw.

The Bees return to action next Saturday as they face a trip to Havant & Waterlooville as we aim to end the season on a high.

BARNET: Cousins, Alexander, Johnson (Box), Reynolds (c), Santos, Coulthirst, Sparkes (Akinola), J.Taylor, Boucaud, Fonguck (Vasiliou), Mason-Clark.

BARNET UNUSED SUBS: Matrevics, Robson.

BROMLEY: Gregory, Sutherland, Johnson (Okoye), Holland (c), Raymond, Higgs, Porter, Wood, Brindley, Coulson, Hooper.

BROMLEY UNUSED SUBS: Nakov, Dunne, Enver, Ogunmekan.

ATTENDANCE: 1744 (192 Bromley)

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