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Stats and Trends – 2nd August 2011

On This Day

2000 – (H) v Wycombe Wanderers – friendly – drew 2-2 (Lee Guiver and Stuart Nicholson)
2001 – (H) v Leyton Orient – friendly – lost 0-3
2003 – (A) v Diss Town – friendly – lost 0-3
2005 – (A) v VCD Athletic – friendly – won 3-2
2008 – (A) v Brockenhurst – friendly – won 3-0 (Brendon Cass, Jamie Coyle and Lee Noble)

Trends

– The Darts have scored in all but one match against East Thurrock United (30th April 2005)
– The Darts have also conceded in all but one match (22nd July 2008)
– Dartford haven’t lost against East Thurrock United since 30th April 2005.

Ex Darts at East Thurrock United

None

Records v East Thurrock United
Played 5, Won 2, Drawn 1, Lost 2, For 8, Against 7

 

Conference South Preview 2011-2012

 

Basingstoke Town | Boreham Wood | Bromley | Chelmsford City | Dartford | Dorchester Town | Dover Athletic | Eastbourne Borough | Eastleigh | Farnborough | Hampton & Richmond | Havant & Waterlooville | Maidenhead United | Salisbury City | Staines Town | Sutton United | Thurrock | Tonbridge Angels | Truro City | Welling United | Weston Super Mare | Woking

Basingstoke Town FC

The Dragons or The Stokes

Founded: 1896                Ground: The Camrose                Capacity: 6000

Manager Frank Gray
Final Standing 2010/11 13th
F.A Cup 4th Qualifying Round
F.A Trophy 1st Round
County Cup Quarter-Final
League Top Scorer Greg Draper (15 goals)

Last Season

Basingstoke Town is an experienced Conference South outfit having entered the division in 2005. Last season The Dragons managed to finish in their highest position since their debut in the Conference South. Basingstoke’s inconsistencies rarely saw them in the top ten and a lack of goals away from home is a weakness Frank Gray will have to focus on. The Stokes’ scored just 16 goals on their travels; only Lewes scored fewer. With the permanent signings of Delano Sam-Yorke and experienced Tim Sills their attacking options should improve.

Last Seasons Meetings Against The Darts

1 March 2011 Dartford 1 Basingstoke Town 0 att 637
Reynolds (o.g) 65
12 March 2011 Basingstoke Town 2 Dartford 2 att 480
Sam-Yorke 1, 38 Hayes 4 

Harris 24

Transfers In

Ashley Bayes (Stevenage), Delano Sam-Yorke and Wilson Gondwe (AFC Wimbledon), Tim Sills (Aldershot Town), Wes Daly (Bromley), Shaun McAuley (Eastleigh), Toby Little and Rob Gradwell (Hayes & Yeading United), Callum Eagle (Woking)

Transfers Out

Matt Pattinson (Released)

Stat Attack

  • Basingstoke’s last draw was at home to Dartford on 12 March 2011 when the game ended two each
  • Away from The Camrose, Basingstoke kept seven clean sheets, only three teams kept more
Attendances Average Highest Lowest
Home 404 (16th) 702 v Farnborough 259 v Maidenhead United
Away 537 (15th) 1112 v Woking 157 v Thurrock
Total 470 (16th)
Results Biggest Win Biggest Defeat
Home 4-0 v Hampton & Richmond 1-3 v Welling United
Away 3-0 v Thurrock 0-4 v Welling United / Chelmsford City

Best Performances

Highest League Finish: 3rd Isthmian League (2000/01)*

Best F.A Cup Performance: 2nd Round (1997/98, 1998/99 and 2006/07)

Best F.A Trophy Performance: 2nd Round (2008/09)

*equivalent of Conference South at the time

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Boreham Wood FC

The Wood

Founded: 1948                Ground: Meadow Park               Capacity: 4502

Manager Ian Allinson
Final Standing 2010/11 14th
F.A Cup 4th Qualifying Round
F.A Trophy 1st Round
County Cup 2nd Round
League Top Scorer Mario Noto (12 goals)

Last Season

Boreham Wood took a while to adapt in their debut season and never moved out of the bottom three until they defeated Farnborough in February. Survival for The Wood was the aim after promotion via the playoffs the following year. With low crowds the Hertfordshire club relied on loan signings but one player who stood out was top goal scorer Mario Noto who netted five times against The Darts including a hat trick at Princes Park. Boreham Wood managed four wins in their last five fixtures to finish fourteenth, the highest in the clubs history. Manager Ian Allinson managed to come away with one award when he was announced as PFA Fairplay Award winner. Allinson put his side’s relegation battle aside because The Wood were a goal down when the ball was played out for a Havant player to receive treatment. In an effort to return the ball to The Hawks, Ali Chaaban over hit the pass unintentionally levelling the scores. Allinson ordered his squad to allow Havant to score a goal unchallenged. Over the summer the manager has strengthened his squad by shrewdly raiding Farnborough’s outcasts.

Last Seasons Meetings Against The Darts

2 October 2010 Boreham Wood 3 Dartford 0 att 727
Bonner (o.g) 46 

Noto 70, 84

Noble 90
16 April 2011 Dartford 1 Boreham Wood 4 att 1118
Sheringham 39 Noto 44, 50, 67 

Bryant 71

Transfers In

Charlie O’Loughlin (Solihull Moors), Michael Jordan, James Smith, Osei Sankofa and Daryl McMahon (Farnborough), Lawrence Yaku and Barrie Matthews (Hampton and Richmond), Inih Effiong (St Albans City), Darren Currie (Dagenham & Redbridge), Ollie Palmer (Woking), Luke Wilkinson (Dagenham & Redbridge)

Transfers Out

Greg Morgan (Chelmsford City)

Stat Attack

  • Boreham Wood failed to win away from Meadow Park in their first ten attempts, the longest sequence equalled only by Bishop’s Stortford
  • Only Lewes and Bishop’s Stortford scored fewer goals on their travels
  • The 105 supporters that turned up to Meadow Park on 7 December 2010 was the lowest attendance in the league. Wood supporters were in for a treat as the game ended in their team winning 6-3
Attendances Average Highest Lowest
Home 217 (22nd) 379 v Chelmsford City 105 v Weston Super-Mare
Away 492 (21st) 1118 v Dartford 145 v Maidenhead United
Total 355 (22nd)
Results Biggest Win Biggest Defeat
Home 6-3 v Weston Super-Mare 0-3 v St Albans City
Away 4-1 v Dartford 0-3 v Eastleigh

Best Performances

Highest League Finish: 14th Conference South (2010/11)

Best Performance in the F.A Cup: 2nd Round (1996/97 and 1997/98)

Best Performance in the F.A Trophy: Semi-Final (2005/06)

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Bromley FC

The Ravens or The Lillywhites

Founded: 1892                 Ground: Hayes Lane                 Capacity: 6000

Manager Mark Goldberg
Final Standing 2010/11 11th
F.A Cup 3rd Qualifying Round
F.A Trophy 3rd Qualifying Round
County Cup Runner Up
League Top Scorer Warren McBean & Leon McKenzie (8 goals)

Last Season

Bromley were quick out of the starting blocks last season with a 100% record in their opening seven games. In fact they remained undefeated for ten fixtures. The wheels soon fell off and Mark Goldberg left the Managers post. Wins turned to draws and from February their season fell apart. The Ravens went through nine winless games and what started out as a promotion challenge ended up a battle to sneak in the top ten. Hayden Bird’s side were denied on the last day when The Darts leapfrogged them. Failure to land a top ten spot and defeat in the Kent Senior Cup Final saw Hayden Bird resign as manager. A new chairman was appointed in Ashley Reading then none other than Mark Goldberg returned to the reins for the third time.

Last Seasons Meetings Against The Darts

18 September 2010 Dartford 2 Bromley 2 att 1834
Hayes 74 

Bradbrook 90

McDonnell 37 

Dunk 88

22 April 2011 Bromley 4 Dartford 1 att 922
Nnamani 19 

Sobers 22

McKenzie 57

McBean 72

Sheringham 39 

 

2 May 2011 Dartford 4 Bromley 1 att 2025
Kent Senior Cup Final Bradbrook 20 

Hayes 50

Holloway (o.g) 55

Harris 61

McBean 76

Transfers In

Harry Harding (Reading), Hakeen Araba (Bishop’s Stortford)

Transfers Out

Harrison Dunk (Cambridge United), Wes Daly (Basingstoke Town), Warren McBean (Havant & Waterlooville)

Stat Attack

  • Bromley won the most consecutive games by winning their first seven league fixtures
  • The Ravens were on the end of the biggest defeat in the league, losing 7-0 to Weston Super-Mare
  • Bromley also went on the longest drawing streak at home. From 11 September 2010 to 9 November 2010 The Ravens drew five home league matches in a row
Attendances Average Highest Lowest
Home 551 (11th) 1010 v Ebbsfleet United 210 v Thurrock
Away 644 (8th) 1834 v Dartford 173 v Weston Super-Mare
Total 598 (11th)
Results Biggest Win Biggest Defeat
Home 4-1 v Dartford 0-2 v Maidenhead United / Braintree Town / Staines Town
Away 3-0 v Chelmsford City 0-7 v Weston Super-Mare

Best Performances

Highest League Finish: 3rd Conference South (2009/10)

Best Performance in the F.A Cup: 4th Round (1938/39)

Best Performance in the F.A Trophy: Semi-Final (1969/70)

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Chelmsford City FC

The Clarets

Founded: 1938           Ground: Melbourne Stadium           Capacity: 3000

Manager Glenn Pennyfather
Final Standing 2010/11 4th
F.A Cup 2nd Round
F.A Trophy 3rd Qualifying Round
County Cup 4th Round
League Top Scorer Dave Rainford (17 goals)

Last Season

Chelmsford City’s strong squad meant a promotion push was last season’s target. Melbourne Stadium was a fortress up to February when The Clarets won eight out of nine, dropping just two points. The Clarets defence kept five straight clean sheets at home and scored at will. The home form kept the Essex side in a playoff spot throughout most of the season. Chelmsford City were only beaten four times and failed to score on just three occasions. On their travels they were steady and ended the season in fourth. Glenn Pennyfather’s side were denied promotion in the playoffs when they were beaten by Ebbsfleet United in the semi-final. They also enjoyed an F.A Cup run to the second round before losing to League Two side Wycombe Wanderers.

