11th December 2023

The Glovers extended their lead at the top of the table with a point on the road that could have been converted to all three if chances were taken. Rhys Murphy and Jordan Young increased their fine tallies after finding the net as the Glovers left Kent with a share of the points.

Rhys Murphy, returning from suspension, didn’t take long to get up and running. On 4 minutes, he latched beautifully onto a lofted ball through but he dragged his effort wide of Ryan Sandford’s goal. The early chances continued to fall the Glovers’ way when Young and Lo-Everton linked up and managed to get the ball around Sandford but the wall of defenders behind the keeper was enough to keep the ball out of the net.

Just before 10 minutes, the Glovers had a golden opportunity to take the lead. Sonny Blu Lo-Everton was again causing problems in and around the area before being bundled over, winning the Glovers a penalty. Rhys Murphy stepped up and calmly slotted it beyond Ryan Sandford to give Yeovil a well-deserved early lead.

Dartford, after the goal, had their first sight of goal and equalised with it. Luke Allen carried the ball forward down the right before finding George Alexander at the back post who tucked his header into the back of the net.

The Glovers didn’t shy away following the goal conceded. Immediately from kick-off, Charlie Cooper had an effort that cannoned off the bar before hitting Ryan Sandford in the back and trickling wide. On 24 minutes, Michael Smith broke through the backline and had just Sandford to beat but was denied by the sprawling keeper. Sandford had to be on his toes minutes later when Sonny Cox tried to curl an effort into the far corner but the keeper was full stretch to tip the ball around the post.

The onslaught of Yeovil attacks continued as Jordan Young had a flurry of chances as half-time approached. The first saw him drive in from the left before shooting over, causing very little trouble to Sandford in the Dartford goal. The second was from a free kick with Ryan Sandford scrambling as his long-range free-kick hit the woodwork before bouncing over.

Despite well and truly knocking on the door, the Glovers somehow could not find the lead before the half-time interval.

The second half saw Dartford come out knowing they had to hit back early to keep the Yeovil onslaught at bay. Luke Coulson managed to find goalscorer George Alexander but this time he was unable to find the net as he skewed his effort. On 49 minutes, Alexander had another big opportunity to give the Darts the lead but Morgan Williams was able to get back and make a challenge to deny him.

Moments later, Jordan Young had another free-kick from a dangerous position. This time his effort hit the wall before being cleared away from danger. The momentum then went straight back to Dartford as Luke Coulson brought the ball forward before finding Statham at the back post but his effort did not trouble Joe Day.

Mark Cooper then made a double substitution. Sonny Cox and Rhys Murphy made way for Jake Hyde and Frank Nouble as they brought fresh legs into the front line to push for the lead.

However, it was Dartford who were able to find the lead with just over 20 minutes to go. Richard Chin regained possession following a defensive error before curling his effort around a stranded Joe Day and into the bottom corner.

The goal sparked something within the Glovers as they ramped up their attacking intensity once again. Sonny Blu Lo-Everton received the ball on the edge of the box and had a low shot well saved by Ryan Sandford, who was having a fantastic game in the Dartford goal. The pressure paid off as the Glovers managed to get an equaliser. The ball bounced around the area before falling to Jordan Young who drilled it through the crowded area and into the net.

The Glovers continued to huff and puff into the final 10 minutes. Will Dawes cut in from the right and tried to beat Sandford at the near post but his low shot was collected. As the Glovers entered injury, they made their final change as Jordan Maguire-Drew came on for Jordan Young.

Moments later, the referee brought an end to proceedings as the Glovers secured another point on the road and extended their lead at the top of the National League South table to 7 points.