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Bromley secured their place in this season’s play offs, after Saturday’s 1-0 win over Notts County.

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A victory that sees us snatch seventh position in the League table, and sets up an elimination tie at Hartlepool United on Sunday with a 2.30 pm kick off. This will be televised live on BT Sport.

Hartlepool have won 13 of their last 15 home fixtures, and earlier this season the two teams fought out a goalless draw at Victoria Park; whilst on 3 May, Bromley ran out winners by the only goal in the return fixture at Hayes Lane, both games being close affairs.

Bromley have been involved in three previous play offs and been successful in gaining promotion on two occasions since they were introduced for the first time at the end of the 2004/05 season.

It was that season that they defeated Metropolitan Police 4-3 on penalties, after drawing 1-1 in normal time at Hayes Lane; and then winning 3-1 at Horsham to gain promotion from Isthmian League Division One to the Premier Division. Bromley finished 4th in the table that campaign.

Two years later AFC Wimbledon were overcome by a single goal, and Billericay Town were beaten 4-2 on penalties following a 1-1 score line after 120 minutes to gain promotion to the Conference South. Both wins coming at Hayes Lane after ending the normal season as Runners Up in the League table.

The third, and last time, Bromley appeared was a two-legged affair against neigh-neighbours, Ebbsfleet United in April/May 2014, and although Bromley won the second leg by a single goal at Hayes Lane on 3 May, they did not do themselves justice in the first leg at Stonebridge Road on 30 April, when they suffered a 4-0 loss to lose overall on aggregate. Bromley had finished in third place in the table during that season.

The winners of Sunday’s fixture will be away to Stockport County on Sunday 13th June, in the Semi Final; and the winners of that will be away to the winners of the other semi final tie between either Notts County or Chesterfield and Torquay United. The final will be played at Bristol City’s Ashton Gate ground on Sunday 20th June, where limited spectators will be admitted.

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