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The Pure DFC Punter – 1st October 2011

Three of our four points were successful, with the Darts leading at Half-Time, as well as over 3.5 goals coming in. This has left us currently with a profit of 5.42 units (if you backed every unit as £10 so far this season, you would be £50.42 in profit so far)

Current state of play

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It’s the magic of the FA Cup (with Budweiser) this weekend, and Dartford host Harrow Borough, currently in the Ryman Premier.

Key stats:

– The Darts have only lost one of the FA Cup matches played on this day, and that was way back in 1904.

– Harrow Borough have only won twice in the league, both of these have been away though (Lowestoft Town and Horsham)

Bets of the match:

None – the only bet available at time of writing was a skimpy 30/100 offer on Dartford, and with the “magic of the FA Cup” at play, whom knows what will happen.

No bet

 

Dartford v Harrow Borough

Dartford are back in cup action this weekend with a home tie against Harrow Borough in the F.A Cup Second Qualifying Round.

The Darts will hope to repeat last season’s succesful cup run when they reached the First Round Proper for the first time in 21 years. Dartford succumbed to League Two side Port Vale after taking The Valiants to a well deserved replay.

Tony Burman managed The Darts to a sixth straight home win on Saturday so the team is full of confidence after defeating Tonbridge Angels 3-1, he spoke to PURE DFC and said: “I’m really pleased with the guys we know it was going to be a tough game. Staines and Tonbridge we knew were going to be tough games because on their day they are very good sides. We played really well and I think we are maturing as a side”.

Danny Harris scores a delightful goal

The squad is shaping up and with the fact Burman can ‘change things around’ during games this has added to more flexibility within the squad. On Saturday Danny Harris was able to come of the subs bench to score his obligatory goal against Tonbridge Angels.

Harrow Borough are looking to upset the odds and repeat last seasons exploits which took them a step further than Dartford. The London club beat Great Wakering Rovers (4-2), Redbridge (2-1), shocked Conference Premier side Eastbourne Borough (4-2) and fellow Conference South side Hampton and Richmond (2-1) in qualification. Harrow Borough were rewarded with a tie against the eventual League Two champions Chesterfield but it was a step too far when The Spireites won 2-0.

In the previous round this year Dave Anderson’s side managed to get past Southern League Division One Central side Marlow in a 2-0 victory. Garry Jones became a set piece specialist when he put the Londoners ahead from the penalty spot and doubled the lead from a free kick to ensure his team progressed to the next round.

The Boro have had a slow start to their Isthmian Premier League campaign. Winless in their first seven matches they won 2-1 against high flying Lowestoft Town, a team Dartford defeated at this stage in last seasons cup run. Since this suprise result Harrow have recorded a draw at home to Hastings United and a win away to Horsham. The Boro are unbeaten in three matches which has helped them move up to seventeenth position.

Dartford last met Harrow Borough two seasons ago when The Darts won the Isthmian Premier League title. A solitary goal from Alan Tait was enough to seal a 1-0 in April 2010 and complete a league double over The Boro. Earlier that season and almost two years to the day a brace by Lee Burns gave The Darts a 2-0 victory at Princes Park.

In the 2008/09 campaign it was Harrow that came out on top winning both fixtures. In November 2008, Cody McDonald gave The Darts a half time lead but The Boro come back to win 2-1 at home with goals from Kurt Morlese and Robin Shroot. In the reverse match Dean Fenton scored the only goal at Princes Park in March 2009.

