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Dartford FC 3 Harriers 0

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Date: 21-09-13gif Venue: Princes Parkgif att: 1020gif away fans: 80
Harriers heavily defeated at Dartford

gif Report by Philip Lench
The Harriers upset the form book today when they surprisingly suffered a heavy defeat at struggling Dartford.  Following our 3-0 win at Tamworth on Tuesday the last thing we were expecting to see was the same scoreline a few days later but not in our favour.

On Tuesday we were without one of our defensive rocks when Josh Gowling dropped out injured.  Today he returned to the side but his partner Chey Dunkley was the one to phone in sick with a knee injury.  Jamie Grimes remained but Gowling took over the Dunkley position.

Also missing from the Tamworth win was Kyle Storer and Jack Byrne took his place while Amari Morgan-Smith also called in sick meaning that Nathan Blissett and Joe Lolley made the bench.

Dartford had been struggling for points this season and had been hovering near the bottom of the league before todays game but that was to change by the ninetieth minute.  Within minutes of the off we could have been down to ten men when Lee Vaughan was lucky not to receive a red card, just a yellow, following a retaliation on Lee Noble after the Darts striker made a meal of Lee's challenge.

That incident set the scene for the remainder of the game with the Harriers defence on edge waiting for Vaughan to pick up another yellow.  That never came but the referee seemed eager to penalise the Harriers every chance he got during the first half.

Dartford created the first chance of the game when Elliot Bradbrook played in Jason Prior on the edge of the area but his wayward shot went beyond the far post.  We had a couple of chances to get on the scoresheet through Michael Gash when his shot was cleared off the line and Anthony Malbon who saw his shot well saved by the former Stevenage keeper, Alan Julian.

With ten minutes to go before the halftime whistle the Harriers went a goal down.

A defensive mix up between Jamie Grimes and Nathan Vaughan allowed Jason Prior to nip in and tap the ball home via a deflection off Lee Vaughan.  The goal spurred the Harriers into action and we came close to an equaliser when Gash sent a header over the bar while Jack Byrnes shot was well saved by Julian.

The Harriers went into the break a goal down and struggling to regain the form of recent weeks.
  HT: 1 - 0
The second half was dire and the Harriers were extremely lucky that Dartford opted to add only two more goals to their tally.

We started the second period brightly with a Lee Fowler shot going just over the bar but six minutes later the Kent side increased the lead to two.  A corner was given after Nathan Vaughan tipped a Ryan Hayes effort over the bar but when the ball came in Elliott Bradbrook crashed the ball home from the edge of the box.

Steve Burr made a couple of changes in an effort to get something from the game by bringing Danny Jackman and Marvin Johnson on for Jack Byrne and Callum Gittings but before they had a chance to make their imprint on the game we had gone three goals down.

Again a lack of communication between Nathan Vaughan and Grimes was to blame as Ryan Harris capitalised on their joint indecision to move between them and slot the ball into the empty net.

Burr threw on the final substitute when Joe Lolley replaced James Dance but it was all too late for the youngster to make any difference by then.  He might have been capable of scoring a hat trick in three minutes at Littleton but for the Harriers it's a different matter.

With Dartford now feeling the points were safe they resorted to a bit of timewasting and got two bookings for it.  We had a smattering of half hearted chances for Gash, Malbon and Demetriou but it was too little, too late.

Roll on Tuesday evening at home to Halifax.  Maybe we can correct our mistakes by then and with it collect some points.
  FT: 3 - 0

 Goals for Dartford: Prior 34, Bradbrook 51, Harris 61



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Dartford FC  goals   subs   cards      Harriers  goals   subs   cards 
Julian   N Vaughan  
Fry   L Vaughan
Collier     Demetriou
Burns     Byrne gif  
Clarke     Grimes  
Woodyard     Gowling  
Hayes gif     Gittings gif  
Noble gif     Fowler  
Prior gif gif     Gash  
Bradbrook gif     Malbon  
Harris gif     Dance gif  
SUBS:         SUBS:      
Ibemere gif - 86     Lewis  
Hill     Jackman gif - 55  
Stirling gif - 79     Blissett  
Cornhill     Lolley gif - 72  
Birchall gif - 72     Johnson gif - 55  

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