It’s been a rollercoaster over the past couple of weeks. First, there was the semi-final Play-Off match against Basingstoke.
The tension was palpable. Dartford’s determination paid off, and they won that match. To be honest, now that I look back on it, its hard to remember all the drama. But Dartford’s confidence paid off.
Then, there was the Final against neighbours Welling United, for promotion to the Blue Square Premier League. It was a home match, the Dartford stadium packed to capacity (4080) and I’m told they could have sold many more tickets. I have never before seen the stadium packed like that. There was, of course, no possibility of fans changing ends at half time.
I kept hearing “If” we win, “If” we score the first goal. I couldn’t let that negativity into my thoughts. For me, it was ‘When’, and I reckon there was enough positive energy in that stadium to fuel the players. And I wasn’t disappointed. It was hard to hold the camera steady at points!
There was only one goal in the match, scored after 4 mins by Lee Noble of Dartford. That turned out to be crucial.
After a hard-fought 90 mins, Dartford were victorious.
Now begins the preparations for next Season. In the meantime, I mocked up a poster, the proof version below. So there’s not that much time to prepare for the pre-season matches, discover any additions or changes to the team and then step up a gear for 2012-13.