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Match Preview: Bromley (H)

8 October 2019

The Bees return to home turf as they host Bromley in the Manarama National League.

Nickname: The Ravens

Manager: Neil Smith 

Stadium: Hayes Lane

League position: 2nd 

 

The opposition

The Ravens have made a great start to the season and find themselves second in the MANarama National League with 29 points from their opening 15 matches. Neil Smith's side has stumbled with two defeats in their last two matches but will be hoping to return to winning ways when they visit The Hive this evening. 

Up until those previous two fixtures, Bromley were unbeaten in their opening 13 matches, before a serious injury to former Bee Mark Cousins coincided in this downturn in form. However, the Ravens have only lost out on the road to fellow high flyers Yeovil and are tough to breakdown on their travels as Smith's side have drawn three of their seven matches away from Hayes Lane. 

With the Bees coming into the game on a decent run of form after three matches unbeaten it is set to be an absolute cracker of a match at The Hive as both try to boost their promotion ambitions with a vital three points. 

 

The Gaffer: Neil Smith 

Smith took managerial duties on an interim basis at The Ravens in February 2016, before getting the job full-time in April of the same year, following a successful run of results. Since then Smith has guided his side to a 9th and 10th place finish in his two full seasons of charge of the club. 

Smith enjoyed a decent playing career too, playing for the likes of Stevenage, Woking, Gillingham and his current side Bromely, making well over 500 senior appearances. He will be hoping to cement the Raven's place in the play-off positions and make a real statement of intent to the supporters and the rest of the National League, as not many tipped our visitors to be in the position they are currently in. 

 

Last time out

The last time the Bees hosted the Ravens, the game finished all square as Shaquile Coulthirst's 71st minute goal canceled out Jordan Higgs opener for our visitors. The Ravens finished just one place above the Bees last season, only on goal difference as both finished 60 points. 

 

One to watch - Michael Cheek 

Cheek is the Raven's top scorer with eight goals so far this season, the striker has netted in each of the previous three matches and will provide a big threat to the Bees backline. Last season Cheek netted 16 National League goals for Ebbsfleet before making the move to South London, where he will be hoping to fire the goals to gain promotion to the Football League. 

 

Where to follow the action

There will be full live match commentary with Sam Avery and Will Evans on iBarnet from 19:40, so tune in if your not making the trip to The Hive this evening. 

Alternatively, you can follow full-text updates over on the Bees official Twitter account, with behind the scenes content over on our Instagram channel. 

 

REMINDER! 

BFC Members can claim an extra ticket for tonight's fixture up until 18:45 this evening. Tickets redeemable from the home ticket office. 

 

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Match Reports

Match Pack: Barnet 1-2 Bromley

8 October 2019

Despite Josh Walker's 10th minute opener, the Bees slipped to defeat as Bromley came back to take all three points at The Hive London.

HOW IT HAPPENED

The first chance fell to the visitors in the opening two minutes as the ball broke to Billy Bingham just inside the area but he dragged his shot wide of the left-hand post. 

Up the other end, Ricardo Santos looped a header over the bar from Cheye Alexander's corner as both sides look to get the opener in the first few minutes. 

On the 10th minute, the Bees took the lead as Alexander found Josh Walker who fired past Ryan Huddart to score his third in as many matches. 

Five minutes later Pavey nearly opened his account in an Amber shirt, but his towering header went inches over the crossbar. Further chances followed as Mauro Vilhete stretched to header David Tutonda's cross but it went just over. 

On 25 minutes, against the run of play, the visitors were level as Chris Bush's glancing header went past Scott Loach and into the net for the equaliser. 

The Bees almost took the lead again with 35 minutes on the clock as Pavey again beat his man to force Huddart into a superb stop to keep his side level. 

The Ravens nearly took the lead five minutes before the break as Joe Kizzi's in-swinging cross curled just wide of the upright. Then up the other end, Alexander's fierce delivery beat everyone at forced Huddart into a smart stop. 

The visitors should have taken the lead just two minutes into the second period, as Michael Cheek broke through on goal only to see Loach save well from his powerful effort. 

The impressive Pavey was involved again as Vilhete sent him through on goal, but the Ravens 'keeper was equal to our number nine's effort from the corner of the box. 

The Bees failed to deal with a Bromley set piece and were duly punished as Kizzi rose highest to nod into the bottom corner to give the visitors the lead. 

Following the goal, Currie's side looked to get back on level terms immediately and despite a number of decent crosses they just didn't get the rub of the green. 

With 10 minutes left on the watch, substitute Mason-Clark saw an effort deflect wide of the goal as the Bees tried desperately to find a crucial equaliser. 

But it wasn't to be for the Bees as they slipped to their fourth defeat of the season and only their second on home turf. 

Barnet XI: Loach, Alexander, Reynolds, Santos, Pavey, H Taylor, Fonguck (Mason-Clark), Vilhete, Walker (Akinola), Tutonda, Sweeney (Adams)

Unused Subs: Azaze, Elito 

 

WHAT IT MEANS 

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TEAM NEWS 

Darren Currie made three changes from the Dagenham match as Pavey, Tutonda and Fonguck came in for Akinola, Mason-Clark and J Taylor respectively.

UP NEXT

The Bees will return to MANarama National League action on Saturday as we host Woking at The Hive London, as they look to return to winning ways immediately. 

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