Eastbourne struggled to find any rhythm in their play and injuries took their toll as they failed to gain an away win at Old Dartforians on Saturday.
Dartfordians earned the victory and continued to climb out of the relegation zone thanks to a final score of 22-19 in favour of the home side.
Eastbourne kicker Sean Everitt had an opportunity to put early points on the board but pulled his penalty attempt wide of the post.
Most of the play was now between both sets of forwards but Eastbourne losing critical ball heading back to their 22 but with Richard Barron and Tim Williams making great tackles they defended extremely well. However, Dartfordians maintained the pressure and with their large pack continued to find a way through.
The home side took the lead when Eastbourne conceded a penalty for not rolling away from the ball. Dartfordians forced their way over and secured the conversion to take a 7-0 lead.
Eastbourne continued to make simple errors and missed tackles. Dartfordians’ confidence grew and the pressure soon told when they extended their lead to 10 points from a converted penalty.
Dartfordians went down to 14 men after their number eight was sin-binned for a high tackle. The Blue and Golds pushed forward and attempted to get quick ball to their backs but they were unable to break through a stubborn home defence.
Shortly after the interval Eastbourne were forced into another re-shuffle when Tom Buttle was forced to retire with a shoulder injury. Jake Thopmson was drafted into the action but this did not deter Dartfordians who forced over another converted try to increase their advantage to 17-0.
Having just returned to full-strength the home side were once again reduced to 14 men following a yellow card for their number one. The visitors moved forward and finally got some points on the board through Marek Denney. Everitt converted the extras to make it 17-7.
Eastbourne failed to add three more points when they missed another penalty and Dartfordians capitalised with a try to make the score 22-7.
The Blue and Golds finally found their best form but it came a little too late. Everitt went over for an unconverted try and sub Jake Thompson also went over towards the end and despite late pressure the home side held out for victory.
Eastbourne: Barron, Oakey, Stevenson, Mottram, Tobin (c), Buttle, Redman, Groenen, Parks, Clark, Smith, Williams, Walker, Baldwin, Everett.
MoM: Tim Williams.