Last Seasons Meetings Against The Darts

30 August 2010 Chelmsford City 2 Dartford 0 att 1111
Bricknall 29 

Cook 86

3 January 2011 Dartford 1 Chelmsford City 2 att 1321
Sheringham 39 Bricknell 58 

Edmans 65

Transfers In

Justin Miller (Rushden & Diamonds), Aiden Palmer (Bishop’s Stortford), Craig Parker (Needham Market), Max Cornhill (East Thurrock United), Kezie Ibe (Farnborough) Greg Morgan (Boreham Wood), Cliff Akurang (Braintree Town), Kenny Clark (Thurrock), Sam Corcoran (Colchester United), Jermaine Brown (Free), Joe Benjamin (Northampton Town)

Transfers Out

Sami El-Abd, John Martin, Takumi Ake and Sam Higgins (Released), Matthew Lock (Gloucester City), Rob Edmans (Dagenham and Redbridge), Wayne Gray (Woking), Billy Bricknell (Dover Athletic)

Stat Attack

  • The Clarets kept the most clean sheets at home by keeping out ten of the 21 teams they faced
  • Chelmsford City’s five consecutive home wins was only matched by Woking
  • Glenn Pennyfather’s side scored in 36 of the 42 fixtures, only matched by Ebbsfleet United and Farnborough
Attendances Average Highest Lowest
Home 868 (5th) 1710 v Braintree Town 590 v Staines Town
Away 724 (4th) 1368 v Ebbsfleet United 282 v Weston Super-Mare
Total 796 (4th)
Results Biggest Win Biggest Defeat
Home 6-1 v Thurrock 1-2 v Havant & Waterlooville
Away 3-0 v Bromley 0-3 v Braintree Town / Hampton & Richmond

Best Performances

Highest League Finish: 2nd Southern Premier League (1985/86)*

Best Performance in the F.A Cup: 2nd Round (1936/37, 1937/38 and 1945/46)

Best Performance in the F.A Trophy: 3rd Round (2000/01)

*equivalent of Conference South at the time

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Dartford FC

The Darts

Founded: 1888                 Ground: Princes Park                Capacity: 4097

Manager Tony Burman
Final Standing 2010/11 10th
F.A Cup 1st Round
F.A Trophy 3rd Round
County Cup Winners
League Top Scorer Charlie Sheringham (19 goals)

Last Season

Dartford struggled to get to grips with the Conference South after their promotion from the Isthmian Premier League. Mid January saw The Darts enter the bottom three and it was at this point when fortunes turned. Charlie Sheringham found goal scoring form, Lee Noble returned from his loan spell like a new signing and the defence tightened up with more clean sheets. Such was the good turn in form that Dartford climbed up the table to finish a credible tenth. It was in the cups that The Darts excelled reaching the F.A Cup First Round for the first time since 1989 and taking Port Vale to a replay. In the F.A Trophy they conquered Conference runaway champions Crawley Town, only one of five teams to defeat the Sussex side all season, and reached the third round. Tony Burman’s side did end up with silverware in the Kent Senior Cup beating Bromley in the final.

Transfers In

Adam Green (Hayes & Yeading United), Jon Wallis (Dover Athletic), Richard Graham (Eastleigh)

Transfers Out

Billy Burgess and Adam Burchell (released), James White and Joe Bruce (Thurrock), Carl Rook (Eastbourne Borough),

Stat Attack

  • Dartford topped the average attendance table last year and the home match versus rivals Ebbsfleet United was the biggest league attendance in the Conference South last season, 2781 watched the sides draw 1-1
  • The away fixture at Stonebridge Road boasted an attendance of 2435 the second biggest crown in the league last season
  • The Darts were involved in eight away league games where their opponents recorded their biggest attendance of the season, no other team bettered this record
Attendances Average Highest Lowest
Home 1171 (1st) 2781 v Ebbsfleet United 631 v Basingstoke Town
Away 802 (1st) 2435 v Ebbsfleet United 234 v Weston Super-Mare
Total 986 (1st)
Results Biggest Win Biggest Defeat
Home 4-0 v Dover Athletic 0-4 v Dorchester Town / Hampton & Richmond
Away 2-0 Dover Athletic / Dorchester Town 0-3 v Eastleigh / 1-4 v Bromley

Best Performances

Highest League Finish: 3rd Conference (1984/85)

Best Performance in the F.A Cup: 3rd Round (1935/36, 1936/37)

Best Performance in the F.A Trophy: Runner Up (1973/74)

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Dorchester Town FC

The Magpies

Founded: 1880           Ground: The Avenue Stadium           Capacity: 5009

Manager Ashley Vickers
Final Standing 2010/11 17th
F.A Cup 3rd Qualifying Round
F.A Trophy 2nd Round
County Cup 2nd Round
League Top Scorer Ryan Moss (7 goals)

Last Season

The highlight of Dorchester’s season made national headlines when player manager Ashley Vickers rugby tackled a streaker, then got sent off. It took nine games for The Magpies to record win number one, then four came along in the space of five fixtures, this summed up Dorchester’s form throughout the campaign. In February they failed to score in four consecutive games then went on a scoring spree by netting in the next nine. Vickers will be hoping for a bit of consistency, even though the Dorset club finished seven points clear from the drop zone they never really looked threatened.

Last Seasons Meetings Against The Darts

13 November 2010 Dartford 0 Dorchester Town 4 att 1105
Moss 64, 90 

Jermyn 66

22 February 2011 Dorchester Town 0 Dartford 2 att 457
Harris 73 

Noble 88

Transfers In

Ben Dickenson (Christchurch), Ashley Nicholls (Maidenhead United), Rico Wilson (Unattached), Simon Evans (Free), Ryan Dovell (Bridport) and Nathan Peprah-Annan (Sholing)

Transfers Out

James Coutts (AFC Totton)

Stat Attack

  • Dorchester Town drew the most home games in 2010/2011 with nine
  • Out of the teams with a negative goal difference The Magpies had the best with minus ten
Attendances Average Highest Lowest
Home 461 (14th) 642 v Farnborough 304 v Basingstoke Town
Away 517 (18th) 1105 v Dartford 142 v St Albans City
Total 489 (14th)
Results Biggest Win Biggest Defeat
Home 3-1 v Thurrock / Boreham Wood 0-4 v Eastleigh
Away 4-0 v Dartford 0-3 v Eastleigh

Best Performances

Highest League Finish: 8th Conference South (2004/05)

Best Performance in the F.A Cup: 2nd Round (1954/55, 1957/58 and 1981/82)

Best Performance in the F.A Trophy: 3rd Round (1971/72, 1996/97 and 2003/04)

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Dover Athletic FC

The Whites

Founded: 1983                 Ground: The Crabble                Capacity: 6500

Manager Martin Hayes
Final Standing 2010/11 7th
F.A Cup 3rd Round
F.A Trophy 3rd Qualifying Round
County Cup 1st Round
League Top Scorer Adam Birchall (34 goals)

Last Season

Dover Athletic will have been disappointed not to have made at least the playoffs last season. Their home form was a key factor on The Whites missing out, had they been as good at home as they were in March and April then Martin Hayes side would have finished in the top five. Away from The Crabble the Kent club performed consistently. Adam Birchall (now at Gillingham) was influential in everything Dover achieved last season, especially in the tremendous run to the F.A Cup Third Round which saw Dover defeat Gillingham and Aldershot Town to make national headlines. The Whites finally bowed out against League One high fliers Huddersfield Town in the best F.A Cup run in the clubs history. A minor overhaul in the summer makes Martin Hayes’s side a contender for promotion.

Last Seasons Meetings Against The Darts

9 November 2010 Dover Athletic 0 Dartford 2 att 1199
Hayes 11 

Berquez 82

25 April 2011 Dartford 4 Dover Athletic 0 att 1771
Sheringham 24, 78 

Champion 54

Harris 57

Transfers In

Shane Huke, Michael Corcoran and Matt Johnson (Rushden & Diamonds), Phil Starkey (Braintree Town), Ross Kitteridge (Bishop’s Stortford), Ed Harris (AFC Wimbledon), Billy Bricknell (Chelmsford City), George Purcell (York City), James Walker (Woking), Steve Watt (Grimsby Town), Glen Southam (Barnet), Mikhael Jaimez Ruiz (Aldershot Town)

Transfers Out

Sam Long, Joe Tabiri, Elliott Charles, Lewwis Spence and Ross Flitney (Released), Jon Wallis (Dartford), Adam Birchall (Gillingham), Ben Hunt (Weston Super-Mare)

Stat Attack

  • Dover scored more than any other Conference South side in the last fifteen minutes of their matches
  • Away from home The Whites scored in sixteen consecutive games, the longest run in the division
  • On their travels they went fifteen fixtures without a draw, another longest run in the league
Attendances Average Highest Lowest
Home 911 (4th) 1210 v Ebbsfleet United 577 v Boreham Wood
Away 653 (7th) 1171 v Dartford 264 v West Super-Mare
Total 785 (5th)
Results Biggest Win Biggest Defeat
Home 4-0 v Lewes 1-3 v Ebbsfleet United / Braintree Town
Away 7-2 v Thurrock 0-4 v Dartford

Best Performances

Highest League Finish: 6th Conference (1999/2000)

Best Performance in the F.A Cup: 3rd Round (2010/11)

Best Performance in the F.A Trophy: Semi-Finals (1997/98)

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Eastbourne Borough FC

The Sports

Founded: 1964           Ground: Langley Sports Club           Capacity: 4151

Manager Garry Wilson
Final Standing 2010/11 23rd Conference National
F.A Cup 4th Qualifying Round
F.A Trophy 3rd Round
County Cup Runner Up
League Top Scorer Jamie Taylor (15 goals)

Last Season

If goals are what you want to see then there would have been not many better places than a fixture involving Eastbourne Borough. Unfortunately, the majority of goals were conceded by The Sports and from 3 January 2011 they never escaped the bottom four. After three seasons in the top flight of non-league football Eastbourne Borough were relegated. The Sports were denied glory in the County Cup when they lost 2-0 against hosts Brighton and Hove Albion in the first ever fixture at the new American Express Community Stadium.

Last League Meetings Against The Darts

20 August 2002 Eastbourne Borough 4 Dartford 0 att 416
Southern League (East)
4 March 2003 Dartford 0 Eastbourne Borough 1 att 247
Southern League (East)

Transfers In

Ian Pulman (Whitstable Town), Ollie Rowe (Hastings United), Ben Watson (Exeter City), Clark Masters (Barrow), Sonny Cobbs (Lewes), Carl Rook (Dartford), Gary Charman (Horsham), Sam Cole (Rye United), Gary Hart (Brighton & Hove Albion)

Transfers Out

Neil Jenkins (Sutton United), Simon Weatherstone (Released)

Stat Attack

  • Eastbourne Borough were defeated in the Conference National eleven times in a row from 20 November 2010 to 12 February 2011
  • The Sports had the leakiest league defence conceding 104 times
  • Eastbourne Borough did manage to score 62 goals meaning in total there were 166 goals scored in games featuring The Sports, the highest in the league
Attendances Average Highest Lowest
Home 1105 (17th) 2518 v Luton Town 551 v Tamworth
Away 1734 (17th) 6171 v Luton Town 190 v Hayes & Yeading United
Total 1419 (17th)
Results Biggest Win Biggest Defeat
Home 5-0 v Hayes & Yeading United / Altrincham 0-6 v Fleetwood Town
Away 3-1 v Southport 1-6 v Darlington

Best Performances

Highest League Finish: 13th Conference (2008/09)

Best Performance in the F.A Cup: 1st Round (2005/06, 2007/08 and 2008/09)

Best Performance in the F.A Trophy: 3rd Round (2001/02, 2002/03, 2004/05 and 2010/11)

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Eastleigh FC

The Spitfires

Founded: 1946             Ground: Silverlake Stadium            Capacity: 3000

Manager Ian Baird
Final Standing 2010/11 8th
F.A Cup 4th Qualifying Round
F.A Trophy 3rd Round
County Cup 3rd Round
League Top Scorer Jamie Slabber (21 goals)

Last Season

Eastleigh has become an experienced side in the Conference South and seems to always fall short of the playoffs. The Hampshire side announced going full time by offering younger players new contracts with the more senior players staying part time. A big move for The Spitfires, who will no doubt be eyeing up a playoff spot this campaign. Ian Baird’s team also enjoyed a run to the F.A Trophy 3rd Round knocking out Folkestone Invicta, Sutton United, Worcester City before a shock exit against Chasetown.

