Goals from Phil Roberts and Charlie Sheringham meant Dartford came away with all three points in their game against Gloucester City at Princes Park on Saturday.
The first half lacked quality but was brought to life two minutes before half-time when Phil Roberts unleashed a bullet volley into the top corner. Elliot Bradbook delivered a beautiful in-swinging cross which was met perfectly by Roberts who had scored Dartford’s previous three goals.
The second goal came from the penalty spot to ensure Dartford came away with all three points. Joe Hanks’ handball was penalised, who was also given a yellow card for his protests, and substitute Charlie Sheringham coolly slotted the ball into the bottom left corner despite Gloucester’s goalkeeper getting a fingertip to it.
Sheringham’s goal was not the only penalty incident in the game. The home side had a huge penalty shout turned down on the half-hour mark after Callum Driver, making his return for the Darts, charged into the box and seemed to be taken down. The referee waved play on after taking a long look at the incident, sending the home side’s fans into a fit of rage.
Dartford became increasingly frustrated at not being able to break down the team with the most amount of clean sheets in the division. Gloucester, on the other hand, looked deadly on the counter-attack with Fabian Robert causing problems with his blistering pace.
The home side, however, had pace of their own through Darren McQueen. The forward created a great chance in the first half, taking the ball round the Gloucester goalkeeper before cutting it back to Phil Roberts on the edge of the box whose right-footed strike crashed against the base of the post.
The Darts started the second half in the same fashion they ended the first, on the front foot. Ryan Hayes showed great skill to beat a defender on the right-hand side before delivering a great cross to the front post but McQueen’s header grazed the woodwork.
After seeing his opponent’s attempt fly into the top corner earlier in the game, Fabian Robert fancied his chances with a volley. His tame strike from the edge of the box in the 69th minute drifted just wide of Bailey Vose’s post as the visitors began to look threatening.
However, a late onslaught from Gloucester came to no avail. Chances for Joe Parker and captain Sam Avery did not trouble the Dartford defence as they claimed their third consecutive home clean sheet.