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Dartford home FA Trophy

Maidstone United 2-2 Dartford

Buildbase FA Trophy 3QR // Saturday 23 November // Attendance: 1,255 (222 away)

Elliott Romain scored both goals against his old club as Dartford twice fought back to draw against the Stones in the FA Trophy.

Romain cancelled out efforts from Dan Wishart and Justin Amaluzor to take the third qualifying round tie to a replay at Princes Park on Tuesday night.

The sides drew 2-2 in the league just a week ago and will be the sick of the sight of each other, with a Kent Senior Cup tie still to fit in, too.

The visitors made the better start with Luke Wanadio getting in down the right two or three times.

On one occasion he was picked out in space following a good run by Romain but his shot was blocked, then he laid a goal on a plate for McQueen, who fired over from a couple of yards out.

There was an early blow for the Stones when in-form Ibby Akanbi went off with a knock – perhaps precautionary with next weekend’s FA Cup tie at Blackpool in mind.

But that meant a chance for Jake Embery and he had a hand in Wishart’s 38th-minute opener as the Stones scored from their first shot on target.

Embery, feeling his way back to fitness after a broken collarbone, flicked the ball into the path of Wishart who thumped a terrific half-volley into the far corner.

McQueen worked space for a shot early in the second half but it went out for a corner off a Stones defender, then Tom Bonner glanced a header wide after a getting a run on his man from Wanadio’s corner.

The visitors continued to threaten with McQueen unable to sort out his feet when found by Ky Marsh Brown six yards out.

An equaliser looked on the cards and it arrived seconds later, in the 65th-minute, when Romain nodded home Marsh-Brown’s cross.

Romain then went close from a free-kick but the Stones went back in front in the 70th minute with Amaluzor in acres of space from Wishart’s cross to finish.

However, the lead was short-lived with Romain volleying home his second from a Bonner knockdown as Dartford made it 2-2 in the 73rd minute.

McClure hit the side-netting from Wishart’s pass as Maidstone went close to a third.

Maidstone United: Jake Cole, Gavin Hoyte, Ross Marshall, George Elokobi, Noah Chesmain, Cameron James (Ryan Johnson), Saidou Khan, Justin Amaluzor (Iffy Allen 78), Matt McClure, Dan Wishart, Ibby Akanbi (Jake Embery 24) Subs not used: Luke Pennell, Nana Kyei, Jonny Edwards, Chris Lewington.

Dartford: Mark Smith, Ky Marsh-Brown, Andy Pugh, Ronnie Vint, Josh Hill, Tom Bonner, Luke Wanadio, Luke Allen, Ryan Hayes (Laurent Mendy 59), Elliott Romain, Darren McQueen. Subs not used: Alhaji Sesay, Alfie Evans, Max Walsh, Charlie Edmundson, Taylor Hawkes.