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MATCH REPORT: Dartford 1-5 Swindon Town

Reds Advance In Emirates FA Cup

5 November 2017

Swindon Town safely secured their place in the Second Round of The Emirates FA Cup after cruising to a comfortable 5-1 win against Dartford at Princes Park this afternoon.

The Reds lived up to their favourites tag from the very off and they broke the deadlock thanks to Timi Elsnik's effort.

Harry Smith then added a deserved second before Elsnik was on target once more to put his side in cruise control, although the home side did have their moments too.

It was the same story after the break as Town continued to launch wave after wave of attack with Amine Linganzi and Paul Mullin both adding their name to the scoresheet, while Richard Sho-Silva added a late consolation for the hosts. 

Dave Flitcroft opted to name a strong Starting XI and made only two changes from the side that beat Port Vale last week, with both Timi Elsnik and Paul Mullin handed starts. 

John Goddard dropped to the bench, Keshi Anderson missed out due to not having permission to play in the competition and Harry Smith was the man chosen to lead the line in a 4-3-3 formation. 

Town were hoping to progress beyond the opening round of the FA Cup for the first time since the 2011/12 season, and they made a superb start following a frantic opening. 

Olly Lancashire's sliced clearance nearly led to a chance, while Paul Mullin could only send a firm drive wide at the other end. 

However, it wasn't long before the Reds did get their noses in-front and it arrived with twelve-minutes on the clock.

Amine Linganzi drilled a ball into the path of Paul Mullin who saw his effort parried by Deren Ibrahim, but Timi Elsnik was on hand to stroke home from close-range.

Mullin then sent an effort over with the game being played at a real high tempo by both sides in-front of an electric atmosphere.

Donal McDermott then went close with a fierce drive which was tipped to safety by Ibrahim, but it wasn't long before the Reds really stamped their authority on the contest. 

McDermott picked out Harry Smith who was able to take time before lashing home a superb strike from 20-yards, and it was 3-0 less than two minutes later with Elsnik heading home his second of the afternoon from Matty Taylor's pinpoint cross. 

It was all one-way traffic and Matt Preston nearly made it two goals in as many games, but his header from a Taylor corner flashed inches past the post. 

Dartford did carve out a rare chance but they were unable to make the most of it with Alex Brown skewing a shot over the bar. 

Town were dealt a blow late on in the first-half however as Elsnik was forced off with an injury, with John Goddard the man chosen to replace him. 

Reice Charles-Cook then had to be called upon to produce a superb save as he managed to tip Elliot Bradbrook's header over the bar. 

Lee Noble then thumped a venomous volley inches wide as the hosts enjoyed a decent end to an action-packed first-half. 

Town enjoyed the perfect start to the second-half too as Amine Linganzi volleyed home after latching onto a loose ball. 

Ryan Hayes could only bend a free-kick wide for Dartford and it wasn't long before Town were back in amongst the goals. 

Goddard fed Ben Purkiss who in turn picked out Mullin perfectly inside the area and the striker was able to produce a neat finish. 

Mullin was replaced immediately after his goal by Kaiyne Woolery, while Charles-Cook eventually smothered Alfie Pavey's header as the game approached the hour mark. 

Town always looked a threat when pouring forward and they were unfortunate not to add to their lead past the hour mark with Goddard scooping an effort just wide from Purkiss' low ball in. 

Kellan Gordon then replaced McDermott in Swindon's third and final change of the game, before Smith saw his low header pushed away by Ibrahim. 

Dartford were still giving everything they had and they went close late on with Bradbrook sending a shot straight on the turn at Charles-Cook. 

And the hosts were able to pull one back thanks to Richard Sho-Silva, who slammed home from close-range after Tom Murphy's effort had come back off the post. 

Smith sent a looping header over the bar at the other end and that proved to be that as Town comfortably advanced through to the Second Round of The FA Cup for the first time since 2011.


SCORERS - Timi Elsnik (12, 25), Harry Smith (23), Amine Linganzi (46), Paul Mullin (50), Richard Sho-Silva (82).

DARTFORD (4-1-4-1) - Ibrahim, Harris, Sho-Silva, Bonner, Onyemah; Noble; Hayes (Warren Mfula 66), Brown (Keaton Wood 66), Bradbrook (C); Della-Verde (Tom Murphy 54); Pavey.

SUBS NOT USED - Vint, Coxall, Fulton, Ahwieh. 

SWINDON TOWN (4-3-3) - Charles-Cook; Purkiss, Lancashire (C), Preston, Taylor; Dunne, Elsnik (John Goddard 38), Linganzi; McDermott (Kellan Gordon 73), Smith, Mullin (Kaiyne Wooley 53). 

SUBS NOT USED - Henry, Robertson, Knoyle, Iandolo.


DARTFORD - Alex Brown.

Referee - Darren Drysdale.

Attendance - 2,705. 

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