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Stats and Trends: 14th April 2012

1894: (H) Gravesend; D1-1 (Friendly)
1900: (A) Sittingbourne; D1-1
1906: (A) Eltham; L0-1
1911: (H) Millwall Reserves; W1-0
1922: (A) Bexleyheath; D1-1
1923: (A) Gillingham Reserves; D1-1
1925: (H) Catford Southend; W2-0 (Kent League Cup Semi Final Replay)
1926: (A) Royal Naval Depot; L0-2
1928: (A) Folkestone; L2-5
1933: (A) Folkestone; D2-2
1934: (H) Tunbridge Wells Rangers; W2-0
1937: (H) Millwall Reserves; W2-1
1948: (A) Torquay United Reserves; W2-1
1951: (A) Bath City; L0-1
1952: (N) Dover; L0-2 (Kent Senior Cup Final, played at Maidstone)
1956: (A) Cheltenham Town; L1-2
1962: (H) Ashford Town; D0-0
1966: (A) Bromley; W1-0
1969: (A) Erith and Belvedere; L1-2
1970: (A) Wisbech Town; W4-0
1971: (H) Hereford United;  D1-1
1973: (H) Kettering Town; D1-1
1977: (A) Redditch United; L1-2
1979: (A) Wealdstone; W4-3
1981: (A) Fareham Town; D0-0
1984: (H) Alvechurch; D1-1
1988: (A) Waterlooville; W4-1 (Southern League Cup Semi Final, Second Leg)
1990: (H) Ashford Town; W2-1
2001: (H) Sittingbourne; D1-1
2007: (A) Hastings United; W2-1

Records v Sutton United

Played 8, Won 4, Drawn 0, Lost 4, For 16, Against 9

 

Bromley v Dartford

Dartford face Bromley for the sixth time in just under two years on Easter Monday and aim to break their Hayes Lane hoodoo.

It has been an age since Dartford fans tasted victory against Bromley at Hayes Lane which included a 4-1 hammering last season. The Lillywhites took the lead through Jerry Nnamani and three minutes later Jerrome Sobers doubled their advantage. Charlie Sheringham gave Dartford a lifeline from the spot before half time. Two second half goals from Warren McBean and Leon McKenzie completed Bromley’s victory.

Hayes Lane: Home of Bromley FC

The last three matches between the two sides have all been at Princes Park. Bromley avenged their 3-1 defeat in August by knocking The Darts out of the F.A Cup two months later. First, Dartford enjoyed Bank Holiday August thanks to Elliot Bradbrook’s excellent goal from the edge of the box after seven minutes. Bromley’s Danny Waldren levelled proceedings just after the hour but Dartford left it late with two goals. With eight minutes remaining Charlie Sheringham put the home side in front and two minutes later Danny Harris tapped in from a well worked free kick. The Darts recorded their first win in the league against Bromley since 1968.

In October, Bromley progressed to the F.A Cup first round when Hakeem Araba converted from the penalty spot. Jack Pallen equalised just three minutes later by getting on the end of a Danny Harris cross. The winner came from a free kick which Gareth Williams expertly curled round the wall with 15 minutes left.

In two weeks time Dartford will be trying to defend their Kent Senior Cup crown after beating Bromley in last year’s final. Elliot Bradbrook, Ryan Hayes, a Craig Holloway own goal and Danny Harris had The Darts four up after an hour. Warren McBean netted a consolation as the final ended 4-1.

The Darts suffered a setback on Saturday with a goalless draw at home to Chelmsford City despite a positive performance. The Darts will also be without Luke Wilkinson towards the end of the season after he picked up two yellow cards. With four games remaining the title is looking unlikely as Dartford need to overturn a seven point gap. Tony Burman spoke to PURE DFC and said: “It is a big ask, it’s an uphill struggle but at the same time we’ve guaranteed our playoff place and I’m absolutelty delighted regarding that. We want to finish as high as we can in that area now”, he added: “I’m not going to get down hearted with drawing against a decent side like Chelmsford”.

At the other end of the Conference South are Bromley who hoover just two points above the bottom three in seventeenth position. The Lillywhites earned a useful point away to Sutton United when Hakeem Araba equalised fifteen minutes from time. Every point is crucial for Bromley due to the position they have left themselves in after a dreadful run from the first week of October to the last week of January. The Lillywhites went 14 league games without a win picking up a meagre five points, only Thurrock have managed a longer streak without winning this season.

