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Stats and Trends – 3rd December 2011

Matches on this day…

1892: (?) Upton Park – W4-2 – (Friendly)
1898: (H) West Kent Regiment – W3-2
1904: (A) Prices Athletic – D1-1
1921: (H) Tunbridge Wells Rangers – D1-1 – (Kent Senior Cup)
1927: (A) Poole – L0-1
1932: (H) Norwich City Reserves – D1-1
1938: (H) Swindon Town Reserves – W5-1
1949: (H) Tonbridge – D1-1
1955: (H) Cheltenham Town – L2-3
1960: (A) Hastings United – 1-1 ABANDONED
1966: (A) Ashford Town – L1-3
1977: (A) Waterlooville – W1-0 – FA Trophy
1983: (A) Gloucester City – D1-1
1988: (A) Bath City – L2-4
2002: (A) Chatham Town – W1-0
2005: (A) Harlow Town – D1-1


– DFC haven’t played at home on this day since 1955 – an astonishing seven matches ago.
– DFC have scored in every match on this day bar one – the 1-0 defeat away at Poole back in 1927.
Last five matches v Dover Athletic

13/12/2008 – Away – Lost 2-4
21/11/2009 – Away – Lost 2-3 (FA Trophy)
09/11/2010 – Away – Won 2-0
25/04/2011 – Home – Won 4-0
23/08/2011 – Away – Drew 2-2

Versus Dover Athletic:

Played 86, Won 29, Drawn 24, Lost 33, For 115, Against 123


November Review

It’s been an interesting month for Dartford, despite rumblings about recent performances the black and white army went through November unbeaten in league and cup.

The month started excellently when The Darts faced a difficult away fixture at The Raymond McEnhill Stadium. Salisbury City boasted a brilliant record at home under Darrell Clarke and against Dartford. Goalkeeper Andrew Young was released by Tony Burman days prior the match and former Staines Town keeper Louis Wells was signed as the replacement.

Louis Wells (far left) applauds with his new team mates

Wells début couldn’t have got off to a worse start when after just two minutes a wicked deflection wrong footed the 29 year old putting The Darts a goal down. In all fairness no goalkeeper could have adjusted his feet quick enough to stop Stuart Anderson’s effort. Dartford battled back and a Jon Wallis free kick tied the scores halfway through the first half.

In the second half it was Salisbury’s goalkeeper who had a day to forget. Conor Gough could have done better to keep out Wallis equaliser but when Jacob Erskine collided with the goalkeeper to head the ball in for the winner Gough ended up with a fractured rib and was unable to continue. The Darts defended valiantly to earn an exceptional victory.

A week later Weston Super-Mare turned up at Princes Park and took the lead after half hour courtesy of Nat Pepperall. Adam Green levelled the scoreline approaching up to half time. The Seagulls were reduced to ten men in the second half but Dartford failed to break down their visitors to claim a second win, instead The Darts had to settle with a disappointing draw.

For a second weekend in a row Tony Burman’s side failed to see off ten men. Travelling to Hampshire to face Eastleigh was bound to be tough considering Dartford’s terrible record at Silverlake Stadium. Once again, Green scored Dartford’s first goal this time from the penalty spot and the hosts were reduced to ten men shortly after. The lead was stretched to two through Wallis second of the season. Dartford were cruising and in control until conceding just before the break. Danny Smith’s goal was added to in the second half when Tom Jordan earned Eastleigh a draw. Ten men, a two goal lead and two points dropped.

The attention turned to the F.A Trophy in the last weekend of the month. The Darts were drawn out against fellow league opponents Eastbourne Borough. The trip to Priory Lane ended 0-0 in very blustery conditions but the performance was better than previous weeks according to Burman.

Tom Champion is delighted with his strike

Back at Princes Park the Tuesday night replay ended with a 2-1 win. Tom Champion’s scorcher put the home side in front and Danny Harris made it two nil. A dubious penalty let Eastbourne Borough back in the tie when former Dart Carl Rook pulled a goal back. Eastbourne’s Clark Masters was then red carded for handling outside the box and Dartford progressed to the first round. Due to the replay Dartford’s anticipated clash with table toppers Woking had to be re arranged for another day. Dartford face Brackley Town in round two.

