2 March 2024
July saw Bromley kick off their pre-season campaign with the visit of a Fulham XI to a sunkissed Hayes Lane, where the sides played out a 0-0 draw. Highlights of this match can be viewed here.
This was swiftly followed by the visit of local rivals Welling United, who had no less than eight ex-Bromley players in their starting XI; Rob Swaine, Joe Anderson, Connor Dymond, Sanchez Ming, Anthony Cook, Bradley Goldberg, Adam Coombes and Nathan Green.
And it was one of those who would send the visitors into the lead. Cook, who formed Bromley’s ‘Flair gang’ alongside Moses Emmanuel and Louis Dennis in the Club’s first season at National League level, chipped Mark Cousins from the edge of the box.
However, it was one way traffic after that, with a Frankie Raymond penalty levelling things up before the break, and victory sealed by strikes from Joe Kizzi and Trialist D. Recap the game in full by watching our highlights from the day here.
Back to back away fixtures then followed, as the Ravens made the short trip to the Gallagher Stadium to take on recently relegated Maidstone United. Second half goals from Marc-Anthony Okoye and Korrey Henry saw Bromley record a second straight pre-season victory, goals you can view in our highlights from the match.
That trip was followed by another local one, this time to Dulwich Hamlet for the Glyn Beverly Memorial Cup. Bromley took the lead just a minute in thanks to Luke Coulson, only for Danny Mills to equalise late on for the Hamlet. However, after a lengthy penalty shootout, it would be Jack Holland who would score the decisive spot kick in sudden death to claim the victory. The goals, and the entirety of the penalty shootout can be viewed here.
Next came the match all Bromley supporters had been waiting for. A return to Hayes Lane and a grand opening; that of the all-new Glyn Beverly stand. Director Jerry Dolke, along with several former players, declared the stand open in front of a 3000+ crowd, which you can watch by clicking here. The Ravens went on to win the match 1-0, thanks to a first half header from Joe Kizzi, after impressive work from Jordan Higgs.
The final two matches of the Ravens’ pre-season campaign ended in defeat. The first of which came away to Dartford at Princes Park, where a Jack Holland opener wasn’t enough as a youthful XI slipped to a 3-1 defeat. The friendly schedule ended with a home clash against a Charlton Athletic XI where a solitary 86th minute penalty was the difference between the two sides, as the Addicks came out on top.