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Dartford v Slough Town

Dartford will be hoping to get back to winning ways this weekend when they host Southern Premier League Playoff winners Slough Town in the National South. 

It’s not often the Princes Park dugouts are going to be slightly crowded, with both sides being guided by joint managers. Adam Flanagan and Jamie Coyle will be in the ‘black and white corner’ attempting to record a seventh league win in nine games, whilst the visitors will be led by Neil Baker and Jon Underwood. 

The same two managers were in charge of Slough Town when Dartford last played the Rebels in the 2016/2017 season. The Darts drew the Berkshire side in the F.A Cup third qualifying round with the tie played at Arbour Park. On a difficult afternoon, Dartford were made to work for their 3-2 victory with two late goals, against the then leaders of the Southern Premier League. Elliot Bradbrook made amends for his early own goal with an equaliser and his 100th for the Darts. Deren Ibrahim gave a penalty away for James Dobson, scorer of five National South goals this term, to put Slough Town ahead. With seven minutes to go, Bradbrook scored his second of the game and in the final minute Andy Pugh coolly finished a good move to send Dartford through. 

On Tuesday night, Flanagan and Coyle handed a debut to new signing Dan Darbyshire, when Dartford hosted Torquay United. The striker signed a professional contract with Queens Park Rangers in March 2017, but left the London club this summer. Tom Bonner returned from illness and a hamstring injury, Andre Coker was back in the starting eleven, Kudus Oyenuga replaced Charlie Sheringham and Elliot Bradbrook was rested. 

Despite a 2-0 defeat Dartford could find some positives in their performance as they created chances in the first half. However, second half goals from Ruairi Keating and the National South’s top scorer Jamie Reid fired Torquay United to the top of the league. Coyle spoke to www.kentonline.co.uk after the game and said: “The first half was the best we’ve played all season. I don’t think anyone could grumble if we went in three or four up. They cleared two or three off the line, we’ve hit the outside of the post and we had 14 attempts on target in the first half. To do that against a side of their quality, a full-time team, there’s loads of positives to take out of that but unfortunately it summarises our season”. Coyle described the Darts attacking qualities are ‘lacking punch’, he added: “We still need to look at that area because although the boys have given a real good shift and created some brilliant chances, we need to be more ruthless in front of goal”.

Dartford remain in sixth place and are now six points behind the new leaders Torquay United. Prior Tuesday’s fixture the Darts were on good form with six wins in the seven outings leading up to the 2-0 loss.

Last weekend, the Slough Town exited the F.A Cup in the second round for a second year in a row. Hosting Gillingham at Arbour Park they fell to a Darren Oldaker strike, but made a decent account for themselves against a side sitting three divisions higher. It was the eighth time the Rebels reached the second round of the competition in their history. 

It’s been three weeks since Slough Town’s last league game having beat Sutton United on penalties in round one of the F.A Cup, then losing 3-2 against Weston-super-Mare in the F.A Trophy. Focusing on cup competitions means the Berkshire club with up to three games in hand on those above them. 

At the moment, the Rebels are in fourteenth and five points from a playoff place, which is their target this season. Neil Baker spoke on the Non League Football Show podcast last week and commented: “We’re always looking to try and progress so you have to put the target of the playoffs in there. When there is six playoff places up for grabs it gives you an opportunity. You really need to be in and around the mid-table mark after the Christmas period and in touching distance to have that opportunity”, the joint manager added: “We’ve got one or two games in hand on pretty much everyone, we win one of those and we’re right back in touch. We’re delighted on where we are at the moment”.

Last season’s Southern Premier League playoff winners started their campaign getting used to their new surrounding picking up two wins and two draws in August from seven games. However, Slough Town excelled in September winning all four league matches beating Chelmsford City, Oxford City, Eastbourne Borough and Hungerford Town. Although they have lost three of their last five in the National South over the last two months, they are still in a healthy position. 

Dartford faced an in-form striker on Tuesday night and this weekend they may have to again. Slough Town’s, Mathew Stevens has scored 11 goals in all competitions having made 19 appearances so far, the 20-year-old has found his goal scoring form since the hat-trick he netted against Eastbourne Borough in September. In the National South, the former Peterborough United striker who signed for Slough Town this summer has scored six in his last seven games.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 3 / Slough Town wins: 0 / Draws: 0

Current League Form

Dartford (LWWWLW) Slough Town (LWDLLW)
Torquay United H 0-2 Woking H 0-1
Hampton & Richmond A 1-0 Concord Rangers H 1-0
Oxford City H 3-2 Hemel Hempstead Town A 1-1
Gloucester City A 2-1 St Albans City A 2-3
Truro City A 1-3 Welling United A 1-2
Dulwich Hamlet H 2-1 Hungerford Town H 2-0

Previous Meetings

01.10.2016 Slough Town 2 Dartford 3
29.10.1988 Slough Town 1 Dartford 2
10.01.1981 Dartford 4 Slough Town 1

Stats

The Darts have a 100% record against Slough Town winning all three meetings.

Dartford’s failure to score on Tuesday night ended a run of scoring in nine consecutive league games.

Slough Town have lost their last four away games in the National South.

On This Day

Dartford came close to causing a F.A Cup upset in 1984 when they drew 1-1 with AFC Bournemouth in the second round. Guided by John Still, the Darts took the lead through Steve Robinson. The Cherries equalised to force a replay which they won 4-1, and so Harry Redknapp’s side went on to earn a dream tie with Manchester United. Aside from the last match Dartford played on 8 December, the Darts have a good record on this day. Defeat at home to Lincoln City in 2012 ended an unbeaten run stretching back to 1962 over eight games. In 2001, Dartford were involved in a nine goal thriller beating Burnham 5-4 in the Southern League Division One East.

Dartford v Torquay United

Dartford’s exit from the F.A Trophy last week leaves them concentrating on the National South and next up is Torquay United at Princes Park. 

It was only twelve years ago since the Darts were competing for the Isthmian Division One North title, whilst Torquay United were battling to keep their Football League status. Although the two sides have met since then, back in the 2014/15 campaign, it’s the first time they have come up against each other in the National South.

The Darts last hosted the Seagulls just over four years ago in the National League. Torquay United were the big draw for the division back then and Dartford managed to draw 0-0, however it could have been better had Elliot Bradbrook not grazed the top of the crossbar from the penalty spot. At the end of that season Dartford were relegated and four years on Torquay United followed.

A week ago, Dartford were knocked out of the F.A Trophy by a former player in a dramatic finale to match. The replay took place after Kudus Oyenuga scored a late equaliser at Eastbourne Borough in a 1-1 draw. Once again Dartford found themselves behind in the tie when Dean Cox’s brace put the Sports in control. In the final minute of the ninety Andre Coker gave Dartford hope and in injury time academy player Taylor Fisher scored on only his second appearance. Heading into extra time, ex Dartford defender Tom Gardiner popped up with a header to knock out his former side.

