28 April 2018. Bognor Regis Town 1, Dartford 2. (Goals Pearce O. 85' (Penalty), Dartford D. Mills 59', R. Vint 77'). Alfie Pavey also pushed down to third highest goal scorer in the National League South by the 89' minute goal by Jason Prior against Concord Rangers enabling Havant & Waterlooville to snatch the top slot and promotion to the National League. Dartford are now in the play-offs.
The incredible seemed possible when Dartford made it 2-0, Vint rifling a great shot into the bottom corner from distance.
And it should have been three straight from kick-off but Pavey blazed over the bar.
For a few minutes Dartford were going up as champions, with Concord having fought back to 2-2 at Havant. You could now hear Darts fans all around the ground with more than 600 having made the trip from Kent.
But after Bognor pulled a goal back through Pearce's penalty, a last-gasp goal from ex-Dartford striker Jason Prior won the title for Havant to leave Tony Burman's players devastated.
Bognor: Lincoln, Whyte, Davies, Tuck, Block, Wood, Gilot (Swallow 79mins), Scutt (Charman 70mins), Amaluzor, Pearce, Muitt. Subs not used: Sekajja, Nelson, Boughton.
Dartford: Schotterl, Harris, Vint, Bonner, Onyemah, Hayes (Collier 85mins), Noble (Brown 82mins), Bradbrook, Pugh (Murphy 57mins), Mills, Pavey. Subs not used: Ofori-Acheampong, Ibrahim.
Referee: David Spain
Looking at the playoff matches, there's a good chance that Dartford will have to play Chelmsford City for promotion. Dartford will have to play the winner of Braintree v Hemel Hempstead to move up to the 'final'. Gird your loins, eat your weetabix and believe, boys!
Alfie Pavey has been voted the Vanarama National League South Player of the Year 2017/18. Couldn't have made a better choice.
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