CHIPPENHAM TOWN 1 2 DARTFORD – Sat 13th Oct 2018
This game was one of those rare collector’s items when the result was decided by a seventy yard free kick from Darts keeper Deren Ibrahim;
This game was one of those rare collector’s items when the result was decided by a seventy yard free kick from Darts keeper Deren Ibrahim; the visiting keeper earned his side the three points when his kick caught in the strong wind and floated over the head of the unfortunate Brad House in the home goal.
There were few on target chances in the first half, on six minutes Charlie Sherringham (son of former England international Teddy) shot across the face of goal.
Two early crunching tackles on Andy Sandell went unpunished and the returning striker was forced to limp off after twelve minutes.
Josh Smile’s seventeenth minute corner was touched wide by Karnell Chambers, whilst Kieran Parselle’s free kick drifted wide.
The Kent side opened the scoring on twenty four minutes when Lee Noble’s corner was only partly cleared and Jamie Philpot fired home on the turn from twelve yards out.
On forty minutes Smile produced a neat piece of control but his ambitious thirty five yard shot was off target.
Chippenham equalized a minute before the break when Yan Klukowski’s low cross was knocked in from close range by Nat Jarvis.
After the interval Chambers’s shot hit the bar and Matt Smith’s follow-up effort was blocked at the near post by Ibrahim.
On fifty seven minutes the Darts were awarded the defining free kick midway inside their own half and Ibrahim launched a huge kick for his moment of glory.
Will Richards headed wide at Smile’s eighty first minute corner, at the other end Sheringham had a late chance to make the game safe for the visitors but his first shot was repelled by House and his shot from the rebound was blocked by Richards and back into House’s hands.
Ibrahim held Smile’s free kick from wide on the touch line whilst Darts substitute Delano Sam-Yorke’s shot was blocked and Elliot Bradbrook’s follow-up effort went over the bar.
In the third minute of stoppage time Chambers’s shot hit a Bluebird player and went out for a goal kick.
Chippenham: Brad House, George Rigg, Michael Jones (Jon Beeden 79), Will Richards, Kieran Parselle, Callum Gunne, Yan Klukowski (Jordan Edwards 75), Josh Smile, Nat Jarvis, Andy Sandell (Matt Smith 13), Karnell Chambers
Subs not used: Gary Horgan, Alex Ferguson
Dartford: Deren Ibrahim, Kenneth Yao (Delano Sam-Yorke 88), Jordan Wynter, Ronnie Vint, Tom Bonner, Ben Greenhalgh, Lee Noble, Tom Murphy (Chez Isaac 80), Jamie Philpot, Elliot Bradbrook, Charlie Sheringham
Subs not used: Kudus Oyenuga, Henry Fulton, Andre Coker
Referee: Wayne Cartmell
Ass Refs: Alan Berrow, Alan Cox