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Stats and Trends – 3rd March 2012

Matches Played On This Date

1894: (Neutral) New Brompton – W4-0 (Kent Senior Cup)
1897: (H) Gravesend – D2-2
1900: (A) Deptford Town – L2-3
1906: (H) Orpington – L1-2
1922: (A) Tunbridge Wells Rangers – D1-1
1923: (H) Royal Naval Depot – W2-1 (Chatham Charity Cup)
1928: (A) Millwall Reserves – L1-2
1934: (H) Guildford City – W4-0
1937: (A) Guildford City – D0-0
1938: (A) Colchester United – L0-1
1951: (A) Worcester City – D2-2
1955: (A) Lovells Athletic – D2-2
1956: (A) Lovells Athletic – W3-2
1962: (H) Hinckley Athletic – W2-0
1969: (A) Gravesend and Northfleet – L1-3
1970: (A) Corby Town – W3-2
1971: (H) Bexley United – W2-0
1973: (H) Weymouth – W1-0
1977: (H) Maidstone United – W3-2
1979: (A) Sheppey United – D2-2 (Kent Senior Cup Semi Final)
1984: (A) AP Leamington – W4-3
1987: (A) Ashford Town – W1-0 (Kent Senior Cup Semi Final)
1990: (H) Alvechurch – W1-0
1992: (H) Dorchester Town – D1-1
2001: (A) Corby Town – W4-3
2007: (A) Maidstone United – L1-4
2009: (A) Hastings United – D0-0 

Records v Tonbridge Angels

Played 126, Won 64, Drawn 25, Lost 37, For 248, Against 185

 

February Review

There was a distinct lack of Conference South action in February due to the slow start to the month caused by poor weather conditions.

A slow start to February caused by the weather conditions

In the first two weeks of the month only two fixtures had been completed neither of them involving Dartford. The Darts started February with a F.A Trophy tie on Valentines Day which had twice been previously postponed. Faced with an opportunity to progress into the Quarter Finals Dartford drew 2-2 with Isthmian Premier League side Wealdstone.

Pressure from the Dartford attack was rewarded on 27 minutes when The Stones goalkeeper Jonathan North spilt the ball, Danny Harris followed up and put Dartford in front. On the stroke of half time Wealdstone equalised courtesy of Richard Jolly’s header.

Five minutes after the break Lee Noble’s shot took a deflection off Stones defender Alan Massey and the ball nestled in North’s goal. Wealdstone pushed for an equaliser and in the last ten minutes managed a second leveller when Chris O’Leary’s stunning header hit the underside of the cross bar and went in.

Dartford had to wait for another four days for their Conference South action begin again. In an eagerly anticipated fixture The Darts took on top side Woking looking to avenge the 3-2 defeat at Princes Park. Dartford entered Kingsfield in an all blue third kit with Lee Burns slotting to right back following Matt Jones injury against Wealdstone.

Alan Inns and Woking completed a double against The Darts

Alan Inns gave the hosts a lead on three minutes when he nodded Keiran Murtagh’s corner into the net. It was his second goal against The Darts, Inns also opened the scoring at Princes Park. Despite the set back Dartford played exceptionally well, Danny Harris went close but his shot was deflected over and Tom Bonner’s header was cleared off the line by Wayne Gray.

Woking’s Moses Ademola went close with an audacious back heel only for Louis Wells to gather the ball comfortably. Harris also hooked a volley wide before a Jon Wallis free kick made Woking’s goalkeeper Aaron Howe tip the ball over.

There was still time for both sides to hit the woodwork before half time. First Elvis Hammond went through on goal one on one with Wells only for his powerful strike to rattle the crossbar. Lee Noble took a chance from long range which was tipped onto the crossbar by Howe, Harris followed up to stick the ball into the empty but was rightly ruled offside.

Dartford carved out numerous chances in the second half. Harris rounded Howe but his shot found the side netting from a difficult angle, then he managed to shoot over from close range. Richard Graham’s cross deflected onto Howe’s crossbar and Tony Garrod also missed an opportunity to square the match. Unfortunately, The Cards held on to take three vital points and leave the Surrey club fourteen points clear at the top of the Conference South.

