- Under 21's PDS
4 December 2023
A Bromley XI travelled to Champion Hill to take on local neighbours Dulwich Hamlet in a pre-season friendly, with the sides competing for the annual Glyn Beverly Memorial Cup.
The hosts, captained by Bromley legend Jack Holland, started strongly and went close through Darren McQueen, but the former Dagenham & Redbridge man saw his low shot blocked.
The Ravens should have taken the lead on eight minutes, but after Marcus Sablier took advantage of a defensive error and raced through on goal, his effort, bound for the top corner was somehow saved by Charlie Grainger.
The hosts would take the lead on 12 minutes, as a defence splitting pass from Danny Mills was latched onto by McQueen, who took a touch and fired beyond Bromley’s trialist goalkeeper.
The Hamlet could and should have added to their lead just after the half hour mark, but Danny Mills’ goalbound header from a rebound was somehow kept out by Bromley’s trialist goalkeeper.
Kellen Fisher was enjoying plenty of the ball at right wing-back, and as half time drew closer, put two excellent crosses into the same trialist. On the first occasion, his shot was blocked and on the second he headed into the arms of Grainger.
Just a minute into the second half, Bromley drew level. Excellent work from Marcus Sablier saw him stroll into the middle of the park and find a trialist, who threaded a ball through to another trialist, and he advanced in on goal, before finishing calmly beyond Grainger.
Four minutes on, Deon Moore got in beyond the sliding challenge of Chris Bush and struck a powerful effort, but it cleared the crossbar.
At the other end, AJ Martin almost scored the goal of pre-season so far, but after cutting in from the left, his 25 yard effort was acrobatically saved by Grainger.
However, despite Bromley’s increasing momentum, it would be Dulwich who struck next. It was McQueen who was at the heart of it again, crossing into the box where Bromley were unable to clear, and Jazzi Barnum-Bobb found the bottom corner.
Moore would fire another effort over the crossbar for the hosts, before a cross from Andrew Harris-Sealy caused problems for Bromley, but Kory Roberts was eventually able to clear. Moore was again presented with a clear shot on target, but blazed across goal and wide.
However, as an increasingly youthful Bromley side battled on, Martin would get his goal, smashing home a thunderous effort from the edge of the box with just injury time to spare.
That goal meant that for the fourth consecutive year, the match would be decided on penalties.
After Dulwich missed two penalties, James Alabi scored the decisive spot kick to ensure the Glyn Beverly Memorial Cup returned to Hayes Lane.
From the four seasons the tournament has been played, both sides have now won it twice, and each match has ended in a score draw and penalty shootout.
The Ravens will now travel to Welling United on Saturday, 7th August, in a 1pm kickoff.
Bromley XI: Trialist (GK), Roberts, Bush (C), Stevenson, Skeffington (Burnett), Trialist (Trialist), Sablier (Obembe), Fisher, Martin, Trialist (Alabi), Trialist (Krauhaus)
Unused substitutes: Nicholas, Wyborn, Lovatt