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Chelmsford City v Dartford

Dartford return to National South action this weekend against fellow promotion hopefuls Chelmsford City, a side the Darts had to face six times last season. 

Very little separated the two clubs last term with Dartford pipping Chelmsford City into third place on the final day of the campaign back in April. Yet, the Clarets claimed the bragging rights in the head to head contest winning three and losing once.

Chelmsford City became a nemesis for the Darts last season, the Essex club were victors in the National South playoffs, the F.A Trophy and took four points from Dartford in the league. However, in the three away games last season, Tony Burman managed to achieve his best results against the Essex club.

The first away fixture last season came in the opening month of the campaign. Luke Wanadio headed Dartford ahead just before the hour but Shaun Jeffers put the Essex side level eleven minutes later.

Drawn together in the F.A Cup, Dartford returned to the Melbourne Stadium in an intriguing cup tie. On a windy September afternoon, the Darts raced into a three goal lead before half-time. Goalkeeper, Ross Fitzsimons scored an unfortunate own goal early on and Elliot Bradbrook’s penalty and second goal five minutes later, put the Darts in a commanding position at the break. Chelmsford City fought back with two Shamir Mullings headers in two minutes to set up a tense finish, but the Darts held on to a 3-2 victory.

In the playoff semi-final just five months ago, the Darts secured a 0-0 draw at the Melbourne Stadium. At the time the result seemed to lay a solid foundation for a second leg at home, but the Clarets recorded victory at Princes Park winning 2-1 on aggregate. Rod Stringer’s side went on to lose the playoff final to Ebbsfleet United missing out on a place in the National League.

Manager, Tony Burman is aware of the threat Saturday’s opponents will bring as well as the following fixtures against Bath City and St Albans City, he told www.kentonline.co.uk: “It’s not the be-all and end-all but it’s a good test to see where we are”, he added: “We’ve got three tough games coming up and we’ve got to enjoy them and be professional in what we do”.

Burman continued: “It’s always tough at Chelmsford. They’ve made a lot of changes to their side but they’re always big and strong. They get plenty of high balls into the box and we’ve got to battle and match them for effort.We’re playing at their place so they’ll come at us and we’ve got to defend well and use the ball when we win it back”.

Meanwhile, striker Duane Ofori-Acheampong who has suffered a minor knee injury and full back Mark Onyemah are hopeful to return to the squad this weekend.

Dartford will need to be focused on league matters once more after the excitement of making it to the F.A Cup first round. The Darts beat Burgess Hill Town of the Isthmian Premier League last weekend thanks to an early Alfie Pavey goal. The striker’s excellent form of ten goals in his last eleven appearances will hopefully continue this weekend. The Darts have now made it to the first round in four of their last six season’s and for the first time since 2010 were rewarded with a home tie against Football League opposition. On Monday night when the draw was made, Dartford were paired up with Swindon Town, a former Premier League side now in League Two.

In their last league outing, the Darts beat Bognor Regis Town 3-1, much needed after the 3-0 reverse against Weston-super-Mare. Goals from Pavey, a Bradbrook penalty and Andy Pugh’s fourth of the season gave the Darts a 3-1 win over the Sussex club to move up to fourth in the National South table.

The Clarets started the campaign strongly and along with Dartford were declared one of the favourites for the title. Winning six of their first seven had the Essex club challenging St Albans City, the only team to have beaten them in that spell. Since then they have drawn four out of the last six, lost to East Thurrock United who had former Claret and Dartford midfielder Max Cornhill to thank for his two goals and a fortnight ago beat Eastbourne Borough 5-2 in their last home league fixture.

On the weekend, Chelmsford City attempted to reach the F.A Cup first round but only managed another draw at Bath City. The replay on Monday was won by former Ebbsfleet United midfielder Michael West’s goal to earn the Clarets a tie with National League side Gateshead.

Rod Stringer strengthened his squad last week with the signing of Chris Assombalonga, brother of Britt who plays for Middlesbrough. The striker impressed with 31 goals in 34 games for Waltham Abbey before joining Dagenham and Redbridge then moving on to Billericay Town. Winger, Aristide Bassele also joined the Clarets having had three loan spells with Welling United in the past. The Chelmsford City boss was amongst the busiest in the summer notably keeping hold of Chris Dickson and capturing the signature of Lee Barnard, the former Southampton and Southend United striker. Former Dart loanee, Jim Stevenson moved to the Mebourne Stadium, the midfielder played 25 times for the Darts scoring once in the 2013/14 season.

Head to Head
Dartford wins: 36 / Chelmsford City wins: 53 / Draws: 91

Current League Form

Chelmsford City (WDLDDD) Dartford (WLWWWD)
Eastbourne Borough H 5-2 Bognor Regis Town H 3-1
Poole Town A 0-0 Weston-super-Mare A 0-3
East Thurrock United H 1-2 Eastbourne Borough H 4-2
Weston-super-Mare H 1-1 Chippenham Town H 3-0
Hampton & Richmond A 1-1 Whitehawk A 4-0
Bognor Regis Town H 0-0 Hampton & Richmond A 2-2

Previous Meetings

07.05.2017 Dartford 1 Chelmsford City 2
03.05.2017 Chelmsford City 0 Dartford 0
18.02.2017 Dartford 0 Chelmsford City 1
14.01.2017 Dartford 0 Chelmsford City 1
17.09.2016 Chelmsford City 2 Dartford 3
13.08.2016 Chelmsford City 1 Dartford 1

Stats
Dartford have beaten Chelmsford City once in the last seven fixtures, since the start of the millennium the Darts have only recorded three victories out of 15 meetings (D5, L8).

The Darts have failed to score in three of the last four games against the Essex side.

Despite Chelmsford City coming out on top of the head to head record, Dartford are unbeaten in their last five trips to the Melbourne Stadium (W2, D3).

Only once in the last ten meetings has their been more than three goals in the game (Dartford’s 3-2 F.A Cup win last season). In that spell which has included three 0-0 draws and three games ending 1-0, the average goals per game is just 1.5.

On This Day
Only a week has gone by since the Darts defeated Burgess Hill Town, the same side Dartford beat 14 years ago on this day. The Southern League Division One East encounter ended 2-1 to the Darts. The previous three fixtures on 21 October all ended in defeats, in 2000 Burnham won 3-1 also in the Southern League Division One East, Cray Wanderers won a Kent League Cup game 2-0 in 1995 and Burton Albion, now in the Championship won 1-0 in the Southern Premier League back in 1989. Dartford’s last away win on this day was way back in 1974 when they beat Tonbridge 4-2 in the Southern League Cup second round.