Current Form

Last five Dartford matches at home Last five Harrow Borough matches away
Won 3-1 v Tonbridge Angels Won 3-1 v Horsham
Won 2-1 v Staines Town Won 2-1 v Lowestoft Town
Won 3-0 v Eastleigh Lost 0-1 v Canvey Island
Won 3-1 v Bromley Lost 2-3 v Hendon
Won 2-1 v Hampton and Richmond Lost 0-1 v Metropolitan Police

F.A Cup Performances



Season Dartford Harrow Borough
2001/02 3rd Qualifying Round 2nd Qualifying Round
2002/03 Preliminary Round 2nd Qualifying Round
2003/04 2nd Qualifying Round 4th Qualifying Round
2004/05 1st Qualifying Round 3rd Qualifying Round
2005/06 Preliminary Round 3rd Qualifying Round
2006/07 1st Qualifying Round 2nd Qualifying Round
2007/08 3rd Qualifying Round 1st Qualifying Round
2008/09 2nd Qualifying Round 1st Qualifying Round
2009/10 3rd Qualifying Round 1st Qualifying Round
2010/11   1st Round   1st Round

Did you know…

Harrow Borough also reached the F.A Cup Second Round in 1983/84 losing 3-1 to Newport County, the furthest The Boro have reached. In 2000/01 they went out in the first round against Wycombe Wanderers losing 3-0

For The Darts, only Andrew Young has started each of the last four meetings against Harrow Borough

Stats and Trends – 1st October 2011

On This Day

1892: (H) – Chatham A – L0-1
1898: (H) – Dover – L2-3
1904: (H) – Sheppey United – L2-3 (FA Cup)
1910: (A) – Maidstone United – W3-2 (FA Cup)
1921: (A) – Ramsgate – L0-4
1927: (H) – Royal Marines – W1-0
1930: (H) – Charlton Athletic Reserves – W2-0 (Kent Senior Cup)
1932: (H) – Bath City – W3-2
1947: (A) – Gillingham – L1-2 (Southern League Cup)
1949: (H) – Colchester United – W2-0
1952: (A) – Gravesend and Northfleet – D1-1 (Southern League Cup)
1955: (A) – Exeter City Reserves – D2-2
1960: (A) – Weymouth – L0-2
1966: (H) – Wisbech Town – W2-1
1974: (H) – Telford United – L0-1
1977: (A) – Maidstone United – D0-0
1983: (A) – Epsom & Ewell – W2-1 (FA Cup)
1985: (A) – Barnet – L0-2
1988: (H) – St Albans City – D1-1 (FA Cup)
1989: (H) – Witham Town – W3-1 (FA Cup)
1994: (A) – Steyning Town – W3-1 (FA Vase)
2000: (H) – Abingdon United – W3-2 (FA Cup)
2005: (H) – Berkhamsted Town – D1-1

Trends

– Darts are five matches without a defeat, in games played on this day.
– The Darts’ have only one FA Cup defeat on this day, and that was their first appearance on this day in the competition. Since this point, Dartford have gone unbeaten in six FA Cup matches.

Ex Darts at Harrow Borough
None

Records v Harrow Borough

  Played Won Drawn Lost For Against
Total 5 3 0 2 11 3
Home 2 1 0 1 2 1
Away 3 2 0 1 9 2

September – League Review

Clubs in the Conference South face a two week break from league action so now is a good chance to reflect on the first two months of the 2011/12 season.

Elliot Bradbrook has netted five goals from midfield

Dartford’s form has continued and finishing month two in second place has the fans buzzing for a promotion push. If Princes Park remains a fortress the target of reaching the playoffs could be upgraded to being involved in the title race. Picking up points away from home will be just as crucial as Woking are currently ahead of The Darts on goal difference.

So far the only slip up was the away match at The Camrose where Basingstoke Town remain the only side to beat Tony Burman’s side. That reverse was at the beginning of the month and since then Dartford have overcame Eastleigh, Farnborough, Staines Town and Tonbridge Angels in a four match winning run.

Charlie Sheringham has continued to find the net scoring five in five in September and in the fixture against Staines Town it was only the second game in which he failed to score. At the start of the season the talk on the terrace was if The Darts had enough recognised strikers. However, Burman has often used one up front in Sheringham and it has worked because of the support play from the midfield, down the middle and out wide. Elliot Bradbrook has netted five goals from midfield in ten games, a ratio of a goal every other match.

