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Dartford moved within four points of the National League South summit with a midweek 1-0 victory at Havant & Waterlooville. 

By Steven Oldham

Improving Darts back in title race 

Steve King’s side continued their recent upturn in form and picked up a fourth straight win - their best run since they won five on the bounce from the season’s opening day. 

Luke Allen’s goal on the stroke of half time was enough to wrap up all three points for the visitors.

Darts have closed the gap to Dorking Wanderers and sit in third place having now played the same number of games as the league leaders.

Havant & Waterlooville are still without a win in 2022, and it’s eight games since Paul Doswell’s side tasted victory.

Ebbsfleet smash St Albans 

Ebbsfleet United brushed off their recent slump in form by thrashing St Albans City 5-0 on Tuesday night. 

Dennis Kutrieb’s side had lost three of their previous four matches, but bounced back with a vengeance in their midweek game.

A Bayley Brown own goal in the first seven minutes set the tone for St Albans, who found themselves 4-0 down at the break.  Adam Mekki hit a brace, with Will Wood also getting himself on the scoresheet.

Dom Poleon’s late goal completed the rout as Ebbsfleet moved level on points with fourth-placed Oxford City.

It’s a first defeat in three for St Albans, who still hold up to four games in hand over the teams above them in the table. 

 

 

Playoff contenders pick up wins 

Eastbourne Borough and Dulwich Hamlet both strengthened their positions with victories over Tonbridge Angels and Slough Town respectively.

Borough are up to sixth once more after a 3-1 home win, while Hamlet came from behind to pick up a 2-1 win.

Charley Kendall hit his 14th league goal this year for Eastbourne, while Ibra Sekkaja scored the winner for Gavin Rose’s Hamlet side.  

Eastbourne are now unbeaten in five, with Hamlet picking up a first win in four. 

Advantage Braintree in relegation battle 

Braintree Town are now three points clear of the relegation place after fighting back to draw 2-2 with Chelmsford City.

Dara Dada’s first half goal and one shortly after from Tom Blackwell put Chelmsford firmly in charge, but Braintree fought back.  Goals from Luke Holness and Stefan Ilic rescued a point. 

The Iron are unbeaten in five - drawing four - and have games in hand on both bottom club Billericay Town, and next side up Welling United, who are being dragged further into the mire themselves. 


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