Woking lead the Conference South for a third month in a row and look favourites for promotion at this stage. Scoring for fun they are now ten matches unbeaten. The only two sides taking points off The Cards since 3 September 2011 are Salisbury City and Chelmsford City. During this unbeaten spell the Surrey side have netted 26 times, conceded only six goals and kept five clean sheets. Garry Hill has also added Crawley Town’s Ben Smith on a months loan to bolster the squad. However, Woking were stopped in their F.A Trophy tracks when Chelmsford knocked them out with a 2-0 win.

Despite four consecutive wins Welling United trail The Cards by four points. Welling have now won eight of their ten home matches, drawing the other two. Jamie Day’s side look every bit the settled side but with striker Andrew Pugh hinting he would like to go full time the Kent club will be hoping he stays. Pugh has scored a third of Welling’s league goals and is the leagues second top scorer.

Unsurprisingly Chelmsford City are starting to find the right gear. It seemed only a matter of time before The Clarets turned draws into wins and they are now unbeaten in 12 Conference South matches. In November the Essex club demolished Bromley 6-1, drew with league leaders Woking and knocked them out of the F.A Trophy.  The Clarets also tasted F.A Cup success by convincingly beating AFC Telford 4-0 in the first round. A second round home tie awaits with League Two’s Macclesfield Town.

Sutton United continue steady progress and remain in the playoffs with The Darts. The U’s beat struggling Staines Town 4-1 before picking up a point in their last two league matches. Sutton have failed to score in their last two Conference South fixtures but managed a 1-0 F.A Cup win against Conference Premier side Kettering Town. The U’s will look forward to the televised second round sell out at home to League One’s Nott’s County.

Dicks: Dorchester's potential boss

Two managers have lost their jobs since October’s review. Ashley Vickers left Dorchester Town on 29 October and since then the Dorset side have picked up form. The Magpies conceded just one goal in November and have gone 297 minutes without conceding, they are now five matches unbeaten. One notable scalp was inflicting Basingstoke Town’s first defeat away from home. Former Premier League defender and Grays Athletic manager Julian Dicks is reportedly favourite to take charge of The Magpies.

Spencer Day earned a managerial role at Farnborough when they departed company with Garry Haylock. The Boro lost seven in a row, this seasons worst losing streak, before Day took charge. The ex Chertsey Town boss crowned his début with a 3-1 win against Salisbury City, who have now lost there last five and slumped to sixteenth place.

At the bottom of the table Staines Town and Thurrock continue to struggle. Staines have picked up just two points from the last 27 available and Thurrock’s lack of fire power has left them just a point above The Swans. Thurrock did defeat Hampton and Richmond but a couple of wins from The Beavers have given some hope to their supporters as they close the gap on Maidenhead United.

Maidenhead United are now without a win in ten matches and an F.A Cup run has been a welcome distraction for The Magpies. In the F.A Cup first round the Conference South was represented by six clubs. Maidenhead United forced a replay against League Two’s Aldershot Town, the Berkshire club was just twelve minutes away from an upset. In the replay Aldershot Town won 2-0.

Basingstoke Town and Bromley were knocked out by Brentford and Leyton Orient respectively. However, Chelmsford City, Salisbury City (3-1 winners over Arlesly) and Sutton United are all still flying the Conference South flag.

In November the Conference South sides also entered the F.A Trophy third qualifying round. Eleven sides progressed to the first round which will take place on 10 December 2011.

Did you know…

0- Welling United and Woking have not lost a home league match yet and Chelmsford have not been defeated away. Thurrock are the only side who have failed to pick up three points at home and Staines Town are still looking for their first away win.

7- Farnborough’s victory against Salisbury City on 19 November 2011 stopped a run of seven consecutive defeats, the longest losing streak in the Conference South so far.