Taylor Fisher who started the first game against Eastbourne Borough to make his debut, was trusted to come off the bench last week. Joint Manager, Adam Flanagan spoke to www.kentonline.co.uk and praised the academy set up, he commented: “We’ve got some good young lads, it’s trying to build the environment where they can come into the team and perform well”, he added: “Taylor got an opportunity on Saturday and he took it. We’ve got Liam Gillies who is a potential prospect as well. There will be opportunities during the season for him to get minutes”, he continued: “We haven’t got a massive squad so there will be opportunities for these young players and we’ve got the confidence to throw them in”.

Only second defeat in eight competitive games, however they remain the form team in the National South with six wins from the last seven outings. At home in the league, the Darts are five unbeaten picking up 13 points from the last 15 available at Princes Park.
Captain, Tom Bonner is set to return from injury whilst former skipper Elliot Bradbrook returns after missing the F.A Trophy replay due to work commitments. Andy Pugh is still on the road to recovery from his leg break in pre-season.

Torquay United made a slow start to life in the National South and as early as September sacked Gary Owers after defeat to Chippenham Town. In came the experienced Gary Johnson, who is yet to taste a league defeat with his new club. The Gulls have won five and drawn three since Johnson’s appointment and have moved from 14th to third in the table.

Johnson has had international managerial experience with Latvia, won the F.A Trophy, National League and League Two with Yeovil Town then returned to the club to guide them to the Championship for the first time in the Glovers history. The 63 year old also led Bristol City to the Championship and Cheltenham Town back into the Football League.

Dartford boss, Flanagan recognises the influence Torquay United’s new boss has had since joining the Devonshire club, he said: “Since Gary Johnson’s gone there he has improved them. There’s a connection with his son so he’s had a few loans from Bristol City. The feedback is that they are the best team in the league. If you want to be in the mix then you need to challenge yourselves against these teams”.

The Darts will need to watch out for Jamie Reid, the striker has managed 12 goals this term and is the second highest scorer in the National South. The former Exeter City forward has his current total in Torquay United’s last 11 league games, including a hat-trick against Eastbourne Borough. Saikou Jennah has also been hitting the target of late with his trio of goals versus Concord Rangers and brace against Billericay Town recently. On Saturday, Torquay United visited newly promoted Dulwich Hamlet and goals from Reid and Jennah made sure of the three points.

Victory for the Devonshire club moved them into third place and a point behind league leaders Welling United. The Darts moved down to sixth on the weekend because they were without a fixture, but Flanagan and Coyle’s side are only four points from the top of the National League.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 0 / Torquay United wins: 0 / Draws: 2

Current League Form

Dartford (WWWLWW) Torquay United
Hampton & Richmond A 1-0 Dulwich Hamlet A 2-0
Oxford City H 3-2 Concord Rangers H 4-1
Gloucester City A 2-1 St Albans City H 4-1
Truro City A 1-3 Billericay Town H 2-2
Dulwich Hamlet H 2-1 Weston-super-Mare A 2-2
Chippenham Town A 2-1 Wealdstone A 0-3

Previous Meetings

04.04.2015 Torquay United 1 Dartford 1
23.08.2014 Dartford 0 Torquay United 0

Stats

The Darts top the form guide over the last six games, one point ahead of Torquay United in second place.

The Gulls are unbeaten in their last nine away games making them the form team on the road.

Dartford and Torquay United have scored in each of the last nine league matches.

The Darts have scored two or more in their last five league matches at home. Torquay United have scored two or more in their last five away games in the National South.

On This Day

Dartford last won in the league on 4 December back in 1990 when they hosted Cambridge City in a Southern Premier League fixture, the Darts won 2-0. Since then they have been knocked out of the Kent Senior Cup in 1993 losing 5-1 to Folkestone Invicta, drew 0-0 with Dulwich Hamlet three years later in the F.A Trophy and lost 2-1 to Corby Town in the Southern League South in 1999. Since the turn of the millennium, 14 years ago the Darts drew 2-2 with Boreham Wood in the Southern League Division One East, beat Whitstable Town in the Isthmian League Cup in 2007 and lost their last fixture on this day 1-0 away to Nuneaton Town in the National League. In 1989, Dartford did record a comprehensive 5-0 triumph over Wealdstone in the Southern League Cup second round.

Dartford v Eastbourne Borough

Dartford face Eastbourne Borough for a third time this season when they host the Sussex side in the F.A Trophy third qualifying round replay.

The Darts had to leave it late on the weekend to force a replay after falling behind at Priory Lane on Saturday. The Sports took the lead in the second half when the experienced striker Dean Cox hit a low shot into the bottom corner of Bailey Vose’s goal. With four minutes remaining the Darts salvaged a result to remain in the competition when Kudus Oyenuga equalised to earn a rematch at Princes Park.

History repeated itself on the weekend as seven years ago Dartford drew Eastbourne Borough in the F.A Trophy third qualifying round. The tie went to a replay after a 0-0 draw at Priory Lane, Lee Noble and Tom Bonner were the only members of the current squad involved that day. The Darts won at the second attempt with goals from Tom Champion and Danny Harris, the Sports halved the deficit through former Dart, Carl Rook.

Dartford have already hosted the Sports this season when they met in the league at Princes Park. Playing his first game back at Dartford’s home since returning to the club, Charlie Sheringham scored then later got sent off on a dramatic afternoon. The Darts needed to come from behind twice in September having conceded when ex Dart, Dave Martin opened the scoring on twelve minutes. Sheringham levelled the match converting from the penalty spot, but just after half-time Eastbourne Borough regained the lead through Emmanuel Odubade. Sheringham received his second yellow card leaving the hosts a man short for the final twelve minutes. Against the odds, Elliot Bradbrook equalised in stoppage time to earn the Darts a vital point in the National South.

If the last three home clashes with Eastbourne Borough are to go by then plenty of goals should be expected. As well as the 2-2 draw two months ago, the Darts scored four in the two meetings before that. Last season, the two sides met at Princes Park in a contest that had a major talking point. It was one way traffic in the first half as Alex Brown had Dartford ahead going into the break. Ryan Hayes, on his 400th appearance for the club set up Alfie Pavey on the hour with his corner and Elliot Bradbrook’s header four minutes later made it 3-0. Jamie Taylor pulled a goal back with six minutes remaining, but shortly afterwards it was 4-1. A quick free-kick was taken by the Sports which rebounded off the grounded Hayes, who was a few yards away. The referee controversially played on as the ball broke to Tom Murphy who scored. Eastbourne Borough managed a late consolation when Lee Noble scored an own goal.

