Bromley 1-5 Gillingham
Bromley 1-5 Gillingham

Bromley’s first pre-season game at Hayes Lane saw them come up against a well drilled Gillingham side who ran out comfortable winners in an entertaining game on Tuesday night.

The Gills got off to the perfect start when Callum Reilly beat Max Huxter after only 2 minutes with a cool finish just inside the box.

Bromley rallied from there with George Porter having an effort saved by Tomas Holy after a good passing move, but just as they looked to be challenging Gillingham made it 2-0 when former Bromley striker Brandon Hanlan ran clear down the right and drove the ball past Huxter into the far corner of the net from the edge of the area.

Bromley battled back again and after a long throw from Porter, Adam Mekki had a fierce volley tipped over by Holy.

The Ravens did pull one back on 26 minutes when Tobi Adebayo-Rowling and Omar Bugeil linked up to play in Porter who drove the ball home on the half volley from twenty yards out.

Both sides exchanged chances from there with Bobby-Joe Taylor forcing a save from Holy, while Reilly went close for the League One side.

Late in the half Gillingham had the better of things, Hanlan had a header well saved, Connor Wilkinson had an effort tipped over by Huxter and former Raven Josh Rees also was denied by the young keeper.

The second half saw The Gills score early again when Josh Parker caught the home defence knapping and they could have gone further in front but got Huxter who made a double save from Parker and Liam Nash.

Steve Lovell’s side controlled the half and asked the most questions, with Porter having Bromley’s best chance when he latched on to Kyle Da Silva’s through ball, but his driven low effort was turned round the post by Tom Hadler.

The game was held up for some time when Alan Dunne had to be carried off with a serious looking injury that will be a blow to Neil Smith’s plans over the pre-season.

Reece Meekums nearly found Porter with a great cross, but The Gills then went on to dominate the later stages of the game. Elliott List made it 4-1 on 83 minutes with a class finish and then two minutes later Regan Charles-Cook ended the scoring when he found space on the edge of the box and gave Huxter no chance from twenty yards out with the home defence static.

This was a classy display by Steve Lovell’s squad, while Bromley really looked to miss the injured trio of Jack Holland, David Gregory and Frankie Sutherland.

Bromley: Huxter, Adebayo-Rowling, D Johnson, R Johnson, Goodman, Higgs, Mekki, Raymond, Taylor, Bugeil, Porter.

Subs: Dunne, Edge, Meekums, Da Silva, Suraci, Enver, Gnahore.

Gills: First Half: Holy, O’Neill, O’Mara, Zakuani, Simspson, Byrne, Ress, Reilly, Parrett, Wilkinson, Hanlan.

Second Half: Hadler, Fuller, Ehmer, Lacey, Garmston, List, Nasseri, Charles-Cook, Nash, Eaves, Parker.

Goals; BFC: Porter 26mins. GFC: Reilly 2, Hanlan 19, Parker 48, List 83, Charles-Cook 85mins.

Referee: Will Finnie.

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