Published: 00:00, 30 April 2014 |
Updated: 09:36, 01 May 2014
Dover Athletic will have to rely on their impressive away record this season to carry them through to the Skrill South play-off final after being held to a draw by Sutton United in semi-final first leg at Crabble.
Chris Kinnear's side made the worst possible start, falling behind in the first minute when the unmarked Craig Dundas headed home Jamie Taylor's left-wing cross.
It left Dover shell-shocked for the first 20 minutes as Sutton looked sharper and quicker all round the park, but the home side slowly dragged themselves back into contention.
Dover gained just the boost they needed three minutes before the break when Moses Ademola finished from close range at the far post after Nathan Elder had flicked on Craig Stone's long throw-in.
Dover were much more threatening in the second half, with Chris Kinnear jnr and Ademola both testing Sutton's former Gillingham keeper Jason Brown, but in the end both sides had to settle for 'honours even' ahead of Saturday's second leg at Gander Green Lane.
Dover boasted the division's best away record in the regular season, claiming 13 wins and three draws in 21 games while Sutton's home record was the second best in the division as they won 15 games at home and lost just three times.
Full reaction from Whites boss Chris Kinnear to follow.
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