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Ebbsfleet 1-1 Dartford
EBBSFLEET and Dartford will have to do it all again in an FA Cup replay after the north Kent rivals cancelled each other out in today's draw.
The Fleet almost made the perfect start after they were awarded a 10th minute penalty, but Ben May fired the spot-kick high and over the bar.
Lee Noble gave Dartford the lead on the stroke of half-time before Anthony Cook levelled in the 65th minute to ensure the two sides meet again on Tuesday at Princes Park for a replay..
The first chance of the game fell to Ebbsfleet in the fifth minute as Daryl McMahon's free-kick on the edge of the area was whipped in left-footed.
Matt Fry's headed clearance almost found his own net, but thankfully Darts keeper Alan Julian saved the former Hammer's blushes.
Ebbsfleet were given the perfect chance to take the lead from the spot in the 10th minute as Cook was upended by Julian.
The Dartford keeper was perhaps fortunate to get away with a yellow card and then saw May's penalty safely clear the crossbar.
Fleet had another great chance to take the lead as Billy Bricknell played in Cook but the striker took one touch too many and Dartford survived.
A mix up in the visiting defence gave the hosts yet another opportunity, only for Alex Osborn to slice his attempted half-volley up and over the bar.
Ryan Hayes had Dartford's first effort on goal but his shot from outside the box floated safely over the bar.
Julian had to be alert to gather from Bricknell who was gunning down on goal but this time the keeper had no problems winning the ball fairly.
Cook saw a free-kick flicked on towards goal by May but it skipped wide off the slippy surface.
Dartford's best chance of the half came to Harris who played a dangerous ball across Fleet's goal from the right, although Nathan Collier couldn't get a leg onto the end of it.
Ebbsfleet then had another penalty appeal when the lively Cook looked to be man-handled in the box, however, this time it fell on deaf ears..
But it was Dartford who broke the deadlock on the stroke of half-time through Noble, who found himself with the ball after Osei Sankofa had blocked Elliot Bradbrook's initial shot.
Noble drilled his effort past Preston Edwards from the edge of the area to give the Conference side a narrow advantage at the break.
Dartford started the second half in similar fashion to the way they ended the first and went close from an early corner.
McMahon saw a good chance go wide as he found himself with the ball but he dragged his effort wide from the edge of the area.
Fleet eventually found themselves back on terms through Cook's composed finish after he was picked out by Bricknell in the 65th minute.
The Darts had a chance to recapture the lead when Ryan Hayes headed over from six yards in the 81st minute.
May went closest for the Fleet from Alex Osborn's cross, the striker going for the diving header but the ball was travelling just too fast for him to get on the end of.
Substitute Chris Sessegnon almost booked Ebbsfleet a place in the next round when he found himself in on goal but Julian blocked well.
The loose ball eventually found its way through to Bricknell who's shot was turned away for a corner as the game entered stoppage time, but there was to be no winner and now they do it all again at Princes Park on Tuesday (7.45pm).
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Ebbsfleet United: Edwards, Sankofa, Palmer, McMahon, Lorraine, Huke (Sessegnon 79), Osborn (Thalassitis 85), Rance, May, Bricknell, Cook. Subs not used: Hall, Corcoran, Long, Phipp, Green.
Dartford: Julian, Burns, Harris, Collier, Fry, Mitchel-King, Hayes (Ibemere 86), Noble, Bradbrook, Woodyard, Hill. Subs not used: Cornhill, Porter, Monger, Eisa, Akinwande, Forecast. Att: 2,895
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