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Dartford FC striker Phil Roberts on his wonder goal against Gloucester City

By Steve Tervet

Dartford striker Phil Roberts has described his volley against Gloucester City as the best goal he's ever scored.

The 24-year-old was lurking in space at the back post as Ryan Hayes swung over a deep cross from the right.

Roberts had time to set himself before firing wonderful volley back across City goalkeeper William Henry into the top corner.

Roberts said: "I don't know what I thought I was doing shooting but it's the best goal I've ever scored.

"I remember trying to get it out to Hayzie and I thought he wasn't going to get there but he did. I always know Hayzie's going to cut back onto his left foot and hang it up.

"As it came over, I realised no-one was around me and the way the ball was sitting, it was too perfect not to go for it and hit it.

"I didn't try to hit it that true, I just thought I'd get a sidefoot on it, direct it that way and it just flew into the top corner.

"I thought something happened because when I scored, no-one was celebrating. Everyone was in shock so I thought the linesman had put his flag up for offside or something but it was a good goal.

"It's one of those that either goes in the corner or flies over the stadium."

With the scoresheet blank and just two minutes to go until half-time, Roberts' timing was perfect in more ways than one.

He said: "We were dominating the game and we had a game plan that we stuck to. I felt that eventually we were going to get in behind them and create chances.

"We had a couple of half-chances early on, everyone stuck to the game plan and it paid off.

Dartford go close against Gloucester Picture: Andy Jones
Dartford go close against Gloucester Picture: Andy Jones

"The wind was tough. In the first half everything was too long and in the second half everything was dropping short.

"We didn't start the brightest but I felt we were always going to score so we just needed to keep a clean sheet.

"Recently we've been quite poor after we've scored but I felt we weathered the storm (at 1-0) because they were always going to come out.

"We got the penalty, Charlie Sheringham put it away, composed, it was a good penalty, and we had to see the win out so it was a good three points."

Roberts also scored both Darts goals in a 2-1 win at his former club Hemel Hempstead on Tuesday night.

He said: "It's been a really good week for me. Hemel was a crazy game - I thought I'd won it with the first one and then we gave away a penalty.

"There's no better time to start getting really good results than now and seeing what we can do between now and the end of the season."

Roberts has now scored eight goals in 13 starts for Dartford, who are fifth in National League South with eight games to go.

He said: "The performances have been there and things seem to be flowing a bit more naturally than when I first came.

"I couldn't tell you something's changed and that's why we now seem to be on a good run and that's been the frustration. I feel like we have played well and not put teams to the sword.

"Teams now know they're not going to get away with coming here and sitting in and when we go away, we're coming to win games."

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