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Dartford aim to maintain there perfect home league record in 2012 when they host Maidenhead United on Saturday.
Since returning to the second tier of non league Dartford are on their best run at home. The Darts have won seven in a row at Princes Park including a 6-1 demolishing of Sutton United in their last home Conference South fixture.
Having dropped points last weekend at Dorchester Town and failing to capitalise on Woking’s defeat at Eastbourne Borough, The Darts returned to winning ways this week and reached a second consecutive Kent Senior Cup Final. Facing a Charlton Athletic side including first teamers and academy players Dartford won 3-1 with goals from Jack Pallen, Lee Noble and Elliot Bradbrook.
Tony Burman was delighted at the prospect of winning another trophy but found the result a touch surprising, he told PURE DFC: “I wasn’t expecting it to be fair. We’ve played everyone who hasn’t played 90 minutes and obvioulsy we were playing against full time professionals, I thought the players were excellent”.
The return of Jack Pallen from his loan spell pleased Burman and felt Pallen’s goal gave the striker a new lease of life during the match on Tuesday. Having five games away from The Darts made sure Pallen has improved his fitness, Burman is happy at the way the striker is looking ‘sharper’ since returning.
The Dartford boss will be hoping his side can bounce back in the league and keep the pressure on at the top. Despite defeat last time out in the Conference South Burman has called for ‘calm on and off the field’, he said: “We mustn’t be nervous, we’ve got to keep our composure and get on with enjoying where we are”.
Maidenhead United are facing a relegation battle and are without a win in five scoring just once. That goal was scored the last time the two sides met in a 1-1 draw at York Road. Alex Wall gave the hosts the lead with 13 minutes played when his shot took a deflection over goalkeeper Louis Wells. The lead was cancelled out by Danny Harris fifteen minutes later when he got on the end of a well worked move.
Last season at Princes Park, The Darts ran out comfortable winners defeating a struggling Maidenhead United team who were in the middle of last seasons longest streak without a win. Sheringham opened the scoring on 68 minutes and Elliot Bradbrook left it late to seal the match scoring twice in the final two minutes.
The Berkshire club are just three points clear of safety and with the current form of those below are also under pressure. Last weekend they were beaten 1-0 at home by Salisbury City and have now gone 347 minutes without scoring a goal. On their travels they have lost just two in eight league fixtures but earlier in the season they did lose six in a row. In contrast they have achieved some notable results including a 2-0 win at Woking.
Jack Pallen returned from his loan spell and impressed with a goal against Charlton Athletic. Jon Wallis, Matt Jones and Jacob Erskine didn’t feature in the Kent Senior Cup semi final win after picking up an injuries last week. Deren Ibrahim is expected to be out for the rest of the season after he dislocated a shoulder against The Addicks. Tony Burman will have to approach the league to see if he can arrange emergency cover in goal.
Reece Tilson-Lascaris is suspended for Maidenhead United after his red card in the last game between the two sides.
Statistics (league only)
Dartford (2nd) v Maidenhead United (17th)
|Last five Dartford matches at home||Last five Maidenhead United matches away|
|Won 6-1 v Sutton United||Drew 0-0 v Hampton and Richmond|
|Won 3-1 v Havant and Waterlooville||Lost 1-0 v Tonbridge Angels|
|Won 3-0 v Farnborough||Won 2-0 v Woking|
|Won 4-1 v Basingstoke Town||Drew 1-1 v Thurrock|
|Won 2-0 v Salisbury City||Won 2-0 v Eastbourne Borough|
Dartford average home attendance: 1231
Highest home attendance: 2559 v Welling United/ Lowest: 783 v Basingstoke Town
Maidenhead United average away attendance: 590
Highest away attendance: 1777 v Woking / Lowest: 156 v Thurrock
Did you know…
Dartford’s home record in 2012 is now – Won 9 Drawn 1 Lost 0 For 34 Against 9 in all competitions.
The Darts have scored in every one of their 18 league game at Princes Park this season. Since the Conference South was formed only three teams have managed to score in every home league fixture for an entire season (St Albans City 2005/06, Havant and Waterlooville 2006/07 and Newport County AFC 2009/10).
Just under half of the goals Maidenhead United concede are in the final half an hour of matches. The Magpies have conceded 29 times during this period out of the 62 goals they have leaked.
Only bottom club Thurrock have a goal difference worse than Maidenhead United this season.
