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The Pure DFC Punter – 16th August 2011

After Saturday’s victory, it was partial joy for our stats, with the away win coming and returning 2.4 units. However, we did lose out on the under 2.5 goals.

Current state of play

+1.4 units

First up for Dartford at home is the visit from Eastbourne Borough.

The overall record against Eastbourne Borough is as follows:

Played Won Drawn Lost For Against
Total 6 2 0 4 4 9
Home 3 1 0 2 2 3
Away 3 1 0 2 2 6

Last Season

Eastbourne Borough were relegated last year from the Blue Square Bet Premier by seven points, but their away form was poor, winning only four games on their travels. The Darts, by contrast, only lost five at home all season.

So far…

Eastbourne Borough’s pre-season was impressive, only losing twice (one of them, being in the opening match at the new Brighton and Hove Albion stadium in the Sussex Senior Cup Final). However, they needed a last minute equaliser against Farnborough on Saturday.

Key stats:

Dartford haven’t beaten Eastbourne Borough as Eastbourne Borough FC (previous victories came against Langney Sports).

All of Dartford’s wins on this day have come at home, with the most recent being in 2005, against Great Wakering Rovers.

Six of the nine matches the Darts have played on this day have had over 2.5 goals, and three of the six matches against Eastbourne Borough have had over 2.5 goals.

Bets of the match:

1 unit on over 2.5 goals @ 1.8 (Bet365)
1 unit on draw @ 3.6 (Unibet)

P/L so far: +1.4 units

Stats and Trends – 16th August 2011

On This Day

1969 – (H) v Rugby Town – drew 2-2
1975 – (A) v Bexley United – lost 0-4
1980 – (H) v Ashford Town – won 4-2
1986 – (H) v Aylesbury United – won 1-0
1995 – (H) v Beckenham Town – drew 1-1
1997 – (A) v Weston-super-Mare – drew 0-0
2003 – (H) v Bashley – lost 1-3
2005 – (H) v Great Wakering Rovers – won 3-2
2008 – (A) v Hendon – lost 0-3


– Darts have a mixed record on this day (played 9, won 3, drawn 3 and lost 3) but all of the wins have come at home.
– The Darts have never beaten Eastbourne Borough, as both victories against the team were when they were Langney Sports.

Ex Darts at Eastbourne Borough
Carl Rook (29 starts, 9 goals) and Ian Pulman (21 starts, 5 goals)

Records v Eastbourne Borough/Langney Sports
Played 6, Won 2, Drawn 0, Lost 4, For 4, Against 9


Dartford v Eastbourne Borough

Tuesday cannot come soon enough for The Darts after winning their opener on Saturday. Dartford host former Conference Premier side Eastbourne Borough under the Princes Park floodlights in an attempt to start their home campaign with a win.

Charlie Sheringham

On Saturday, Dartford swept aside Weston Super-Mare and approach their next fixture full of confidence. Elliot Bradbrook led by example by netting the first, Tom Bonner doubled the lead and Charlie Sheringham opened his account with a brace. The 4-0 first day victory came without Lee Burns through suspension, Jack Pallen (injury) and James Rogers (illness). New signing Jon Wallis and crowd favourite Ryan Hayes impressed in a solid team display.

Tony Burman is delighted with the result telling PURE DFC he could not ask for more: “It’s obviously a good result we got three points. It’s always difficult the first game, it’s a little bit tense no one wants to make a mistake”, however Burman has got his feet firmly on the ground, he added: “We’ve got the first points under our belt but there is a long way to go”.

Burman reiterated the importance of set pieces and organisation in Saturday’s win, he commented: “It shows how important set pieces are, we scored two goals from set pieces. We were very unfortunate not to go in three nil with Charlie’s one that went into the side netting but we played well and got organised really early in the game. After that initial battle in the first ten minutes I think we controlled the game and I thought we done well in the first half and finished it off in the second half”.

After eight pre season fixtures the early goals benefited the team later in the match, the Dartford boss said: “We felt we tired a little bit in the second half if I’m honest with you and I think most teams do that”. Including the warm up matches Dartford has won their last five games.

The travelling contingent on Saturday will be joined by a larger crowd and it’s the extra expectations at home Burman is ready for, he added: “Sometimes the first game of the season is a little bit better away from home but we go Tuedsay night at home and the pressure is back on you. We’re used to that, the guys are used to that and that is why we decided to keep a lot of the players. They know what is expected and they no the pressures with coming to play for us.

