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Bromley boss Smith hoping to silence club’s critics

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Bromley manager Neil Smith is hoping his side’s impressive start to the National League campaign has silenced those who doubted The Lilywhites before a ball had even been kicked.

Smith’s men are flying in the top tier of Non-League football, having backed up last week’s stunning 6-1 thrashing of Leyton Orient by beating fellow league club Hartlepool United on Saturday, and they sit just a point behind league leaders Sutton.

It has been an excellent start, and Smith is hoping those who doubted him and his players are now realising Bromley aren’t just in the division to make up the numbers.

Talking to Radio Kent, the Bromley boss said: “People are probably looking at us a bit differently than at the start of the season.

“With one bookmaker, we were one of the top four teams to go down. I thought that was showing a bit of disrespect.”

Despite still being relative newcomers to the National League, Bromley have adapted well to the division and have finished 14th and 10th in their first two seasons at this level – and they’ll be hoping they can continue their good form.

However, Smith is not getting carried away, and said: “We’ve got points to prove all over the place.

“We know it’s going to be difficult. It’s not going to be rosy all the time but when it does come along I want to enjoy the moment.”

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