Dartford held on for all three points in a tense encounter at the Rushmoor on Saturday afternoon, despite a spirited second half showing from a ‘Boro side shorn of influential midfielders Ashley Winn and Esmond James.

In torrential downpour, both sides struggled to get going in the opening quarter with only half glimpses for Charlie Sheringham and Reece Connolly the closest both teams came to a goal.

Some shoddy defending from the home side then gifted the in-form Sheringham the opener, with the striker getting the final touch in a goal mouth scramble. Richard Graham’s glancing header from a Lee Noble cross was met by a ponderous ‘Boro defence and Sheringham pounced in a flash to gobble up the opportunity.

Lee Burn’s goal just before the break was again the result of some circumspect defending by the Cherrywood Road side, and manager Garry Haylock was quick to emphasis in his post match interviews that he let his charges know his feelings – and in no subtle manner.

It seemed to do the trick, for in the second period Adam Bygrave and his men got stuck into the Princes Park based outfit. It was Bygrave himself who got the goal that led to a nervy final 25-minute period for the Londoners, with the home captain punishing a glaring error by Darts’ ‘keeper Andrew Young.

Try as they might, Farnborough couldn’t force the equaliser, despite going close through George Smith and Josh Pearson efforts. The introductions of Smith and Merriman certainly seemed to give the Yellows a new lease of life, and Haylock will be keen for his men to start where they left off in a vital encounter with Dover Athletic, this Tuesday night.

Despite going down 3-1 to Woking at the weekend, the Crabble based outfit have not lost at home so far this term, and they will be in no mood to surrender that record tomorrow evening.

‘Boro then have another quick turnaround – three days – before they make the short trip to Basingstoke on Saturday afternoon.

Frank Gray’s team are unbeaten in their last four outings, and so will pose another stern challenge for a Farnborough side looking to generate some momentum of their own. Kick off at The Camrose is 3pm.