Point earned for Beavers
By Rob Overfield
Max Kretzschmer's pair of strikes sets Beavers up for a creditable draw but should have been the win.
A game for the neutral ended all square as after taking an early lead, Hampton had to hold off sustained Dartford pressure, after being reduced to 10 men just after the hour, following Charlie Wassmer’s dismissal for an alleged stamp on Alfie Pavey.
The Beavers shocked the Darts with an early goal in just the second minute, Max Kretzschmar's 15 yard volley giving keeper Jordan Beeney no chance as it flew into the top corner.
Dartford responded and it took a Sam Howes' save to parry Bonner's header over the bar just minutes later.
The lead was extended just before the half hour when Dartford conceded a free kick following a proper hack by Lee Noble on Brendan Kiernan. Kretzschmar's free kick from 25 yards cleared the wall and beat Beeney for a second time, despite the keeper getting hands to the ball.
10 minutes later, Andy Pugh got the Darts back into the game, as he was left with a simple finish from 6 yards out, Bradbrook being the provider with a cushioned header back across goal from beyond the back post after the Darts broke forward quickly and left the Beavers exposed at the back.
Dartford levelled up the score just before the hour, as Elliot Bradbrook took advantage of a loose ball in the box to clip a shot through the crowded box past Sam Howes.
Almost immediately afterwards, Brendan Kiernan had a great sight of goal from the edge of the box, but his shot was high and over the bar when you've have banked Brendan scoring.
Seconds later, though,Hampton were reduced to 10 men, with the dismissal of Wassmer, forcing Hampton into a rearguard action. Michael Kamara being thrown on to fill the right back position, with Nathan Collier slipping into the centre.
Howes, who had an excellent game, showed his class when he made an amazing double save to deny Della-Verde with 20 mins to go.
With 15 minutes left, an almighty scramble in the Hampton box nearly allowed Pavey to give the Darts the lead, but Jack Cook was able to hack the ball away from almost on the goal line.
Dartford kept piling on the pressure, Bradbrook’s header on 82 mins hitting the post and going across goal, but the Beavers held on for a point, and it could easily have been the three.