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Dartford v Sutton United

Dartford were back to winning ways on Saturday and hope to keep the momentum going at home against Sutton United on Tuesday night.

Winter weather disturbed the fixture last month and so it will be take two this time round. The Darts have found the Surrey club a difficult proposition over the two seasons spent in the Isthmian Premier League losing three of the last four meetings between the sides.

Dartford last met Sutton United at Princes Park two years ago on their way to the Isthmian Premier League title. Approaching half time James Norwood gave the visitors a lead by sticking a low shot beyond Andrew Young. With 11 minutes remaining Sam Gargan made sure the away side went home with all three points. Despite defeat Dartford went on to win the league ahead of The U’s by a staggering 18 points.

Danny Dafter craftily flicks in an attempt from a Ryan Hayes corner

In November 2008 the visitors triumphed again in an entertaining five goal affair. David Hughes scored Sutton’s first and The U’s went into the break two up thanks to Chukki Eribenne’s turn and shot. The Darts started the second half well and pulled a goal back from a Danny Dafter flick at the near post. Sutton won a controversial penalty even though the foul took place outside the box, nonetheless Eribenne converted the spot kick to score the eventual winner. Rob Haworth nodded a consolation late on as The U’s ended up 3-2 winners.

Dartford did their bit on the weekend by defeating Havant and Waterlooville 3-1 at Princes Park. With Woking winning as well The Darts have kept within eight points of the league leaders and have a game in hand. The victory also helped Tony Burman’s team look more likely to cement a playoff position as they have a 15 point cushion going into the last nine games.

However it wasn’t all plain sailing against The Hawks when the visitors took an early lead. Sam Pearce neatly finished a move that started from a corner in the eighth minute. To make matters worse the away side broke from goalkeeper Dan Thomas to win a penalty at the other end. Scott Jones got the better of Tom Bonner to give The Hawks the opportunity to double the advantage. Luckily Steve Ramsey failed to take his chance just after 15 minutes and blasted the spot kick over Louis Wells goal.

Mid way through the first half The Darts were back on level terms with a flowing move that started with Jon Wallis in midfield. Wallis kept possession releasing Danny Harris who found Jacob Erskine. The striker put in a low cross and Lee Noble was on the end of a well worked equaliser.

Luke Wilkinson powers in a header for his first ever Dartford goal

It wasn’t until the final ten minutes of the league encounter that Dartford could think about the three points. Ryan Hayes made an impression having come off the subs bench, his toe poked cross was flicked towards goal by fellow substitute Tony Garrod but Harris got the final touch from close range. With three minutes remaining the games was settled by defender Luke Wilkinson, the loanee from Dagenham and Redbridge towered above everyone to head home a Hayes corner for his first goal in a Darts shirt.

The Darts have yet to face Sutton this season who have made great progress in both league and cup. The U’s suffered a baptism of fire in their opening fixture of the season with a crushing 5-0 defeat at home to Woking. Undeterred by their loss they put an excellent run together.

Sutton United entered the playoffs on 10 September 2011 and have not dropped out since. A run of one defeat in fourteen after the opening game has helped Paul Doswell’s side accumulate enough points to maintain in a top five position. So far the Surrey club have adapted well to the Conference South. To add to the early season successes they have also excelled in this years F.A Cup reaching the second round. The U’s knocked out Conference Premier side Kettering Town before bowing out to League One club Notts County.

The U’s are in outstanding form having been beaten in the league just once in 16 matches. A tough side to beat on the road they are making good use of their home fixtures. Winning just twice in their last eight away fixtures from Gander Green Lane they have drawn four and have kept successive clean sheets in their last two games on their travels.

On the weekend they completed the double over playoff rivals Chelmsford City winning 3-2 against The Clarets for the second time this season. Craig Dundas opened the scoring after just 36 seconds which was cancelled out by Chelmsford’s Warren Whitely. Craig Watkins missed a penalty for Sutton and so former Southampton midfielder Paul Telfer took the next spot kick to give The U’s a 2-1 lead. Leroy Griffiths netted a third before a consolation goal was scored by Dave Rainford.