Since the end of January, Bromley have tasted just two more defeats in their last dozen matches, their current form could see them avoid the drop.

Team News

Jon Wallis has a fractured bone on his ankle, Richard Graham is close to a return and expected to be available next weekend. Deren Ibrahim is out with a dislocated shoulder for the rest of the season.

Statistics (league only)

Bromley (17th) v Dartford (2nd)

Current Form

Last five Bromley matches at home Last five Dartford matches away
Won 1-0 v Weston Super-Mare Won 1-0 v Eastbourne Borough
Drew 1-1 v Farnborough Lost 0-1 v Dorchester Town
Drew 0-0  v Havant and Waterlooville Drew 1-1 v Maidenhead United
Drew 0-0 v Eastleigh Won 1-0 v Tonbridge Angels
Drew 1-1 v Staines Town Lost 0-1 v Woking

Attendances

Bromley average home attendance: 463

Highest home attendance: 771 v Tonbridge Angels/ Lowest: 223 v Dorchester Town

Dartford average away attendance: 867

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

Did you know…

Last time Dartford played Bromley in the league it came after a 0-0 draw with Chelmsford City

The Darts have failed to score more than once away from home in their last five league matches on the road

Only Thurrock (9) have scored fewer first half goals in the conference South than Bromley (16)

Bromley have lost just once in their last ten league matches at home. They have won only twice, both 1-0 and drawn seven

The Lillywhites have failed to win back to back home games in the Conference South this season

In the last seven league fixtures at Hayes Lane only eight goals have been scored

 

Stats and Trends – 9th April 2012

1892: (A) Chatham Excelsior; L0-1 (Friendly)
1898: (H) Grays United; W4-1
1904: (A) Swanscombe; D1-1
1909: (H) Northumberland Oddfellows; W7-0
1910: (H) Northfleet United; L0-1
1912: (H) Northfleet United; W2-0
1924: (H) RMLI (Chatham); D2-2
1927: (H) Watford Reserves; W3-1
1928: (A) Chatham; L0-3
1932: (A) Guildford City; D2-2
1934: (A) Folkestone; L1-5
1938: (A) Ipswich Town; L1-5
1949: (A) Gillingham; W3-1
1955: (H) Bedford Town; L1-3
1960: (H) Nuneaton Borough; W4-0
1966: (A) Nuneaton Borough; L1-3
1969: (H) Erith and Belvedere; W3-2
1971: (A) Ashford Town; W3-1
1973: (A) Margate; L1-3
1977: (H) Yeovil Town; W2-0 (Southern League Cup Final Replay)
1980: (A) Kidderminster Harriers; D0-0 (Southern League Cup Final)
1983: (A) Dorchester Town; D1-1
1988: (H) Chelmsford City; W4-1
1994: (H) Ramsgate; W1-0
2001: (A) Hastings Town; L1-2
2005: (A) Great Wakering Rovers; D1-1
2007: (H) Chatham Town; L1-3
2011: (H) Woking; W3-2

Records v Bromley
Played 55, Won 20, Drawn 11, Lost 23, For 91, Against 97

 

Post Match Interview following Chelmsford City match

Interview with Tony Burman following the 0-0 draw with Chelmsford City in the Blue Square Bet South.

Dartford v Chelmsford City

The Darts could stretch their winning league run at Princes Park to nine when they entertain play off hopefuls Chelmsford City on Saturday.

Since promotion to the Conference South, Dartford have failed to defeat The Clarets in three attempts taking one point last time they met in August. At Melbourne Park the two clubs could not break the deadlock in a 0-0 draw. At the time The Darts lost top spot but considering previous results against the Essex club a draw was a fine result.

Rook opens the scoring last time The Darts played Chelmsford City at home

Last season, Glenn Pennyfather’s team completed a double over Dartford with a 2-0 victory in Essex courtesy of goals from Billy Bricknell after half an hour and Anthony Cook four minutes from time. At Princes Park, Bricknell scored again as The Clarets came from a goal down to win 2-1. Carl Rook opened the scoring on 52 minutes but the lead only lasted six more until Bricknell scored. Rob Edman netted the winner seven minutes later to leave Dartford pointless.

