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FA Cup exit for Blues

PUBLISHED: 20:07 26 September 2010

Dartford 2, Lowestoft Town 1
 Despite going down to an odd goal of three defeat at Blue Square South Dartford, Lowestoft managers Micky Chapman and Ady Gallagher were full of praise for their squad.

The Blues had looked the better side for large spells of this FA Cup second qualifying round tie.

Micky Chapman said: “It’s a pity we didn’t progress but we’re so proud of all of them. They haven’t let themselves down – just feel sorry for them. Sometimes in football you don’t get what you deserve.

“As a mangement team we all felt we deserved a lot better, at least a draw, but we got punished for a ten-minute spell when we made two mistakes. Their keeper was man of the match and that says everything - he made some crucial saves at crucial times.

“At the end of the day we ran out of time. you need a little bit of Lady Luck and we didn’t get it.

“We’re proud of all the lads and our supporters – we took two coach loads down and they were very vocal.

“There is a lot more goals and football still to be played in the league and cups so we will turn our attention back to that.”

Lowestoft fielded the same starting line-up that had played so well at Billericay during the week but were able to welcome back both Stuart Ainsley and Lee McGlone after injury amongst the substitutes.

There was a tentative opening by both sides with a blustering wind causing a few problems. The first shot of the game fell to Dartford as Dale Cockrill was caught in possession allowing Ryan Hayes to advance before firing a shot over.

An excellent build-up in midfield for Lowestoft saw Andrew Fisk and Dale Cockrill combine to feed Jamie Forshaw who went past Paul Goodacre but saw his shot turned round a post by the diving Andrew Young.

Adam Smith’s excellent run down the left and cross to the near post saw Michael Shinn just beat Danny Bloomfield to the ball at the expense of a corner.

Dartford’s Ryan Hawes sent ion a curling cross/shot from the right which Andy Reynolds stretched 
to palm it away from the top corner. The game turned Dartford’s way in the opening 10 minutes of the second half. Firstly Adam Gross’ cross into the area caused confusion before the Blues scrambled the ball away for a corner. However from the resultant flag-kick Carl Rook stooped to head into the net.

Lowestoft were on the back foot now and a quickly-taken free-kick from Hayes saw Rook head wide from close range. Curtis Haynes-Brown’s excellent tackle thwarted Elliot Bradbrook before Dartford added a second goal in the 54th minute. Gross’ long throw from the left fell to Danny Harris who spun and scored from 10 yards.

Rather than demoralising the Blues, those setbacks galvanised them as they pounded the home defence. Jamie Forshaw slipped the ball to Joe Francis who raced through the home defence but saw his shot beat Andrew Young only to rebound out off the post.

Dale Cockrill picked up the ball 30 yards out but his shot appeared to be destined for the top corner before Young got his fingers to the ball to turn it over.

Andrew Fisk was then inches wide from 25 yards. Lowestoft got the goal they deserved in the 81st minute. Dale Cockrill released Lee McGlone who took the ball round keeper Young but from a narrow angle his shot hit a post but Cockrill netted the rebound.

Greg Crane was fouled on the edge of the area as the Blues pushed everyone forward but Adam Smith’s direct free-kick scraped the outside of the post.

In the final minute Crane’s header from Francis’ cross beat keeper Young but was hacked off the line by Gross, denying a draw.

Dartford: Young, Bonner, Gross, Bruce, Goodacre, Shinn, Hayes (Sub White 78), Champion, Rook, Burns (Sub Harris 41), Bradbrook (Sub Noble 62), Subs (not used) Sheringham, Medlen, Burman, Whitehouse.

Lowestoft: Reynolds, Cave-Brown, A Smith, Cockrill, Gaughran, Haynes-Brown, Godbold (sub Francis 53), Fisk, Forshaw (sub Crane 81), Bloomfield (sub McGlone 53), Mitchell, Subs (not used) Bussens, Halliday, Ainsley, P Smith

Attendance: 1024.

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