With Ryan Hayes and Richard Graham performing on the wings they are supported by Adam Green and Matt Jones in the full back positions. The squad can also look towards last seasons player of the year Lee Noble and the versatility of Danny Harris who can play wide or up top and Lee Burns who has played in a number of positions for The Darts.

It is a much more attacking look at Dartford and it will need to be to keep pace at the top end of the Conference South. But like last years champions Braintree Town found out that clean sheets and a solid defences are just as important. With Tom Champion holding in midfield, Tom Bonner and Paul Goodacre (prior his recent injury) forming a good partnership at the back and Andrew Young between the sticks there is lots to look forward to over the next seven months.

Moses Ademola scorer of seven goals for The Cards

Woking, the best supported club in the division at the moment lead the way but only just keeping their noses ahead of Dartford. The Cards mirrored Dartford’s results with a defeat followed by four straight wins. The Surrey side are just ahead because of their better winning margins helped by in form striker Moses Ademola who has scored five goals in September. The only defeat for Woking was against Welling United who led the table at the end of August. Welling United lost at Dorchester Town, fell to a shock result at Boreham Wood and were held by Bromley so The Wings have dropped to third after an five point turnaround.

Sutton United and Basingstoke Town make up the rest of the play off spots and The U’s will be delighted with fourth position after promotion last season. Sutton United have overcome the 5-0 opening day drubbing against Woking. The defeat was certainly a shock to the system after finishing last season unbeaten at home. In September they recorded four wins and a draw scoring fourteen and conceding just three. For the latter, Basingstoke Town have climbed the most positions this month from twelfth to fifth. An organised outfit with the talented Delano Sam-Yorke and experienced Tim Sills up front, The Hampshire club are looking steady.

With teams jockeying for positions we are starting to see who will be there or thereabouts come the end of April and we can already see a few sides struggling. Hampton and Richmond recorded their first victory on Saturday to lift them off the bottom, Thurrock continue to struggle and Boreham Wood are making a similar start to last season at the wrong end of the table.

Sides like Weston Super-Mare and Maidenhead United are still finding their place after an inconsistent first two months. And the two Hampshire sides, Eastleigh and Farnborough that went full time over the summer are not meeting expectations.

Martin Hayes: ex Dover Athletic boss

One of the biggest surprises in the Conference South is the lack of goalmouth action at The Crabble. Despite the signings of George Purcell and Billy Bricknell only Eastleigh have fired more blanks in front of goal, yet the Kent club have the best defensive record. Dover have only been beaten twice but currently in twelfth place it was enough for Martin Hayes to get the sack.

With two months down things are looking rosy at Princes Park but with seven months to go a lot can happen.

 

Season in numbers so far…

5 – Most consecutive home draws set by Dover Athletic, one more would beat the Conference South record

6 – The most consecutive home wins in the league set by Dartford (and still counting) and the most consecutive wins set by Welling United

11 – Most goals scored by a team in the last quarter of the match set by Woking

165 – The number of goalscorers this season excluding own goals

336 – The number of minutes without a goal at The Crabble (from 23 August 2011 when Billy Bricknell scored against Dartford to 24 September 2011 when Havant and Waterlooville’s Wes Fogden opened the scoring)

629 – The average league attendance

 

 

Match commentary v Tonbridge Angels

Commentary of the Tonbridge Angels match, courtesy of Pure DFC. Brought to you by Gary Clark and Paul Philpot

1st Half

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Post match interview v Tonbridge Angels

Post match press conference with Tony Burman

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The Pure DFC Punter – 24th September 2011

The Darts’ home performances are starting to make the bookmakers aware of the perils of pricing up Dartford matches. After Tuesday, we were not successful in our two bets, but we move on.

