Commentary of the 2-1 defeat at home to Bromley in the FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round, courtesy of Pure DFC. Brought to you by Gary Clark and Paul Philpot
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A comfortable 3 points were gained at Thurrock on Tuesday with a 3-0 victory over our former landlords at Ship Lane.
Current state of play
We’re back in FA Cup action against our old friends from Bromley, and there’s not a whole lot of value around in the betting. However, we’re going to have a tiny play on over 3 and a half goals because of this:
– Out of the last 9 competitive matches against Bromley (home and away), there have been over 3.5 goals in 8 of the matches (a 3-0 defeat to Bromley was the other match).
Bets of the match:
There’s not a lot of value in it, but we’re not afraid to put one point on over 3.5 goals at 2.25 (widely available)
1 point: Over 3.5 goals @ 2.25 (Boylesports)
The Darts prepared for Saturday’s F.A Cup clash with Bromley by retunring to winning ways on Tuesday night.
For the second time in six months Dartford host Bromley in cup competition and will hope to repeat their Kent Senior Cup Final triumph in May.
The two sides have met three times at Princes Park in just over a year and the outcome of the last two meetings have favoured Dartford. Early this season The Darts christened their new scoreboard on Bank Holiday August with a 3-1 victory. Elliot Bradbrook’s stunning volley on seven minutes was cancelled out by Danny Waldren just past the hour. With eight minutes on the clock Charlie Sheringham put Dartford in front. A well worked free kick from the training ground ended with Danny Harris sliding the ball over the line two minutes later to ensure the points went to Dartford.
In May, The Darts clinched the Kent Senior Cup in style in the last cup tie between the two sides and back in September a dramatic match ended in a 2-2 draw.
Bromley have had their fair share of wins most notably their 4-1 victory at Hayes Lane ten days prior the Kent Senior Cup Final. As The Darts take on Mark Goldberg’s team they will want to avenge the two other F.A Cup ties against Bromley in the last eight years. In 2003 Bromley beat The Darts in the second qualifying round at Hayes Lane and four years later they won again in the third qualifying round.
Tony Burman’s side will be lifted by their performance against Thurrock on Tuesday night, the Dartford boss spoke to PURE DFC after the game: “I’m really pleased with the result and the way the players have kept going. We were excellent first half but the finishing product was not there, we created some chances but it didn’t go for us. We asked them at half time to be patient and things will come and it did. I thought it was an all round excellent performance.”
On Saturday Princes Park will host a partisan crowd as The Darts try and make it to the F.A Cup first round for a successive year. Burman appreciates the part the crowd plays and said: “Our support over here was excellent from start to finish and the encouragement that we heard from the sidelines was something else. I’d like to thank all the supporters who made the short trip. They were in good voice and that is what you need, we stick together on and off the field and we’ll be okay”.
Bromley were defeated by a single goal in mid week by Dover Athletic. An inconsistent first quarter of the season has left The Ravens mid table. For the third round in a row The Ravens play Kent opposition having defeated Welling United and Margate. Mark Goldberg knows his side has had to show resolve over recent weeks and that determination has helped Bromley lose just once in their last six competitive matches.
For The Darts, Jacob Erskine will be cup tied after he played in Hampton and Richmond’s shock 6-2 defeat against Arlesley Town. Deren Ibrahim will hope to maintain his place in the first team. Lee Noble has a slight problem with his hamstring and Matt Jones will hopefully be back in a couple of weeks.
Road To Wembley
3rd Qualifying Round: Won 2-1 v Cray Wanderers (Hayes, Harris)
In a lacklustre first half with not much to report Dartford battled it out with former landlords Cray Wanderers. In the second half the hosts took a shock when Tommy Whitnell half volleyed the ball beyond Andrew Young. Ryan Hayes equalised when his a curling free kick to the far post sailed over everyone into the net. The substitute Danny Harris deflected shot wrong footed Cray goalkeeper Andrew Walker to send The Darts through.
2nd Qualifying Round: Won 5-0 v Harrow Borough (Rogers, Bradbrook, Sheringham, Bonner, Burns)
Harrow Borough were reduced to ten men after just three minutes and from then on Dartford were in complete control. Jamie Roger’s opened his account for the club, Elliot Bradbrook and Charlie Sheringham had The Darts three up at half time. Tom Bonner made it four in the second half and Lee Burns became the fifth different goal scorer as Dartford cruised into the next round.