Burgess Hill Town v Dartford

Dartford can make it to the F.A Cup first round with victory over Isthmian Premier League side Burgess Hill Town on the weekend.

At the same stage three years ago, the Darts beat the Hillians 3-1 at Princes Park but this time it’s the Sussex club playing host. When Tony Burman’s side faced Burgess Hill Town in the fourth qualifying round last time their opponents were flying at the top of the Isthmian Division One South unbeaten. In contrast Dartford were struggling in the National League, three divisions above.

Harry Crawford settled any early nerves by hitting a shot across goal to give Dartford the lead. Five minutes later the striker netted his second instinctively tapping in after goalkeeper Josh James spilt a cross. Darren Budd halved the deficit for the visitors scoring within seconds of coming on as a substitute. A penalty gave Elliot Bradbrook the opportunity to extend Dartford’s lead which he duly obliged.

The gap has closed since then with the Darts dropping into the National South and the Hillians winning promotion at the end of that campaign in 2014/15.

Dartford bounced back in the league on Saturday after the 3-0 defeat at Weston-super-Mare. Goals from Alfie Pavey, a Bradbrook penalty and Andy Pugh’s fourth of the season gave the Darts a 3-1 win over Bognor Regis Town to move up to fourth in the National South table. Pavey has now scored nine in his last ten appearances and starting to show why Burman signed the striker.

Burman praised his side for their patience especially after going in 1-1 at half time, he told www.kentonline, “the guys showed a lot of patience, waited until they got opportunities and they’ve won the game”.

For the first time this season, Burman had all his outfield players available which has led to a new challenge of keeping the squad together, he commented: “I’m delighted we have a full squad, it’s competition for places”, he added: “I’ve got to keep as many people as I can happy and if they want to be successful and they’ve got ambition, they stay here in respect of the level they’re being offered”.

The Darts have negotiated two qualifying rounds so far, beating Barking of the Isthmian Division One North 3-1 at Princes Park. Dartford needed to come from behind to claim victory and progress in the competition.

Burgess Hill Town’s profile is similar to the side Dartford breezed past in the last round. Burman’s side beat Isthmian Premier League club Needham Market 6-1 away from home. The Marketmen won the Isthmian Division One North title the same year Burgess Hill Town won the south division, both sides accumulated over 100 points.

In their first season in the Isthmian Premier, Burgess Hill Town were reprieved whilst the Marketmen survived relegation by a point finishing a place above the Sussex club. Last season, the Hillians finished nineteenth and this term they sit in the same position with Needham Market one place lower.

Manager, Ian Chapman was in charge of the Hillians when they lost to the Darts three years ago and believes his side can cause an upset, he spoke to Mark Dunford of the Mid-Sussex Times and said: “We can win it, it’s not a game I am going ‘well that’s the end of that then’. It will be really difficult, we will have to be at our best and they will have to be poor but it’s a game we can win”.

The Darts will have to be on their toes as Chapman also points out that Burgess Hill Town have staged cup shocks before under his reign, he commented: “Since I have been at the club we have beat Chesham, Aldershot, Leatherhead, Sutton, Wealdstone when they were all in leagues above us – and in one case three leagues above”.

Burgess Hill Town will face Dartford as they try to reach the first round proper of the FA Cup for the first time in their history. Manager Ian Chapman believes it is not impossible for his side to pull off a shock against the National League South side. The Hillians have faced Dartford twice since Chapman has been at the club, losing 2-1 and 3-1 – the latter was at this stage in 2014. Chapman said: “They are decent outfit. Anytime you are playing sides from the league above they are going to be decent.

The Hillians have so far made it through three qualifying rounds starting with a 3-0 away win against Erith Town. Former Dartford striker Tony Garrod scored a brace and Pat Harding netted the other in the victory. Garrod played for the Darts 2011/12 National South playoff winning squad, making 5 starts, 27 substitute appearances and scoring five times, he’s been regular in the Burgess Hill Town starting eleven this term.

In the second qualifier, the Hillians threw away a three goal lead over Colney Heath. Pat Harding scored the opener and two from Brandon Diau put the visitors in command. However, the South Midlands League side staged a comeback to force a replay. Three days later, Burgess Hill Town repeated the score from the previous round with Pat Harding and another Garrod brace securing a tie with Wealdstone. The Hillians caused a dramatic upset winning 1-0 with Chiek Toure netting the winner in the last minute of the F.A Cup third round qualifier.

After a 5-0 league defeat against Lowestoft Town on the weekend, the Hillians will have no better opportunity to restore confidence than another cup upset. Yet in their league match before the heavy loss they had beaten Kingstonian 5-0, so at the moment goals are very much on the agenda.

Head to Head 
Burgess Hill Town wins: 1 / Dartford wins: 6 / Draws: 0

Previous Meetings

10.01.2015 Burgess Hill Town 1 Dartford 2
25.10.2014 Dartford 3 Burgess Hill Town 1
13.01.2007 Dartford 7 Burgess Hill Town 2
19.08.2006 Burgess Hill Town 1 Dartford 6
28.10.2003 Dartford 0 Burgess Hill Town 3
21.10.2003 Dartford 2 Burgess Hill Town 1
20.08.2003 Burgess Hill Town 0 Dartford 1

Current Form (all competitions)

Burgess Hill Town (LWWLLW) Dartford (WWLLWW)
Lowestoft Town H 0-5 Bognor Regis Town H 3-1
Kingstonian H 5-1 Needham Market A 6-1
Wealdstone H 1-0 Weston-super-Mare A 0-3
Horsham A 2-4 Cray Wanderers A 2-4
Tonbridge Angels H 0-1 Barking H 3-1
Colney Heath H 3-0 Eastbourne Borough H 4-2

Stats
Elliot Bradbrook, Ryan Hayes, Lee Noble, Andy Pugh and Danny Harris all featured in the last meeting against Burgess Hill Town.

Bradbrook failed to score in the F.A Cup in the last round for the first time since 26 September 2015, when the Darts lost to Uxbridge.

In all competitions, Dartford’s last clean sheet was over a month ago against Chippenham Town. Since then they have played six conceding 12. In first ten games the Darts only conceded just 5 goals.

Burgess Hill Town are looking to reach the F.A Cup first round for the first time in their history.

