Dartford missed the change to climb out of the Conference Premier relegation zone as they conceded two late goals to lose to leaders Luton Town.

Luton's Matt Robinson saw his header hit the post, before Mikel Suarez's header put Dartford ahead.

The game turned when Dartford had Kenny Clark sent off for late challenge on Alex Lawless.

Pelly Ruddock's 20-yard strike drew Luton level and Andre Gray's header from Ronnie Henry's cross won it.

Luton stay 13 points clear at the top of the table and now need just three more wins to secure the title, and a return to the Football League after a five-year absence.

Dartford manager Tony Burman told BBC Radio Kent:

Post-match: Dartford manager Burman

"I'm delighted with the way we've performed. We defended for long periods but I felt we were reasonably dangerous on the break.

"Alan [Julian] hasn't made that many saves but the sending off changed the game.

"It's knocked us. We need to have 11 players against a team like Luton. I'm disappointed with the decision.

"I'm standing close to it. The referee is not standing close to it, he's behind them. There's no way that he can see that that's a sending off."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (4)

Dartford

  • 01 Julian Booked
  • 05 Clark Dismissed
  • 04 Sterling
  • 14 Mitchell-King
  • 38 McAuley
  • 10 Bradbrook
  • 08 Noble
  • 06 Cornhill
  • 20 Burns
  • 11 Harris
  • 37 Suarez (Collier - 71' )

Substitutes

  • 29 Holloway
  • 30 Woodyard
  • 26 Akinwande
  • 15 Collier
  • 19 Swallow

Luton Town

  • 01 Tyler
  • 25 Henry
  • 11 Howells (Rooney - 66' )
  • 12 Griffiths Booked
  • 05 McNulty
  • 02 Franks
  • 07 Lawless
  • 19 McGeehan
  • 23 Robinson (Ruddock Mpanzu - 57' )
  • 27 Gray Booked
  • 26 Benson (Cullen - 54' )

Substitutes

  • 16 Justham
  • 06 Charles
  • 13 Cullen
  • 15 Rooney
  • 43 Ruddock Mpanzu
Ref: Richard Martin
Att: 2,869

Match Stats

Shots

7 10

On target

2 6

Corners

0 0

Fouls

13 11

Live Text Commentary

+6:00 Full time

Full Time Match ends, Dartford 1, Luton Town 2.

90:00 +5:00 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Dartford 1, Luton Town 2.

90:00 +3:59

Foul by Tyrone Sterling (Dartford).

90:00 +3:59

Ron Henry (Luton Town) wins a free kick.

90:00 +2:49

Foul by Lee Noble (Dartford).

90:00 +2:49

Mark Cullen (Luton Town) wins a free kick.

90:00 +2:02

Offside, Luton Town. Luke Rooney tries a through ball, but Luke Rooney is caught offside.

86:58 Booking

Booking Andre Gray (Luton Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

85:56 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Dartford 1, Luton Town 2. Andre Gray (Luton Town) header from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Ron Henry with a cross.

84:43

Attempt saved. Luke Rooney (Luton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

83:48

Foul by Rory McAuley (Dartford).

83:48

Andre Gray (Luton Town) wins a free kick.

82:26 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Dartford 1, Luton Town 1. Pelly Ruddock (Luton Town) right footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner.

80:59

Foul by Alex Lawless (Luton Town).

80:59

Tyrone Sterling (Dartford) wins a free kick.

80:34

Corner, Luton Town.

77:15 Dismissal

Dismissal Kenny Clark (Dartford) is shown the red card for a bad foul.

77:05

Foul by Kenny Clark (Dartford).

77:05

Alex Lawless (Luton Town) wins a free kick.

76:42

Hand ball by Steve McNulty (Luton Town).

76:08 Booking

Booking Alan Julian (Dartford) is shown the yellow card.

75:30

Hand ball by Alex Lawless (Luton Town).

74:55

Foul by Lee Noble (Dartford).

74:55

Cameron McGeehan (Luton Town) wins a free kick.

74:07

Corner, Luton Town.

72:46

Foul by Cameron McGeehan (Luton Town).

72:46

Nathan Collier (Dartford) wins a free kick.

