NEIL HOPES FOR ROCH PICKINGS

The Non-League Football Paper - - FA CUP FIRST ROUND PREVIEW -

“DON’T leave any­thing on the pitch.” That’s the mantra Brom­ley man­ager Neil Smith will be ex­tolling to his play­ers this week as the Ravens pre­pare to take on Rochdale on Satur­day, writes ALEX BEARD. “We’ve got noth­ing to lose and ev­ery­thing to gain,” Smith said af­ter a 3-2 mid­week de­feat by Maiden­head. “Ob­vi­ously we had a set­back on Tues­day but we’re play­ing with con­fi­dence and we’re look­ing for­ward to it. “We’re tak­ing a few sup­port­ers up there so we’ll try and get a re­sult and give it our best shot.” Be­fore Tues­day, Smith’s side had gone five games un­beaten in all com­pe­ti­tions and had dumped Na­tional League league high­fly­ers Dover out in the pre­vi­ous round. With con­fi­dence high, Smith will fancy his chances of up­set­ting a Dale side, who are strug­gling in League One this term fol­low­ing an im­pres­sive ninth-placed fin­ish last term. Still they have an ex­pe­ri­enced man­ager in Keith Hill, some­one Smith is look­ing for­ward to lock­ing horns with at Spot­land. “Very [ex­cited],” he added. “He’s a very good man­ager, good at what he does. “It’ll be ex­cit­ing to put my­self up against Keith but we’ll treat it no dif­fer­ently than we would a league game. “We’ll come in on Mon­day and dis­cuss the pre­vi­ous game and then put that into prac­tice against whoever we’re play­ing.” So, just an­other day at the of­fice then.

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