I think Eastbourne will be up there. I think they have got the knowledge and the experience of being in the Premier League over a number of years and they will come down here and they will be a tough, tough game”.

It has been eight years since the two sides met in the Southern League East Division when Eastbourne Borough completed a double against Dartford with a 1-0 victory. That season The Darts failed to net against the Sussex side but a lot has changed since then. Whilst Dartford looked for a home and found one in 2006, Eastbourne Borough climbed the non league ladder to the top by reaching the Conference Premier League in 2008.

Last season The Sports struggled and did not escape the bottom four from January. After three seasons in the top flight they were relegated conceding a staggering 104 goals and scoring 62. Despite relegation Garry Wilson remains in charge and over the summer he signed two former Darts, Carl Rook who netted eight times for Dartford last campaign and Ian Pulman from Whitstable Town. Wilson also sealed deals with Ollie Rowe (Hastings United), Ben Watson (Exeter City), Clark Masters (Barrow), Sonny Cobbs (Lewes), Gary Charman (Horsham), Sam Cole (Rye United) and the experienced Gary Hart (Brighton & Hove Albion).

Eastbourne Borough’s first match back in the second tier on Saturday ended 1-1 against Farnborough. Gary Elphick salvaged a point with a dramatic last minute equaliser. Over pre season, The Sports won three out of four friendlies, a testimonial for Matt Crabb and lost the Sussex Senior Cup Final against Brighton and Hove Albion, in the first match at Brighton’s new Amex Community Stadium.

Did you know…

Andrew Young, Tom Bonner, Paul Goodacre, Ryan Hayes and Danny Harris all started in last seasons opener against Havant and Waterlooville. All of them appeared in Saturday’s first game of 2011/12.

Dartford’s 4-0 victory away to Weston Super-Mare was their biggest open day win since 19 August 2006. The Darts thrashed Burgess Hill Town 6-1 with a hat trick for Brendon Cass, a goal by John Farley and a brace from Jay May.

Eastbourne Borough’s 1-1 draw against Farnborough stretched their unbeaten run in the league to three. Despite relegation The Sports ended their last campaign with a 2-0 victory against Bath City and a 4-3 away win versus Altrincham.

Weston-super-Mare 0 Dartford 4

13th August 2011:

Weston-super-Mare 0 Dartford 4 (Bradbrook, Bonner and Sheringham x 2)

Post match interview: 

Post Match v Weston-super-Mare

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The Pure DFC Punter – 13th August 2011

This is the first of a hopefully match by match series looking at the possibility of using statistics and history etc to point out on which bets to take on Dartford matches throughout the season. This is only intended to be a bit of fun over the course of the season, and Pure DFC accepts no liabilities for any bets placed which don’t come off!

First up for Dartford is an away trip to Weston-Super-Mare.

The overall record against Weston-super-Mare is as follows:

  Played Won Drawn Lost For Against
Total 6 2 3 1 9 7
Home 3 1 2 0 8 5
Away 3 1 1 1 1 2

Last Season

Weston-super-Mare’s record last season at home was impressive, winning 12, drawing 3 and losing six, conceding 24 goals and scoring 34. Dartford’s away record was less impressive, winning 6, drawing 5 and losing 10, scoring 23 away, and conceding 32.

Dartford’s trip to Weston-super-Mare last season came only three days after the gruelling trip to Gateshead in the FA Trophy but the Darts came away from the West Country with a 1-0 victory, courtesy of a Charlie Sheringham strike in the second half.

So far…

WSM’s pre-season spell has ended with only one victory, away from home against Yate Town. However, they have drawn three times against higher opposition (Bath City, Cardiff City and Bristol City) and lost three matches against Bideford, Bristol Rovers and Torquay United.

Key stats:

Dartford have gone five matches without being beaten by WSM, the only defeat being on the 23rd November 1996, losing 2-0 away.

Of the three matches Dartford have played against WSM away from home, none of them have had more than two goals in.

Dartford have won every game on the 13th August in the past, playing three (two away).

Bets of the match:

1 unit on under 2.5 goals @ 2.05 (Bwin)
1 unit on Dartford @ 2.4 (Blue Sq)


Stats and Trends – 13th August 2011

On This Day

1969 – (H) v Guildford City – won 2-1
1994 – (A) v Whitstable Town – won 3-1
2005 – (A) v Arlesey Town – won 1-0


– The Darts have never lost on this day in their history
– The Darts are currently on a run of five matches against Weston-super-Mare without losing.
– Weston-super-Mare hosted the Darts for the first game of the 1997/1998 season, which ended in a 0-0 stalemate.

