Forest Green 1 Dartford 1
FOREST GREEN ROVERS 1 DARTFORD 1
TWO evenly-matched league rivals played out a predictably close FA Cup tie at the New Lawn.
James Norwood's early thunderbolt was cancelled out in the second half by former Rovers man Jacob Erskine, ensuring both sides will be in tomorrow's first-round draw.
It was a quiet opening to proceedings but Norwood changed that in spectacular fashion when he surged from deep in the right channel and unleashed a 25-yard drive that flew past Darts goalkeeper Louis Wells into the bottom corner.
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Dartford could only improve in the second period, and they dragged themselves level with a bit of help from the hosts.
Ed Asafu-Adjaye seemed to lose his footing and presented the ball to Ryan Hayes, who worked space well before pulling the ball back for Erskine to finish from 10 yards.
Perhaps Rovers needed a wake-up call, as they mustered a quick response and Norwood was foiled by a plunging save by Wells after getting a firm header to Jamie Turley's cross.
Two great late chances were spurned at either end, first when Wells produced a brave block to deny Yan Klukowski from point-blank range.
Noble then shot wastefully wide from inside the area, meaning a replay at Princes Park on Tuesday.
See Monday's Citizen for Peter Orchard's match overview, match reaction and pictures.
Forest Green: Russell; Hodgkiss, Turley, Oshodi, Asafu-Adjaye; Forbes (Rowe 82), P. Green, Klukowski; Vieira (Styche 59), Taylor, Norwood; Subs not used: Racine, Bangura, Koroma, Wright.