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Dartford FC captain Tom Bonner thanks fans for their support in the win over Woking FC

By Steve Tervet

Tom Bonner hailed the Dartford fans as a major factor in their win over Woking.

The majority of 1,720 - the second-largest crowd at Princes Park this season - were cheering for the Darts on Saturday and went home happy after goals from Darren McQueen and Phil Roberts sunk the leaders.

There was a terrific atmosphere during the game and hundreds stayed behind at the end to applaud the home side for their efforts.

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Dartford captain Tom Bonner gets to grips with his man Picture: Sean Aidan
Dartford captain Tom Bonner gets to grips with his man Picture: Sean Aidan

Bonner said: "I felt good before the game. It felt like the boys were on it and it always helps when Princes Park is filled.

"I don’t know if it’s because there’s almost double the (normal) crowd but it feels easier to put in those sort of performances.

"I’ve said it before, when Princes Park is packed and all the fans are behind the goal at either end, to me, that’s the best feeling there is.

"I’ve been here six years and I can’t think of too many games where we’ve been bad when the place is rocking. It just went to show on Saturday; a rocking crowd and we were brilliant."

Woking's line-up was full of attacking talent but they failed to score against Dartford for the second time this season.

Bonner and Ronnie Vint were immense at centre-half, while full-backs Dan Johnson and Mark Onyemah arguably turned in their best performances for the club as goalkeeper Bailey Vose was given superb protection by the players in front of him.

Bonner said: "Woking were top of the league and there’s a reason for that. They’re a quality team but we beat them 1-0 at their place and there was quite a bit of controversy so it was nice to turn them over here without any excuses being chucked out as to why we beat them.

"I thought we fully deserved it – it was one of our best performances this year and just a great three points all round.

Darren McQueen's quality in front of goal made the difference against Woking Picture: Andy Jones
Darren McQueen's quality in front of goal made the difference against Woking Picture: Andy Jones

"We had a game plan that when they had the ball, be solid and hold our shape. It’s the best we’ve done that since I can remember.

"I felt very comfortable at the back. Bailey only had one shot to save so defensively – not just the back four – that’s the best performance we’ve put in all season, quite comfortably."

Where Woking lacked a cutting edge, Dartford had McQueen.

The former Ebbsfleet striker made it two goals in two games since joining on loan from Sutton when he shifted the ball away from big defender Jack Cook and beat keeper Craig Ross with an early shot which flashed across him into the bottom corner.

Bonner said: "McQueen’s come in and he brings something different that we haven’t had all year.

"He’s lightning fast and when you have players like that, you’re happy for them to be quiet because you know that all they need is half a chance and they can use their pace and quality and that’s exactly what he did.

"I don’t think, before McQueen was here, we had a player who could have finished that. Having that quality in your side is unbelievable.

"I actually said during the game that if we stayed solid and hopefully got McQueen one-on-one with their defender, he was always going to be dangerous.

"You don’t mind defending more because you know he can produce a bit of magic."

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