In the campaign before that 4-2 victory, the Darts had to hold out in a seven goal thriller. Andy Pugh, Luke Wanadio, Ryan Hayes and Elliot Bradbrook had Dartford 4-1 before the Sports staged a late fightback which fell just short, Dartford hung on to win 4-3.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 10 / Eastbourne Borough wins: 4  / Draws: 4

Current Form (all competitions *-Sussex Senior Cup / ^-F.A Trophy)

Dartford (DWWWLW) Eastbourne Borough (DLLWWL)
Eastbourne Borough A 1-1^ Dartford H 1-1^
Hampton & Richmond A 1-0 Bath City A 0-1
Oxford City H 3-2 Concord Rangers A 0-3
Gloucester City A 2-1 Hungerford Town H 3-1
Truro City A 1-3 Eastbourne United A 5-0*
Dulwich Hamlet H 2-1 Chelmsford City A 2-3

Previous Meetings

24.11.2018 Eastbourne Borough 1 Dartford 1
08.09.2018 Dartford 2 Eastbourne Borough 2
14.04.2018 Eastbourne Borough 0 Dartford 1
12.09.2017 Dartford 4 Eastbourne Borough 2
08.04.2017 Dartford 4 Eastbourne Borough 3
16.08.2011 Eastbourne Borough 2 Dartford 3

Stats

Dartford are 12 games unbeaten against the Sports winning eight and drawing four.

Prior this season’s draw at Princes Park, the Darts had beaten Eastbourne Borough five time in a row at home.

Eastbourne Borough last beat Dartford in 2003, the Sports won 1-0 in the Southern League Division One East.

On This Day

Ryan Hayes, Adam Flanangan and Jamie Coyle were all pert of the team that crushed Witham Town 7-2 eleven years ago at Princes Park. It took just five minutes for Jay May to open the scoring and a couple of minutes late Brendon Cass doubled the lead. Hayes made it three before the break from the penalty spot. Eddie McClements had the Darts four up but Witham Town grabbed two to halve the deficit. However, Dartford relentlessly managed three more through Cass, McClements and Coyle.

Eastbourne Borough v Dartford

The F.A Trophy gets underway for Dartford this weekend when they visit fellow National South side Eastbourne Borough at Priory Lane. 

Dartford have already hosted the Sports this season when they met in the league at Princes Park. Playing his first game back at Dartford’s home since returning to the club, Charlie Sheringham scored then later got sent off on a dramatic afternoon. The Darts needed to come from behind twice in September having conceded when ex Dart, Dave Martin opened the scoring on twelve minutes. Sheringham levelled the match converting from the penalty spot, but just after half-time Eastbourne Borough regained the lead through Emmanuel Odubade. Sheringham received his second yellow card leaving the hosts a man short for the final twelve minutes. Against the odds, Elliot Bradbrook equalised in stoppage time to earn the Darts a vital point in the National South.

Having lost four from five leading up to the 2-2 draw, the result against Eastbourne Borough marked the start of an upturn in form. Adam Flanagan and Jamie Coyle have led the Darts to one defeat in nine league games to leave them top of the form guide. On the weekend, Sheringham’s winning goal against Hampton and Richmond Borough moved Dartford into fifth place having secured a third consecutive victory. Tom Bonner will face a fitness test before the trophy tie having been taken off at the Beveree with a hamstring strain. Goalkeeper, Bailey Vose has had his loan extended to the end of the season, Delano Sam-Yorke and Tom Murphy have gone out on loan to Kingstonian and Margate respectively.

Flanagan spoke to www.kentonline.co.uk and believes his squad has more to offer, he commented: “It sounds a lot better than it did at the start! We can’t complain but Jamie and I believe we’re just touching the surface of what we’ve got at the moment. There are still improvement areas but we’re winning games. Eight of those nine games have been by one goal and we want to kick on”.

So far, this term Dartford have only played two cup matches and on both occasions, there was plenty of room to improve. The Darts struggled past AFC Uckfield Town in the F.A Cup second qualifying round then were well beaten in the next stage at Oxford City.

Saturday will almost be seven years since Dartford drew Eastbourne Borough in the F.A Trophy third qualifying round. The tie went to a replay after a 0-0 draw at Priory Lane, Lee Noble and Tom Bonner were the only members of the current squad involved that day. The Darts won at the second attempt with goals from Tom Champion and Danny Harris, the Sports halved the deficit through former Dart, Carl Rook. Dartford reached the third round that year, losing to Wealdstone.

The Darts last enjoyed a decent run in the competition in 2012/13 when they reached the semi-final stage against Grimsby Town. Since then they have only got passed the first round twice, going out on penalties against Boreham Wood in round one last time. Flanagan stated: “The club got to the semi-finals (in 2012/13) and everyone I’ve spoken to about that run said what a good experience it was. It would be nice to replicate that”.

As well as the four goals scored in this season’s fixture between the two clubs, there has been plenty of goalmouth action in previous meetings. Almost two years ago at a foggy Priory Lane, Dartford won 3-2 in a match where you could excuse anyone who missed Kaka Dembele’s strike and Nathaniel Pinney’s consolation. The Darts netted four times in the next two home clashes winning 4-3 then 4-2, however the last time Dartford visited the Sussex club, Danny Mills was on hand to score the winner.

Whilst the 2-2 draw in September was the beginning of Dartford’s good form, it was also the start of a decline in results for the Sports. Leading up to the meeting at Priory Lane, the Sussex club had lost just once in eight National South outings. Although the draw extended that run to another game, since then Eastbourne Borough have won just twice in the league in nine attempts. On the weekend, the Sports lost a second consecutive fixture at Bath City. The 1-0 defeat followed a 2-0 loss at Concord Rangers.

In cup competitions, Jamie Howell’s side made hard work getting past Brantham Athletic in the F.A Cup second qualifying round two months ago. The Sports nervously overcame Dulwich Hamlet, after racing into a 4-0 first half lead they conceded three times in the second half against ten men and just held on. Eastbourne Borough missed out on the F.A Cup first round when they were narrowly beaten 2-1 by Slough Town.

Eastbourne Borough’s best performance in the F.A Trophy is reaching the third round, most recently in their 2010/2011 campaign. After their trophy run seven years ago they went out at the third qualifying round four years in a row, including the defeat to Dartford. Last season they beat Royston Town on penalties before going out to Dover Athletic.

Head to Head

Eastbourne Borough wins: 4 / Dartford wins: 10 / Draws: 3

Current Form (all competitions *-Sussex Senior Cup)

Eastbourne Borough (LLWWLD) Dartford (WWWLWW)
Bath City A 0-1 Hampton & Richmond A 1-0
Concord Rangers A 0-3 Oxford City H 3-2
Hungerford Town H 3-1 Gloucester City A 2-1
Eastbourne United A 5-0* Truro City A 1-3
Chelmsford City A 2-3 Dulwich Hamlet H 2-1
Hampton & Richmond H 2-2 Chippenham Town A 2-1

Previous Meetings

08.09.2018 Dartford 2 Eastbourne Borough 2
14.04.2018 Eastbourne Borough 0 Dartford 1
12.09.2017 Dartford 4 Eastbourne Borough 2
08.04.2017 Dartford 4 Eastbourne Borough 3
16.08.2011 Eastbourne Borough 2 Dartford 3
20.02.2016 Eastbourne Borough 1 Dartford 1

Stats

Dartford named an unchanged side for the third game in a row last weekend, the first time this has happened this season.

