Bromley started off their pre-season schedule in comfortable fashion on Saturday, easing to a 2-0 victory over Leatherhead at the River Lane Sports Ground.

The hosts, who fielded plenty of trialists in both halves, failed to test new Bromley goalkeeper David Gregory and were ultimately unable to threaten the Ravens defence at any point. Josh Rees had the first real chance for Bromley, but he side footed an effort over the crossbar from the centre of the box after connecting first time with a low cross. Adam Mekki, who impressed on his first outing for Bromley with a determined display, tested Leatherhead’s goalkeeper with a fierce low drive which was just wide.

However, Bromley’s dominance would be rewarded on the half hour mark. Josh Rees, another Bromley debutant, met midfield partner Frankie Raymond’s superb in swinging corner and flicked a header across goal and into the bottom corner.

Not long after, Bromley’s lead was doubled. Louis Dennis, who had been deployed in his new central role, caused havoc in the Tanners’ defence and struck a low shot at goal which was saved well by the goalkeeper, only for Brett Williams to meet the parried ball and tap home for one of the easiest goals he will ever score.

After the break, Bromley fielded a team mainly consisting of trialists, including former Welling United striker Tyrone Marsh and ex-Cambridge United forward Ben Williamson. The latter nearly put Bromley 3-0 up midway through the second half, but saw his attempted lob blocked by the onrushing goalkeeper.

George Porter also had an effort blocked by a defender after a neat passing move, and Marsh could have added some gloss to the scoreline late on, after he was left unmarked during a corner, but directed his header straight into the keeper’s arms.

Report by Matt Hall

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