Last Seasons Meetings Against The Darts

16 October 2010 Eastleigh 3 Dartford 0 att 727
Graham 43 

Bonner (o.g) 63

Riviere 90

15 March 2011 Dartford 0 Eastleigh 0 att 711

Transfers In

Andy Forbes (Sutton United), Mike Green (Bristol Rovers), Ryan O’Hara (Gloucester City), Henrik Breimyr (Aldershot Town)

Transfers Out

Peter Adiniyi, Ian Herring, Warren Goodhind, Luke Byles, Brett Poate and Jamie Brown (Released) and Shaun McAuley (Basingstoke Town), Jason Matthews (Bath City), Richard Graham (Dartford), Tony Taggart and Anthony Riviere (Sutton United), Chris Holland (Havant & Waterlooville)

Stat Attack

  • Eastleigh won six league games in a row from 28 December 2010 to 25 January 2011, only Bromley and Woking beat this run
  • The Spitfires have not drawn at home in the league since 28 August 2010 a run of sixteen fixtures, the longest home drawing streak last season
  • The Hampshire side scored in fifteen consecutive league games from 16 October 2010 to 14 February 2011, only Ebbsfleet United went on a longer run
Attendances Average Highest Lowest
Home 537 (12th) 877 v Woking 248 v St Albans City
Away 500 (20th) 1020 v Havant & Waterlooville 209 v Weston Super-Mare
Total 518 (12th)
Results Biggest Win Biggest Defeat
Home 4-1 v Woking 1-4 v Staines Town / Welling United
Away 5-0 v Staines Town 0-3 v Chelmsford City

Best Performances

Highest League Finish: 3rd Conference South (2008/09)

Best Performance in the F.A Cup: 1st Round (2009/10)

Best Performance in the F.A Trophy: 3rd Round (2010/11)

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Farnborough FC

The Boro

Reformed: 2007           Ground: Rushmoor Stadium           Capacity: 6500

Manager Garry Haylock & Gareth Hall
Final Standing 2010/11 2nd
F.A Cup 4th Qualifying Round
F.A Trophy 3rd Qualifying Round
County Cup Semi-Final
League Top Scorer Bradley Bubb (17 goals)

Last Season

Farnborough were promoted alongside Dartford and experienced their first year at Conference South level since reformation. The Boro were guided to an excellent runner up spot by manager Steve King and almost pushed champions Braintree Town all the way, falling seven points short. The Hampshire side looked powerful up front; Grenadian international Bradley Bubb hit form in January scoring an impressive ten goals in twelve league matches. When Bubb failed to score they could rely on Kezie Ibe, Jack King and Dale Binns (36 goals between them). It’s no surprise The Boro scored the most goals in the Conference South. Despite a successful season they experienced playoff heartbreak in a 4-2 final defeat against Ebbsfleet United. With the loss of Bubb, Ibe, King, BInns and Booth it will be an interesting transition next year.

Last Seasons Meetings Against The Darts

21 August 2010 Farnborough 2 Dartford 1 att 1016
McDonald 12, 67 Noble 90
22 January 2011 Dartford 4 Farnborough 1 att 1010
Sheringham 12, 48 

Champion 63

Harris 73

Bubb 20

Transfers In

Adam Bygrave, Esmond James, Philip Appiah, Alex Tokarczyk (Hayes and Yeading United), Ashley Winn (Gateshead), Tony Garrod (Southampton), Tom Murphy (Thurrock), Reece Connolly and Doug Berqvist (Aldershot Town)

Transfers Out

Jay Conroy (Sutton United), Kezie Ibe (Chelmsford City), Craig Braham-Barrett (Havant and Waterlooville), Bradley Bubb (Aldershot Town), Michael Jordan, James Smith and Daryl McMahon (Boreham Wood), Dale Binns, Jay Davies and Jack King (Woking), Dean McDonald, Nic Ciardini, Gary Holloway, Owen Price and Paul Booth (Released)

Stat Attack

  • From 12 January 2011 to 5 April 2011 Farnborough went on an eleven match unbeaten run only beaten by Woking and Ebbsfleet United
  • The Boro kept the second most clean sheets in the league keeping the opposition out sixteen times
  • Along with Chelmsford City and Ebbsfleet United, The Boro scored in 36 games, the highest in the league
  • On 19 March 2011 Paul Booth scored the 1000th league goal of the season in a hat trick performance against Lewes
  • Farnborough were represented the most in the Blue Square Team of the Year. Steve Robinson, Daryl McMahon, Dale Binns and Bradley Bubb all made the team and have all left Farnborough now
Attendances Average Highest Lowest
Home 753 (6th) 1879 v Woking 209 v Dorchester Town
Away 687 (5th) 2123 v Woking 206 v Weston Super-Mare
Total 720 (6th)
Results Biggest Win Biggest Defeat
Home 4-1 v Dover Athletic 1-2 v Ebbsfleet United / Eastleigh / Woking
Away 5-1 v Lewes 6-3  v Dover Athletic

Best Performances

Highest League Finish: 5th Conference (1991/92)

Best Performance in the F.A Cup: 4th Round (2002/03)

Best Performance in the F.A Trophy: Quarter Final (1991/92 and 2002/03)

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Hampton & Richmond FC

The Beavers

Founded: 1921             Ground: Beveree Stadium              Capacity: 3000

Manager Mark Harper
Final Standing 2010/11 18th
F.A Cup 3rd Qualifying Round
F.A Trophy 2nd Round
County Cup Quarter-Final
League Top Scorer Charlie Moone & Lawrence Yaku (8 goals)

Last Season

The Beavers have been in the Conference South since 2007 and in their first two seasons suffered playoff heartbreak. Now consolidated in the Conference South they have finished in the lower realms of the league. Last season The Beavers struggled finishing five points clear of safety. Between October 2010 and February 2011 Mark Harper’s men could not find a win, until they won at Princes Park. With an away record worthy of a mid-table team, The Beavers managed just three victories at home. More consolidation and mid-table safety will be the target this year, anything more a bonus.

Last Seasons Meetings Against The Darts

17 August 2010 Hampton & Richmond 1 Dartford 0 att 680
Wells 68
22 January 2011 Dartford 0 Hampton & Richmond 4 att 1043
Wells 24 

Hodges 39

Yaku 46, 50

Transfers In

Matt Ruby (Unattached), Callum Stewart (Histon), Billy Jeffreys (Ashford Town (Middlesex)), James Simmonds (Carshalton Athletic), Lewis Ferrell (Hayes & Yeading United), Ricky Machel (Northwood)

Transfers Out

Craig Tanner (Job commitments), Lawrence Yaku and Barrie Matthews (Boreham Wood), Takahiro Kirihara, Pietro Palladino and Jack Mullan (Ashford Town (Middlesex) on loan), Ian Hodges (Falmouth)

Stat Attack

  • Hampton and Richmond’s fifteen game winless streak from 16 October 2010 to 15 February 2011 was the second longest in the league
  • The Beavers failed to score in eighteen matches, only Lewes failed to find the net more times
Attendances Average Highest Lowest
Home 469 (13th) 796 v Woking 261 v Bishop’s Stortford
Away 525 (16th) 1178 v Chelmsford City 152 v Boreham Wood
Total 499 (13th)
Results Biggest Win Biggest Defeat
Home 3-0 v Chelmsford City 0-4 v Farnborough
Away 4-0 Dartford 0-4 v Basingstoke Town

Best Performances

Highest League Finish: 2nd Conference South (2008/09)

Best Performance in the F.A Cup: 1st Round (2000/01 and 2007/08)

Best Performance in the F.A Trophy: 4th Round (2001/02)

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Havant & Waterlooville FC

The Hawks

Founded: 1998              Ground: Westleigh Park               Capacity: 5250

Manager Shaun Gale
Final Standing 2010/11 9th
F.A Cup 1st Round
F.A Trophy 3rd Qualifying Round
County Cup Quarter-Final
League Top Scorer Wes Fogden (14 goals)

Last Season

Havant and Waterlooville started out as one of the favourites last season and ended way short of the playoffs. The Hawks participated in their sixth season at this level finishing one place and a point ahead of Dartford. Winless in the opening month of the season Havant and Waterlooville picked up form in September going on to win six out of seven. Shaun Gale’s men struggled with consistency, like Dartford they won as many as they lost.

Last Seasons Meetings Against The Darts

14 August 2010 Dartford 2 Havant & Waterlooville 2 att 1302
Harris 68 

Hayes 90

Hopkinson 45 

Fogden 88

18 April 2011 Havant & Waterlooville 1 Dartford 0 att 456
Fogden 33

Transfers In

Chris Holland (Eastleigh), Craig Braham-Barrett (Farnborough), Mark Nwojeki (AFC Wimbledon), Lee Peacock (Grimsby Town), Perry Ryan (Free), Warren McBean (Bromley)

Transfers Out

Manny Williams (Maidenhead United), Mustafa Tyriaki (Tranmere Rovers), Ian Simpemba (Ebbsfleet United), Aaron Howe (Woking), James Tyrrell (Staines Town)

Stat Attack

  • The Hawks scored and conceded most of their league goals in the last fifteen minutes of matches
  • Havant and Waterlooville went five games unbeaten on their travels from 28 August 2010 to 13 November 2010, conceding just one goal
Attendances Average Highest Lowest
Home 646 (10th) 1020 v Eastleigh 318 v Maidenhead United
Away 566 (11th) 1302 v Dartford 116 v Maidenhead United
Total 606 (10th)
Results Biggest Win Biggest Defeat
Home 4-1 v Thurrock / Bishop’s Stortford 0-3 v Farnborough
Away 5-1 v Bishop’s Stortford 2-4 v Eastleigh

Best Performances

Highest League Finish: 4th Conference South (2006/07)

Best Performance in the F.A Cup: 4th Round (2007/08)

Best Performance in the F.A Trophy: Semi Final (2002/03)

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Maidenhead United FC

The Magpies

Founded: 1870                  Ground: York Road                  Capacity: 4000

Manager Johnson Hippolyte
Final Standing 2010/11 19th
F.A Cup 4th Qualifying Round
F.A Trophy 3rd Qualifying Round
County Cup Runner Up
League Top Scorer Kieran St Aimie (7 goals)

Last Season

Maidenhead United survived on the final day of the season last year. Thurrock needed to win at Farnborough and The Magpies had to lose if Maidenhead were to go down. Rewind two weeks a crucial last minute goal by Max Worsfield against Thurrock gave them breathing space. Overall it was a traumatic season for the Berkshire club as they went on the longest losing streak in the league. Johnson Hippolyte relied heavily on loan players and was it not for a run of one defeat in the last seven games The Magpies could have easily finished in the bottom three.

