A resilient Dartford side frustrated Alex Pike’s Boro after being reduced to ten men inside the first ten minutes, digging in and claiming a point in a 0-0 draw at Princes Park.
Boro' can rightly look back on this game being a point gained rather than two dropped.
Tom Bonner’s ninth minute dismissal altered the course of the game against a Boro' side who were unchanged from the weekend’s 3-1 success against Eastbourne Borough.
Warren Bentley had got clear of the Dartford captain only to find himself pulled back and hauled down. Referee Pollard had no hesitation in sending the Darts skipper off which handed Gosport the numerical advantage.
But as the first half progressed, the depleted home side, already missing six players due to injury and suspension, successfully frustrated Gosport. They made themselves hard to break down, even going closest to scoring, when Ellis Brown was allowed too much room to make a run into Boro' territory and his eventual effort came back off the far post.
The second half started with both teams appearing far more lively than the first, but neither managed to convert their chances to take the lead.
Deren Ibrahim once again made some outstanding saves to deny Gosport any real chances of scoring. But then so did Rice at the other end as the game drifted to its goalless conclusion.
DARTFORD: Ibrahim, Gardner, Wynter, Bonner, Wood, A.Brown, Hayes (Francis 77), Noble (Seixas 82), Harris, E.Brown (Dembele 90+2) & Wanadio. SUBS NOT USED: Habte & Coxall.
GOSPORT: Rice, Cuthbertson, Bird, Carter, Poate (Wright 60), Pearce, Dawson, Harding, Flood, Bentley & Oastler. SUBS NOT USED: Lanahan, Wilde, Bailey & Bufton.
REFEREE: Chris Pollard
Updated 12:56 - 30 Aug 2016 by Site Manager