10- Maidenhead United have not won in ten Conference South fixtures since 13 September 2011, the longest winless streak this season so far.

57- Goals have been scored by a penalty (9%) out of 629 goals scored in the Conference South this season. Tonbridge Angels have netted the most with six. Basingstoke Town, Eastbourne Borough, Eastleigh and Farnborough have yet to score a penalty.

299- The number of first half goals scored in the Conference South this season.

330- The number of second half goals scored in the Conference South this season.


Post match interview v Eastbourne Borough – FA Trophy Replay

Interview with Tony Burman following 2-1 victory over Eastbourne Borough in the FA Carlsberg Trophy.

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Dartford v Eastbourne Borough

Saturday’s goalless draw means Dartford play Eastbourne Borough for a second time in a week.

The Darts host the Sussex club in the F.A Trophy third qualifying round replay and a win will be rewarded with a first round tie at Brackley Town.

On the weekend Dartford dominated the first half at Priory Lane with very few chances created. Jacob Erskine powered a header wide and a couple of long range efforts never really tested Clark Masters in the Eastbourne goal. Jon Wallis pulled the strings in the first half and he almost put the Darts ahead.

Jon Wallis: Dartford's man of the match on Saturday

The home side improved in the second half with the blustery conditions behind them. Eastbourne’s Ben Watson squandered a one on one with Louis Wells and Dartford’s Adam Green hit the corner of the woodwork from a swirling cross. James Rogers last minute volley across goal was acrobatically cleared over Eastbourne’s goal by defender Ollie Rowe to end a goalless ninety minutes.

Tony Burman spoke to PURE DFC after the match and said: “We did really well keeping the ball in the windy conditions. We just lacked that bit of quality to test their keeper. I can’t fault the commitment and I can’t fault the way the players played. I am pleased with the draw and the effort they put in was back to normal”.

New signing Tony Garrod will hope to play a bigger part in the replay than his eight minute substitute appearance on the weekend. Burman commented: “We’ll give him a chance, I’ve let Jack go out on loan to VCD Athletic but unfortunatley Jack has ended up getting injured in training on Thursday, so it looks like he won’t be playing for a couple of weeks. Tony has come in and we’ll give him the opportunity to have a chance and see what he can do”.

Elliot Bradbrook will return from is one match suspension for picking up five cautions. The Sports will be without Rikki Banks who re joined Lewes on loan and Gary Charman is doubtful after he withdrew with a head injury on Saturday.


Stats and Trends – 29th November 2011

Matches on this day…

1890: (A) Thorburn Rovers – Unknown Score – (Friendly)
1924: (H) Bexleyheath – D1-1
1933: (H) Northfleet United – D2-2 (Kent Senior Shield Semi Final)
1947: (H) Bristol City – D0-0 (FA Cup)
1952: (H) Cheltenham Town – L1-2
1958: (H) Tonbridge – W4-3
1967: (H) Margate – L4-7
1975: (H) Met Police – W6-2
1977: (H) Gravesend and Northfleet – L0-1 (Southern League Cup Replay)
1980: (H) Margate – W3-1 (FA Trophy)
1986: (A) Shepshed Charterhouse – D2-2
1997: (H) Trowbridge Town – W2-0
2003: (A) Salisbury City – L1-3
2005: (A) AFC Wimbledon – L0-2 (FA Trophy Replay)
2008: (H) Boreham Wood  – W3-0


– DFC have won the last three home games on this day, dating back to 1977
– Dartford have never won an away game on this day.
– The Darts’ only FA Trophy replay on this day was lost 2-0 away to AFC Wimbledon six years ago.
Last five matches v Eastbourne Borough

30/10/2001 – Away – Lost 0-1
20/08/2002 – Away – Lost 0-4
04/03/2003 – Home – Lost 0-1
16/08/2011 – Home – Won 2-1
26/11/2011 – Away – Drew 0-0

Versus Eastbourne Borough

Played Won Drawn Lost For Against
Total 6 1 1 4 3 9
Home 3 1 0 2 3 4
Away 3 0 1 2 0 5


Post match interview after FA Trophy away at Eastbourne Borough

Interview with Tony Burman following 0-0 away draw with Eastbourne Borough in the FA Carlsberg Trophy.

