After a run of three impressive performances, Eastbourne Borough were made to pay for mistakes as Dartford condemned them to a fourth home defeat of the season.
The result, coupled with results elsewhere, sees the Sports slip down to 19th in the table after Norman Wado and former Sports favourite Elliott Romain struck either side of half-time to give the visitors a 2-0 win.
In torrential conditions at Priory Lane, the Sports were unable to take advantage of the wind in the first half as they failed to really test the Dartford defence.
Kristian Campbell broke down the left hand side before forcing former Borough keeper Mark Smith into a smart save, but the Sports fell behind after half an hour.
Borough were caught out at the back after Luke Allen played a great ball over the top to Norman Wabo, who broke clear of the defence and one on one with Tom Hadler fired low past the keeper.
The Sports’ frustrations in front of goal were clear as Greg Luer couldn’t quite get Kane Wills’ ball through under control after some good build up play, before Charlie Walker headed a free-kick just wide of the far post.
Elliott Romain, who left Eastbourne two weeks ago, should have doubled Dartford’s lead when he robbed possession in the Sports defence, but his effort was saved by Hadler.
However, there was nothing Hadler could do to prevent Romain getting on the scoresheet against his former club with twenty minutes to go. Borough were guilty of losing the ball too easily in defence and Romain hit a stunning 30-yard strike which found the top corner.
To their credit, Borough didn’t give up and went close to halving the deficit when Nick Wheeler’s low ball across found Mike West, but Smith produced a fine save with his feet.
And the hosts went even closer with four minutes to go when Walker lined up a free-kick 25 yards out, and his drive beat Smith only to come crashing back off of the bar. Manny Adebowale was first to the rebound, but he headed off target when well placed.
The Sports then missed another great chance in added time, when Luer played a great ball across the face of goal and found an unmarked Ayman Gharbaoui at the far post, but he fired well over when well placed.
EBFC: Hadler, Adebayo-Rowling, Campbell, Wills, Khinda-John, Adebowale, Luer, West, Wheeler (Gharbaoui 86), Walker, Ferry (Cox 62). Subs: Torres, Janneh, Chalmer-Stevens.
Darts: Smith, Gibbons, Gordon, Crook, Hill, Bonner, Brodie, Allen, Romain, McQueen (Wanadio 75), Wado (Vint 90). Subs: Marsh-Brown, Pugh, Hayes.