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Stats and Trends – 2nd January 2012

Matches on this day…

1892: (Unknown) Erith Avenue – Unknown Score (Friendly)
1897: (A) Freemantle – W7-1
1909: (H) Bexley Town – W9-1
1926: (A) Catford Southend – W1-0
1929: (A) Sittingbourne – L0-3
1932: (A) Peterborough and Fletton – L0-3
1937: (H) Aldershot Reserves – 6-1W
1954: (A) Llanelly – L2-9
1960: (A) Kettering Town – W1-0
1965: (H) Wisbech Town – W3-0
1971: (A) Nuneaton Borough – D1-1
1973: (A) Nuneaton Borough – W1-0
1978: (A) AP Leamington – D2-2
1982: (H) Maidstone United – W2-1
1984: (H) Sutton Coldfield Town – W1-0
1988: (H) Alvechurch – W4-0
1989: (H) Dover Athletic – D1-1
2006: (H) Sittingbourne – D0-0
2010: (A) Cray Wanderers – W2-1


Against our visitors – last five matches
23/07/2009 – Home – Won 3-2 (Friendly)
26/01/2010 – Home – Lost 1-3 (Kent Senior Cup)
01/01/2011 – Away – Lost 1-2
15/02/2011 – Home – Drew 1-1
26/12/2011 – Away – Drew 1-1

Versus Welling United FC

Played Won Drawn Lost For Against
Total 25 12 5 8 40 33
Home 11 6 3 2 17 12
Away 14 6 2 6 23 21


December Review

Dartford followed up an unbeaten November with progression in two cup competitions and mixed fortunes in the Conference South’s final month of 2011.

December started off in the best possible fashion with a win against Kent rivals Dover Athletic. In the first half the two sides were even and deservedly so. Elliot Bradbrook won a penalty which was finished calmly by Adam Green, the full back opened Dartford’s scoring for a third successive league match. Six minutes later The Whites were level when Agustien Battipiedi headed in a free kick on the right.

Dartford are delighted with Bradbrook's stunning strike

In the second forty five Dartford came out the blocks to earn the bragging rights. Ryan Hayes caused Dover all sorts of problems on the wing and just passed the hour bent home a free kick from a tight angle. The match was sealed in superb style when Bradbrook curled a 25 yard pearler into the top corner with two minutes remaining.

Two cup ties followed which The Darts got through succesfully. In the Kent Senior Cup Folkestone Invicta were comfortably beaten 4-1 with goals coming from Jacob Erskine, Tom Bonner and a brace from Richard Graham. The Darts travel to Tonbridge Angels in the Quarter Finals, a side they beat on their way to winning the cup last season.

In the F.A Trophy first round Brackley Town were eased off with a 3-0 victory. Bradbrook scored from the spot and it was Erskine’s turn to record a brace of goals. The second round will take place on 14 January at home against Conference North side Boston United.

Dartford entered a Tuesday night fixture against league leaders Woking unbeaten in eight competitve matches. The Surrey club stormed into a two goal first half lead with both goals coming from set pieces. Alan Inns opened the scoring after four minutes and Craig Doyle netted three minutes before the break. James Rogers pulled a goal back mid way through the second half and as Dartford pushed for an equaliser a clearance from Louis Wells was punished by the experienced Elvis Hammond with two minutes to play. The Darts refused to lie down and Erskine grabbed a consolation. Woking couldn’t wait for the full time whistle to go and Dartford almost stole a point in injury time.

If The Darts failed to steal a point at home to Woking they managed it the next time at Princes Park for the visit of Dorchester Town. The Magpies hit the target with twenty minutes remaining when Jamie Symes scored a beauty 25 yards from goal. As the Dorset side defended the last frantic minutes substitute Danny Harris popped up from close range to rescue a point.

Boxing Day: Many teams recorded their highest home crowds of the season

Supporters began their Christmas recovery sessions on Boxing Day with a short trip to a former home. Dartford took on second placed Welling United at Park View Road and for second match in row scored a last minute equaliser. Lee Clarke gave The Wings a first half lead from the spot when Loick Pires was upended. Clarke took a second penalty in the final minutes of the Kent derby which was saved by Wells. The Darts went straight down the other end Noble headed in a last gasp equaliser.

