Playoff Match at Princes Park on 6 May 2017. A must-win match as Dartford narrowly lost top slot to Havant and Waterlooville to finish second in the table.
Dartford’s hopes of a return to the National League were left in tatters.
Having missed out on the league title on goal-difference, Darts were given a second chance with a home play-off against Braintree Town.
But they blew it at Princes Park as Billy Crook's goal consigned them to a fourth consecutive season in the South division.
Dartford boss Tony Burman made three changes to team which started at Bognor on the final day of the regular season. Duane Ofori-Acheampong was preferred to Andy Pugh in attack while Nathan Collier and Alex Brown returned at right-back and central midfield respectively. Danny Harris and Ryan Hayes dropped to the bench.
Ofori-Acheampong's inclusion was clearly a ploy to match up Braintree's big backline as he took the central striker role between Alfie Pavey and Danny Mills.
Dartford: Schotterl, Collier, Onyemah, Bonner, Vint, Brown (Pugh 80mins), Noble, Bradbrook, Pavey (Murphy 80mins), Ofori-Acheampong (Hayes 60mins), Mills. Subs not used: Harris, Ibrahim.
Braintree: McDonald, Muleba, Gabriel, Hill, Okoye, Wright, Allen (Acorige 90mins), Crook, Grant (Michael-Percil 59mins), Thompson, Barrington (Wyatt 84mins). Subs not used: Frimpong, Bettache.
Referee Lloyd Wood
Images by Carol White-Griffiths and Peter White
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