The defeat at Woking was the first league match in 21 games in which Dartford failed to score. Three days later another blank was to see The Darts knocked out of the F.A Trophy. On a disappointing night Wealdstone caused another cup upset with the hero being Lee Chappell. To compound Dartford’s misery James Rogers was dismissed after picking up two cautions. The Stones ran out 1-0 winners despite having two men of their own sent off. Days later The Stones continued their run with another shock when they defeated Conference Premier side Cambridge United to reach the semi-finals.

Defender Luke Wilkinson has started his loan spell well with The Darts

Whilst Wealdstone took part in the F.A Trophy Quarter Final Dartford bounced back in the league. The visit of Salisbury City turned out to be the best weekend of February for The Darts. Tony Burman signed 21 year old Luke Wilkinson on loan from Dagenham and Redbridge giving Paul Goodacre a rest. Lee Burns was still in for the injured Jones and Elliot Bradbrook was still out with injury.

Wilkinson came close on his début with a header straight at goalkeeper Mark Scott. Burns and Wallis were denied goals as the sides went into the break level. The second half came alive in no time at all, Jacob Erskine scored his fifth league goal in his eleventh league start hooking the ball over Mark Scott. Rogers then made up for his red card in the week by doubling the lead tucking away his fourth league goal of the season. On the same weekend Woking were held at lowly Hampton and Richmond so Dartford’s win keeps them just in touch of automatic promotion.

Monday night’s blistering second half performance against Basingstoke Town saw The Darts reduce the deficit at the top to single figures. Harris made amends for his misses at Woking by coming away with a man of the match performance and the match ball. In a stale first half Harris opened the scoring two minutes before the break with a great finish drilled low into the net.

Danny Harris impresses with a hat trick against Basingstoke Town

In the second half The Darts upped their game and blew Basingstoke away. Harris doubled his goal tally for the night by following up Tom Champion’s header with one of his own. Three minutes later a Basingstoke Town free kick was bundled over the line by Stuart Lake to half the deficit. With twelve minutes remaining substitute Tony Garrod sealed the match thanks to some hard work from Harris. After a defensive calamity Harris won possession and squared the ball to Garrod who converted his second goal in a Dartford shirt. The icing was on the cake nine minutes from time when Harris completed a hat trick with a curling effort into the bottom corner.

At the end of February Woking continue to set the pace going into the two busy months left of the season. The playoff contenders are tightly packed with six points separating second to fifth. Welling United defeated Havant and Waterlooville followed by Dover Athletic but surprisingly dropped points at Staines Town.

Chelmsford City won their first two league matches of the month before losing their first away fixture of the season to Bromley. Sutton United enjoyed a 100% record for February with a 2-1 against Boreham Wood, a 1-0 victory versus Basingstoke Town and a 3-2 triumph over Weston Super-Mare. Harry Beautyman netted a goal in each of those home games to leave The U’s nine points clear of sixth place.

In sixth place thanks to their tremendous home form is Eastleigh. Struggling with the transition to a full time club earlier in the season The Spitfires have gone eleven games unbeaten at the Silverlake Stadium. Currently seven matches without defeat the Hampshire club have been assisted by Bradley Bubb’s scoring prowess.

Bradley Bubb back to his best

Bubb impressed at Farnborough last season before transferring to League Two side Aldershot Town in the summer. After nine professional matches the Grenadian international went to Basingstoke Town on loan until his deal expired. Ian Baird picked up Bubb and he has now scored nine goals in his last six league games.

One side that have started to lose touch with the top five is Weston Super-Mare. The Seagulls have conceded three goals in each of their last five league matches losing every one.

Farnborough won all their February fixtures but had a mixed month. The Boro have also struggled with transition to full time football but seem to be settling with five wins from their last six. The only other form side to note is Bromley who started the month two points and a position above the bottom three. The Lillywhites ended January with their first win in fourteen and have since remained unbeaten picking up 11 points from the last 15 available. However, the Football Conference docked five points of the Hampshire side for financial irregularities which has seen them slip from twelfth position to sixteenth.

Bromley have leap frogged Eastbourne Borough who are having a torrid time. The Sports gained a meagre four points in ten league games losing six times. After Staines Town’s result on Monday night the Sussex club have slipped into the bottom three and risk a second successive relegation.

