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Dartford 2 AFC Telford United 1

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A second-half double sent AFC Telford to a fourth defeat of the season at fellow Conference Premier strugglers Dartford.

Liam Watson

The Bucks had led at the break through Tony Gray's 35th minute finish but Luke Daley and Andy Pugh struck twice in 12 minutes after the break to turn the game on its head.

The hosts shaded the early chances with Elliot Bradbrook slotting just wide from an inviting right-wing corner-kick in side the opening 15 minutes.

But Andy Owens went equally close soon afterwards, when he drilled just wide at the far post from a superb Sean Clancy cross.

And Clancy tested Darts goalkeeper Jason Brown's reflexes from Wes Baynes' delivery midway through the half.

He was equal to that effort but Gray put the Bucks ahead in clinical style on 35 minutes, volleying home from another Baynes cross from the right.

The Darts finished the half strongly though and Pugh should probably have levelled from Tom Bradbrook's cut back, instead of curling straight at Jonathan Hedge from the edge of the box.

Telford should have gone 2-0 up soon after the re-start though when Rod McDonald headed against the bar from close range.

But the hosts levelled from Daley's incisive 20-yard finish on 52 minutes.

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Peter Sweeney and Daley both then went close as Dartford pressed for a winner, but it was Pugh who put them in front from close range on 64 minutes.

Daley clipped over an excellent left-wing cross to the far post which left Pugh with a simple tap-in.

Telford had a decent penalty appeal turned down when Adam Farrell's cross was blocked by the arm of Adam Green soon afterwards.

But Farrell had to head a Lee Noble free-kick off the line at the other end and only a Hedge save prevented substitute Harry Crawford from settling the game in the final minute of normal time.

Mike Phenix almost got a toe on Farrell's flick on in the last minute of stoppage time, but Brown claimed and the hosts took the points.

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