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    FA Cup 2019/2020

    The Camping World Community Stadium

    Horsham
    Dartford FC
    0 - 2
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    HORSHAM 0 DARTFORD 2
    Dartford progressed to the 3rd Qualifying Round of the FA Cup after knocking out Isthmian Premier
    League side Horsham at The Camping World Community Stadium on a beautiful Saturday afternoon.

    Goals from Darren McQueen and Luke Allen in each half ended The Hornets’ hopes of a cup upset.
    But it was the visitors’ goalkeeper, Mark Smith, who put on an outstanding performance to keep the
    hosts out and earn the Darts a second clean sheet in succession on the road.
    Smith was an inspiration, as he stood behind a defensive line consisting of Ronnie Vint, Josh Hill,
    Jordan Wynter and Alex Flisher. The midfield saw youngster Cameron Brodie start alongside Luke
    Allen, while Ryan Hayes and Ben Greenhalgh took up position on the wings. Charlie Sheringham
    captained the side again and lined up alongside Darren McQueen. The substitutes were Jay Bacon,

    Tom Bonner, Luke Wanadio, Adam Cunnington, Sam Odoudu, Max Walsh and Norman Wabo.
    Dartford were quick out of the blocks and created a good opportunity in the 3rd minute when Hayes
    received a good ball from Sheringham, then chipped it into the path of McQueen. Unfortunately the
    Dartford number twelve just couldn’t reach it in time and the chance was gone after goalkeeper Josh
    James gathered the ball with ease.

    A few minutes later saw The Hornets begin to get a firm grip on proceedings, as they pressed the
    visitors back into their own half. First, a long range effort from Charlie Harris flew wide, then Smith
    made a brilliant save from Chris Smith’s effort in the 12th minute. Six minutes later saw the hosts
    presented with several efforts in quick succession, but the Darts’ defence held together well and,
    eventually, Flisher cleared the ball off the line to keep the score at 0-0.
    As we approached the 30th minute, Horsham had another great opportunity to take the lead. But up
    stepped Smith again to save superbly from Lea Dawson’s free header from a free kick. Five minutes
    later saw referee, Shelby Elson, halt his stopwatch for a water break, and this seemed to wake up
    the Dartford attack after they won a free kick deep in the host’s half. Greenhalgh sent the ball into
    the box and Sheringham managed to win the header, only to see the ball bounce off his knee and
    straight into James’ arms.
    Having dominated a majority of the attacking play throughout the first half, Horsham were then hit
    with a suckerpunch three minutes before half-time. Hayes picked up the ball on the right wing and
    sent it into the danger area. Hill headed it straight towards McQueen, who struck it beautifully and in
    acrobatic style, sending it flying into the back of the net.

    Dartford took control in the second half, as they pressed higher up the pitch and dictated the tempo
    more. However, they were almost made to pay when a lapse in concentration enabled Harvey
    Sparks to strike with a powerful effort, which saw Smith produce another top save.
    The 68th minute saw Cunnington replace McQueen, then Dartford almost doubled their lead a
    minute later. Greenhalgh sent a free-kick into the box and Wynter won the ball and came close with
    his looping header.

    After a period with chances few and far between for both sides, Horsham came close to equalising
    again in the 82nd minute. The Darts’ defence was breached and The Hornets were through, but
    there was Smith again with another superb save, thus keeping the lead intact. A substitution
    followed, as Wanadio replaced Hayes, and Tony Burman set about maintaining the lead that his
    team had worked so hard for.
    With time running out fast and Dartford defending resolutely, Horsham came close again as the
    game entered into additional time after the ninety. A deflected shot was heading for the top corner,
    but there was Smith again, stretching and making yet another outstanding save to keep his clean
    sheet intact. Just when it couldn’t get any worse for Horsham, up stepped Allen to send a well struck
    shot beyond James and send The Hornets crashing out of the FA Cup!

    Another away win, a professional performance from Dartford in an extremely difficult game, with
    two top goals and a Man of The Match performance from Mark Smith, saw them progress into
    Monday’s draw for the next qualifying round of the FA Cup.

    Details

    DateTimeLeagueSeasonFull Time
    September 21, 20193:00 pmFA Cup2019/202090'

    Ground

    The Camping World Community Stadium

    Hop Oast, Worthing Road, Horsham, West Sussex RH13 0AX

    Results

    ClubGoalsOutcome
    Horsham0Loss
    Dartford FC2Win