9 December 2023
Bromley return to home soil this weekend as they welcome Eastleigh to Hayes Lane on Saturday afternoon.
Last Time Out:
Despite a 2-1 victory over Chesterfield in their last league game, Neil Smith’s side fell to a 3-0 defeat away at Dorking Wanderers in the FA Trophy first round last time out.
Former Raven Jack Barham opened the scoring just past the half-hour mark before Tom Richards and Jason Prior sealed the victory for the National League South outfit.
As for Eastleigh, they eased to victory in their last fixture, beating Yate Town 6-1 in the FA Trophy.
Their last league game ended in a draw though, sharing the points with Ebbsfleet United after the scores ended 1-1.
A Look At The Opposition:
The Spitfires currently occupy 13th spot and a win tomorrow could see them close the gap on a play-off spot to two points.
Tomorrow’s opposition have won twice in their last five league games but haven’t tasted victory in their last two league fixtures.
On the goalscoring front, Eastleigh have bagged 30 so far this campaign, conceding 32.
As for their away form, the Spitfires have accumulated 12 points but have won on the road twice in their last five outings.
Eastleigh clinched a play-off spot last season but bowed out at the semi-final stage at the hands of Salford City. This time around, though, they’ll be hoping to go one better.
Who’s In Charge?
It’s over a year since Ben Strevens took the reins at Eastleigh on a permanent basis after clinching the job in November 2018.
The 39-year-old originally took over as interim boss after a spell as assistant manager and quickly proved why he was the right man for the job.
Strevens, whose only other managerial spell came at Whitehawk as a joint caretaker boss in 2016, steered the Spitfires to a play-off finish in his first season in charge last time around.
As a player, the former forward represented sides including Barnet, Crawley Town, Dagenham & Redbridge, Brentford, Wycombe Wanderers and Gillingham.
Strevens was a former Eastleigh player too, joining the club from Dagenham in 2013 before leaving for Whitehawk three years later.
However, the former striker was back in Spitfire colours in 2016 before hanging up his boots two years later.
During his playing career, Strevens won promotion from the fifth tier twice whilst at Barnet and Dagenham respectively.
The points were shared in the last meeting between these two sides back in September.
Luke Coulson opened the scoring against his former club just past the hour mark before Cavanagh Miley clinched a late equaliser for the hosts.
Top Scorer: Scott Rendell
With ten goals to his name so far this campaign in all competitions, Scott Rendell is currently the Spitfires’ top scorer.
The forward, who joined Eastleigh in the Summer after leaving Aldershot Town, failed to score in his first 17 appearances, but has notched ten times since then.
Goalkeeper and coach Ross Flitney re-joined Eastleigh in 2017 following a short spell at Bromley earlier that year after signing from Whitehawk.
There’s a whole host of Ravens who have worn the Eastleigh jersey during their career.
Sam Wood re-joined Bromley after spending the 2017-18 season with the Spitfires. During that time, the full-back made around 40 appearances for the club before returning to Hayes Lane at the start of the following campaign.
Luke Coulson is also a former Spitfire. He too made around 40 appearances for the club between 2015 and 2016 before leaving for then-League Two side Barnet.
Ravens number eight Frankie Raymond spent a brief spell on loan at Eastleigh in 2011 whilst at Reading.
During his time at Arsenal, goalkeeper Ryan Huddart was also sent out on loan to the Spitfires in 2016 for the first half of the 2016-17 campaign.
One of our most recent arrivals Ben Williamson joined Bromley after spending two years at Eastleigh. The forward made over 100 appearances for the club, scoring on 19 occasions and was also part of the side that clinched a play-off spot last season.