Throughout December injuries have began to take its toll on the squad. Noble, Lee Burns, Harris and Paul Goodacre all faced time on the sidelines. Goodacre’s knee injury against Woking being severe enough for Tony Burman to sign Gillingham’s Connor Essam on loan. Essam made his début in the draw with Dorchester Town and has made a promising start. Erskine continues to make steady progress up front often playing as the lone striker. He has now scored six goals in seven starts and three substitute appearances. However The Darts have drawn four of their last six league games but can take heart from their never say die attitude having scored in the last minute in their last three league games.

Woking remain top of the table and in formidable form

Once again, Woking remain a formidable force at the top of the Conference South. The Cards have stretched away at the helm and have a twelve point cushion. Such is the Surrey’s side dominance in 2011 they have won 109 points out of the 144 available this calendar year.

Chelmsford City cemented a play off spot by moving into third behind Welling United. The Clarets have now put a sixteen match unbeaten league run together only matched by the current league leaders. The Essex club also held Macclesfield Town in the F.A Cup second round but bowed out in a replay.

One side who did make the big time third round draw was Salisbury City. The Wiltshire club beat Conference Premier team Grimsby Town in a replay. After a creditable 0-0 draw at The Raymond McEnhill Stadium, Salisbury travelled to Grimsby and took 120 minutes to win a dramatic replay 3-2.

The final play off spot is taken up by Sutton United who have had a superb 2011. The U’s won promotion without losing a home match in the Isthmian Premier and now find themselves in fifth. Like Chelmsford the Conference South newcomers reached the second round of the F.A Cup where they lost 2-0 to Notts County. Striker Harry Beautyman has netted four goals in four league matches top scoring in December joint with Dover’s George Purcell and Truro’s Jake Ash.

Ex Dart loanee George Purcell netted four this month

George Purcell’s hat trick against Bromley and goal versus Staines has helped Dover Athletic keep in touch with the top six. The Whites defeat at Dartford left fans fuming at chairman Jim Parmenter who then had a clear out of the squad. Out went Luke L’Anson, Sam Cutler, Ross Kitteridge and Nathan Ashton and since then the Kent club are unbeaten.

Mid table remains close with no teams really making an impact. However fortunes in Hampshire have turned for two full time clubs. Eastleigh took seven points from nine in December keeping two clean sheets in the process, The Spitfires are now in a  comfortable eleventh place. Farnborough looked doomed in November after seven straight defeats including 8-2 and 5-0 drubbings within a week. The Boro have now won three out of their last five league matches and only lost to Woking. Both Hampshire sides have been busy signing ten new players between them this month.

The Conference South has seen two new managerial changes this month. Alan Knight was appointed Dorchester Town’s boss and he won his first match in charge. The victory against Maidenhead United was The Magpies fourth clean sheet in a row as they went 395 minutes without conceding.

Another former Dart: Robbie Garvey quits Thurrock

Robbie Garvey resigned as the Thurrock manager after their 2-1 defeat at home to relegation rivals Staines Town. The Fleet remain at the foot of the table four points behind The Swans. Since Garvey’s departure Thurrock have re-hauled their squad under caretaker managers Lee Goodwin and Grant Gordon. The management duo have brought in a staggering fourteen players in an attempt to improve the Essex clubs position.

Victory for Staines was coupled with another important triumph over Hampton and Richmond who also remain in the relegation zone. Although The Swans are far from safe they have beaten their closest rivals this month and have kept in touch with Bromley and Maidenhead United, the teams above them.

December in numbers…

0 – Only Staines Town have failed to keep a clean sheet so far in the 2011/2012 campaign

8 – Number of clubs who set a new highest home attendance of the season over the Boxing Day set of fixtures