71:28

Foul by Kenny Clark (Dartford).

71:28

Cameron McGeehan (Luton Town) wins a free kick.

70:16 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Dartford. Nathan Collier replaces Mikel Suarez.

66:45

Attempt saved. Cameron McGeehan (Luton Town) header from the centre of the box is saved.

66:09

Corner, Luton Town.

65:06 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Luton Town. Luke Rooney replaces Jake Howells.

60:32

Foul by Elliot Bradbrook (Dartford).

60:32

Ron Henry (Luton Town) wins a free kick.

57:58

Attempt missed. Andre Gray (Luton Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

57:28

Attempt saved. Lee Burns (Dartford) left footed shot from outside the box is saved.

56:22 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Luton Town. Pelly Ruddock replaces Matt Robinson.

55:45

Foul by Lee Noble (Dartford).

55:45

Jake Howells (Luton Town) wins a free kick.

54:30

Corner, Dartford.

53:49 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Luton Town. Mark Cullen replaces Paul Benson.

52:49

Foul by Alex Lawless (Luton Town).

52:49

Danny Harris (Dartford) wins a free kick.

48:51

Foul by Mikel Suarez (Dartford).

48:51

Steve McNulty (Luton Town) wins a free kick.

48:16

Attempt missed. Mathew Mitchell-King (Dartford) header from the centre of the box is too high.

47:34 Booking

Booking Scott Griffiths (Luton Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

47:32

Foul by Scott Griffiths (Luton Town).

47:32

Lee Noble (Dartford) wins a free kick.

45:00

Second Half begins Dartford 1, Luton Town 0.

45:00 +2:03 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Dartford 1, Luton Town 0.

45:00 +1:43

Foul by Elliot Bradbrook (Dartford).

45:00 +1:43

Ron Henry (Luton Town) wins a free kick.

45:00 +1:09

Foul by Paul Benson (Luton Town).

45:00 +1:09

Tyrone Sterling (Dartford) wins a free kick.

43:53

Corner, Luton Town.

41:34

Corner, Luton Town.

39:48

Foul by Mathew Mitchell-King (Dartford).

39:48

Andre Gray (Luton Town) wins a free kick.

38:14

Attempt missed. Max Cornhill (Dartford) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Lee Noble.

37:48

Corner, Dartford.

37:01

Foul by Matt Robinson (Luton Town).

37:01

Lee Noble (Dartford) wins a free kick.

35:01

Attempt missed. Danny Harris (Dartford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

33:46 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Dartford 1, Luton Town 0. Mikel Suarez (Dartford) header from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Lee Noble.

33:18

Corner, Dartford.

32:23

Foul by Max Cornhill (Dartford).

32:23

Cameron McGeehan (Luton Town) wins a free kick.

31:58

Foul by Paul Benson (Luton Town).

31:58

Mathew Mitchell-King (Dartford) wins a free kick.

31:13

Attempt saved. Paul Benson (Luton Town) header from the centre of the box is saved.

30:49

Corner, Luton Town.

29:55

Attempt missed. Cameron McGeehan (Luton Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

21:46

Attempt blocked. Max Cornhill (Dartford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

21:13

Foul by Scott Griffiths (Luton Town).

21:13

Lee Noble (Dartford) wins a free kick.

18:50

Attempt missed. Elliot Bradbrook (Dartford) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

14:06

Corner, Luton Town.

13:20

Attempt missed. Jake Howells (Luton Town) header from the centre of the box is too high.

12:57

Attempt saved. Andre Gray (Luton Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved.

12:05

Offside, Luton Town. Paul Benson tries a through ball, but Paul Benson is caught offside.

10:32

Foul by Mikel Suarez (Dartford).

10:32

Fraser Franks (Luton Town) wins a free kick.

9:47

Attempt missed. Matt Robinson (Luton Town) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

9:19

Corner, Luton Town.

7:00

Corner, Luton Town.

5:07

Offside, Luton Town. Andre Gray tries a through ball, but Andre Gray is caught offside.

4:10

Foul by Steve McNulty (Luton Town).

4:10

Danny Harris (Dartford) wins a free kick.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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