Dartford took Southport on and kept a 1:0 win after 90 minutes. The Sandgrounders could not net the ball despite several good efforts.
Despite failing to score, Wright’s team certainly had their chances. As early as the fifth minute Jamie Milligan sent a free-kick against the Dartford crossbar, while Chris Almond, Aaron Chalmers and Karl Ledsham were all left to rue the fact that they should have found the target.
In the end, those missed chances only added to the sense of regret, as the Sandgrounders experienced the frustratingly familiar feeling of a defeat on their travels.
This was a fifth straight away loss for Wright’s team, who find themselves unable to reproduce the winning formula shown in their matches at home.
The referee, Craig Hicks, seemed to be constantly blowing his whistle. There were 3 yellow cards for Dartford (Clark, Bradbrook and Woodyard) and 4 yellow cards of Southport (Akrigg, Brown, Ledsham and Irie-Bi who came on in the second half).
I was reading that years ago, when there used to be pitch invasions, an idea was floated that the pitches should have pipes around them which sprayed indelible ink so the culprits could be rounded up later by the police. The chairman of one lower league club said they would put ‘best bitter’ in their pipes, to attract the crowd in the first place!
Dartford’s attendance was just over 1000, so we need to get the ‘others’ back. Best bitter might not be the answer!
Looking at oddschecker.com it seems that Dartford are 200/1 on a £10 bet to top the league. Poor old Hyde are on 2000/1. Cambridge are 2/1 and Kidderminster are 4/1 (all on skybet). Our nearest rivals geographically are Welling on 100/1. Interestingly, in the Conference South, both Ebbsfleet and Dover are 12/1 to win.