26 February 2024
Bromley commenced the National league campaign in scintillating style by beating visitors, Dover Athletic, 4-1. After a cagey opening few minutes, the game came into life when Dover winger, Travis Gregory tested Bromley goalkeeper, Mark Cousins with a low powerful shot – which Cousins comfortably saved. Bromley’s first chance came to full back, Joe Kizzi who was unable to direct his header on target.
After some fantastic play from Harry Forster, it was the Watford loanee that provided an intricate pass to the onrushing Michael Cheek at the back post to hand Bromley the lead. Bromley nearly doubled their lead when the game reached the half hour mark. Ben Williamson produced some masterful trickery against the Dover defence and saw his shot brilliantly tipped wide by Dover goalkeeper, Yusuf Mersin. Bromley continued to attack, this time, Kizzi produced an inch perfect cross for Ben Williamson – the attacker placed his header wide of the goal. All in all, a positive half for The Ravens.
Bromley started off the half just as they finished it. After Dover forward, Ade Azeez had a chance to level the game, Bromley doubled their lead. Billy Bingham unleashed a powerful, low effort ater being set from a free kick, which Mersin could only parry into the path of captain, Jack Holland who bundled home the rebound at the second attempt. Dover got back into the game, when Gregory crossed for former Bromley player, Sam Wood to convert at the far post. The visitors came close to equalising when Steven Rigg saw his curling shot nestle just wide of Cousins’ post.
With Dover threatening to come back into the game, it was Bromley who scored their third goal. With just under 20 minutes remaining of the game, a brilliant flicked header by Cheek found Williamson, who was set through on goal and finished low to the keeper’s right. Bromley were not finished yet, with the game drawing to a close, Cheek capped off a fine performance by adding his second of the day after a mistake by Mersin to give Bromley a 4-1 lead. A perfect start for Bromley, who will look to build on their win when Torquay United visit on Saturday.
1 Mark Cousins, 17 Byron Webster, 5 Chris Bush, 6 Jack Holland, 2 Joe Kizzi, 8 Frankie Raymond, 4 Billy Bingham, 14 Kory Roberts, 19 Harry Forster (Trotter), 18 Ben Williamson (Alabi), 9 Michael Cheek
Unused Subs: 12 Tom Purrington, 15 Taylor Maloney, 22 Liam Vincent
Report by Alex Exadactylos