Manager Paul Doswell has had a successful first term in the Conference South with Sutton United. The Isthmian Premier League champions last season are aided by striker Craig Watkins who has scored 13 Conference South goals this season and midfielder Harry Beautyman who has netted ten times in the league.

It should be a tough match for The Darts considering recent form against The U’s. Between the two clubs only two league defeats have been suffered in 2012.

Team News

Tom Bonner will make his 100th Dartford start if he is selected by Tony Burman on Tuesday night. Signed from Ilkeston Town in the summer of 2010 the defender has scored eight goals for The Darts.

James Rogers will be available after serving his three match ban for his red card in the F.A Trophy replay at Wealdstone. Elliot Bradbrook is still waiting to play a full ninety minutes since returning from injury and Richard Graham will be out for approximately two more weeks with minor ligament damage.

Sutton United’s new signing Craig Braham-Barrett from Havant and Waterlooville is suspended after his sending off on 6 March 2012 against his former club.

Statistics (league only)

Dartford (2nd) v Sutton United (4th)

Current Form

Last five Dartford matches at home Last five Sutton United matches away
Won 3-1 v Havant and Waterlooville Drew 0-0 v Eastbourne Borough
Won 3-0  v Farnborough Won 1-0 v Thurrock
Won 4-1 v Basingstoke Town Lost 0-4 v Eastleigh
Won 2-0 v Salisbury City Drew 1-1 v Maidenhead United
Won 6-0 v Thurrock Won 3-2 v Chelmsford City

Attendances

Dartford average home attendance: 1244

Highest home attendance: 2559 v Welling United/ Lowest: 783 v Basingstoke Town

Sutton United average away attendance: 643

Highest away attendance: 1730 v Woking / Lowest: 232 v Boreham Wood

Did you know…

The Darts equalled their longest winning league streak at Princes Park this season with Saturday’s victory. Dartford have now won six in a row at home in the Conference South. The record has not been matched or bettered by any other team in the 2011/2012 campaign.

Dartford have conceded just two goals in their last six home league games.

When it comes to scoring goals in the last fifteen minutes only Tonbridge Angels have scored more than Dartford and Sutton United. The Darts have scored 19 times in the last fifteen minutes and The U’s have netted 18.

 


Stats and Trends – 20th March 2012

Matches on this day…


1897: (H) Southall – W3-0
1909: (A) Northfleet United – L1-4
1926: (A) Margate- L2-4
1935: (A) Tunbridge Wells Rangers – W2-1 (Kent Senior Shield Semi Final)
1937: (H) Tunbridge Wells Rangers – L1-4
1939: (A) Millwall Reserves – L0-4
1948: (H) Lovell’s Athletic – W3-2
1963: (A) Dover – W2-1 (Kent Senior Cup)
1965: (A) Cheltenham Town – L2-3
1971: (H) Poole Town – W1-0
1973: (H) Bedford Town – D1-1
1982: (A) Frickley Athletic – L0-3
1989: (A) Atherstone United – W3-1  (Southern League Cup Semi Final, Second Leg)
1996: (H) Cray Wanderers W5-2
1999: (H) Brackley Town – W6-1
2004: (H) Fleet Town – W3-0
2007: (A) Ashford Town – D0-0
2010: (H) Maidstone United – W3-0

 
Against our visitors – last five matches

25/10/1989 – Home – L1-2 (Clubcall Cup)
15/11/2008 – Home – L2-3
04/04/2009 – Away – L0-1
22/09/2009 – Away – W3-0
06/02/2010 – Home – L0-2

Versus Sutton United

Played Won Drawn Lost For Against
Total 7 3 0 4 10 8
Home 4 1 0 3 5 7
Away 3 2 0 1 5 1

 

Post Match Interview – DFC 3 Farnborough 1

Interview with Tony Burman following the 3-1 victory over Havant and Waterlooville in the Blue Square Bet South match.

Dartford v Havant and Waterlooville

Dartford aim to equal their six match winning home run they set at the start of the season on Saturday when they face Havant and Waterlooville.

