This weekend, I had the option of following my beloved Charlton at league leaders Sheffield United or seeing my local side, Dartford, for just the fifth time this season. I certainly feel I made the right decision as the Darts edged a bit closer to securing a play-off place, winning an eight-goal thriller against Truro.
Truro had the much better start out of the two sides and they deservedly took the lead early on. A cross was not dealt with well by the Dartford goalkeeper and as he fumbled it, it fell nicely to Andrew Neal to finish and give the visitors a shock early lead.
Truro continued to have the upper hand in the early stages, but Dartford equalised with their first attack as striker Acheampong played a great cross into the middle for Pugh to tap home after a swift counter attack.
Then Bradbrook volleyed fantastically into the bottom corner to give the Darts an undeserved lead at the break after Truro had cleared a cross to him on the edge of the box.
Truro deservedly equalised through a header straight from a corner midway through the second half. However, Dartford got their lead back straight away as Acheampong got his second assist of the afternoon when he squared the ball for Wanadio to finish.
Then Truro came back again and with not long left, levelled the match at 3-3. It came from a cross from a free kick which was volleyed into the top corner by Jamie Richards, nothing more than the visitors deserved having been better for large parts of the game.
However, with about 10 minutes left, Dartford straight away made it 4-3 as a cross was pushed away to the edge of the box for Pugh to finish. Truro still looked as if they were going to get an equaliser but in stoppage time, Dartford broke clear and Murphy finished coolly to seal Dartford’s 20th win of the season.
At times, Dartford defensively looked a mess but were very clinical in attack, which is what made the difference. Truro will feel very hard done by having been on top for large spells and having one or two penalty claims rejected. They were much better in the air, winning nearly all headers but just could not handle Dartford’s attacks at all and it cost them the game. The result means Dartford take a big step closer to securing a playoff spot, they sit comfortably in third while Truro are now just one place above the drop zone.
Fair play to the ten or so Truro fans that made the long journey from the south west and made a lot of noise throughout the match.