14 October 2017. Emirates FA Cup 3rd Qualifying Round. Dartford win 0:1 (Alfie Pavey 8').
Burgess Hill's Town's dreams of reaching the first round of the FA Cup were ended by a single-goal defeat at home to division-higher Dartford. The Darts took the lead in the eighth minute when Alfie Pavey put away from short-range after an initial attempt by Tom Murphy was spilled by keeper Max Huxter. Hillians took their time to make an impact but threatened to equalise when Hakeem Adelakun hit a powerful shot wide from long-range. The Darts looked dangerous when they pressed forward and skipper Ellliott Bradbrook went close with a header from a corner kick. Burgess Hill found it hard to get a grip on the game in the first half but did have a good move when Pat Harding set-up Lee Harding for a shot from a good position which flew over the bar. Pat Harding had a great turn and shot which went on target but keeper Deren Ibrahim was left with an easy catch. In the second half Hill were first out of the blocks with Aaron Smith-Joseph having a shot deflected over the bar. A Lee Harding corner was headed agonisingly wide by skipper Gary Elphick as Hill pressed for an equaliser. At the other end Andy Pugh fired a powerful shot which forced a fine save by keeper Huxter. With three minutes to go Hill's James Richmond almost took the ball over his own goalline when cutting out a break-way attack launched as Town threw men forward.
HILLIANS: Max Huxter, Ibrahim Diallo, Javier Daveral, Gary Elphick (capt), James Richmond, Sam Fisk, Pat Harding (Matt Nezval 68), Hakeem Adelakun (Brandon Diau 71), Lee Harding, Aaron Smith-Joseph (Cheik Toure 81), Joey Taylor Unused subs: Charlie Bennett, Tim Cook, James Shaw
DARTFORD: Deren Ibrahim, Danny Harris, Keaton Wood, Tom Bonner, Richard Sho-Silva, Lee Noble, Ryan Hayes (Alex Brown 80), Elliot Bradbrook (capt), Alfie Pavey (Warren Mfula 63), Andy Pugh, Tom Murphy (Lyle Della-Verde 71) Unused subs: Ronnie Vint, Tony Coxall, Henry Fulton
REFEREE: Lloyd Wood, Assisted by David Harrison, Craig Barnett and Lisa Benn.
Keywords:3rd Qualifying Round, Burgess Hill Town, Dartford, Emirates FA Cup, football, non-league, soccer
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