14 – Amount of own goals registered in the league this season

639 – The average league attendance in the Conference South this season

2011 League Table (includes teams competing in the Conference South for the whole of 2011)

Team Pld W D L F A Points GD % Pts
Woking 48 33 10 5 99 39 109 60 75.69%
Chelmsford City 50 26 14 10 96 51 92 45 61.33%
Welling United 47 27 10 10 94 56 91 38 64.54%
Dartford 47 23 12 12 81 59 81 22 57.45%
Dover Athletic 48 22 13 13 80 53 79 27 54.86%
Eastleigh 48 24 6 18 77 68 78 9 54.17%
Farnborough 46 22 7 17 81 76 73 5 52.90%
Basingstoke Town 47 17 14 16 71 69 65 2 46.10%
Boreham Wood 48 18 11 19 58 66 65 -8 45.14%
Havant and Waterlooville 48 16 13 19 69 67 61 2 42.36%
Weston Super-Mare 43 17 8 18 62 66 59 -4 45.74%
Dorchester Town 51 14 15 22 60 76 57 -16 37.25%
Bromley 46 11 11 24 54 82 44 -28 31.88%
Staines Town 47 10 13 24 48 76 43 -28 30.50%
Hampton and Richmond 47 9 13 25 51 75 40 -24 28.37%
Maidenhead United 47 10 9 28 50 89 39 -39 27.66%
Thurrock 46 9 11 26 50 93 38 -43 27.54%

Dartford v Welling United

Dartford play the reverse fixture against Welling United on Bank Holiday Monday after the two sides drew on Boxing Day.

Just days ago the Kent derby at Park View Road ended 1-1 with both sides restricted to long range efforts for the majority of the first half. Dartford’s Jon Wallis and Tom Champion fired wide from distance and ex Dart Jamie Day (who is suspended for Mondays match) hit a tame free kick which was easily gathered by Louis Wells. On 38 minutes Loick Pires skilfully got round Matt Jones who upended the Welling winger. Lee Clarke placed the penalty into the corner to give the home side an advantage going into half time. However, there was still time for a Tom Bonner header to be cleared off the line by The Wings.

Dartford met |Welling just over a week ago with a good turnout

In the second half Welling’s Joe Healy went into a committed challenge with Champion who reached the ball first, Healy was late and the referee sent The Wings midfielder off. With a numerical advantage The Darts were let off the hook when Welling’s top scorer Andy Pugh guided the ball goalwards only for the shot to deflect onto the crossbar via Jones. Day had a free kick tipped over the bar by Wells and Pires fired a sliced shot wide.

In the final minute Welling were awarded a second penalty. Bonner tried to cut out the cross with his chest and the assistant referee flagged for handball. Clarke stepped up again and his shot down the middle was saved by Wells. The Darts quickly moved the ball up the pitch and when a cross was sent in substitute Lee Noble rose the highest to head the ball in for the equaliser beating débutante Nick Pope in the Welling goal.

For a second match in a row The Darts salvaged a point in the final minute thanks to a substitute. The stalemate at Park View Road still leaves Dartford in fourth place and Welling United in second, although Woking’s win has seen both sides lose ground at the top of the Conference South.

Bank Holiday’s New Year clash between the Kent clubs will be twenty sixth meeting. Dartford lead the head to head record in total and at home. Last seasons match at Princes Park ended even after Jack Parkinson’s header gave The Wings the lead just past the hour. With eight minutes remaining Ryan Hayes curled in a magnificent free kick to tie the match.

Dartford Team News

Tony Garrod made his first Conference South start in a Dartford shirt on Boxing Day and Connor Essam made his second appearance on loan in defence. Lee Burns missed the fixture at Park View Road with injury and Paul Goodacre will remain on the injury list for some time. Jon Wallis is suspended for The Darts after picking up five cautions this season.

Statistics (league only)

Dartford (4th) v Welling United (2nd)

Current Form

Last five Dartford matches at home Last five Welling United matches away
Drew 1-1 v Dorchester Town Lost 3-4 v Sutton United
Lost 2-3 v Woking Won 1-0 v Basingstoke Town
Won 3-1 v Dover Athletic Drew 1-1 v Tonbridge Angels
Drew 1-1 v Weston Super-Mare Won 3-2 v Truro City
Lost 1-2 v Truro City Lost 0-3 v Eastleigh


Dartford average home attendance: 1119

Highest home attendance: 1558 v Dover Athletic/ Lowest: 924 v Dorchester Town

Welling United average away attendance: 497

Highest away attendance: 648 v Bromley/ Lowest: 273 v Boreham Wood

Did you know…

Last season a total of 2924 attended the two matches involving Dartford playing Welling United, an average of 1462 per game.

