The Non-League Football Paper - - NATIONAL LEAGUE SOUTH - By Dan English

PHIL ROBERTS bagged a brace to edge Dartford past St Al­bans City in an ex­cit­ing clash.

Both sides at­tacked with flu­id­ity in a thrilling four-goal first half.

Ben Green­halgh nearly put the Darts ahead on 17 min­utes when his 25-yard free­kick went nar­rowly wide.

Tal­is­man El­liot Brad­brook put the Darts ahead in spec­tac­u­lar fash­ion on 21 min­utes when his 30-yard ef­fort flew past Saints keeper Dean Sned­ker.

St Al­bans equalised on 34 min­utes when Zane Ban­ton slot­ted past Darts net­min­der Bai­ley Vose from close range.

Roberts then net­ted his first Dartford goal to re­store the hosts’ lead on 39 min­utes when he ri­fled home Char­lie Sher­ing­ham’s low cross.

Sam Mer­son equalised from a tight an­gle in first-half stop­page time af­ter a clever cor­ner move caught Dartford doz­ing.

St Al­bans should have led on 54 min­utes, but Vose kept Mer­son’s point-blank ef­fort out.

Mer­son con­tin­ued to threaten, shoot­ing over on 73 min­utes as the vis­i­tors looked the most likely to break the dead­lock.

Yet Dartford snatched the points on 88 min­utes when Roberts exquisitely launched the ball from dis­tance over a scram­bling Sned­ker.

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