Last Seasons Meetings Against The Darts

5 March 2011 Dartford 3 Maidenhead United 0 att 976
Sheringham 68 

Bradbrook 86, 90

30 April 2011 Maidenhead United 2 Dartford 3 att 534
Faulconbridge 79 

Louis 86

Sheringham 53 

Pallen 68

Hayes 72

Transfers In

Ashon Holgate (Unattached), Manny Williams (Havant and Waterlooville), Max Worsfold and Jordan Clement (Aldershot Town), Chris Taylor (Free), Leigh Henry (Bath City)

Transfers Out

Ashley Nicholls (Dorchester Town)

Stat Attack

  • Maidenhead went 17 games without a win from New Year’s Day to 2 April 2011
  • During their barren spell they also lost nine consecutive matches, the worst run in the league
  • The Magpies average attendance away from home was the worst in the league
Attendances Average Highest Lowest
Home 325 (18th) 534 v Dartford 116 v Havant & Waterlooville
Away 474 (22nd) 976 v Dartford 149 v Boreham Wood
Total 399 (21st)
Results Biggest Win Biggest Defeat
Home 2-1 v St Albans City 0-3 v Braintree Town / Welling United / Farnborough
Away 2-0 v Bromley / Woking 0-3 v Eastleigh / Dartford

Best Performances

Highest League Finish: 6th Conference South (2008/07)

Best Performance in the F.A Cup: 1st Round (1960/61, 1962/63, 1963/64, 1971/72, 2006/07 and 2007/08)

Best Performance in the F.A Trophy: Quarter Finals (2003/04)

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Salisbury City FC

The Whites

Founded: 1947      Ground: Raymond McEnhill Stadium      Capacity: 5000

Manager Darrell Clarke
Final Standing 2010/11 3rd Southern Premier League
F.A Cup 4th Qualifying Round
F.A Trophy Quarter Final
County Cup Semi Final
League Top Scorer Jake Reid (12 goals)

Last Season

It’s not often a football club reach their pinnacle then drop two divisions, this is what happened to Salisbury City a year ago. Financial problems led to a breach in Conference rules when The White Tigers couldn’t agree a CVA in time. A year on and promotion to the Conference South was secured via the playoffs. A new consortium arrived and newly appointed manager Darrell Clarke assembled a team of youngsters to take them up. Salisbury finished third despite leading the Southern League going into the last month. In the playoffs they defeated Cambridge City in the semi-final and second place Hednesford Town on penalties in the final. Salisbury will look towards the playoffs at least in an attempt to reach the levels where they feel they belong.

Last League Meetings Against The Darts

18 October 2003 Dartford 0 Salisbury City 3 att 244
Southern League (East)
29 November 2003 Salisbury City 3 Dartford 1 att 505
Southern League (East)

Transfers In

Claudio Herbert (Andover Town), Luke Ruddick (Bath City), Conor Gough (Charlton Athletic)

Transfers Out

Jamie Turley (Forest Green Rovers), Kayne McLaggon (Bristol Rovers)

Stat Attack

  • On two separate occasions Salisbury City managed to win six games in a row, during that time between 2 October 2010 and 8 February 2011 they ended up 17 matches unbeaten.
  • Salisbury City never dropped out of the top five all season
  • The Whites scored an impressive 52 goals at home over 20 matches, an average of 2.6 a game
Attendances Average Highest Lowest
Home 788 (1st) 1642 v Truro City 471 v Halesowen Town
Away 401 858 v Chippenham Town 127 v Evesham United
Total 595
Results Biggest Win Biggest Defeat
Home 7-1 v Halesowen Town 0-6 v Truro City
Away 4-0 v Halesowen Town 0-3 v Hednesford Town

Best Performances

Highest League Finish: 12th Conference (2007/08 and 2009/10)

Best Performance in the F.A Cup: 2nd Round (1959/60 and 2006/07)

Best Performance in the F.A Trophy: Quarter Final (2005/06, 2006/07 and 2010/11)

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Staines Town FC

The Swans

Founded: 1892              Ground: Wheatsheaf Park             Capacity: 4000

Manager Steve Cordery
Final Standing 2010/11 15th
F.A Cup 4th Qualifying Round
F.A Trophy 3rd Qualifying Round
County Cup Winners
League Top Scorer Richard Butler (7 goals)

Last Season

The Swans could have finished higher in the league last season if it wasn’t for the treacherous April they had. Winless in their last eight fixtures in which they lost six in a row, Steve Cordery’s men could have finished closer to the top ten. In those final matches in became evident that a striker was required, something Cordery may have addressed this summer. Each week you never knew which Staines team would turn up, the one who defeated Eastligh 4-1 away from home or the team who were thrashed 5-0 by the same side. If Staines is to improve on last season then Steve Cordery will have to work out a way to make his side more consistent.

Last Seasons Meetings Against The Darts

18 January 2011 Dartford 1 Staines Town 1 att 774
White 84 Gordon 63
19 March 2011 Staines Town 2 Dartford 0 att 402
Scarlett 5 

Taylor 41

Transfers In

Belal Aiteouakrim (Hendon), Adam Everitt (St Albans City), David Wheeler (Lewes), James Tyrrell (Havant & Waterlooville)

Transfers Out

Toby Little and Darty Brown (Released)

Stat Attack

  • From 21 August 2010 to 4 September 2010 Staines Town drew five in a row, only St Albans City matched this longest streak
  • The Swans netted in 12 consecutive league matches at Wheatsheaf Park from 16 October 2010 to 22 March 2011, only Chelmsford City beat this record
Attendances Average Highest Lowest
Home 351 (17th) 914 v Woking 191 v Weston Super-Mare
Away 568 (10th) 1219 v Woking 151 v Boreham Wood
Total 459 (17th)
Results Biggest Win Biggest Defeat
Home 3-0 v Bishop’s Stortford 0-5 v Eastleigh
Away 4-1 v Eastleigh 0-4 v Welling United

Best Performances

Highest League Finish: 8th Conference South (2009/10)

Best Performance in the F.A Cup: 2nd Round (2007/08 and 2009/10)

Best Performance in the F.A Trophy: 4th Round (2003/04)

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Sutton United FC

The Swans

Founded: 1898        Ground: Borough Sports Ground        Capacity: 7032

Manager Paul Doswell
Final Standing 2010/11 1st Isthmian Premier League
F.A Cup 1st Qualifying Round
F.A Trophy 1st Round
County Cup 2nd Round
League Top Scorer Richard Jolly (21 goals)

Last Season

Two years ago Sutton United finished runners up to Dartford in the Isthmian Premier League. Last season they went a step further and finished as champions. Incredibly Paul Doswell’s team went unbeaten at home winning 17 and drawing just four. On their travels The U’s were defeated seven times but still beat Tonbridge Angels to the title by a comfortable 11 points. Sutton was never knocked off their Isthmian league perch once they reached top spot on 3 November 2010. Paul Doswell who was so successful at Eastlieigh has brought in Paul Telfer as a coach. After winning the Surrey side their first trophy in 12 years consolidation in the Conference South could be on the cards.

Last League Meetings Against The Darts

22 September 2009 Sutton United 0 Dartford 3 att 648
Haworth 56, 75 

Hawes (o.g) 66

6 February 2010 Dartford 0 Sutton United 2 att 1160
Norwood 39 

Gargan 79

Transfers In

Neil Jenkins (Eastbourne Borough), Anthony Riviere and Tony Taggart (Eastleigh), Jay Conroy (Farnborough), Craig Watkins (Metropolitan Police)

Transfers Out

Andy Forbes (Eastleigh), Richard Jolly (Released), Steve Watts (Retired)

Stat Attack

  • Sutton United’s seven consecutive wins from 24 August 2010 to 2 October 2010 was the longest winning streak in the Isthmian Premier League last year.
  • The U’s won ten in a row at the Borough Sports Ground, no other team in the league beat this record
  • Away from home, Sutton had the best defence conceding just 17 goals
Attendances Average Highest Lowest
Home 721 (2nd) 1552 v Hastings United 410 v Croydon Athletic
Away 485 1265 v Lowestoft Town 163 v Harrow Borough
Total 575
Results Biggest Win Biggest Defeat
Home 5-0 v Croydon Athletic
Away 3-0 v Tooting and Mitcham / Maidstone United / Croydon Athletic 1-3 v Horsham

Best Performances

Highest League Finish: 7th Conference (1986/87)

Best Performance in the F.A Cup: 4th Round (1988/89)

Best Performance in the F.A Trophy: Runner Up (1980/81)

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Thurrock FC

The Fleet

Founded: 1985                  Ground: Ship Lane                   Capacity: 3500

Manager Robbie Garvey
Final Standing 2010/11 20th
F.A Cup 3rd Qualifying Round
F.A Trophy 3rd Qualifying Round
County Cup 3rd Round
League Top Scorer Cliff Akurang (7 goals)

Last Season

Thurrock finished in the bottom three last season and was saved by the demise of Rushden and Diamonds in the Conference. Southport was reinstated in the Conference National, Bishop’s Stortford moved across to the Conference North and so Thurrock was reprieved. It took The Fleet 15 matched to record their first win and during that time top scorer Cliff Akurang already scored six of his seven goals. For a team in the bottom three rarely Thurrock failed to score but their defence kept just five clean sheets. Thurrock kept their first clean sheet of the campaign against Dartford after 6-1 and 7-2 maulings. The torrid season started with Hakan Heyrettin as boss and after no wins he resigned. In came Greg Lincoln who left after the drubbings against Chelmsford City and Dover Athletic. Grant Gordon’s attempt to steady the ship failed and this summer he stepped down for ex Dart Robbie Garvey to take the reins.

Last Seasons Meetings Against The Darts

11 September 2010 Thurrock 1 Dartford 1 att 644
Lette-Jallow 65 Bradbrook 78
20 November 2010 Thurrock 0 Dartford 2 att 405
F.A Trophy 3QR Rook 18, 82
8 January 2010 Dartford 0 Thurrock 1 att 1020
Bodkin 68

Transfers In

Kris Newby (East Thurrock United), Rickie Hayles (AFC Hornchurch), James White and Joe Bruce (Dartford)

Transfers Out

Kenny Clark (Chelmsford City), Tom Murphy (Farnborough)

Stat Attack

  • Thurrock’s 19 matches without clean sheet was the longest run in the league
  • The Fleet kept the least amount of clean sheets in the league, just five times they shut out the opposition
  • Thurrock conceded the most amount of goals in the opening 15 minutes
Attendances Average Highest Lowest
Home 309 (20th) 647 v Ebbsfleet United 152 v Havant & Waterlooville
Away 504 (19th) 1020 v Dartford 138 v Boreham Wood
Total 407 (19th)
Results Biggest Win Biggest Defeat
Home 3-0 v Weston Super-Mare 2-7 v Dover Athletic
Away 3-1 v Maidenhead United 1-6 v Chelmsford City

Best Performances

Highest League Finish: 3rd Conference South (2004/05)

Best Performance in the F.A Cup: 1st Round (2003/04 and 2004/05)

Best Performance in the F.A Trophy: 4th Round (2004/05)

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Tonbridge Angels FC

The Angels

Founded: 1947            Ground: Longmead Stadium           Capacity: 3000

Manager Tommy Warrilow
Final Standing 2010/11 2nd Isthmian Premier League
F.A Cup 1st Qualifying Round
F.A Trophy 3rd Qualifying Round
County Cup 1st Round
League Top Scorer Frannie Collin (18 goals)

Last Season

The Angels were promoted after clinching runners up spot in the Isthmian Premier League. In the playoffs they defeated Harrow Borough 3-2 after extra time in the semi-final then had to overcome Lowestoft Town. The final was dramatic with Tonbridge leading 2-0 and 3-1. The lead slipped when Lowestoft equalised but nine minutes from time Lewis Taylor secure promotion. Managed by ex Dart Tommy Warrilow, Tonbridge lost their opening three matches. Form picked up in October when they lost just once up until mid-February. The Kent club will hope to stay up this season and the re-signing of Jon Main could add goals in attack as he looks to rediscover his form which made him so popular at Longmead.

