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Ebbsfleet United boss Steve Brown knows his side will have to be at their best to beat Skrill South leaders Bromley on Boxing Day

24 December 2013
by Steve Tervet

Action from Ebbsfleet's FA Trophy win over Bromley (Pic Andy Payton)

Action from Ebbsfleet's FA Trophy win over Bromley (Pic: Andy Payton)

Ebbsfleet clash with leaders Bromley on Boxing Day in the biggest game of the Skrill South season so far.

Third-placed Fleet have just broken a club record by winning nine games in a row, most recently 2-0 at home to fellow promotion hopefuls Sutton.

But Bromley are 10 points clear at the top of the table and they still boast a 100% record in the league at Hayes Lane.

Ebbsfleet boss Steve Brown believes his side can get a result there though.

He said: "We’ve got to go there thinking that. Bromley are a good side, a very attacking side. We’ve got players who can do jobs on people and I’ve got to work out a way of stopping Bromley scoring goals.

"Not only are they the league’s top scorers but they don’t seem to concede too many either. Bromley are the team to beat. I think the rest of the league will want us to go there and win.

"We’ll go over to Bromley and we’ll try, for the league’s sake, to stop them running away with it, and to stop them extending their lead on us."

Mark Goldberg's side have won nine of their last 10 games, a run only interrupted by a 4-1 defeat to Ebbsfleet in the FA Trophy at Stonebridge Road.

Brown said: "I thought there were a couple of individual battles that day which we won comfortably and that might make a psychological difference. But in terms of them being at home, and the fact they're comfortably ahead in the league, they’ve got to be going into it with a great deal of confidence.

"We’re going to have to be at our best to go to Bromley and get something but there’s no reason why not. Nine straight games could become 10 and it would just tighten up the league a little bit. They need to be put under pressure.

"I think if they beat us on Boxing Day, the gap will be a big old gap. We don’t fear anybody but of all the teams in the league, you’ve got to give Bromley a huge amount of respect, especially at their place."

Kick-off is at 3pm.

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