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Conference South Playoff Preview

Basingstoke Town (5th) v Dartford (2nd)

Dartford will have to overcome Basingstoke Town over two legs to reach the playoff final and be in with a chance of promotion.

The Darts finished runners up in only their second season in the Conference South. Thanks to an incredible 2012 and keeping the title race alive longer than expected, Tony Burman’s side can be proud of what they have achieved so far but we hope to go a step further.

Dartford face a first leg playoff tie at The Camrose on Wednesday night

From the outset the playoffs were the main target for Dartford and since the first match in August they have remained in the top five. With many people writing off the title when Woking were 17 points clear at the end of 2011, The Darts did cut the deficit to four points at one stage before their chances ended on 14 April 2012.

Dartford’s form has included 15 wins, 3 draws and 2 defeats in 2012, where The Darts have dropped just four points at Princes Park this year and they were in their last two home fixtures. On their travels Dartford three of their last four fixtures drawing the final game of the season 1-1 down at Truro City. Barry Hayles looked to have won the match with three minutes to spare but good work from Tony Garrod set up Jacob Erskine in injury time to level with the last kick of the league season.

Luke Wilkinson returned for The Darts after his suspension and his pairing with Tom Bonner at the back has been solid since he joined on loan from Dagenham and Redbridge. Elliot Bradbrook has chipped in with 14 goals from midfield, Danny Harris top scored with 15 goals and will test defences with his pace.

Basingstoke Town gatecrashed the playoffs last week stealing the final spot from Chelmsford City. The Dragons spent most of the season hovering around the top ten but are the form side going into the play offs. Eight wins from their final ten fixtures propelled them into the top five. The Hampshire club staved off Chelmsford City on the final day with a 1-1 away draw at Welling United, Chelmsford failed to beat champions Woking to ensure Basingstoke Town finished four points clear.

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

It is no surprise the form Basingstoke Town are on coincides with Delano Sam-Yorke’s return from injury. The striker has top scored for the Hampshire club with 14 goals including one against The Darts, he also scored twice at The Camrose against Dartford last season. Manager Jason Bristow was only appointed in February replacing Frank Gray. Bristow is able to call upon the experienced Tim Sills up front who has netted a dozen times and midfielder Shaun McAuley who has ten goals to his name.

At The Camrose over the past two seasons Basingstoke Town have the advantage. In September, Delano Sam-Yorke opened the scoring on six minutes when he was left with too much space to power the ball beyond Derren Ibrahim. Charlie Sheringham scored from the penalty spot after a retake ten minutes later and Adam Green’s deflected free kick put The Darts ahead. The lead lasted just two minutes when Toby Little’s free kick wrong footed Ibrahim. Shaun McAuley put away a second half winner on 53 minutes.

Last season the journey to Hampshire in March ended in a 2-2 draw. Sam-Yorke opened the scoring in the first minute with supporters still taking up position on the terrace. The lead didn’t last long when Ryan Hayes scored from an excellent solo effort just three minutes later. Danny Harris put The Darts in front mid-way through the first half and Sam-Yorke equalised fifteen minutes later. The second half was just as entertaining with the woodwork being hit by both sides but both teams failed to score.

Did you know…

Dartford have scored in the most amount of league games, netting at least one goal 38 times out of 42

The Darts have lost just twice in their last 22 league matches

Dartford also have the tightest defence conceding 0.95 goals per league game

Basingstoke Town have lost one out of their last eleven league games

The Dragons’ 5th place finish was their highest in the Conference South

Sutton United (4th) v Welling United (3rd)

Sutton United have had a tremendous first season in the Conference South despite getting off to the worst possible start. After losing 5-0 to Woking in their opener they entered the top five back in September and never looked back. Under the guidance of Paul Doswell, The Surrey club consistently put runs together to finish in fourth place.

Sutton United have lost just three league games in two years at home

Up front The U’s have been grateful for the goals Craig Watkins have scored as well as midfielder Harry Beautyman’s. In the last two seasons Sutton United can rely on the solid foundations provided by just three league defeats at Ganders Green Lane. Highlights have include a five game winning streak in February and March and a ten match unbeaten run in September and October resulting in 26 goals and only five conceded. During that spell The U’s recorded their biggest win of the season beating Salisbury City 5-0.

Last season’s Isthmian Premier League champions have eased off a bit towards the tail end of their campaign by winning twice in the final eight fixtures. The run started with a 6-1 defeat at Dartford and as the goals have dried up The U’s are the most out of form team out of the playoff contenders.