Last Meetings Against The Darts

13 October 2009 Dartford 2 Tonbridge Angels 0 att 1228
Tait 57 

Harris 85

13 February 2010 Tonbridge Angels 1 Dartford 4 att 842
Booth 39 Johnson 51 

Harris 72

Bradbrook 81

Haworth 85

25 January 2011 Dartford 2 Tonbridge Angels 0 att 307
Kent Senior Cup 1R Harris 62 

Sheringham 88

Transfers In

Jon Main (AFC Wimbledon), Anthony Storey (Horsham)

Transfers Out

 

Stat Attack

  • From 23 November 2010 to 8 February 2011 The Angels were unbeaten in the league for 11 fixtures
  • Against the bottom half of the Isthmian Premier League Tonbridge had the best record
Attendances Average Highest Lowest
Home 488 (4th)
Away
Total
Results Biggest Win Biggest Defeat
Home 7-1 v AFC Hornchurch 0-4 v Cray Wanderers
Away 5-1 v Tooting and Mitcham 0-3 v Billericay Town

Best Performances

Highest League Finish: 11th Southern League (1949/50)*

Best Performance in the F.A Cup: 1st Round (1950/51, 1951/52, 1952/53, 1967/68 and 1972/73)

Best Performance in the F.A Trophy: 3rd Round (2004/05)

*equivalent of Conference South at the time

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Truro City FC

The White Tigers

Founded: 1889                 Ground: Treyew Road               Capacity: 3500

Manager Lee Hodges
Final Standing 2010/11 1st Southern Premier League
F.A Cup 2nd Qualifying Round
F.A Trophy 3rd Qualifying Round
County Cup n/a
League Top Scorer Barry Hayles (18 goals)

Last Season

The rise and rise of Truro City continues with their debut season in the Conference South. Cornish football is not at all represented up the footballing ladder but that is the aim for club Chairman Kevin Heaney. Over the summer rumours linked the businessman with a move to save Plymouth Argyle, this was turned down. In 2005 they were in the South Western League and five promotions in six seasons has seen The White Tigers propel themselves to the Conference South. Added to their success is the 2007 F.A Vase victory at Wembley against AFC Totton. Last year the journey continued at full speed as Truro City finished ahead Hednesford Town by four points. Truro led the league for most of the season before dropping to second for three games, however they retained top spot with five games to go winning their last seven matches. Truro will be hoping their climb to the Football League continues momentum.

Transfers In

Ed Palmer (Torquay United)

Transfers Out


Stat Attack

  • Truro City scored an impressive 91 goals in the Southern League the highest in the division
  • They also had the joint best defence conceding 35 times the same amount as Chesham United
  • The attendance of 1696 against Weymouth was the highest in the Southern Premier League last season
Attendances Average Highest Lowest
Home 526 (3rd) 1696 v Weymouth 301 v Bashley
Away 415 1682 v Salisbury City 113 v Cirencester Town
Total 471
Results Biggest Win Biggest Defeat
Home 6-0 v Halesowen Town 0-3 v Chesham United
Away 6-0 v Salisbury City 2-3 v Leamington / Brackley Town

Best Performances

Highest League Finish: 1st Southern Premier League (2010/11)

Best Performance in the F.A Cup: 3rd Qualifying Round (2009/10)

Best Performance in the F.A Trophy: 1st Round (2009/10)

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Welling United FC

The Wings

Founded: 1963              Ground: Park View Road              Capacity: 4500

Manager Jamie Day
Final Standing 2010/11 6th
F.A Cup 2nd Qualifying Round
F.A Trophy 1st Round
County Cup 1st Round
League Top Scorer Andrew Pugh (17 goals)

Last Season

It was a difficult but successful season for Welling United last term, a respectable sixth place finish for Jamie Day and company. Plagued with financial difficulties and a potential winding up order The Wings pulled through and survived. Even with five points deducted Welling would have been disappointed to miss out on the playoffs because those five points would have left them in third place. Goals were no problem for the Kent club with Andrew Pugh scoring 17 goals, Clarke getting 15 goals and Jamie Cumbers netting 14 times. An organised outfit with the third best attack and defence, if they can keep their house in order then they should be up there next season.

Last Seasons Meetings Against The Darts

1 January 2011 Welling United 2 Dartford 1 att 1540
Clarke 42 

Cumbers 55

Rook 82
15 February 2011 Dartford 1 Welling United 1 att 1384
Hayes 82 Parkinson 66

Transfers In

Zac Attwood (Histon)

Transfers Out

 

Stat Attack

  • Welling managed six consecutive wins at home in the league from 24 August 2010 to 6 November 2010, only Woking managed more in a row at home
  • The Wings went 14 matches without drawing from 21 August 2010 to 13 November 2010, the longest streak in the league
  • Even with their exceptional home form they went 18 games without a clean sheet at Park View Road, the longest period at home without a clean sheet
Attendances Average Highest Lowest
Home 651 (9th) 1540 v Dartford 383 v Maidenhead United
Away 685 (6th) 1645 v Braintree Town 118 v Boreham Wood
Total 668 (7th)
Results Biggest Win Biggest Defeat
Home 6-0 v St Albans City 1-3 v Braintree Town
Away 4-0 v Bishop’s Stortford 0-4 v Ebbsfleet United

Best Performances

Highest League Finish: 6th Conference (1989/90)

Best Performance in the F.A Cup: 3rd Round (1988/89)

Best Performance in the F.A Trophy: Quarter Final (1888/89 and 2006/07)

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Weston Super-Mare AFC

The Seagulls

Founded: 1887          Ground: Woodspring Stadium          Capacity: 3000

Manager Craig Laird
Final Standing 2010/11 12th
F.A Cup 3rd Qualifying Round
F.A Trophy 3rd Qualifying Round
County Cup Winners
League Top Scorer Kane Ingram (8)

Last Season

Weston Super-Mare finished mid-table last term in their best position since 2004/05. It was a vast improvement to a club that has finished in the relegation zone three times since 2007. Manager Craig Laird has kept faith with his players and has bee rewarded with more stability in the Conference South. You never knew what you would get as a Seagulls fan as Weston Super-Mare rarely put a run of any kind together win, lose or draw. This is perhaps summed up in the week they lost 3-6 against Boreham Wood then thrashed Bromley 7-0. With low attendances the west coast side will be satisfied for more stability.

Last Seasons Meetings Against The Darts

4 September 2010 Dartford 4 Weston Super-Mare 1 att 1173
Sheringham 45, 71 

White 67

Slocombe (o.g) 68

Duharty 47
8 Febrauary 2011 Weston Super-Mare 0 Dartford 1 att 234
Sheringham 73

Transfers In

Ben Hunt (Dover Athletic), Matt Huxley (Oldland), Chris Young (Bridgwater), James Richards (Swindon Town), Robbie Maggs, Jack Camm and George Booth (Bristol Rovers)

Transfers Out

Craig Rand (Free)

Stat Attack

  • Eight teams in the Conference South recorded their lowest away attendance when travelling to Weston Super-Mare, only Boreham Wood had less visitors
  • Weston Super-Mare’s 7-0 drubbing of Bromley was the biggest win in the league last season
  • The Seagulls 6-3 defeat at Boreham Wood was the joint highest aggregate score in front of the lowest league attendance recorded last season of 105
Attendances Average Highest Lowest
Home 264 (21st) 803 v Staines Town 150 v Thurrock
Away 546 (13th) 1975 v Woking 105 v Boreham Wood
Total 405 (21st)
Results Biggest Win Biggest Defeat
Home 7-0 v Bromley 0-3 v Lewes
Away 4-3 v St Albans City 0-4 v Braintree Town

Best Performances

Highest League Finish: 11th – Conference South (2004/05)

Best Performance in the F.A Cup: 2nd Round (2003/04)

Best Performance in the F.A Trophy: 4th Round ( 1998/99 and 2003/04)

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Woking FC

The Cards

Founded: 1889             Ground: Kingfield Stadium             Capacity: 6000

Manager Garry Hill
Final Standing 2010/11 5th
F.A Cup 1st Round
F.A Trophy 2nd Round
County Cup 2nd Round
League Top Scorer Elvis Hammond (12 goals)

Last Season

Like last season Woking will be amongst the favourites to be promoted. The Cards are the most successful club in the division with three F.A Trophy’s, two near promotion misses into the Football League and the famous F.A Cup run to the fourth round. Woking has the second best support and one of the biggest stadiums in the league. Garry Hill will take heart from the astounding run in February and March. The Cards won seven in a row without conceding, drew 1-1 with Farnborough, then won their next four games conceding just one more goal. Woking made it to the playoff just in time but were beaten in the semi final by Farnborough.

Last Seasons Meetings Against The Darts

27 November 2010 Woking 2 Dartford 2 att 896
Hammond 22 

Faulconbridge 45

Hayes 7 

Purcell 50

9 April 2011 Dartford 3 Woking 2 att 1206
Bradbrook 38 

Sheringham 40

Pallen 42

Burgess 30 

Dobson 84

Transfers In

Dale Binns, Jack King and Jay Davies (Farnborough), Giuseppe Sole (Newport County), Adam Newton (Luton Town), Wayne Gray (Chelmsford City), Aaron Howe (Havant & Waterlooville), Derek Duncan (Ebbsfleet United)

Transfers Out

Aswad Thomas (Braintree Town), Kieran Murtagh (Cambridge United), James Walker (Dover Athletic), Ollie Palmer (Boreham Wood)

Stat Attack

  • From 1 February 2011 to 1 March 2011 Woking won seven consecutive matches only equalled by Bromley
  • The Cards also won seven home matches in a row the longest home winning streak in the league last season
  • Seven is also the amount of league games Woking went without conceding from 1 February 2011 to 1 March 2011

Attendances Average Highest Lowest
Home 1167 (2nd) 2123 v Farnborough 654 v Eastleigh
Away 767 (2nd) 1879 v Farnborough 175 v Weston Super-Mare
Total 967 (2nd)
Results Biggest Win Biggest Defeat
Home 3-0 v Boreham Wood / Ebbsfleet United 0-2 v Maidenhead United
Away 4-0 v Bishop’s Stortford / Lewes 1-4 v Eastleigh

Best Performances

Highest League Finish: 2nd Conference (1994/95 and 1995/96)

Best Performance in the F.A Cup: 4th Round (1990/91)

Best Performance in the F.A Trophy: Winners (1993/94, 1994/95 and 1996/97)

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Stats and Trends – 30th July 2011

Note: This match has since been postponed due to the Brentwood Town pitch not being ready.

On This Day

2002 – (A) v Bromley – friendly – drew 1-1 (Richard Usherwood)
2005 – (A) v Horley Town – friendly – won 3-2

Trends

– The Darts have scored in all but one against Brentwood Town (29th March 2008)
– Dartford have conceded in all but one against Brentwood Town (15th April 1968)

– The Darts have not won against Brentwood Town since 15/04/1968.

Ex Darts at Brentwood Town

Danny Dafter & Steve Butterworth

Records v Brentwood Town
Played 6, Won 2, Drawn 2, Lost 2, For 8, Against 7

 

Season Review Part Ten – A look back on 2010/2011

10 – April and May – Mission Complete

Oh Jackie Pallen!

Dartford entered the final month of the season in twelfth position and five points behind a top ten finish. Over April The Darts would play another seven league fixtures and a Kent Senior Cup Semi Final.

