Late Dartford draw snatches three points from Beavers grasp
By HRBFC Press Team
Darren McQueen’s deflected goal for Dartford in the closing moments of the game cruelly snatched a crucial win for the Beavers at Princes Park.
Chris Dickson's superb strike, from a tight angle, looked to have won it for the Beavers with ten minutes to play. His effort, though, was cancelled out by McQueen's deflected effort.
Hampton took an early lead inside the first ten minutes through Oliver Sprague. His neat finish into the bottom right following a Ricky Wellard corner the difference in a closely contended first half.
However, when goal scorer Sprague brought down Dartford’s Lee Noble in the box 15 minutes into the second half, the Darts found a lifeline through Charlie Sheringham's penalty.
Before that, a header from Jack Connors saw the Beavers come close in the first half. Tyrell Miller-Rodney’s first time cross picking him out well on the back post. The Beavers maintained their discipline heading into the break. A free-kick, comfortably saved by Ashley Maynard-Brewer, the closest Dartford came to finding an equaliser.
However, when Sprague brought down Noble inside the area early in the second half, Dartford got the luck they needed. Debutant Beavers keeper, Maynard-Brewer, despairingly unable to keep out Sheringham’s penalty.
Hampton thought they had scored just five minutes later when Zak Joseph had the ball in the net. However, he was deemed to have been offside by the linesman.
When Gary McCann brought on Harry Crawford he made an immediate impact, linking up well with Zak Joseph, Crawford created the room for Dickson to strike home.
But, with five minutes added on, Hampton were under increasing pressure from the home side. McQueen’s equaliser, wrong-footing Maynard-Brewer, taking a huge deflection off Sprague.
In the dying moments of the game Dartford almost took it all away from Hampton. Maynard-Brewer had other ideas though. His fantastic diving save securing the point we thoroughly deserved.
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