The Wings led the Conference South in September for six games before the eventual champions Woking took control. Welling United looked at one stage contenders to pip Dartford and Woking but that was short lived back in early March. After a win at Chelmsford City, The Wings were six points behind top spot. Without back to back away wins since August, inconsistency on their travels denied Welling United a better challenge for the title.

Jamie Day: During his spell with The Darts, now managing Welling United

Jamie Day’s team dropped out of the playoffs with two games to go last season and after two years of financial difficulties a third place finish is more than credible. The Wings lost Andrew Pugh to Cambridge United in January and his 16 league goals is still more than any other Welling player. In fact only two players in the Conference South have scored more times. Despite the departure of the prolific scorer the Kent club have a more than capable squad.

At Ganders Green Lane the two sides were involved in a seven goal thriller back in December. Tommy Kavangah scored from 25 yards to give Sutton a twelfth minute lead. A minute later the scores were level when Welling’s Pugh tucked away from eight yards. The goals continued to flow when Beautyman drilled in the third of the game after just 16 minutes. The sides went in level at half time when on 25 minutes Luis Cumbers made it 2-2.

With the first half being a difficult act to follow the second 45 minutes lived up to expectations. Three goals in five minutes started off when Cumbers completed a brace in the 73rd minute to put the Kent side in front with a well taken volley. However in the space of a minute it was level again with a Sam Page header and the turnaround was completed thirteen minutes from time as Craig Watkins nodded in the winner from a yard out.

Did you know…

Sutton United have kept the most clean sheets this season. The U’s have not conceded in 16 of their league games, only matched by Woking

The U’s finished in the highest league position since the Conference South was formed. Previously they spent four years in the division recording 15th, 13th and 14th place finishes before relegation in 2008 as the bottom club

Welling United have scored 37 goals on the road this season, only Woking have netted more times away from home

The Wings are unbeaten in four away fixtures, a season’s best. Even better, they have not conceded away from home in the last six hours and forty four minutes of football

Records versus playoff teams

Team Won Drawn Lost For Against Points GD
Dartford 4 1 1 15 6 13 +9
Sutton United 3 1 2 8 11 10 -3
Welling United 1 3 2 6 7 6 -1
Basingstoke Town 1 1 4 6 11 4 -5


Truro City v Dartford

Dartford make their longest trip of the season to Truro on Saturday in their final match of the Conference South season.

Tom Bonner nets a consolation goal in October

Truro City are the only club below Dartford to have won at Princes Park this season. Back in October, The Darts got off to a dreadful start conceding twice in the opening six minutes. Andrew Watkins gave The White Tigers the lead just two minutes into the match. Adam Green passed the ball back to Andrew Young whose poor first touch was punished by Watkins tapping into an empty net. Four minutes later Paul Goodacre sliced into his own goal putting Dartford on the back foot. Tom Bonner halved the deficit with 13 minutes following up Ryan Hayes’ cross which was tipped onto the bar, but it was too little too late as Truro City held on to win 2-1.

The Darts have won their last three away games after defeat against Dorchester Town at the end of March and only champions Woking have a better record away from home. Truro City have lost their last to fixtures at Treyew Road and have been indifferent at home all season. Last season’s Southern League champions have enjoyed a steady Conference South début on the pitch and will finish in mid table. Off the pitch the existence of the club has been under threat due to unpaid monies to HM Revenue and Customs, however the bill was settled in January.

This weekends fixture will be the final match before the playoffs begin and as it stands Dartford will be facing Basingstoke Town who have gatecrashed the top five. Their win on Tuesday ensured they replaced Chelmsford City who are the only other team that can still make the playoffs on the final day.

Tony Burman’s men prepare for the playoffs after a Kent Senior Cup Final defeat on tuesday night to Hythe Town at Princes Park. The visitors took the lead when Dave Cook converted a penalty, something Adam Green failed to do minutes later. Although The Darts created chances Dean Ruddy in the Hythe Town goal had an outstanding game.

After the setback Burman spoke to PURE DFC and was gracious in defeat, he said: “Fair play to Hythe they have come here and done really well. I think it was one of them games had we scored one we would have gone on a scored more but I don’t want to take nothing away from Hythe”.