Danny Harris celebrates Dartford's first goal in the Conference South

Twenty months ago The Darts crowned their Conference South début with an opening day draw at Princes Park, their opponents that day were Havant and Waterlooville. The two sides have met three times since Dartford’s promotion in 2010 with the spoils shared.

The first of those meetings ended in a 2-2 draw and ended in dramatic fashion. Danny Harris was privileged to score the first goal of Dartford’s Conference South era when he flicked in a Ryan Hayes free kick on twenty six minutes. The Hawks won a penalty after Hayes handled in the area and Bobby Hopkinson equalised.

Wes Fogden looked to have won the match with two minutes to go with an eighteen yard curler. Undeterred The Darts pushed for a point and in the final minute Harris equalled the penalty count when he was upended. Hayes stepped up and sent the goalkeeper the wrong way to earn a draw.

Westleigh Park hosted the other two fixtures between the sides and last season Havant and Waterlooville won 1-0. Sammy Igoe’s cross was turned into the net by Wes Fogden in the thirty third minute. Fogden’s first half strike earned The Hawks victory which helped the Hampshire club finish a point above Dartford in ninth place last campaign.

Earlier this season The Darts convincingly won 4-1 in an excellent away performance, Elliot Bradbrook and Danny Harris scored two goals each. Bradbrook took twenty one minutes to score the first when he waltzed through the Havant defence to calmly slot the ball home. Harris doubled the lead with half hour played with a well taken lob over onrushing goalkeeper Lyall Beasely.

Bradbrook opens up the Havant defence and scores

The Hawks pulled back a goal in the second half when Scott Jones scrambled in from a corner to give the Hampshire side hope. With fifteen minutes remaining Dartford pulled away when Harris turned the ball into the net from close range and Bradbrook ensured Lee Noble’s free kick ended up over the goal line to make it 4-1.

On Tuesday night The Darts dropped two points at York Road as they were held by Maidenhead United in a 1-1 draw. 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. Reece Tison-Lascaris was dismissed on the stroke of half time for an altercation with Louis Wells but Dartford couldn’t take advantage of the extra man. The result leaves The Darts eight points behind league leaders Woking with a game in hand.

In contrast to Dartford’s form The Hawks are struggling of late with one win in nine league games. Away from home they have won just three times and only Thurrock have a worse away record. The Hawks are fighting a relegation battle and are currently in 18th position and just a point above the drop zone.

Havant and Waterlooville lost their third successive game, their sixth in seven on the weekend in a enthralling 4-3 defeat against Woking. During this poor run they have conceded an average of just over three a game but in their only victory they netted six when the beat Dorchester Town 6-3. To add to the Hampshire sides woes of late they were knocked out of their County Cup to AFC Totton on Tuesday night. The Hawks were defeated 2-1 in the semi final against the Southern Premier League side.

Although Havant and Waterlooville have struggled in the Conference South this seaon they do pose a threat up front. Ollie Palmer has netted a dozen league goals in just 14 starts and five substitute apeparances. His strike partner Steve Ramsey has scored the same amount of goals in 26 league starts and a single appearance as a substitute. The duo account for just under half of the teams total goals this season in the league.

Manager Shaun Gale strengthened his squad recently with the signing of midfielder Eddie Hutchinson from Eastbourne Borough. Joe Dolan was also signed by Gale after spells with Bromley and Staines Town this season. Craig Braham-Barrett left The Hawks to join playoff hopefuls Sutton United.

Statistics (league only)

Dartford (2nd) v Havant and Waterlooville (18th)

Current Form

Last five Dartford matches at home Last five Havant and Waterlooville matches away
Won 3-0 v Farnborough Lost 0-2 v Sutton United
Won 4-1 v Basingstoke Town Won 6-3 v Dorchester Town
Won 2-0  v Salisbury City Lost 1-3 v Welling United
Won 6-0 v Thurrock Lost 1-3 v Chelmsford City
Won 1-0 v Welling United Lost 2-3 v Eastleigh

Attendances

Dartford average home attendance: 1253 (2nd)