On Tuesday night Dartford kept in touch with top spot in a crucial 1-0 win against Eastbourne Borough. The solitary goal scored by Elliot Bradbrook just before the hour has cut the lead to five points. With Woking playing on Good Friday, a day before Dartford’s clash with Chelmsford City, Tony Burman will be hoping Basingstoke Town can upset the league leaders and five Dartford the chance to further reduce the gap on Saturday.

Since November, Chelmsford City have not fallen below fifth reaching second three times during that period. Recent form has left Pennyfather’s squad looking over their shoulder as one win in six has seen The Clarets in their worst run this campaign. With such a strong squad they do pose a challenge for Dartford and last month acquired Jamie Slabber and Conor Gough. Slabber scored nine league goals for Eastleigh before netting on his Chelmsford debut, since then The Clarets have failed to score in their last two fixtures. Gough joins on loan and Dartford fans will be familiar with the goalkeeper who fractured his cheekbone against The Darts whilst playing for Salisbury City earlier in the season.

For all their poor form The Clarets have the second best away record in the league. After a league’s best, 14 away matches unbeaten from the start of the season, they lost three in a row, their only away defeats in 2011/2012. Chelmsford know a result at Princes Park could help secure a play off position and keep their distance from Dover Athletic and Basingstoke Town.

Statistics (league only)

Dartford (2nd) v Chelmsford City (5th)

Current Form

Last five Dartford matches at home Last five Chelmsford City matches away
Won 2-1 v Maidenhead United Drew 0-0 v Tonbridge Angels
Won 6-1 v Sutton United Won 2-1 v Dorchester town
Won 3-1  v Havant and Waterlooville Lost 2-3 v Sutton United
Won 3-0 v Farnborough Lost 1-2 v Dover Athletic
Won 4-1 v Basingstoke Town Lost 0-1 v Bromley

Attendances

Dartford average home attendance: 1223

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

Chelmsford City average away attendance: 742

Highest away attendance: 1558 v Woking / Lowest: 214 v Eastbourne Borough

Did you know…

8 – Consecutive home wins by Dartford, no other team has had a better winning streak at home this season

14 – On 25 February 2012 Chelmsford suffered their first away defeat of 2011/2012, a run of 14 unbeaten away matches, this season’s Conference South best

17 – From 10 September 2011 to 1 January 2012, Chelmsford City went 17 games unbeaten in the league, a joint best with Woking

19 – Dartford have scored in every league game at home. Chelmsford City were the first team of 2011/2012 to shut The Darts out in all games

0-30 – Chelmsford City have scored 18 times in the first 15 minutes and Dartford have scored 15 times between the 16th and 30th minute. Both records are season’s bests in the Conference South

+35 – Dartford’s second half goal difference. The Darts have scored 49 second half goals, the most in the league and conceded just 14 second half goals, the fewest in the Conference South

 

Stats and Trends – 7th April 2012

Matches on this day…


1894: (N) Royal Ordnance; L2-4 (Kent Senior Cup Final)
1897: (A) West Herts; L1-2
1900: (A) Cray Wanderers; L1-2
1906: (H) Callenders; L1-2
1923: (H) Ashford Railway Works; D0-0
1928: (H) Aldershot Town; D0-0
1934: (H) Llanelly; W2-1
1938: (A) Colchester United; L1-8 (Southern League Cup Semi Final, 2nd Leg)
1939: (H) Aldershot; W3-2
1947: (N) Bromley; W3-2
1950: (A) Chelmsford City; L1-4
1951: (H) Bedford Town; D0-0
1952: (H) Llanelly; W4-1
1956: (H) Hereford United; W4-0
1958: (A) Weymouth; L0-5
1962: (A) Wisbech Town; D2-2
1965: (A) Kings Lynn; D2-2
1969: (H) Dunstable Town; W3-0
1973: (A) Cambridge City; L2-3
1979: (A) Telford United; D0-0
1980: (A) Maidstone United;  L0-1 (Kent Senior Cup Final)
1981: (H) Dorchester Town; D1-1
1984: (H) Welling United; W2-1
1990: (H) Bath City; L0-1
2007: (A) Kingstonian; D1-1

 
Against our visitors – last five matches

22/07/2003 – Home, Lost 0-3 (Friendly)
10/10/2009 – Home, Lost 1-4 (FA Cup)
30/08/2010 – Away, Lost 0-2
03/01/2011 – Home, Lost 1-2
27/08/2011 – Away, Drawn 0-0

Records v Chelmsford City
Played 104, Won 35, Drawn 18, Lost 51, For 131, Against 162

 

March Review

Dartford marched on to another Kent Senior Cup final and have so far won every league game at home this year but will they topple Woking as the final month of the season approaches.

