Saturday 17 September 2016. Almost a year ago Dartford were on the wrong end of a F.A Cup upset, now the Darts hope to progress in their tough draw against Chelmsford City. Having been knocked out at this stage last season to Southern League Division One Central side Uxbridge, Darts Manager Tony Burman will be desperate to avoid another early exit. “Last year we had a dream draw but it backfired for us. This year we’ve got a team in the same division as ourselves away from home. You don’t want to be playing a team in your own league and they have got home advantage but we want to stay in the FA Cup and that’s what we’ll try to do. We all know the financial rewards that are on offer but it’s a tough draw and I am sure they think the same. We’ll both be looking forward to it. It’s a one-off game. Nothing else matters and we’ll look to do our best and progress”.
Dartford win 2:3 to knock the Clarets out of the Cup. City fell behind on nine minutes when Danny Harris' header hit the post and came back out but struck keeper Ross Fitzsimons and crossed the line. The lead was doubled on 32 minutes when Luke Wanadio was brought down by Chris Bush in the box and Elliot Bradbrook stepped up to convert the penalty. And five minutes later it was 3-0 when Bradbrook got his second with a shot that went in off the crossbar. City pulled one back on 68 minutes as Shamir Mullings gave them hope, and two minutes later it was 3-2 as Mullings again netted. Adam Bailey-Dennis was sent off in the sixth minute of time added on. But the equaliser didn't come and City exited the competition at the second qualifying round stage. Chelmsford City: Fitzsimons, Miller, Bush, Moore, Bailey-Dennis, Walsh (Willmott 66), Daley (Mullings 46), Church, Jeffers, Bricknell (Rees 60), Graham. Unused subs: Blanchett, Haines, Reid, Merrifield.
Keywords:Chelmsford, Dartford, Emirates FA Cup, football, non-league, soccer
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