Highest home attendance: 2559 v Welling United / Lowest: 783 v Basingstoke Town

Havant and Waterlooville average away attendance: 552 (18th)

Highest away attendance: 1655 v Woking/ Lowest: 194 v Thurrock

Did you know…

A win for Dartford will equal their best winning home streak in the Conference South of six set at the start of the season, no other team has won more home games in a row this campaign

At Princes Park The Darts have conceded just one goal in the last 470 minutes of football

Dartford have averaged the most goals per game at home in the league this season with 2.44 goals a match

Havant and Waterlooville have scored the most goals (13) in the league this season during the fifteen minutes before half time

The Hawks have also conceded 17 goals, the most in the first fifteen minutes after half time.

The Hampshire side has conceded 38 times in the second half of league matches this season, the most by any club in the Conference South

Stats and Trends – 17th March 2012

Matches on this day…


1894: (H) New Brompton  – L0-4 (Chatham Charity Cup)
1897: (A) 1st Scots Guard – D1-1
1906: (A) Swanscombe – D1-1
1923: (N) Ashford Railway Works – L1-3 (at Hastings)
1926: (N) Folkestone – L0-1 (Kent Senior Cup Semi Final, 2nd Replay, at Northfleet)
1928: (A) Bournemouth and Boscombe Reserves – W1-0
1934: (H) Plymouth Argyle Reserves – W4-0
1937: (A) Tunbridge Wells Rangers – L1-4 (Southern League Cup)
1938: (A) Bath City – L0-2
1948: (H) Colchester United – D1-1
1949: (A) Bath City – W3-1
1951: (A) Bromley  – L0-1 (Kent Senior Cup Semi Final)
1956: (A) Bath City – D0-0
1962: (H) Rugby Town – D2-2
1965: (H) Margate – W2-1
1970: (A) Erith and Belvedere – D1-1 (Kent Senior Cup Semi Final)
1973: (H) Worcester City – D1-1
1975: (H) Tonbridge – L1-2 (Kent Senior Cup Replay)
1976: (H) Chelsea XI – L2-4
1979: (A) Bridgend  – W2-0
1984: (A) Chelmsford City – L0-1
1990: (H) Waterlooville – W3-0
2007: (A) Godalming Town – W3-1

 
Against our visitors – last five matches

29/04/1999 – Away – Drew 1-1
15/10/2000 – Home – Lost 0-4 (FA Cup)
14/08/2010 – Home – Drew 2-2
18/04/2011 – Away – Lost 0-1
07/01/2012 – Away – Won 4-1

Versus Havant and Waterlooville/Havant Town/Waterlooville

Played Won Drawn Lost For Against
Total 39 19 12 8 76 39
Home 19 9 7 3 43 19
Away 20 10 5 5 33 20

 

Maidenhead United v Dartford

Dartford have the chance to record their fifth straight victory in the Conference South when they travel to Maidenhead United on Tuesday night.

Elliot Bradbrook scores: The Darts beat Maidenhead United at Princes Park

Last season The Darts put six past The Magpies completing a double over the Berkshire club. On the final day of last season The Darts won 3-2 to finish the season in tenth place. Meanwhile Maidenhead United escaped relegation by three points despite defeat. Dartford took advantage of a twenty minute second half spell which included goals by Charlie Sheringham, Jack Pallen and Ryan Hayes. Maidenhead United pulled a goal back with eleven minutes on the clock when Craig Faulconbridge netted and Jefferson Louis made it 3-2 with four minutes to go.

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.

Dartford’s fantastic run was extended on Saturday with a hard working performance at home to Farnborough. The Darts picked up their twenty seventh point from the last thirty availble with a 3-0 win against The Boro. Jacob Erskine put in a man of the match display with well taken goals in the 18th and 52nd minutes. Substitute Tony Garrod compounded Farnborough’s misery with a goal against his former club with two minutes remaining.

Although goals have been flying in at one end, the leagues top scorers have also been making headway at the back with three clean sheets in four matches. Tony Burman spoke to PURE DFC, he said: “Obviously we’re delighted to have kept a clean sheet, if you keep a clean sheet you win games and I’m really pleased that is happening”.

