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Post match press conference – v Staines Town

Post match press conference with Tony Burman

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The Pure DFC Punter – 20th September 2011

One hundred percent success rate on Saturday, as the Darts were ahead at both half-time and full time.

Current state of play

+4.92 units

Dartford return to Princes Park on Tuesday to take on Staines Town in the Blue Square Bet South. The visitors have yet to win away from home, but two promising home results against Chelmsford City and Bromley will have Staines in good heart.

Key stats:

– Dartford FC have never beaten Staines Town (Five matches, three defeats and two draws)

– Staines Town have failed to be ahead at half-time away from home, whereas Dartford have been ahead in every home match.

Bets of the match:

Dartford to be ahead at full time and half time are best priced at 2.30 with league sponsors Blue Square, so we will have one point on that. There isn’t much that really tickles the fancy, price wise for this match so as the last two matches have been draws, you can get 17.00 (16/1) on the Darts to be leading at HT and Draw at full time. We’ll have half a point on that.

1 point: Dartford HT/FT @ 2.30 (Stan James)
0.5 point: Dartford HT/Draw FT @ 17.00 (Victor Chandler)

 

Dartford v Staines Town

Dartford go into Tuesday night’s match against Staines Town full of confidence after a second successive win on the weekend.

The Darts could make it five wins from five at Princes Park and keep pressure on the two sides ahead of them in the league table. Tony Burman’s side managed a 2-1 victory on Saturday against Farnborough with goals from Charlie Sheringham and a first of the season for Lee Burns. A win against The Swans will be Dartford’s first ever triumph against them after two draws at home and three defeats away.

Lee Burns nets his first of the season

Jon Wallis looks doubtful after pulling his hamstring on the weekend. Paul Goodacre missed the fixture at Farnborough with a knee injury he picked up on Thursday.

Last season Dartford took on Staines Town at a very difficult time. Having lost five games in six The Darts had dropped into the bottom three. Staines visited Princes Park and took the lead through centre back Danny Gordon. As time was running out James White equalised with six minutes remaining to rescue a point. It was the start of a seven match unbeaten run which turned Dartford’s season.

The Swans are winless on their travels picking up just two points from twelve. The Middlesex club have enjoyed good results recently holding Chelmsford City to a draw and defeating Bromley emphatically 4-1 on Saturday. Mark Nwokeji was amongst the scorers last weekend having just been signed from Havant and Waterlooville. It is Nwokeji’s second spell with Staines, in two years with The Swans he scored 68 goals in 130 games including 37 in a season.

Manager Steve Cordery, signed David Wheeler and Adam Everitt from relegated clubs Lewes and St Alban’s City in the summer, James Tyrell came in from Havant and Waterlooville and former Hendon Town striker Belal Aiteouakrim.

Did you know…

Staines Town have scored a single goal in each away game this season

Charlie Sheringham may have scored ten goals in nine matches this season but at the end of Dartford’s last campaign he netted the same amount in the last eight fixtures. Still 20 goals in 17 games isn’t too bad!

 

Stats and Trends – 20th September 2011

On This Day

1898: (A) – Star Rovers, Belvedere – W16-0 (Friendly)
1913: (H) – Crystal Palace Reserves – L1-5
1924: (A) – Bostall Heath – W4-1 (FA Cup)
1930: (H) – Northampton Reserves – W4-2
1947: (H) – Erith and Belvedere – W3-2 (FA Cup)
1950: (A) – Kidderminster Harriers – W4-1
1952: (H) – Hastings United – L0-2
1956: (A) – Worcester City – D1-1
1958: (H) – Tunbridge Wells United – D3-3 (FA Cup)
1969: (A) – Cheltenham Town – W5-1
1975: (A) – Minehead – L0-2
1980: (A) – Margate – W2-1
1986: (H) – Basingstoke Town – W6-1
1997: (A) – Fleet Town – L2-3
1999: (H) – Wisbech Town – D0-0
2003: (A) – Hastings United – W3-0
2005: (A) – Chatham Town – L0-1 (League Cup)
2008: (H) – Horsham – W4-0

Trends

– Dartford have never beaten Staines Town.
– The Darts have drawn the last two home matches v Staines Town.
– However, the Darts have not lost at home on this day since 1952 (v Hastings United).

Ex Darts at Staines Town
None

Records v Staines Town

Played 5, Won 0, Drawn 2, Lost 3, For 3, Against 7

 

Farnborough v Dartford

Dartford’s victory last weekend put them back on track and now they face a trip to Farnborough on Saturday.

