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Stats and Trends – 23rd August 2011

On This Day

1952 (Home) v Exeter City Reserves – drew 0-0
1958 (Away) v Kings Lynn – lost 1-2
1967 (Away) v Barry Town – lost 0-2
1969 (Away) v Barry Town – drew 1-1
1975 (Home) v Waterlooville – won 5-1
1980 (Away) v  Andover – drew 0-0
1983 (Away) v Chatham Town – drew 1-1 in the Southern League Cup 1st Leg
1986 (Away) v Dudley Town – won 2-0
1988 (Home) v Leicester United – won 3-0
1994 (Away) v Thamesmead Town – drew 1-1
1995 (Home) v Chatham Town – won 1-0
1997 (Home) v Weymouth – lost 2-3
2003 (Away) v Newport IOW – lost 0-3
2005 (Away) v Enfield Town – won 1-0
2008 (Home) v Hastings United – lost 0-2

Trends

– The Darts have a very mixed record on this day, winning, drawing and losing five matches, scoring eighteen and conceding sixteen.

– There has not been a draw in the last seven matches against Dover Athletic.

Ex Darts at Dover Athletic

George Purcell (played 7 matches, scored 2)

Records v Dover Athletic
Played 85, Won 29, Drawn 23, Lost 33, For 113, Against 121

 

Dover Athletic v Dartford

The Darts travel to Dover on Tuesday night keen to maintain their stay at the top of the Conference South.

A victory against Hampton and Richmond on Saturday courtesy of Elliot Bradbrook’s second of the season and Charlie Sheringham’s penalty saw Dartford climb to the top of the table. Coincidentally The Darts replaced their next opponents who were defeated 1-0 by newcomers Truro City.

The Darts celebrate a 4-0 win against Dover

Tony Burman’s side picked up their first Conference South away win in the corresponding fixture last season when Ryan Hayes opened the scoring in the first half and Ollie Berquez netted the second eight minutes from time. To compound Dover’s misery Dartford completed the double in April romping away with a 4-0 win at Princes Park. The match on Tuesday night has a sub plot with the return of Dartford midfielder Jon Wallis to The Crabble.

The start of the season could not have got any better for The Darts, Burman spoke to PURE DFC and said: “We started last Saturday and before the kick off we said it is about winning games, it doesn’t matter how you do it but it’s about winning and we’ve won the first three seven days later. We’ve got nine points and obviously I’m delighted”.

Similar to the Eastbourne Borough game in mid week Dartford had the opportunities to score more goals against Hampton and Richmond. Although Burman noted Hampton and Richmond posed more of a threat, he commented: “We felt the goals let us down a bit today, it knocked us and it killed the tempo what we wanted to play at. The two lads upfront for Hampton were causing problems with their height and play. Having said that we feel we had enough chances in the first half or we were unlucky not to go in more than 2-1 up…it wasn’t the prettiest in the second half but we felt we had enough chances”.

Charlie Sheringham doubles the lead

Charlie Sheringham scored his fourth in three games as well as missing a penalty on Saturday but Burman is happy with the strikers progress, he added: “He’s done two games in preseason, he’s been injured for most of pre season He had come back and has done ever so well because he had a sticky patch when he first come here. The supporters had their opinion and probably felt he wasn’t working hard enough and me myself probably did as well. You’ve got to give the lad credit, from mid January onwards he was excellent and this year he is going to benefit from the players we’ve brought in. They are players who will play and have a little bit more quality on the ball. He has done well and I’m pleased for him”.

After a tough but successful opening week games could get harder in the following seven days, Burman said: “We’ve won our first three games and now we go to Dover, Chelmsford, Bromley that is another tough week and lot of things can happen in football”.

However the Dartford boss is looking forward to Tuesday nights match at The Crabble and wants the two sides to give the fans a good show, he said: “It’s always a tough game against Dover but they are the games you want to be involved with. Supporters want to be involved with it, players want to be involved with it and it’s who stays calm on the night. We should hopefully put on a real good game which is what the supporters want. They want to be cheering their side on, both sets of supporters that is, they’ve been good games in recent years I don’t see that Tuesday should be any different”.

Dartford’s opponents on Tuesday night opened the season with two resounding 4-0 victories against Dorchester Town and Thurrock. The Whites led the Conference South on goal difference until Saturday when they went down by a single goal against Truro City having had Tom Wynter dismissed in the first half. The Whites have now dropped to fifth spot where Dartford started on Saturday.

Dover Athletic have been busy over the summer after disappointingly missing the playoffs last season. The leagues top scorer Adam Birchall was signed by Gillingham after his F.A Cup exploits attracted attention from various Football League clubs. The F.A Cup run to the third round will give Martin Hayes plenty of confidence his side can make at least the playoffs this time round.