The Darts last went out to lower league opposition in an away F.A Cup tie 15 years ago. Dartford in the Southern League Eastern Division lost 1-0 in a replay to Carterton Town in the Hellenic League.

On This Day
Dartford have won their last three games on 14 October going back to 1989 when they won an F.A Cup third qualifying tie against Heybridge Swifts 1-0. Since then, the Darts beat Sittingbourne 3-1 in the Southern League Division One South and Godalming Town by the same score in 2006, Richard Avery, Anthony Hogg and Jay May scored in the Isthmian Division One South encounter.

Dartford v Bognor Regis Town

The Darts return to league action this weekend hosting last season’s Isthmian Premier playoff winners Bognor Regis Town at Princes Park.

Dartford bounced back from their last National South fixture that saw them lose 3-0 away to Weston-super-Mare. Tony Burman guided his side to the F.A Cup fourth qualifying round on Saturday with a comprehensive 6-1 win at Needham Market.

In the previous round the Darts had to keep their wits about them against lower league opposition, this time they negotiated any potential upset the Isthmian Premier side could pose. Alfie Pavey struck a first half hat-trick to put Dartford on their way. In the second half, Tom Murphy, Andy Pugh and Ryan Hayes added three more and it could have been more had Elliot Bradbrook not missed a penalty earlier on in the half.

Dartford created fond memories for the fans after last playing Bognor Regis Town in 2010. On the final day of the season having already clinched the Isthmian Premier League title, the Darts won 2-0 with Jamie Coyle scoring the Darts 100th goal of the campaign and Lee Noble adding the 101st. However, the fixture earlier in that season at Princes Park was a much tougher affair. Bognor Regis Town were bottom of the table, where they finished the campaign but it was future Dartford striker Jason Prior who grabbed the headlines in a 3-3 draw. Prior alerted Burman to his potential with a superb hat-trick. Danny Harris scored a brace for the Darts but it was right back Billy Burgess who saved Dartford’s blushes with a 94th minute equaliser.

Bognor Regis Town are still finding their feet in the National South and are eighteenth in the division, thirteen places below the Darts. The Sussex club may be waiting for their first league victory in the league, but they did manage their maiden away win of the season on the weekend. Also in F.A Cup action, the Rocks were paired up with rivals Eastbourne Borough in the third qualifying round. The tie was made even more tasty by the fact that former Bognor Regis Town boss, Jamie Howell now manages the Sports. Ollie Pearce scored both goals either side of the break to make sure the Rocks came out on top.

In their last league fixture Bognor Regis Town threw away a two goal lead with twenty minutes remaining. Pearce netted his fifth National South goal of the campaign in the first half before James Muitt made it 2-0 in the second half, also notching his fifth for the season. Gloucester City hit back when substitute Edward Williams scored a brace and rescued a point for the visitors.

One player who could make a return to Princes Park after a brief spell with the Darts is Ben Swallow. The winger was part of the 2013/14 National League squad that finished in the relegation zone but were reprieved. Swallow made 11 appearances with seven of those coming off the substitutes bench. This season he has been a regular in the Bognor Regis Town starting eleven having signed for the club in the summer from Havant and Waterlooville.

Head to Head
Dartford wins: 3 / Bognor Regis Town: 1 / Draws: 4

Previous Meetings

24.04.2010 Bognor Regis Town 0 Dartford 2
07.11.2009 Dartford 3 Bognor Regis Town 3
02.05.1981 Dartford 1 Bognor Regis Town 1
13.12.1980 Bognor Regis Town 2 Dartford 2
01.05.1980 Bognor Regis Town 2 Dartford 0
10.11.1979 Dartford 2 Bognor Regis Town 0

Current League Form

Dartford (LWWWDL) Bognor Regis Town (DLLLDL)
Weston-super-Mare A 0-3 Gloucester City H 2-2
Eastbourne Borough H 4-2 Hemel Hempstead Town A 1-3
Chippenham Town H 3-0 Wealdstone A 0-3
Whitehawk A 4-0 Hungerford Town H 1-2
Hampton & Richmond A 2-2 Chelmsford City A 0-0
East Thurrock United H 0-1 Eastbourne Borough H 0-1

Stats
Dartford have scored three or more goals in seven of their opening 15 matches. One less time than the first 15 games of the 2009/10 campaign when they were promoted at the end of the season.

The Darts are top scorers in the National South with 27 goals, one ahead of Braintree Town.

Bognor Regis Town have the third leakiest defence conceding 23 times, only Whitehawk (36) and Oxford City (27) have let in more goals.

On This Day
Dartford have only won once on 7 October since reforming and that was eleven years ago in the F.A Trophy Preliminary round against Ilford, the Darts ran out 4-1 winners on their way to second qualifying round. Dartford had to wait eight years to play on this day again, this time losing 1-0 away to Bristol Rovers in the National League. The match was marred by an incident where Dartford goalkeeper Jason Brown was racially abused by a Rovers fan. Aside from a 0-0 draw with Deal Town in 1995, the Darts have lost the other three outings with 18 goals being scored. Fisher Athletic won the Southern League Cup encounter 5-3 in 1997, Rothwell Town won 3-2 in 2000 and Bromley were victorious by the same score in the Kent Senior Cup in 2003.

Needham Market v Dartford

Dartford could move a step closer to the F.A Cup first round this weekend if they manage to avoid an upset against Needham Market.

The Darts travel to Suffolk for their third qualifying round tie knowing victory will put them within one more fixture of reaching the first round proper, which will be the fifth time in eight years. Needham Market, currently playing in the Isthmian Premier League have only progressed beyond this stage once, four years ago.

Tony Burman’s side suffered their second defeat of the season on Saturday, losing 3-0 at Weston-super-Mare. Only central defender Richard Sho-Silva was unavailable for selection, Mark Onyemah returned to the line-up whilst Duane Ofori-Acheampong was named amongst the bench four months after last playing for the Darts.

Critical of conceding two goals against Eastbourne Borough in the previous league game, Burman will be disappointed with conceding three more. Gethyn Hill scored a first half brace and Archie Collins added another as Weston-super-Mare brought the Darts down to earth. Having topped the National South table at the start of the day, the Darts dropped to fourth.

A fortnight ago, Dartford began their F.A Cup journey and although not at their best ran out 3-1 winners to Isthmian Division One North side Barking. Elliot Bradbrook put in a captain’s performance crowning his man of the match display with a hat-trick. Bradbrook twice scored from the penalty spot to help his team come from a goal down in an uncomfortable afternoon. The Essex League champions took the lead after Alfie Pavey scored at the wrong end giving Barking a shock lead.