The Darts have drawn four of their last six league matches home and away.

In 2011, Dartford have won 23, drawn 12, lost 12 league fixtures, they have scored 81 times and conceded 59. The Darts have earned 57.45% of the points available during 2011 (the fourth highest out of the teams that took part in the Conference South since our promotion).

Welling United have won 64.54% points available to them in 2011, only Woking’s incredible 75.69% is better.

The Boxing Day clash between The Darts and The Wings was Welling’s highest league attendance all season, the fifth team to have their highest home crowd against Dartford so far.

Stats and Trends – 26th December 2011

Matches on this day…

1888: (H) West End Tailors – W3-1 (Friendly)
1889: (H) Thorburn Rovers – W5-0 (Friendly) / 1889: (A) Darenth Asylum – W4-1 (Friendly)
1891: (A) Bostal Rovers – Unknown Score (Friendly)
1892: (H) St Pauls Athletic – W2-0 (Friendly)
1893: (H) Stanley – W4-3 (Friendly)
1894: (?) Swanscombe United – W2-1 (Friendly)
1895: (H) Swanscombe – W3-2 (Friendly)
1896: (H) Northfleet – L3-5
1897: (H) Swanscombe – L2-3 (Friendly)
1898: (H) Swanscombe – W3-1
1899: (H) Erith – D3-3 (Friendly)
1901: (A) Cray Wanderers – L0-4
1903: (H) South Bromley – W3-0 (Friendly)
1905: (A) Crayford United – D1-1 (Friendly)
1907: (A) Crayford – D1-1
1908: (A) Crayford – L1-2
1909: (a) New Brompton Reserves – L0-7
1910: (H) New Brompton – L2-3
1911: (H) Northfleet United – D2-2
1913: (H) 2nd Royal Dublin Fusiliers – W3-0
1921: (A) Northfleet United – W3-1 (Friendly)
1922: (H) Northfleet United – W1-0
1923: (H) Northfleet United – L0-1 (Kent League Cup)
1924: (H) Northfleet United – L1-4
1926: (H) Northfleet United – D2-2
1928: (H) Northfleet United – L1-6
1929: (H) Northfleet United – W3-0
1930: (H) Thames Association – D2-2
1931: (H) Tunbridge Wells Rangers – W3-0
1932: (H) Tunbridge Wells Rangers – L0-2
1933: (H) Tunbridge Wells Rangers – D0-0
1934: (H) Tunbridge Wells Rangers – D1-1
1935: (H) Tunbridge Wells Rangers – W7-1
1936: (H) Tunbridge Wells Rangers – W2-0
1946: (H) Gravesend and Northfleet – W2-1 (Southern League Cup)
1947: (H) Gravesend and Northfleet – D0-0
1949: (A) Gravesend and Northfleet – L2-4
1950: (H) Gravesend and Northfleet – W3-0
1951: (H) Tonbridge – W4-2
1952: (H) Gravesend and Northfleet – L3-4
1953: (H) Bedford Town – D1-1
1955: (A) Gravesend and Northfleet – L0-2
1956: (H) Gravesend and Northfleet – L0-2
1957: (H) Gravesend and Northfleet – L1-2
1958: (H) Gravesend and Northfleet – W1-0
1959: (H) Gravesend and Northfleet – 2-0 Abandoned
1960: (H) Romford – W1-0
1961: (A) Sittingbourne – D0-0
1962: (H) Guildford City – L0-1
1963: (A) Guildford City – L1-2
1964: (H) Guildford City – D1-1
1966: (A) Gravesend and Northfleet – W2-1
1967: (A) Banbury United – D2-2
1968: (H) Gravesend and Northfleet – W3-1
1969: (A) Gravesend and Northfleet – D1-1
1972: (H) Barnet – D1-1
1973: (H) Wimbledon – D1-1
1974: (A) Wimbledon – D1-1
1975: (A) Guildford and Dorking – W2-0
1977: (A) Gravesend and Northfleet – L2-3
1978: (H) Wealdstone – W1-0
1979: (A) Dover – L1-3
1980: (A) Crawley Town – W2-1
1983: (H) Gravesend and Northfleet – W4-1
1984: (H) Maidstone United – D1-1
1985: (A) Maidstone United – D1-1
1986: (H) Fisher Athletic – D1-1
1987: (H) Ashford Town – W3-0
1988: (A) Crawley Town – W3-1
1989: (H) Gravesend and Northfleet – W5-0
1990: (H) Dover Athletic – W1-0
1991: (A) Dover Athletic – D1-1
1994: (H) Chatham Town – L1-2
1995: (H) Furness – L0-1
1996: (A) Erith and Belvedere – L1-3
1997: (H) Erith and Belvedere – W2-1
1998: (A) Fisher Athletic – L1-2
2000: (H) Erith and Belvedere – D1-1
2006: (A) Chatham Town – W3-2
2007: (H) Canvey Island – W6-1
2009: (H) Cray Wanderers – D1-1

