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Posted Tue 21 Jan 14 at 21:30 PM


Harriers slipped to a costly and perhaps surprising home defeat to Dartford on Tuesday night as the went down 2-1 to the Skrill Premier strugglers.

With solid early form under Andy Thorn behind them, it was something of a nightmare start for Harriers as they conceded the first goal of the night after just two minutes, Max Cornhill rising to head home Alex Woodyard's cross at the far post to the delight of a merry band of travelling fans.

Jim Stevenson might well have added a second just a few minutes later but ended up side-footing an effort over the bar from close range but, midway through the first half the lead was doubled for the visitors as they broke with pace and power, Alex Wall with some fantastic work and a low shot that was spilled by Lewis, Andy Pugh on hand to slot home the re-bound. 

Jack Byrne tried to respond for the hosts after the half-hour mark though his shot was some way off target, as was Wall's up at the other end soon after as the rain lashed down on the Aggborough surface.

It was nearly 3-0 six minutes before the break as Wall's effort from another Dartford counter beat Lewis but not his upright and soon after, Darts' skipper Elliot Bradbrook drew a fine save from Lewis as he looked to angle a finish into the bottom corner from 12 yards.

Lee Fowler tested Alan Julian in the Dartford goal just three minutes before the break with a rare Harriers chance before Michael Gash drilled a free-kick over the bar but, just three minutes after the re-start it was the latter who got a goal back for the home side as he turned in a Lee Vaughan cross at the far post.

Six after the hour mark Gash almost had his team level with his second of the night. A good corner, won by debutant and sub Adrian Cieslewicz was lofted towards the far post as Julian flapped it down, Gash watching it onto his boot and cannoning it off the  bar.

Dartford weathered that storm and continued to defend manfully as Harriers pushed forward but for all the hosts' efforts, Tony Burman's men would see out their win, including a dramatic block on the line to deny sub Anthony Malbon on the line in injury time. 

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