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Report | Bromley 1-2 Millwall

16 July 2016

Full-time at Hayes Lane

Fred Onyedinma and Lee Gregory were on target as Millwall began their pre-season friendly campaign with a 2-1 win over Bromley on Saturday afternoon.

In blistering heat at Hayes Lane, the Lions duo netted either side of Tobi Sho-Silva's equaliser during a particularly entertaining first-half.

Neil Harris handed starts to summer signings Shaun Hutchinson and David Worrall while fellow new recruit Gregg Wylde was among the 12 substitutes.

And winger Worrall was quickly involved, helping The Lions open the scoring inside three minutes when his free-kick from the right was emphatically headed home by Onyedinma, who had broken free from his marker. 

The visitors almost doubled their advantage moments later but Bromley keeper Alan Julian was equal to Ben Thompson's powerful strike from distance.

David Forde had to be alert to claim two crosses as Bromley applied some pressure around the 10-minute mark, after which Harris' men took control again with Gregory and Onyedinma looking particularly lively going forward.

Thompson again tested Julian with a long-ranger after 20 minutes before Hutchinson's header from a Worrall free-kick was well saved by Julian as The Lions continued to dominate.

Against the run of play, however, the home side equalised with 25 minutes on the clock when Sid Nelson's attempted header back to Forde was short, allowing Bromley trialist Sho-Silva to nip in, round the Millwall keeper and slot into an empty net.

The match was level for little more than 60 seconds, though, as The Lions went straight on the attack through Thompson, who charged down the right and crossed for Gregory to finish well into the bottom corner.

Two almost became three six minutes later but Steve Morison's curling effort, which looked destined for the far corner, was superbly tipped behind by Julian.

The Bromley keeper showed yet more good form in the early exchanges of the second-half, blocking Worrall's effort after a superb nod down by Morison on the edge of the box.

The hosts almost found an equaliser shortly before the hour mark when the lively Blair Turgott curled a free-kick over the wall only to see it crash against the upright and the loose ball turned wide.

Harris changed the entire team after 62 minutes, handing Wylde his first public run out in a Millwall shirt in the process, and the Scottish winger was instantly involved in a move which led to a corner headed wide by Jamie Philpot at the far post.

Bromley had earlier made comprehensive changes too so the flow and tempo of the game inevitably began to suffer, though winger Kris Twardek continually looked energetic and threatening down the right for Millwall.

Goalscoring chances were at a real premium in the closing stages, allowing The Lions to see the victory out ahead of Tuesday's trip to Dartford when those who finished this game will be given longer spells to improve their match fitness.

Millwall: Forde (Archer, 62'); Romeo (Brown, 62'), Nelson (Webster, 62'), Hutchinson (Rooney, 62'), Chesmain (Craig, 62'); Worrall (Twardek, 62'), Abdou (Williams, 62'), Thompson (Farrell, 62'), Onyedinma (Wylde, 62'); Gregory (O'Brien, 62'), Morison (Philpot, 62')

Subs not used: Pavey

Goalscorers: Onyedinma 3', Gregory 27'

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