Dartford last travelled to Suffolk in a F.A Cup fourth qualifying round match back in 2010 and were taken to a reply after a 0-0 draw with Leiston, three divisions below the Darts at the time. That run, seven years ago, ended in the first round at Port Vale, the first time in 21 years Dartford had reached that stage. Since then, Burman has guided the Darts to the first round on two more occasions and the second round almost three years ago, losing away to Bradford City.

Needham Market have yet to concede in this season’s F.A Cup having defeated Clapton and Chesham United on the way. Entering at the first qualifying round stage the Marketmen drew Clapton, two divisions below in the Essex League. The Suffolk side had to wait until just over an hour to break their opponents down through Gareth Heath, then two more followed from Luke Ingram and Callum Harrison in a 3-0 win.

Two weeks ago, Needham Market won at home against Southern Premier League side Chesham United. Harrison scored his second F.A Cup goal of the campaign after half an hour and four minutes into the second half Dan Morphew secured progression into the third qualifying round.

Former Dartford winger Jack Simmons is amongst the Marketmen’s ranks and is currently leading their assists chart. Simmons played for the Darts in 2015/16 making 29 appearances, 11 from the substitutes bench and scored the one goal.

Needham Market managed promotion from the Eastern Counties seven years ago, winning the title by a point. After four years in the Isthmian Division One North where they experienced three playoff defeats including a final, the Marketmen won the title by a single point again amassing 104 points and 101 goals. The Suffolk side finished 20th in the Isthmian Premier two seasons ago and ninth last term.

This season the Marketmen are in 14th in the Isthmian Premier after beating Harlow Town 3-1 on Tuesday night. Morphew, Heath and Sam Nunn all netted in the first half to earn the Suffolk side three points. Victory followed a 2-2 draw with Enfield Town and the F.A Cup win against Chesham United to extend their unbeaten run to three.

Current Form (all competitions)

Needham Market (WDWLDW) Dartford (LLWWWW)
Harlow Town A 3-1 Weston-super-Mare A 0-3
Enfield Town H 2-2 Cray Wanderers A 2-4
Chesham United H 2-0 Barking H 3-1
Lowestoft Town H 0-2 Eastbourne Borough H 4-2
Tooting & Mitcham United A 1-1 Chippenham Town H 3-0
Clapton A 3-0 Whitehawk A 4-0

Stats
Elliot Bradbrook has scored ten goals in his last five F.A Cup appearances.

There has been three or more goals in the last seven Dartford games.

Dartford have won their last three F.A Cup ties away from Princes Park all coming last season. The last time the Darts failed to score on their travels in the F.A Cup was in the 4-0 replay defeat at Port Vale in the first round in 2010.

The Darts last went out to lower league opposition in an away F.A Cup tie 15 years ago. Dartford in the Southern League Eastern Division lost 1-0 in a replay to Carterton Town in the Hellenic League. Since then Dartford have

On This Day
Dartford staged a late comeback to come from behind and beat Hyde in 2-1 at Princes Park. The visitors took the lead when Alex Brown hit a shot in the top corner. The Darts struggled to get going and when Harry Crawford missed a penalty it didn’t look like it would be Dartford’s day. Hyde had Adam Griffin red carded after picking up his second caution of the afternoon and from then on the Darts found some belief. Crawford levelled with a header and in stoppage time Richard Rose calmly chipped the ball into the Hyde net for the winner.

Weston-super-Mare v Dartford

League leaders Dartford make the long trip across the country on the weekend when they visit Weston-super-Mare in the National South.

With the top six separated by just a point the Darts superior goal difference keeps them above the rest for now, but they will be hoping to come back from the West country with a three point haul and their unbeaten away record intact.

Tony Burman was able to rest a number of regular starters on Tuesday night in the Kent Senior Cup tie against Cray Wanderers. The consequence of which was a 4-2 defeat to the Isthmian Premier League side, but the likes of Warren Mfula, Toby Ajala, Ronnie Vint, Alfie Cue, Tom Murphy and Keaton Wood started the match.

It was a second cup game in a few days for the Darts after they beat Barking 3-1 in the F.A Cup thanks to Elliot Bradbrook’s hat-trick. A feat he achieved against Weston-super-Mare last season in the 4-2 F.A Trophy triumph back in November.

Last season Dartford completed a treble against the Seagulls winning both National South fixtures and the F.A Trophy tie. At the Woodspring Stadium where they travel to on Saturday, the Darts won 2-1 with goals from Luke Wanadio and Ryan Hayes. The return fixture was just as close as Dartford edged out 3-2 winners.

After a break in league action, Burman’s side moved to the top in their last National South match against Eastbourne Borough. Victory was Dartford’s third in a row and sixth in the league this term. However, the Dartford boss still found something for his team to focus on, he commented to kentonline.co.uk: “We’ve been excellent with the chances created and defensively we’ve been good, although I was upset in the Eastbourne game”, he added: “We want to have the best defence in the league and we haven’t got that at the moment. It was taken away from us with those two goals”, he continued “It’s showing in the goal difference that we’ve converted a lot of chances and not let a lot of goals in. Being sloppy cost us last year and we’ve got to make sure that doesn’t happen again”.

Burman believes consistency will be important to mounting a title challenge this term, he said: “A lot of teams are playing on the same level and it’s going to be about who’s consistent – not so much creeping away but trying to get those wins. Draws are not going to be good results, you’ve got to win your games”.

Weston-super-Mare suffered a last minute defeat on the weekend as they went out of the F.A Cup to Bognor Regis Town. Tristan Plummer impressed for the Seagulls and his deflected effort off team mate Jake Reid gave Weston-super-Mare a half-time lead. The tables turned in the second half, after Bognor Regis Town equalised Jake Mawford was sent off for the Seagulls. In the last minute the hosts James Crane’s headed goal prevented a replay back at the Woodspring Stadium.

Marc McGregor’s side were involved in an entertaining six goal thriller in their last league outing. Away to Oxford City, Dayle Grubb gave Weston-super-Mare a lead after just two minutes but Oxford City levelled. The Seagulls were reduced to ten men when Aden Baldwin was red carded just before the half hour mark. Grubb put the ten men in front five minutes before the interval but the lead was overturned in the second half. Oxford City’s Reece Fleet equalised, then the Nomads had Freddie Grant sent off, but like the Seagulls Oxford City scored with ten men to lead for the first time in the match. New signing Irnti Rapai saved the match for Weston-super-Mare scoring his second for the club in as many matches.

