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Dartford 3 Sutton Utd 6 - match report

By Andrew Gidley

Elliot Bradbrook scored twice as Dartford bowed out of  the FA Cup in a nine-goal Bonfire Night First Round cracker at Princes Park. 

Darts pegged back their Vanarama National League opponents three times, before Sutton took control in the final half-hour as two-goal Roarie Dennis and Ross Stearn put the tie beyond doubt.

The defending would probably have been a nightmare for both managers, but it was great entertainment for the neutrals.

Dartford celebrate Elliot Bradbrook's first goal against SuttonPicture Martin Apps

Dartford celebrate Elliot Bradbrook's first goal against Sutton Picture: Martin Apps

Max Biamou fired Sutton in front inside 40 seconds of the start, stabbing the ball home from close-range after a cross from the right following a quick break.

Bradbook levelled six minutes later - picking up the ball 25-yards from goal, before shooting low inside Sutton keeper Ross Worner's right hand post.

Roarie Deacon restored Sutton's lead on the quarter-hour, with a low strike from around the edge of the area, before Bradbrook made it 2-2 from the penalty spot, after Eastmond was adjudged to have handled in the box.

Sutton skipper Jamie Collins was booked for dissent before, Bradbrook stuck away the spot-kick.

Sutton looked dangerous every time they attacked, and Biamou got their third after 23 minutes.

A short corner was played into him on the right, and  he took a touch before shooting home.

Moments earlier he had been clutching his right leg on the touchline, before playing on without needing treatment.

Dune Ofori-Acheamponmg made it 3-3 after 51 minutes after Luke Wanadio hit the post.

Stearn got Sutton's fourth eight minutes later after Deacon's shot was parried by Ibrahim.

Deacon then got his second with a left-foot finish inside Ibrahim's left hand post, with seven minutes remaining before Stearn added number six in stoppage-time.

Referee Samuel Allison had a busy afternoon, booking seven players in a lively game - including the Dartford quartet - Wanadio, Tom Bonner, Ofori-Acheampong and Danny Harris.

 

Dartford: Ibrahim, Harris, Wynter (Wood 79 mins), Bonner, Gardiner,  A. Brown, Hayes, Bradbrook, Ofori-Acheampong (E. Brown 83 mins),  Pugh, Wanadio (Noble 83 mins).

Subs not used: Vint,  Coxall, Rosenfield, Ufuah

Sutton Utd: Warner, Amankwaah, Collins, Fitchett, Stearn, Eastmond, Bailey, McLennan (Spence 59 mins), Deacon, Biamou (Burge 74 mins), Downer.

Subs not used: John, Hudson Odoi,  Smith, Gogic

 

Attendance:  1,689

 

 

 

 

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