Nathan Collier snatched a valuable win for Dartford with a deflected shot in a hectic finish at the Abbey Stadium.

Collier's effort looped over debutant keeper Craig Ross soon after James Jennings's penalty appeared to have rescued a point for Cambridge.

Danny Harris gave Dartford a fortuitous lead soon after the break when his cross eluded everyone, including Ross.

Jennings levelled after Sam Smith was fouled in the box but Dartford were not to be denied as Collier found the net.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Cambridge United manager Jez George told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire:

"We weren't good enough, in the first shape we had, to keep the ball, to pass the ball and create chances.

"We had to go a little bit gung-ho in the end and the little spell before and after the equaliser was probably our best passage of play.

"I take responsibility for the second goal because probably I should just have been thankful for the equaliser and tightened it up again, played four at the back and made sure we got something.

"But I felt we had the momentum, the crowd were with us, we'd scored the goal and two or three other good chances and that we could go on and win the game."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Cambridge United

  • 24 Ross
  • 03 Jennings
  • 12 McAuley
  • 14 Garner (Hughes - 70' )
  • 25 Hudson
  • 08 Wellard
  • 11 Dunk (Gibson - 79' )
  • 18 Berry
  • 21 Moke (Smith - 58' )
  • 22 Willmott Booked
  • 10 Elliott

Substitutes

  • 04 Coulson
  • 07 Gibson
  • 16 Jarvis
  • 17 Hughes
  • 28 Smith

Dartford

  • 12 Bettinelli
  • 02 Rose
  • 04 Champion
  • 06 Bonner
  • 16 Arber
  • 08 Wallis (Noble - 81' )
  • 20 Burns
  • 07 Hayes (Collier - 69' )
  • 09 Erskine (Crawford - 87' )
  • 10 Bradbrook Booked
  • 11 Harris

Substitutes

  • 24 Sutton
  • 13 Rogers
  • 14 Noble
  • 15 Collier
  • 21 Crawford
Ref: Breakspear
Att: 2,691

Match Stats

Shots

8 7

On target

4 5

Corners

8 4

Fouls

9 12

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +5:49 Full time

Full Time The referee ends the match.

90:00 +5:29

Sam Smith is adjudged to have handled the ball. Mark Arber takes the direct free kick.

90:00 +3:43

Centre by Robbie Willmott, clearance by Tom Bonner.

90:00 +3:16

The ball is crossed by Sam Smith, clearance made by Mark Arber.

90:00 +2:54

Centre by Robbie Willmott, Mark Arber makes a clearance.

90:00 +1:47

Foul by Tom Champion on Liam Hughes, free kick awarded. James Jennings restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +0:34

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mark Arber by Tom Elliott. Direct free kick taken by Marcus Bettinelli.

88:53

Tom Bonner concedes a free kick for a foul on Ricky Wellard. James Jennings restarts play with the free kick.

87:29

Harry Crawford provided the assist for the goal.

87:29 Goal scored

Goal! - Nathan Collier - Cambridge 1 - 2 Dartford Nathan Collier scores a goal from the edge of the penalty box to the top right corner of the goal. Cambridge Utd 1-2 Dartford.

86:48 Substitution

Substitution (Dartford) makes a substitution, with Harry Crawford coming on for Jacob Erskine.

86:17

The ball is swung over by Billy Gibson.

86:08

Centre by Billy Gibson, Tom Champion manages to make a clearance.

84:58

The ball is delivered by Billy Gibson, Sam Smith produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand post.

84:17 Goal scored

Goal! - James Jennings - Cambridge 1 - 1 Dartford James Jennings scores a power penalty. Cambridge Utd 1-1 Dartford.

83:20

Danny Harris challenges Luke Berry unfairly and gives away a Penalty.

83:04

The ball is sent over by Ricky Wellard, clearance made by Mark Arber.

80:27 Substitution

Substitution (Dartford) makes a substitution, with Lee Noble coming on for Jon Wallis.

80:15

Header on goal by Sam Smith from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.

80:01

Robbie Willmott delivers the ball, save by Marcus Bettinelli.

77:54 Substitution

Substitution Billy Gibson replaces Harrison Dunk.

77:54

Marcus Bettinelli takes the direct free kick.

77:54 Booking

Booking The referee cautions Robbie Willmott for unsporting behaviour.

77:49

Robbie Willmott gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mark Arber.

76:26

Liam Hughes has an effort at goal from outside the area which goes wide right of the goal.

75:11

Centre by Richard Rose.

74:05

Robbie Willmott takes a corner.

73:39

The ball is crossed by Robbie Willmott, Luke Berry takes a shot. Save made by Marcus Bettinelli.

72:28

Corner taken left-footed by James Jennings from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Jacob Erskine.

71:53

Jon Wallis gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James Jennings. The free kick is swung in left-footed by James Jennings, Elliot Bradbrook makes a clearance.

69:27 Substitution

Substitution Liam Hughes comes on in place of Scott Garner.

68:13 Substitution

Substitution Nathan Collier on for Ryan Hayes.

67:05

Elliot Bradbrook has an effort at goal. Save made by Craig Ross.

66:06

Ricky Wellard crosses the ball, clearance by Jacob Erskine.

65:37

Inswinging corner taken by Robbie Willmott from the left by-line, save by Marcus Bettinelli.

