National League Bromley host League One Blackpool at Hayes Lane in the First round of the FA Cup this Saturday.
Bromley currently sit third in the National League after 18 games. With ten wins, five draws and three losses, Bromley have 35 points, seven points from Barnet in second.
In their last five games in all competitions, Bromley have four wins and one draw. This draw came against York City where Dipo Akinyemi gave York the 1 - 0 lead going into halftime. Michael Cheek equalised for Bromley but Lenell John-Lewis gave York City back the lead in the 72nd minute. However, Joshua Passley scored in the 94th minute to grab a 2 - 2 draw. In the Fourth round of qualifying for the FA Cup, Bromley faced Wealdstone. Alexander Michael Kirk, Cheek and Ben Krauhaus all scored in the 3 - 2 win, with Max Kretzschmar and Nathan Ferguson on the scoresheet for Wealdstone.
Olufela Olomola opened the scoring against Oxford City, who quickly equalised with a penalty from Josh Parker. However Olomola and Louis Dennis both scored in the second half to give Bromley the 3 - 1 win. Tom Blair gave Dorking an early lead, but goals from Deji Elerewe and Corey Whitely gave Bromley the 2 - 1 comeback win.
The last time out for Bromley was against Woking. Elerewe was on the scoresheet yet again for Bromley with the only goal of the game in the 1 - 0 win for Bromley.
Blackpool currently sit eighth in League One. In 16 games, Blackpool have six wins, six draws and four losses, leaving them on 23 points, three points from the final Play-off place.
In their last five games in all competitions, Blackpool have two wins, two draws and one loss. Jordan Rhodes, Owen Dale and CJ Hamilton all scored in the 3 - 0 win for Blackpool over Stevenage where Blackpool only had three shots on target. Greg Leigh opened the scoring for Oxford United in the 36th minute giving Oxford the 1 - 0 lead going into halftime. Rhodes left it late but scored in the 92nd minute to grab a 1 - 1 draw for Blackpool.
Shayne Lavery, Rhodes and Karamoko Dembele put Blackpool into an early 3 - 0 lead, but Will Goodwin’s first goal of the game kept Cheltenham in the game going into halftime. Goodwin’s second goal, however, came too late to start the full comeback as Blackpool held onto a 3 - 2 win. Oliver Casey was sent off in the first minute of the second half as Peterborough beat Blackpool 4 - 2, with Kenny Dougall and Sonny Carey the two on the scoresheet for Blackpool.
The most recent outing for Blackpool was against Fleetwood on Wednesday. A goal from Promise Omochere and Jack Marriott gave Fleetwood an early 2 - 0 lead, but a brace from Carey and a goal from Lavery gave Blackpool the 3 - 2 lead. However, another goal in the 90th minute from Marriott levelled the game at 3 - 3.
Bromley and Blackpool have never met professionally, but have vastly different records in the FA Cup. Bromley have reached the First round on 13 occasions, but have never progressed past this stage. On the other hand, Blackpool have reached the Final twice in 1948 and 1953, though Blackpool did beat Newcastle for the Cup in 1953.