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By Matt Bishop
Bromley boss Neil Smith was overjoyed with his team’s performance on Tuesday night as they thrashed National League new-boys Leyton Orient.
After consecutive home wins, The O’s were making the short trip south of the Thames in confident mood, but goals from George Porter, Adam Mekki, Joshua Rees, Brett Williams and a Jack Holland brace ended their winning streak and secured Bromley a famous 6-1 win.
Macauley Bonne snatched a consolation goal for Steve Davis’ men late on, but in front of a bumper crowd of 3000, it did little to dampen what was an electric atmosphere, and Smith was delighted for everyone associated with the club.
Speaking to the club’s official website, the Ravens manager said: “It’s unbelievable. I’m ecstatic, delighted for the players, supporters, the board, my playing staff because they put in a shift.
“We had a game plan and to a man, probably overachieved. They’ve given me everything since they walked through the door on the 27th June and today was just everything we’ve been asking for.
“That was the perfect performance apart from the goal against. We wanted players who wanted to be here. They’re hungry to improve, learn and work for each other, I think that showed today.”
Despite the memorable win, Smith is refusing to get carried away, and is already focussing on Bromley’s next fixture.
As is the nature of the National League these days, another ‘big’ team rolls into town this Saturday in the shape of Hartlepool United, who followed Orient through the League Two trap-door in May.
Smith is aware it will be the second tough test in under a week, saying: “We do know it’s only one game and we’ve got Hartlepool on Saturday, and we have to get the players’ feet on the floor again.”