Before the 3-3 draw, the Seagulls went to Chelmsford City, who were leading the table at the time and came back with a point. Albanian striker Irnti Rapai, who had signed from Olympiacos Lavriou FC made his debut and scored in a 1-1 draw.

The Seagulls, on a two match unbeaten league run showed character at the start of the month following a 4-1 defeat to Havant and Waterlooville. Weston-super-Mare hosted a struggling Wealdstone side and recorded a comfortable 5-1 victory. Dayle Grubb and Jake Reid both notched braces and a fifth in injury time by Jake Lee put the gloss on a decent performance.

Head to Head
Dartford wins: 7 / Weston-super-Mare wins: 2 / Draws: 4

Current League Form

Weston-super-Mare (DDWLLD) Dartford (WWWDLW)
Oxford City A 3-3 Eastbourne Borough H 4-2
Chelmsford City A 1-1 Chippenham Town H 3-0
Wealdstone H 5-1 Whitehawk A 4-0
Havant & Waterlooville H 1-4 Hampton & Richmond A 2-2
Truro City A 1-2 East Thurrock United H 0-1
Chippenham Town H 2-2 Hemel Hempstead A 0-3

Previous Meetings

17.01.2017 Dartford 3 Weston-super-Mare 2
26.11.2016 Weston-super-Mare 2 Dartford 4
20.08.2016 Weston-super-Mare 1 Dartford 2
05.03.2016 Weston-super-Mare 2 Dartford 1
13.09.2015 Dartford 2 Weston-super-Mare 1
12.11.2011 Dartford 1 Weston-super-Mare 1

Stats
It’s been six years since either side has failed to register a goal in this fixture. Dartford beat the Seagulls 4-0 on the opening day of the 2011/12 campaign.

Dartford have scored in each of their last five trips to Weston-super-Mare, last failing to score in 1997 when the Southern League South match ended without a goal.

Dartford’s five game unbeaten away start in the league is their best since the Isthmian Premier title winning side of 2009/10, when they won their opening nine away games.

Elliot Bradbrook is the division’s second highest goalscorer with 7 goals. The Darts captain is one behind Weston-super-Mare’s Dayle Grubb and Philip Roberts of Braintree Town.

On This Day
Dartford beat local rivals Maidstone United in the Isthmian Premier League at Sittingbourne’s Central Park. Steve Butterworth’s low drive from outside of the box made it 1-0 and the lead was doubled with Rob Haworth’s header. The Stones pulled a goal back in the second half through Meshach Nugent. That win ended a three game losing streak on 23 September having been beaten 2-1 on each occasion by Ashford Town in 2003, Histon in 2000 and Fisher Athletic in 1997.

Cray Wanderers v Dartford

The Darts are back in cup action for the second time this week as they take on Isthmian Premier League side Cray Wanderers in the Kent Senior Cup.

For the second year running Dartford have been drawn against the Wands, this time at the second round stage. Just under a year ago, the Darts negotiated the first round tie winning 2-1 at Hayes Lane. Approaching last October’s Kent Senior Cup tie as holders, Dartford were made to work hard to progress in the county competition. Cray Wanderers took the lead when Ben Mundele netted his first goal for the club. Tony Burman introduced Andy Pugh at half-time and the substitute came up with the goods with an equaliser. Duane Ofori-Acheampong, who is yet to feature this season due to injury scored the decisive goal to put the Darts into round two.

With a stronger squad than last term, Burman could well look at some of the players who have not featured as much so far this season. The Darts warmed up for the county cup tie by beating Isthmian Division One North side Barking on Saturday in the F.A Cup. Elliot Bradbrook had to put in a captains performance scoring a hat-trick to see off the Essex club. Barking took the lead when Alfie Pavey netted an own goal, but two Bradbrook penalties either side of his second strike earned Dartford a 3-1 triumph.

Leading the National South table, Dartford are 36 places above Cray Wanderers in the non-league pyramid. The Wanderers are currently in 12th with two wins, four draws and a defeat. On Saturday, they went head to head against another unbeaten side Lewes and it was the Sussex club that ended Cray Wanderers run. Lewes came from behind to win 2-1 as the Wands ended the match with nine men.

Cray Wanderers entered this season’s Kent Senior Cup at the first round and were drawn away to Thamesmead Town. Aaron Rhule opened the scoring, Anthony Adesite grabbed the second and Ralique Lawrence rounded of the 3-0 victory.

Current Form (all competitions)

Cray Wanderers (LDDWWW) Dartford (WWWWDL)
Lewes A 1-2 Barking H 3-1
Hastings United H 1-1 Eastbourne Borough H 4-2
Chipstead Town H 0-0 Chippenham Town H 3-0
Shoreham A 3-0 Whitehawk A 4-0
Molesey H 4-0 Hampton & Richmond A 2-2
Thamesmead Town A 3-0 East Thurrock United H 0-1

Previous Meetings

04.02.2017 Cray Wanderers 1 Dartford 2
15.10.2011 Cray Wanderers 1 Dartford 2
02.01.2010 Cray Wanderers 1 Dartford 2
26.12.2009 Dartford 1 Cray Wanderers 1
03.02.2007 Cray Wanderers 0 Dartford 0
18.11.2006 Cray Wanderers 4 Dartford 0

 

 

Dartford v Barking

Dartford begin their F.A Cup campaign at home to Essex League champions Barking, in the second qualifying round this weekend.

The Darts prepared by moving top of the National South on goal difference following two victories in the space of three days. Eastbourne Borough were the latest victims at Princes Park even though the arrived in Kent unbeaten in their last eight games. Warren Mfula and Duane Ofori-Acheampong were both unavailable but recovering from injuries, whilst Mark Onyemah missed Tuesday’s game for family reasons, Danny Harris returned to action.

Alex Brown gave the Darts the lead with a shot from just outside the box and in the second half Alfie Pavey headed home for 2-0. A third arrived when Elliot Bradbrook notched his seventh of the season. The visitors managed to pull a goal back before Andy Pugh restored the three goal cushion. Tom Murphy made it 4-1, but there was still time for the Sports to earn a consolation as the game finished 4-2.

