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Non-league round-up: Bromley host National League frontrunners as Dulwich miss chance to close gap to play-offs

Bromley will look to arrest their five-game National League winless run tomorrow when they host runaway leaders Chesterfield at Hayes Lane.

The Ravens are second in the fifth tier but just two points ahead of third-placed Barnet.

Bromley are 23 points behind Chesterfield but if they finished second it would allow them to book an automatic spot in the play-off semi-finals rather than playing a knockout fixture first.

Andy Woodman’s side picked up a win in the FA Trophy after a 2-0 win over National League South side Aveley on Saturday. Goals from Michael Cheek and Louis Dennis booked their place in the quarter-finals. They will play Barnet in the next round.

“There were a lot of positives,” Woodman told Bromely’s YouTube channel. “Someone asked me why I didn’t make any subs today? Because I wanted these players to come off the pitch knowing they had seen the job through and been professional – they ticked all the boxes I wanted from them today.

“Louis is a complex character – he’ll be beating himself up about the ones he missed in the first half. But this is what strikers do – they miss them and take them – and he took the hardest one of the lot.

“He’s got that bit of magic in him and he’s going to be really important for us going into the last bit of the season. We need that competition for places in the squad, and we need everybody pointing and firing in the right direction.”

Dulwich Hamlet missed the chance to close the gap to the Isthmian League Premier Division play-off spots after a 3-2 defeat at home to leaders Hornchurch.

Ollie Muldoon opened the scoring for the 39th minute for the visitors before goals from Luke Wanadio and Danny Mills put Dulwich ahead by the 73rd minute.

Former Crystal Palace winger Sean Scannell equalised for Hornchurch in the 80th minute, with Mauro Da Silva Vilhete scoring two minutes later to deny Dulwich a point.

Dulwich, whose midweek fixture against Potters Bar was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch, host strugglers Concord Rangers at Champion Hill tomorrow.

Welling United could move with two points of National League South safety tomorrow if they claim all three points at home to mid-table Tonbridge Angels.

The Wings are unbeaten in their last three in the sixth tier.

They lost 3-0 against National League side Barnet last time out in the FA Trophy.

“I was really pleased with the lads,” Welling boss Rod Stringer told the club’s YouTube channel.

“With the performance that they gave, we should have gone in at half-time at 1-1.

“We had to work hard and there was a lot of tired legs out there.

“We only had four on the bench. We knew we had to stay in the game. I was really pleased to go in at only 1-0 down. We had the better chances to go to 1-1 again, but we never took them.

“We had 13 registered players who couldn’t play in this competition – seven who were cup-tied. That is crazy because some of them had gone out on loan to clubs who play in this competition, and there was no stipulation for them not to play.

“It’s been badly managed. We had another two who were sent off in the last league games and we had four who were injured. We had our hands tied behind our back.”

Cray Valley PM continued their unbeaten Isthmian League South East Division season, making it 24 games without defeat after a goalless draw at home to Chichester City.

Steve McKimm’s side are two points behind leaders Ramsgate but have a game in hand.

Cray Wanderers are 16th in the Isthmian League Premier Division after a 1-1 draw at home to Concord Rangers, with Anthony Cook cancelling out Ricky Modeste’s opener.

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