Burman also praised Dartford’s opponents and looked towards some qualities they showed in the final which his side could do with over the playoffs, he added: “The blood and thunder of it that Hythe had tonight, we got to show in the playoffs”.

After an ‘uncompetitive’ league match last weekend and a competitive final on Tuesday Burman has found this week challenging. With the playoffs in mind he is likely to field a changed side and believes his players are holding back before the promotion push in May, he commented: “I feel we are thinking about the playoffs probably more than anything else. Some of players are desperate not to get injured, and desperate not to get booked and desperate not to a red card”, he continued: “We got to play better and we will play better. I just feel there are areas there where we got beat up a little bit and we cannot let that happen in the playoffs”.

Team News

Luke Wilkinson returns from suspension. Deren Ibrahim is out with a dislocated shoulder and Jon Wallis has yet to feature since his ankle injury. Paul Goodacre limped off on Tuesday with an Achilles problem.

Statistics (league only)

Truro City (14th) v Dartford (2nd)

Current Form

Last five Truro City matches at home Last five Dartford matches away
Lost 1-2 v Bromley Won 1-0 v Sutton United
Lost 0-1 v Havant and Waterlooville Won 2-1 v Bromley
Won 3-0 v Thurrock Won 1-0 v Eastbourne Borough
Won 2-1 v Boreham Wood Lost 0-1 v Dorchester Town
Lost 0-2 v Eastbourne Borough Drew 1-1 v Maidenhead United

Attendances

Truro City average home attendance: 569 (12th)

Highest home attendance: 1017 v Dover Athletic/ Lowest: 250 v Hampton and Richmond

Dartford average away attendance: 852 (2nd)

Highest away attendance: 2528 v Woking / Lowest: 355 v Maidenhead United

Did you know…

It has been 12 league games since Dartford last conceded more than a goal away from home, in that period three clean sheets have been kept

Not only have Dartford finished second best in the Conference South but they have come second in the average attendance league at home, away and overall.

Truro City hold this seasons highest score record when they thrashed Farnborough 8-2 on 25 October 2011. It was 7-1 at half time.

Stats and trends – 28th April 2012

1894: (H) Woodville; D2-2 (Friendly)
1896: (H) Greenhithe; W2-1 (Friendly)
1897: (H) Lincolnshire Regiment; W7-0 (Friendly)
1906: (H) Shepherd’s Bush; W5-1 (Friendly)
1923: (H) Arsenal Reserves; W2-0 (Friendly)
1928: (A) Sittingbourne; L0-1
1934: (A) Guildford City; L1-6
1934: (H) Yeovil and Petters; L1-2
1937: (H) Portsmouth Reserves; L1-4
1951: (A) Tonbridge; W2-0
1952: (A) Kettering Town; L0-7
1956: (H) Barry Town; W3-2
1962: (H) Canterbury City; W4-1
1970: (A) Ramsgate Athletic; W1-0
1971: (H) Dover; D2-2 (Kent Senior Cup Final, Second Leg)
1972: (A) Weymouth; D1-1
1979: (H) Witney Town; W2-1
1984: (H) Corby Town; D2-2
1987: (H) Shepshed Charterhouse; W1-0
1990: (A) Weymouth; W2-0
2001: (A) Rothwell Town; L1-2
2007: (A) Met Police; L3-4

Records v Truro City
Played 1, Won 0, Drawn 0, Lost 1, For 1, Against 2

 

Post match interview following the Kent Senior Cup Final

Interview with Tony Burman following the 1-0 defeat by Hythe Town in the Kent Senior Cup final

Stats and Trends – 24th April 2012

1895: (H) Erith United; D1-1 (Friendly)
1897: (N) Wolverton; L0-2 (played at Watford)
1901: (H) Dartford Old Players; Unknown Score (Friendly)
1905: (H) South Croydon; Unknown Score (Friendly)
1905: (A) Cray Wanderers; L0-2 (played twice on same date)
1909: (N) Rochester; L0-2 (Chatham Charity Cup Final, played at Chatham)
1912: (A) Chatham; Unknown Score
1926: (H) Maidstone United; W2-1
1929: (A) Southampton Reserves; L0-4
1937: (A) Plymouth Argyle Reserves; D1-1
1939: (H) Guildford City; W4-0
1948: (H) Hereford United; L0-1
1952: (H) Kidderminster Harriers; D1-1
1954: (H) Merthyr Tydfil; L1-2
1963: (H) Kettering Town; D0-0
1965: (H) Kings Lynn; W4-1
1968: (A) Merthyr Tydfil; D2-2
1971: (A) Yeovil Town; L0-1
1972: (A) Nuneaton Borough; D0-0
1978: (A) Worcester City; L1-7
1982: (H) Stafford Rangers; D2-2
1990: (A) Crawley Town; L1-2
1999: (H) Corby Town; W2-0
2000: (H) Fleet Town; W2-1
2004: (A) Rothwell Town; D2-2
2010: (A) Bognor Regis Town; W2-0