Jacob Erskine takes it round the Farnborough goalkeeper on Saturday

Erskine recorded his seventh league goal of the season for The Darts in his 14th Conference South start with the club. Burman is delighted with the strikers efforts, he commented: “Jacob’s come to us as a last chance saloon probably but he has come and had a go. He has worked hard and he is concentrating on certain things we want him to do and he has become a real good target man at the moment”.

With eleven fixtures left of the season the Dartford manager still has his eye on consolidating a playoff spot, he said: “I just told the boys to enjoy it. We’re not trying to get points to stay up from relegation, we’re trying to get points to keep in the playoffs and who knows we might catch Woking. It’s a long way to go and there is a lot of games to be played. With all due respect we’ve made it interesting and other clubs around us have made it interesting”.

Maidenhead United approach Tuesday fixture in mixed form and five points clear of the drop in sixteenth. At home The Magpies have won just three times this campaign as they have struggled to pick up three points at York Road. On Saturday Johnson Hippolyte’s side were defeated by a solitary goal when Tonbridge Angels defender Ollie Schulz scored the games only goal. However, it was only just over a week ago the Berkshire club shocked league leaders Woking helping Dartford close the gap at the top to six points.

The Magpies have had a topsy turvy 2011/2012 so far. After losing their first two games 4-0 they put a run together to enter the playoff places nine games into the season. Maidenhead then embarked on a 12 match run without a win as they dropped within two points of the relegation zone. A few squad changes later has steadied the ship and now Hippolyte’s team have earned some breathing space between the bottom three.

Team News

Paul Goodacre signed for Isthmian Premier League side Concord Rangers on a dual registration. The move will help Goodacre regain match fitness after a long lay off with injury. Louis Wells recovered from last weekends injury to play on Saturday so will be available for selection again. Noble also recovered from flu to start against Farnborough. Bradbrook returned from his long spell on the sidelines with a substitute appearance but James Rogers will continue to serve his suspension for his red card at Wealdstone.

Statistics (league only)

Maidenhead United (16th) v Dartford (2nd)

Current Form

Last five Maidenhead United matches at home Last five Dartford matches away
Lost 0-3 v Boreham Wood Won 1-0 v Tonbridge Angels
Drew 1-1 v Sutton United Lost 0-1 v Woking
Won 1-0  v Eastbourne Borough Won 4-1 v Staines Town
Drew 1-1 v Basingstoke Town Won 3-1 v Hampton and Richmond
Lost 0-1 v Dorchester Town Won 4-1 v Havant and Waterlooville

Attendances

Maidenhead United average home attendance: 306 (21st)

Highest home attendance: 405 v Bromley/ Lowest: 221 v Thurrock

Dartford average away attendance: 926 (2nd)

Highest away attendance: 2528 v Woking/ Lowest: 378 v Staines Town

Did you know…

A win for Dartford will equal their best winning streak in the Conference South. Dartford won all five January fixtures this year to set the record.

Dartford’s clean sheet versus Farnborough was the first time The Darts failed to concede in successive league fixtures this season. The Darts have conceded just twice in 619 minutes of Conference South football.

Only Thurrock have scored fewer goals at home than Maidenhead United this season. The Magpies have netted just 17 times at York Road.

Only Boreham Wood have a lower average home attendance than Maidenhead United.

48% of the goals Maidenhead United have conceded have been in the last half hour of games.

Stats and Trends – 13th March 2012

Matches on this day

1897 – (H) Old St Stephens – W5-0
1909 – (H) Charlton Albion – W4-1
1926 – (H) Margate – D0-0
1933 – (A) West Ham United Reserves – W3-1
1937 – (A) Newport County Reserves – L1-4
1948 – (H) Barry Town – W1-0
1954 – (H) Gloucester City – L2-5
1965 – (H) Cambridge United – W2-0
1971 – (A) Dover – W1-0
1976 – (H) Arsenal XI – L0-2 (Friendly)
1982 – (H) Altrincham – L0-1
1990 – (H) Cambridge City – D0-0
2004 – (A) Folkestone Invicta – L0-1
2010 – (A) Tooting and Mitcham United – L1-3

