26 February 2024
Bromley FC Women kick off 2023 with a trip to Whyteleafe in the League Trophy on Sunday 8th January.
Whyteleafe Women play in the league parallel to Bromley in Division One North of the London and South East Region Women’s Football League as Bromley. They currently sit 7th in the league having played 8 games. So far this season The Leafe have won 3 of their games, drawn on one occasion and lost on four. Their goal difference is -2 having scored 16 and conceded 18.
Most of Whyteleafe’s games so far this season have been played at home and of their six home games they have won twice and lost on three occasions. Their only draw this season also came while at home. Whilst they have scored on 12 occasions at home they have also conceded 13 times. The Leafe have travelled away from home twice this season so far. On their travels they have picked up three points having won once and lost on the other occasion. Away from Church Road they have scored four times and conceded five.
The Leafe’s recent league form has been impressive having won 6-0 last time out at home against second from bottom in the league Denham United. At the beginning of December they drew to second in the table and strong promotion contenders, Dorking Wanderers. After falling out of the County Cup, Whyteleafe bounced back quickly to beat Leatherhead 2-1 in the middle of November.
Bromley have three former Leafe players in the squad, including Morgan Parnell and we caught up with her ahead of Sunday’s trip to Church Road.
When speaking about facing her former team Morgan explain: “I’m quite excited for Sunday’s game. It’s always good to play against a former club, and to go back to the ground and team I played with for a couple years will be good.”
Despite the opposition only being located a short distance away Morgan said: “I don’t really see them as the rival team. They play in a different borough and they’re in the league opposite us so for us it’s another game to play and show our ability.”
Looking ahead to Sunday’s game and looking at where both teams sit in their respective leagues Morgan added: “With the teams mentality and hard work, I think all of us would say this is a good opportunity to step up our game and have a good battle out there on the pitch.
Looking back on the end to 2022 and the teams dip in form towards the end of the year Morgan explained how the team will be looking to start the new year: “Of course ending 2022 the way we did wasn’t ideal, and with the amount of injuries we had within the team wasn’t good, but we’ve come back with a positive mind set, and with some new signings in the team, we are ready to go and finish the season strong.”
Despite the trip to Whyteleafe being separate from the league according to Morgan there isn’t too much of a different feel around the dressing room or a different mentality for the team. “For us every game is a football game. We want to win, and of course we feel the pressure. It’s always good to have a decent cup run and a cup final would be great for us.”
Looking ahead to upcoming league fixtures, Bromley have another local side to face in the coming weeks when they host Welling United on Sunday 22nd January and when asked if it is to build up momentum to start of the year as strongly as possible with a local derby Morgan replied: “I’d say it is important, but derby or not, we always need that momentum to be successful and get the wins we want and deserve. Welling are a good team, and this game being at home will be a good test and battle between both teams.”