25 July 2023

Ravens secure another pre-season win

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Ravens secure another pre-season win

Bromley welcomed Dartford to Hayes Lane for a warm Tuesday night encounter for the Ravens’ fourth home pre-season friendly, off the back of a successful 2-1 win against Championship side Millwall, with George Alexander’s late penalty the difference between the two sides.

Andy Woodman’s men kick-started the game, with a trio of trialists gracing his side with their presence. Chances were few and far between for either side in the opening minutes; it was Joash Nembhard who had the first opportunity, but the Dartford number 19 failed to convert his header from close range.

Bromley were keen to assert control over proceedings, with sunny spells of possession allowing them to keep Dartford at bay, and the hosts’ dominance saw them granted the first real chance of the game, through luscious link up play between Corey Whitely and Louis Dennis, culminating in the latter unleashing a rocket towards goal; the number 11’s effort flew over the crossbar.

A curling free-kick from former Bromley man Luke Coulson 25 minutes into the game nearly granted the midfielder an assist on his old stomping ground; his ball in could not find its way through a raft of bodies.

Minutes later, a clumsy tackle on Whitely from Dartford’s Manny Adebowale allowed Cheek to step up from the spot – his penalty nestled into the bottom left hand corner, beyond the outstretched glove of Darts ‘keeper Mitchell Beeney. However, the reprieve was short lived for the hosts, as Brandon Barzey etched his name into the scoresheet, gliding past Bromley players as if they were cones on a training pitch, before navigating his effort past Kacper Orlowski to bring his side level.

The Ravens refused to let Dartford’s equaliser dampen their spirits, and a spectacular display of skill from Trialist B culminated in the winger directing a ball towards the six yard box. Cheek’s initial header was met with the gloves of Beeney, but the number one could do nothing to prevent Dennis’s tap in from close range, re-affirming Bromley’s lead.

Barzey once again proved his excellence on the stroke of half time, with a mazy dribble granting him the opportunity to flash goal-bound; his attempt found itself roll out for a throw in.

The second half saw a wave of substitutions for Dartford, with Andy Woodman opting for a solitary change to the side – James Vennings made way for midfield maestro Jude Arthurs.

Deft interplay from Arthurs presented the first chance of the second half to the home side through a fizzing effort from Whitely; the number 18’s shot shirked just shy of the top right hand corner. Another effort for the Ravens followed, as a majestic first touch from Dennis to bring the ball under control opened up a chance to shoot; the attacker could not quite direct his effort goal-bound.

Chances continued to flood for Bromley, and after Trialist C was brought down in the penalty area around the 60 minute mark, Dennis found himself 12 yards away from adding another to Bromley’s tally – his low-driven penalty could not beat Tom Wray in goal, with the number 13 doing what his goalkeeping colleague Beeney could not in the first half.

Two substitutes followed for the Ravens, as Dennis and Whitely made way for Adam Marriott and youngster Marcus Sablier. Five more followed, with Ben Krauhaus, Callum Corbin, Sam Woods, Grant Smith and George Alexander all introduced into proceedings.

Trialist A for Dartford made his mark on the game 80 minutes in, with a composed touch and cross presenting the ball on a plate for Paul Rooney; the number eight failed to find the back of the net, instead poking wide of Smith’s post.

The referee’s whistle brought a close to an eventful game of football, another successful showing for Andy Woodman’s Bromley Boys, a 2-1 win marking the Ravens’ third home pre-season win. Next up, we face Crawley Town at home this Saturday, a taxing test against league two opposition.

Written by Max Dugard and Daniel Catlin.

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