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Dartford 1 Salisbury City 1
Darts paraded one-month loanee Matty Godden from Scunthorpe who, although not match fit, marked his debut with a typical goal-poacher's leveller from close-in just 10 minutes after City had taken the lead with a stunning volley from Theo Lewis.
The game got off to a high-octane start with the visitors, attacking the Car Park End, swarming forward at every opportunity and shooting from the hip.
It was exilherating stuff, and City's shoot-on-sight policy forced Darts to reply in kind and both teams were at each other with a vigour which did not falter right through to the dying seconds of the end of the four minutes of time added on.
There must be some reason why Darts' behind-the-goal support sits on its hands in the first half whenever Dartford elect to attack the Academy End. Whatever causes the malaise is one of life's mysteries.
Dartford have put a nice little home run together since an early-season slump and visitors now have to work hard to wrest even a point from Princes Park.
The latest visitors clearly came for more than a point and backed up their ambitions with a shoot-on-sight strategy which is causing major re-thinking wherever they play.
Darts should have been ideal cannon-fodder after the unproductive visit to Gateshead the previous Saturday. However, they fought fire with fire and thoroughly deserved their share of the spoils
The visitors claimed first blood on 17 minutes when Lewis closed Elliot Bradbrook down and fired an unstoppable shot past Alan Julian into the top left corner of the net. On another night it would have ended up in Row 26!
The same player essayed an overhead kick which ended up in Darts' net but it was ruled out for offside.
Darts struck back through Godden who beat Will Puddy from close-in 10 minutes later. He had shown his pedegree ealier on with some neat work and once match-fit will prove to be an excellent acquisition.
DARTFORD: Julian, Burns, Clark, Mitchel-King, Collier: Hayes (Ibemere 76), Noble, Woodyard, Bradbrook, Prior, Godden (Cornhill 88). Subs.not used: Hill, Cornhill, Porter
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