Mark Onyemah is close to making his 100th start for the Darts in his second spell with the club.

Lee Noble will be approaching 450 appearances in total.

On This Day

Dartford progressed to the second round of the F.A Trophy with a commanding 4-0 win at Kingstonian in 2012. Marcus Bettenelli was called into action after just four minutes as he saved Andre McCollin’s penalty, which served as an early warning for the Darts. Jacob Erskine gave Dartford the lead halfway through the first half then K’s midfielder Simon Huckle was sent off. The afternoon got easier and so the Darts made sure of victory when Elliot Bradbrook, Danny Harris and Nathan Collier added three more goals to the scoreline. Ryan Hayes celebrated his 150th start nine years ago in style, helping Dartford come from two down to beat Tooting and Mitcham United 3-2. The winger scored a brace including a well taken free kick, Rob Haworth netted the winner to complete the comeback.

Hampton and Richmond Borough v Dartford

Dartford moved into the playoff places this week and will aim to keep up their form this weekend at last season’s finalists Hampton and Richmond Borough.

The Darts climbed up to seventh in the National South standings on Tuesday night with a win over Oxford City at Princes Park. Next up is a trip to the Beveree where they drew 2-2 last season after finding themselves 2-0 down. Max Kretzschmer’s double inside the first half an hour had the Beavers in control, however Dartford hit back with goals from Andy Pugh and Elliot Bradbrook either side of the interval.

Adam Flanagan and Jamie Coyle guided Dartford to a fifth win in five when they beat Oxford City 3-2 with their side netting three first half goals. After a ten day rest, the starting eleven was unchanged and the respite helped the Darts race out of blocks inside five minutes. Andre Coker scored his first goal for the club and ten minutes later Jordan Wynter doubled the lead to record his first goal too. Oxford City’s Joe Oastler headed in two minutes after Wynter scored. Charlie Sheringham added the third on half an hour nodding home Ben Greenhalgh’s cross. The visitors pushed to get back in the game and made the Darts work hard for the victory in the second half, the Hoops made it 3-2 through Zac McEachran.

Jamie Coyle spoke to www.kentonline.co.uk after the game, he said: “In the first half we were electric, it was probably our best first-half performance of the season and we were unfortunate not to get four or five goals”, he added: “Oxford City obviously travelled a bit, coach journeys in the last three days, and we assumed they were going to start slowly. We made sure we came out of the traps really quickly”.

However Coyle admits his side ‘looked like a tired team’ in the second half but praised his players commitment, he commented: “It’s testament to the players because although Oxford had lots of possession in the final third and our 18-yard box, the players were putting their bodies on the line and defending for their lives”. Dartford have shown their capability in recent weeks to perform well, however they have struggled to go the full distance in games, Coyle exclaimed: “We’ve just got to concentrate on getting some good performances out there in terms of the whole game”, he continued: “We’re nowhere near the finished article as you could see in the second half on Tuesday but the boys are working hard for the club”. 

Dartford could make it three consecutive wins in the league against opponents who have lost form since their F.A Cup run started back in September. Hampton and Richmond Borough’s, cup run ended cruelly against Oldham Athletic on Monday night and have seen a dip in form since entering the competition back in September. The Middlesex club have managed just one point out of the last 15 available and have dropped to sixteenth, but they are only six points behind Dartford with a game in hand. 

Coyle on is expecting a tough contest, he commented: “They’ve got some good players going forward and they’ll pose a constant threat. But if we show the desire like we did on Tuesday and have a bit more composure when things aren’t going our way, we know we’ve got the quality to match teams like that”. 

Last season’s playoff finalists were in the title running, up until the Good Friday mud bath at Princes Park last term. That day Alfie Pavey scored a dramatic last-minute winner and from then on, the Beavers couldn’t keep pace with the Darts and Havant and Waterlooville. 

Alan Dowson left the club in the summer to take over at Woking and in came former Hendon boss Gary McCann. Like Dartford, wholesale changes have been made to the squad and after picking up one point in the opening three matches, Hampton and Richmond Borough moved up to third by collecting six wins and a draw from the next seven games. Since mid-September, the Middlesex club have lost four out of the last five in the National South.

Former Charlton Athletic striker Chris Dickson will be one to watch having scored nine goals in 15 league appearances. The 33-year-old who represented Ghana on two occasions was signed from Chelmsford City in the summer. 

Head to Head

Hampton and Richmond Borough wins: 4 / Dartford wins: 5 / Draws: 1

Current League Form

Hampton & Richmond (LDLLLW) Dartford (WWLWWW)
Oxford City H 2-4 Oxford City H 3-2
Eastbourne Borough A 2-2 Gloucester City A 2-1
Hungerford Town A 0-2 Truro City A 1-3
Wealdstone A 1-2 Dulwich Hamlet H 2-1
Billericay Town H 0-2 Chippenham Town A 2-1
Truro City A 2-0 Weston-super-Mare H 2-1

Previous Meetings

30.03.2018 Dartford 1 Hampton & Richmond Borough 0
02.09.2017 Hampton & Richmond Borough 2 Dartford 2
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

Stats

Dartford are top of the form guide over the last six matches picking up 15 points from a possible 18. Hampton and Richmond Borough are down in nineteenth having racked up just four points.

All of Dartford’s away wins (3) in the National South this season have been 2-1.

Dartford have conceded the fewest number of goals in the last half hour of National South matches. The Darts have let in just three goals after the 60th minute. 

Hampton and Richmond Borough have scored more goals (8) in the fifteen minutes before half-time than any other club in the league this campaign. In that same period Dartford have conceded the most (7). 

Only three players have scored more goals in the National South than Chris Dickson this season. Jake Robinson (Billericay Town) leads the way with 12 goals, followed by Maz Kretzschmar of Woking and Jamie Reid of Torquay United, both on ten.

On This Day

Dartford were denied victory in the final minute against Southport on this day in 2012. Elliot Bradbrook scored twice put the Darts in front, but the Sandgrounders equalised through Carl Akrigg then Karl Ledsham. In 2007, Dartford lost 2-0 away to Redbridge in the Isthmian Division One North, Ryan Hayes scoring for the Darts. The last win the Darts recorded on 17 November was 28 years ago in the Kent Senior Cup first round against Welling United, the game ended 1-0.

