Dover cause FA Cup upset by beating Gillingham, while Hythe lose at Hereford
DOVER ATHLETIC sprung an FA Cup surprise at Priestfield, beating Gillingham 2-0 to progress to the next round.
The away side took the lead, slightly against the run of play when Adam Birchall fired in from 25 yards, into the top corner.
The small striker then caused Gillingham all sorts of problems as Dover took control of the game, finding space and shotting on sight.
And they made their pressure tell when they doubled their lead on 27.
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Harry Baker made good ground down the right and after his cross-shot was saved the ball rebounded out to Luke I'Anson who fired in from eight yards.
Gills started the second half well, pinning the Conference South side back, but they couldn't find a way past Ross Flitney in the Dover goal.
The keeper pulled off four good saves to deny Stefan and Jack Payne.
Dover looked dangerous on the break and when Baker went clear and was fouled by John Nutter, Gills were reduced to 10 men which all but ended the game as a contest.
Dover saw out the final 19 minutes to secure a famous win.
Hythe didn't have as much luck as they fell to a 5-1 defeat at Hereford. After falling 2-0 down early on, they hit back through Mickelborough, but conceded two more before the break.
Hereford added one more in teh second half as Hythe put up a brave display which was applauded at the end from the large travelling support.
In the Ryman Premier, Folkestone lost 1-0 at Canvey Island. While in Ryman 1 South Sittingbourne were beaten by Leatherhead 2-0 and Whitstable fell to a 3-2 defeat to Fleet Town, They led 1-0 at half time through Vahid, and 2-1 via a Pulman penalty, but Fleet scored two late on.