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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.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

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
  • 17HughesSubstituted 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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Dartford 3, Cambridge United 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Dartford 3, Cambridge United 3.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Cambridge United.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Cambridge United.

  5. Post update

    Attempt saved. Josh Gillies (Cambridge United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

  6. Booking

    Jim Stevenson (Dartford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Elliot Bradbrook (Dartford).

  8. Post update

    Nathan Arnold (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

  9. Post update

    Offside, Cambridge United. Tom Elliott tries a through ball, but Tom Elliott is caught offside.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Cambridge United.

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. Alex Wall (Dartford) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Luke Berry (Cambridge United).

  13. Post update

    Elliot Bradbrook (Dartford) wins a free kick.

  14. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Alex Wall (Dartford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Luke Berry (Cambridge United).

  16. Post update

    Elliot Bradbrook (Dartford) wins a free kick.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Dartford. Lee Noble replaces Alex Woodyard.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Tom Elliott (Cambridge United).

  19. Post update

    Elliot Bradbrook (Dartford) wins a free kick.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Cambridge United.

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