Hawks boss Steve King thought the scoreline didn’t do his side justice after their unbeaten start to 2018 came to an end.

Andy Pugh scored twice as top of the table Dartford eventually saw off Whitehawk, 3-1, and the Hawks certainly did themselves proud at Princes Park.

The hosts took the lead against the run of play in first half added time through Ronnie Vint, before David Ijaha’s effort drew King’s side level in the second half.

It was the least the visitors deserved, but they couldn’t hold out for a point with Pugh’s brace giving Dartford a 3-1 win.

“We started the game really brightly with a number of chances in the first twenty minutes,” said the Hawks boss.

“Gold (Omotayo) had a volley that he could not have hit any sweeter come back off of the back of a defender who knew nothing about it, which deflects the ball against the bar, and on another day that goes in.

“I’ve looked back at the decision from the referee to award the free-kick which led to the first goal, and in my opinion he got it wrong and it’s cost us.

“We came out in the second half and after going 2-1 down, we should have equalised again.

“It’s taken an unbelievable save from point blank range to keep out Elliot (Benyon) which would have made it 2-2, it was a big moment in the game.

“We were on top at 1-1 and had we scored that you never know where the game would have gone.

“I felt we really deserved something from the game and they scored their third goal through us chasing the game.

“We have come a long way over the last five or six games to produce a performance like we did on Saturday.

“Dartford will know that they were more than in a contest and for a neutral watching it certainly wouldn’t have looked like top against bottom.

“Fine lines decide games and from almost drawing level at 2-2 we went 3-1 down and I feel that certainly flattered them (Dartford).”

And King knows that it is important to return to winning ways as his Hawks side bid to escape relegation from the National League South.

With no game in midweek, they are left to focus on hosting mid-table Weston-super-Mare on Saturday.

“If we play like we did most weeks we will win a lot of games, so we need to bounce back for what will be a key few weeks to come,” added the Hawks boss.