Current state of play

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Dartford host Tonbridge Angels on Saturday, and the Angels will be hoping for the positive side of their erratic form this season. Tonbridge have racked up heavy victories over Maidenhead United, Eastleigh and Salisbury City, yet have been trounced by Sutton United, Farnborough and Woking… what to make of them???

Key stats:

– Dartford FC won the last four matches against Tonbridge, including a friendly and last season’s Kent Senior Cup victory.

– Tonbridge have only been beaten once away from home this season (a 2-3 against Welling United)

– There has been over 3.5 goals in all but two of the Angels matches, and they were both 0-0 draws.

Bets of the match:

As mentioned earlier, the prices on Dartford are coming in quickly, so we will have to adapt by trying to find an edge. Over 3.5 goals in the match is available at 2.2 with Bwin, so we will take one point of that. Again, the half-time market is a potential gold mine, and with Dartford offered at 1.95 to be ahead at half-time, we’ll invest 2 points in that, and with Tuesday still in the mind, three of DFC’s home matches have ended 2-1, so one point of that at 7/1.

1 point: Over 3.5 goals @ 2.20 (Bwin)
2 points: Dartford HT @ 1.95 (Bet365)
1 point: Dartford 2 TAFC 1 @ 8.00 (Various)

 

Dartford v Tonbridge Angels

At Princes Park no team have taken points off Dartford this season and next up is Tonbridge Angels on Saturday.

On route to Kent Senior Cup glory the two sides met last season in the first round. The Darts progressed with a 2-0 victory with second half goals coming from Danny Harris and Charlie Sheringham. In Dartford’s title winning season Tony Burman’s side completed a double against The Angels winning 2-0 at Princes Park and 4-1 at Longmead.

Tom Champion scores the winner on Tuesday night

For a few short moments Dartford tasted life at the top of the Conference South on Tuesday night and despite victory finished the evening in second place on goal difference. Tony Burman was happy his team came back from a goal down with ‘a little bit of style’, he told PURE DFC: “We created enough chances and we got the ball in the net a couple of times but they were deemed offside. First half, I felt we were not tight enough to the Staines players so we asked the players to do that. In the second half it was an intelligent performance and we started to play well”.

Tuesday’s 2-1 triumph over Staines Town saw a variety of tactics and formations being used in an attempt to turn the match around. This was helped by the players Burman has available, he added: “The squad is full of quality players and we’ve also got some good players on the bench at the moment. We’ve also got two good players injured so it was asking the question for the first time with (Jon) Wallis and (Paul) Goodacre injured. We were down to fifteen and we brought one of the younger lads in to go on the bench. Having said that we changed it because I have got that in the locker now, I can do that”.

Tonbridge Angels occupy fifteenth spot and whilst they have won once away from home, an impressive 4-0 opening day win against Maidenhead United, they have also lost once. The Angels picked up a credible point on their travels to Dover Athletic and on Monday night they come back from two goals down to share the spoils with Chelmsford City.

Managed by Tommy Warrilow, a former Dart, the summer was fairly quiet for the Conference South new boys. One signing that captured the imagination at Longmead was the return of crowd favourite Jon Main. It will be the second time Main has returned to Princes Park after his loan spell with The Darts, his last visit ended in a 4-0 defeat with his Dover team mates. Dartford will also welcome back The Angels Assistant Manager Alex O’Brien, captain of Dartford’s Isthmian Division One North title winning team.

However the man making all the headlines for Tonbridge is former Dover Athletic striker Frannie Collin. Top scorer last season for The Angels he has managed ten goals in the opening ten fixtures, including four braces.

Burman is determined to make it six consecutive wins at Princes Park but knows Tonbridge will be a tough side to play, the Dartford boss commented: “They’ve come up last year and they have had a decent start to life in the Conference South. They had a win on Saturday and great result at Chelmsford on Monday night, we’re looking forward to it”.

