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Poole faced league leaders Dartford in their quest to register their first home win of the season. They failed again in a very even contest settled by an early goal in a game which finished in controversial fashion.
Dartford took an early lead (7 minutes) from a corner with Sho-Silva’s header being too powerful for Hutchings to keep out. Dartford looked dangerous from set pieces with Sho-Silva’s long throw causing problems. On 12 minutes Mills got past Moore but Hutchings managed to block his shot. Poole grew in to the game and were more than a match for the league leaders but failed to have the final cutting edge. Devlin’s long range effort on 41 minutes was the closest with Gibraltarian keeper Ibrahim touching round the post.
Poole continued to match Dartford in the second half but neither team created many chances. Substitute Pugh forced a good save from Hutchings soon after coming on. The game came to a controversial end when Brooks was sent off for kicking Mills who was clinging on to the ball 5 minutes before the final whistle. In the ensuing melee a further 2 players from each team also received yellows. With Poole pressing forward they were exposed defensively, a lovely ball was played in to Murphy but Hutchings made a great stop to deny him. Then in injury time Gillespie received a straight red for what appeared an innocuous tackle. 9 man Poole almost equalised at the death with Dartford clearing off the line following a corner.
A very close game which again showed how close the top and bottom of the league is. Poole have matched top teams of Dartford, Braintree and Chelmsford recently for large periods – but are failing to show the ability to finish the chances and do not seem able to “win ugly”. It also feels luck has deserted us.
Although Brooks sending off may have been correct (spotted by our eagle eyed radio man Jordan) it was provoked by Mills’ action (of clinging to the ball). Even the Dartford fan next to me was incensed by Mills. He also said we deserved a point! But Gillespie’s sending off just appeared bizarre. The huge boos for the ref after the game summed up the mood.
2 less players for 3 games adds further pressure to Poole – just does not feel this season is going to go right for us.
Match report by Peter Leppington