Dartford v Oxford City

Dartford play their rescheduled National South fixture at home to Oxford City on Tuesday night looking to avenge their F.A Cup exit last month. 

It’s been five weeks since the Darts were convincingly beaten 4-1 at Marsh Lane in the third qualifying round. Kabonga Tshimanga’s hat-trick and a fourth by Bobson Bawling left Dartford chasing shadows, although Elliot Bradbrook did manage a late consolation on a disappointing afternoon.

Prospects can be very different this time round with Dartford holding home advantage. The Darts have won four, drawn two and lost one at Princes Park this term. Meanwhile, Oxford City’s away record reads won one, drawn one and lost five, a point joint manager Adam Flanagan made in his latest interview with www.kentonline.co.uk, he commented: “We’ve only lost once at home this season and we need to keep our home record good if we want to challenge in the right part of the league”.

Since the F.A Cup reverse, Adam Flanagan and Jamie Coyle have led the Darts to three wins from four and Oxford City are sitting one place above the Darts last opponents in seventeenth place. Victory over Gloucester City saw Dartford come from a goal down to win 2-1, the fifth league game where they have gained points having been behind this season.  Charlie Sheringham’s equalised on the stroke of half-time after Sam Avery gave the hosts the lead. Ben Greenhalgh scored the winner three minutes after the break, his second goal of the campaign.

Flanagan believes the character shown by the players will help his side gain confidence, which has been lacking at times this term. He’s also hoping the Darts can redeem themselves after their F.A Cup exit at Oxford City, he said: “When they come to us, we need to gain a little bit of redemption with regards to that fixture and put in a display that shows all our good attributes, which we weren’t able to do in the away fixture”.

The one thing the Darts do not want a repeat of is the recent defeats to Oxford City and Truro City, in which they capitulated by conceding goals in quick succession. At least the Hoops will not be able to call on former top scorer Matthew Patterson who moved to Welling United, having scored six times in the league for the Hoops. However, Dartford will be fully aware of Oxford City’s current leading scorer Tshimanga, who has netted five in the National South this season.

It was Tshimanga again on the weekend hitting the headlines for Oxford City, this time in the F.A Cup against League Two side Tranmere Rovers. The striker grabbed another hat-trick, but last minute heartbreak denied the Hoops victory in an entertaining 3-3 draw.

Mark Jones’ side won their previous league fixture last weekend beating Hampton and Richmond Borough 4-2 at the Beveree. Showing signs of recovery after a poor September, in which Oxford City lost all four league games, the Hoops took four points from nine in October before the three point haul last weekend.

Last season at Princes Park, Dartford racked up their biggest score in 29 years winning 7-1 in the National South. Warren Mfula grabbed the matchball with a second half hat-trick during a nineteen-minute spell. Richard Sho-Silva, Lyle Della-Verde, Alfie Pavey and Lee Noble all scored before Mfula stole the show. Two years ago, Andy Pugh’s well taken lob earned the Darts a 1-0 victory and the campaign before that Elliott Bradbrook scored twice, including in the last minute in a 2-2 draw.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 5 / Oxford City wins: 2 / Draws: 3

Current League Form

Dartford (WWDDLW) Oxford City (WDLWLL)
Gloucester City A 2-1 Hampton & Richmond A 4-2
Truro City A 1-3 Chippenham Town H 1-1
Dulwich Hamlet H 2-1 Chelmsford City H 1-3
Chippenham Town A 2-1 Concord Rangers H 2-0
Weston-super-Mare H 2-1 Hemel Hempstead Town A 1-2
Billericay Town A 1-1 Bath City H 1-2

Previous Meetings

06.10.2018 Oxford City 4 Dartford 1
24.03.2018 Oxford City 0 Dartford 2
19.08.2017 Dartford 7 Oxford City 1
25.02.2017 Oxford City 1 Dartford 1
29.10.2016 Dartford 1 Oxford City 0
23.04.2016 Dartford 2 Oxford City 2

Stats

Dartford have only lost once this season when Lee Noble has been in the side.

The Darts have gained 11 points from losing positions out of the 24 they have picked up this term.

On This Day

Dartford were humbled the last time they played on 13 November when they lost 4-0 at home to Dorchester Town eight years ago. Three years before the heavy defeat, the Darts knocked out Aveley in the second round of the Isthmian Lerague Cup, Tom Bradbrook scored twice and John Guest the other in a 3-0 win. One of the most notable games on this day came 25 years ago in the Kent League. Dartford travelled to Ramsgate and came home with a 5-4 win, even though the Darts threw away a 3-1 lead to trail 3-4, two late goals stole victory.

Gloucester City v Dartford

The Darts will be hoping to get back on track this weekend when they travel to Evesham to face Gloucester City in the National League South.

Dartford’s five game unbeaten run in the league ended last weekend when they disappointingly went down 3-1 to Truro City. The Darts had climbed to sixth with the home victory over Dulwich Hamlet and facing their opponents sitting second from bottom, expected to add more points to their tally.

Two players returned to action in a Darts shirt, crowd favourite Ryan Hayes made a substitute appearance, whilst new goalkeeper Bailey Vose started his first Dartford match since November 2016, when he was on loan from Brighton and Hove Albion. The introduction of Vose to the squad meant outgoing keeper Deren Ibrahim settled for a place on the bench to say his farewell after 179 appearances for the club and two goals. Earlier in the week Kenneth Yao’s loan spell ended from Charlton Athletic and Chez Isaac was released, Mark Onyemah returned to the line up after injury and Lee Noble was missed through suspension.

Vose’s fourth start for the Darts began when he was involved in a mix up leading to Truro City’s opener on 34 minutes. The White Tigers added two more before the break, Tyler Harvey grabbed his second then Nick Grimes added a third. In the final minute Hayes set up a consolation with a cross for Kudus Oyenuga, who headed in his first competitive goal for the Darts. With a full set of fixtures played and some Tuesday night matches, Dartford have now dropped to thirteenth.

Over the last month there has been managerial change at Gloucester City with Marc Richards leaving by mutual consent at the start of October. Richards left the Tigers in seventeenth place having recorded four wins in eleven games and struggling to find the net. The Tigers up to his departure had netted just seven times, however defensively they had only conceded thirteen. The former boss guided Gloucester City to safety last season and improved form in February and March meant he decided to keep much of the same squad for this term. Richards saw the opportunity to take over at Hereford to good to refuse and so he made the decision to move to Edgar Street.

Replacing Richards as boss, Chris Todd took charge for the first time in the 1-0 defeat to Billericay Town. The former Eastleigh manager has had a difficult start and is yet to record a point. In the National South his Gloucester City side lost to Welling United followed by a third straight reverse on Monday night at Wealdstone. Todd does have one win to his name in the F.A Cup third round replay against Dorking Wanderers, however the Tigers went out in the next round when they were beaten by Bromley.

