‘BORO put on a five-star show to beat high-flying Dover Athletic 5-2 with all five goals coming in an explosive first half.

Dan Bennett bagged a brace within the opening ten minutes to set the tone before Dave Tarpey made it 3-0 with just 24 minutes on the clock.

Two goals from new-boy, Scott Connolly compounded the misery for a Dover side who went into the game with the best away record in the League.

The visitors pulled two goals back during the second period but were well beaten in the end and were fortunate not to concede more goals.

“We went into the game knowing that we were up against a very talented side with an excellent away record,” said ‘Boro boss, Spencer Day. “But we have an exceptionally good home record, even though we had not beaten one of the best sides in the League here before today.

“We didn’t just beat Dover, we were far and away the better side. I was delighted with our first half display and reasonably pleased with how we fared after the break.

“They had a 15/20-minute spell in the second half, but we created so many chances and could have easily added another three or four goals to our total.

“I’m pleased for the players and supporters. It shows how quickly things can turn around in a few weeks and this victory will give us plenty of confidence.

“It was a heavy pitch out there, but we worked very hard and were rewarded with an outstanding performance. I am delighted for everyone involved.”