Dartford’s confidence is growing and with a competitive squad it will give Tony Burman a chance to look at others, who have been on the fringes of the starting eleven. Although the upset two years ago when the Darts went out to Uxbridge will serve as warning. Last term, Dartford made it to the F.A Cup first round going out in an entertaining 6-3 defeat to one of last season’s giant killers Sutton United.

Eleven and a half years have gone by since Dartford played Barking, although back then had merged with East Ham United. A pair of 2-2 draws in the Southern Division One East took place in 2005 and 2006. The previous season Barking and East Ham United won both league matches including a 6-1 away win in March 2005.

Fortunes have changed since then, Dartford’s homecoming led to promotions up the non league pyramid. Barking and East Ham United folded in 2006. Barking became the new club of the town and for the last eleven campaigns played in the Essex League which they won with 100 points and 125 goals last season.

The Blues still overhauled their squad in preparation for the Isthmian Division One North, only captain Ben O’Brien, Max Watters, Steve Willis and Timi Abiola have featured this term and were part of the championship winning side. Glen Colby was another member and the joint manager resigned recently leaving Justin Gardner in charge.

Barking’s F.A Cup journey started a month ago in the preliminary round against Saffron Walden Town of the Eastern Counties League. The home tie ended 0-0 with the Blues dominating possession but failing to breakdown their opponents. The replay three days later made up for a lack of goals as the two teams entertained in a seven goal thriller.

After falling behind, Barking’s Dan Gilchrist levelled and took the lead courtesy of Abs Seymour’s free kick. The lead was surrendered but Seymour had the Blues ahead again from a free kick, only for Saffron Walden Town to equalise once more. The winner came from Billy Jones and when captain Ben O’Brien was dismissed eight minutes from time the visitors piled on the pressure, but the Blues held out 4-3. In the following round the  cup tie was more straight forward against Gorleston, also of the Eastern Counties League. Goals from Theo Ola, a brace from Gilchrist and one for Alan Smalls meant a comfortable 4-0 triumph for Barking. The Blues have won their last three, the last two in the league against Grays Athletic o Saturday and Ware on Tuesday.

Head to Head
Dartford wins: 2 / Barking wins 3 / Draws: 2

Previous Meetings (^ – Eastern Floodlit Cup)

25.02.2006 Barking & East Ham Utd 2 Dartford 2
25.10.2005 Dartford 2 Barking & East Ham Utd 2
05.04.2005 Barking & East Ham Utd 1 Dartford 0
13.03.2005 Dartford 1 Barking & East Ham Utd 6
10.02.1981^ Barking 3 Dartford 1
24.11.1980^ Dartford 8 Barking 2
05.08.1980^ Dartford 2 Barking 0

Current League Form

Dartford (WWDLWW) Barking (WWWLLW)
Eastbourne Borough H 4-2 Ware A 1-0
Chippenham Town H 3-0 Grays Athletic H 3-1
Whitehawk A 4-0 Gorleston A 4-0
Hampton & Richmond A 2-2 Witham Town A 0-1
East Thurrock United H 0-1 Heybridge Swifts H 0-1
Hemel Hempstead Town A 3-0 Saffron Walden Town A 4-3

F.A Cup Stats
Since 2010, the Darts have reached the first round proper four times, including the run to the second round seasons ago.

In those seven years, Dartford have won nine out of ten against lower league opposition in the F.A Cup.

Barking last reached the second qualifying round in 1999 as Barking and East Ham United, they went a step further but were knocked out in the next round.

Since reforming as Barking in 2006, the Blues have only got past the preliminary stages once. Eleven years ago, they went out to Chelmsford City.

On This Day
Dartford thrashed Hemel Hempstead 9-2 away from home in 1972. The Darts won the first qualifying round in style eventually reaching the fourth qualifying round stage. Five years earlier, Dartford beat local rivals Gravesend and Northfleet 4-0 at Watling Street. In 1989, a win over Redbridge Forest set the Darts on their way to the first round. The first game of their run ended 4-2 with the story ending in a replay down in Exeter against the Grecians. Since then, Dartford drew 0-0 with Chertsey Town in 2000 and lost 2-0 to Hastings United in 2006.

Dartford v Eastbourne Borough

Dartford closed the gap at the top on the weekend and up next is an Eastbourne Borough side unbeaten in eight league games.

The Darts are gaining momentum and after beating Chippenham Town on Saturday found themselves two points off top spot in third place. In the space of a week, Dartford have hit seven goals without reply and now boast the best attack and second best defence.

Tony Burman stuck Keaton Wood in the first eleven to replace the injured Danny Harris, in the only change from the 4-0 win at Whitehawk. Warren Mfula and Duane Ofori-Acheampong were both unavailable but recovering from injuries, whilst Tom Murphy made a return from off the bench.

Ryan Hayes inspired Dartford to a 3-0 win at home to Chippenham by creating the first two goals then scoring the third. In a man of the match performance the winger provided an excellent cross for Alfie Pavey to head home his fourth in six games. The second assist came from another cross to Andy Pugh who slid in at the far post to extend the lead. With the points secure, Hayes made sure with a calm finish curling the ball into the far corner of the Chippenham Town net, Hayes’ second goal in as many games.

Similar to the Darts, Eastbourne Borough prefer stability with only five managers appointed in the last 34 years. So this summer when the Sports changed who’s in charge they were also making a statement. After ten years as a player at Bognor Regis Town and seven years as a manager, Jamie Howell shocked the Rocks with his switch to their Sussex rivals replacing Tommy Widdrington at Priory Lane.

Howell made a slow start losing his first two games at the helm with a pair of 3-2 defeats at home to Braintree Town and away to Havant and Waterlooville. Despite the losses, the Sports picked up where they left of last season amongst the top scorers in the league, last term they were the fifth highest scorers. The Sussex club have not tasted defeat since the second game of the season, getting off the mark with a 1-1 draw at Hampton and Richmond Borough, doubling their tally with a 0-0 draw at home to Welling United then winning four of their next five, including the 1-0 away victory over Howell’s former club Bognor Regis Town.

On Saturday, the Sports maintained their unbeaten run taking it to eight but had to work hard for a result. Two goals in first half stoppage time put St Albans City in command, former Dart Tom Gardiner scoring the first and Zane Banton the other. Eastbourne Borough came back when former Maidstone United player Emmanuel Odubade pulled a goal back from the spot with the penalty conceded by ex Dartford defender Tom Bender, and in the last minute Sergio Torres turned the defeat into a draw.