Goalkeeper Matthew Yates was recalled by Derby County from his loan spell, but Fabien Robert had his spell extended from Forest Green Rovers. Last week, Todd swooped to complete the signings of strikers Andre Wright from Torquay United and Harry Warwick from Bristol Rovers. Wales under 19 goalkeeper Adam Pzrybek has also joined the squad from West Bromwich Albion.

Last season Dartford visited Evesham, the Tigers shared home whilst chasing down title rivals Havant and Waterlooville. The Tuesday night fixture in April was decided when Alfie Pavey scored the only goal of the game. Earlier in the campaign the Darts won 4-1 at Princes Park in the first meeting between the two sides for 25 years. Warren Mfula, a brace from Lyle Della-Verde and one from Pavey helped Dartford to victory, all three players left the club in the summer.

Head to Head

Gloucester City wins: 12 / Dartford wins: 27 / Draws: 10

Current League Form

Gloucester City (LLLDLL) Dartford (LWWWDD)
Wealdstone A 0-2 Truro City A 1-3
Welling United A 1-3 Dulwich Hamlet H 2-1
Billericay Town A 0-1 Chippenham Town A 2-1
Eastbourne Borough H 2-2 Weston-super-Mare H 2-1
Chippenham Town A 0-1 Billericay Town A 1-1
Truro City H 0-2 Eastbourne Borough H 2-2

Previous Meetings

10.04.2018 Gloucester City 0 Dartford 1
18.11.2017 Dartford 4 Gloucester City 1
07.03.1992 Gloucester City 0 Dartford 0
26.10.1991 Dartford 2 Gloucester City 0
16.03.1991 Dartford 2 Gloucester City 1
29.09.1990 Gloucester City 2 Dartford 0

Stats

Dartford are unbeaten in five matches against Gloucester City (W4, D1) and have lost one in the last eight (W6, D1, L1).

The Darts have kept three clean sheets out of the last four versus the Tigers.

Five players involved in Dartford’s last match have left and rejoined the club, Bailey Vose, Tom Bonner, Mark Onyemah, Charlie Sheringham and Ryan Hayes.

On This Day

Tony Kessell made his one hundredth appearance for Dartford on this day eleven years ago. The former goalkeeper celebrated with a clean sheet and a 2-0 victory as Brendon Cass and Jay May scored against Wingate and Finchley. In 1999, the Darts progressed in the Kent Senior Cup after thrashing Sittingbourne 6-0 in a round one replay. The cup victory was Dartford’s first on 3 November since a 1973 Southern Premier League win at home to Nuneaton Borough. The winless run lasted six games in which the Darts managed just one draw.

Truro City v Dartford

In form Dartford make the long trip to Plainmoor in Devon to face Cornwall opponents Truro City and it’s likely to be Deren Ibrahim’s last game for the club.

Ibrahim announced he’s leaving Princes Park after an opportunity at Charlton Athletic came up. A full time position as a goalkeeping coach was too good to refuse, so a win in what will be the 27-year-old’s 180th game for the Darts will be the perfect way to sign off.

Despite one favourite going another one came home last Friday, but he was ruled out in bizarre circumstances. Crowd favourite Ryan Hayes returned to Dartford for a second spell, however an accident at work left the creative winger with a broken hand and stitches in his leg after falling down a hole.

The Darts approach their fourteenth league game of the season on the back of a three match winning streak in the competition. Consecutive 2-1 victories over Weston-super-Mare, Chippenham Town and Dulwich Hamlet have propelled Dartford up to sixth and into the playoff places.

With just two National South fixtures going ahead last weekend, Dartford took full advantage to climb the table after coming from behind to beat Dulwich Hamlet, in front of the biggest home crowd at Princes Park this season. The South Londoners took the lead when Afolabi Akinyemi’s powerful shot beat Ibrahim on nineteen minutes. Just before half-time the Darts were level as in form striker Jamie Philpot scored, his fourth in as many league games. The winner came from the spot and Charlie Sheringham stepped up to earn Dartford another three points. Going slightly under the radar, Daniel Johnson who was signed from Bromley made his debut at full back.

Dartford had a mixture of results against the White Tigers last season losing in their last visit to Treyew Road. With the Darts topping the table at the time it was a surprise to see them three down inside nineteen minutes. Tyler Harvey scored a penalty, Cody Cooke made it two in as many minutes and then added a third, Ronnie Vint found the net half way through the first half, but the game ended 3-1. 

The reversed fixture went Dartford’s way with a comfortable 4-1 triumph at Princes Park in February. Andy Pugh, Alex Brown, Danny Mills and an own goal helped the Darts to victory. If it’s goals you’re looking for then this could be the fixture, Dartford managed to score five on both occasions against Truro City the season before last, winning 5-0 at Treyew Road and 5-3 at home. 

It’s not been plain sailing since Truro City’s rise up the non-league pyramid. The 2007 F.A Vase winners won five promotions in six seasons to reach the National South in 2011. In their second campaign at this level they were relegated and faced financial problems. It took the Cornwall club four years to get back and they have managed to reach the playoffs twice in the last three years. 

The club have ambitions to play at a Stadium for Cornwall and this off field activity is starting to impact the White Tigers. Developers, Helical Retail announced they intended to start the development of Treyew Road and asked Truro City to vacate their home nine days before the start of this season.  

Presently, supporters face a 180-mile trip to watch their side play at Torquay United’s Plainmoor ground. Now the situation has changed and realistically according to Jonathan Cox, representative of Helical Retail, work on a new stadium will not start until May 2019, therefore Truro City chairman Peter Masters is looking for the club to be back at Treyew Road this season, and for the groundshare with Torquay United to be back in place when work is due to begin. 

This term, the White Tigers are struggling lying second from bottom with just one win in all competitions. Former manager, Lee Hodges left two games into the campaign after a 4-0 defeat to newcomers Billericay Town and a 1-1 draw with bottom club Weston-super-Mare. Midfielder, Ben Harding temporarily took charge and took two points from his six games. 

New boss, Leigh Robinson started off to a flyer winning his first game beating Gloucester City 2-0, but no points have been collected in the league since. The former Taunton Town manager did manage a 0-0 draw in the F.A Cup second qualifying round against Hereford only to lose the replay 4-3 after extra time. The 37-year-old spent six years at Taunton Town winning the Southern League West Division with just one defeat from 42 League games. 

Truro City have struggled this season and only Weston-super-Mare stand between them and the bottom of the table. The White Tigers have picked up just six points with only one of those coming at Plainmoor, their temporary home. 

Dartford’s last visit to Plainmoor in April 2015 was in the National League when the game ended 1-1 against Torquay United. Jordan Chiedozie’s goal earned Dartford a point, but it was too little too late to save the Darts from relegation that season. 

