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Dartford 3-3 Cambridge United

Ryan Bird

Ryan Bird scored twice on his Cambridge debut but the Conference Premier title hopefuls could only draw at Dartford.

Bird's impressive brace came early and the visitors looked comfortable with their lead until an Elliot Bradbrook penalty sparked a Dartford fightback.

Max Cornhill then headed in an Alex Woodyard cross to equalise before team-mate Danny Harris's quality strike.

The U's then saw Ashley Chambers miss a penalty but Luke Berry headed in a free-kick to earn them a point.

Bradbrook's penalty came after Greg Taylor fouled Woodyard, but United's Chambers - fouled by Mathew Mitchell-King - could not find the net when Alan Julian saved his spot-kick.

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Tony Burman

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Post-match: Dartford boss Burman

Dartford boss Tony Burman told BBC Radio Kent:

"I've got to give the guys a lot of credit to fight back to 2-2 before half-time. We're playing against a very, very good side but the spirit, fight and belief is back in there.

"You can't take your foot off the pedal and the set play has been the end of us in respect of winning the game.

"It was end to end. Yes, I wanted three points, but I'll settle for one."

Line-ups

Dartford

  • 1Julian
  • 4Sterling
  • 14Mitchell-King
  • 5ClarkBooked at 81mins
  • 31StevensonBooked at 90mins
  • 30WoodyardSubstituted forNobleat 83'minutes
  • 10Bradbrook
  • 20Burns
  • 6Cornhill
  • 11Harris
  • 40Wall

Substitutes

  • 19Swallow
  • 36Kamara
  • 8Noble
  • 24Wellham
  • 15Collier

Cambridge

  • 1Sullivan
  • 6Miller
  • 3Taylor
  • 4Coulson
  • 14Tait
  • 8Champion
  • 7DonaldsonSubstituted forBerryat 70'minutes
  • 23Chambers
  • 25BirdSubstituted forArnoldat 52'minutes
  • 10Elliott
  • 17L HughesSubstituted forGilliesat 62'minutes

Substitutes

  • 24Arnold
  • 13Norris
  • 2Roberts
  • 29Gillies
  • 18Berry
Referee:
Robert Whitton
Attendance:
2,023

Match Stats

Home TeamDartfordAway TeamCambridge
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home14
Away13
Shots on Target
Home6
Away5
Corners
Home0
Away0
Fouls
Home11
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Dartford 3, Cambridge United 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Dartford 3, Cambridge United 3.
Corner, Cambridge United.
Corner, Cambridge United.
Attempt saved. Josh Gillies (Cambridge United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

Booking

Jim Stevenson (Dartford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Elliot Bradbrook (Dartford).
Nathan Arnold (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.
Offside, Cambridge United. Tom Elliott tries a through ball, but Tom Elliott is caught offside.
Corner, Cambridge United.
Attempt saved. Alex Wall (Dartford) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.
Foul by Luke Berry (Cambridge United).
Elliot Bradbrook (Dartford) wins a free kick.
Attempt blocked. Alex Wall (Dartford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Foul by Luke Berry (Cambridge United).
Elliot Bradbrook (Dartford) wins a free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Dartford. Lee Noble replaces Alex Woodyard.
Foul by Tom Elliott (Cambridge United).
Elliot Bradbrook (Dartford) wins a free kick.
Corner, Cambridge United.

Booking

Kenny Clark (Dartford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Kenny Clark (Dartford).
Tom Elliott (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

Goal!

Goal! Dartford 3, Cambridge United 3. Luke Berry (Cambridge United) from a free kick with a header to the bottom right corner.
Foul by Lee Burns (Dartford).
Josh Gillies (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.
Penalty saved! Ashley Chambers (Cambridge United) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom left corner.
Penalty conceded by Mathew Mitchell-King (Dartford) after a foul in the penalty area.
Penalty Cambridge United. Ashley Chambers draws a foul in the penalty area.

Substitution

Substitution, Cambridge United. Luke Berry replaces Ryan Donaldson.

Goal!

Goal! Dartford 3, Cambridge United 2. Danny Harris (Dartford) right footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Alex Wall.
Hand ball by Alex Woodyard (Dartford).
Attempt missed. Josh Gillies (Cambridge United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.
Attempt missed. Alex Wall (Dartford) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Cambridge United. Josh Gillies replaces Liam Hughes.
Foul by Tom Elliott (Cambridge United).
Elliot Bradbrook (Dartford) wins a free kick.
Corner, Cambridge United.
Corner, Cambridge United.
Attempt blocked. Liam Hughes (Cambridge United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Foul by Alex Woodyard (Dartford).
Ryan Donaldson (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.
Attempt missed. Tom Elliott (Cambridge United) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Richard Tait with a cross.
Foul by Max Cornhill (Dartford).
Tom Elliott (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.
Corner, Cambridge United.
Attempt missed. Greg Taylor (Cambridge United) right footed shot from outside the box.
Attempt missed. Alex Wall (Dartford) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Alex Woodyard.
Corner, Dartford.
Corner, Dartford.

Substitution

Substitution, Cambridge United. Nathan Arnold replaces Ryan Bird because of an injury.
Foul by Mathew Mitchell-King (Dartford).
Greg Taylor (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

Second Half

Second Half begins Dartford 2, Cambridge United 2.

Half Time

First Half ends, Dartford 2, Cambridge United 2.

Goal!

Goal! Dartford 2, Cambridge United 2. Max Cornhill (Dartford) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Alex Woodyard with a cross.
Offside, Dartford. Elliot Bradbrook tries a through ball, but Elliot Bradbrook is caught offside.
Corner, Cambridge United.
Attempt missed. Tom Elliott (Cambridge United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.
Foul by Alex Wall (Dartford).
Ian Miller (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.
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