Summary: Bromley 2-2 Dartford

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It was honours even in Bromley’s second home pre-season friendly, as a mix of youth and experience battled it out with local rivals Dartford.

Bromley took the lead on 15 minutes through Michael Cheek. Outstanding work from Trialist A, which saw him beat three Dartford players, ended in him being fouled in the box, prompting referee Aji Ajibola to point to the spot. Cheek stepped up and calmly slotted into the bottom right corner, sending Darts goalkeeper Craig King the wrong way.

Soon after, Dartford levelled. Following a scrap in the box where a game of pinball ensued after a Darts attack, a Trialist prodded the ball beyond Mark Cousins to restore parity.

Despite Dartford growing into the game, it would be Bromley who scored next. More good play from Trialist A saw him feed the ball to James Alabi, who beat Connor Essam with sheer pace and physicality, before squaring to Cheek, who, despite losing his balance, tucked the ball home with an instinctive finish.

Wholesale changes were made by both sides before and during the second half, with Bromley gradually fielding a more youthful side, with a number of trialists. Kai Marsh Brown would level for Dartford on 85 minutes with a stunning, curled finish after a fairly even second half.

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