3rd Qualifying Round: Won 3-2 v Margate (McBean (2), Waldren)
Margate gave Bromley a scare at Hartsdown Park when they took just twenty seconds to go in front courtesy of Kwesi Appiah. The Margate striker was at it again twenty minutes later when The Gate went two up. Margate were in complete control missing several chances to extend their lead. The missed opportunity’s proved costly when in the second half Bromley completed a stunning comeback. Warren McBean scored twice and Danny Waldren kept his cool in the final minute scoring his third penalty in this seasons F.A Cup all in the final twenty minutes.
2nd Qualifying Round: Won 2-1 v Welling United (Waldren (2))
Loick Pires scored a header for Welling United in the first half as The Wings looked like progressing to the next round. Then just before the hour Welling United’s Anthony Acheampong was sent off and Bromley took the initiative with a man advantage. Danny Waldren scored twice from the penalty spot as Bromley marched on.
Current Form (league and cup)
|Last five Dartford matches at home||Last five Bromley matches away|
|Lost 1-2 v Truro City||Drew 3-3 v Maidenhead United|
|Won 5-0 v Harrow Borough (F.A Cup)||Won 3-2 v Margate (F.A Cup)|
|Won 3-1 v Tonbridge Angels||Won 2-1 v Havant and Waterlooville|
|Won 2-1 v Staines Town||Lost 1-4 v Staines Town|
|Won 3-0 v Eastleigh||Won 2-0 v Eastleigh|
F.A Cup Performances
|2010/2011||1st Round Proper: v Port Vale||3rd Qualifying Rd: v Chelmsford City|
|2009/2010||3rd Qualifying Rd: v Chelmsford City||1st Round Proper: v Colchester United|
|2008/2009||2nd Qualifying Rd: v Hampton and Richmond||2nd Qualifying Rd: v AFC Hornchurch|
|2007/2008||3rd Qualifying Rd: v Bromley||4th Qualifying Rd: v Eastbourne Borough|
|2006/2007||1st Qualifying Rd: v Hastings United||1st Round Proper: v Gillingham|
|2005/2006||4th Qualifying Rd: v Grays Athletic||4th Qualifying Rd: v Aldershot Town|
|2004/2005||Preliminary Rd: v Dorking||4th Qualifying Rd: v Cambridge City|
|2003/2004||2nd Qualifying Rd: v Bromley||3rd Qualifying Rd: v Thurrock|
|2002/2003||Preliminary Rd: v Carterton Town||2nd Qualifying Rd: v Leatherhead|
|2001/2002||3rd Qualifying Rd: v Gravesend and Northfleet||2nd Qualifying Rd: v Hassocks|
Did you know…
Dartford’s run of six consecutive league wins at Princes Park remains the best winning streak at home this season
Bromley have had the most amount of different goalscorers in the Conference South. Excluding own goals 11 different players have scored for Bromley in the league so far.
84 years ago Dartford and Bromley met each other in the F.A Cup on 29 October 1927, the match ended 1-1.
On This Day
Matches on this day…
1892: (H) Chatham A – ?-? (Friendly)
1898: (H) West Kent Regiment – 1-1 Abandoned
1904: (H) Gravesend Untied – L0-1
1910: (H) Woolwich Polytechnic – L1-2 (Friendly)
1921: (A) Northfleet United – L0-3
1927: (A) Bromley – D1-1 (FA Cup)
1932: (A) Northfleet United – W3-1
1938: (A) Worcester City – L2-3
1949: (H) Gillingham – W2-1
1955: (A) Llanelly – L2-4
1960: (H) Bath City – W2-1
1966: (H) Sittingbourne – W3-1
1970: (A) Bexley United – D2-2 (Kent Senior Shield 1969/70 Final)
1974: (H) AP Leamington L2-3 (Southern League Challenge Match)
1977: (H) Telford United – W1-0
1983: (H) Tooting and Mitcham – W2-0 (FA Cup)
1987: (A) Leyton Wingate – W4-1 (General Motors Inter-League Cup)
1988: (A) Slough Town – W2-1 (FA Cup)
1989: (H) Dagenham – W3-1 (FA Cup)
1991: (H) Wealdstone – W4-1
1994: (A) Deal Town – L2-3 (FA Vase)
1996: (A) Crawley Town – L0-2 (Doc Martens Cup Replay)
2005: (A) Stamford – L0-2
– The Darts drew 1-1 with Bromley on this day in the FA Cup in 1927.
