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Bath City 2 Dover Athletic 1 FA Trophy quarter-final replay match report

By Richard Harvey

Dover Athletic bowed out of the FA Trophy after losing 2-1 at Bath City in the quarter-final replay.

The Conference South side led 2-0 at half-time after scoring twice in five minutes.

Dave Pratt opened the scoring in the 24th minute before Chas Hemmings doubled the Romans advantage minutes later.

Defender Tyrone Sterling reduced the deficit in the 69th minute when he swept home a cross from substitute James Poole.

Dover goalkeeper Mitch Walker made his first appearance since getting injured against Dartford last September
Dover goalkeeper Mitch Walker made his first appearance since getting injured against Dartford last September

But there was to be no stunning second half comeback like Whites produced in the 3-3 draw at Crabble on Saturday, despite the home side have Naby Diallo sent off with five minutes to go.

Diallo had also been sent off at Crabble but was able to play due to Conference South having different rules to when bans start.

Bath will now play Conference North side North Ferriby United in the semi-finals.

Earlier, Dover boss Chris Kinnear made two enforced changes to his starting line-up from Saturday's game.

Mitch Walker replaced the injured Andy Rafferty in goal.

It was Walker's first game since he tore ligaments in an elbow in the 2-1 league defeat at Dartford on September 16.

Striker Jake Reid, who scored Dover's stoppage-time equaliser on Saturday, also came in to replace the banned Stefan Payne following his red card in the first game.

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