Dover brushed aside as Boro book quarter-final spot
Stevenage Borough 4 Dover Athletic 1 BORO came from behind to book their place in the quarter-final of the FA Trophy on Saturday. Goals from Tim Sills, Chris Beardsley, Michael Bostwick and Yemi Odubade did the business for Graham Westley's side as they s
Stevenage Borough 4 Dover Athletic 1
BORO came from behind to book their place in the quarter-final of the FA Trophy on Saturday.
Goals from Tim Sills, Chris Beardsley, Michael Bostwick and Yemi Odubade did the business for Graham Westley's side as they saw off Dover Athletic who had taken the lead on 27 minutes through Shaun Welford.
Boro started brightly with David Bridges, Stacy Long and Ronnie Henry all having chances at goal within the first 10 minutes.
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Henry was particularly impressive down the right as he has been all season with Dover left-back James Rogers unable to cope with his runs, and he tested 'keeper Lee Hook with a low effort before setting up Bridges moments later whose shot was closed down.
At the other end Chris Day was tested by Adam Birchall and managed to parry clear the shot at goal but he could do nothing about Welford's effort when he was set up by Frannie Collin's deep cross from the left.
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Sills levelled matters for Boro with his first goal for the club when he slid in to poke home Beardsley's low ball across the six yard box before the man who set him up put Boro ahead by prodding home a loose ball after centre-back Olly Schulz made a meal of Henry's cross.
Boro were close to adding a third seconds later when Bridges burst into the box only to be beaten to the ball by Hook and the hosts went in comfortably up at the break.
Boro continued where they had left off in the second half with Bridges heading just over the bar from a Long corner, and just seven minutes in they put the game beyond the visitors.
Sills won a header on the halfway line to send Mitchell Cole clear and the winger sprinted into the box before teeing up Bostwick who powered his shot past Hook from six yards.
The Dover 'keeper was kept busy as Boro pressed for more and was forced into saving a Sills header and watch as Long's curled effort went just wide of his goal.
It was not all one way traffic as Day was also forced to parry a drive from Welford after his defenders had failed to clear a loose ball and with just 10 minutes left he showed why he is one of the best goalkeepers in non-league football by flinging himself to his left to tip a header from Welford over the crossbar.
With three minutes left on the board Odubade wrapped things up with his ninth of the season following some good play from Henry and Long.
The win puts Boro into today's (Monday) draw but as a result Boro's Blue Square Premier clash against Oxford United on February 20 will now have to be rescheduled as Boro will now be in quarter-final action that day.
Stevenage Borough (4-4-2): Day, Henry, Roberts, Ashton, Laird, Long, Bridges, Bostwick, Cole (Odubade, 75) Sills (Boylan, 83), Beardsley (Griffin, 88).
Subs not used: Bayes, Albrighton.