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The Pure DFC Punter – 26th November 2011

Current state of play

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The Darts failed to pick up three points last week against Eastleigh, and had to settle for just one point. This week, the Darts begin FA Carlsberg Trophy action with a trip to Eastbourne Borough. Borough are going through a lean spell, with no wins in the last six matches and three consecutive defeats at their Priory Lane stadium. The Darts, however, have had a difficult time themselves lately, drawing against Eastleigh and Weston-super-Mare. Darts are also missing their influential captain Elliot Bradbrook through suspension.

Bets of the match:

There are very few markets available on this match, but the one I will be backing is the DRAW. At 5/2, I think it’s a good price to see both teams in Monday lunchtime’s draw.

1 point: DRAW @ 3.5 (Various)


Stats and Trends – 26th November 2011

Matches on this day:

1892: (A) – Gravesend – Unknown Score – Friendly
1898: (H) – Faversham – W4-0
1904: (A) – Romford – L1-4
1910: (A) – Gravesend United – W2-0
1927: (H) – Crystal Palace – L1-3 – FA Cup
1932: (H) – Yeovil and Petters – D0-0 – FA Cup
1949: (A) – Lovells Athletic – D1-1
1955: (A) – Hereford United – L1-6
1960: (H) – Chelmsford City – W3-2
1964: (A) – Sheppey United – W2-0
1966: (H) – Ramsgate Athletic – L1-2
1979: (A) – Tonbridge – W3-1
1983: (H) – Kings Lynn – L0-1
1985: (H) – Enfield – D1-1 – Bob Lord Trophy 2nd Leg
1988: (H) – Worcester City – W2-0
1991: (A) – Erith and Belvedere – W1-0 – Southern League Cup 1st Leg
2002: (H) – Dover Athletic – L1-6 – Dr Martens Cup
2005: (H) – AFC Wimbledon – D0-0 – FA Trophy


– DFC haven’t lost away from home since 1955, with a 1-6 defeat at Hereford United
– Darts have only played twice on this day since reforming – both in cup competitions, and neither of them were wins…

Against our visitors – last 5 matches

11/09/2001 – Home – Lost 1-2
30/10/2001 – Away – Lost 0-1
20/08/2002 – Away – Lost 0-4
04/03/2003 – Home – Lost 0-1
16/08/2011 – Home – Won 2-1

Versus Eastbourne Borough

Played Won Drawn Lost For Against
Total 5 1 0 4 3 9
Home 3 1 0 2 3 4
Away 2 0 0 2 0 5


Eastbourne Borough v Dartford

Dartford start their F.A Trophy campaign on Saturday with a trip to Eastbourne Borough in the third qualifying round.

Last season Tony Burman led his squad to the last sixteen which included a shock victory against Conference Premier champions Crawley Town. The proud run came to an end after five matches when The Darts embarked on a long journey to Gateshead, losing 3-0.

Burman spoke to PURE DFC and set out his target in this years competition, he said: “We want to stay in the cup competitions for as long as we can. I said in the F.A Cup that I didn’t want replays and I meant that. We know it’s a tough game again but we got to go there and try to win the game. We’ll go there and do our bit”.

Adam Green opens his account for The Darts

The Darts have already beat the Sussex club in the second match of this season at Princes Park. Fine link up play by Elliot Bradbrook and Charlie Sheringham released Richard Graham on the left. Graham crossed deep and Bradbrook’s header across goal was calmly volleyed into the net by Charlie Sheringham on nineteen minutes. The Darts were two to the good on the hour when another Graham cross was met by Adam Green’s head at the far post, his first goal for the club. The Sports pulled a goal back three minutes into stoppage time when a looping header to the back post was bundled over the line by Ethan Strevett.