Hayes is still trying to win over some Dover fans after he allegedly fell out with crowd favourite Wallis. In the last week another player Ollie Schulz has been transfer listed as expectations at The Crabble remain high. However, Hayes has secured the services of many experienced players from higher divisions and recently captured Barnet’s captain from last season Glen Southam.

Along with Southam, Dover have signed six players with Conference Premier experience.  Shane Huke, Michael Corcoran and Matt Johnson all came in from Rushden & Diamonds, Ed Harris (AFC Wimbledon), George Purcell (York City) and Steve Watt from Grimsby Town. Hayes also added championship winner Phil Starkey from Braintree Town, Ross Kitteridge (Bishop’s Stortford), Billy Bricknall (Chelmsford City) and James Walker (Woking). The release of five players plus the departures of Birchall, Wallis and Ben Hunt (now Weston Super-Mare) means it has been a busy summer for The Whites.

George Purcell in action for The Darts

The Darts will be keeping an eye on George Purcell who has managed three goals so far and will be determined to score against his former side. Purcell was only on loan with Dartford last season and scored just twice. Purcell’s pearler against Woking and winner against Ashford Town (Middlesex) showed Dartford fans a glimpse of what he is capable of. Billy Bricknall has also scored three times this season and netted in both victories against The Darts last season when he played for Chelmsford City.

In recent years the rivalry between Dartford and Dover has had a revival due to the success of both clubs reaching the Conference South. Both players and fans will be desperate to earn bragging rights as both sides look to improve their positive starts to the season.

Did you know…

A win for Dartford will match their four game winning streak at the start of the 2009/10 when promotion to the Conference South was achieved

The Darts have won their last five Conference South fixtures, a run which started against Dover Athletic on 25 April 2011. Last season Dartford’s longest winning sequence was four from 22 January 2011 to 8 February 2011

Dover Athletic scored the most league goals in the last fifteen minutes then any other Conference South club last season

Pictures courtesy of Dave Adkins and Carol White-Griffiths

 

Commentary v Hampton and Richmond Borough

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Result & Interview – Dartford 2 Hampton and Richmond Borough 1

Dartford 2 (Bradbrook and Sheringham (P)) Hampton and Richmond Borough 1

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Stats and Trends – 20th August 2011

On This Day

1949 (Home) – v Chingford Town, Lost 2-3
1955 (Away) – v Kettering Town, Won 2-1
1960 (Away) – v Tonbridge, Won 1-0
1966 (Home) – v Tonbridge, Won 4-3
1974 (Away) – v Wealdstone, Lost 1-4
1977 (Home) – v Chelmsford City, Drew 1-1 (Southern League Cup, 1st Leg)
1983 (Away) – v Corby Town, Won 2-1
1994 (Home) – v Redditch United, Won 1-0
1997 (Home) – v Fisher Athletic, Lost 0-2
2002 (Away) – v Eastbourne Borough, Lost 0-4
2003 (Away) – v Burgess Hill Town, Won 1-0
2005 (Home) – v Stamford, Won 2-1


Trends

– It has been nine years since the Darts were last defeated on this day (away to Eastbourne Borough, 0-4 after losing goalkeeper Craig Tucker to a red card early on)

– In the four matches against Hampton and Richmond Borough FC, the winner has always kept a clean sheet.

– Dartford have lost the last three matches against Hampton and Richmond Borough FC

Ex Darts at Hampton and Richmond Borough
None

Records v Hampton and Richmond Borough
Played 4, Won 1, Drawn 0, Lost 3, For 1, Against 6

 

The Pure DFC Punter – 20th August 2011

The last minute goal against Eastbourne Borough certainly saved this page’s blushes as the over 2.5 goals comes in.

Current state of play

+0.2 units

The Darts take on Hampton and Richmond Borough on Saturday, and the Darts will be looking to exact revenge for two defeats against H&RB last season, but most of all, the 4-0 defeat at Princes Park back in February will have hurt the defence (of which, three of the Darts back line took some part in).

The records against Hampton and Richmond Borough don’t make for pretty reading for the Darts, with the only victory coming in 1970!

  Played Won Drawn Lost For Against
Total 4 1 0 3 1 6
Home 2 0 0 2 0 5
Away 2 1 0 1 1 1

Hampton and Richmond Borough’s away record last year was more impressive than their decidedly average home form, winning six away, and drawing a further seven.

So far…

Hampton and Richmond Borough have been unfortunate, some would say, so far this term – a last minute winner for Bromley, and a late penalty from Woking have ensured that our visitors are still pointless after two games.

