The Non-League Football Paper - - FA CUP SECOND ROUND QUALIFYING - By Shaun Green

EL­LIOT Bradbrook’s hat­trick en­sured Dart­ford weren’t the vic­tims of an FA Cup shock as they over­came Bostik North Bark­ing.

In­deed, it looked like an up­set was on the cards in the first ten min­utes, with the visi­tors tak­ing the lead as a low driven cor­ner was turned in by a Dart­ford player.

The lower-ranked side kept up the pres­sure, with Kwasi Marfo putting in a great de­liv­ery which flashed across the box, but no­body was there to meet it.

Dart­ford even­tu­ally gained a foothold in the game and Andy Pugh was brought down by Bark­ing keeper Oliver Bowles, with cap­tain Bradbrook scor­ing from the spot to level things up on 25 min­utes.

Dart­ford looked in con­trol from then on and Ryan Hayes nearly put the Na­tional League South side into the lead with his cross-cum-shot al­most creep­ing un­der the bar at the far post.

Less than five min­utes later the Darts had a lead they wouldn’t re­lin­quish as Bradbrook grabbed his sec­ond, smash­ing in from Hayes’ cor­ner.

The game was fi­nally safe with 25 min­utes left to play as Bradbrook wrapped up his hat-trick with another penalty af­ter Hayes was brought down.

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