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 3 / Truro City wins: 4 / Draws: 1

Current League Form

Truro City (LLLWLL) Dartford (WWWDDL)
Hemel Hempstead Town H 1-2 Dulwich Hamlet H 2-1
Concord Rangers A 0-3 Chippenham Town A 2-1
Hampton & Richmond H 0-2 Weston-super-Mare H 2-1
Gloucester City A 2-0 Billericay Town A 1-1
Weadlstone A 0-3 Eastbourne Borough H 2-2
Hungerford Town H 2-3 St Albans City A 0-2

Previous Meetings

24.02.2018 Dartford 4 Truro City 1
11.11.2017 Truro City 3 Dartford 1
18.03.2017 Dartford 5 Truro City 3
08.10.2016 Truro City 0 Dartford 5
05.04.2016 Truro City 3 Dartford 0
19.09.2015 Dartford 0 Truro City 1

Stats

Jamie Philpot has scored in each of his last four league games. Danny Mills was the last Dartford player to do that in the final four league games of last season.

Only St Albans City (5) have conceded more goals in the opening 15 minutes of games than Truro City (4). The White Tigers have also let in 12 goals between 60-75 minutes, seven more than anyone else.

Only Dulwich Hamlet and Hungerford Town (7) have let in more goals than Dartford (5) in first 15 minutes of the second half.

Dartford have won their last three league games 2-1, the last time the Darts recorded three consecutive 2-1 victories was in 1994 against Faversham Town, Cray Wanderers and Folkestone Invicta in the Kent League.

With the departure of Deren Ibrahim confirmed only Ben Greenhalgh and Tom Bonner will be on course to play in every National South game this season.

On This Day

Two of the current squad scored against Ashford Town (Middlesex) nine years ago in a 4-1 away win. Lee Noble and Ryan Hayes scored the first two Dartford goals, Danny Harris and Jay May added two more in the Isthmian Premier League encounter. Two years before the Darts also hit four this time against Potters Bar Town, one more Jay May found himself on the scoresheet alongside Brendon Cass, Junior Kadi and Tom Bradbrook.

Dartford v Dulwich Hamlet

Just over eleven and half years ago current joint manager Jamie Coyle was lining up against Dartford for Dulwich Hamlet, now the Darts boss will lead his side out against the South Londoners this weekend.

In the last meeting between the two clubs Coyle had an impact when his assist helped Hamlet go home with a point. The Isthmian Division One South fixture in March 2007 yielded just a goal apiece, although the attacking prowess of the two teams that season led to an entertaining clash.

Links between the two teams do not stop there because in that game current Dulwich Hamlet striker, Jay May scored for the Darts after just seven minutes. Hamlet equalised late on when Coyle set up Phil Williams to lash home, Williams later went on to have a spell with Dartford. May went on to make 117 appearances for the Darts scoring 51 times and was part of the Isthmian Division One North and Isthmian Premier League winning sides.

By the end of that campaign Dartford finished in seventh, a point above Dulwich Hamlet. The two sides also ended up as the top scorers in the division. The earlier meeting in the 2006/2007 season finished with Hamlet winning 3-2.

Having been knocked out of the F.A Cup a fortnight ago, the Darts managed to fill the fixture void by bringing the game against Dulwich Hamlet forward. Dartford managed to bounce back from the poor display at Oxford City with an away victory by an unlikely source.

If scoring from inside your own half once is rare then the chances of it happening again are slim. When Dartford goalkeeper Deren Ibrahim stepped up to take a free-kick, well inside his own half, he probably didn’t expect to record his second career goal. His long-range effort in the second-half turned out to be the winner, after Jamie Philpot’s goal was cancelled out by the hosts equaliser just before half-time.

Joint manager Adam Flanangan was serving a touchline ban, but he was pleased with Dartford’s performance, he told www.kentonline.co.uk: “It was a very solid, hard-working performance away from home, which is what we needed. It was always going to be difficult coming to Chippenham. They’re doing very well at home this season”, he continued: “Off the back of the defeat against Oxford, we needed a performance from the players and I think we got that”.

Victory extended Dartford’s unbeaten National South run to four having drawn with Eastbourne Borough, Billericay Town before beating Weston-super-Mare then Chippenham Town. In a tightly congested table, the Darts are now only two points from a playoff spot down in thirteenth. A first ever win over Dulwich Hamlet could propel Dartford further up the standings.

Charlton Athletic loanee, Kenneth Yao returned to the starting line-up last weekend after he missed the cup defeat with concussion. However, ever present full back Mark Onyemah was ruled out with injury missing his first game of the season. Callum Driver is now in training and Andy Pugh is recovering from a broken leg. Ronnie Vint and Tom Murphy came back into the first eleven, whilst Philpot replaced the recalled loanee Amadou Ba, who has returned to his parent club Southend United.

Ibrahim hasn’t been the only goalkeeper making headlines over the last fortnight. In a friendly with Crystal Palace, Preston Edwards had the distraction of keeping goal whilst an announcement went out informing him that his car was being towed away. There were no such distractions last weekend though when Hamlet won their third league game in a row, their fifth win in six games in all competitions.

Hamlet’s latest triumph was away at Hungerford Town in what was described as a scrappy win. The hosts led at half-time through Danilo Orso-Dadamo’s excellent 25-yard strike. Dulwich Hamlet were forced to come from behind with goals from former Dart, Nathan Green and Kingsley Eshun. Green appeared for Dartford 15 times during the 2014/2015 campaign scoring two goals.

Gavin Rose’s side have hit form in the National South after a difficult introduction to the league. Hamlet who were promoted via the Isthmian Premier League playoffs last term won one of their first six games. Since their slow start they have recorded four wins and a draw in their last six league outings including a 2-1 away victory over Woking a month ago.

The only blip from the South Londoners over the last six weeks was the 4-3 F.A Cup defeat to Eastbourne Borough. An appalling first half left Hamlet four down with ten men, but they battled through the second half, almost completing an unlikely comeback with three goals in the final fifteen minutes.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 0 / Dulwich Hamlet wins: 2 / Draws: 2

Current League Form

Dartford (WWDDLW) Dulwich Hamlet (WWWDLW)
Chippenham Town A 2-1 Hungerford Town A 2-1
Weston-super-Mare H 2-1 Chippenham Town H 2-0
Billericay Town A 1-1 Woking A 2-1
Eastbourne Borough H 2-2 Wealdstone H 1-1
St Albans City A 0-2 Hampton & Richmond H 0-2
East Thurrock United H 2-0 Slough Town A 2-1

Previous Meetings

31.03.2007 Dartford 1 Dulwich Hamlet 1
19.09.2006 Dulwich Hamlet 3 Dartford 2
09.12.1996 Dulwich Hamlet 3 Dartford 1
04.12.1996 Dartford 0 Dulwich Hamlet 0

Stats

Dulwich Hamlet have scored five times in the final 15 minutes of league games this season, only St Albans City, Torquay United and Woking have scored more (7). Hamlet have yet to concede a goal during that same period.