Against our visitors – last five matches
07/11/2006 – Away – Lost 0-3 (Kent Senior Cup)
23/07/2009 – Home – Won 3-2 (Friendly)
26/01/2010 – Home – Lost 1-3 (Kent Senior Cup)
01/01/2011 – Away – Lost 1-2
15/02/2011 – Home – Drew 1-1

Versus Welling United FC

Played Won Drawn Lost For Against
Total 24 12 4 8 39 32
Home 11 6 3 2 17 12
Away 13 6 1 6 22 20


Welling United v Dartford

What better way to celebrate festivities than to catch a local derby away to Welling United on Boxing Day, followed by the return fixture a week later.

The Darts start the Christmas period in fourth spot whilst The Wings are in second ten points behind runaway leaders Woking. Both sides are pushing for promotion to the Conference Premier in what could be an enthralling league fixture.

Last years fixture at Park View Road in front of a packed terrace

Welling United got the better of Dartford on New Years Day in last seasons corresponding fixture. Lee Clarke opened the goal scoring three minutes before the break and Lee Cumbers made it two with ten minutes played in the second half. Adam Burchell controversially won The Darts a penalty with eight minutes to go which Carl Rook netted but it was too little, too late.

Dartford rescued a point over the weekend when a last minute Danny Harris goal from close range earned The Darts a draw in front of Princes Park’s lowest home league attendance this term. Dorchester Town looked on course for a win with twenty minutes remaining after Jamie Symes 25 yard curler gave the visitors the lead.

Tony Burman was admitted he did not really want to risk Harris, the Dartford boss spoke to PURE DFC after the match and said: “I’ve had to take the gamble and didn’t really want to bring him (Harris) on in all honesty, he hasn’t trained all week”. Burman needed to introduce an attacker to carve out a point, he added: “I think we looked leggy in the first half, we tried to play and one or two things nearly come off. We needed a spark and didn’t get it. I’m delighted the players went on right to the end and got themselves a point”.

The Wings spent most of last season in the play offs but finished just short in sixth place last season. This campaign is going just as well for Jamie Day’s squad and they have yet to lose a league match at home dropping just four points. Furthermore Welling United have scored the most goals at home and have Conference South’s top scorer in Andrew Pugh.

On Saturday Welling were involved in a dramatic seven goal thriller when they lost 4-3 away to Sutton United. Pugh scored his sixteenth league goal of the season and Cumbers who netted against The Darts last time at Park View Road scored a brace. Like Dartford, The Wings failed to take advantage of Woking’s slip up at lowly Thurrock.

Dartford have now gone fifteen straight league games finding the back of the net whilst Welling are the leagues highest home scorers. Both sides have struggled to keep clean sheets so the Boxing Day clash may well be worth a goal or two. A week later the two clubs play the return fixture at Princes Park.

Welling United have strengthened their squad this month by re-signing winger Ben Greenhalgh and adding Jack Evans on loan from Gillingham.

New loan signing Connor Essam

Dartford Team News

Squad numbers for The Darts have decreased through injuries recently. Paul Goodacre will be out after injuring his knee ligaments, Lee Noble is still regaining fitness and Lee Burns missed the Dorchester Town game. Burman told PURE DFC: “In training Burns pulled a hamstring in Thursday’s training session. Jon Wallis and Matt Jones didn’t train Thursday and they were struggling. That is why we had to take Jonesy off on Saturday as his hamstring had got really tight”.

