Preview: Thurrock (H)
26 February 2011
On Saturday Bromley welcome a Thurrock team that have made great strides in 2011. Since the turn of the year, a team that seemed destined for relegation have won four, drawn two and lost only two games, both against in-form teams in Farnborough and Woking. Facing Bromley tomorrow is likely to be Marlon Patterson. Having been released from the Club last week, Patterson quickly agreed terms with the Essex outfit, ironically making his debut in the 1-1 draw with Chelmsford City during midweek.
Like Thurrock, Bromley also had a change of management early in 2011. Since Hayden Bird, Barry Moore and John Harding were confirmed as Mark Goldberg’s replacement, the team have won two, drawn two and lost two. The new management have made a steady start and made a number of changes in the process. In addition to changing personnel, (with up to five new players arriving at Hayes Lane), the team are getting to grips with a more patient approach. Hayden has been honest enough to admit that the players are taking time to adjust to the new ideas, using the example of our previous home game with Staines Town as an example.
That said, Bird feels the display at Dorchester Town was considerably improved. In addition to Nnamani, Ide, England, Harwood and Wedgeworth all making debuts, the team missed key players through injury. Henriques, Dolby, Sobers and Dunk all missed the trip through injury with Arron Fray and new boy Courtney Harris leaving the pitch early with injuries. Despite this, all of the supporters who made the long trip to Dorset witnessed a resilience the fans have not seen enough of since the start of the season. So much so, the Ravens left The Jewson Stadium disappointed to have had to settle for a point.
During the week, the mood on the training ground has been upbeat. With the exception of Sobers and Fray, all of the injured players have returned to training and on Tuesday were joined by James Fray, Jake Britnell and Omar McCleary-Stephens from the Academy. On both Tuesday and Thursday, the players worked hard in high tempo sessions, were in high spirits and are clearly in buoyant mood ahead of Saturday’s game. The new players are settling in and the Management used the midweek sessions to create a greater understanding of the new pattern of play.
A further boost for supporters arrived yesterday with confirmation that Warren McBean had been withdrawn from the transfer list. Trialist Jake Hall has also signed Blue Square Bet forms, having completed a successful trial. Jake’s previous clubs include Dagenham & Redbridge and Grays Athletic.
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