Previous record v Hythe Town:

04/11/1995: (A) Drew 0-0
27/04/1996: (H) Home 2-1

 

Dartford v Hythe Town – Kent Senior Cup Final

Princes Park will host the Kent Senior Cup Final for a second year in a row on Tuesday night and Dartford will be hoping they can retain their crown.

The Darts hope to repeat last season's county cup success

The Darts have won the county cup ten times with the last back to back triumph coming in the 1988 season. After defeating Bromley 4-1 in last years final Dartford have overcome Fokestone Invicta, Tonbridge Angels and Charlton Athletic to reach this years county show piece.

Tony Burman fielded Ryan Hayes and Tony Garrod on the weekend in the 2-2 draw against Boreham Wood. The final league match at Princes Park saw The Darts pick up their 49th point out of 63 at home. Garrod opened the scoring for the second week in a row netting his fifth Dartford Conference South goal with a header mid way through the first half. Graeme Montgomery equalised for The Wood after half hour. The Darts regained the lead in the second half when Jacob Erskine’s finish went in off the post. With two minutes to go Dartford were pegged back again when Charlie O’Loughlin levelled the match.

Hythe Town defeated Erith Town, Ebbsfleet United and Dover Athletic on the way to Princes Park and hope to add to last season’s dramatic Kent League Championship title. The Reds clinched the title by 15 goals as they pipped Herne Bay on goal difference but it took a last minute own goal against Tunbridge Wells to earn the point they required.

Brendon Cass returns to Princes Park

Dartford will welcome back striker Brendon Cass and midfielder Nick Barnes who now ply their trade at Hythe Town. Both players created history at Princes Park on 11 November 2006, Cass scored the first ever goal at the stadium after ten minutes. Barnes also scored in the homecoming fixture when The Darts won 4-2 against Horsham YMCA. Cass has scored 16 times in 2011/12 for Hythe Town including one in their last fixture, whilst Barnes has racked up the second most amount of games this season.

In their first season in the Isthmian Division One South The Reds are in a creditable eighth place. Although Scott Porter’s side cannot finish any higher his side will be hoping to maintain their position on the final day of the season next week.

The Reds gained senior status in 1977 and eleven years later achieved promotion to the Southern League. In 1992 the club suffered mixed emotions by reaching the Kent Senior Cup Final for the first time. The cup final at the Priestfield Stadium ended in defeat after extra time against Bromley, misery was compounded when the club went into liquidation. In 1995, Hythe United became Hythe Town and they were elected back into the Kent League before winning promotion last season.

Road to the Final

Semi Final

Dartford 3 Charlton Athletic 1 – Highlights

A healthy crowd of 1062 watched Jack Pallen slide in the opening goal just after half hour. The lead did not last long though when Evina centred for young striker Adebayo Azeez to equalise. Lee Noble scored his third goal of the month and put The Darts ahead for the second time with a long range shot, six minutes into the second half. With four minutes remaining progression to a second final in a row was clinched by Elliot Bradbrook’s close range effort.

Hythe Town 3 Dover Athletic 0

An ex Dover Athletic striker turned over his former team with a brace in the semi final. Jimmy Dryden helped Hythe Town cause another upset but not before Taser Hassan drilled in the opening goal. The threat of Aaron Lacey’s long throws come to fruition when a flick on to Dryden was nodded over the Dover goalkeeper to make it two before the break. The third and final goal occurred on the hour when Dryden netted his second.

Quarter Final

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.

Ebbsfleet United 1 Hythe Town 4 (After Extra Time)

Like Dartford, The Reds needed extra time in the quarter final. With the scores level at 1-1 after 90 minutes Hythe Town scored three unanswered goals to upset the Conference Premier side. Nick Reeves put the away side in front but a disputed last minute penalty was converted by Nathan Pinney to temporarily save The Fleet. Kieran Byrne restored Hythe’s lead when he slid in to score two minutes into extra time, Ronnie Dolan volleyed number three and Craig Thompson made it 4-1 before the second half of extra time.

