LEE Noble grabbed a dramatic injury time equaliser to earn Dartford a 2-2 draw at Wrexham.

Dartford certainly merited a share of the spoils in an excellent, controlled display at Wrexham’s outstanding Racecourse Ground on Saturday. The afternoon was bathed in brilliant sunshine, although the horizon was bedecked by clouds akin to a row of smudged grey thumb prints.

Darts took a fifth minute lead when a diagonal pass from Lee Burns found Danny Harris wide on the left.

Harris cut inside and jinked into the home area, where he slotted a shot wide of home keeper Jostain Mayebi’s outstretched left arm into the far corner of the goal.

The lead lasted 11 minutes when Danny Wright received a deflected pass just outside the Darts area and hit it high past the advancing Marcus Bettinelli.

Soon afterwards Wrexham lost central defender Steven Wright to injury to be replaced by Glen Little.

Darts were under pressure for most of the rest of the half and coped well enough until three minutes before the interval.

Andy Bishop jigged past two defenders and dinked the ball past Bettenilli to give Wrexham an interval lead.

It wasn’t all Wrexham, however.

Ryan Hayes set Harris free on one occasion but the finishing touch went awry, while Jacob Erskine ploughed away and kept the home defenders on their toes.

At the start of the second half Dartford tightened up just a little more on the Wrexham front-runners and it made a world of difference, with the home attack being contained more comfortably as the game wore on.

A couple of substitutions by Tony Burman changed the shape of the game and Darts came more into the contest.

As time went by Darts became the more likely to score and, eventually, the chance came with moments remaining.

The referee awarded Dartford a free-kick just outside the Wrexham area on the left. Nineteen outfield players jostled for positions and keeper Mayebi positioned himself centrally on his goal-line.

Almost 3,800 people expected a curling ball aimed towards the bunch of players but Noble saw something different, a gap on the goal-line between Mayebi and the far post.

He struck a firm daisy-cutter in that gap and inside the post and the eternally vociferous 100 plus travelling Dartford supporters, drummer et al, erupted.

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Dartford: Bettenilli: Burns, Bonner, Arber, Rose: Hayes (Noble 70), Champion, Bradbrook, Wallis (Collier 77), Harris: Erskine (Crawford 60). Subs not used: Rogers, Sutton. Att 3,772.