John McCombe's late equaliser earned League Two Port Vale an FA Cup first round replay with Blue Square Bet South strugglers Dartford.
The Darts took the lead when skipper Elliot Bradbrook converted Ryan Hayes' curling free-kick from close range.
McCombe had already twice denied the home side with goal-line clearances and punished them late on.
The defender rose above the rest to head home Tommy Fraser's corner with just six minutes remaining.
The hosts, who were playing in the first round for the first time in 21 years, were clear underdogs against high-flying Port Vale.
But Dartford nearly made a dream start when Danny Harris fired past Stuart Tomlinson only for McCombe to clear off the line.
McCombe later denied Hayes in a similar fashion before Carl Rook and Paul Goodacre also missed chances.
However, Vale improved when they fell a goal behind as manager Micky Adams made three substitutions in a bid to get back in the game.
The changes worked as McCombe's goal ensured the two sides would meet again in a replay.
Dartford manager Tony Burman told BBC Radio Kent: "I'm a happy man to be fair, the performance was the best one we've put on all season. I'm disappointed because I'd like it to be like that every week.
"No disrespect to Port Vale but we were by far the better side today and if we had got the second goal it would have been over.
"I'm glad that we went to see them on Tuesday night because we did have a game plan - we spoke to the players on Thursday about what we thought they should do and they did it perfectly really, I was really pleased for them.
"I think they deserved more - I'm pleased we're in the hat but really we should have won the game."
Port Vale manager Micky Adams told BBC Radio Kent: "We've got away with murder today, let's not make any mistake about that. From start to finish we were second best against a very good Dartford team.
"I feel sorry for Dartford in a way, although I'm delighted we get a chance at Vale Park in 10 days time. You have to say that Dartford thoroughly deserved to be in the hat.
"I'm amazed because we're second in League Two and you wouldn't have thought that playing like we did today. We were out-battled, out-passed, out-fought, the desire wasn't there from our point of view and that's really disappointing from a team I manage."
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Saturday, 6 November 2010
The FA Cup
03 Bonner yellow card
04 Champion yellow card
11 Bradbrook yellow card
09 Rook (Sheringham 82)
15 Collins (Taylor 46)
22 Roberts yellow card (Rigg 46)
11 J Richards (Haldane 46)
01 C Martin,
Ref: Phil GibbsAtt: 3,679
Attempts on target
Attempts off target
93:33 The match has reached full-time.
90:00+3:09 Corner taken left-footed by Ryan Hayes, Anthony Griffith manages to make a clearance.
89:41 Tommy Fraser concedes a free kick for a foul on Billy Burgess. Indirect free kick taken by Andy Young.
88:42 Paul Goodacre fouled by John McCombe, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Andy Young. Tom Bonner handles the ball
and concedes a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Tommy Fraser.
88:42 Booking The referee shows Tom Champion a yellow card.
86:34 Gareth Owen gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Charlie Sheringham. Michael Shinn crosses the ball from the
free kick right-footed from right channel, Stuart Tomlinson makes a save.
85:53 Lewis Haldane challenges Michael Shinn unfairly and gives away a free kick. Tom Champion restarts play with the free kick.
84:58 Foul by Charlie Sheringham on Anthony Griffith, free kick awarded. Indirect free kick taken by Kris Taylor.
84:30 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Anthony Griffith by Lee Burns. Gareth Owen restarts play with the free kick.
83:11 Corner taken right-footed by Tommy Fraser, the assist for the goal came from Tommy Fraser.
83:11 GOAL - John McCombe:Dartford 1 - 1 Port Vale John McCombe fires in a goal from inside the six-yard box low into the middle of the goal. Dartford 1-1 Port Vale.
81:11 Substitution (Dartford) makes a substitution, with Charlie Sheringham coming on for Carl Rook.
80:09 Carl Rook has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide right of the target.
79:13 Kris Taylor has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide right of the goal.
79:02 Kris Taylor delivers the ball, clearance made by Tom Champion.
74:58 Carl Rook is caught offside. Stuart Tomlinson takes the indirect free kick.
74:08 Free kick awarded for a foul by John McCombe on Tom Bonner. Michael Shinn delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed
from left channel, John McCombe manages to make a clearance.
73:00 Sean Rigg has an effort at goal from long distance that goes wide left of the upright.
69:17 Michael Shinn takes a inswinging corner.
67:34 Danny Harris concedes a free kick for a foul on Kris Taylor. Indirect free kick taken by Stuart Tomlinson.
65:22 Free kick awarded for a foul by John McCombe on Danny Harris. Strike comes in from Ryan Hayes from the free kick.
63:32 Outswinging corner taken by Kris Taylor, clearance by Tom Champion.
63:16 Ryan Hayes produces a cross, save by Stuart Tomlinson.
62:09 Corner taken left-footed by Kris Taylor from the left by-line, Sean Rigg takes a shot. Save made by Andy Young.
60:51 Unfair challenge on Doug Loft by Michael Shinn results in a free kick. John McCombe takes the indirect free kick.
