Bromley will search for a fourth consecutive victory in the Vanarama National League when Oldham Athletic make the trip to Hayes Lane.
An emphatic 4-1 victory over Maidenhead last weekend sent Bromley into the top ten with a brace from talisman Michael Cheek in the first half and goals from Sam Woods and Louis Dennis either side of half-time.
It has been a huge turnaround for this Bromley side who began the campaign with consecutive defeats to Halifax and current league leaders Barnet, but they have gone unbeaten in their last six which has put them well in the mix for a playoff spot even this early in the season.
Oldham meanwhile secured their second clean sheet of the season following a stalemate draw with Dorking Wanderers. It made for consecutive draws for this Latics team who are without a win since their 5-1 win over Aldershot Town on game-week two.
Both Nathan Sheron and Kurt Willoughby should have put Latics in front in either half whilst captain Liam Hogan had a well-placed header disallowed for a push in the back.
Bromley certainly suffered a difficult start to the season, going their first five fixtures without a win although their first two fixtures did come against teams who now sit above them in the National League.
They have though since took points from every game against sides who are currently below them, which includes three consecutive wins to spearhead Andy Woodman’s side into the top half of the table.
Narrow wins over bottom side Southend United and mid-table side Altrincham got them rolling before a clinical showing against Maidenhead, in a game where they never really got out of first gear.
Bromley meanwhile are yet to set the world alight at any end of the pitch, but Woodman will be most pleased that his team are putting points on the board, and he will hope they can use this momentum to go on a run.
They have also had a strong start to the campaign at Hayes Lane, grabbing seven points from a possible 12, having won their last two on their home turf. Oldham would do well to show the same defensive solidarity they did against Dorking although they will be against a team who have scored eight times in their last three outings.
Bromley at this stage of the season have more or less matched their points tally from last season under Woodman, whilst they will look to go two better than last season after losing out to Chesterfield in the semi-final of the play-offs.
The hosts at the weekend will be encouraged by their strong showing in this fixture last season after they eased past Oldham by three goals to nil, where Latics forward Mike Fondop will not have fond memories after scoring their third involuntarily.
Now it may be an obvious bet, but Oldham will have a major threat on their hands with Bromley’s Cheek who has just begun to find his form in the National League this season.
The forward has netted all his four league goals in three of the last four games, whilst his all-round game was on full display against Maidenhead last weekend, proving what a problem he can be for all National League defences.
He showed his tendency to drop deeper and link play, using his frame and size to provide cute flicks to find his teammates, which was exactly how he got his second goal at Hayes Lane last time out.
Initially dropping deep to try and provide an outlet for his side, his intelligence and spacial awareness were superb when crafting the goal, recognising where the space was and exploiting it off a flick on from Corey Whitely.
It highlighted how he can be a threat both in and out of the box, whilst he put on show his clinical edge for the first goal, lacing a strike through the Maidenhead’s Craig Ross with his first sighting.
Oldham’s backline will face a major test on Saturday, with both Cheek and Bromley in form and rolling, although their defensive display against Dorking may provide encouragement for Unsworth, who will look to help stop the firing striker this weekend.
In the hot seat
In his second managerial role following his brief spell at Whitehawk FC in 2017, Woodman has produced steady but solid progress since his appointment in March 2021.
The Englishman has now been in charge of Bromley for 115 fixtures, producing a solid points per game average (1.6) in the two full seasons as boss in addition to the final months he oversaw in the 2020/21 season where he showed his promise.
He immediately produced a reaction out of his squad, going unbeaten in the first six fixtures in the hot seat which included four consecutive wins on the bounce, whilst perhaps even more impressively, Woodman only conceded one defeat in his opening 13 games, spearheading Bromley to the final play-off spot.
In his first full season as boss, Woodman likely took the time to implement his system and foundations, leading his side to a solid 10th placed finish, certainly looking for another play-off appearance in the following 2022/23 season, where he did just that.
A tight finish saw them edge out Southend by just two points to secure play-off football, where they agonisingly missed out on a final appearance after extra-time with defeat to Chesterfield.
This season meanwhile it was not instant, but Woodman has now got his side in flow and winning games. Another win at the weekend will certainly signal intent to the rest of the National League, particularly ahead of the fascinating contest against sure to be play-off contenders Solihull Moors in a few weeks' time.
Oldham will be hungry for three points having starved since the second week, therefore will be no pushover, but a victory will establish Woodman’s Bromley as serious promotion candidates.
The referee will be Gary Parsons, who will be assisted by Jonathon Block and Laurentiu Hantea. The fourth official is Joseph Dan-Pye.
Match coverage and information
Live audio commentary is available on Latics Player, guiding you through the match.
As this game is being played within the blocked broadcast hours stipulated by UEFA, live streaming will not be available through National League TV for supporters in the UK. The game will be available overseas.
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