14 December 2016. Dartford win 1:2 to put Dover Athletic out of the Buildbase FA Trophy on a mild but murky evening at the Crabble stadium.
The Darts have won just once in their last nine outings at the Crabble. In 2010, Dartford beat Dover Athletic 2-0 which is their only victory since 1991. The Darts have recorded five draws and three defeats in that time against the Whites. Their worst results was a 6:1 loss in 2015.
Jim Stevenson put the National League side ahead early on with a strike which keeper Deren Ibrahim should have saved, but Ronnie Vint fired the visitors level moments later, just as he had in Saturday's initial tie, and a 20-yard blast from former Dover trialist Luke Wanadio on the stroke of half-time was enough to win it as Dover fell short of their usual standards.
The Darts go through to host Chelmsford in round two in January and claim the £5,000 prize money.
Crabble stadium has been described as "Being set into the side of a hill, on the outskirts of the town, it is one of the most picturesque grounds in England". On a murky, misty December evening it was impossible to tell. There's a steep slope up to the ground from the road, and thankfully there's a rickety golf cart that can transport those less able to make the ascent. The ground is on a slope and the side of the pitch nearest the Ikea-like new stand was like a quagmire, but there is plenty of space behind both goals.
Dover: Arnold, Magri (Modeste 79mins), Thomas, Orlu, Stevenson (Pinnock 66mins), Miller, Grimes, Sterling, Emmanuel (Marsh 85mins), Lafayette, Parkinson. Subs not used: Walker, Kinnear Jr.
Dartford: Ibrahim, Noble, Vint, Wood, Wynter, A Brown, Bradbrook, Hayes, Wanadio, Harris, Ofori-Acheampong. Subs not used: Dembele, Coxall, Rorenfidd, Thorley-Porter, E Brown.
Keywords:Dartford, Dover Athletic, FA Trophy, football, non-league, soccer
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