Salford City travel to Bromley for the first meeting between the sides on Saturday, and with a view to extend our unbeaten run to eight games at Hayes Lane.
Opponents Bromley, who were FA Trophy finalists last season, are 16th going into this weekend having picked up just two wins all season, so they have some work to do if they are to have another season of improvement.
Since winning the Conference South in 2014-15 The Ravens have finished 14th, 10th and 9th, just three points outside the play-offs which they may have comfortably reached were it not for their Wembley run.
Manager Neil Smith has overseen that steady improvement after taking charge in February 2016, but he has been at the club in a coaching capacity since 2011. The former Gillingham midfielder will be hoping the visit of The Ammies can kickstart Bromley’s season.
Compared to the first 10 games of last season, Bromley are five points behind the pace they set. There is still a long way to go so that won’t be of too much concern to Smith, particularly given that Bromley are scoring goals; their total of 15 is joint-third highest in the division with us.
What’s let The Ravens down so far is the ‘against’ column which stands at a close 14, and they have kept two clean sheets (both at Hayes Lane).
After starting September on an unbeaten run of four games with a draw at Maidenhead United, Bromley are now three without a win following back-to-back defeats against in-form Barnet (0-1) and at Aldershot Town (3-2), where Bobby Taylor had a late equaliser ruled out for offside.
The Barnet defeat ended an unbeaten start at home for Bromley on their artificial pitch where they had previously won two and drawn two.
Danger Man – Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe
The 24-year-old striker, on loan from Colchester United, is Bromley’s top scorer. He signed at The U’s in January after scoring 34 goals in as many games for Maldon and Tiptree in the Isthmian League North Division, and went on to score one in nine for Colchester last season.
This season he has joined The Ravens on loan until January, and has started well with four goals in 10, two headers and two shots. Effective in the six-yard area, he will look to pick up on flick-ons and loose balls. If Omar Bugiel is back from international duty, the two of them combined pose a real threat from any set pieces.