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Bromley defeat Cray Wanderers to retain Bert Durling trophy

PUBLISHED: 07:39 07 August 2013 | UPDATED: 07:39 07 August 2013

Bromley ended their pre-season campaign on a high with a comfortable 3-0 win over Hayes Lane tenants Cray Wanderers yesterday evening, winning the annual Bert Durling Trophy.

The game started evenly, with Bromley’s Brendan Kiernan heading over from a Joe Anderson cross, before Jack Holland put the Ravens ahead.

Kiernan’s corner was met by Rob Swaine, who’s shot was blocked, but fell fortunately for Holland to slot home.

Shortly after, Cray’s Ben Davisson hit a piledriver, with Australian goalkeeper Ben McNamara stranded, but saw it cannon off the post and be cleared away.

It was the best chance the Wands would have in the game.

In the second half, Bromley’s impact substitutions paid off immediately. Jay May was only on for three minutes, when he controlled Kiernan’s pass before slamming home a first time shot.

The best was still to come, however. After May had two good chances, and Steven Smith put a long range shot wide, the latter hit a long range stunner into the top corner following a throw in. It will surely be a contender for Bromley’s goal of the season.

The game ended 3-0, with Bromley lifting the cup to the cheers of the Ravens faithful after the final whistle.

Cray begin their league season on Saturday, away to Leiston, while Bromley begin theirs next Saturday away to Hayes and Yeading United. Both are 3pm kick-offs.

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