Bromley overcome stubborn Beckenham Town to claim pre-season victory in scorching heat
PUBLISHED: 10:24 15 July 2013 | UPDATED: 10:25 15 July 2013
Bromley earned their first pre-season victory after coming from behind to beat a determined Beckenham Town 3-2, in scorching conditions.
After an uneventful opening 20 minutes, the breakthrough came as Beckenham gained a free-kick just outside the box.
George Howard superbly tipped the curling effort on to the bar, but was unable to recover in time for the rebound, which fell to Alfie Nun to head in from close range.
Bromley responded well, with Brendan Kiernan creating space and shooting from an angle, only to see it saved well.
They were not to be denied again, however, as Mullings turned in a low shot after Beckenham failed to clear.
The away side continued to dominate, with Swaine hitting the post, Mullings blasting over and Elliott Buchanan having a shot saved.
The second half saw the introduction of many players for Bromley, including last season’s top scorer Pierre-Joseph Dubois and former Olympiakos midfielder Giannoulis Fakinos.
In the opening minutes, Howard pulled down a Beckenham striker in the box, prompting the referee to point to the spot, from which the ball was neatly dispatched by Nunn to give Becks a 2-1 lead.
This was short lived however, as Joseph-Dubois pulled Bromley level with a deflected effort.
The game was not decided until the 88th minute, when Reece Hall, brother of Leeds United and former Bromley midfielder Ryan Hall, embarked on a superb run, then feeding Warren McBean, who slotted the ball home.
Bromley next face Charlton Athletic tomorrow, kick off 7:45pm at Hayes Lane. Beckenham’s next opponents are Dulwich Hamlet, on the same day at the same time, at Eden Park Avenue.