Bromley manager Mark Goldberg does not share the disappointment of some supporters after being drawn to play local rivals Dartford in the first round of the FA Cup.

The Ravens were in the hat for Monday’s draw alongside the likes of former cup winners Portsmouth and Coventry City.

And while many were hoping to face one of the so-called ‘big boys’, the Hayes Lane boss was more than happy to draw the Darts at home with a view to reaching the second round for the first time since 1945.

Indeed, with Goldberg having led his side to the first round on four previous occasions, defeats against Football League sides Gillingham, Colchester United, Leyton Orient and Fleetwood Town followed.

But with Bromley fairing well in the Conference South - and their first round opponents struggling near the bottom of the Conference Premier - the November 8 cup clash provides arguably a better chance than ever before to progress.

“You either want a big club or a game that's winnable at home,” explained Goldberg.

“It’s not the easiest job in the world, but we’re capable of winning it on our day.

“It’s a good local derby. It’s a game which is potentially winnable and gives us the best chance we’ve ever had to get to the second round.

“This is the fifth time we’ve got here in the last eight years and we’ve always had difficult opposition.

“Now we’ve got opposition that is going to be difficult - but they are beatable.

“We’ll be trying to go a step further than we've been before.”

Goldberg was speaking last night after Bromley crashed out of the Kent Senior Cup on penalties after a 1-1 draw with Maidstone United at Hayes Lane.

Mark Lovell put the visitors in front with a header before half-time before the hosts returned from the break rejuvenated, dominating the second-half proceedings.

Louis Dennis slotted home a deserved equaliser two minutes from time to force a penalty shoot-out, but with Danny Waldren and Louis Dennis missing their crucial spot-kicks, the Stones went through to the quarter-finals with a 4-2 victory.

“The first half was a big disappointment,” admitted Goldberg.

“But in the second half we came back the way I would have liked them to have done.

“We created a number of chances, we scored one and we could have got another.

“I said at half-time ‘let’s get at least to penalties and win it that way’, but unfortunately we didn’t quite get the win.”

However, the boss at least discovered some important lessons from the game, even if the final outcome wasn’t favourable.

“We drew the game, we lost on penalties but we learned a lot of lessons,” he continued.

“I learned a lot about my players tonight.

“Callum McNaughton did really well on his debut, as did Paul Rodgers at right-back in the second half.

“I learned what I wanted to learn about my players, so in some respects it was a good night despite the result.

“It was a good night for learning, but of course we never like to lose.”

Bromley’s next test will be in the league with a trip to Eastbourne Borough on Saturday (3pm).

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