Dartford enter the F.A Trophy tie unbeaten in four matches, three of those were on the road. On Saturday, The Darts drew their second successive league game after leading Eastleigh by two goals. Adam Green scored for a second week in a row, this time from the penalty spot and the lead was increased by Jon Wallis. The home side were reduced to ten men but fought back to earn a point with goals from Danny Smith and Tom Jordan.

Burman was pleased with the first forty minutes against Eastleigh and feels his side should have come away with three points, he said: “Before the game if we would have got a point than you are thinking it’s a good point with eleven against eleven. They have gone down to ten men and we were two nil up as well and that is disappointing”.

Following Saturday’s draw Tony Burman has tweaked his squad with young prospect Jack Pallen switching to VCD Athletic on loan. Pallen has scored five times for Dartford in thirteen appearances which has included only five starts. The loan spell will be an excellent opportunity for Pallen to gain extra minutes on the pitch.

Striker Tony Garrod signs from Farnborough

With one player temporarily leaving the squad another player arrives. Tony Garrod has joined The Darts after just four months with Farnborough. The 20 year old striker was signed by the Hampshire club from Southampton in the summer. In September, Garrod scored a hat trick against Tonbridge Angels in a 5-1 victory.

Eastbourne Borough are going through a barren spell of late recording their last league victory at the beginning of October. Since their 3-0 win against Eastleigh they have picked up two points from fifteen. During that time The Sports found themselves on the back of a cup upset losing to East Thurrock United in the F.A Cup fourth qualifying round.

The Sussex club also reached the last sixteen last season which was the furthest in their history. Eastbourne were defeated by Guiseley in a replay which was the fourth time they had made it to the third round of the competition.

The Darts may be reacquainted with Carl Rook who joined The Sports in the summer. Rook made 27 competitive starts and 24 substitute appearances for Dartford scoring eight times in total.

New signing Tony Garrod will hope to make his Dartford début on Saturday whilst captain Bradbrook will be suspended for picking up five cautions this season.

Current Form (league)

Last five Eastbourne Borough matches at home Last five Dartford matches away
Lost 0-2 v Basingstoke Town Drew 2-2 v Eastleigh
Lost 1-2 v Tonbridge Angels Won 2-1 v Salisbury City
Won 3-0 v Eastleigh Won 3-0 v Thurrock
Won 3-2 v Boreham Wood Lost 1-3 v Boreham Wood
Won 2-1 v Havant and Waterlooville Won 2-1 v Farnborough

F.A Trophy Performances

Season Eastbourne Borough Dartford
2010/2011 3rd Round Proper: Guiseley 3rd Round Proper: Gateshead
2009/2010 2nd Round Proper: Cambridge United 3rd Qualifying Round: Dover Athletic
2008/2009 1st Round Proper: Swindon Supermarine 3rd Qualifying Round: St Albans City
2007/2008 3rd Qualifying Round: King’s Lynn 1st Qualifying Round: AFC Hornchurch
2006/2007 2nd Round Proper: Northwich Victoria 2nd Qualifying Round: Evesham United
2005/2006 3rd Qualifying Round: Thurrock 3rd Qualifying Round: AFC Wimbledon
2004/2005 3rd Round Proper: Gravesend and Northfleet 1st Round Proper: Redbridge
2003/2004 1st Round Proper: Welling United 1st Round Proper: Ashford Town (Middlesex)
2002/2003 3rd Round Proper: Farnborough Town Preliminary Round: Salisbury City
2001/2002 3rd Round Proper: Dagenham and Redbridge 1st Round Proper: Braintree Town

Did you know…

It has been nine years since Dartford played at Eastbourne Borough. On 20 August 2002 The Darts were beaten 4-0 in the Southern League East.

Eastbourne Borough have failed to score a goal in the last 239 minutes of football.

Dartford have not lost a game this season when they have opened the scoring.

Dartford and Eastbourne Borough have never drawn against each other. Don’t start now because Tony Burman doesn’t want a replay!




Post match interview v Eastleigh

Interview with Tony Burman following 2-2 away draw with Eastleigh.

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