Hemel Hempstead Town will be looking to complete the double over table topping Bromley when the Conference South league leaders visit Vauxhall Road on Saturday.
The Tudors go into the game on the back of a 2-1 victory over Berkhamsted in the Herts Senior Cup in midweek, and they will be eager to get back to winning ways in the league following a 3-0 defeat to Bath last weekend.
There should be a good crowd and it’s probably just what we needed at this moment in time.Hemel Hempstead Town manager Dean Brennan
Hemel go into the game as underdogs against their high flying opponents, but Tudors boss Dean Brennan is confident that his young team can make it two wins this season over the title favourites.
“There was a turning point when we beat them at their place when they had their keeper sent off,” he said. “We had started strongly down there and we had a couple of great chances, but so did they and it was a pretty even first half.
“In the second half we were very disciplined and we kept a clean sheet which is important for any successful side. Bromley probably have the most clean sheets in the table and that’s why they are top of the table.
“We’re looking forward to the game. There should be a good crowd and it’s probably just what we needed at this moment in time. It will show us where we are at.
“We tried a new formation against Berko on Tuesday night and I was pleased with what the players did. We did it to try and combat our pitch, because we will need to keep the ball in the air and get the big players in the side. Unfortunately that means some of the more creative players may have to be sacrificed.”
The Tudors are still in the hunt for a playoff spot, but Brennan knows his side must improve on the display against Bath if they are to take anything from the game on Saturday.
“I think the players’ mentality and focus is important,” he said. “We have to understand that, while our philosophy is to pass the ball and move, to win football matches that sometimes has to slightly change.
“The pitch is very dry again and we are praying for a bit of rain to make the surface a bit zippy – it’s not ideal but it is the same for both teams. Whoever adapts better to the pitch will win the game – it’s really that simple.”
While he is confident his team can get a result against Bromley, Brennan recognises how dangerous Saturday’s opponents can be.
“Bromley have got a lot of physical players and they are very dangerous from set pieces,” he said. “They have got a big threat from their centre-halves – they are both land of the giants really at 6ft 5 or 6ft 6 and are very good in the air. It’s something we have to be aware of.
“The are the best team in the league on merit at this moment in time but it’s where you finish up that matters.
“Bromley are certainly in the driving seat but they’ve got a lot of tough games coming up and Basingstoke definitely aren’t out of the race. I think anybody who reaches 80 points will win this title.”
Saturday’s game kicks-off at 3pm, and more information can be found at www.hemelfc.com