|Emmanuel 11, Craig (OG) 90||Venue: Hayes Lane||Marquis (pen) 50, Thompson 56|
A late own goal from Tony Craig denied Millwall a win at Bromley as Neil Harris’s side had to settle for a draw.
Bromley had gone ahead in the 11th minute but John Marquis levelled from the spot before Ben Thompson put the Lions ahead minutes later.
And just when it looked like Millwall would comfortably see out the game, Craig, back for a fourth spell at the club, could only watch as the ball sailed over substitute keeper Tom King.
Harris had handed a debut to Joe Martin at left-back and Jordan Archer started in goal after his move from Tottenham.
Mark Beevers partnered Sid Nelson in the middle of the defence with the other summer signing Craig still building up his fitness.
Millwall started well and had most of the territory without creating much on a slippery surface.
But it was a lapse at the back that cost them on 11 minutes when Beevers misjudged a long ball and let Moses Emmanuel in behind. The striker had a bit to do with Archer advancing but he clinically clipped a shot in at the near post to give the home side the lead.
Beevers tried to make amends moments later but his shot from 35 yards failed to trouble Alan Julian.
Emmanuel limped off shortly after that and was replaced with Anthony Cook who looked threatening. Shaun Williams had to be alert to scamper back at one stage and halt the attacker on the edge of the box.
On 22 minutes, Williams, finding space in midfield picked out Fred Onyedinma with a 50-yard pass over the Bromley defence.
The winger advanced into the box to shoot but Julian did well to react to parry the ball and when it fell to the feet of John Marquis it looked like it would bring the equaliser only for the striker to shoot over.
Four minutes later Ed Upson had an even better chance when he broke from midfield and burst onto a cross from Martin. But his first-time effort was again brilliantly saved by Julian.
Martin, galloping forward from left-back with Thompson drifting inside and Onyedinma on the other flank, were Millwall’s principle threats, and though Marquis and strike partner Aiden O’Brien were working exceptionally hard they couldn’t quite carve out chances for themselves.
It was Bromley and former Millwall striker Ben May who threatened again and the big forward just failed to pick out Cook at the back post with a cushioned volley.
A flurry of corners as the first half drew to a close failed to bring any reward for Harris’ side and they were reduced to a couple of long-range efforts in their attempts to find an equaliser.
Thompson’s shot from 30 yards was blocked and fell to Upson who couldn’t steer his effort on target.
Harris made three changes at the break, bringing on Craig and Byron Webster for Nelson and Beevers while Jimmy Abdou replaced Williams in midfield.
The moves seemed to stir the away side and they were level six minutes into the second half, Marquis cooly sending the keeper the wrong way from the spot after O’Brien had been clipped in the area.
It was a harsh decision and Millwall almost found themselves behind a minute later but after the ball pinged around the box and eventually crashed back off the crossbar, the away side were able to clear.
Harris’ side then took the lead on 56 minutes. Onyedinma, who had been a real threat on the right, drove into the box again and when his first attempted cross was saved he picked out Thompson with the rebound and the midfielder couldn’t miss from a couple of yards.
Onyedinma then had a shout for a penalty and though it looked more clear-cut than O’Brien’s it wasn’t given.
Harris made a flurry of changes just after the hour mark. Trialist Henrik Breimyr came on in midfield while Kris Twardek looked a bundle of energy playing in behind Alfie Pavey.
The game was naturally disrupted after the substitutions and Millwall found themselves down to ten men after Thompson hobbled off.
And Bromley grabbed an equaliser in the final minutes after the luckless Craig’s intervention.