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Dartford v Yeovil Town

Dartford v Yeovil Town

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Dartford dug deep and fought hard to earn a valuable point against Yeovil Town, as the league leaders came up against a Ryan Sandford in superb form between the Dartford sticks.

The hosts were lifted by their goalkeeper’s exploits, as Yeovil threatened to overwhelm them during this entertaining encounter in front of 1,072 supporters at Bericote Powerhouse Princes Park.

With the Darts having had a fixture break for nearly two weeks, it was no surprise to see the Glovers looking sharper during the opening exchanges. Their fluidity and pace looked to be causing all sorts of problems for the Dartford defensive line. And, only the alertness of Moussa Diarra prevented Sonny-Blu Lo Everton from opening the scoring after just five minutes.

The nearly man was then brought down inside the Dartford box, prompting the referee (Mr Charles Martland) to award the visitors a spot-kick. Rhys Murphy stepped up to slot the ball home and give Yeovil a 10th minute lead.

For all their early domination, though, Yeovil were pegged back in the 17th minute. Luke Allen fended off numerous challenges, before sending in a delightful cross, which George Alexander put into the back of the net with a lovely cushioned header.

Ryan Sandford then saved superbly from Michael Smith (24) and Sonny Cox (25), as the Glovers looked to retake the lead. Jordan Young then rattled the crossbar with a delightful 39th minute free-kick, before Sandford denied Cox once again as the half-time break beckoned (42).

The second forty-five started a little quieter than the first, but the visitors looked for opportunities to get a set-piece in dangerous positions. They succeeded in the 51st minute, only for the Dartford defensive wall do its job and block Jordan Young’s free-kick.

In the 64th minute, Alan Dowson made his one and only change in personnel for the afternoon. Paul Rooney was the man to come on to replace Tyrell Miller-Rodney.

The visitors, meanwhile, would use all three available substitutions. Two came at the same time as Dowson’s, as Sonny Cox and Rhys Murphy were replaced by Jake Hyde and Frank Nouble respectively. That would be followed by Jordan Maguire-Drew coming on for Jordan Young in stoppage time at the end of the ninety.

As we return to the action, we see the Darts take full advantage of a defensive mix-up in the 70th minute. Richard Chin picked a defender’s pocket, before firing in his second goal in as many games for the hosts to turn the game around.

He then came close to adding a third for Dartford, but his 77th minute drive was narrowly wide of the upright. However, a minute later saw the excellent Jordan Young cap his performance with a well-taken goal to equalise at the other end (78).

Ryan Sandford saved well from Will Dawes with ten minutes remaining, in what was a Man of The Match performance from the goalkeeper, as both sides had to settle for a point apiece in this highly entertaining contest.

TEAMS

DARTFORD: Ryan Sandford, Jordan Wynter, Sam Odaudu, Tyrell Miller-Rodney, Luke Coulson (c), Luke Allen, Maxwell Statham, George Alexander, Joash Nembhard, Richard Chin, Moussa Diarra.
SUBSTITUTES: Baris Altintop, Alex Wall, Paul Rooney, Lewis Manor, Archie Woods.

YEOVIL TOWN: Joseph Day, Michael Smith, Morgan Williams, Jacob Wannell, Will Dawes, Sonny-Blu Lo Everton, Charlie Cooper, Matthew Worthington (c), Jordan Young, Rhys Murphy, Sonny Cox.
SUBSTITUTES: Frank Nouble, Joshua Owers, Jake Hyde, Jordan Maguire-Drew, Duncan Idehan.

Details

Date Time League Season Full Time
December 9, 2023 3:00 pm National League South 2023/24 0'

Ground

Bericote Powerhouse Princes Park
Grass Banks, Dartford DA1 1LZ, UK

Results

ClubGoalsOutcome
Dartford2Draw
Yeovil Town2Draw

Dartford

22Ryan Sandford Goalkeeper
3Sam Odaudu Midfielder
28Moussa Diarra Defender
20Joash Nembhard Defender
12Maxwell Statham Defender
5Tyrell Miller-Rodney 10 Midfielder
2Jordan Wynter Defender
7Luke Coulson Midfielder
8Luke Allen Midfielder
27Richard Chin Defender
18George Alexander Forward
6Baris Altintop Defender
9Alex Wall Forward
10Paul Rooney 5 Midfielder
11Lewis Manor Forward
16Archie Woods Midfielder