TOM Champion’s stoppage time winner booked Dartford’s place in the next stage of the FA Trophy with a replay victory over Conference big spenders Crawley.

Darts made one enforced starting change from the side which drew 3-3 in the first game on Saturday, Elliot Bradbrook coming in for the injured Danny Harris.

Crawley drafted in first-choice keeper Michel Kuipers plus five others – Sergio Torres, Matt Tubbs, Craig McAllister, Dean Howell and Kyle McFadzen.

The Crawley game plan appeared to be to go flat out from the start, score a couple of early goals, take the foot off the pedal and concentrate on Friday’s TV clash at home to Mansfield.

If this was the plan, it failed because Darts’ performance in the first game was no fluke – it was repeated last night as every Man Jack of Saturday’s heroes performed again at Princes Park.

Sure, it was siege and defend.

We all expected it and got it.

To use an Americanism, the Dartford FC team came up to the plate and delivered.

In the end, teamwork told and rightly so.

Possession-wise and territorially, Crawley dominated and their pace and ability showed why they are Conference front-runners.

But for all their dominance Crawley, in reality, didn’t create an awful lot.

By comparison with Saturday, Darts allowed Crawley even less room in the vital last six yards of the park.

This may seem strange but the impression was that man-of-the-match Andrew Young had a quieter game! It was at the back that the game was won.

It was also won as the game drifted into time added on.

Darts won a corner on the right and the ball swung into the Crawley area.

Kuipers made a lash up of his punch and Champion slammed the ball home.

Game, set and match to Dartford, who now face a tricky trip to Ashford Town (Middlesex) in the second round.

Dartford: Young, Burgess, Bonner, Bruce, Goodacre, Shinn, Hayes (Burchell 68), Sheringham, Rook (Champion 40), Burns (J Burman 89), Bradbrook. Subs not used: Eves, Whitehouse. Att: 605.