Second Round

Folkestone Invicta 1 Dartford 4

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.

Hythe Town 2 Erith Town 1

Richard Sinden made sure that Hythe Town’s county cup exploits started smoothly with a brace. However it was Adam Williams who opened the scoring for Erith Town early on. Kane Rice sent in a cross on 27 minutes and waiting for the equaliser was Sinden from close range. Sinden pounced again when he struck a winner on 54 minutes to earn a tie against Ebbsfleet United.

 

Dartford v Boreham Wood

Dartford play their final regular home match in the Conference South on Saturday when they entertain Boreham Wood.

After guaranteeing a runners up spot last weekend, The Darts will be hoping to erase their poor results against The Wood with victory at Princes Park.

Elliot Bradbrook equalises earlier in the season

Earlier in the season the Hertfordshire club defeated Dartford 3-1 thanks to three loan signings. Chez Isaac took 48 seconds to give Boreham Wood the lead with a stunning long range effort. Elliot Bradbrook levelled the scores four minutes later when he turned the ball into the net from eight yards. Michael Thalassitis put the home side in front on 17 minutes when he slotted past Andy Young and Nathan Koranteng sealed the win for The Wood on 56 minutes.

In the corresponding fixture last season Boreham Wood completed a double over The Darts in convincing fashion. Mario Noto netted a hat trick as The Wood came from a goal down to win 4-1. Charlie Sheringham opened the scoring on 32 minutes before Noto equalised just before half time. Noto scored twice more in the second half and David Bryant completed a convincing win for Ian Allinson’s side.

Last weekend Tony Burman’s side beat a tough Sutton United side who have almost secured a playoff spot of their own. Tony Garrod was composed enough to net his fourth goal for The Darts when he took it round the goalkeeper to score the only goal of the game.

Like Saturday, Burman will use the up and coming fixtures wisely, he told PURE DFC: “I’m pleased we made some changes; we’re trying to give some people match practice. Tony Garrod lasted 70 minutes but he has done damage with a great goal and Ryan Hayes came on”.

Dartford’s home form has been formidable this season including no defeats at Princes Park in 2012. The Darts currently have the best home record in the Conference South and only draws against Wealdstone and Chelmsford City have prevented the club winning all home games this year.

With the Kent Senior Cup Final on Tuesday and the playoffs round the corner Burman is happy to have a good squad of players to call upon, he said: “I’m delighted with all 19 players, they have waited patiently. Luke is suspended on Saturday so Paul Goodacre will come in, he got a bad injury and he was off for 11 weeks. I’m delighted he has been able to get some games and so he comes in contention. I need people like Paul around, he has been excellent for us”.

The Darts will play out the league season without any pressure after achieving second place. The Dartford boss is happy the club’s target has been achieved and proud of taking the title race so far, he commented: “It’s been hanging over us a little bit with Woking doing what they have been doing and us keeping in touch with Woking. We got it down to the last three games before they won the league and we have got to take a lot of credit from that”.

He added: “Our target was to get in the playoffs and the way I’m going to attack it is to thoroughly enjoy myself. I think the players should do that, the supporters should do that. I think the supporters should be and are proud of what we have achieved this year”.

Mario Noto: Now playing and coaching for The Wood

No matter what results Boreham Wood pick up over the last two league fixtures they have recorded their best ever finish for a league season. The record set last season has been bettered again as Ian Allinson continues to work on a low budget in front of the lowest average attendance.

It hasn’t been plain sailing this season, as The Wood only started to hit form between mid September and mid November picking up 22 points out of 24 over an eight game unbeaten run. A run of one win in ten followed but more recently they have started to pick up points again. Away from home Boreham Wood have won four from the last six but had won just twice in their first 13 away matches.

It is no surprise that Ian Allinson’s squad are inconsistent considering the ins and outs of the squad throughout the season. One thing for sure is The Wood are certainly consistent against Dartford having won the last four.

Team News

Luke Wilkinson serves the first of his two game ban for his sending off against Chelmsford City. Wilkinson lined up against The Darts for Boreham Wood back in October, he will also miss the Kent Senior Cup Final on 24 April 2012. Jon Wallis is still out with injury as is Deren Ibrahim.

