Bromley are no stranger to being in and around the playoff picture, having made it to the National League playoffs for the first time during the 20/21 season. Can they do it all over again two years later?
After a disappointing easter weekend, seeing Bromley draw to fellow playoff contenders Barnet and Boreham Wood, fortunately, not much had changed around the final few playoff positions, and the last spot was still very much within reach.
Bromley would put this right as they made the long journey up to Gateshead, a team that has managed to find its form at the right time in the season, seemingly avoiding an inevitable relegation and achieving a place in the FA Trophy Final.
After not being able to break the deadlock in the first half, in the second half Bromley started with a perfect ball across the goal from Harry Forster who found Corey Whitely to put Bromley in front, goals would then come from Loanee Ryan Stirck and then from fan favourite Lousi Dennis to seel a much needed 3 points whilst ending Gateshead unbeaten run.
This win saw them move into 7th for now, swapping places with Eastleigh, who dropped points to Chesterfield in a dramatic and last-minute 3-2 loss; however, up next was another long trip up North to the other FA trophy finalists, Halifax, with Andy Woodman fielding an unchanged side from Saturday's win in Gateshead.
Halifax began on the front foot for the majority of the game resulting in an Angelo Capello cross that was met by Rob Harker, who headed the ball past Reice Charles-Cook; Bromley showed the better-attacking intent in the second half resulting in talisman Michael Cheek heading the ball across the goal giving him his 15th goal of the season and earning Bromley a vital point to stay within the playoff picture.
These results have kept Bromley in 7th place for now. However, they have the colossal task of taking down Chesterfield at home in their next fixture; they have won three out of their last five games, and last weekend solidified their place in the National League Playoffs and will be riding on the confidence of their win last Saturday.
Despite the difficulty of the task at hand Bromley has shown great form and is on an unbeaten run of seven games. The recent results have indeed given them a confidence boost heading into this weekend, and hope that this positive energy gets carried into this weekend's game.
However, despite their recent impressive performances, there is no doubt that the task is still tricky, as winning this game is crucial if Bromley wants to keep their playoff hopes alive. They must remain as resilient and determined as they have been in recent fixtures to take all 3 points on Saturday.
Bromley has shown they can compete with some of the best teams in the National League this season, and with some luck and a lot of hard work, Bromley can secure their place in the top seven and further make their mark on the National League and maybe even the Football League