Late Dartford draw snatches three points from Beavers grasp
By HRBFC Press Team
Darren McQueen’s late deflected goal for Dartford snatched away 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.
Hampton took an early lead through Oliver Sprague. Sprague’s neat finish, low into the bottom right, came courtesy of a Ricky Wellard corner.
Sprague was involved again when he brought down Dartford’s Lee Noble in the box early in the second half. The Darts finding a lifeline through Charlie Sheringham's penalty.
Before that, a Jack Connors header 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, got a hand to the penalty but was unable to it out.
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. He linked up well with Joseph and the pair created the room for Dickson to strike home.
With five minutes added the home side piled the pressure on Hampton. Their break came when McQueen’s equaliser wrong-footed Maynard-Brewer and took a huge deflection off Sprague.
Dartford almost took it all away from Hampton in the final moments. Maynard-Brewer had other ideas with a superb diving save to secure a point thoroughly deserved.
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