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Are Bromley Poised to Break Their New Year Slump?

Bromley ended 2023 with a 5-1 derby day win against local rivals Ebbsfleet United; they would go unbeaten into January with three consecutive draws in the league and a win on penalties in the 4th round of the FA Trophy, however, since the start of the year they have only had one win so far which was a dramatic 4-3 win against champions elect Chesterfield and whilst in this time period they have succeeded in the FA Trophy their league form has dramatically changed losing three of their last four league games, the latest against Eastleigh on TNT Sports.

After Saturday's defeat Bromley breifly slid down to 3rd in the table, however have gone back to 2nd thanks to the results around them going in their favour and with 11 cup finals to go until the playoff places are finalised can they find a change in form and secure a vital bye into the playoff semi-finals.

A new year slump is nothing new for Bromley; whilst their results overall were better this time last season, the team also struggled, having brief spells of poor form. However, they eventually managed to find their form. They quickly began to build momentum, which led to them finishing the season strong, going nine games unbeaten and securing a place in the playoffs.

Whilst it is always frustrating at the time, Bromley fans have a lot to be optimistic about this season, such as being much higher up the table and, for a large part of the season, have been sat between 2nd and 3rd place and have somewhat held their own and worked hard to be in this position and not there based on merit, and whilst it is naturally for a fanbase to panic and think of the worst is going to happen as this poor form has come seemingly at the right time.

The squad has dealt with many injuries across the season, one of which includes recent signing and fan favourite Deji Elewere, an exciting young defender who has been crucial for Bromley in both of his loan spells and has been dealing with an injury since his permanent return and looks to hopefully be back just as we hit the business end of the season which is vital as he plays with pace and for his age has bags of confidence that can boost the team's performance.

If the team are going to bounce back from this setback, it will have to be this weekend as Halifax Town come to Hayes Lane; however, it won't be easy as the Shaymen will be looking to do the double over Bromley having beaten them 2-0 on the opening day of the season and are currently in 8th place so will want to try and jump teams ahead of them and secure a playoff place.

However, although it is not a guaranteed win for Bromley, they will undoubtedly be hoping for a solid turnout from the fans who, in recent weeks, with the help of the Project 30,000 initiative, which has helped boost the atmosphere of a matchday, with their last home match against Chesterfield being a prime example of their passionate support which certainly helped them take all 3 points from the game and search for their last minute winner and have turned Hayes lane into a much tougher place to come.

As Bromley navigates through a challenging period of form and sets their sights on resurgence, With the potential catalyst against Halifax Town on the horizon, the team will have to seize the moment and reignite their campaign, fueled by the energy of their passionate supporters in a push for playoff football and a chance of promotion to the Football League.

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