Bromley boss reveals half-time “rollicking” after loss to National League leaders

BY KAI BENNETT

Neil Smith gave his Bromley team a half-time dressing down in Tuesday’s 3-1 home loss to Sutton.

The Ravens remain in the National League play-off places despite the reverse at Hayes Lane – although FC Halifax are only a point behind and have a match in hand.

Jack Bridge netted a 79th-minute consolation for Bromley.

“We started slow in the first half and even slower in the second half,” said Bromley boss Smith. “We gave them 10 minutes to play, they scored a goal that comes off the crossbar, hits [Mark] Cousins on the back and then goes in.

“Then we thought we better turn up and we had a bit of pattern to our play. I gave them a rollicking and told them not to start like you did in the first half – and we did.

Bromley last ditch attack

“Kory [Roberts] gets caught out, gives the penalty away and you’re 2-0 down – then everything you’ve planned for goes out the window.

“Bridgey was our one player who was going to create something.

“We’re playing the team that’s top of the league, you want to put a marker down and see how far away we are – on that performance we were quite a distance away.

“We couldn’t get too high after Saturday’s win, now we can’t get too low as we’ve got Wrexham away on Saturday.

Managers hug end of match

“We have some tough games coming up, a lot of travelling to do.

“We have to make sure the boys are rested and ready to go.

“Hopefully we’ll have a couple of players back. You’re looking for players, when they come back in the team, to make an argument for you to keep them in the team.”

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