*BS*DOVER ATHLETIC started their FA Youth Cup campaign with a tough away tie at Ramsgate.*BF*
Going into the game on an unbeaten run, manager Darren Beale once again prepared his side to battle and follow in the footsteps of the senior Whites earlier in the week.
Dover started the first half in a sloppy manner and although not being put under too much pressure early on some lazy defending allowed Ramsgate to take the lead and then add a second shortly after to leave Whites with an uphill task.
This seems to be the story of the season so far and if the trend was to continue things would once again have to be done the hard way.
Whites found themselves back in the game shortly before half time when Dan Miller was pulled down in the box and Callum Crutchfield converted the penalty to bring Dover back in with a realistic chance of going a step further.
The Rams’ goal was constantly under fire in the second half but until Mike Kelly converted direct from a corner it didn’t seem as if the goal was coming. Whites previously had a goal wiped off for offside and hit the bar twice in quick succession.
However, with the momentum firmly with the travelling Whites and a supportive travelling few, Dover made sure they were clinical in front of goal at a telling time in the game. Dan Miller superbly latched onto a Chris Arman ball, rounded the keeper and slotted the ball into the net from an acute angle.
Before the drama finished Connor Wynne had to pull off a fine save to make sure Whites passed through into the next round.
An impressive fight back from a talented Dover side was nothing more than was deserved and the award for the win is an away draw to Whyteleafe.