Bromley are close to re-discovering their early season form which made them promotion contenders despite a 1-0 defeat at Stockport County according to Neil Smith.

Liam Hogan’s 58th minute strike at Edgeley Park gave the home side their first win of 2020, and an unlikely win considering the Ravens’ dominance.

Defeat was Bromley’s fourth in their previous five fixtures, although according to Smith the quality showcased in defeat was clear to see.

“It’s another game where their goalkeeper gets man of the match,” he said.

“It sums it up, he was outstanding.

“I can’t fault the players for not creating chances, they’ve created plenty but he’s just kept the ball out.

“I can’t complain about my players, the effort, desire, not giving up, some of the play we played in these conditions was outstanding.

“When it’s going against you it’s going against you.

“They (Stockport) have one chance and they’re scoring, we’re camped in their half, five or six corners on the bounce but we are just that inch away, that header away.”

Smith’s side slip to eighth in the league after defeat, but he felt there were positives to take from the performance with Wrexham visiting Hayes Lane on Saturday.

“The result is negative but the fact we created so many chances is a huge positive.

“We’re just getting the hump because keepers are getting the Man of The Match award each week.

“Can’t ask for anymore but when you keep getting hit in the stomach it does start to affect you.”

“The boys are devastated but we’ve got to lift ourselves up.

“We’ll keep the belief, it’ll ever go.

“Last few games we’ve looked like the old Bromley, hopefully against Wrexham we can start another run and be that side from the start of the season.”