59:42 Effort on goal by Louis Dodds from just inside the area clears the bar.
57:49 The assistant referee signals for offside against Tommy Fraser. Andy Young takes the indirect free kick.
56:47 Doug Loft takes a shot. Ryan Hayes gets a block in.
55:43 Unfair challenge on Lewis Haldane by Tom Champion results in a free kick. Tommy Fraser restarts play with the free kick.
53:32 Inswinging corner taken by Michael Shinn, Paul Goodacre takes a shot. Stuart Tomlinson makes a save.
50:17 Gareth Owen produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the target.
47:24 Billy Burgess concedes a free kick for a foul on Doug Loft. Free kick taken by Stuart Tomlinson.
45:52 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Michael Shinn from the left by-line, Paul Goodacre takes a shot. Clearance by Anthony
45:48 Carl Rook crosses the ball, clearance made by Adam Yates.
45:01 The referee gets the second half started.
45:01 Substitution Lewis Haldane comes on in place of Justin Richards.
45:01 Substitution (Port Vale) makes a substitution, with Sean Rigg coming on for Gary Roberts.
45:01 Substitution Lee Collins goes off and Kris Taylor comes on.
45:00+2:14 The ref blows to end the first period.
45:00+1:19 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Michael Shinn, clearance made by Justin Richards.
40:30 Gareth Owen concedes a free kick for a foul on Carl Rook. Elliot Bradbrook takes the indirect free kick.
38:58 Ryan Hayes fouled by Doug Loft, the ref awards a free kick. Assist by Ryan Hayes.
38:58 GOAL - Elliot Bradbrook:Dartford 1 - 0 Port Vale Elliot Bradbrook finds the net with a goal from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Dartford 1-0 Port Vale.
36:58 The ball is crossed by Tommy Fraser, save by Andy Young.
36:30 Paul Goodacre challenges Justin Richards unfairly and gives away a free kick. Gary Roberts takes the indirect free kick.
35:12 Elliot Bradbrook challenges Gary Roberts unfairly and gives away a free kick. Gary Roberts delivers the ball, Headed effort
from deep inside the penalty area by Tommy Fraser goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
35:12 Booking Elliot Bradbrook booked for unsporting behaviour.
34:46 Adam Yates delivers the ball, save by Andy Young.
34:29 Gary Roberts crosses the ball, Paul Goodacre makes a clearance.
33:09 Effort from the edge of the area by Danny Harris goes wide of the right-hand upright.
32:10 Carl Rook takes a shot. Stuart Tomlinson makes a save.
31:36 Corner taken left-footed by Ryan Hayes to the near post, clearance by Anthony Griffith.
30:58 Inswinging corner taken by Ryan Hayes from the right by-line, Paul Goodacre takes a shot. John McCombe gets a block in.
28:57 Gareth Owen challenges Carl Rook unfairly and gives away a free kick. Tom Champion takes the free kick.
28:33 Tom Bonner challenges Justin Richards unfairly and gives away a free kick. John McCombe takes the free kick.
27:30 Lee Burns has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
25:41 Stuart Tomlinson fouled by Elliot Bradbrook, the ref awards a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Stuart Tomlinson.
25:41 Booking Tom Bonner is booked.
24:27 Unfair challenge on Michael Shinn by Gary Roberts results in a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Michael Shinn.
24:27 Booking Gary Roberts booked.
21:06 Ryan Hayes concedes a free kick for a foul on Gary Roberts. Tommy Fraser restarts play with the free kick.
20:33 The ball is delivered by Doug Loft, save by Andy Young.
19:03 Danny Harris concedes a free kick for a foul on Stuart Tomlinson. Stuart Tomlinson takes the free kick.
17:46 Justin Richards gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tom Champion. Andy Young restarts play with the free kick.
16:55 Tom Bonner delivers the ball, save made by Stuart Tomlinson.
16:04 Ryan Hayes sends in a cross, clearance by John McCombe.
12:34 John McCombe challenges Elliot Bradbrook unfairly and gives away a free kick. Michael Shinn delivers the ball from the free
kick right-footed from left wing, clearance by Anthony Griffith.
10:12 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Gary Roberts from the right by-line to the near post, Elliot Bradbrook manages to
make a clearance.
7:32 A cross is delivered by Adam Yates, clearance by Tom Champion.
7:08 John McCombe fouled by Carl Rook, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Gary Roberts.
6:13 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Carl Rook by Gareth Owen. Michael Shinn restarts play with the free kick.
5:15 The assistant referee signals for offside against Justin Richards. Andy Young restarts play with the free kick.
3:41 Doug Loft concedes a free kick for a foul on Ryan Hayes. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Ryan Hayes.
2:38 The offside flag is raised against Danny Harris. Indirect free kick taken by Stuart Tomlinson.
2:15 Danny Harris takes a shot. John McCombe manages to make a clearance.
1:00 Ryan Hayes concedes a free kick for a foul on Doug Loft. Stuart Tomlinson takes the indirect free kick.
0:00 The ref blows the whistle to start the match.
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