Andy Drury’s coolness under pressure won the Kent derby game on Easter Monday for the Fleet and the experienced midfielder admitted he couldn’t recall too much about it.
“It was a bit of a crazy last five minutes,” he told BBC Radio Kent’s Matt Cole. “They got the penalty which I don’t think they deserved and we’ve gone straight up the other end and scored. I just met it at the back post and hit it through the keeper’s legs, I can’t really remember much about it. Good delivery from Myles Weston and a couple of ricochets and then Lionel Messi finished!”
It was Drury’s fifth league goal of the season to take his career total to 30 for the club and the Fleet’s playmaker revealed how their passing game was used to good effect against Dover’s system.
“We got the ball and we played some good football,” Drury explained. “With their man-marking system, you move them around. And when you’re man-marking, you look at the player and you look at the ball and it’s quite tough to do both all the time when the ball’s getting moved round and we did that well. We created a lot of chances and the second half, we got our goal and we were the better team until the last five or 10 minutes. We’ve got some good footballers… Couls, Keds holds the ball up for us brilliantly. Corey’s come in, we’ve still got Weston on the bench, Shieldsy, there’s lots of quality and we showed that today except for a couple of finishes. But their keeper pulled off a couple of worldies to be fair to him.”
With Fleet now four points off seventh and two games in hand, Drury sees no reason why they cannot maintain a run that has taken them to the top of the form table under manager of the month Daryl McMahon.
“It’s still on,” said Drury. “We’ve done a lot of work over the last seven games, winning five and drawing two, just to get ourselves into the picture so we were outsiders but we’ll just keep going. We’re on a good run so I don’t see any reason why it can’t continue.”
And with Fleet’s season run-in including a number of big games, Drury is happy to be involved in Kent derbies and TV games against the leaders.
“Derbies are always good games to play in, and with both crowds you get a bit of banter and more people know each other,” he said. “And it’s nice for Dean Rance and the gaffer to get one up on an old club. Then [the Macclesfield game]… they’re the better games to be involved in at this stage of the season. Hopefully we get a big crowd coming along to watch it and it’s on telly as well so we’ll raise our game and keep the train rolling.”