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Match preview: Bromley

27 November 2018

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The Spireites face Bromley on Tuesday at the Proact Stadium this evening with a 7.45pm kick-off. Here is our big match preview ahead of the game...


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Team News

Zavon Hines and Will Evans will be assessed ahead of the match.

Martin Allen said: "We are waiting to see how Zav before training to see if he is fit. I have got to be careful on Will. He has a recurring hip problem and that's why we have called Bradley (Barry) back."

Martin confirmed that Jordan Hallam will make his home debut after scoring in Saturday's 1-1 draw with Eastleigh.

Commenting on the young striker, Martin said: "When the chances come he doesn't shoot, he finishes. His finishing is spot on and each time we have seen him he scores goals. After seeing him for five minutes in training on Friday, I knew he had to play and he will be definitely be playing (against Bromley)."

The Opposition

The Manager - Neil Smith

Martin Allen knows the Bromley boss well. Martin was an assistant to Alan Pardew at Reading back and Neil Smith was a player at the club during his time there as they achieved promotion to the then Division One in 2002.

Smith began his career as a trainee at Tottenham, but failed to make a senior first-team appearance and went on loan to Gillingham before signing permanently in 1991.

After six years at Gillingham, he moved to Fulham in August 1997, playing there for two seasons and helping the club to win the Second Division title in the 1998/99 season.

Then followed a move to Reading in 1999 and Smith helped the club to Division One promotion in 2002 as they finished second.

He then joined Stevenage Borough in 2002 and that same year went to Woking and helped the club stave off relegation in the 2002/03 season.

Smith had five years at Woking before joining Bromley in 2008 and called time on his playing career that same year.

He then came out of retirement to sign for Maidstone United after he was released from the financially troubled Grays Athletic as a coach.

His managerial career saw him become the caretaker-manager alongside Graham Baker at Woking in 2007 and they managed to keep the club up in the National League.

After failing to secure the managerial hot-seat permanently at Woking, Smith then became manager of Welling United after Adrian Pennock left to join Stoke City before being sacked in January 2008.

A month later, he joined Grays Athletic as a coach before spells at Croydon Athletic and Lewes. In 2012, following relegation with Lewes, Smith then joined Bromley as a coach.

After Mark Goldberg departed Bromley in early 2016, Smith became interim coach and he impressed so much that he was given the manager's job permanently after just over a month in caretaker charge.

In his first full season in charge at Hayes Lane, he guided Bromley to a tenth place finish and they even reached the first round of the FA Cup, losing out to Rochdale.

They finished ninth last season, missing out on the last play-off place by just three points and they even reached the FA Trophy final, where they were beaten by Brackley Town 5-4 on penalties at Wembley.

One to Watch - Frankie Sutherland

Bromley's central midfielder is a key component in their team and has been since he signed for the club in the summer of last year.

He began his career with QPR and after being there for four years he was released in 2016 without making a senior appearance.

Sutherland had loans at Football League clubs including Portsmouth, Leyton Orient, AFC Wimbledon, Dagenham & Redbridge and Crawley.

After his release from QPR, he signed for National League Side Woking under Garry Hill in September 2016 and he subsequently left four months later to join Whitehawk.

Following a successful trial in the summer of 2017, Bromley signed Sutherland ahead of the 2017/2018 campaign.

He has missed just four matches in all competitions so far this season in the National League. Sutherland has played the full 90 minutes 15 times this season in all competitions, showing how important he is to the side. He has contributed seven goals so far and three assists in the National League.

Sutherland has missed the last two matches in the National League for the club as he was suspended for their away defeat to Leyton Orient on the November 17 and was also missing for last Saturday's home defeat to Dagenham.

Head to Head

This is the first time the two sides are meeting each other in any competition.

From the Dugout

Martin Allen said: "Every game in this division is difficult, you've seen it and I have said it from day one. I know them very well, I know their players and I know their manager.

"I have tried to employ Neil a couple of times. He finds players all around the lower levels and brings them in and makes good teams.

"We have to be right on our game, we need to add a little bit more. Plenty of the same, just a little bit more."

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