Since promotion to the Conference South, Hampshire has not exactly been a happy hunting ground for The Darts having recorded a draw and four defeats.

Dartford celebrate the opener against Eastleigh

Tony Burman ‘was well pleased with the result’ against Eastleigh last weekend despite the team not playing as well as he expected. Dartford will be encouraged by the fact they still managed to create chances and come out 3-0 winners, the first ever time Dartford have defeated The Spitfires.

For a succesive week The Darts will play full time opponents and Burman told PURE DFC: “Farnborough have gone full time and these are the teams where you can come unstuck, these are the teams that you got to beat”. It was only the second weekend of last season when the then newly promoted sides last met at the Rushmoor Stadium. The Boro outplayed Dartford in a 2-1 home win with both goals coming from Dean McDonald who was released in the summer. Lee Noble netted a last minute consolation goal for The Darts.

Farnborough have probably been the busiest Conference South since the 2010/11 season came to a close. Having led the side to a runners up spot and a playoff final defeat Steve King left the club. The Boro went full time and as a result their squad has been revamped.

Grenadan international Bradley Bubb joined football league club Aldershot Town after scoring 17 league goals last season. Kezie Ibe, Jack King and Dale Binns scored 36 goals between them and they too have left the club. Just over the summer fourteen players had moved on.

Rushmoor Stadium

In replacement of Steve King is manager Garry Haylock who raided his former club Hayes and Yeading United for Adam Bygrave, Esmond James, Philip Appiah and Alex Tokarczyk. The squad has been bolstered up with more signings from higher leagues. An indifferent start to 2011/12 and the move to full time football means the club are in transition but last campaign they were fairly slow out the blocks. The Boro have shown signs of last seasons form in the last week with a 5-1 win away to Tonbridge Angels and a 1-0 home victory against Staines Town.

Farnborough will have Ashley Winn (a summer signing from Gateshead) and Esmond James suspended. Dartford will assess Elliot Bradbrook’s fitness after he was left out of the Eastleigh match with a rib injury.

Did you know…

Dartford’s 4-1 win last time they played Farnborough was the first time The Darts defeated the Hampshire club

Farnborough have one point more than they had at the same stage last season, Dartford have eight points more

In the league, The Boro scored on the most occasions last season netting 83 times

The Pure DFC Punter – 17th September 2011

As you were, it seems, after last weekend. Thankfully, the bet on Eastleigh didn’t come in as the Darts ran home 3-0 winners. The last minute own goal also meant that we made back our “cash” on the defeat of Eastleigh.

Current state of play

+0.16 units

Dartford are back on the road against a Farnborough side whom have won two of their four home matches. The Darts, by contrast, have not won away from home since the opening game of the season, and have never won away against Farnborough. However, the Darts have bounced back well from their only defeat and are looking confident.

Key stats:

– The Darts recorded their only victory against Farnborough in January 2011, with a crushing four-one scoreline.

– 7/8 of Dartford’s matches have ended with over 2.5 goals, whereas only four of Farnborough’s eight have (two of which at home).

Bets of the match:

Dartford are only just favourites to win this match with the bookmakers, meaning that we’ll get a decent price. Stan James go 2.38 on the Darts which we will definitely take two points of.

The Darts have also been ahead in six of their eight matches at half time, and Victor Chandler go 3.00 (2/1) on Dartford to be ahead at the break and we’ll take a point of that.

2 points: Dartford @ 2.38 (Stan James)
1 point: Dartford HT @ 3.00 (Victor Chandler)

 

Stats and Trends – 17th September 2011

On This Day

1898: (A) – Chatham – L1-2
1904: (H) – Folkestone – W5-1 (FA Cup)
1910: (A) – Northfleet United – W1-0 (FA Cup)
1921: (H) – Margate – L0-3
1927: (H) – Arsenal Reserves – W4-2 (Friendly)
1932: (H) – Guildford City – W1-0
1938: (A) – Swindon Town Reserves – L1-3
1947: (A) – Guildford City – L1-2
1949: (H) – Torquay United Reserves – W5-2
1955: (A) – Kidderminster Harriers – L0-2
1960: (A) – Bedford Town – L0-2
1966: (H) – Dunstable Town – D1-1
1974: (A) – Cambridge City – D2-2
1977: (H) – Kettering Town – D1-1
1983: (A) – Hoddesdon Town – W4-0 (FA Cup)
1985: (H) – Nuneaton Borough – L0-1
1988: (H) – Flackwell Heath – W7-1 (FA Cup)
1994: (A) – Chatham Town – L0-3
2005: (A) – Corby Town – L1-4 (played at Kettering Town)

Trends

– Dartford have never won away against Farnborough (Town). Only ever won once against Farnborough (Town) – January 2011, with a 4-1 victory at Princes Park
– The Darts have not won away on this day since 1983 (v Hoddesdon Town in the FA Cup) – before that, it was 1910!
– The Darts have conceded in every match against Farnborough but have also scored in all bar one.