– The Darts have won their last four home games on this day, two of which have been in the FA Cup.
– Dartford have played four FA Cup games on this day, winning three and drawing one.
Against our visitors – last 5 matches
05/08/2008 – Home – Won 2-1 in a friendly
18/09/2010 – Home – Drew 2-2
22/04/2011 – Away – Lost 1-4
02/05/2011 – Neutral (at Princes Park) – Won 4-1 in the Kent Senior Cup Final
29/08/2011 – Home – Won 3-1
Former Darts at Bromley
Record v Bromley
Played 54, Won 20, Drawn 11, Lost 22, For 90, Against 95
The Darts lost their 100% record at Princes Park with a defeat against Truro City. Fortunately, we didn’t spend any of our profit on this match.
Current state of play
It’s midweek action for the Darts as they travel to their former home over at Thurrock FC. In the two matches last season, Darts drew in the league and won in the FA Trophy. Dartford are going to want a reaction following the manner of the defeat to Truro City on Saturday, and Thurrock are in their own slump currently. Thurrock were defeated 3-1 at Dover on Saturday, and are yet to score a victory at home.
Bets of the match:
This is the first five point bet of the season, with Dartford available at 3/4 (1.75) to win. This is excellent value, if you weigh up the facts that Thurrock have yet to win at home, and the Darts will want to make amends for Saturday’s defeat.
5 points: Dartford to win @ 1.75 (Victor Chandler)
On This Day
Matches on this day…
1890: (H) Chatham Excelsior – L3-4 (Friendly)
1899: (H) Watford – L2-4
1913: (A) Bromley – L1-3
1924: (H) Grays Thurrock United – W1-0 (Kent League Cup)
1930: (H) Peterborough and Fletton – D0-0
1933: (Unknown) Bournemouth and Boscombe Reserves – D1-1
1947: (A) Hereford Untied – L1-3
1952: (A) Merthyr Tydfil – L1-7
1958: (A) Bedford Town – L0-2
1969: (H) Cambridge City – W5-0
1975: (H) Hastings United – D3-3
1977: (A) Wimbledon – L2-3 (Southern League Championship Match)
1980: (A) Waterlooville – D0-0
1986: (A) Bideford – W2-0 (FA Cup)
1988: (H) Sutton United – L1-2 (Clubcall Cup)
1997: (A) Bashley – D2-2
2000: (H) Newport IOW – D1-1
2003: (A) Fleet Town – D0-0
2005: (H) Barking and East Ham United – D2-2
2008: (A) Tooting and Mitcham United – W2-0
– There have been four draws in the last five matches on this day
– The Darts haven’t lost in league competition on this day since 1958.
– Dartford have never beaten Thurrock FC in league competition or at home.
Against our visitors – last 5 matches
27/07/1999 – Away -Lost 2-0 (Friendly)
08/08/2000 – Away – Lost 2-0 (Friendly)
11/09/2010 – Away – Drew 1-1
20/11/2010 – Away – Won 2-0 (FA Trophy)
08/01/2011 – Home – Lost 0-1
Former Darts at Thurrock
James White – Played: 75, Sub Appearances: 37, Scored: 7
Joe Bruce – Played: 46, Sub Appearances: 2, Scored: 0
Robbie Garvey – Played: 58, Sub Appearances: 4, Scored: 18
Versus Thurrock FC
Played 6, Won 1, Drawn 1, Lost 4, For 3, Against 10
It was back to Conference South action on the weekend and after two succesive league defeats Dartford are keen to get back to winning ways on Tuesday night.
The Darts face a second away trip in a row against former landlords and this time they travel to Ship Lane to take on Thurrock. Last season the two sides met twice in Essex, once in the league and the other fixture in the F.A Trophy.
In September, Elliot Bradbrook rescued a point twelve minutes from time after Fleet’s Max Lette-Jallow gave the hosts the lead. Two months later the two clubs were paired up in the cup and a Carl Rook double made sure Dartford progressed to the first round where they met Crawley Town.