Lee Burns scores his first

It was a windy day in Hertfordshire which played a huge part in the result against St Albans City. Dartford started off well and forced Conor Gough into a save which he spilt then gathered up and Charlie Sheringham headed wide. Half way through the first forty five Dartford cleared their lines, Lee Burns flicked on a routine header thirty five yards from goal, and the wind carried the ball which bounced by the penalty spot. Dartford fans watched on in disbelief as Gough watched the bouncing ball sail over his head and into the net. What a way to score your first goal of the season, bizarre indeed. Burns celebrated in style, having recently become a father he cradled the tiny Lee Noble, typical Burnsy, no one could be happier. The crowd started to sing, “Where were you when Burnsy scored?” about time we all thought.

Early into the second half The Darts threatened with a couple of headers but it was the home side that made their chance count.  A long ball fell into Tony Battersby’s path and he neatly finished equalising for The Saints. The side at the bottom of the table came back into the game and when Paul Goodacre committed a foul a penalty was awarded. Battersby stepped up to make it two, struck his shot and smashed the cross bar.

Young Jack Pallen was given a start up front and when there was five minutes to go he chased down the ball forcing the St Albans defender into a mistake. Pallen was through one on one with Gough then slotted the ball beyond the keeper, Jack won the match.

St Albans City 1 Dartford 2 – Highlights

A Trip to the Coast

The emergence of Jack Pallen saw a change to the playing staff. Carl Rook went out on loan and Tony Burman signed winger James Rogers.  The Darts made the journey to the coast to take on Ramsgate in the Kent Senior Cup Semi Final. Now the side had got this far and silverware was in our grasp this competition mattered because it had been fifteen years since Dartford reached a cup final.

Sheringham's spot kick

The Rams held Dartford in the first half as both sides failed to score in the opening forty five minutes. In the second half,  Ramsgate failed to clear a corner and Tom Champion scuffed a half volley towards goal, Charlie Sheringham instinctively blasted the ball into the roof of the net from a couple of yards out, 1-0.

The lead was doubled when Jack Pallen was felled in the box and Sheringham converted the spot-kick for his fourth goal in this year’s competition. And just to make sure the tie was finished off ten minutes from time when Ryan Hayes stylishly cut inside to polish off Ramsgate with goal number three. The Darts had made it through to the Bank Holiday May finale.

Ramsgate 0 Dartford 3 – Kent Senior Cup Semi Final Highlights

Playing Without Fear

The win at St Albans City meant Dartford booked their place in next seasons Conference South. However, Tony Burman was determined for his side to finish in the top ten and play to the end. This type of attitude showed against the in form Woking who had taken an impressive 38 points from their last 45.

The first half was more than dramatic at Princes Park. Elliot Bradbrook was deemed to have handled in his penalty box. The decision was harsh considering Bradbrook was facing the opposite direction and the ball hit is hand. The experienced former football league player Elvis Hammond stepped up, the Dartford fans waited for the spot kick. Hammond struck the ball; Andrew Young guessed right, the ball rolled past the post and the scores stayed level.  The penalty count levelled up when Lee Noble was bundled to the floor giving Charlie Sheringham the opportunity to put Dartford in front. Sheringham stepped up, the Dartford fans waited for the spot kick. Sheringham struck the ball; Andy Little guessed right, the ball rolled past the post and the scores stayed level, déjà vu.

With fifteen minutes left to play in the first half no one could afford to blink, it was all action. Andrew Burgess took a free kick from way out on the right and his effort flew over Young into the far top corner. It was a goal Dartford fans had seen Ryan Hayes score on many occasions, this time the goal went against The Darts. Woking deserved the lead but were left completely stunned.

In the space of four minutes the following took place. Dartford won a corner on the left which was sent into the box by Lee Noble. Elliot Bradbrook rose the highest and headed in the equaliser. A couple of minutes later Lee Burns played a short pass into Jack Pallen who spotted a diagonal run by Sheringham. Pallen picked out his fellow striker, Sheringham slid in to win the ball. Sheringham got to his feet the quickest and lifted the ball over the Little into the goal. Unbelievably it did not stop there when Sheringham flicked the ball into Pallen’s path he expertly blasted in the third, what a turnaround.

Charlie Sheringham lifts the ball goalwards

The Darts played with confidence in the second half but failed to increase the lead and when Woking’s Adam Doyle was dismissed the game looked over.  With seven minutes remaining the visitors won another penalty, the third of the game. Craig Dobson was on duty after Hammond’s earlier miss, he scored to give The Cards a life line but it was all too late.

Dartford 3 Woking 2 – Highlights

Super Mario Defeats The Darts

With a cup final place in the bag and a placed in next year’s Conference South, Dartford’s top ten quest was dealt three fatal blows in the space of a week. Boreham Wood destroyed The Darts back in October with the help of Mario Noto and he was at it again.

Charlie Sheringham gave The Darts the lead to make amends for his second penalty miss in consecutive games.  The striker failed to score after Lee Noble won a penalty and his spot kick was saved.  Dartford won penalty number two when Tom Bonner was hauled down, this time Sheringham went down the middle to give The Darts the lead.

Noto again: Mario takes The Darts apart

A minute before the break Mario Noto curled a superb free kick beyond Andrew Young to level. After the restart Noto beat Young for a second time when another curled effort was unstoppable. For the second game in a row a third penalty was awarded which gave Noto the chance to complete a hat trick, he did. To make things worse The Wood netted a fourth through David Bryant and Lee Burns was sent off.  Noto had now scored five of Boreham Wood’s seven goals against Dartford.

Dartford 1 Boreham Wood 4 – Highlights

Fogden Strikes Again

In a jam packed week Dartford travelled to Hampshire on a Monday night to face Havant and Waterlooville. The pitch at Westleigh Park wasn’t pretty and neither was the result. After a few chances for Tony Burman’s side the home team opened the scoring on thirty three minutes. Dartford’s defence were caught napping and Sammy Igoe’s cross was turned into the net by Wes Fogden. Dartford pushed for an equaliser knowing victory against The Hawks will aid their top ten finish and potentially damage Havant and Waterlooville’s chances. It wasn’t to be and the Hampshire side took the three points.

Havant and Waterlooville 1 Dartford 0 – Highlights

Dress Rehearsal

Defeat against Havant and Waterlooville meant the Good Friday match against Bromley was crucial. It was Havant and Bromley in Dartford’s way to gate crashing the top ten. The fixture at Hayes Lane was also a dress rehearsal for the Kent Senior Cup Final. The dress rehearsal was a disaster.

The Ravens took the lead through Jerry Nnamani and three minutes later Jerrome Sobers doubled their advantage. Charlie Sheringham gave Dartford a lifeline from the spot before half time but two second half goals from Warren McBean and Leon McKenzie completed Bromley’s victory.

Bromley 4 Dartford 1 – Highlights

A Glorious Day

Three defeats in a row and the return of Jon Main in a Dover Athletic shirt had the Dartford fans up for this fixture. The rivalry between Dartford and Dover in the last five years had increased as their paths have crossed more recently. Like Good Friday the sun was beaming down and inside Princes Park the atmosphere was cooking. It is fair to say that Dover has had the upper hand over Dartford for some time but after the 2-0 win by The Darts in November the double was on.

The game started at pace and continued throughout the first half. The Dartford midfield worked tirelessly and combined some good moves but neither side could fashion a goal scoring chance until mid-way into the first forty five. Lee Noble lined up a corner on the left and sent the cross into the crowded box. Charlie Sheringham lost his marker with a run to the near post and flicked the ball into the opposite corner, Princes Park erupted.

Lee Noble and Lee Burns linked up well on the edge of the box and Burns’ volley was parried wide by Ross Flitney. Noble then led a counter attack which failed to materialise and his curling effort later on just missed the target. Noble was everywhere dictating the middle of the park and setting up attacks. Dover survived the first half only a goal down.

Dartford end their home campaign on a high

Ten minutes into the second half Burns played the ball inside to Elliot Bradbrook. The captain laid the ball off to Tom Champion and side footed the ball tamely towards goal, a slight deflection later and the lead was doubled, The Darts were ecstatic. Three minutes on and Andrew Young punted a goal kick to the half way line. Charlie Sheringham headed the ball onwards, Burns flicked on with his head and Danny Harris pounced onto the ball and expertly lobbed Flitney, 3-0 the crowd went crazy. The Dartford players celebrated with the fans, Dover players looked on head in hands and stunned.

To the credit of a handful of Dover fans who kept supporting their club and making noise The Whites tried to get back into the game but found Dartford difficult to break down. Adam Birchall was kept quiet and his only major chance one on one with Andrew Young saw The Darts goalkeeper come out on top. Ross Flitney had to twice tip shots over the bar in the Dover goal as Dartford attempted to increase their lead. After a corner was kept alive Noble took a pop at goal inside the eighteen yard box, Sheringham reached out a leg controlled the ball and poked the ball with the outside of his foot passed Flitney, 4-0 to The Darts, what a way to finish Princes Park’s league campaign for 2010/2011.

Dartford 4 Dover Athletic 0 – Highlights

In at Number Ten

30 April 2011 and Dartford’s long season was to end at Maidenhead United. Whilst The Darts were playing for top ten finish their opponents needed just a point to stay up. Dartford needed to win and hope Bromley were defeated by Eastleigh.

The first half passed by with the home side happy to see out the game and use up time. At the break all looked well for both sides because Bromley and Thurrock were two goals down at the interval. In the second half The Darts threw a spanner in the works when Charlie Sheringham latched onto Ryan Hayes through ball to lob Steve Williams in the Maidenhead goal. A second goal followed fifteen minutes later when Jack Pallen and Sheringham combined on the edge of the box. Pallen finished netting his second league goal of the season, the academy player was settling in just nicely. Two turned to three in the seventy second minute when Ryan Hayes hit a right footed volley sweetly into the corner.  The season was ending on a high, Bromley were still two goals down and Thurrock had managed to pull their game back to 3-2. The Darts partied, The Magpies were on edge.

Maidenhead were not finished yet and substitute Craig Faulconbridge’s glancing header with eleven minutes on the clock gave The Magpies some impetus. Jefferson Louis pulled another goal back with five minutes remaining; surely The Darts wouldn’t throw it away? Then in the dying moments of the season Louis turned his man, fired in a shot, over the cross bar. A close call in the end as the game finished 3-2.

Knowledge of results from elsewhere arrived at York Road. Farnborough 3 Thurrock 2, Maidenhead was safe. Bromley 0 Eastleigh 2, Dartford had gate crashed the top ten.

Braintree Town departed the Conference South as champions. Farnborough Town and Ebbsfleet United overcome Woking and Chelmsford City in the playoffs respectively. Ebbsfleet United won the playoff 4-2 to join Braintree in the Conference National. St Albans City and Lewes were relegated and Thurrock was given a reprieve due to the demise of Rushden and Diamonds in the league above, Bishop’s Stortford moved to the Conference North. Joining the Conference South for 2011/2012 is Sutton United and Tonbridge Angels from the Isthmian Premier League as well as Salisbury City and Truro City from the Southern Premier League. The new adventure awaits.

Maidenhead United 2 Dartford 3 – Highlights

For The Win?

