Fleet win sets up Darts derby

PUBLISHED: 15:12 14 October 2013 | UPDATED: 17:04 14 October 2013

Ebbsfleet United manager Steve Brown will welcome Dartford to Stonebridge Road

Ebbsfleet United manager Steve Brown will welcome Dartford to Stonebridge Road


Ebbsfleet United reached the FA Cup fourth qualifying road by beating Eastbourne Borough, thanks to a Ben May headed brace - where they will face local rivals Dartford at Stonebridge Road.

The 29-year-old Gravesend-born striker struck twice in the first-half to help Fleet to £7,500 in prize money – and a fifth straight win.

May was at the heart of all things good for the hosts and helped set up Billy Bricknell when he hooked the ball over his shoulder to send his colleague through.

But Bricknell hit his shot straight at Borough’s keeper.

Dartford soon went 1-0 up, though. May rose above Eastbourne’s defence to fire the ball into the top corner from an Anthony Cook cross.

On 28 minutes the Cook-May double act combined again when the 6ft forward ran onto his teammate’s cross and he duly smashed the ball home.

The visitors soon found their feet as Fleet eased off with a two goal lead.

And Eastbourne began to throw caution to the wind to try and stay in the cup.

But Steve Brown’s side managed to hold on to reach the next round.

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