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Non-league round-up: Bromley drop to third after Oldham stalemate

Bromley dropped to third in the National League table after a 0-0 draw at Oldham on Tuesday evening.

The Ravens have been overtaken by Barnet, who won 2-0 against Rochdale at home and moved two points above them in the standings.

Both clubs are extremely unlikely to catch league leaders Chesterfield, who are 18 points clear at the top of the National League.

Bromley are nine points ahead of seventh-placed Aldershot and well on course to secure a play-off place.

“We started a little slowly – Grant [Smith] made a couple of really good saves,” said Ravens boss Andy Woodman.

“After that, we were probably the better team – we played some good stuff.

“It was just that final bit in the final third – lacking a little moment of quality. I can’t fault the boys for their effort, work rate and the intensity that they put into that today. It’s a decent clean sheet again on the road.

“We looked the fitter team and more on the front foot in the last couple of games.

“I thought there was only one team who was going to win it.

“We have nine big games left. Every single game is going to be massive now and that’s what we’re in the business for.”

Bromley host Barnet in the FA Trophy quarter-final on Saturday.

Woodman led the side to winning the tournament in 2022 with a 1-0 victory over Wrexham at Wembley.

“It’s going to be a big game,” said Woodman.

“Barnet are in a bit of form at the moment. We’re going to see a lot of Barnet just lately. We will dust ourselves off and get ready for the game.”

Ninth-placed Dulwich Hamlet host Whitehawk this weekend at Champion Hill and will be looking to close the four-point gap to the Isthmian League Premier Division play-off spots.

Hakan Hayrettin’s side saw last weekend’s clash at Kingstonian postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

Welling United suffered their first defeat in nine National League South outings on Tuesday night after a 1-0 defeat at Farnborough, with Aaron Kuhl’s 40th-minute strike the difference.

Although not pleasing on the eye, Farnborough’s tactic of bombarding their opponents penalty area with Guy Hollis long throw-ins and Olly Pendlebury corners can be effective and it earned them the three points against the Wings.

Welling stay out of the bottom four by three points but head to league leaders Yeovil on Saturday.

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