PHILPOT’S ON HAND WITH LATE LEV­ELLER

The Non-League Football Paper - - NATIONAL LEAGUE SOUTH - By Ian Ansell

JAMIE PHILPOT came off the sub­sti­tutes’ bench to grab an in­jury-time equaliser as Dart­ford pre­vented Bil­ler­icay from go­ing to the top of the Nati­nal League South.

Philpot headed home Ben Green­haugh’s cross deep into time added on to can­cel out Jake Robin­son’s 49th-minute opener for the Blues.

“We fought well for the whole game and cre­ated chances through­out,” said a frus­trated Town coach Chris Mead. “At the end, one er­ror cost us — mis­takes like that at this level will al­ways be pun­ished.”

In front of a sea­son’s best crowd, The Darts started well and had an early chance when Tom Bon­ner headed wide from a cor­ner. Green­haugh's cross was headed just wide by De­lano Sam-Yorke.

Town’s best early chance came when Danny Wal­dren played a through ball to Jake Robin­son but he shot wide un­der pres­sure.

Town were awarded their first penalty on 28 min­utes. A cross from the out­stand­ing Cal­lum Kennedy was headed back across goal and Darts keeper Deren Ibrahim knocked down Robin­son.

The player took the kick him­self but blasted it against the cross­bar.

Soon af­ter Sam Deer­ing played Joe Kizzi through but his cross shot was palmed away by Ibrahim. The Darts came back with their best chance of the half when Amadoo Ba ran through from the half­way line be­fore shoot­ing wide.

Town took the lead soon af­ter the break with their sec­ond penalty. As a cor­ner came in from the right, Ron­nie Vint pulled Adam Cun­ning­ton down in front of the ref­eree. Robin­son bravely stepped up again and made no mis­take.

This sparked the home side’s best spell of the game, Alan Julian's goal kick was headed on by Cun­ning­ton who flicked it on to Robin­son but this time he shot just wide.

A free kick from Cal­lum Kennedy from the edge of the area flew just wide. The ar­rival of Philpott for Sam-Yorke on 86 min­utes saw the vis­i­tors re­vived. Ba again had a good chance just over, and soon af­ter he was close again af­ter good work from Green­haugh.

With the home side hang­ing on, a cross from Green­haugh was missed by Doe and Philpot nod­ded home off the post .

Darts boss Adam Flana­gan said: “It was a spir­ited con­test. I was pleased with our per­for­mance, we gave a good ac­count of our­selves.”

STAR MAN: Cal­lum Kennedy (Bil­ler­icay) EN­TER­TAIN­MENT: ★★★★★

LEADER: Glenn Tamplin ral­lies his Bil­ler­icay troops

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