Life without top scorer Charlie Sheringham started with a 2-1 reverse against newly promoted Truro City. The Cornish side left The Darts shell shocked when they raced into a two goal lead after just six minutes. Andy Watkins capitalised on some poor defending before Paul Goodacre turned the ball into his own net. The referee got injured and the match was held up leading to ten minutes added time in the first half. In the second half, a sending off for the visitors and a consolation goal by Tom Bonner wasn’t enough as Dartford’s 100% home record ended in defeat.
Tony Burman spoke to PURE DFC and could draw a positive from the match he said: “I’m pleased with the second half and the way they have put the effort in”. Although the manager could see an improvement in the second forty five he knew it would be difficult to overturn the two goal deficit, he commented: “You concede two goals and the damage is done. We needed to get to 2-1 maybe before half time and we didn’t so we are still sort of chasing”, Burman added: “They didn’t have a shot in the second half, then they went down to ten men. But we cannot concede two goals in the first ten minutes and concede goals the way we have”.
New signing Jacob Erskine replaced Adam Green to make his first appearance in a Dartford shirt. The former Hampton and Richmond striker managed to get some minutes under his belt as he looks to settle in to Princes Park. Erskine is familiar to the Dartford faithful after he netted Hampton and Richmond’s goal at Princes Park earlier in the season. Jacob scored three league goals for the side currently at the foot of the Conference South.
Burman took the opportunity to sign the striker after he was released a couple of weeks ago, he said: “He trained with us on Thursday and I had a chat with Jacob. I knew we were a little bit short with Jonesy and Jon Wallis probably not being quite ready for this game so I asked him whether he would sign to help us out”, he added: “I want to have a little look at him because he is a decent player”.
Thurrock survived relegation last season after a reprieve following the demise of Rushden and Diamonds. The Essex club has continued to struggle under the reign of former Dartford striker Robbie Garvey. The Fleet have failed to win a home match in the league all season picking up just two points.
After six games, one point, three goals scored and sixteen conceded Thurrock were bottom of the Conference South at the end of August. However fortunes have improved after two wins and two draws in their last seven fixtures. The Fleet were defeated on the weekend at The Crabble when Dover Athletic won 3-1.
At Ship Lane, Thurrock have fired as many blanks than goals in the league and picked up just two draws against Tonbridge Angels and Truro City. It took The Fleet 192 minutes to score their first goal at home this season and since then they have netted twice more.
James White and Joe Bruce could play against Dartford for the first time since being released in the summer by Burman. Bruce made 48 league and cup appearances for The Darts whilst White played 112 times scoring seven goals in the three years with The Darts.
The Darts will have fond memories of playing at Ship Lane when they moved from Erith and Belvedere to Thurrock in 1998. Then their landlords were known as Purfleet and had only been founded thirteen years earlier.
Dartford’s final campaign at Ship Lane was in the 1999/2000 Southern League season when they achieved their highest position of eighth in the three years playing in Essex.
With the loss of Sheringham to AFC Bournemouth and injuries to Matt Jones and Jon Wallis, Burman is determined to get as many players in contention for Tuesday’s match and could possibly strengthen from elsewhere. Thurrock could give starts to new signings Bertie Brayley and Drewe Broughton.
Current Form (league only)
|Last five Thurrock matches at home||Last five Dartford matches away|
|Drew 1-1 v Truro City||Lost 1-3 v Boreham Wood|
|Lost 1-4 v Eastbourne Borough||Won 2-1 v Farnborough|
|Drew 0-0 v Tonbridge Angels||Lost 2-3 v Basingstoke Town|
|Lost 1-4 v Welling United||Drew 0-0 v Chelmsford City|
|Lost 0-3 v Weston Super-Mare||Drew 2-2 v Dover Athletic|
League Stats – Thurrock (21st) versus Dartford (4th)
Thurrock average home attendance: 307
Highest home attendance: 443 v Dover Athletic/ Lowest: 156 v Weston Super-Mare
Dartford average away attendance: 760
Highest away attendance: 1455 v Dover Athletic / Lowest: 441 v Boreham Wood
|Minutes||Thurrock Goals For||Thurrock Goals Against||Dartford Goals For||Dartford Goals Against|
Did you know…
Thurrock had the worst home league defence in the Conference South last season conceding 40 goals. It took The Fleet 19 games to register a clean sheet at Ship Lane.
The Fleet have conceded the most goals in the fifteen minutes before half time, more than any other club in the division
Only Thurrock and Chelmsford City have failed to claim a home win this season