MILLER STRIKES TO FORCE REPLAY
Dover and Cambridge to meet again
WHITES will do battle against League two Cambridge once again as Ricky Miller’s late leveller forced a replay on a bitterly cold afternoon.
Piero Mingoia had opened the scoring from close range for the U’s, but Miller slotted home with only eight minutes left following great work from Ross Lafayette to keep Dover in Monday’s second round draw.
The home side were forced into one change with Luke Berry returning from suspension to replace the injured Adam McGurk. Athletic made one change from last week’s defeat to Tranmere as Chris Kinnear replaced the cup-tied Sammy Moore in centre midfield.
Cambridge, having suffered back to back losses at the Cambs Glass stadium, looked to impress the locals early on and Uche Ikpeazu got the better of Jack Parkinson by the corner flag, but Aswad Thomas beat the onrushing Berry to the ball and headed it over his own crossbar.
Jim Stevenson found himself in a good position following good approach play by Lafayette, but the Cambridge based player shot tamely wide.
A quarter of the game in and the home side fashioned their best chance as a strong run and cross by Ikpeazu was headed just over by the diving Harrison Dunk.
Ikpeazu, Cambridge’s biggest goal threat, twisted and turned Jamie Grimes but fired straight at Mitchell Walker. The stocky striker then sprinted down the right minutes later, but his final effort from an angle was high and wide.
Lafayette prodded wide on the half-hour mark for Dover, whilst Ricky Modeste curled the ball over the bar from the edge of the area following a corner.
Ikpeazu cracked the crossbar following a superb cross from Piero Mingoia and moments later Max Clark thundered an effort just over the bar as United cranked up the pressure.
And that pressure paid off in the 38th minute as Luke Berry’s low drive was spilt by Mitch Walker and though Dover’s stopper was able to block the incoming Dunk’s next effort, the ball fell kindly for right winger Mingoia to bag his fifth of the season.
Dover responded immediately through Jim Stevenson, but he headed Modeste’s corner just over.
Cambridge almost went into the break two goals to the good as another fierce drive from Clark flew just above the crossbar.
United continued the second half in the same manner as the first, Mark Roberts failing to make the most of a Berry’s header back into the box of which he nodded just wide.
Dover’s top marksman Ricky Miller skipped past two defender’s but smashed the ball wide from an angle when a pass to a teammate would have been a better option. He fared better with his next attempt, cutting in from the left and forcing Will Norris to tip the ball wide.
A second goal for Cambridge would have likely killed the tie and centre back Roberts should have done better, volleying a close-range effort from Taylor’s corner knockdown well over.
With the game moving into the final third, Leon Legge somehow blocked a Lafayette effort from close range as White’s searched for a leveller.
Ikpeazu thought he was sending his team into round two after latching on to Mingoia’s clever pass, but he blazed hopelessly over with just Walker to beat.
Chris Kinnear then screwed an effort over from the edge of the box after a defensive clearance fell kindly for him.
But Whites were able to level through Miller on 82 minutes as he controlled Lafayette’s cross with immaculate ease and slotted past Norris.
Cambridge almost grabbed a dramatic winner, but Jack Parkinson somehow diverted Williamson’s header just wide.
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