Bromley were defeated by League one opposition in the second round of the Kent Cup. The game finished 2-0 to the visitors.

With both teams making changes to their starting line ups, it was Bromley who started the game on the front foot. After good hold up play by Adrian Clifton, the striker chested the ball up for Ollie Tanner, who skied his shot over the opposition goal. Tanner kept causing issues for the Gills’ defence, with the midfielder producing some fine trickery on the wing. However, against the run of play, a superb ball by Ben Pringle found Lee Hodson with the Gillingham full back crossing in for Henry Woods, who made no mistake and placed his shot to Tarek Najia’s right.

Despite Gillingham taking the lead, Bromley kept on attacking and after good hold up play by Clifton, the ball ended up with Jordan Higgs who fired wide. After some fine marauding runs down the wing by Brandon Young-Chambers, Michael Klass hit an audacious effort from 40 yards that narrowly went over Joe Walsh’s bar-it would have certainly been a goal to remember for the midfielder. The Ravens had their fair share of chances as the half was coming to a close. Clifton came the closest to equalising when his header hit the bar after a cross from Chris Bush.

The second half started and Bromley commenced the final 45 minutes with intent. Clifton again at the heart of the action, where he fooled the opposition defender in the box and forced a fine save from Walsh.Bromley were controversially denied an equaliser when Clifton set up debutant, Louis-Michel Yamfam, who tapped the ball into an empty net. A harsh call by the officials, much to the agony of the Bromley players.

Gillingham had the chance to double their lead when Mark Marshall got in between the Bromley defence and saw his lobbed effort go close. The Gills attacked again as Higgs’ heroic block denied Mikael Mandron a certain goal after the Gillingham striker nearly capitalised on a Kirunda backwards header. With the game reaching a conclusion, Bromley had the chance to get back in to the match when Tanner was fouled by Walsh in the penalty box. Adam Mekki’s powerful effort was well saved by the Gillingham goalkeeper in what was to be a frustrating evening for the Ravens. Despite some fantastic play by Bromley throughout the game, In the final ten minutes, Gillingham hit Bromley with the sucker punch after Regen Charles-Cook gave Gillingham a two goal advantage after his well placed effort came in off the post.

Bromley XI: Najia (GK), Young-Chambers (Kirunda), Dunne (Arthurs), Bush (C), Ojemen, Klass, Higgs, Tanner, Mekki, Clifton (Phillips), YamFam,.

Subs not used: Craske, Spencer.

By Alex Exadactylos

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