CHARLIE Sheringham netted a brace for the second time in five days as Dartford ran out comfortable 3-0 winners against a Lewes outfit which didn't really come out of the blocks.

The chief reason for this was the fact Darts were really solid, with the back four defending extremely well.

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New signing Paul Rogers made an immaculate start wide left and, as ever, Lee Burns was energy personified.

Kicking off towards the less favoured Academy End and into a biting wind straight from Siberia, Burns volleyed just wide of the left post in the opening minute.

It was a mere respite for Lewes because Danny Harris smashed a looping volley inside Connor Gough's left post to put Darts one up.

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Lewes were on the back foot for a spell but a Jermaine Wright effort brought a fine save from Andrew Young midway through the half.

Burns burst through the Lewes defence twice but his wretched luck continued as he finished one-on-ones with Gough by rolling his efforts marginally past the keeper's right post.

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However, the crucial second goal arrived on 20 minutes when a corner on the right found Sheringham by the far post and he headed in off the bar.

Lewes started the second half on the attack and an early free-kick out to the right was volleyed low into the area but Young made a smart gather to avert the danger.

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Encouraged, Lewes made a couple of substitutions but Darts adopted holding tactics with the introduction of Ryan Hayes, who mixed first-time passes with crosses beyond the Lewes far post to keep the visitors penned back.

In the final minute a swift three-man move started by Hayes ended with a third goal, Sheringham hooking a shot home from inside the six-yard box.

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Dartford: Young, Jones, Bonner, Bruce, Goodacre, Champion, Harris (Hayes 62), Noble, Sheringham, Burns (Main 73), Rogers. Subs not used: Burgess, Main. Att: 1,036.