Match Highlights Here: http://www.thenationalleague.org.uk/match-info/match-centre/1-2850616
THE WHITE Tigers roared to a 3-1 victory over League leaders, Dartford, in the wind and rain at Treyew Road.
We came out of the blocks with real purpose and a strike from Noah Keats within the opening seconds stung the hands of the visiting ‘keeper.
The resulting corner caused problems for the visitors as Keats and Cody Cooke made their presence felt.
There was no let-up from City as we started on the front-foot and a poor clearance was seized upon by Keats who was just wide with his effort.
After the visitors went close with an effort from Wood going into the side-netting, we deservedly took the lead on 13 minutes when Tyler Harvey was brought down inside the area and he stepped up to convert from the penalty spot.
It was two goals in as many minutes when a neat move down the right ended with the ball fed to Cooke who lashed the ball home.
We were in dreamland on 19 minutes when Conor Riley-Lowe did well out wide to firstly find Keats whose effort was blocked by the ‘keeper but as the ball came back in from Riley-Lowe, Cooke was able to sweetly find the net to make it 3-0.
There was only going to be one winner at this stage as we were asking all the questions and moving the ball around well on a slick surface.
Our visitors managed to pull a goal back on 24 minutes when a low free-kick into a crowded penalty area saw Vint turn the ball home.
There were appeals for a penalty when Harvey did well once more only for the ball to appear to strike a hand inside the area. The referee was unimpressed as play continued.
Another positive run from Harvey saw him pull the ball across the face of goal, but it just evaded Keats in the middle.
As we approached half-time, Harvey and Cooke linked up well again for the latter to go close.
The visitors had a spell of pressure just before the break but we stood firm to go in at the interval 3-1 to the good.
With the wind and rain continuing to lash down, we were looking solid as the visitors hunted for a way back into the game.
A header from Onyemah went just over for Dartford as they started to up the tempo.
Another raid from them saw Jamie Richards block bravely before Tom McHale did well to punch clear as the ball came back in.
Both sides were showing plenty of endeavour and there were chances at either end as Murphy’s strike had the sting took out of it by Billy Palfrey, whilst Keats was denied from close range by a deflection from the visitors.
It was a case of rolling our sleeves up and working hard as Dartford pushed men forward but we stood firm with everyone putting in a shift.
With time running out, Brown went close for the visitors and then in stoppage time McHale saved well as we held on to claim a hard-earned and deserved three points to move up into third place in the table.
WHITE TIGERS: McHale, Palfrey, Riley-Lowe, Palmer, Gerring, Richards, Lamont, Keats, Harvey, Cooke, Harding. Subs not used: Harding, Yetton, Copp, Neal, Thompson.