The Non-League Football Paper - - NATIONAL LEAGUE SOUTH - By Peter Lep­ping­ton

DARTFORD stretched their lead at the top of the ta­ble to three points after they won at a Poole Town side still look­ing to reg­is­ter their first home win of the sea­son.

The Darts took a sev­enth minute lead when Richard Sho-Silva sent in a bul­let header from a cor­ner that was too pow­er­ful for keeper Nick Hutch­ings to keep out.

And the vis­i­tors con­tin­ued to look dan­ger­ous from set pieces with Sho-Silva’s long throws caus­ing prob­lems.

Five min­utes after tak­ing the lead, Dartford’s new loan sign­ing from Ebb­s­fleet United Danny Mills got past Corby Moore, but Hutch­ings man­aged to block his shot.

The Dol­phins grew into it and be­gan to match the lead­ers but failed to find a cut­ting edge, with Steve Devlin’s lon­grange ef­fort be­ing touched round the post by Gi­bral­tar keeper Deren Ibrahim.

Nei­ther team cre­ated many chances after the break, al­though Andy Pugh forced a good save from Hutch­ings soon after com­ing on.

The game came to a con­tro­ver­sial end when Marvin Brooks was sent off for kick­ing Mills five min­utes from the end, with two play­ers from each team re­ceiv­ing yellow cards.

In in­jury time, Dol­phins sub Richard Gille­spie saw red for an in­nocu­ous-look­ing tackle. The nine men went close to lev­el­ling at the death.

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