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Cards look to overhaul the Ravens

Brian Caffarey
7:40am, Sun 2nd Oct 2016
Bromley v Woking
Vanarama National League
7.45pm on Tuesday 4 October 2016

After their exhilarating comeback against Eastleigh on Saturday to earn a point the Cards take on Neil Smith’s Bromley side at Hayes Lane on Tuesday evening. The Ravens pulled further away from the relegation zone with a win at Southport on Saturday. Garry Hill’s side will be keen to leapfrog them if they possibly can as they seek to distance themselves from the bottom four. Make the trip to support the side if you can in this important game!


Some awful defending in the first half on Saturday took the shine off what was otherwise a fine, wonderfully committed, performance from a makeshift side, with Garry able to name only four substitutes. Judging from his post-match comments, it sounds as if none of Jake Caprice, Gozie Ugwu and Zak Ansah will have recovered sufficiently to return on Tuesday evening, but Nathan Ralph and Connor Essam will be available, which might encourage Garry to move Joey Jones into midfield.

The Cards sit in 20th place with 12 points, two points clear of North Ferriby United.


The Ravens had a rather erratic first season in the National League, losing manager Mark Goldberg along the way, but finished in a respectable 14th place with 60 points, one point and two places below Woking. Woking legend, Neil Smith, then assistant manager, was appointed interim manager on Goldberg’s departure and became substantive manager in early April.

There are a good many players still at the club from last season, including former Cards Joe Anderson and Adam Cunnington, but Moses Emmanuel (formerly Ademola) left to join Dover Athletic. Other familiar names include striker Alex Wall, currently out injured; keeper Alan Julian; central defender Rob Swaine (suspended for Tuesday’s game); and midfielders Lee Minshull, Bradley Goldberg and Max Porter.

New signings in the summer included winger/striker George Porter, with Welling last season but with plenty of Football League appearances behind him; highly experienced wide man Dave Martin; dangerous winger Blair Turgott, who made 35 appearances for Leyton Orient last season; and former Crystal Palace U21 captain, midfielder Connor Dymond.

Two other players who are likely to miss the game through injury are defender Ben May and winger Louis Dennis.

Top scorer is Tobi Sho-Silva.

The Ravens’ 2-1 win at Southport put them on 14 points and lifted them to 18th place in the table. Cunnington and Jordan Higgs were the goalscorers.


Bromley FC
Hayes Lane

Tel: 020 8460 5291
Official website:

By coach

The Cards Trust will be running a coach if there are enough ‘takers’. It would leave at 5.30pm. The cost for Trust members would be £13 for adults and £7 for U16s accompanied by a paying adult (maximum of two per adult). The corresponding prices for non-members would be £18 and £9. Ring (01483 772470) or email ( to find out if the coach is running. Bookings are also being taken for next Saturday’s coach trip to Sutton United.

By car

Exit junction 4 of the M25 onto the A21. After 4 miles fork left onto A232/Croydon Road, then right onto B265/Baston Road. After 1.5 miles the ground is on the right after a mini-roundabout.

By train

Make your way to Clapham Junction and change onto a London Victoria train on platforms 12 or 14. There are frequent trains from Victoria to Bromley South from platforms 1 to 7. The quickest take 20 minutes or so e.g. 18.03 (18.23),18.18 (18.38), 18.27 (18.43), 18.42 (18.59), 18.57 (19.13) and 18.59 (19.19).

Walking from the station to the ground takes about 15 minutes. Turn left out of the station and then right shortly afterwards into Westmoreland Road, at the traffic lights by the T-junction near the Police Station and the Churchill building. Turn left just after the church into Hayes Road. Take care to follow the road when it bears round to the left rather than ending up in Cameron Road. At the end of Hayes Road turn right into Hayes Lane having first crossed Hayes Lane using the traffic island near the mini-roundabout. The drive to the ground is about 200m on your left.


Adults £15
OAPs 65 and over: £10
Armed Forces, NHS and Emergency Services: £10
Students (16 years and over): £5
U16s FREE (when accompanied by a paying adult and arriving before 7pm; £5 otherwise)
Premier League and Football League season ticket holders: £10

Appropriate ID required for concessions. Tickets can also be purchased in advance via Bromley FC website.

The game will not be segregated.


The Cards travel to Sutton United on Saturday (8 October). The following weekend they play in the 4th Qualifying Round of the FA Cup, with the draw being made tomorrow (Monday). The next home league game is on Saturday 22 October when Barrow are the visitors.

Come on, you Cards!

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