Key stats:

Dartford haven’t beaten Hampton and Richmond Borough since 1970, with three consecutive defeats (two in the league last year, and once in the FA Cup).

Darts have won seven of their twelve fixtures on this day, with seven also containing over 2.5 goals.

Bets of the match:

The effect of Dartford winning their first two games has been noticed on the markets, with Dartford massive favourites to win with all bookmakers (8/15 being the best, with Blue Square and Paddy Power).

The one bet that interests is with Victor Chandler as they quote odds of 21/20 on Dartford to be leading at half-time, and with the past two games having the Darts leading at the break, this is the bet we’ll be going with.

2 units on Dartford leading at HT (2.05 with Victor Chandler)

P/L so far: +0.2 units

 

Dartford v Hampton & Richmond

Dartford will be determined to maintain their 100% record and avenge the double defeat of last season in their second successive league match at home on Saturday.

The Beavers enjoyed an emphatic 4-0 away victory in February which ended their fifteen match winless streak. Dean Wells, Ian Hodges and Lawrence Yaku’s brace inflicted Dartford’s first defeat in seven at the time. Tony Burman is keen to put the losses of last season right, he told PURE DFC, “they deserved the points last season but we’ll have a training session on Thursday night to see where we can improve and hopefully we’ll put that into practice on Saturday. Hopefully we can gain another three points”.

Charlie's nets his third of the season

The Darts opened their campaign with two wins out of two after defeating Eastbourne Borough 2-1 on Tuesday night. A superb mid week turnout saw Charlie Sheringham score his third of the season and new signing Adam Green net his first Dartford goal.

Burman was pleased with the performance but feels improvements in front of goal can be made, he said, “the guys have worked hard and it’s come off for them tonight I think with a bit clinical finishing the scoreline should have been a little bit more”, he added, “we’ve got six points out of two games and I think we thoroguhly deserved them points. We were the better side on Saturday and we were the better side tonight but I felt we played a bit too much football around the box rather than being a little bit more clinical”.

Going into Saturday’s fixture James Rogers and Jack Pallen are on the road to recovery but are not likely to be back yet, Burman commented, “James has had a bad ten days but he feels much better and his done a bit of training. He’ll come in and train on Thursday but there is no pressure to force him back in, he was excellent in pre season. Jack will be back, by the end of next week he’ll be okay”.

Hampton and Richmond lost both their openers 2-1 against Bromley due to a last minute goal and Woking who scored a late winner. It’s been a tough start for the Middlesex club who didn’t have the best 2011/2012. 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. Hampton and Richmond have had mixed fortunes since joining the Conference South in 2007, in their first two seasons they suffered playoff heartbreak but in recent years they have finished in the lower realms of the league.

The Beavers have since lost the services of two of the goalscorers in last season’s 4-0 victory. Hodges joined Falmouth and Yaku was signed by Boreham Wood. However, last seasons joint top league scorer for the Middlesex club Charlie Moone has remained part of Mark Harper’s squad.

Mark Harper: Hampton and Richmond boss

Mark Harper knows his side need to improve to avoid any mid season slumps and to help he has taken a chance with lower league signings like James Simmonds from Carshalton Athletic, Ricky Machel from Northwood and Billy Jeffreys from Ashford Town (Middlesex). In return for Jeffreys Ashford Town (Middlesex) have taken Takahiro Kirihara, Pietro Palladino and Jack Mullan on loan.

Added to the lower league signings he has brought in a few players with higher league experience like Matt Ruby on a free, Callum Stewart from Histon and like many other clubs he raided Hayes and Yeading for Lewis Ferrell. In the other direction Barrie Matthews joins up with Yaku at Boreham Wood and Craig Tanner left the club due to work commitments.

A win for Dartford will not only put last seasons results against Hampton and Richmond to bed but also the 1-0 defeat in the F.A Cup Second Qualifying Round three years ago.

Did you know…

Hampton and Richmond inflicted Dartford’s first ever Conference South defeat. A goal by Dean Wells was enough for The Beavers after The Darts were reduced to ten men.

If Dartford win on Saturday it will be their longest winning streak in the league since joining the Conference South. The Darts ended last season with victories against Dover Athletic, Maidenhead United and opened this season with wins against Weston Super-Mare and Eastbourne Borough.


 

Commentary v Eastbourne Borough

Commentary v Eastbourne Borough brought to you by Paul Philpot and Mike Green, courtesy of Pure DFC:

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Result & Interview – DFC 2 Eastbourne Borough 1

Dartford 2 (Sheringham and Green) Eastbourne Borough 1

Interview

Post Match v Eastbourne Borough

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