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Salisbury earn valuable point at Dartford
Salisbury City 1
CONFIDENT Salisbury City remain where they started the night in seventh position in Skrill Premier after earning a valuable point at struggling Dartford on Tuesday night.
Theo Lewis’ six-week goal drought came to an end at Princes Park in style as he unleashed a 35-yard rocket into the net, which Darts’ keeper Alan Julian could only admire.
But, sadly, the lead only lasted just over ten minutes.
Matt Godden, on his Dartford debut after coming in on loan from Scunthorpe United, made good connection with Alex Woodyard’s cross and, despite Will Puddy stopping his initial shot, he couldn’t get a palm to his rebounded effort.
One of Salisbury’s three changes from Saturday, Ben Wright, tried to emulate Lewis’ rasping opener but his travelling effort curled just over.
Callum Hart, making his first start in more than a month, experienced a similar situation to that of Lincoln as he had to be replaced at half-time (knee) - being replaced by Brian Dutton.
After the restart, the visitors stifled the hosts with their attacking urgency, even Clovis Kamdjo, usually playing the holding role, got forward on a few occasions and nearly fired his side in front.
Kamdjo’s dipping strike was clawed away by Julian and then his header from an uncleared corner glided just past the post.
Kamdjo did manage to get the ball into the net with an audacious bicycle-kick, one to remember, but was ruled out over a tight offside call.
They kept on coming at Dartford and striker Dan Fitchett, looking to make it three in three, wastefully headed wide from 12-yards when the chance came his way.
Julian, who gave a heroic display at Gateshead on Saturday, was at the heart of an action-packed second half and denied Wright’s hard shot.
But Salisbury very nearly got caught out in stoppage time when a great chance fell to Danny Harris and he should have done better as Puddy comfortably saved.
The Whites host fifth-placed Grimsby Town at the Ray Mac on Saturday (3pm).
Grimsby were beaten 1-0 at home by table-toppers Cambridge United on Tuesday.
Salisbury: Puddy, MacDonald, Clarke, Wilson (c), Hart (Dutton, 45), Kamdjo, Wright, Lewis, Sinclair, Storey, Fitchett (Frear, 83).
Subs not used: Bittner, Feeney, Thomson.
Scorer: Lewis (17).
Referee: Colin Lymer.