The man currently in form is striker Jamie Taylor who has netted five times in his last five appearances. Added to the midfield experience of Torres, who signed from rivals Whitehawk in the summer it’s no surprise the Sports can be potent in attack. The Darts will be familiar with goalkeeper Bailey Vose, who had a spell with Dartford last season covering for Deren Ibrahim whilst on international duty. Vose played three times keeping one clean sheet in his loan spell from Brighton and Hove Albion.

Head to Head
Dartford wins: 8 / Eastbourne Borough: 4 / Draws: 2

Previous Meetings

08.04.2017 Dartford 4 Eastbourne Borough 3
16.08.2011 Eastbourne Borough 2 Dartford 3
20.02.2016 Eastbourne Borough 1 Dartford 1
11.08.2015 Dartford 1 Eastbourne Borough 0
03.04.2012 Eastbourne Borough 0 Dartford 1
29.11.2011 Dartford 2 Eastbourne Borough 1

Current League Form

Dartford (WWDLWW) Eastbourne Borough(DWWWDW)
Chippenham Town H 3-0 St Albans City A 2-2
Whitehawk A 4-0 Concord Rangers H 3-1
Hampton & Richmond A 2-2 Chippenham Town H 4-2
East Thurrock United H 0-1 Bognor Regis Town A 1-0
Hemel Hempstead Town A 3-0 Wealdstone H 1-1
Oxford City H 7-1 Truro City A 1-0

Stats
Since going 2-0 down at Hampton and Richmond Borough, the Darts have gone nine goal without reply.

Dartford have kept four clean sheets out of six home league games this season, last achieved in 1988 when they conceded just three times in that spell, This time the Darts have let in just two.

It’s still a long way off the record set in 1896 when Dartford scored 36 and conceded once in their opening seven Southern League Division Two home games, which included six clean sheets.

On This Day
Dartford start their F.A Cup campaign next weekend and eight years on 12 September they began their journey at Chipstead. The Darts led the Isthmian Premier League dropping just two points in their opening seven games and were in no mood to suffer an upset to a side a division below. Tony Burman faced former Dartford striker and team mate Micky Collins in the dugout and watched on as the Darts won 6-1. Ryan Hayes scored a free kick in the first minute and Lee Burns added a second goal five minutes later. Billy Burgess headed his first goal for the Darts before half-time to give the Darts a 3-0 lead at the break. In the second half, Dartford added another three when James White scored before Chipstead netted a penalty, Rob Haworth made it 5-1 and Adam Gross finished the rout with a rasping 30 yard volley.

Dartford v Chippenham Town

Dartford host Southern Premier League champions Chippenham Town this weekend in the first ever match between the two clubs.

The Darts approach their tenth game of the season after their mid-week win against bottom of the table Whitehawk. In a dominant first half display, Dartford took lead after just eight minutes when Alfie Pavey poked in the opener. The lead was doubled half way through the first period with Ryan Hayes’ low strike. On the stroke of half-time, Elliot Bradbrook tapped home Lyle Della-Verde’s cross. Della-Verde became the goalscorer in second half stoppage time to net the Darts fourth.

Tuesday’s fixture saw the return of goalkeeper Deren Ibrahim from international duty with Gibraltar. Strikers, Warren Mfula was missing from the matchday squad with a groin strain and Duane Ofori-Acheampong is recovering from injury. During the 4-0 win, Danny Harris was replaced in the first half with Keaton Wood taking his place, although Harris could still feature. Tom Murphy is available for squad selection and Ronnie Vint is looking to get back into the first eleven.

Last weekend, the Darts came from two goals down to earn a draw with Hampton and Richmond Borough. Andy Pugh scored his first goal of the season and Elliot Bradbrook netted the equaliser. Tony Burman’s side suffered a 1-0 defeat to East Thurrock United in their previous fixture at Princes park, which ended an unbeaten run of six league games including the 7-1 home win against Oxford City and 2-0 home victory over Concord Rangers.

Now top scorers in the National South and with one of the best defences, Tony Burman is pleased with the start of the 2017/18 campaign, he told www.kentonline.co.uk: “Under the circumstances, with players missing still, we’ve done well. We’ve conceded six goals but one of those was a penalty and three were from free-kicks, so we’re not getting torn apart in open play. Defensively, we’ve been sound and we’ve had enough clean sheets to say that’s a decent start to the season”, he added: “We’ve had a lot of goals and I’ve always said that if you’re creating chances, you’ve got the opportunity to score. I’m not looking at one particular person to do it, it needs to be shared about. I’m pleased with the start. We’re slightly under target but hopefully we’ll get that changed in the coming games”.

Chippenham Town’s form is mixed as they settle in the National South, the first time the club has played at this level. After an opening day draw with newly promoted Havant and Waterlooville, the Bluebirds announced themselves to the division with an excellent 5-2 win at Bath City. After four games without victory, the Wiltshire club bagged their second at home to Oxford City to end August.

This month started with a 4-2 reverse at Eastbourne Borough in which they let the lead slip twice. On Tuesday night, Chippenham Town made sure they stayed in front after an early goal from David Pratt and a second by Jake Andrews.

Pratt who signed for Mark Collier’s Bluebirds from Bath City is now on five goals for the campaign, the striker also was amongst the goals in this division when he played for Basingstoke Town. Partnering Pratt up front is experienced striker Andrew Sandell, who has a decent record with the Bluebirds in front of goal and came up against the Darts for Newport County in the National League four years ago.

Chippenham Town were rewarded for their patience last season by becoming Southern League champions. The Wiltshire club won promotion in 2001 as runners-up from the Southern League Division One West, a year after losing the F.A Vase final to Deal Town. Another promotion followed as they finished second again, this time moving up to the Southern Premier League. Since then Chippenham Town reached the playoff final three times but kept falling at the final hurdle. Eventually and deservedly, the Bluebirds won the league last season with an impressive 103 points.

Saturday’s match is the first of three home matches in a week for the Darts,

Current League Form

Chippenham Town (WLWDDL) Dartford (WDLWWW)
Gloucester City H 2-0 Whitehawk A 4-0
Eastbourne Borough A 2-4 Hampton & Richmond A 2-2
Oxford City H 3-2 East Thurrock United H 0-1
Weston-super-Mare A 2-2 Hemel Hempstead Town A 3-0
East Thurrock United H 2-2 Oxford City H 7-1
Poole Town H 0-1 Concord Rangers H 2-0

Stats
Dartford are now the top scorers in the National South with 20 goals and have the second best defence.

