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Posted Sat 21 Sep 13 at 16:45 PM


Harriers endured a miserable afternoon in Kent as they fell to a disappointing 3-0 defeat at Dartford despite dominating much of the first half on Saturday. 

There was a flashpoint reasonably early in this game, around a quarter of an hour gone when Lee Vaughan went in late on a challenge on Dartford's Lee Noble - with all in white urging for a red card the referee only brandished a yellow.

That, if anything, seemed to settle the home side down a little more and just after they had the first real chance of the day through Jason Prior as he picked up ball up on the edge of the area before, on the angle, firing over the target.

A couple of minutes later Michael Gash saw a low shot cleared off the line, the visitors going close again on 28 minutes as a training-ground routine saw Anthony Malbon flick the ball toward goal from James Dance's corner, Alan Julian meeting it with a neat save to tip it over the bar. 

Ten minutes before the break the home side took the lead as Prior poked the ball in from close range after Harriers struggled to clear their lines with a delivery inside the area, but Harriers came close to levelling the scores in the final minutes of the half as Gash nodded a header over and Jack Byrne's deflected effort forced a good save from Julian.

Harriers got off to the worst possible start to the second half by conceding a second; Elliott Bradbrook sweeping home from a corner after the visitors were unable to clear their lines, worse still following past the hour mark as more defensive indecision was punished by Danny Harris's calm finish past Vaughan and into the net.

Steve Burr had made all three changes with more than 20 minutes still to play as he tried to spark life back into his team's performance and in fairness the attacks kept coming - particularly from the industrious Malbon but at the last Dartford's target survived.

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