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Dartford 1 Weymouth 0 FA Trophy match report: Jack Jebb scores winner


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Dartford's FA Trophy dream stayed alive thanks to another Jack Jebb special on Saturday.

It was enough for the Darts to knock out National League strugglers Weymouth, who dominated the second half but were unable to find an equaliser.

Darts striker Ade Azeez gives chase against Weymouth. Picture: Barry Goodwin (54284063)
Darts striker Ade Azeez gives chase against Weymouth. Picture: Barry Goodwin (54284063)

Dartford dominated the opening 45 minutes, Ade Azeez got in behind the visiting back four inside six minutes but Ben Morgan got back to make a vital challenge.

Darts should have scored on eight minutes. Jake Robinson’s shot was blocked and when Josh Clarke crossed the loose ball, Azeez’s header was parried by keeper Ross Fitzsimmons at the far post before the Darts striker put the rebound against the upright.

Jebb’s free-kick hit the wall but he found his range on 15 minutes, a cross falling perfectly to him 30 yards from goal as he strode forward and drilled a first-time right-foot shot into the bottom corner.

It was one-way traffic as Robinson fluffed his header from a Clarke cross, before shooting wide after keeper Fitzsimmons made a mess of his clearance.

Striker Brandon Goodship had a couple of chances for Weymouth but found keeper Dan Wilks up to the task while they sat off the home side and were always on the back foot. Although they’d won at Hungerford in the previous round, Darts made them look every inch a side that had not won in the National League since October in the first half.

Kalvin Kalala on the ball during Dartford's FA Trophy fourth round tie with Weymouth. Picture: Barry Goodwin (54284066)
Kalvin Kalala on the ball during Dartford's FA Trophy fourth round tie with Weymouth. Picture: Barry Goodwin (54284066)

That said, the team talk in the visitors dressing room clearly reminded everyone it was a one-off cup tie and Weymouth were much improved throughout the second half.

After Jebb’s long-range effort called Fitzsimmons into action again at the other end, Weymouth nearly levelled matters on the hour as Wilks had to tip over Goodship’s free-kick.

On-loan QPR defender Jai Innocent made a vital interception for the hosts before ex-Ebbsfleet centre-back Tyler Cordner’s header was brilliantly turned around the post by Wilks at full stretch.

Referee Lloyd Wood took centre stage with five yellow cards in five minutes - including one for Darts boss Steve King - all really coming after he missed a blatant foul on Jebb on the edge of the Weymouth penalty area.

Darts switched to a five-man defence as Weymouth continued to dominate but the visitors found clear chances hard to create.

Darts debutant Kai Innocent in action against Weymouth. Picture: Barry Goodwin (54284060)
Darts debutant Kai Innocent in action against Weymouth. Picture: Barry Goodwin (54284060)

The home side had two late chances to wrap the points up but Tom Bonner failed to convert from a corner and then Azeez’s finish following substitute George Porter’s excellent flick-on was ruled out for offside.

With two minutes left, a Weymouth equaliser would have taken the tie to penalties and it nearly came when Cordner met Ollie Harfield’s right-wing corner but Wilks somehow kept his close-range effort out.

Six minutes of stoppage time gave Weymouth hope and while Vint became the sixth Darts player to see yellow for a late foul, they were able to hold on.

Dartford: Wilks, Clarke, Innocent, Husin (Wynter 65mins), Essam, Bonner, Kalala (Vint 76mins), Murtagh, Robinson (Porter 78mins), Jebb, Azeez. Subs not used: Leonard, Hyde, Theobalds, Wanadio.

Weymouth: Fitzsimmons, Morgan, Cordner, Goodship, McQuoid (Blair 79mins), Mnoga, Robinson, Murray, Harfield, Greenidge, Shields. Subs not used: Scott, McBurnie, Rose, Olomowewe, Bearwish, Taylor-Crossdale.

Referee; Lloyd Wood

Attendance: 725.

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