Matches on this day…
1894: (H) Royal Scots & Lothian Regiment; W3-0 (Friendly)
1900: (H) Southall; D1-1
1900: (A) Brentford; L0-4 (played twice in 1900)
1906: (A) Crayford United; L1-2
1909: (A) Rochester; D1-1 (Gravesend Hospital Charity Cup Semi Final)
1923: (A) Sheppey United; D0-0
1928: (A) Aldershot Town; L0-2
1951: (A) Merthyr Tydfil; L0-6
1956: (A) Hastings United; D1-1
1958: (A) Barry Town; L1-4
1961: (H) Folkestone Town; D2-2
1962: (H) Margate; W2-1
1969: (A) Canterbury City; L0-2
1971: (H) Hastings United; W2-0
1972: (A) Folkestone Town; D2-2
1973: (H) Hillingdon Borough; L1-2
1975: (H) Wimbledon; L0-1
1979: (H) Dorchester Town; W2-1
1981: (H) Hastings United; W1-0
1984: (A) Bedworth United; W1-0
1986: (H) Weymouth; D1-1
1988: (H) Waterlooville; W4-0 (Southern League Cup Semi Final, 1st Leg)
1990: (A) VS Rugby; W1-0
1997: (H) Erith and Belvedere; W1-0
2001: (H) Stamford; L0-4
2007: (H) Dulwich Hamlet; D1-1
Against our visitors – last five matches
11/10/1899: Home, Won 4-0
11/01/1900: Away, Drew 1-1
05/03/2011: Home, Won 3-0
30/04/2011: Away, Won 3-2
13/03/2012: Away, Drew 1-1
Versus Maidenhead United
Played: 9, Won 5, Drawn 3, Lost 1, For 25, Against 7
Dartford are back in Kent Senior Cup action on Tuesday night as they battle for a place in a second successive final.
The reigning champions will have to get passed League One club Charlton Athletic who are currently in pole position for a promotion back to the Football League Championship.
The Darts are also chasing a promotion spot of their own to the Conference National and on the weekend dropped three points at Dorchester Town. The defeat was Dartford’s first in eight league fixtures after a run of six wins out of seven. The Addicks have won just once in their last five league matches but still remain eight points clear of second place.
Both sides will be concentrating on the league as the season approaches an end so there is a strong possibility squad and youth team players will be involved. Dartford welcome the dual registration signings of Tony Stokes from Concord Rangers and Sam Higgins from East Thurrock United.
Dartford manager, Tony Burman told PURE DFC he has signed new players for cover in anticipation there might be injuries and suspensions, he said: “We’ve asked a favour of a couple of clubs asking if we can dual sign a couple of players”, he added: “I’d like to thank East Thurrock United and Concord Rangers. Concord have also helped us out with Paul Goodacre otherwise he wouldn’t be playing and he needed some games”.
Tony Stokes is currently joint top scorer in the Isthmian Premier league with Wealdstone’s Richard Jolly. The striker has scored 23 times in the league for Concord Rangers this season and started his career at West Ham United’s academy. After various loan spells he travelled to Hungary to play for Ujpest in the top flight before joining Concord Rangers.
Sam Higgins has experienced Conference South football with Chelmsford City and in February last year he mutually cancelled his contract to play at a lower level. East Thurrock United snapped up the striker after he had netted eight league goals in the 2010/11 campaign for The Clarets before his departure. With Isthmian Premier league side East Thurrock United he has an impressive goalscoring record scoring 20 times this season.
Whilst retaining the cup and another piece of silverware is welcome within the club Burman knows the Conference South is a priority, he commented: “It’s a big game against Charlton, yes it’s nice that they have come into the competition but could we do with a weeks rest? yes we can”.
The other semi-final has already been played and so Hythe Town will be awaiting the winners. The Isthmian Division One South side beat the odds to knock out Dover Athletic in a 3-0 win.
A week’s rest would certainly benefit some of the players in the squad. Matt Jones and Jacob Erskine were substituted on Saturday against Dorchester Town. Full back Jones suffered swelling of his knee whilst Erskine was replaced as a precaution due to an ankle injury. Midfielder Jon Wallis will have a scan on his knee this week.
The Story So Far…
Tonbridge Angels 2 Dartford 4 (After Extra Time)
The Darts had to come from behind again in this cup tie when the home side scored on 13 minutes courtesy of Chris Piper. In the second half Nathan Korenteng gave The Angels a 2-0 lead three minutes after the restart. Dartford started their comeback on 53 minutes when young Jackie Pallen halved the deficit from close range. Lee Burns then set up Graham to loop in a shot and tie the match in normal time. In extra time Graham netted his fourth goal in the Kent Senior Cup when he was waiting at the far post to smash in a tidy finish. With seven minutes to play Burns settled the score after he got on the end of Jon Wallis’ thorugh ball.