Last Five Matches v Maidenhead United

16/03/1898 – Home – Won 6-1
11/10/1899 – Home – Won 4-0
11/01/1900 – Away – Drew 1-1
05/03/2011 – Home – Won 3-0
03/04/2011 – Away – Won 3-2

Record against Maidenhead United

Played 8, Won 5, Drew 2, Lost 1, For 24, Against 6

Interview v Farnborough (H)

Interview with Tony Burman following the 3-0 victory over Farnborough in the Blue Square Bet South match.

Stats and Trends – 10th March 2012

Matches on this day…


1894: (H) Arsenal Athletic – L1-3 (Friendly)
1900: (N) Gravesend – L1-2 (Kent Senior Cup at New Brompton)
1906: (H) Shepherd’s Bush – W1-0
1923: (H) Ramsgate – D0-0
1926: (A) Sittingbourne – D1-1 (Kent League Cup Semi Final)
1930: (A) Millwall Reserves – L2-3
1937: (A) Portsmouth Reserves – L0-3
1948: (H) Bedford Town – W3-1
1951: (H) Chelmsford City – L0-1
1954: (H) Kidderminster Harriers – L1-2
1956: (N) Canterbury City – D0-0 (Kent Senior Cup Semi Final at Sittingbourne)
1962: (A) Dover – L0-2 (Kent Senior Cup)
1969: (A) Tonbridge – W3-0
1971: (A) Margate – L4-5
1979: (A) Maidstone United – D2-2
1984: (H) Gloucester City – L0-2
1990: (A) Atherstone United – W4-1
1992: (A) Bromley – L2-3 (Kent Senior Cup Semi Final)
2007: (H) Croydon Athletic – W3-0

Against our visitors – last five matches

21/11/1998 – Away – D1-1 (FA Trophy)
24/11/1998 – Home – L1-2 (FA Trophy Replay)
21/08/2010 – Away – L1-2
22/01/2011 – Home – W4-1
17/09/2011 – Away – W2-1

Records v Farnborough
Played 8, Won 2, Drawn 2, Lost 4, For 12, Against 12

 

Dartford v Farnborough

The two in form sides of the Conference South go head to head on Saturday when The Darts host Farnborough.

Dartford will search for their fourth successive league win on the weekend as they crank up the pressure at the top. Chasing an automatic promotion place The Darts have won 24 points from the last 27 available, the only defeat against the league leaders Woking.

Tom Champion takes the plaudits

Only fourteen months ago Dartford fans will recall an extraordinary match which began to turn their season around. Up against Farnborough at Princes Park, The Darts were struggling amongst the bottom three whilst The Boro were on the rampage in an attempt to catch league leaders Braintree Town.

Lee Noble was upended in Farnborough’s penalty box on 12 minutes and Charlie Sheringham scored. The lead lasted just eight minutes when the then in form striker Bradley Bubb, now in form at Eastleigh blasted in the equaliser. At 1-1 the enthusiastic Noble collided with goalkeeper Michael Jordan and was subsequently sent off and The Darts were reduced to ten men.

Adversity galvanised Dartford and three minutes after the restart Sheringham drove a shot low and hard into the bottom corner from nineteen yards. A third goal came in the 63rd minute when the head strapped Tom Champion hit a stunning volley into the top corner of the net. To wrap up an unexpected result Danny Harris nodded in the fourth ten minutes later to secure a 4-1 win for Dartford.

Earlier this season The Darts won 2-1 at Cherrywood Road back in September. Sheringham opened the scoring on 22 minutes and Lee Burns doubled the advantage on the stroke of half time. The Boro pulled a goal back courtesy of Jordan Merriman just after the hour but Dartford defended well enough to edge out Farnborough.

Dartford have had to put in a mixture of attacking and defensive performances over recent weeks and recently managed to grind out a 1-0 victory to continue their excellent form against Kent sides, The Darts have now won five and drawn two of thier seven Kent derbies.

