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11 March 2023. Dartford win 3:1 (Max Statham 6', Luke Coulson 50', Harvey Bradbury 82').
Despite Alan Dowson having to shuffle his squad and place midfielder Keiran Murtagh into an injury-hit defensive unit, the Darts started brightly and were ahead within six minutes. Maxwell Statham was the man to open the scoring after getting on the end of a Samir Carruthers corner to net his fifth league goal of the season. The Darts came close once again after Murtagh’s terrific effort following another Carruthers corner smacked off the crossbar (20), before Statham thought he’d doubled his side’s lead five minutes later. Unfortunately, his goal was chalked off by referee, Mr Ryan Atkins after an apparent push on goalkeeper Jack Turner (25).
It was as you were at the start of the second forty-five, yet the Darts were exploiting more space on their left-flank. And, soon enough, they’d doubled their advantage via a brilliant solo effort from eventual Man of The Match Luke Coulson. The number seven broke free on the left-flank, raced into the box, sold goalkeeper Jack Turner the dummy, before calmly slotting the ball home (50).
Two almost became three a couple of minutes later after another terrific break by Coulson. However, on this occasion he found Alex Wall with a neat pass, but the latter couldn’t apply the finish (52).
Dartford would swap Samir Carruthers with Malachi Napa (65), Alex Wall with Harvey Bradbury (73), before Sam Odaudu came on to replace Luke Allen (88). Boro came close to halving the deficit with twelve minutes remaining when Kevin Lokko found Harry Parsons with a neat header, only for the former to miss the opportunity (78) before the Darts put the game out of reach. But it was a debut goal for loanee Harvey Bradbury, who’d only recently arrived from Woking and only come onto the pitch several minutes earlier. A terrific attack lead by Coulson saw him find Bradbury with a neat through-ball which breached the Farnborough backline. Bradbury was away and went on to open his Dartford account with a neat finish to secure the points (82). The visitors responded in the 84th minute, after Harry Parsons found the back of the net following a ball from Lokko, but it was no more than a late consolation, as the Darts saw out the remainder of the game to register a well-deserved three points. The result ensures that Tom Bonner and Co remain in a solid second place in the National League South table, while maintaining the gap to the chasing pack.
DARTFORD: Dan Wilks, Samir Carruthers, Tom Bonner (c), Luke Coulson, Luke Allen, Alex Wall, Keiran Murtagh, Maxwell Statham, Isaac Ogundere, Jack Smith, Pierre Fonkeu.
SUBSTITUTES: Harvey Bradbury, Sam Odaudu, George Whitefield, Ben Dudzinski, Malachi Napa.
FARNBOROUGH: Jack Turner, Jack Ball, Freddie Grant, Courtney Fearn, Kevin Lokko (c), Ricky Holmes, Harry Parsons, Adam Lovatt, Jonathon Page, Selim Saied, Jordan Norville-Williams.
SUBSTITUTES: Ronan Silva, Chike Kandi, Zaid Al-Husaini, Connor Lawless, Alfie Saunders.
Referee: Ryan Atkin
Assistants: Joshua Langley-Fineing, Joel Lamping.
MoTM: Luke Coulson
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