Staines Town won their last two Conference South games beating Eastbourne Borough 1-0 and more dramatically Welling United 4-2. The Swans were 2-0 up when they had Jake Gallagher and Richard Butler sent off within three minutes of each other. Welling’s new signing Ryan Flack pulled back a goal before Mark Nwojeki extended The Swans lead. Flack scored again prior to his team mate Ben Martin receiving his marching orders. With three minutes on the clock Adam Everitt secured another important three points for the nine men of Staines.

The results of Staines has left Hampton and Richmond six points from safety who did gain an exceptional point at home to Woking. Thurrock continue to struggle and look certain to be relegated unless they can overturn a twelve point deficit. The Fleet have now gone three months and fourteen matches without a league win.

Did you know…

5 – Salisbury City broke the Conference South record of consecutive away draws. From 10 January 2012 to 14 February 2012 The Whites drew five in a row

21 – Dartford’s impressive run of 21 consecutive league games without failing to score came to an end on 18 February 2012 against Woking, this seasons best in the Conference South

156 – The lowest attendance at any league game this season set by Thurrock against Weston Super-Mare in August 2011 and matched again by The Fleet this month against Maidenhead United

645 – The average attendance in this seasons Conference South

1000 – Danny Harris scored the Conference South’s 1000th goal this season with his second goal against Basingstoke Town. In total 1008 goals have been scored at an average of 3.10 goals per game

Post match interview v Basingstoke Town

Interview with Tony Burman following the 4-1 victory over Basingstoke Town in the Blue Square Bet South match. Interview with Matt Davison, Gary Clark and Mike Green

Dartford v Basingstoke Town

Dartford’s busy schedule continues on Monday when they prepare for the visit of Basingstoke Town.

Due to an England ‘C’ international the club had to rearrange the initial fixture meaning this will be Dartford’s second home match in three days.

Adam Green fires his free kick goal wards

Last time Dartford met Basingstoke at Princes Park was in March last year. In a tight affair The Darts ran out 1-0 winners thanks to an own goal. On sixty five minutes Lee Noble took a long range shot at goal which was spilt by goalkeeper Chay Morris onto his own crossbar. Defender Callum Reynolds could not stop in time to watch as the ball rebound of his chest and into the empty net.

The Darts managed to get back to winning ways on Saturday after two defeats without scoring against Woking in the league and Wealdstone in the cup. Goals from Jacob Erskine and James Rogers ensured Dartford ran out 2-0 winners to complete the league double over Salisbury City. It is the third home league fixture in a row in which Dartford have kept a clean sheet.

Dartford’s win over the Wiltshire club means Tony Burman’s side have moved back up to second. Bromley’s surprise 1-0 victory against Chelmsford City inflicted The Clarets first away defeat of the season. Woking were held to a 1-1 against relegation threatened Hampton and Richmond. Chelmsford City and Woking’s failure to obtain all three points mean The Darts go into Monday nights fixture with Basingstoke Town twelve points behind the leaders with two games in hand.

Delano Sam-Yorke has often been a thorn in Dartford's side

The Dragons surprisingly announced last week the departure of manager Frank Gray and his assistant Gerry Murphy despite the club being in mid table. Jason Bristow will take charge on Monday night with Kevin Braybrook alongside him.

Bristow’s first game in charge ended in triumph when his side beat bottom of the table Thurrock 3-1. Tim Sills opened the scoring on eighteen minutes, Wes Daley scored from the spot and McAuley put the home side three up after just half an hour. Thurrock’s consolation came ten minutes from time.

Away from The Camrose, Basingstoke Town have lost their last three games and have struggled in front of goal. The Hampshire club could be difficult to breakdown though as they have one of the best defensive records in the league.

Statistics (league only)

Dartford (2nd) v Basingstoke Town (9th)

Current Form

Last five Dartford matches at home Last five Basingstoke Town matches away
Won 2-0 v Salisbury City Lost 0-1 v Sutton United
Won 6-0 v Thurrock Lost 0-1 v Farnborough
Won 1-0  v Welling United Lost 1-2 v Weston Super-Mare
Drew 1-1 v Dorchester Town Won 3-1 v Bromley
Lost 2-3 v Woking Drew 1-1 v Maidenhead United

Attendances

Dartford average home attendance: 1278

Highest home attendance: 2559 v Welling United/ Lowest: 924 v Dorchester Town

Basingstoke Town average away attendance: 483

Highest away attendance: 861 v Dover Athletic/ Lowest: 202 v Boreham Wood

Did you know…

Dartford have only conceded 11 times in the second half of league matches, the fewest by any team this season.

