Gillingham cruise to victory as Bromley kick start pre-season campaign

PUBLISHED: 10:43 08 July 2013 | UPDATED: 10:43 08 July 2013

Adebayo Akinfenwa took on Bromley's defence after returning to Gillingham.

Adebayo Akinfenwa took on Bromley's defence after returning to Gillingham.


Kent’s only football league club scored a 3-0 victory at Hayes Lane in the annual pre-season friendly between Gillingham and Bromley on Saturday.

Powerhouse striker Adebayo Akinfenwa awaited a Bromley side playing together for the first time this season, and The Gills wasted little time establishing themselves in front of goal.

Bromley found themselves picking the ball out of the net twice in the opening 20 minutes, though both efforts were disallowed. But it was just before the half hour mark that Gillingham opened the scoring as Bradley Dack cooly slotted home after weaving his way through the home defence.

The deficit was doubled shortly after, when veteran defender Adam Barrett stabbed in a loose ball from a corner.

Bromley had two shots off target, from last season’s top scorer Pierre Joseph-Dubois and debut man Brendan Kiernan. However, it would be the Gills who would find the net again.

After a challenge in the box from Steven Smith, the referee pointed to the spot without hesitation. Up stepped Danny Kedwell to blast the ball home.

The second half was one of a very different kind. The altering of a few players seemed to work in Bromley’s favour. The introduction of Mike Jones had a big impact on the game, with the midfield man creating a number of chances.

George Howard produced a world class save from an Akinfenwa header, before Shamir Mullings and the returning Warren McBean had efforts saved for Bromley, as the Ravens began to take control of the game.

However, they were umable to find the net at a scorching Hayes Lane, leaving the final score at 3-0.

Mark Goldberg and his Bromley side make the short trip to Beckenham Town next Saturday for a 1pm kick off at Eden Park Avenue.

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