Margate 3 Charlton Athletic 4
After five goals in the previous round The Addicks were then involved in a seven goal thriller. This time Chris Powell selected senior players Doherty, Scott Wagstaff, Leon Clarke, Paul Hayes and first team regular Dale Stephens. Highly rated Kwesi Appiah gave Margate an eleventh minute lead which was cancelled out eight minutes later by Clarke. The coastal side then went in front again in the second half thanks to Curtis Robinson. Two goals in the space of five minutes put The Addicks 3-2 up when Paul Hayes netted and Clarke scored his second. Former Dart Richard Avery tied the match yet again with fifteen minutes to play but Margate’s bravery was crushed with a goal two minutes from time by Morgan Fox.
Folkestone Invicta 1 Dartford 4 (After Extra Time)
Both sides started this seasons Kent Senior Cup campaign in round two and progressed in different styles. The Darts took on Isthmian Division One South side and passed with flying colours. The holders did go a goal down when Invicta’s Josh Burchell celebrated his 150th appearance with a swerving effort with nine minutes played. Jacob Erskine opened his cup account from close range in the 36th minute and Tom Bonner put The Darts ahead five minutes later. Richard Graham netted a brace in the second half when he chipped Roddy Hayward then later on headed in a Ryan Hayes cross.
Bromley 2 Charlton Athletic 3
The Addicks returned to the Kent Senior Cup in dramatic fashion. The five goal thriller included former Premier League defender Gary Doherty and experienced Paul Benson in the line up. Ruben Bover gave Charlton Athletic a lead within four minutes. Bromley striker Hakeem Araba equalised early in the second half before Michael Smith restored a one goal margin for the visitors. Araba tied the match from the penalty spot with twelve minutes left. However the League One club secured victory when Toby Silva headed in a late goal.
Did you know…
Kent Senior Cup action returns to Princes Park for the first time since last season’s cup final win in May. The Darts beat Bromley 4-1 to lift the cup for the tenth time.
Charlton Athletic have only won the Kent Senior Cup once back in 1995.
Matt Jones made his 50th start for Dartford at the weekend in all competitions, he has also made 8 substitute appearances.
Only Deren Ibrahim and Tom Bonner have started the last six Kent Senior Cup ties for Dartford, a run that includes last season’s success.
Matches on this day…
1897: (H) West Bromwich Albion; L1-4 (Friendly)
1909: (H) Northumberland Goodfellows; W4-2
1926: (H) 1st Royal Warwicks; D0-0
1935: (A) Chelsea Reserves ; L2-4
1937: (A) Tunbridge Wells Rangers; W2-1
1948: (H) Yeovil Town; L0-2
1954: (H) Hastings United; L0-2
1961: (A) Hastings United; L0-1
1963: (H) Romford; W5-1
1964: (H) Hinckley Athletic; W3-0
1965: (H) Nuneaton Borough; D0-0
1967: (H) Hinckley Athletic; W6-0
1970: (A) Bedford Town; L0-3
1971: (H) Sheppey United; W2-0 (Kent Senior Cup Semi Final)
1976: (H) Trowbridge Town; W3-0
1978: (H) Gravesend and Northfleet; D1-1
1979: (A) Barnet; L0-1
1982: (H) Boston United; W2-1
1989: (H) Crawley Town; W1-0
1990: (A) Dorchester Town; W1-0
2004: (A) Stamford; L0-1
2010: (H) Hastings United; W4-3
Against our visitors – last five matches
29/03/1924: (A) Lost 2-3 (Reserves)
16/11/1932: (H) Won 3-2 (Kent Senior Shield Semi Final; Reserves)
26/04/1937: (H) Won 2-1 (Joe Harron Benefit Match)
22/10/1949: (H) Won 4-0 (Friendly)
15/07/2008: (H) Lost 0-1 (Friendly)
Versus Charlton Athletic
Dartford travel to Dorchester Town on Saturday on the back of an emphatic victory in the week.
The Darts last met the Dorset club in December when a late Danny Harris equaliser denied The Magpies a win at Princes Park. Dorchester Town took the lead with little under twenty minutes to go. Jamie Symes hit a long range effort to beat Louis Wells and give the visitors a goal advantage. However in the final minute The Darts pushed to save a point and Harris found himself on the end of Tony Garrod’s pass to earn Tony Burman’s men a draw.
In last seasons corresponding fixture, The Darts avenged the 4-0 defeat earlier that season when Dorchester Town swept Dartford aside at Princes Park. On a cold winters February evening The Darts battled hard throughout to earn a 2-0 win. It wasn’t the most entertaining of matches but goals from Harris and Lee Noble ensured the travelling fans went home satisfied with three points.