Ex Darts at Farnborough
None

Records v Farnborough

Played 7, Won 1, Drawn 2, Lost 4, For 10, Against 11

Interview & Commentary v Eastleigh (H)

Post match interview with Tony Burman

Commentary v Eastleigh brought to you by Gary Clark and Paul Philpot, courtesy of Pure DFC

1st Half:

2nd Half:

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Dartford v Eastleigh

Dartford will be hoping to bounce back and maintain their perfect home form on Saturday.

The Darts face Eastleigh looking to make it four wins out of four at Princes Park as well as recording their first ever win against the Hampshire club. The Darts experienced their first defeat last week and fell five points behind league leaders Welling United.

Richard Graham will be up against his former club

Despite the setback the start of the 2011/12 season has been positive, Elliot Bradbrook commented on The Darts TV: “I think we’ve done really well in the first few games and we’ve worked harder than the other teams. We’ve been out there trying to make it happen for ourselves. We’ve been working hard and working for each other and we’ve had a bit quality on the end of that and it’s caused other teams problems”.

After leading the game last week against Basingstoke Town, Dartford felt disappointed with their performance compared to the early standards they have set, the captain added: “It wasn’t the best game, we never really got started, we were a bit slow and second to the ball a lot it wasn’t the best game all round”.

When speaking to PURE DFC, Tony Burman said: “They’ve out battled us… first half we got back into it… and second half they won a few personal battles and in some key areas we should have been better in”.

New signing Richard Graham is likely to face his former club and young striker Jack Pallen is edging closer to fitness.

Last season’s fixture in March against Eastleigh ended goalless in front of 711 supporters. The Hampshire club went full time this summer as they push for the playoff spot that often eludes them. An eighth place finish last season they finished four points shy from the top five.

This term The Spitfires started slowly losing their first three fixtures against Basingstoke Town, Truro City and Tonbridge Angels. A clean sheet and draw versus Woking gave Ian Baird’s team confidence and by the end of August they chalked up two victories away to Dorchester Town and at home against Weston Super-Mare. Last week they were beaten 2-0 by Bromley at the Silverlake Stadium.

With a full week to recover from Saturday’s reverse and home advantage Dartford will hope to get back on track.

Did you know…

The draw in March was the only goalless league fixture Dartford participated in last season.

Dartford’s last win at Princes Park was their third in a row, beating last season’s winning home streak in the league.

From 28 December 2010 to 25 January 2011 Eastleigh notched up six consecutive wins. Only Bromley and Woking beat this run last season winning seven in a row.

The Spitfires have failed to score in the opening fifteen minutes so far this season.

 

 

The Pure DFC Punter – 10th September 2011

No winners last week after the Darts slipped to defeat for the first time this season.

Current state of play

+0.16 units

Dartford are back at Princes Park this Saturday, and will be hoping to extend their 100% record against an Eastleigh side who have only once won away from home this season.

Key stats:

– The Darts have only played Eastleigh five times, and in that period, have only scored one goal (2004, home). Four defeats and one 0-0 draw have been recorded in that period.

– All three of Eastleigh’s away games have contained 2.5 goals or more in, as have all of Dartford’s home matches.

Bets of the match:

The stats are compelling so far, and this will be the first time this season that I hope the result is that we lose our bets.

Dartford, although 100% at home so far, are, simply put, no value at all at a best price of 4/7 (Betfred, Stan James). Eastleigh, for a side who seem to hold the “sign” over Dartford, are available at 9/2 and we’ll take a small piece of that.

Over 2.5 goals is stingy value, but with both sides fulfilling the plus 2.5 goals, we’ll take that at 1/2 with Victor Chandler

2 points: +2.5 goals @ 1/2 (Victor Chandler)
1 point: Eastleigh @ 9/2 (Blue Square)


P/L so far: +0.16 units