Last Saturday’s postponement means that Dean Keates’ 100th game as Wrexham manager comes today, against the side he beat to earn his first win as manager. Bromley were the visitors to The Racecourse when goals from Shaun Harrad and Gerry McDonagh earned a 2-1 home win in October 2016. However, our record at Hayes Lane could do with some improvement.
Luke Young’s 77th minute winner at The Racecourse last November ended our longest run without a win against The Ravens, but four trips to Bromley have resulted in just one point out of twelve.
That one point could easily have been three. In March 2018 James Jennings gave us the lead shortly after the break, but a contested penalty decision meant we failed to close out what would have been a morale-boosting win a fortnight after Keates had departed to Walsall.
We’ve conceded nine goals in our three defeats at Bromley, but it all started so promisingly. On a blisteringly hot first day of the 2015-16 season, Wes York gave us an early lead in what appeared to be the glorious new Gary Mills era. Unfortunately, the game turned out to be a microcosm of what was to come under Mills, as things span hideously out of control and we found ourselves 3-1 down at the break.
That was how the game ended, despite a promising cameo from half time substitute Joel Logan, who hit the bar but would only be given another 27 minutes on the pitch by Mills. Ten players made their debuts for us that day: Mason Watkins-Clark would fare even worse than Logan, his Wrexham career ending at half time; and only Sean Newton would remain by the start of the next season.