CHELMSFORD City scored two late goals to defeat National League South leaders Dartford and return to the hunt for the title.

Before the game the Clarets had slipped out of the play-off positions but strikes from Kudus Oyenuga and Taylor Miles - directly from a corner - handed Rod Stringer’s team all three points.

The opening to the clash was a thrilling one - as both applied early pressure. The Darts’ Ryan Hayes sent an effort wide before Miles’ free-kick cannoned back off the crossbar up the other end.

The visitors’ Jonathan Giles shot wide when well placed but were indebted to Elliot Omozusi for a goal-line clearance after Danny Mills’ effort had beaten goalkeeper Jake Jessup.

But they did take the lead on the half hour and what a goal it was from Hayes, breaking from a Chelmsford corner, beating several away defenders and curling into the top corner.

Ronnie Vint almost doubled the lead as his volley powered off the crossbar, with Chelmsford pleased to be just a single goal down at the end of the first period.

The second half was a tighter affair but it was Chelmsford that struck next.

Substitute Oyenuga was brought down in the penalty area with just six minutes remaining and he picked himself up and scored past Deren Ibrahim.

And the game was not done yet.

Four minutes into injury-time, Miles curled a corner high beyond Ibrahim to send the Clarets into dreamland and up into fourth in the standings.

Chelmsford City: Jessup, James, Braham-Barrett, Miles, Spillane, Haines, Giles, Church, Batt (Pyenuga 73’), Davies (Dickson 58’), Graham (Green 53’)