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Woking 3 Dover Athletic 3 - FA Trophy match report

Dover’s bid to reach the last eight of the FA Trophy will resume on Tuesday night after Woking scored a stoppage-time equaliser to salvage a 3-3 draw in the Third Round tie at Kingfield.

Chris Kinnear’s side led 3-2 until Scott Rendell pounced to score his second of the match after goalkeeper Andy Rafferty had produced a stunning save to deny Kevin Betsy in the 94th minute.

Rendell had given Woking, who beat Whites 6-1 in the Vanarama Conference clash at the same venue in August, the lead in the 16th minute after his 25-yarder took a slight deflection on its way past Rafferty.

Dover had offered little in attack at that stage – that was until captain Connor Essam struck in the 35th minute when he headed home Tom Murphy’s cross.

That’s the way it stayed until Dover conceded a penalty, converted by Rendell, just before the break when Sean Francis was adjudged to have fouled Ross Lafayette.

Whatever boss Kinnear said at half-time worked – his side stunned the Kingfield faithful with two sensational goals in four minutes after the restart.

First Nicky Deverdics (pictured) equalised, firing home after a corner was half cleared just four minutes into the half.

Stefan Payne then put Whites in front with a stunning strike from an almost impossible angle for his 13th Whites goal of the campaign after Liam Bellamy had won the ball.

Bellamy sustained a hand injury in the process and received hospital treatment after the game for a suspected broken bone.

The two sides will be in the hat for the Fourth Round draw on Monday lunchtime ahead of their replay at Crabble on Tuesday night.

Nick Deverdics
Nick Deverdics
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