The Darts kept their fifth clean sheet in nine games on Tuesday night and remain unbeaten away from home.

Chippenham Town are early starters, in 5 games out of 9 they have scored in the opening ten minutes.

In David Pratt’s first spell with Chippenham Town he was red carded after three seconds, a record set in 2008.

On This Day
Dartford last won on 9 September back in 1998 when they beat Reading Town 3-0 in a F.A Cup preliminary round replay, the first game ended 0-0 three days earlier. The Darts lost their next two games on this day, 1-0 against Spalding United in 2000 and 2-0 versus Hastings United in 2006. Two years later Dartford secured a 1-1 draw at home to Heybridge Swifts and three years ago a last gasp Harry Crawford goal earned a 2-2 draw with Eastleigh. The Darts were 2-0 down in the National League fixture and were given hope when Elliot Bradbrook scored. The comeback was complete in stoppage time by Crawford.

Hampton and Richmond Borough v Dartford

The Darts aim to bounce back this weekend at Hampton and Richmond Borough after suffering their first defeat of the season.

Bank Holiday Monday was a game too far for the Darts as they went down 1-0 at home to East Thurrock United. The first home defeat in the National League South in their last nine was only the third at Princes Park in the league since the start of last season. Loan goalkeeper, Jordan Beeney could only tip Reece Harris’ free kick onto the crossbar for Sam Higgins to score the rebound. Dartford dropped to sixth in the league standings after seven matches, six points behind leaders Chelmsford City.

Tony Burman looked back on the Monday’s match wondering if he should have started Andy Pugh, he commented to www.kentonline.co.uk: “Warren (Mfula) has done brilliantly for us and it was probably a game too many”. Burman decided to stick with a winning team and with Tom Murphy and Duane Ofori-Acheampong still injured, Pugh would have been the other option up front. Deren Ibrahim will also be unavailable as he is on international duty with Gibraltar, so Beeney will start his second match on loan.

The Darts now turn their focus on maintaining an unbeaten away record after consecutive draws, against Braintree Town and Havant and Waterlooville, followed by the 3-0 Bank Holiday weekend win at Hemel Hempstead Town. So far in 2017, Dartford have lost just three on the road but have chalked up only five victories, seven matches have ended all square.

Hampton and Richmond Borough were fast out of the blocks last season, but not so much this time. The Beavers are the lowest scorers with five goals yet their defence has only conceded six. Manager, Alan Dowson has been in the loan market to improve attacking options recently signing Bradley Hudson-Odoi from Sutton United and Noel Mbo from Gillingham.

At the Beveree, the Middlesex have only lost once this term and that was their last match at home. Havant and Waterlooville struck a last minute winner courtesy of Wes Fogden. On Bank Holiday Monday, the Beavers reversed the scoreline winning 1-0 themselves against Welling United, Ryan Moss scoring the decisive goal on five minutes.

A slower start than expected, Hampton and Richmond Borough are currently fourteenth in the league standings. Dowson led his side to the playoffs four months ago at the expense of Poole Town and Hungerford Town, albeit finishing seventh in the National South. This time finishing seventh will be good enough to reach the playoffs on merit. The Beavers boss set his objectives at the start of the campaign believing his side will be challenging for promotion.

Dartford’s last trip to the Beveree ended in misery as a newly promoted Hampton and Richmond Borough took the Darts apart. Christian Jolley put the Beavers ahead on eight minutes charging down Deren Ibrahim’s clearance, but Danny Harris had Dartford level.  Just after Jolley was substituted, still dazed from Ibrahim’s failed clearance, the Beavers regained the lead through Michael Kamara. An own goal by Tom Bonner and a Nicke Kabamba deflected shot gave the Middlesex club a 4-1 win.

In the return fixture at Princes Park it was the Darts turn to outplay their opponents. Elliot Bradbrook drilled in a rebound for his 23rd goal in all competitions. A well worked team goal and quality finish from Alex Brown extended the lead before half time. Former Dartford player, Nathan Collier headed in for Hampton and Richmond Borough, but the three points were secure once Ronnie Vint netted the third.

Collier is still at Hampton and Richmond Borough and has started every game for the Beavers this season. Former Dartford, striker Harry Crawford is also part of the squad and has made just two starts since joining from Welling United this summer.

Head to Head
Hampton and Richmond Borough wins: 4 / Dartford wins: 4 / Draws: 0

Current League Form

Hampton & Richmond Borough             (WLLLDW) Dartford (LWWWDD)
Welling United A 1-0 East Thurrock United H 0-1
Havant & Waterlooville H 0-1 Hemel Hempstead Town A 3-0
Braintree Town A 1-2 Oxford City H 7-1
Hemel Hempstead Town A 0-1 Concord Rangers H 2-0
Eastbourne Borough H 1-1 Havant & Waterlooville A 0-0
Oxford City H 1-0 Braintree Town A 2-2

Previous Meetings

17.04.2017 Dartford 3 Hampton & Richmond Borough 1
29.08.2016 Hampton & Richmond Borough 4 Dartford 1
21.01.2012 Hampton & Richmond Borough 1 Dartford 3
20.08.2011 Dartford 2 Hampton & Richmond Borough 1
19.02.2011 Dartford 0 Hampton & Richmond Borough 4
17.08.2010 Hampton & Richmond Borough 1 Dartford 0

Stats
It will be the third game in a row in which the opposition has fielded a former Dartford player if Collier or Crawford start. Charlie Sheringham and Callum Driver lined up against the Darts for Hemel Hempstead Town. Lee Burns, Max Cornhill, Femi Akinwande and Lewis Smith started for East Thurrock United United, taking the tally up to six former Darts in the last two games.

Dartford have kept two clean sheets in a row away from home, they have kept three in a row since October 2016.

The Darts last went three away matches unbeaten at the start of the season in 2011. An opening day win at Weston- Super-Mare was followed up with draws against Dover Athletic and Chelmsford City. In 2009, Dartford won their opening nine away matches in the Isthmian Premier League.

On This Day
Eleven years has past since Dartford comprehensively beat Tunbridge Wells in the F.A Cup preliminary round 5-0, however the Darts went out at the next stage to Hastings United. The victory against Wells was the last in an unbeaten run on fixtures taking place on 2 September that stretched back to 1978, a total of six games. The last fixture on this day was nine years ago at home to Carshalton Athletic in the Isthmian Premier League. Goals from Jamie Day and John Guest were not enough in a 3-2 defeat.