Last time Dartford made it to a cup final was in 1996 so it had been a long time coming. Bromley had won the Kent Senior Cup in 2007 when they retained the prize. The two sides drew 2-2 at Princes Park back in September but the 4-1 defeat to Bromley on Good Friday was still fresh in the memory of players, staff and supporters. The final was to be held at Princes Park and crowd of 2025 made the effort to see who would be crowned champions of Kent.

Tony Burman stuck with Deren Ibrahim in goal who had played in every round, the rest of the team was as you would expect as The Darts aimed to win their third piece of silverware in four years. An expectant crowd wanted to taste glory again and typically a mix of excitement and nerves filled Princes Park.

Dartford started steadily passing the ball around in midfield using their full backs to good effect. Tom Champion won possession and played the ball back to Paul Goodacre. Tom Bonner received the pass and touched the ball inside to Elliot Bradbrook. Bradbrook exchanged a one two with Lee Noble then played the ball wide to Matt Jones. Jones knocked the ball wide to Ryan Hayes who was making his two hundredth start, he cut inside and whipped in an in swinger. Noble was on the end of it unmarked, the header went wide. A promising opening, Noble kicked the post knowing he should have scored.

The Darts celebrate the opener

Bromley hit back when Ibrahim was forced into a reaction save at the near post and the resulting corner was scrambled clear. The next chance came from Dartford when Danny Harris was given space and his curler was deflected out for a corner. Twenty minutes had passed and Hayes swung the corner towards goal, Charlie Sheringham nodded the ball across the crowded six yard box and Bradbrook poked the ball in, just what the Captain ordered.

Straight from kick off Bromley directly carved their way through the Dartford team, Harry Harding was one on one with Young, what a waste from the Bromley player as he blasted the ball over, Dartford went to sleep and were let off. The first half was suddenly over it had all gone so quickly and The Darts had the narrow advantage.

Five minutes into the second half and Bonner took a throw in the corner of the Bromley half, his throw was laid back to him and a first time cross bounced through three Bromley defenders. Hayes was waiting, looked up and calmly picked out the far corner with a side footed shot, Dartford doubled their lead. Hayes ran to the corner flag slid on his knees got up and ‘sang’ using the flag as a microphone. Dartford fans sang knowing silverware was in their grasp.

The Darts started to play with more confidence, Sheringham’s spin and shot went harmlessly over, Hayes tricked his way down the left side, Bromley were on the edge as Dartford won another corner. Hayes swung the ball underneath the goal posts, Craig Holloway fumbled and after fifty five minutes Dartford were three to the good. Hayes was congratulated and out came his imaginary guitar.

Dartford fans were starting to have fun knowing the cup was as good as theirs and if anyone had doubts they didn’t on the hour. Sheringham’s vision picked out Hayes and his first time low cross to the far post reached Harris who was lurking to tap the ball in, 4-0. The players knew the job was done. Although Bromley pulled one back through Warren McBean fifteen minutes from time, Dartford won the Kent Senior Cup for the tenth time in their history.

Dartford F.C - Kent Senior Cup Winners

The celebrations went on into the evening, a third trophy in four years. Back in January, who would have thought Dartford would finish in the top ten and win a cup? Tony Burman, his staff, his players, and supporters had achieved the best set of results since 1989. Dartford Football Club finished tenth in the Conference South, reached the last sixteen of the F.A Trophy, the first round of the F.A Cup and is now the Champions of Kent.

Dartford 4 Bromley 1 – Kent Senior Cup Final Highlights

Kent Senior Cup Final Presentation

Dartford for the win!

Pos Team Pld W D L F A GD Pts
1 Braintree Town 42 27 8 7 78 33 +45 89
2 Farnborough 42 25 7 10 83 47 +36 82
3 Ebbsfleet United 42 22 12 8 75 51 +24 78
4 Chelmsford City 42 23 8 11 82 50 +32 77
5 Woking 42 22 10 10 62 42 +20 76
6 Welling United* 42 24 8 10 81 47 +34 75
7 Dover Athletic 42 22 8 12 80 51 +29 74
8 Eastleigh 42 22 6 14 74 53 +21 72
9 Havant & W 42 16 10 16 56 51 +5 58
10 Dartford 42 15 12 15 60 60 0 57
11 Bromley 42 15 12 15 49 61 -12 57
12 Weston-super-Mare 42 15 8 19 56 67 -11 53
13 Basingstoke Town 42 13 10 19 50 63 -13 49
14 Boreham Wood 42 12 11 19 56 67 -11 47
15 Staines Town 42 11 14 17 48 63 -15 47
16 Bishop’s Stortford 42 13 6 23 48 79 -31 45
17 Dorchester Town 42 10 14 18 49 59 -10 44
18 Hampton & Richmond 42 9 15 18 43 60 -17 42
19 Maidenhead United 42 10 10 22 43 70 -27 40
20 Thurrock 42 8 13 21 50 77 -27 37
21 Lewes 42 9 9 24 34 70 -36 36
22 St Albans City** 42 7 13 22 39 75 -36 24

*Welling United deducted five points

**St Albans City deducted ten points

Stuart Maidment

Photos courtesy of Dave Adkins, videos courtesy of Ray Cherry.

 

Stats and Trends – 26th July 2011

On This Day

2003 – (A) v Whitstable Town – friendly – drew 2-2 (Darren Smith and Danny Nicholls)
2005 – (A) v East Thurrock United – friendly – won 2-1
2007 – (A) v Sevenoaks Town – friendly – won 4-1 (Eddie McClements 2, John Guest and Ryan Hayes)
2008 – (A) v Whitstable Town – friendly – won 4-0 (Ray Powell 2, Lee Noble and Mark Green)

Trends

– The Darts have never lost on this day.

– Dartford have lost three out of eleven matches v Thamesmead Town, but only one of the last seven.

Ex Darts at Thamesmead Town

Jake Burman and Joe Horlock

Records v Thamesmead Town
Played 11, Won 5, Drawn 3, Lost 3, For 21, Against 16

 

Post Match interview – Crawley Town (H)

Tony Burman speaks to Pure DFC following the 1-1 draw with nPower League Two Crawley Town…

Post Match v Crawley Town

Stats and Trends – 23rd July 2011

On This Day

2002 – (A) v Herne Bay – friendly – won 1-0 (Shaun Loft)
2004 – (A) v VCD Athletic – friendly – lost 0-1
2005 – (A) v Thamesmead Town – friendly – drew 0-0
2009 – (H) v Welling United – friendly – won 3-2 (Adam Burchell, Rob Haworth and Ryan Hayes)

Trends

– Dartford were the last non-league side to beat Crawley Town (14th December 2010)

– The Darts have sealed one win in six versus Crawley Town

– The Darts have conceded in eight of the last nine matches v Crawley Town

Ex Darts at Crawley Town
None

Records v Crawley Town
Played 31, Won 16, Drawn 6, Lost 9, For 59, Against 43

Season Review Part Nine– A look back on 2010/2011

9 – March – Heading To Safety

Lucky Winner

After a fantastic February Dartford players and supporters were keen to begin March after a rare Saturday off. The Darts hosted Basingstoke Town on a Tuesday night with just two points separating the sides. For once this season Dartford were looking at the teams to catch rather than the teams hot on their heels, confidence in the team had turned for the better.

Although the first half was lacklustre with only half chances for either side the match was still in the balance. Basingstoke created their best chance mid-way through the first half when Frankie Raymond’s tremendous volley from the edge of the box looked goal bound, Andrew Young was equal to the Raymond’s skill and expertly tipped the ball over the crossbar. At half time the scores with level with neither team scoring. Dartford’s best opportunity came from Elliot Bradbrook’s volley which tested the alert Chay Morris who palmed the ball out for a corner. Billy Burgess was cautioned for a desperate challenge on the edge of his own box and just before half time Greg Draper went down running slightly away from goal, Burgess was the culprit again. The referee called Burgess over, oh no this looks ominous we thought, phew no card.

The second half favoured The Darts has the breeze picked up behind them. Jon Main shot wide from ten yards and Charlie Sheringham’s effort was well blocked. Basingstoke should have gone in front when Greg Draper headed wide from just five yards.

Callum Reynolds

Then on sixty five minutes a comedy yet unfortunate piece of misjudgement changed the game.  Dartford would not allow Basingstoke out of their half by pressing hard. Possession was won and Lee Noble picked up the loose ball which stayed glued to his feet. Unchallenged Noble continued to drive forward and unleashed a shot from 25 yards. Morris opted to catch the powerful strike but it slipped through his grasp, slowly the ball looped up onto the top of the cross bar and as it fell the unfortunate Callum Reynolds ran straight at the ball which hit his chest and over the line, comedy, fortunate but a Dartford goal nonetheless. From then on Dartford played better and hung on to victory.

Dartford 1 Basingstoke Town 0 – Highlights

The Late Show

Maidenhead United was on the slide and fast and they were next up at Princes Park. The Magpies had one victory to their name in the last 16 matches, scoring goals was not Maidenhead forte. Dartford only experienced one defeat in their last ten, a foregone conclusion?

Maidenhead started brightly and on just five minutes a quick turn from Kieran Knight and a delicious shot struck the corner of the cross bar. Andrew Young’s reflexes were required when a counter attack caught out The Darts; Young palmed the ball single headedly over the bar.

Charlie Sheringham blew a one on one chance on the half hour and the follow up by Lee Burns was headed over by the retreating defender. Burns, last season top scorer had still to break his duck; the crowd was urging Burnsy to score. Dartford looked like they could break the deadlock but a scuff here and a poor final touch in the box kept the game goalless.

Maidenhead United struck the cross bar for the second time in the match in the second half. The Magpies should have edged in front before the sixty minute mark when Young saved one on one but was rounded on the rebound only for the shot to hit the side netting.

Tony Burman, often questioned about his late substitution took action early. On the hour he replaced Lee Burns and Jon Main with Ryan Hayes and Danny Harris. The game turned and The Darts started to find some rhythm. Matt Jones launched a throw in to the near post and Bradbrook flicked the ball on, Sheringham pounced from close range heading into the net, the crowd erupted with relief.

Captain Bradbrook makes it two for The Darts

Victory was finally sealed two minutes from time. Ryan Hayes was sent down the right wing and looked up to spot Bradbrook at the far post. A low curling cross found the captain who took his chance well, 2-0. In the last minute the score was increased when Bradbrook scored again from another Hayes cross. The header from Bradbrook was too much for the Maidenhead goalkeeper who could only palm the ball in the side of the goal, 3-0, and third consecutive clean sheet and win, almost safe.

Dartford 3 Maidenhead United 0 – Highlights

Darts Demolish Whitstable

A mid-week Kent Senior Cup tie against Whitstable Town gave Deren Ibrahim and Adam Burchell their run out. Tony Burman’s men swept aside Isthmian Division One South side Whitstable Town in the last eight to record their biggest win of the season. Danny Harris opened the scoring on eight minutes when he pounced on a defensive error to curl the ball into the bottom corner from just outside the box. Whitstable levelled the tie five minutes later when a well worked move was finished by Lloyd Blackman. Just before the break, loanee Jon Main placed a sublime right footed curler into the top corner to make it 2-1.

Adam Burchell made it three by tapping into the empty net from inside the six yard box. The Darts hit the post and had a goal chalked off for offside before Tom Bonner added a fourth from two yards out as he reacted quickly to a rebound. Minutes later a deep cross from Ryan Hayes was kept in play by Burchell’s flick and finished off coolly by Charlie Sheringham. Another Dartford goal was ruled out for offside before Hayes’ free kick was nodded in for Burchell’s second and Dartford’s sixth. Dartford easily negotiated their way to the semi-finals.