The Darts have also scored the most in the second half netting 35 goals.

The Dragons have failed to score on their travels in the Conference South for 232 minutes.

Only Chelmsford City (12 goals) have conceded fewer league goals away from home and fewer first half goals home and away than Basingstoke Town


Stats and Trends – 27th February 2012

Matches on this day…


1892: (H) White Hart, Plumstead – Unknown Score (Friendly)
1897: (A) Gravesend – L1-2
1904: (A) Gravesend United – D0-0
1909: (A) Crayford – W6-1
1926: (H) Royal Naval Depot – W2-0
1929: (H) Southampton Reserves – W4-3
1932: (H) Norwich City Reserves – W5-0
1935: (A) Aldershot Reserves – L2-4 (Southern League Cup)
1936: (A) Norwich City Reserves – L1-3
1937: (H) Torquay United Reserves – L2-4
1954: (H) Hereford United – D0-0
1960: (A) Worcester City – L1-3
1963: (H) Cray Wanderers – D3-3 (Kent Senior Cup)
1964: (A) Guildford City – L0-4 (Southern League Cup Replay)
1965: (H) Folkestone Town – W1-0
1971: (A) Gloucester City – W1-0
1973: (H) Canterbury City – W6-1 (Kent Senior Cup Semi Final)
1982: (A) Boston United – L2-3
1988: (H) Bromsgrove Rovers – D1-1
1990: (H) Moor Green – W2-0
1999: (A) Raunds Town – L0-7
2001: (A) Bromley – L1-3 (Kent Senior Cup Semi Final)
2007: (H) Tooting and Mitcham United – D2-2
2010: (A) Boreham Wood – W1-0

Against our visitors – last five matches

20/09/1986 – Home – Won 6-1
24/03/1987 – Away – Lost 0-1
01/03/2011 – Home – Won 1-0
12/03/2011 – Away – Drew 2-2
03/09/2011 – Away – Lost 2-3

Records v Basingstoke Town
Played 13, Won 6, Drawn 3, Lost 4, For 24, Against 15

 

Interview following 2-0 win over Salisbury City

Interview with Tony Burman following the 2-0 victory over Salisbury City in the Blue Square Bet South match.

Dartford v Salisbury City

The Darts are back at Princes Park in Conference South action on Saturday when they host Salisbury City.

A victory for Dartford will complete the double over The Whites who currently occupy twelfth place in their first season back in the Conference South.

At the Raymond McEnhill Stadium four months ago The Darts worked tirelessly to edge their opponents out in a 2-1 win. Goalkeeper Louis Wells made his début in Wiltshire which started in the worst possible fashion. A long range effort from Salisbury’s Stuart Anderson after just two minutes took a wicked deflection to give the hosts the lead.

Jacob Erskine collides with Conor Gough and heads in the winner

Dartford hit back when Jon Wallis struck a free kick on 25 minutes which squirmed away from goalkeeper Conor Gough and into the net. The Salisbury City goalkeeper’s misery was compounded just past the hour when Jacob Erskine beat Gough in the air resulting in the winning goal, Gough was stretchered off suffering a fractured cheekbone.

Dartford approach Saturdays league match having been on the wrong end of a cup upset on Tuesday night. In a disappointing performance they were knocked out at the same stage as last season when Wealdstone deservedly won 1-0.  The Darts suffered the same result in their last league match versus Woking, but in contrast to the F.A Trophy defeat the performance was outstanding.

Salisbury have been hard to beat of late but have failed to pick up victories too. In thier last eight league matches they have drawn five. However on Tuesday night they defeated Eastleigh 2-0 thanks to goals from recent signings Stuart Sinclair and Abdulai Bell-Baggie.

Since the turn of the year The Whites manager Darrell Clarke has made a few alterations to the squad. Out has gone their top scorer in the league Jake Reid who had his contract cancelled by mutual consent, Josh Casey and Chrlie Knight have gone out on loan. In has come former Salisbury favourite Robbie Matthews who has already netted four in the Conference South. In addition to Matthews, Will Puddy (currently injured), Charlie Losasso and Danny Webb have just been joined by defender Ugo Udoji, goalkeeper Mark Scott and Charlie Griffin.