When speaking about Goodacre, he commented: “There is definite damage to the knee and that is why we have brought Connor Essam in. Paul is having a scan and once we get the result of that scan we will know a lot more about it, the consultant at this time does not thik its his cruciate which is great news”.

Burman drafted in Essam and he is likely to feature again and play against his Gillingham team mate Evans. The Dartford manager was delighted with the youngsters début in a Dartford shirt, he added: “Connor has done excellent, that was one of the bright parts of the game on Saturday”.

Statistics (league only)

Welling United (2nd) v Dartford (4th)

Current Form

Last five Welling United matches at home Last five Dartford matches away
Won 2-0 v Boreham Wood Drew 2-2 v Eastleigh
Won 4-3 v Salisbury City Won 2-1 v Salisbury City
Won 2-1 v Hampton and Richmond Won 3-0 v Thurrock
Won 3-2 v Dorchester Town Lost 1-3 v Boreham Wood
Drew 0-0 v Dover Athletic Won 2-1 v Farnborough


Welling United average home attendance: 649

Highest home attendance: 1214 v Welling United/ Lowest: 440 v Salisbury City

Dartford average away attendance: 731

Highest away attendance: 1455 v Dover Athletic/ Lowest: 441 v Boreham Wood

Did you know…

6 – Welling’s six consecutive league victories between 17 August 2011 and 3 September 2011 is the joint best winning run. Boreham Wood equalled this record which started against The Darts

6 – Only six goals have been scored in the final quarter of league matches involving Dartford and Welling, three each and the tightest defences in the league over this period of the match.

10 – After ten league matches at Park View Road, The Wings are one of only two sides unbeaten at home this season

15 – No Conference South team this season has scored in as many consecutive league matches than Dartford. The Darts have netted at least a goal in their last fifteen fixtures.

19 – In the 41 league matches Dartford and Welling have played this season both sides have scored at least a goal 19 times. Only three times Dartford or Welling have failed to score in the Conference South this campaign

The Wings take advantage of matches between 61 and 75 minutes, they have scored 12 times during this period and conceded just once. No other team has a better record at this time of the match.

Post match interview – Dorchester Town (H)

Interview with Tony Burman following 1-1 draw with Dorchester Town in the Blue Square Bet South.

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Dartford v Dorchester Town

A spirited second half display on Tuesday night will leave Dartford in good stead ahead of their next fixture on Saturday when they entertain Dorchester Town.

Jacob Erskine: Scorer of his sixth of the season on Tuesday against league leaders Woking

Memories of last seasons fixture last November against The Magpies will hopefully be erased when the Dorset club turned on the style in the final twenty five minutes. Ryan Moss who left the Dorset club early this month due to work commitments, opened and finished the goal scoring in a 4-0 triumph against The Darts. Mark Jermyn and Nick Crittenden were also amongst the scorers as Dorchester recorded only their third ever victory from fifteen away trips to Dartford.

The Darts hosted league leaders Woking on Tuesday night and found themselves two goals down by half time.  Alan Inns opened the scoring for The Cards and just before half time Craig Doyle extended the visitors lead. Tony Burman spoke to PURE DFC after the game and was “disappointed with the first half performance”, he added, “we didn’t come out at all and we just didn’t play”.

Tony Burman motivated his players during the break and despite defeat they put in an excellent second half.James Rogers netted with twenty five minutes remaining but Woking’s Elvis Hammond put the league leaders 3-1 up. Jacob Erskine gave the home support some hope but it was too late to salvage a draw. Burman felt his side “did ever so well in the second half and we did get the ball down and we did have a go at Woking.”

Ryan Moss scored twice against The Darts but has since left The Magpies

Dorchester Town drew away to Bromley on the same night which may have disappointed some fans considering current form. The Magpies were unbeaten in seven leading up to Tuesday evening and Bromley gained a solitary point in the same amount of games losing six in a row. The fixture ended goal less, Dorchester’s fifth clean sheet in six league matches. Drawing at Hayes Lane now means The Magpies are eight league fixtures unbeaten and only three points shy of the play offs in seventh place.

Tony Burman recognises the run put together by The Magpies and said: “Dorchester are on a run of not losing games so it will be a tough game. Hopefully we can create the same sort of atmosphere as the support was good for the team who encouraged the team to get back into the game in the second half. It’s another three points that we have to play for”.

