Dover Athletic v Cambridge United – FA Cup 1st Round replay

dovercambAnother evening and another FA Cup game watched tonight after witnessing last night’s cracking game between Brackley Town against Gillingham. That had everything including seven goals and extra-time before the non-league side won it. Tonight was a little different with one goal less and the league side going through. Another night of excellent FA Cup football.

Having got a late equaliser eleven days ago through top scorer and man of the moment Ricky Miller, National League side Dover fully deserved their FA Cup replay after a 1-1 draw away at Cambridge. Having made the 240 mile round trip it was Cambridge’s turn to do the same on a Thursday evening. With this being the last tie of the round to still to be decided.

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Dover’s Ricky Miller celebrating the opening goal of the night, but it wasn’t to be for Dover Athletic

The first half was pretty even with both teams creating chances, however the better ones were tending to fall to the away team. No one seemed to want to take their chances though, but that was more to do with some great saves from Mitch Walker in the Dover goal. With just five minutes to go both managers would have taken 0-0 at half time, but the players didn’t want that with both teams creating another two chances each. The best falling to Lafayette right on half-time when he had a free header near the penalty spot but he nodded it wide.

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Mark Roberts celebrating an injury time equaliser to take it to extra-time and keep Cambridge United in the FA Cup

Chances kept coming in the second half for both teams but once again the best and the majority of them for Cambridge United. However, it was that man Ricky Miller once again who looked to have grabbed the headlines after he latch on to a great ball over the top to pub the non-league team ahead on 70 minutes. Cambridge kept coming though and thoroughly dominated the last twenty minutes and I think overall they hit the woodwork three times as well as having one goal disallowed. However they looked to be going out until Mark Roberts scrambled home yet another chance in the second to last-minute of injury time to send it to extra-time.

Extra-time certainly didn’t disappoint either, more chances created once again by both teams as all the players started to feel the tiredness. Dover got their noses in front one again but Cambridge just kept coming and coming and when they equalised for a second time in the match it seemed to finally be the end of Dover. They tried to hand on for penalties with their legs on, but Cambridge were having none of it and scored two goals in the dying for minutes to win 4-2.

With Cambridge through that now sorts out and confirms all the fixtures that are due to take place in just over two weeks time. TV Scheduling has already been confirmed too:

Friday 2nd December 2016
Macclesfield Town v Oxford United 19:55     Live on BBC 2

Saturday 3rd December 2016
Blackpool v Brackley Town 15:00
Carlisle United v Rochdale 15:00
Charlton Athletic v Milton Keynes Dons 15:00
Chesterfield v Wycombe Wanderers 15:00
emirates_fa_cup_logoLuton Town v Solihull Moors 15:00
Plymouth Argyle v Newport County 15:00
Shrewsbury Town v Fleetwood Town 15:00
Sutton United v Cheltenham Town 15:00

Sunday 4th December 2016
Curzon Ashton v AFC Wimbledon 12:00     Live on BT Sport 1
Bolton Wanderers v Sheffield United 14:00
Bristol Rovers v Barrow 14:00
Eastleigh v FC Halifax Town 14:00
Millwall v Braintree Town 14:00
Notts County v Peterborough United 14:00
Stourbridge v Northampton Town 14:00
Cambridge v Coventry City 14:00
Woking v Accrington Stanley 14:00
Port Vale v Hartlepool United 15:00

Monday 5th December 2016
Lincoln City v Oldham Athletic 19:45     Live on BT Sport 1