After dropping to third in the Conference South due to Chelmsford City’s Monday night win The Darts will be desperate to get back to winning ways.

Statistics (league only)

Dartford (3rd) v Salisbury City (12th)

Current Form

Last five Dartford matches at home Last five Salisbury City matches away
Won 6-0 v Thurrock Drew 2-2 v Basingstoke Town
Won 1-0  v Welling United Drew 2-2 v Truro City
Drew 1-1 v Dorchester Town Drew 1-1 v Dover Athletic
Lost 2-3 v Woking Drew 1-1 v Eastleigh
Won 3-1 v Dover Athletic Drew 1-1 v Thurrock

Attendances

Dartford average home attendance: 1304 (2nd)

Highest home attendance: 2559 v Welling United/ Lowest: 924 v Dorchester Town

Salisbury City average away attendance: 744 (5th)

Highest away attendance: 1634 v Woking / Lowest: 186 v Thurrock

Did you know…

Dartford have gone 200 minutes without conceding in the league at Princes Park.

The Darts have scored in every league fixture at home this season but their away day blank on Saturday was their first in the league since 27 August 2012, a run of 21 games. The Conference South record stands at 26 set by St Albans City in the 2005/06 season.

Salisbury City have drawn their last five away matches setting a new Conference South record.

 

Wealdstone v Dartford

Dartford will be back in F.A Trophy action on Tuesday night when the try and win a place in the last eight of the competition.

A week ago The Darts were pegged back twice as Wealdstone forced a replay to take the tie back to St George’s Stadium. Pressure from the Dartford attack was rewarded on 27 minutes when The Stones goalkeeper Jonathan North spilt the ball, Danny Harris followed up and put Dartford in front. On the stroke of half time Wealdstone equalised courtesy of Richard Jolly’s header.

Five minutes after the break The Darts were back ahead when substitute Lee Noble speculatively volleyed the ball goal wards from a headed clearance. Noble’s shot took a deflection off Stones defender Alan Massey and the ball nestled in North’s goal. Wealdstone pushed for an equaliser and in the last ten minutes managed a second equaliser with Chris O’Leary’s stunning header hit the underside of the cross bar and went in.

The stalemate was not ideal for both clubs, Tony Burman spoke to PURE DFC after last weeks F.A Trophy tie and said: “We don’t want a replay and I don’t think Wealdstone want a replay either. They are doing well and have got an opportunity in their league but nevertheless that is what we’ve got”.

After a fortnight without a match Burman felt his side’s first half performance was ‘excellent for thirty five minutes’, he added “Wealdstone have had a ten minute spell in the first half where we’ve made some mistakes, gave free kicks away and we’ve been punished. In the second half we’ve taken the lead and to be fair to Wealdstone they have come and had a go, that’s typical cup football. It doesn’t matter who you are playing, a team higher than you or lower than you, that’s how cup football works out”.

On the weekend The Darts suffered disappointment in the Conference South as they were edged out by league leaders Woking. The 1-0 defeat leaves Dartford fourteen points adrift from top spot with two games in hand. Alan Inns yet again scored early on to give The Cards the lead on three minutes, a minute quicker than his opener at Princes Park back in December. The Surrey side held out as Dartford dominated but could not find a breakthrough.

Wealdstone had beetr luck on the weekend with an impressive 5-2 home victory against struggling Aveley. Richard Jolly’s first goal was cancelled out by Aveley’s Troy Powell. Lee Chappell put The Stones back in front to leave the score 2-1 at the break. Spencer Harrison levelled the match again but The Stone pulled away in the final twenty minutes. Kevin Mully was unfortuante enough to score an own goal, Scott Fitzgerald netted a fourth and Jolly made it five with his 32nd goal this season. The Stones are now eighth in the Isthmian Premier League and six points behind the play off zone.

The winners of Tuesday nights replay will face Conference Premier’s Cambridge United or Conference North’s Guiseley who also play on Tuesday.

Team News

Elliot Bradbrook left the field of play after just seven minutes in the last meeting between the sides. Dartford’s captain pulled a hamstring and missed the Woking game on Saturday. Matt Jones also missed the top of the table clash on the weekend when he collided with Wealdstone’s Chris O’Leary. Paul Goodacre returned on Saturday and played against the side he was injured against back in December.

