Bromley boss Neil Smith admitted his side were “down to their bare bones” after the goalless draw at Altrincham on Saturday.

It has been a long season for the Ravens, who have struggled with reoccurring injuries throughout the campaign.

The club had several youngsters on the bench at the weekend as several first-team regulars have been sidelined.

Smith admitted the situation is not ideal but insists the future looks bright with an impressive crop of talent emerging at Hayes Lane.

“It’s difficult for us, we’ve got a lot of injuries,” he said.

“On the bench we had a 16-year-old keeper who is signing up for the academy next year. We had a couple of other teenagers, too.

“The future is looking bright but we are down to out bare bones.

“It would be nice if we could finish the season on a high with all our first-team players, but I have no problem bringing the youngsters on because I rate them highly.”

Bromley have enjoyed a revival under Smith, who replaced long-term manager Mark Goldberg at the helm in February.

The Lilywhites currently occupy a mid-table position in the National League but were unable to defeat relegation-strugglers Altrincham.

Smith said: “We would have loved the three points but we knew Altrincham were fighting for their lives and it would always be difficult.

“We had chances and didn’t take them, but so did they – I’ve got players out there who were taking painkillers.

“We had three kids on the bench and players out of position. We’re really down to our bare bones but we never gave up.

“It wasn’t a great game but we have come away with something which is a positive.”

Next up for Smith’s side is a home clash with Torquay – the boss hopes to put on a show for the Hayes Lane faithful.

“I want to be in the top 10 and especially at home, we want to put on a display for the supporters,” Smith added.

“But we have to take it day-to-day because of the injuries. But I know whoever I put in will put a shift in and that’s all I ask for.”

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