December: Leading at half-time!
Dorchester 3 - Dartford 2Losing this game was very disappointing as we dominated the biggest part of it. We were leading 2-1 at the 51st minute and the referee gave them a harsh penalty. They scored and after that we didn't seem to play as well as we done so far. The players were tired and the mental was beginning to be really low at the worst part of the season. After the game nobody had a moral higher than fairly poor and I was really afraid of the effect it could have with the long series of game which was coming.
Dartford 1 - Dover 1 (FA Trophy)What could have been worse than that? Getting a draw meant that we will have a replay 4 days later. I should have give up the game after Reeney stupid red card (which gave him 3 match bans, but his absence is now extended because he manage to injure himself in a friendly with the reserves!). We were losing 1-0 and finally equalized by Murphy, but getting the draw was lucky (or unlucky) as Dover dominated the game.
Dover 0 - Dartford 3 (FA Trophy)So now that we got that replay we are not going to let down this competition but I'm really, really afraid before this game. We have 7 players injured and all the team is tired (I had to make two changes before half-time and couldn't make more at the 50th minute), I think it's time for Dover to get there revenge from the 3-0 lose in League.
And they seem good, they are dominating, they are playing well...still 0-0 after half an hour, we are lucky but can the players fight off for one hour more? And they could be extra-time! This is a nightmare...
39th minute: Good move now, this could actually be a goal! Yeah! Dixion scores!!!!!!!!!!!!
45th minute: Nice free-kick just before half-time. If we could score now it would be perfect, oh! DIXION AGAIN!!!
In the second half we had only one objective: handle our lead and keeping everyone fresh. Our only chance to score was on set pieces and it was on a corner that Tshepe ensured our victory.
Dartford 3 - Weston-Super-Mare 1So can we keep going three days later? Again a lot of players out and the team morale is still low. We didn't play the greatest football ever but a header from Hervé Lecuras on a corner and two goals from the man in form, Derek Dixion, was enough to secure three more points and keep the six point ahead of Salisbury.
Bromley 0 - Dartford 5Let the Dixion show begin! Today he scored three, created Turner own-goal and had the assist for Spring incredible goal. He was the key of our domination and we can't really say if Bromley, 5th before the game, were disappointing or just outdone by our display.
Sutton United 2 - Dartford 1So we played two days ago against the 5th place team, now we are going to play the 6th knowing that in three days we will receive the league second Salisbury, our biggest opponent for direct promotion. And two days after there is also a game Hornchurch. All this when the team is awesomely tired and need a rest.
I gave them that rest and decide that even if the game at Sutton was a tricky one I want take any risk. It was a B team who played against them and I would have been ecstatic with a draw. They scored first but we came back at the start of the second half with a great goal for Pirrie, is first for the club. All the game was absolutely dominated by Sutton and we were heroic defensively until the 91th minute and 58 seconds, Evans touching the post and Groves managing to be exactly at the right place to push the ball in the open goal.
Dartford 3 - Salisbury 1After losing against Sutton we had only three points more than Salisbury and it was the perfect occasion for them to level on points.
Even if I still had several players injured, I was pleased with the line-up I manage to fit in my 5-1-5. Murphy was back as a striker after several game on the wings and he had an immediate effect scoring the opener after 5 minutes. The game was rather balanced but I was a bit worried when they equalized at the start of the second half. Still for the same reason, the fatigue. But once again they reacted well and it was Murphy who scored again, giving us the lead. On a Prior corner, Knock manage to get his first goal of the season. This month set piece were very important for us, I didn't train my players to that but we got a lot of important goals on them. This one ensure our victory that gave us a new six points lead on Salisbury.