Tony Burman spoke to PURE DFC after the game and was pleased with the result, he said: “It was a massive result because we knew it was going to be tough. It wasn’t the most pleasant game on the eye,it was an awful game of football but having said that we battled away” he added: “If you keep clean sheets then you win games and we’ve done that, I thought the players were superb”.

Burman still has a close eye on proceedings at the top of the table as well as the playoff spots, he commented: “I never give up believing, the win makes it interesting now. That’s what happens, you should never take anything for granted in football. The teams that are on good runs will be in there or thereabouts”, he continued: “We’ve got our targets, the players know what our targets are and we still got to reach them. We’ve done ever so well and all I ask them to do is look at sixth and seventh place and make that gap wider”.

Fourteen months on from the 4-1 win against the Hampshire club the tables have turned. Tony Burman’s side are closing the gap on league leaders Woking which is now just six points. Whilst it is Farnborough who have recently started to turn their season around. The Boro have now won 21 points from the last 24 available having won 1-0 on Tuesday night against Eastbourne Borough. An injury time winner by Phillip Page secured Farnborough’s sixth 1-0 league win of the season.

From September to mid November the club were in free fall having taking one point out of 27 including a seven match losing streak. During this period The Boro suffered back to back thrashings losing 8-2 at Truro City and 5-0 at Havant and Waterlooville. The defeat in Truro is this seasons biggest and at half time they were incredibly 7-1 down.

Lee Burns nets against The Boro back in September

The Hampshire club parted company with Garry Haylock and looked towards Southern League Division One Central side Chertsey Town to get their replacement. Spencer Day accepted the managerial role and has re-hauled The Boro squad by taking no less than six players with him. Goalkeeper Tom Lovelock, defenders Ollie Treacher and Miles Smith, midfielder Troy Ferguson and strikers Daniel Bennett and Phillip Page all followed Day to Cherrywood. Day has also extended the loan signing Doug Berqvist from Aldershot Town this month and signed Richard Orlu from Staines Town.

The Boro manager has improved Farnborough’s fortunes who were languishing in the last relegation spot when he took control. Ten wins, a draw and four defeats later propelled the club up to tenth until a recent five point deduction will leave them four places worse off.

Team News

Tony Garrod could face his former club, all three goals the striker scored for The Boro came in a 5-1 win against Tonbridge Angels back in September. James Rogers will start his three match suspension due to his sending off against Wealdstone in the F.A Trophy defeat. Louis Wells was injured against Tonbridge Angels so Deren Ibrahim could deputise depending on the extent of the injury, which is yet to be confirmed. Elliot Bradbrook and Lee Burns could be available for selection and Paul Goodacre is looking to regain fitness after time on the sidelines. Lee Noble will hopefully recover from flu after missing the last league match.

Statistics (league only)

Dartford v Farnborough

Current Form

Last five Dartford matches at home Last five Farnborough matches away
Won 4-1 v Basingstoke Town Won 1-0 v Eastleigh
Won 2-0 v Salisbury City Won 1-0 v Thurrock
Won 6-0  v Thurrock Won 2-1 v Staines Town
Won 1-0 v Welling United Lost 0-1 v Welling United
Drew 1-1 v Dorchester Town Lost 2-5 v Weston Super-Mare

Attendances

Dartford average home attendance: 1245

Highest home attendance: 2559 v Welling United/ Lowest: 783 v Basingstoke Town

Farnborough average away attendance: 712

Highest away attendance: 3014 v Woking/ Lowest: 218 v Thurrock

Did you know…

The Darts have played Farnborough 8 times winning twice, drawing twice and have lost four

Dartford’s clean sheet away at Tonbridge means The Darts are the only side in the league left who have scored in every Conference South home game this season

Farnborough have gone 241 minutes without conceding away from home

Farnborough’s seven consecutive league defeats from 24 September 2011 to 12 November 2011 has only been matched by Maidenhead United this season. However, on Tuesday they managed to equal the most wins in a row this campaign with six

The Boro were involved in the biggest attendance of the season when 3014 supporters watched Woking v Farnborough on Boxing Day