Ex Darts at Weston-super-Mare

Records v Weston-super-Mare
Played 6, Won 2, Drawn 3, Lost 1, For 9, Against 7


Weston Super-Mare v Dartford

The Darts start their second campaign in the Conference South on Saturday with a jaunt across the country to Weston Super-Mare’s Woodspring Stadium.

New signings Adam Green, Jon Wallis and Richard Graham will be hoping for competitive débuts as Dartford look to get off to a flier. Last seasons opener saw Tony Burman’s men draw 2-2 with Havant and Waterlooville, this time they will want to go one step further and bag three points.

The corresponding fixture last season saw The Darts complete a double over Weston Super-Mare when Charlie Sheringham netted in the seventy third minute. Earlier in the season Dartford won convincingly 4-1 at Princes Park.

Over pre season Dartford used their first three fixtures as a fitness exercise losing each game to Football League clubs. A draw against Crawley Town and wins against Thamesmead Town, East Thurrock United, VCD Athletic and Canvey Island have left Tony Burman’s squad in good shape.

Weston Super-Mare will be keen to avenge their double disappointment last season. Craig Laird has kept most of his squad this season as he puts his trust in the squad that finished twelfth (two places and four points below Dartford). Laird believes consistency is key and the fact that the majority of the squad signed new terms shows how good their team spirit is.

The Seagulls have lost captain Craig Rand who left the club due to personal reasons returning to the North East, Ben Kirk was appointed the new captain. Moving to the Woodspring Stadium are strikers Matt Huxley from Oldland Abbotonians and Chris Young from Bridgwater Town, Ben Hunt has came in from Dover Athletic. Laird has also raided West Country league sides and added James Richards (Swindon Town), Robbie Maggs, Jack Camm and George Booth (Bristol Rovers) to his squad.

Woodspring Stadium

The Seagulls finished their home campaign with a flourish defeating Staines Town and champions Braintree Town. The Somerset side won five of their last seven matches at the Woodspring Stadium.

Credit is due to Craig Laird who had to rebuild a squad last summer and still managed The Seagulls highest finish since 2004/05. Since that season Weston Super-Mare finished in the relegation zone three times. With low crowds averaging 264 in the league (the second lowest) Laird has done well to build a squad, achieve a twelfth place finish and win the Somerset Premier Cup.

The Darts ended last season away from home with a victory over Maidenhead United, only once last season they managed back to back away league victories. Overall, not much separated the sides last term. Both clubs finished mid-table and picked up silverware.

Stats and Trends – 6th August 2011

On This Day

1980 – (H) v Maidstone – Eastern Floodlit Cup Final for 79/80 season – won 1-0
2005 – (A) v Lowestoft Town – friendly – lost 0-5


– The Darts have not lost against Canvey Island since 12th August 2000, and have never lost in a competitive match.

– In matches against Canvey Island, there is an average of four and a half goals in each match (not including penalty shootouts with 20 penalties!!!).

– The Darts have gone eight game without defeat against Canvey Island

Ex Darts at Canvey Island

Danny Heale – played 23 times for Dartford and came off the bench once, scoring 8 goals in his stay at Dartford FC.

Records v Canvey Island
Played 10, Won 7, Drawn 2, Lost 1, For 30, Against 14

Stats and Trends – 4th August 2011

On This Day

1999 – (H) v Margate – friendly – lost 0-1
2001 – (A) v Whitstable Town – friendly – lost 3-5 (Chris Arnold 2 and Roy Godden)
2005 – (H) v Cray Wanderers – friendly – won 4-1
2007 – (A) v Bournemouth Poppies – friendly – drew 1-1
2009 – (A) v VCD Athletic – friendly – won 3-0 (Rob Haworth and James White)


– The Darts have scored in all but one match against VCD Athletic

– The Darts have not lost against VCD Athletic since 23rd July 2004, and the Darts have won three straight victories.

Ex Darts at VCD Athletic

Ricky Bennett (Manager) played 109 times for the Darts from 1994 onwards, scoring 40 goals in his time at the club. Danny White and Karl Dent are both former Darts.

Records v VCD Athletic
Played 4, Won 3, Drawn 0, Lost 1, For 8, Against 3