29 September 2022

Gatti Pleased With Season Start

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Gatti Pleased With Season Start

Bromley’s Under 23s have gotten off to a flyer so far this season.

Unbeaten at home and sitting top of the League, Manager Lucas Gatti is proud of what his players have achieved but isn’t losing sight of the longer term goals.

“I am very happy with my time here as under 23s manager. It’s been very challenging being in between the Academy and First Team but we’re making good progress.”

“My job here is to help the boys become prepared for the First Team. My job isn’t to win the league, it is to go and make these boys prepped for the First Team. As it’s pointless if we win the league and they’re not prepared for the first team.”

Lucas is achieving on both fronts, producing a team who are pushing into Andy Woodman’s First Team whilst sitting top of their respective league. Looking back on last Friday’s victory, Lucas said:

“I think that Friday was the first game I saw us really controlling the game. It’s been a progression over the first five games. We started winning games but did not play as well as we could have played and suffered more then we should have.”

“We need to understand, and I’ve told the players, winning is not enough. I want the players to mature and be able and prepared to make the step up to the First Team, not just physically but mentally and I reiterate my job here is to prepare these players for that.”

Lucas will have a keen eye on how Friday night’s FA Youth Cup second qualifier tie against Tonbridge Angels goes as the club looks to go on another great FA Youth Cup run. Lucas encourages Raven supporters to come down too.

“The team play good football. They are a talented, hard-working bunch and ambitious too. The club has been on some really good runs in recent years, and all of us connected want to go further. I work closely with Jamel who leads the Under 18s, he is a fantastic coach and having these connections between the age groups strenghens what we are doing overall.”

“I know what it means to my players when they see the crowds building, hear the support, it provides that added incentive and of course it prepares them for the day when they hopefully play here in front of 3,000 plus people. For our even younger players it just adds to the atmosphere of playing under the lights at Hayes Lane.”

Tickets for Friday’s match are priced at £5 for general admission. 11-year-olds and under can attend for free with a paying adult.

Please click here to purchase or visit The Jim Brown Club Shop. Alternatively, you can buy on the night with cash or card.

Admission for this match is gained through Broomfields Bar and Kitchen.

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