Statistics

Dartford (2nd – Conference South) versus Wealdstone (8th Isthmian Premier)

Current Form (league and cup) – FAT = F.A Trophy / KSC = Kent Senior Cup / AET = After Extra Time

Last five Wealdstone matches at home Last five Dartford matches away
Won 5-2 v Aveley Lost 0-1 v Woking
Won 2-0 v Tooting and Mitcham Won 4-2 v Tonbridge Angels (AET) / (KSC)
Drew 1-1 v Cray Wanderers Won 4-1 v Staines Town
Won 2-1 v Barrow (FAT) Won 3-1 v Hampton and Richmond
Won 1-0 v Lewes Won 4-1 v Havant and Waterlooville

Did you know…

Dartford’s failure to score against Woking was their first blank in the league for 21 games and ended a seven game unbeaten run.

Wealdstone have lost just once in their last 19 competitive fixtures and will playing their ninth F.A Trophy tie this season.

Lee Burns made his 100th start for The Darts in all competitions when he lined up against Wealdstone last week.

 

Stats and Trends – 21st February 2012

On This Day:

1891: (H) Streatham – W2-1 (Friendly)
1914: (H) Rochester – W8-0
1925: (A) Woolwich – D1-1
1931: (H) Chatham – W5-0 (Kent Senior Cup)
1953: (H) Ashford Town – W1-0 (Kent Senior Cup)
1959: (H) Chelmsford City – W4-1
1970: (H) Ashford Town – D0-0
1976: (H) Basingstoke Town – W4-1
1981: (H) Blyth Spartans – W1-0 (FA Trophy)
1984: (H) Welling United – D1-1 (Southern League Cup Semi Final, 2nd Leg)
1987: (A) Alvechurch – W4-1
1989: (H) Dover Athletic – W4-1 (Southern League Cup, 2nd Leg)
1998: (A) Havant Town – W1-0
2004: (H) Tonbridge Angels – L2-3
2009: (A) Ashford Town (Middlesex) – L0-1

Against our visitors – last five matches

30/08/2008 – Home – Drew 2-2
11/04/2009 – Away – Drew 0-0
29/08/2009 – Home – Drew 1-1
20/04/2010 – Away – Drew 1-1
14/02/2012 – Home – Drew 2-2 – FA Trophy

Versus Wealdstone Played Won Drawn Lost For Against
Total 29 11 10 8 57 39
Home 15 7 4 4 33 17
Away 14 4 6 4 24 22

 

Stats and Trends – 18th February 2012

1893: (A) Cray Wanderers – L0-4 (Friendly)
1899: (A) Swanscombe – Abandoned at 0-1
1905: (H) Lewisham Montrose – W5-1
1911: (H) Orpington – W3-0
1922: (N) Folkestone – D1-1 (Kent Senior Cup Semi Final)
1928: (H) Sittingbourne – L0-2 (Kent Senior Cup)
1933: (H) Chatham – W5-0 (Kent Senior Cup)
1937: (A) Bath City – L2-3
1939: (A) Yeovil and Petters – L1-3
1950: (A) Chingford – L0-1
1956: (A) Guildford Ciy – W1-0
1961: (H) Weymouh – W2-1
1967: (A) Kettering Town – D2-2
1970: (H) Ramsgate Athletic – W2-0 (Kent Senior Cup)
1975: (H) Kettering own – L0-1 (Southern League Cup Replay)
1984: (H) Folkestone Town – W4-1
1989: (H) Bedworth Unied – W1-0
1992: (H) Fisher Athletic – W1-0
1995: (A) Furness – W5-3
2003: (H) Fisher Athletic – L1-3
2006: (A) Berkhamsted – L1-3
2009: (A) Horsham – L2-3 AET (League Cup)

Against our visitors – last 3 matches
21/10/1972 – Home – Won 3-2 (FA Cup)
27/11/2010 – Away – Drew 2-2
09/04/2011 – Home – Won 3-2
13/12/2011 – Home – Lost 3-2

Versus Woking FC

Played Won Drawn Lost For Against
Total 4 2 1 1 10 9
Home 3 2 0 1 8 7
Away 1 0 1 0 2 2