Fleet determined not to trip up

Ebbsfleet United supporters will be making the short trip to Hayes Lane on Saturday hoping to see their side book a play-off final place following Wednesday’s exhilarating 4-0 win in the first leg.

The Fleet Trust are running coaches to Bromley and plenty more fans are expected to take to trains and cars to cheer on their side. But Fleet boss Steve Brown is refusing to get carried away just yet and emphasising the absolute need for concentration and professionalism.

The manager has made a point since Wednesday of impressing upon his side that shutting Bromley out early is the gameplan. He knows that the free-scoring Ravens are as capable of a fast start as Fleet were on Wednesday – and that would mean the home side getting their tails up and believing they can achieve what would be an amazing turnaround.

Bromley boss Mark Goldberg said, “We have to believe we can score four goals against them” – and having knocked in three at Stonebridge Road back in January, it’s not an impossible task. The home side will be without Ashley Nicholls, however, as his suspension kicks in immediately following his sending off on Wednesday night. The 32-year-old former Cambridge United, Grays and Dorchester midfielder has played 37 times for Bromley this season and could be replaced by Ali Fuseini, Louis Dennis or Elliott Buchanan if Bromley – as is likely – adopt a much more attacking approach.

Fleet are still without Michael Corcoran, serving the second of his three-match suspension after his sending-off at Concord, and are unlikely to spring any surprises in a line-up that has proved effective in recent games. Brown may opt to try his Long-McMahon combination later in proceedings to exploit what will be a stretched Bromley side as they chase the game but will hope to have all but sewn up the tie by then.

Bromley’s admission prices are:

  • £12 Adults
  • £6 Seniors
  • £5 Under 16s / Students
  • £17 Family Ticket (1x adult and 2 x kids)


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Ed Miller

Ed Miller

Ed Miller has been Ebbsfleet United's communications manager and programme editor since 2014 and responsible for the club website since 2007. Contact him on ed.miller@eufc.co.uk

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