Bromley’s first away game of their pre-season campaign ended in victory.
Bromley started the game well, with Jordan Higgs the first to record an attempt, however it didn’t challenge Jake Cole in goal, flying well wide. The Ravens had a great chance on the ten-minute-mark, through an error at the heart of the Maidstone defence. The ball fell to Reeco Hackett-Fairchild, however, his shot took a deflection, changing the path of the ball, forcing a great save from Cole.
The game was very much on, when Maidstone challenged the Bromley defence from some impressive link up play. The ball was lobbed into the path of Nana Kyei, but he was unable to convert, due to a great save by Mark Cousins, exercising his reflexes. Bromley tried some link up play of their own when Billy Bingham played an over-the-top through ball to Hackett-Fairchild, creating an opportunity for the ex-Charlton man to convert, however it wasn’t meant to be as it sailed wide.
The game continued to be even thereafter, as Maidstone’s Justin Amaluzor found space and sent a low cross in for Jon Edwards, but Marc-Anthony Okoye managed to get a touch to send the ball over the bar.
The Ravens came back out in the second half making no changes, however they started positively, having two chances in two minutes. One – a freekick attempt from Chris Bush, going straight into the legs of the Stones wall, and the other an over the top through ball in the direction of Michael Cheek, but he couldn’t quite control the ball. The chances kept coming Bromley’s way, as Luke Coulson was played in on goal but his curled effort sailed just wide.
There was a 15 minute spell in the game where Bromley didn’t produce any chances, until Sam Wood took a driven shot from distance testing the reactions of Cole, but he made a good save, pushing the ball out for a corner. The corner resulted in Bromley opening the scoring, after the Stones defence couldn’t get the dangerous delivery out of the box, allowing Okoye to take a touch and smash the ball in the top corner from just inside the six yard box.
The 65th minute saw a series of changes for the Ravens, including a change of goalkeeper. Trialist A was brought straight into action as he smuggled the ball off the Stones attacker, before making a simple save from a United free kick.
Trialist A continued to impress when found on a one-on-one with Ibrahim Olutade, denying the striker by closing him down early and preventing a certain goal. Bromley were still searching for a second goal and that nearly came from Frankie Raymond’s piledriver of a shot, which forced Cole into another smart save. Korrey Henry managed to get Bromley’s second, through great dribbling and speed which got the better of Lewis Knight, before supplying a calm finish beyond Cole for his first goal in Bromley colours.
Bromley XI – Cousins (Trialist A), Kizzi, Wood (Trialist C), Higgs (Dunne), Okoye, Coulson (Craske), Cheek (Clifton), Bingham (Raymond), Bush, Porter (Trialist D), Hackett-Fairchild (Henry)
Unused substitutes: Brefo, Ojemen
Maidstone United XI: Cole, Hoyte, Pennell, Kamdjo, Elokobi (C), Knight, Kyei, Corne, Edwards, Trialist A, Amaluzor
Substitutes: Olutade, Williams, Divine, Chesmain, Lewington (GK), Gilbert, Wishart, Wood, Richardson.
Report by Paddy Gray