Dartford 6 Whitstable Town 1 – Kent Senior Cup Quarter Final Highlights

Draw at The Camrose

Yes it’s a cliché in football but the trip to The Camrose really was a game of two halves. A very entertaining first forty five was followed up by a goalless stalemate in the second half. With Dartford fans still settling in the ground after a tipple at the bar, Delano Sam-Yorke got Basingstoke off to an explosive start by netting inside the first minute, an absolute shocker to concede. It was just a punt out of defence which led to a chase between Sam-Yorke and Joe Bruce, the Basingstoke striker made up the ground and poked the ball past the onrushing Andrew Young.

It took three more minutes for a bit of Ryan Hayes magic when his double step over was followed by skipping past an oncoming defender, this gave Hayes the necessary room to curl a low shot into the far corner, a brilliantly taken goal from the edge of the box. Twenty minutes later Hayes took free kick just of centre about 25 yards out, he curled the ball but Chay Morris touched the ball on the post.  The ball was kept alive and crossed towards Charlie Sheringham whose header was cleared off the line, however Danny Harris arrived late at the far post and bundled the ball into the net, Dartford had the lead. The lead was to last a quarter of an hour even though Dartford was in control, the tormentor was Sam-Yorke again. The striker cut inside waltzed through the defence and hit a hard low shot beyond Young.

Ryan Hayes scores with a fantastic solo effort

An exhilarating first half outshone the second which did still have its moments and continued to be played at a high tempo. Matthew Pattinson exquisite chip over Young looked like Basingstoke was going to take the lead, only for Young to magnificently tip the ball over. Elliot Bradbrook came close for The Darts and Pattison again caused trouble when his long range effort had Young rooted to the spot. The inside of the post saved Dartford, the scores stayed level. The woodwork took a battering, Matt Jones, Lee Burns, Tom Champion and Sheringham linked up. Charlie skilfully chested the ball down and on the volley hit a beauty, surely goal of the season, thud, the cross bar rocked again. Finally in the last five minutes Stuart Lake was left in space to win the game for Basingstoke, Dartford defenders watched on and was relieved when the ball again hit the woodwork. What an entertaining draw.

Basingstoke Town 2 Dartford 2 – Highlights

Goalless

Not every game can be as entertaining as the last but Dartford fans were happy with the result considering a) the poor record against Eastleigh b) it was another point towards our total and safety and c) Eastleigh looked the better side. Tony Burman’s side looked tired but put in enough effort to earn the draw. Andrew Young was kept busy, Eastleigh struck the cross bar twice and The Darts worked hard to keep The Spitfires at bay. Not a pleasant evening for entertainment but no one in a Dartford shirt cared, a point is a point.

Dartford 0 Eastleigh 0 – Highlights

The Darts are defeated at Wheatsheaf Park

Staines Massive

An away trip to Staines Town had Dartford eyeing up a top ten finish. The Swans was close enough in the league for this match to have some significance. Wheatsheaf Park was brought to life on four minutes when the home side went in front from a quick break finished by Andre Scarlett. Lee Burns squandered a chance to equalise as his search for his first goal of the season continued. Unfortunately the lead was doubled when Elliot Onochie cut into the box and set up Scott Taylor who made it two. Staines Town continued to control the game, Andrew Young made some vital saves but the Middlesex side were comfortable winners. Not all bad though it was only a second defeat in 13 matches for The Darts.

Staines Town 2 Dartford 0 – Highlights

Charlie Finds His Goal Scoring Boots

At this stage of the season there was only one side Dartford had not yet played and this was St Albans City. The Saints were in turmoil after a ten point deduction back and a run of six defeats out of seven in February. The Hertfordshire club did pick up form before the meeting at Princes Park by winning two in a row and holding league leaders Braintree Town. St Albans were as good as relegated due to their deduction of points and so some of the pressure was off their players. Dartford was as good as safe but with their eyes on a top ten finish.

Early on Lee Noble’s energetic run down the flank resulted in a cross to the far post which Charlie Sheringham headed downwards onto the foot of the post. Then when Lee Burns was sent through the moment everyone was waiting for arrived, surely his first goal of the season? Burns delicately cushioned a volley over the onrushing goalkeeper but the ball could not come down soon enough, the crowd groaned in desperation for Burnsy to score the elusive goal.

The Darts was looking bright and St Albans plugged away creating a few half chances. On 33 minutes The Saints attacked and Inih Effiong’s run was not picked out. He strolled through the gaping hole in the defence and as the ball fell to his feet he side footed the ball in off the post and so The Saints took the lead, a lead which lasted all of two minutes. A clever free kick from Dartford levelled the scores. Noble ran over the dead ball and past the right of the wall, James White shaped to shoot but passed to Noble. The effective midfielder cut inside one man took a shot which was parried into the path of Sheringham, 1-1. The first half included a 20 man brawl when Matt Jones went over the top with a lunging tackle; the referee booked a handful of players. Dartford also hit the crossbar and from two rebounds goalkeeper Paul Bastock somehow kept The Darts at bay.

Charlie Sheringham celebrates another goal

The second half followed suit and was packed with incidents too.  Danny Harris waltzed into the box for his scuffed effort was smothered by Bastock. On 51 minutes a long clearance was chased down by Burns he managed a shot/pass across goal and Sheringham outpaced the defender to tap in at the far post. Yet again the lead lasted a few minutes; Effiong’s persistent running and hold up play earned St Albans a reward when his measured cross was met by the head of Ollie Kelly to level the match. James White was then dismissed for the second time of the season when he was cautioned for a second time.

With a numerical advantage The Saints missed a sitter, hit the cross bar and was denied by Andrew Young in the Dartford goal. Tony Burman replaced Sheringham with Jon Main and Noble with Ryan Hayes, two changes which could have proved crucial. In the last minute Main chased Young’s drop kick, Bastock spilled the ball and Main applied pressure to Bastock. Bastock hauled Main down in the box, a penalty was awarded. Hayes grabbed the ball as quickly as he could sense a winner. He placed the ball on the spot, ran up and struck the ball left footed. Bastock had guessed the wrong way, thwack. The ball hit the post the game ended 2-2.

Dartford 2 St Albans City 2 – The Highlights

Super Shezza

Tony Burman signed James Rogers before the match against Lewes and handed him his first start in a Dartford shirt. The Darts were solid and the struggling Lewes side failed to get going in a fixture they needed to win to help boost their survival hopes.

Rogers made an impressive debut and coupled with Lee Burns’ endless running The Darts was in control. Burns volleyed narrowly wide in the first minute, he was getting closer. Lee Noble’s rasping volley on the edge of the box was parried, Lewes experienced an early onslaught. Three minutes later Princes Park witnessed a moment of pure magic. The ball bounced between two Lewes defenders and Danny Harris who anticipated the bounce pounced, the ball sat up nicely and he unleashed a corker of a volley across the goalkeeper and into the top corner.

Burns tried and tried to score again but could not apply the finishing touches missing a one on one. The crowd felt his frustration but continued urge him on. Then on 25 minutes super Charlie Sheringham doubled the lead at the far post with a header in off the bar, a scrappy but deserved second. In the second half Ryan Hayes was introduced again by Burman and caused Lewes problems. His chip forward found fellow substitute Jon Main who looped a cross towards Sheringham. Charlie expertly chested the ball, turned and hooked his shot low into the near post, a splendid move and a second brace in two games for Sheringham.

Dartford 3 Lewes 0 – Highlights

Marching On

The Darts had climbed up to twelfth place with a solid run of games. Tony Burman lost the services of striker Jon Main who returned to his parent club. Main was then loaned back out to rivals Dover Athletic causing a minor stir. Farnborough closed the gap at the top to just one with a tremendous March, they stretched their superb run to eight wins and a draw without defeat. Braintree Town were difficult to beat but tended to be drawing more games. Woking’s exceptional form propelled them into the playoffs at the expense of Chelmsford City. Throughout February and March Woking had won eleven, lost one and drew one, keeping ten clean sheets. St Albans City was twelve points adrift of safety with Maidenhead United and Lewes making up the bottom three, Thurrock had a four point cushion. With a month to go the title was open and the relegation battle continued.

Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Braintree Town 35 22 7 6 65 29 +36 73
2 Farnborough 35 22 6 7 72 38 +34 72
3 Welling United* 36 22 6 8 74 42 +32 67
4 Ebbsfleet United 35 18 10 7 62 46 +16 64
5 Woking 35 18 8 9 49 33 +16 62
6 Eastleigh 34 18 6 10 60 43 +17 60
7 Chelmsford City 36 18 8 10 69 45 +24 62
8 Dover Athletic 35 18 6 11 67 45 +22 60
9 Havant and W 33 15 7 11 50 40 +10 52
10 Bromley 36 13 11 12 41 51 -10 50
11 Staines Town 35 11 13 11 44 46 -2 46
12 Dartford 35 11 12 12 46 46 0 45
13 Weston-super-Mare 36 13 7 16 47 53 -6 46
14 Basingstoke Town 35 10 10 15 39 50 -11 40
15 Hampton and Richmond 34 8 13 13 40 45 -5 37
16 Dorchester Town 35 9 10 16 43 52 -9 37
17 Boreham Wood 35 8 10 17 46 62 -16 34
18 Bishop’s Stortford 35 9 6 20 37 71 -34 33
19 Thurrock 36 7 11 18 42 68 -26 32
21 Lewes 36 7 7 22 29 63 -34 28
22 Maidenhead United 34 6 8 20 31 60 -29 26
20 St Albans City** 36 6 12 18 35 60 -25 20

*Welling United deducted five points

**St Albans City deducted ten points

Stuart Maidment

Photos courtesy of Dave Adkins, videos courtesy of Ray Cherry.


 

Stats and Trends – 19th July 2011

On This Day

No previous matches on this day

Trends

– Dartford have not won versus Millwall (or Millwall Athletic) in their history.

– Dartford have only failed to concede in four matches against Millwall in forty matches (Millwall/Millwall Athletic/Millwall Reserves)

– Dartford have not won against Millwall since 1947 (24th February 1947)

Ex Darts at Millwall

None

Records v Millwall

Played 3, Won 0, Drawn 0, Lost 3, For 2, Against 8

Records v Millwall Reserves

Played 36, Won 14, Drawn 2, Lost 20, For 66, Against 97

Records v Millwall Athletic

Played 1, Won 0, Drawn 0, Lost 1, For 3, Against 10

Stats and Trends – 15th July 2011

On This Day

2006 – (A) – Thamesmead Town, Won 3-0 (Cass, Hafner & J May)
2008 – (H) – Charlton Athletic XI, Lost 0-1

Trends

– Dartford have conceded in all but one of their last fifteen matches v Gillingham (the odd one out being 9th November 1971) going back to 31st May 1947.

– Dartford have failed to score in 9 of 22 matches v Gillingham and their reserves

Ex Darts at Gillingham

None

Records v Gillingham

Played 22, Won 8, Drawn 2, Lost 12, For 28, Against 45

Records v Gillingham Reserves

Played 19, Won 8, Drawn 5, Lost 6, For 37, Against 33

Records v New Brompton

Played 13, Won 3, Drawn 1, Lost 9, For 18, Against 48

Records v New Brompton Reserves

Played 6 Won 2, Drawn 1, Lost 3, For 9, Against 13