DARTS DEFEAT DOVER
Whites beaten by Kent rivals in FA Trophy replay
Dover made the perfect start as Jim Stevenson crashed in an opener, but a scrappy leveller from Ronnie Vint and a stunning winner from Luke Wanadio turned the game around for Darts.
Boss Chris Kinnear kept faith with the same eleven that started the match at Princes Park on Saturday, a game which ended 1-1.
That meant Tyrone Sterling faced his former side, while Tom Wynter and Duane Ofori-Acheampong returned to Crabble for the first time since leaving.
Dartford were forced into making two changes fron Saturday’s line-up with Tom Gardiner and Andy Pugh both injured. Ryan Hayes and Lee Noble replaced the duo.
Dover made a bright start with Moses Emmanuel skipping past two defenders and crossing for the well placed Jamie Grimes, but Dover’s captain planted his header over.
On 10 minutes,Stevenson picked the ball up in midfield and with no options ahead, went for glory from 25 yards.
Darts keeper Deren Ibrahim opted to parry the shot, but was left red faced as the ball bounced off the turf and into his goal.
His blushes were short lived as Dartford equalised four minutes later.
Vint, who scored the equaliser on Saturday, volleyed through a crowded box after Dover keeper Steve Arnold was unable to deal with Hayes’ corner properly.
Wanadio, a summer trialist at Crabble, then tried his luck from the edge of the area, but Arnold was able to turn his stinging effort wide.
Dover responded with Emmanuel’s long range curling effort spectacularly tipped onto the bar by Ibrahim.
Wanadio continued to impress, crossing for Acheampong to head over.
But he took his chance just before half time after Arnold punched a corner straight to the winger and he returned the ball with interest to give Dartford the lead.
Ricky Miller raced onto Ross Lafayette’s flick after the break, but was unable to beat Ibrahim, whilst the Gibraltar stopper was quick off his line to block Emmanuel’s drive.
Noble should have killed the game off, but he blasted over after good work from Acheampong.
The defeat means Whites have lost in the Trophy to lower league opposition three years running.
They now turn their attentions to Saturday’s league match at Forest Green Rovers, who they beat in a 4-3 thriller back in September.
|13th December 2016||7:45 pm||The FA Trophy||2016-2017||90'|
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