Dartford withdraw from the Kent Senior Cup due to fixture backlog
been forced to withdraw from this season's Kent Senior Cup due to
an increased fixture backlog.
The Darts' success in the FA Trophy and the bad weather
experienced in the winter months meant their outstanding
second-round tie at Margate has yet to be played.
The Darts host Stockport this Tuesday and then Wrexham in a
televised match next Friday but the Kent FA wanted them to play the
Margate game by March 5 as well with Thamesmead already waiting to
host Charlton in the semi-final section on the other side of the
The Kent FA asked Dartford to play the game on Wednesday, March
6, but three games in four days was clearly unacceptable to Tony
Burman's men and they have decided to withdraw from the cup
Kent FA chief executive Paul Dolan said: "“We have other teams
at the semi-final stage in the Senior Cup and the final is
scheduled for early May, so we are duty-bound to progress the
competition at this stage.
"We understand that clubs at Senior Cup level have other
commitments and we never stand in the way of clubs chasing league
promotion or progressing in national FA competitions, but with over
three months since the original play-by-date we have to move the
It means Margate will now host Ebbsfleet United in the
quarter-final of the competition with the winners at home to
Tonbridge Angels in the last four.