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Bromley 3 Dover Athletic 0: Goals from Frankie Raymond, Josh Rees and Michael Cheek earn Bromley home win over Dover Athletic

Bromley avenged their Boxing Day defeat at Dover as they began the New Year in style, claiming a 3-0 victory.

At the end of the first period, Neil Smith’s side broke the deadlock in the National League fixture when Frankie Raymond fired home from the penalty spot.

Former Gillingham man Josh Rees scored in Bromley's win over Dover
Former Gillingham man Josh Rees scored in Bromley's win over Dover

The Ravens doubled their advantage at Hayes Lane shortly after the restart when Josh Rees found the net, and Bromley sealed their victory late on when Michael Cheek broke through to score.

The hosts had the first chance with seven minutes played. Dave Winfield met Luke Coulson's free-kick but Dover keeper Yusuf Mersin made the save and Winfield was in an offside position anyway.

Four minutes later, Inih Effiong missed a glorious opportunity for the visitors. The 28-year-old took down a high ball well but dragged wide when he should have done better.

With 24 minutes played, a Coulson corner was only half-cleared by Dover as the ball went back to Coulson. He clipped the ball into the path of Cheek who fired over.

Dover came close to breaking the deadlock shortly before the half-hour mark when Nassim L’Ghoul flicked a Jack Munns free-kick on to the bar.

Dover manager Andy Hessenthaler
Dover manager Andy Hessenthaler

Winfield’s afternoon was cut short as he went down after a challenge by Effiong with what looked like a serious knee injury. He was helped off the pitch and replaced by Jordan Higgs with eight minutes left in the first half.

Shortly before the break, Bromley drew first blood from the penalty spot.

Referee Carl Brook adjudged away striker Effiong to have fouled Joe Kizzi. Dover keeper Mersin guessed the right way but couldn’t keep out Raymond’s spot-kick.

Bobby Joe-Taylor almost scored a fortuitous equaliser for Andy Hessenthaler's team two minutes into the second half, with home keeper Ryan Huddart called into action to tip wide the former Maidstone man’s over-hit cross.

But a minute later, Bromley doubled their advantage as ex-Gillingham midfielder Rees calmly slotted past Mersin after the Ravens had quickly taken play to the other end of the pitch.

Rees could have doubled his tally on the 64th minute when a poor Josh Passley header fell into his path. But the Bromley man fired over.

Modeste tested Huddart, 14 minutes from time, when he attempted to steer home Joe-Taylor’s cross but was denied by the keeper.

But with the visitors pushing men forward, Cheek managed to break through the Dover defence and found the bottom corner to round off the victory with two minutes remaining.

Bromley: Huddart, Kizzi, Winfield (Higgs 37mins), Bush, Wood, Raymond, Bingham, Rees, Williamson, Coulson (Hackett-Fairchild 71mins), Cheek (Coker 89mins). Subs not used: Najia, Klass.

Dover: Mersin, Passley, Lokko, De Haviland, Taylor, Woods, Reason (Gobern 82mins), Munns (Yusuff 61mins), L'Ghoul (Jeffrey 61mins), Modeste, Effiong. Subs not used: Simpson, Rigg.

Attendance: 2,011 (196 away).

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