16 December 2017. Dartford force an away replay on Tuesday after a 1-1 draw at Princes Park. Former Dart Tom Champion was back at Princes Park for Boreham Wood.
The Darts had to play the final 21 minutes with 10 men after Alex Brown was sent-off for two yellow cards. Wood went ahead in the second half through Ricky Shakes but Tom Murphy levelled matters for the hosts. Although Wood dominated the early exchanges it was Dartford that created the better openings. Hayes' right-wing cross was flicked weakly towards goal by Murphy before keeper Grant Smith beat away Lee Noble's long-range attempt. Wood's best chance saw Kane Smith shoot over the bar from the edge of the box. Referee Lloyd Wood was typically card-happy, showing three yellows to the visitors in the first half - Angelo Balanta, Bruno Andrade and Shaun Jeffers the offenders. Jamie Turley's cross from the right sucked everyone in, leaving substitute Shakes at the far post to fire into the roof of the net in the 56th minute.
Dartford were back on level terms 11 minutes later. Murphy ran at his man and when he got to the edge of the penalty area his low right-foot shot beat keeper Grant Smith at his near post. Dartford's joy was dented two minutes later when Brown picked up his second yellow card for a foul - just six minutes after his first - and referee Wood reduced the Darts to 10 men. A rare error by Noble with four minutes left let in Andrade but keeper Deren Ibrahim was equal to his low shot from the edge of the area.
Manager Tony Burman felt Dartford’s performance against Boreham Wood on Saturday was the best his team have played for a few weeks. The Darts more than held their own against National League opponents in the FA Trophy at Princes Park to earn a replay on Tuesday night. “I thought it was a really good performance against a good side,” said Burman.
Dartford: Ibrahim, Harris, Onyemah, Bonner, Vint, Brown, Hayes, Bradbrook, Mills (Pavey 78mins), Noble, Murphy (Della-Verde 86mins). Subs not used: Pugh, Mfula, Cue.
Boreham Wood: G Smith, K Smith, Woodards (Shakes 25mins), Wells, Stephens, Ricketts, Champion, Balanta, Jeffers (Holman 78mins), Andrade, Turley. Subs not used: Burbidge, Sach, Thomas.
Images by Peter White
Keywords:Boreham Wood, Dartford, F.A. Trophy, football, national league, soccer
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