The Dorset side are under new management due to the appointment of Alan Knight whose first game in charge was on 3 December 2011. Coinciding with Knight’s start is the form of forward Rico Wilson who has scored three in the last three league matches. The 20 year old seems to be linking up with summer signing Ben Dickenson who is being scouted by football league clubs.

Dartford Team News

Paul Goodacre (knee) and Danny Harris will miss this weekends match through injury, Lee Noble was an unused substitute in the week as he looks to regain fitness. Tony Burman has signed Gillingham youngster Connor Essam on a months loan. The 19 year old defender has already had loan spells with Bishop’s Stortford and Dover Athletic last season and has been drafted into the Dartford squad.

Statistics (league only)

Dartford (3rd) versus Dorchester Town (7th)

Current Form

Last five Dartford matches at home Last five Dorchester Town matches away
Lost 2-3 v Woking Drew 0-0 v Bromley
Won 3-1 v Dover Athletic Won 1-0 v Maidenhead United
Drew 1-1 v Weston Super-Mare Drew 0-0 v Chelmsford City
Lost 1-2 v Truro City Lost 2-4 v Havant and Waterlooville
Won 3-1 v Tonbridge Angels Lost 2-3 v Welling United


Dartford average home attendance: 1227

Highest home attendance: 1558 v Dover Athletic/ Lowest: 937 v Hampton and Richmond

Dorchester Town average away attendance: 502

Highest away attendance: 937 v Dover Athletic/ Lowest: 223 v Bromley

Did you know…

Between the opening day and 5 November 2011 Dorchester went 17 games without a league draw, this seasons longest sequence.

The Magpies have fired the second most amount of blanks (8) behind Eastleigh

Dartford have scored in their last 14 league games and have failed to score just once in the league way back on 27 August 2011, no other team this season has scored in more consecutive league fixtures.

Alan Knight spent 25 years at Portsmouth and holds the record for the most appearances for a single club for a goalkeeper, having played 683 league games (and 801 in all competitions) for Pompey between 1978 and 2000.

The Pure DFC Punter – 17/12/2011

Current bank: +6.69 units.

A tough match for the Darts on Tuesday night saw them taste defeat for the first time since October, but they return to Princes Park, buoyed by the second half performance against Woking. Dorchester Town, though, are on a good run of their own.

Bets of the match:

Following the second half performance, the 1.75 (3/4) on offer for the Darts to win will be the selection.

3 point: DARTFORD @ 1.75 (Sportingbet)


Stats and Trends – 17th December 2011

Matches on this day…

1892: (A) Cray Wanderers – W3-1 – (Friendly)
1898: (H) Chatham – L1-5
1904: (H) Northfleet – L2-4
1910: (A) Crystal Palace Reserves – L1-4
1921: (A) Woolwich – L0-1
1927: (A) Sheppey United – L0-2
1938: (A) Canterbury Waverley – W3-0 (Kent Senior Shield Semi Final)
1949: (A) Weymouth – W2-1
1955: (H) Kettering Town – W5-3
1960: (H) Tonbridge – W3-2
1964: (A) Deal Town – W3-1
1966: (A) Tonbridge – D0-0
1969: (H) Great Yarmouth Town – W3-0 (FA Trophy Replay)
1974: (H) Nuneaton Borough – D2-2 (Southern League Cup)
1977: (H) Bath City – D2-2
1983: (A) Gosport Borough – D2-2
1988: (H) Moor Green – W5-1
1994: (A) Cray Wanderers – D1-1
2002: (H) Stamford – L2-3
2005: (H) Wingate and Finchley – W2-1

Against our visitors – last five matches
26/02/2002 – Away – Lost 0-2
09/11/2002 – Away – Lost 0-3
29/03/2003 – Home – Drew 1-1
13/11/2010 – Home – Lost 0-4
22/02/2011 – Away – Won 2-0

Versus Dorchester Town FC

Played Won Drawn Lost For Against
Total 29 13 8 8 45 28
Home 15 9 3 3 29 13
Away 14 4 5 5 16 15


Post match interview following Woking (H)

Interview with Tony Burman following 3-2 defeat to Woking in the Blue Square Bet South.

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