Only Hungerford Town (7) have conceded more goals in the opening 15 minutes of the second half than Dulwich Hamlet (6) and Dartford (5).

On This Day

It has been 37 years since the last home game on 16 October, Dartford beat Barnet 2-1 in what is now called the National League. In the last four matches involving Dartford on 16 October only four goals have been scored. The previous two games were cup ties with the most recent a 1-1 draw against Forest Green Rovers in the F.A Cup fourth qualifying round six years ago. In 2007, the Darts drew 0-0 in the F.A Trophy first qualifying round away to AFC Hornchurch. Burnham were beaten 1-0 in the Southern League Division One East in 2001 and in 1998 the Darts were knocked out of the Kent Senior Cup in a 1-0 defeat to Folkestone Invicta.

Chippenham Town v Dartford

Dartford are left to concentrate on the National South for now with their main focus on an away trip to take on Chippenham Town this weekend.

The Darts crashed out of the F.A Cup last weekend when they went down 4-1 at Oxford City. A return to league action on Saturday gives Dartford the chance to extend an unbeaten run in the National South to four games. The third qualifying round of the F.A Cup is where it ended for Adam Flanagan and Jamie Coyle’s side with a performance that led to the captain apologising to the travelling faithful.

New loan signing from Maidstone United, Andre Coker made his debut replacing fellow loanee Kenneth Yao, who was ruled out with concussion. With Coker playing out on the wing that meant Chez Isaac slotted in at full back. Charlie Sheringham returned after missing the victory against Weston-Super-Mare replacing Jamie Philpot. Despite alterations to the starting eleven, the Darts found themselves four down allowing lone striker Kabby Tshimanga to score a hat-trick, the fourth was netted by loan signing Bobson Bawling, who joined from Torquay United a few days before kick off. Elliot Bradbrook grabbed a consolation for the Darts when he scored for the third time in five games to take his tally to five this season.

Coyle has called for his players to show a positive reaction, he spoke to www.kentonline.co.uk this week and said: “The players were hurting at the end of the game so we’ve got to pick them up. We’d been on a great run, we were four unbeaten and we had an opportunity to carry that on and build some momentum. We’ve taken a backward step but there’s an opportunity to reset and go again”, he added: “After the second-half performance on Saturday, there has to be a reaction”.

Defeat remain three games unbeaten in the league though, however they have drawn two of those. Two late draws against Eastbourne Borough and league leaders Billericay Town were followed up by victory over Weston-super-Mare, who are bottom of the table. Lee Noble opened the scoring before Gethyn Hill equalised for the Seagulls, but Jamie Philpot found the net in the second half to clinch a much needed win.

Chippenham Town finished their debut season in the National South last term in a respectable thirteenth. This time the Bluebirds are sitting in tenth amongst three other teams on eighteen points. Dartford will know a win at Hardenhuish Park will put them level with their opponents on points. However, the Wiltshire club are a tough prospect on their own patch losing just four at home last season, whilst this term they have won four out of five and lost the other.

Coyle commented: “Chippenham have only lost once at home all season so it’s going to be tough but we’re expecting a huge reaction for everyone at the football club”, he continued: “Me and Adam have been there with Welling and Concord and it’s a tough place to go but I’m looking forward to it”.

Mark Collier has got his side settled into the National South and despite defeat at newly promoted Dulwich Hamlet last weekend, they had just completed three consecutive wins, including an impressive 1-0 victory over Torquay United at Plainmoor. The Bluebirds also inflicted the first defeat on Billericay Town this season winning 2-0 towards the end of August.

The Bluebirds had to wait ten days before starting their October fixture list when they were in F.A Cup action. Their belated third qualifying round tie against Hendon ended 4-1 on Wednesday night. Chippenham Town as good as wrapped up the game before half-time racing into a three-goal lead. Nat Jarvis opened the scoring mid-way through the first half before a Nick McCootie brace. Within ten minutes of the restart George Rigg made it four, but the deficit was reduced when Ricardo German scored a consolation for Hendon.

Collier has added two more players to his squad this week, welcoming back the experienced Andy Sandell from his loan spell at Melksham Town. The Chippenham Town boss has also taken on loan Jordan Edwards from Swindon Town, the 19 year old has been drafted into the squad due to some long term injuries and suspensions. Summer signing Nat Jarvis leads the way in front of goal for the Bluebirds with four in the league so far, the striker signed from Bath City along with Jack Compton and George Rigg.

Last season, the Darts frustratingly came back from Hardenhuish Park with a point. Dartford who were sitting top of the National League were looking to extend their lead, but twice they went ahead only for Chippenham Town to fight back. Alfie Pavey made sure the Darts were in front at the interval only for Dean Evans to equalise early in the second half. Pavey completed a brace to make it 2-1, but once again the Bluebirds levelled, this time through McCootie. Earlier in the season, the Darts ran out 3-0 winners at Princes Park with goals from Pavey, Andy Pugh and Ryan Hayes.

Kenneth Yao should be available for selection again, Callum Driver is back in training and Andy Pugh is still recovering from a broken leg.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 1 / Chippenham Town wins: 0 / Draws: 1

Current League Form

Chippenham Town (LWWWLW) Dartford (WDDLWL)
Dulwich Hamlet A 0-2 Weston-super-Mare H 2-1
Gloucester City H 1-0 Billericay Town A 1-1
Torquay United A 1-0 Eastbourne Borough H 2-2
Concord Rangers H 4-1 St Albans City A 0-2
Hampton & Richmond A 1-2 East Thurrock United H 2-0
Billericay Town H 2-0 Hungerford Town A 0-1

Previous Meetings

20.01.2018 Chippenham Town 2 Dartford 2
09.09.2017 Dartford 3 Chippenham Town 0

Stats

Dartford are aiming to extend their unbeaten league run to four game, which will be their longest unbeaten streak in the National South this season.

Deren Ibrahim, Mark Onyemah, Tom Bonner and Ben Greenhalgh are the only Dartford players to have started every game this season.

On This Day

In Dartford’s last two matches on 13 October they have managed to keep two clean sheets. The last fixture on this day was a bore draw with Barrow in the National League, six years ago. The long trip North West ended 0-0 with only Tom Bonner and Lee Noble from the current squad involved in that match, current England international Marcus Bettinelli also lined up for the Darts. In 2009, Allan Tait and Danny Harris helped see off Tonbridge Angels in the Isthmian Premier League title winning campaign. Before those victories, the Darts lost three in a row without scoring including getting knocked out to Bromley in the 2007 F.A Cup third qualifying round tie, and six years earlier at the same stage of the competition against Gravesend and Northfleet. Dartford’s last away win on 13 October came in 1984 when they beat Scarborough 3-1 in the top flight of non-league football.