Previous Meetings (CS – Conference South / IPL – Isthmian Premier League / LC – League Cup)

08.10.2011 (CS) Boreham Wood 3 Dartford 1
16.04.2011 (CS) Dartford 1 Boreham Wood 4
02.10.2011 (CS) Boreham Wood 3 Dartford 1
16.03.2010 (IPL) Dartford 1 Boreham Wood 2
27.02.2010 (IPL) Boreham Wood 0 Dartford 1
25.04.2009 (IPL) Boreham Wood 0 Dartford 0
29.11.2008 (IPL) Dartford 3 Boreham Wood 0
14.11.2006 (LC) Dartford 0 Boreham Wood 3

Statistics (league only)

Dartford (2nd) v Boreham Wood (8th)

Current Form

Last five Dartford matches at home Last five Boreham Wood matches away
Drew 0-0 v Chelmsford City Lost 0-1 v Thurrock
Won 2-1 v Maidenhead United Won 2-0 v Dover Athletic
Won 6-1 v Sutton United Won 2-0 v Salisbury City
Won 3-1 v Havant and Waterlooville Lost 1-2 v Truro City
Won 3-0 v Farnborough Won 4-2 v Havant and Waterlooville

Attendances

Dartford average home attendance: 1242

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

Boreham Wood average away attendance: 367

Highest away attendance: 1196 v Woking / Lowest: 214 v Thurrock

Did you know…

Dartford’s blank against Chelmsford City in their last home match was the first time this season The Darts failed to score in the league at Princes Park. The 0-0 draw ended a run of eight straight home wins which set a new Conference South record for the 2011/2012 season.

The Darts have taken an amazing 26 points from the last 30 available at home.

Boreham Wood have had 21 different league goal scorers this campaign, more than any other club.

The Wood equalled the record consecutive league wins for this season from 8 October 2011 and 12 November 2011. A run of six wins in a row started with their 3-1 win against The Darts. Only Welling United and Farnborough have managed six victories on the spin, Dartford’s best is five from 2 January 2012 to 28 January 2012.

Stats and Trends – 21st April 2012

Matches on this day…


1894: (H) St Lukes; W5-1 (Friendly)
1900: (H) Chesham; W4-1
1900: (A) Shepherds Bush; Result Unknown (played twice on this day)
1905: (H) Plumstead; D1-1 (Friendly)
1906: (A) Cray Wanderers; D1-1
1909: (H) Northfleet United; W4-0
1923: (H) Royal Naval Depot; W3-1
1924: (N) Northfleet United; L0-1 (Kent Senior Cup Final, played at Maidstone)
1926: (A) Ashford Railway Works; L1-3
1928: (H) Sittingbourne; W5-0
1930: (A) Grays Thurrock United; L2-5
1930: (H) Sheppey United; W2-0 (Kent Senior Shield Final) (played twice on this day)
1934: (A) Bath City; L0-1
1937: (H) Norwich City Reserves; L0-2
1948: (H) Exeter City Reserves; D0-0
1949: (A) Chingford Town; D1-1
1951: (H) Merthyr Tydfil; W1-0
1951: (A) Margate; D1-1 (Kent Senior Shield Semi Final) (played twice on this day)
1952: (H) Chelmsford City; W3-0
1956: (H) Weymouth; W1-0
1962: (H) Corby Town; W2-0
1964: (A) Cambridge City; L0-3
1965: (A) Canterbury City; W3-0
1973: (A) Yeovil Town; L0-1
1975: (A) Wealdstone; L3-5
1979: (H) Gravesend and Northfleet; W3-1
1982: (A) Maidstone United; L1-5
1990: (H) Gloucester City; W6-2
2001: (H) Banbury United; W1-0
2003: (H) St Leonards; W4-2
2007: (H) Walton Casuals; D0-0
2009: (H) Ashford Town (Middlesex); W4-2

 
Against our visitors – last five matches

27/02/2010 – Away – Won 1-0
16/03/2010 – Home – Lost 1-2
02/10/2010 – Away – Lost 1-3
16/04/2011 – Home – Lost 1-4
08/10/2011 – Away – Lost 1-3

Records v Boreham Wood

Played Won Drawn Lost For Against
Total 15 3 4 8 18 30
Home 7 2 2 3 11 14
Away 8 1 2 5 6 16

 

 

Interview following 1-0 win at Sutton United

Interview with Tony Burman following the 1-0 victory over Sutton United in the Blue Square Bet South.

