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Dartford 1-2 Luton Town

Dartford missed the change to climb out of the Conference Premier relegation zone as they conceded two late goals to lose to leaders Luton Town.

Luton's Matt Robinson saw his header hit the post, before Mikel Suarez's header put Dartford ahead.

The game turned when Dartford had Kenny Clark sent off for late challenge on Alex Lawless.

Pelly Ruddock's 20-yard strike drew Luton level and Andre Gray's header from Ronnie Henry's cross won it.

Luton stay 13 points clear at the top of the table and now need just three more wins to secure the title, and a return to the Football League after a five-year absence.

Dartford manager Tony Burman told BBC Radio Kent:

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Post-match: Dartford manager Burman

"I'm delighted with the way we've performed. We defended for long periods but I felt we were reasonably dangerous on the break.

"Alan [Julian] hasn't made that many saves but the sending off changed the game.

"It's knocked us. We need to have 11 players against a team like Luton. I'm disappointed with the decision.

"I'm standing close to it. The referee is not standing close to it, he's behind them. There's no way that he can see that that's a sending off."

Line-ups

Dartford

  • 1JulianBooked at 77mins
  • 5ClarkBooked at 78mins
  • 4Sterling
  • 14Mitchell-King
  • 38McAuley
  • 10Bradbrook
  • 8Noble
  • 6Cornhill
  • 20Burns
  • 11Harris
  • 37SuarezSubstituted forCollierat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 29Holloway
  • 30Woodyard
  • 26Akinwande
  • 15Collier
  • 19Swallow

Luton

  • 1Tyler
  • 25Henry
  • 11HowellsSubstituted forRooneyat 66'minutes
  • 12GriffithsBooked at 48mins
  • 5McNulty
  • 2Franks
  • 7Lawless
  • 19McGeehan
  • 23RobinsonSubstituted forRuddock Mpanzuat 57'minutes
  • 27GrayBooked at 87mins
  • 26BensonSubstituted forCullenat 54'minutes

Substitutes

  • 16Justham
  • 6Charles
  • 13Cullen
  • 15Rooney
  • 43Ruddock Mpanzu
Referee:
Richard Martin
Attendance:
2,869

Match Stats

Home TeamDartfordAway TeamLuton
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home7
Away10
Shots on Target
Home2
Away6
Corners
Home0
Away0
Fouls
Home13
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Dartford 1, Luton Town 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Dartford 1, Luton Town 2.
Foul by Tyrone Sterling (Dartford).
Ron Henry (Luton Town) wins a free kick.
Foul by Lee Noble (Dartford).
Mark Cullen (Luton Town) wins a free kick.
Offside, Luton Town. Luke Rooney tries a through ball, but Luke Rooney is caught offside.

Booking

Andre Gray (Luton Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Goal!

Goal! Dartford 1, Luton Town 2. Andre Gray (Luton Town) header from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Ron Henry with a cross.
Attempt saved. Luke Rooney (Luton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.
Foul by Rory McAuley (Dartford).
Andre Gray (Luton Town) wins a free kick.

Goal!

Goal! Dartford 1, Luton Town 1. Pelly Ruddock (Luton Town) right footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner.
Foul by Alex Lawless (Luton Town).
Tyrone Sterling (Dartford) wins a free kick.
Corner, Luton Town.

Dismissal

Kenny Clark (Dartford) is shown the red card for a bad foul.
Foul by Kenny Clark (Dartford).
Alex Lawless (Luton Town) wins a free kick.
Hand ball by Steve McNulty (Luton Town).

Booking

Alan Julian (Dartford) is shown the yellow card.
Hand ball by Alex Lawless (Luton Town).
Foul by Lee Noble (Dartford).
Cameron McGeehan (Luton Town) wins a free kick.
Corner, Luton Town.
Foul by Cameron McGeehan (Luton Town).
Nathan Collier (Dartford) wins a free kick.
Foul by Kenny Clark (Dartford).
Cameron McGeehan (Luton Town) wins a free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Dartford. Nathan Collier replaces Mikel Suarez.
Attempt saved. Cameron McGeehan (Luton Town) header from the centre of the box is saved.
Corner, Luton Town.

Substitution

Substitution, Luton Town. Luke Rooney replaces Jake Howells.
Foul by Elliot Bradbrook (Dartford).
Ron Henry (Luton Town) wins a free kick.
Attempt missed. Andre Gray (Luton Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.
Attempt saved. Lee Burns (Dartford) left footed shot from outside the box is saved.

Substitution

Substitution, Luton Town. Pelly Ruddock replaces Matt Robinson.
Foul by Lee Noble (Dartford).
Jake Howells (Luton Town) wins a free kick.
Corner, Dartford.

Substitution

Substitution, Luton Town. Mark Cullen replaces Paul Benson.
Foul by Alex Lawless (Luton Town).
Danny Harris (Dartford) wins a free kick.
Foul by Mikel Suarez (Dartford).
Steve McNulty (Luton Town) wins a free kick.
Attempt missed. Mathew Mitchell-King (Dartford) header from the centre of the box is too high.

Booking

Scott Griffiths (Luton Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Scott Griffiths (Luton Town).
Lee Noble (Dartford) wins a free kick.

Second Half

Second Half begins Dartford 1, Luton Town 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Dartford 1, Luton Town 0.
Foul by Elliot Bradbrook (Dartford).
Ron Henry (Luton Town) wins a free kick.
Foul by Paul Benson (Luton Town).
Tyrone Sterling (Dartford) wins a free kick.
Corner, Luton Town.
Corner, Luton Town.
Foul by Mathew Mitchell-King (Dartford).
Andre Gray (Luton Town) wins a free kick.
Attempt missed. Max Cornhill (Dartford) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Lee Noble.
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