Humorously referred to as 'The French', Dover were clinically dissected by a merciless Dartford under a steely-blue sky at Princes Park on Bank Holiday Monday.

Dover elected to defend the Academy End into the teeth of a blustery wind and chose a sterile ploy to keep Darts at bay. This consisted of hitting the ball into the space in front of Matt Jones in the hope that the prolific Adam Burchall would do something constructive with the ball when he got it. He rarely did.

The pre-match atmosphere had the 'Other End' occupied by Dover fans who slightly edged the vocals but were themselves edged out in the instrumentals/flags department. The gate of 1771 allowed Darts to top the season's home attendance charts ahead of Woking.

After the usual fe-fi-fo-fum opening, Darts kept Dover on the back foot throughout the half and it was rather surprising that the interval came with just a Charlie Sheringham headed goal from a left-side corner to show for their dominance.

However it did enough to make up for the stuttering display at Hayes Lane on not-so-Good Friday.

At half time Dover brought on Harry Baker for Donovan Simmonds but it did nothing to stem Darts' flow. Less than ten minutes after the turn-around it became 2-0 as Tom Champion got the vital touch from a right-side corner. Then just before the hour Danny Harris executed a cheeky lob over Ross Flitney to put the home team 3-0 up. Dover made more of the second half but leading goalscorer Burchall (not to be confused with Dartford's Burchell) continued his drought against Dartford with two attempts easily dealt with by Andrew Young. The rout was completed when Flitney failed to deal effectively with a corner with just over ten minutes left and Charlie Sheringham was on hand to smash the ball home. Any Bromley spies present will be recommending a massive re-think ahead of May Day Monday.

Dartford: Young, Jones, Rogers, Bruce, Goodacre, Champion, Noble (Hayes 79), Harris (Pallen 78), Sheringaham, Burns (White 61), Bradbrook.

Subs not used: Bonner, Ibrahim

Att: 1771