Dartford will approach the Conference South fixture with confidence after an incredible 6-1 win against playoff contenders Sutton United. On Tuesday night six different goal scorers ensured the pressure at the top of the table is maintained. Noble opened the scoring at Princes Park for the second successive match. The Dartford midfielder dispossessed former Coventry and Southampton player Paul Telfer then cheekily chipped the goalkeeper. Four minutes later Adam Green scored his third league penalty of the season to double the lead. Harry Beautyman pulled a goal back with a well taken header on the half hour to make it 2-1 at half time.
The second half got better and better for The Darts with a sublime display. Four unanswered goals left their opponents stunned which started off with Harris’ diving header which was his 14th league goal of 2011/2012. Luke Wilkinson powered in another header to add to his goal on Tuesday on 69 minutes. Top scorer Elliot Bradbrook got back on the score sheet with an effort from 25 yards and to cap it all off Jacob Erskine made it 6-1 five minutes from time.
Tony Burman was impressed by his players work rate and told PURE DFC after the game: “I’m pleased, we have been a bit renowned for being slow starters. I thought it was an excellent game first half but again we’ve shown our fitness in the second half”.
Up until Tuesday Dorchester Town have not had the best of weeks. Woking comfortably beat The Magpies 4-1 before a shock defeat at the hands of bottom club Thurrock. The 2-0 reverse was the first time a team had lost to Thurrock in the league away from home this campaign. On Tuesday night a home fixture ended in their third successive loss, this time against Chelmsford City. Manager Alan Knight was pleased with his players work ethic in the defeat against The Clarets and feels the team need some self belief.
The trip to Dorset will feel much easier for the Dartford squad after a comfortable win in the week. Burman added: “It’s another game and another three points available and we have got to try and take them. We’ve got to give the players a lot of credit because the form they have been on has been excellent”.
Jon Wallis twisted his ankle on Tuesday and needs to be assess before Burman decides to select him. Defender, Luke Wilkinson has had his loan spell from Dagenham and Redbridge extended until end of season and will be available.
Dorchester Town have added to their squad by signing former Weymouth defender Raiff Gwinnett on non contract terms.
Statistics (league only)
Dorchester Town (11th) v Dartford (2nd)
|Last five Dorchester Town matches at home||Last five Dartford matches away|
|Lost 1-2 v Chelmsford City||Drew 1-1 v Maidenhead United|
|Lost 3-6 v Havant and Waterlooville||Won 1-0 v Tonbridge Angels|
|Drew 1-1 v Dover Athletic||Lost 0-1 v Woking|
|Won 3-0 v Thurrock||Won 4-1 v Staines Town|
|Lost 0-3 v Salisbury City||Won 3-1 v Hampton and Richmond|
Dorchester Town average home attendance: 496
Highest home attendance: 981 v Salisbury City/ Lowest: 334 v Farnborough
Dartford average away attendance: 891
Highest away attendance: 2528 v Woking / Lowest: 355 v Maidenhead United
Did you know…
Dartford have conceded the fewest goals away from home. They have conceded just 18, one less than Woking, Chelmsford City and Basingstoke Town
The win against Sutton United means Dartford have been in second position for ten games in a row
The Magpies have been amongst the goals in 2012. This year they have scored 20 goals and conceded 18 averaging 3.7 goals a game.
1894: (H) South London League; W7-1 (Friendly)
1900: (A) Swanscombe; L1-2
1906: (H) Northfleet; D1-1
1913: (H) Maidstone United; W6-1
1923: (H) Chatham; W1-0
1928: (H) Southampton Reserves; D2-2
1934: (A) Llanelly; D2-2
1949: (A) Colchester United; W2-1
1951: (H) Cheltenham Town; W3-1
1956: (H) Hastings United; W3-0
1962: (A) Burton Albion; L1-4
1978: (H) Cheltenham Town; W2-1
1979: (H) Cheltenham Town; W1-0
1981: (A) Gosport Borough; W3-1
1984: (H) Gosport Borough; W2-0
1987: (A) Basingstoke Town; L0-1
1990: (H) Weymouth; W6-2
2007: (H) Corinthian Casuals; W4-0
2008: (A) Canvey Island; W1-0
2009: (H) Harlow Town; D1-1
Record v Dorchester Town
Home: P 16 W9 D4 L3 F30 A14
Away: P14 W4 D5 L5 F16 A15
Total: P30 W13 D8 L8 F46 A29