65:22

The offside flag is raised against Jacob Erskine. Rory McAuley takes the indirect free kick.

63:23

Foul by Mark Arber on Tom Elliott, free kick awarded. James Jennings takes the free kick, The ball is swung over by Robbie Willmott, Jacob Erskine makes a clearance.

62:33

James Jennings sends in a cross, Shot from close in by Sam Smith misses to the left of the target.

58:41

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Ryan Hayes.

58:11

Jacob Erskine fouled by Scott Garner, the ref awards a free kick. Mark Arber takes the free kick.

57:24 Substitution

Substitution Sam Smith replaces Adriano Moke.

53:25

Free kick awarded for a foul by Elliot Bradbrook on Rory McAuley. Free kick taken by Craig Ross.

52:13

Free kick awarded for a foul by Luke Berry on Richard Rose. Free kick taken by Mark Arber.

51:29

Tom Champion takes a shot from a long way out which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

51:11

Blaine Hudson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Elliot Bradbrook. Direct free kick taken by Mark Arber.

47:05 Goal scored

Goal! - Danny Harris - Cambridge 0 - 1 Dartford Danny Harris scores a goal. Cambridge Utd 0-1 Dartford.

45:01

The second half kicks off.

45:00 +3:11 Half time

Half Time The whistle is blown to end the first half.

45:00 +2:41

A cross is delivered by Rory McAuley.

45:00 +1:59

A cross is delivered by Rory McAuley, Ryan Hayes makes a clearance.

44:49

The assistant referee signals for offside against Adriano Moke. Indirect free kick taken by Mark Arber.

44:00

Jacob Erskine is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Craig Ross takes the free kick.

42:41

Foul by Jacob Erskine on Blaine Hudson, free kick awarded. Blaine Hudson restarts play with the free kick.

41:01

Shot by Danny Harris. Scott Garner gets a block in.

40:36

Ricky Wellard takes a shot. Blocked by Tom Bonner.

39:54

Tom Champion gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Adriano Moke. Free kick taken by Ricky Wellard.

38:35

The ball is delivered by Richard Rose, Craig Ross makes a save.

37:31

The ball is crossed by Robbie Willmott, save made by Marcus Bettinelli.

36:46

Lee Burns produces a cross, Shot on goal by Jacob Erskine from just inside the area goes over the target.

36:23

Free kick awarded for a foul by Luke Berry on Jon Wallis. Free kick taken by Mark Arber.

36:04

Tom Elliott takes a shot. Blocked by Mark Arber.

34:19

Inswinging corner taken by Jon Wallis from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Rory McAuley.

33:00

Corner taken right-footed by Jon Wallis, clearance made by Tom Elliott.

32:46

The ball is crossed by Ryan Hayes, Rory McAuley makes a clearance.

31:52

The ball is sent over by Ryan Hayes.

31:20

Scott Garner is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Mark Arber.

30:44

Centre by Danny Harris, save by Craig Ross.

30:25

Inswinging corner taken by Robbie Willmott from the left by-line played to the near post, Tom Bonner makes a clearance.

29:49

Robbie Willmott produces a cross, Tom Elliott takes a shot. Save made by Marcus Bettinelli.

28:43

Blaine Hudson takes the direct free kick.

28:43 Booking

Booking Elliot Bradbrook is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.

28:35

Foul by Elliot Bradbrook on Harrison Dunk, free kick awarded.

26:26

The ball is swung over by Rory McAuley.

25:40

James Jennings takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Jacob Erskine.

25:08

Elliot Bradbrook has a drilled shot. Blocked by Blaine Hudson.

24:07

Robbie Willmott takes a inswinging corner to the near post, clearance made by Lee Burns.

22:46

Foul by Mark Arber on Scott Garner, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Craig Ross.

20:25

Jon Wallis takes a inswinging corner to the near post, clearance by Rory McAuley.

19:36

Ryan Hayes produces a cross, Blaine Hudson manages to make a clearance.

18:10

James Jennings produces a cross.

16:21

Unfair challenge on Rory McAuley by Elliot Bradbrook results in a free kick. Craig Ross restarts play with the free kick.

14:13

The assistant referee signals for offside against Jacob Erskine. Scott Garner takes the indirect free kick.

13:46

Jon Wallis fouled by Tom Elliott, the ref awards a free kick. Jon Wallis takes the direct free kick.

8:28

Unfair challenge on Mark Arber by Tom Elliott results in a free kick. Marcus Bettinelli restarts play with the free kick.

8:14

The ball is swung over by Jon Wallis, clearance made by James Jennings.

7:26

Richard Rose produces a cross, Scott Garner makes a clearance.

6:54

The ball is swung over by Robbie Willmott, save by Marcus Bettinelli.

5:11

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Elliot Bradbrook by Scott Garner. Mark Arber takes the direct free kick.

4:34

Inswinging corner taken by James Jennings, clearance by Jacob Erskine.

4:14

Centre by Robbie Willmott, Richard Rose manages to make a clearance.

2:00

Robbie Willmott delivers the ball, clearance by Tom Bonner.

1:26

Short corner worked by James Jennings, Robbie Willmott crosses the ball, Tom Bonner manages to make a clearance.

0:42

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Tom Elliott by Mark Arber. James Jennings crosses the ball in from the free kick, Richard Rose manages to make a clearance.

0:00

The referee starts the match.

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