Blue Square Bet
Published 6th May 2012
Sunday`s second legs saw the Darts complete a 3-1 aggregate victory over Basingstoke Town, while the Wings were held to a goalless draw at Park View Road, but came through 2-1 on aggregate against Sutton United.
At Princes Park in front of a crowd of 2,210, Basingstoke, who trailed 1-0 from the home leg at the Camrose last Wednesday, had a good first half and had the better chances but weren't able to put any away.
However, after 57 minutes the visitors scored the crucial opening goal to double the aggregate score.
Lee Noble dinked in a free-kick and Basingstoke's marking was poor, allowing Elliot Bradbrook to rise unchallenged and head powerfully home.
Eleven minutes later though `Stoke gave themselves a lifeline when Delano Sam-Yorke pulled the ball back from the byline for Shaun McAuley to smash a powerful shot into the top corner from just inside the area.
But 5 minutes later the game was all-but over with something of a controversial second goal for the Darts
Basingstoke failed to deal with a corner and the result was a scramble on the line. Jacob Erskine seems to be sitting on the ball but the ball broke for Luke Wilkinson to tap in.
Sam-Yorke again did well to set up Tim Sills a few minutes later, but the visitors` striker dragged his shot wide.
And on 77 minutes Basingstoke had a goal disallowed when Sam-Yorke got up to head home at the far post but was flagged offside.
Sam-Yorke was booked for his protestations, while Sills prevented a `Stoke fan reaching the referee.
Four minutes later the visitors went close again when a corner is flicked onto the bar, with Jide Ogunbote somehow failing to force the rebound home from close range.
A minute later and it was all over for Basingstoke when Sam-Yorke was dismissed after being shown a second yellow card for a challenge that could well have been a straight red.
The other second leg was slightly disappointing as a spectacle, and Sutton fans in the 1,408 crowd saw their side slightly unfortunate not to have at least forced extra-time as they were the better side for the majority of the game.
However, Welling`s 2-1 win at Gander Green Lane last Wednesday proved to be the difference between the sides.