The hectic Vanarama National League schedule continues this Saturday as the Ravens embark on the first of two away trips in a matter of days.
The Ravens had two days of training to prepare for Maidenhead, following Tuesday’s draw at home to Boreham Wood. A sharp Friday session on the Stadium pitch gave Neil Smith and his management team time to assess his options ahead of the National League clash.
Luke Coulson trained on Friday as he continues his recovery from injury. Joe Kizzi was in full training too after a clash of heads with Matt Rhead on Tuesday night.
See below a full gallery of photos from Friday’s training session.
Maidenhead United have confirmed they will be providing a live stream of Saturday’s game which can be accessed by clicking here.
For full details on the streaming service and troubleshooting advice please visit Maidenhead’s website here.
Preview: by John Self
This Saturday Bromley travel to Maidenhead United for the first of this year’s Vanarama National League fixtures.
The fixture represents the oldest fixture in Bromley’s calendar still played, as the two Clubs first met just two years after the Hayes Lane Club were formed in the 1894-95 season when both Clubs were members of the Southern League Division 2.
They met again in the following season, but it was 1927 and then 1949 before the Clubs were to meet again, which were both FA Amateur Cup ties.
Maidenhead were then elected to the Isthmian League in 1973 and, following promotions and relegations, the Clubs met again in the 1975-76 season. Since then, fixtures have been on a fairly regular basis, both Clubs having worked their way through the leagues to today’s status. As well as the League meetings, there have been several Cup ties during this time.
Last season Bromley recorded a 2-1 victory at York Road on August Bank Holiday, with Reeco Hackett-Fairchild scoring both goals; whilst the return fixture at Hayes Lane scheduled for Good Friday, became a victim of the COVID-19 pandemic and was not played.
In total there have been 50 meetings between the Clubs, with Bromley recording 26 victories to Maidenhead’s 17, whilst the remaining 7 fixtures have ended all square.
After losing their first three League matches of the current season, Maidenhead United have since gone on to record five successive victories before Tuesday evening’s 0-0 draw against Aldershot Town.
However, during these successes they were surprisingly defeated in the FA Cup by near-neighbours to Bromley, Cray Valley Paper Mills, 3-2 at York Road, with Cray’s winner coming with almost the last action of the match.