Jon Wallis and Paul Goodacre missed the action on Tuesday evening and will not be risked if they are not fit. The Dartford boss added: “There is a chance they will be in the reckoning but if I think there is any doubt we won’t take a chance. We’ve not got a game mid week next week and for the sake of the game on Saturday if I don’t think they’re right they won’t be involved”.

Regardless of the result Dartford should end next weekend in the top three, when asked if The Darts can sustain a promotion push Burman said: We’re showing that we are capable of doing that. The squad are looking good and they are together which is always a good thing because that earns you a lot of points”.

Danny Harris scores on his début in 2009 against Tonbridge Angels

Last five meetings versus Tonbridge Angels

25.01.2011 – Dartford 2 (Harris 62, Sheringham 88) Tonbridge Angels 0

13.02.2011 – Tonbridge Angels 1 (Booth 39) Dartford 4 (Johnson 51, Harris 72, Bradbrook 81, Haworth 85)

13.10.2009 – Dartford 2 (Tait 57, Harris 85) Tonbridge Angels 0

28.03.2009 – Dartford 2 (Woods-Garness 11, Flanagan 47) Tonbridge Angels 2 (Gooding 3, Booth 19)

18.11.2008 – Tonbridge Angels 4 (Rook 3, 45, 81, Tyne 70) Dartford 1 (McDonald 10)

Did you know…

Dartford have won the most successive home matches in the league this season with five victories in a row.

The Darts have failed to score in the first half in their last three meetings against Tonbridge Angels.

Danny Harris scored on his début against Tonbridge Angels and has scored in all three of his matches against The Angels.

Jon Main scored 44 goals in the 2006/07 season a club record for Tonbridge Angels, his impressive total included seven hat tricks also a seasons best for the club. Main also held the record for the most Conference South goals in a season until Adam Burchell surpassed his total last season.

In the league this season no team has conceded more goals in the opening fifteen minutes than Tonbridge Angels.

Stats and Trends – 24th September 2011

On This Day

1898: (A) – Sheppey United  – L1-12
1904: (A) – Gravesend United – D3-3
1910: (H) – Metrogas – W3-2
1913: (A) – Royal Naval Depot – W3-1
1921: (H) – Vernon Athletic – W3-1 (FA Cup)
1927: (A) – Gillingham Reserves – D1-1
1932: (A) – Bath City – L2-6
1938: (H) – Yeovil and Peters – D0-0
1949: (A) – Guildford City – D1-1
1955: (H) – Yeovil Town – D0-0
1958: (A) – Tunbridge Wells United – W2-1 (FA Cup Replay)
1960: (A) – Maidstone United – W3-1 (FA Cup)
1966: (A) – Margate – L0-5
1973: (A) – Bexley United – W2-1 (Kent Messenger Trophy)
1974: (H) – Burton Albion – D0-0
1977: (H) – Atherstone Town – L1-2
1983: (H) – Witney Town – W4-1
1985: (A) – Enfield – L0-1
1988: (A) – Corby Town – W4-0
1994: (A) – Darenth Heathside – W5-0
1996: (A) – Tonbridge Angels – L0-1
2002: (A) – Sittingbourne – W2-1
2005: (A) – Sittingbourne – L0-1

Trends

– Dartford have only lost once on this day at home (1977).
– The Darts have played Tonbridge Angels on this day before – 1996, when the Darts were 1-0 losers at Longmead Stadium.
– Dartford have won the last four matches against Tonbridge Angels, and are unbeaten in five against the Angels.

Ex Darts at Tonbridge Angels
Tommy Warrilow – Played 6 (+ 2 sub appearances), Scored 1
Jon Main – Played 13 (+3 sub appearances), Scored 2
Alex O’Brien – Played 52, Scored 1

Records v Tonbridge Angels

Played 124, Won 63, Drawn 24, Lost 37, For 241, Against 183

 

Match Commentary v Staines Town

Commentary of the Staines Town match, courtesy of Pure DFC. Brought to you by Gary Clark and Paul Philpot

1st Half

2nd Half

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