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Dartford 2 Basingstoke Town 1 (Dartford won 3-1 on aggregate)

Elliot Bradbrook
Elliot Bradbrook

By Andrew Gidley

A controversial second-half goal confirmed Dartford's place in the Blue Square Bet South play-off final as they beat Baskingstoke in front of more than 2,000 at Princes Park on Sunday.

Skipper Elliot Bradbrook (pictured) headed Dartford in front - and 2-0 ahead in the tie - by converting Adam Green's free-kick 11 minutes after the break.

However, Sean McAuley scored with a fine shot from the edge of the area to give the Hampshire side hope.

The goal which sparked off the arguments came four minutes later, the ball bundled home with Danny Harris and Luke Wilkinson both claiming it as the Basingstoke players pursued referee Lee Swaby.

The official confirmed the award after speaking to his assistant on the far side, who Basingstoke claimed was flagging for a foul before the gaol was scored. Their protests led to bookings for skipper and goalkeeper Ashley Bayes, and McAuley.

Four minutes later visiting striker Delano Sam Yorke saw his far-post header ruled out for offside, which led to a visiting fan running onto the pitch, chasing the referee, before being ejected by police.

Defender Jay Gasson then headed against the Darts bar, before Basingstoke's Sam Yorke was sent off with nine minutes left - shown a second yellow for hacking down James Rogers.

The final against Welling next Sunday will not be all-ticket, but Darts are putting them on sale from Tuesday.

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