Sutton United v Dartford

Dartford travel to Gander Green Lane on Saturday and hope to move a step closer to securing a top two finish and complete a double over Sutton United.

The Darts sit in second place seven points behind leaders Woking with only three games to go. Mathematically the title is not yet over, however a win for Woking on Saturday will end all hopes. To secure second spot Dartford have a six point cushion and one more win from the final three matches should be enough, The Darts have a 17 goal advantage over third place Welling United.

Noble celebrates his delightful goal against Sutton United

Just under a month ago Dartford emphatically beat Sutton United in an incredible 6-1 victory. Lee Noble opened the scoring at Princes Park when he chipped goalkeeper Kevin Scriven. Four minutes later Adam Green scored a penalty  to double the lead and Harry Beautyman pulled a goal back with a well taken header on the half hour mark.

In the second half Dartford stunned their opponents which started off with Danny Harris’ diving header. Luke Wilkinson powered in another header and Elliot Bradbrook made it 5-1 with an effort from 25 yards. Jacob Erskine became the sixth different scorer for The Darts to earn a tremendous result.

Over the Easter period The Darts were held 0-0 at home to Chelmsford City before recording their 24th league win of the season on Easter Monday. What made Dartford’s win more pleasing was the 2-1 triumph away at Bromley was thier first at Hayes Lane in the league since 1975.

Danny Harris netted his 15th league of the season by capitalising on Moses Swaibu’s slip. Harris ran thorugh on goal and calmly side footed beyond goalkeeper Joe Welch to give The Darts the lead on 22 minutes. Four minutes later Lee Noble delivered a delicious free kick which Luke Wilkinson headed home for his fourth goal in Dartford colours. The game could have been put to bed before Michael Malcolm scored a free kick for Bromley with 13 minutes to go. Tony Burmen’s men weathered the Bromley pressure to hold on to a victory.

The U’s should be a tougher prospect on their home patch having gone unbeaten in the Isthmian Premier League last season and lost just twice in the Conference South during 2011/2012.

Sutton United almost confirmed a playoff place of their own on Saturday with a win over Dover Athletic. The 2-0 triumph at The Crabble increased their lead over The Whites to ten points meaning they cannot drop out the top five, unless Basingstoke Town win all five of their remaining fixtures. First half goals from Tony Taggart and Craig Watkins earned the U’s their eleventh home win of the season.

Paul Doswell’s side have had an excellent first season in the Conference South and their only loss in the last 13 matches was against Dartford. The U’s have occupied a playoff position since mid September and reached the second round of the F.A Cup

Team News

Jon Wallis has a fractured bone on his ankle, Richard Graham is expected to be available next weekend. Deren Ibrahim is out with a dislocated shoulder for the rest of the season. Danny Harris will be suspended for his sending off against Maidenhead United.

Sutton United will be missing Simon Downer through suspension for his red card against Hampton and Richmond. Lewis Hunt is currently out injured so Paul Doswell has recalled Osa Obamwonyi from his loan spell at Bognor Regis Town.

Statistics (league only)

Sutton United (4th) v Dartford (2nd)

Current Form

Last five Suton United matches at home Last five Dartford matches away
Drew 1-1 v Bromley Won 2-1 v Bromley
Won 3-2 v Chelmsford City Won 1-0 v Eastbourne Borough
Drew 1-1 v Eastbourne Borough Lost 0-1 v Dorchester Town
Won 2-0 v Havant and Waterlooville Drew 1-1 v Maidenhead United
Won 3-2 v Weston Super-Mare Won 1-0 v Tonbridge Angels

Attendances

Sutton United average home attendance: 652

Highest home attendance: 1332 v Maidenhead United/ Lowest: 357 v Eastleigh

Dartford average away attendance: 857

Highest away attendance: 2528 v Woking / Lowest: 355 v Maidenhead United

Did you know…

Only Woking have lost fewer games than Dartford and Sutton United. The Darts and The U’s have only lost six times each in the Conferrence South this season

Whoever wins on Saturday will boast the best record against the other teams in the playoffs, a draw will mean Sutton United maintain a better record over Dartford

Team Pld W D L F A PTS GD
Sutton United 5 3 1 1 11 13 10 -2
Dartford 5 2 3 0 8 2 9 +6
Welling United 6 1 3 2 7 8 6 -1
Chelmsford City 6 0 3 3 6 9 3 -3