Tom Champion nods his second league goal of the season

The Darts started the month at Longmead having defeated their fellow Kent club at home and after extra time in the Kent Senior Cup Quarter Final. In a very scrappy match Tom Champion headed in a goal from an eighteenth minute corner. Tony Burman described the 1-0 win as “a massive result” and recognised the importance of grinding out results, he told PURE DFC: “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”.

In a month which involved two games a week the players returned to Princes Park with opponents Farnborough waiting. The Hampshire side were in form having won a season’s best six in a row. Dartford themselves had won eight of their last nine so a tight encounter was expected. However, The Darts swept aside Farnborough in a convincing 3-0 triumph. 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 two minutes from time.

Maidenhead United were next up at York Road in the first of two games against The Magpies. Unfortunately two dropped points meant league leaders Woking increased a six point lead to eight. Alex Wall broke the Dartford defence with a fortunate deflection and became the first player to score past Louis Wells in 227 minutes of football. Fifteen minutes later Danny Harris managed to stoop low to complete an excellent diving headers and tie the match. Maidenhead’s Reece Tison-Lascaris was dismissed on the stroke of half time for an altercation with Wells but Dartford couldn’t take advantage of the extra man.

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

In the space of three days Dartford were to go on the rampage at Princes Park but only after a scare against struggling Havant and Waterlooville. The Hawks went in front early on when Sam Pearce neatly finished a move that started from a corner in the eighth minute. To make matters worse the away side won a penalty with quarter of an hour played. Luckily Steve Ramsey failed to take his chance and blasted the spot kick over.

Once again The Darts showed character and fitness and were back on level terms with a flowing move that started with Jon Wallis in midfield. Wallis kept possession releasing Harris who found Jacob Erskine. The striker put in a low cross and Lee Noble made sure.

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 game was settled by defender Luke Wilkinson who headed home a Hayes corner for his first goal in a Darts shirt and secure a 3-1 win against Havant and Waterlooville.

Noble celebrates his delightful goal against Sutton United

Keeping in touch at the top was about to become challenging with the visit of fourth place Sutton United. For the majority of the 1022 fans that turned up they were about to witness one of the best nights at Princes Park. Noble opened the Dartford goal scoring for a successive league match when he tackled Paul Telfer and expertly chipped Sutton’s goalkeeper. Four minutes later Adam Green scored his third league spot kick of the season to double the lead. Harry Beautyman pulled a goal back for the play off contenders and so The Darts had a 2-1 advantage at the break.

The second half was breathtaking for Dartford fans as the players stunned The U’s with four unanswered goals. Harris scored his 14th league goal of the season with another diving header just before the hour. Luke Wilkinson powered in a header for his secong goal in as many games. 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. 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”.

A trip to Dorset was next on the agenda with a journey to Dorchester Town and it was a weekend that conjured up an interesting set of results. Whilst The Darts come home with nothing due to Ryan Dovell’s winner in the fifty fourth minute, Woking and Chelmsford City were beaten, and Sutton United drew with Welling United. Dartford may have missed an opportunity to close the gap at the top but at least they had not lost ground.

An anticipated cup tie was a welcome break from Conference South football and for some first team players a much needed rest. For the Kent Senior Cup semi final tie against League One’s Charlton Athletic, Tony Burman selected Deren Ibrahim, Paul Goodacre, Ryan Hayes, Tony Garrod and Jack Pallen who have had limited chances to complete 90 minutes recently. The Addicks included a mixture of first team, reserve and academy players but most notably Andy Hughes, Bradley Pritchard, Cedric Evina and Jason Euell started.

The Darts hope to repeat last season's Kent Senior Cup win

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. The win was well deserved and The Darts will face Isthmian Division One South side Hythe Town in the final.

To end a pleasing March Dartford secured their eighth league win in a row at home. In similar fashion to the previous meeting a fortnight ago between Dartford and Maidenhead United the two sides battled on the pitch. It wasn’t a pleasant game and only came to life when three goals occurred in the space of nine second half minutes. Excellent play between James Rogers and Adam Green set up Erskine to curl in the first. Lee Noble’s free kick was missed by Maidenhead’s goal keeper and Wilkinson pounced for his third in a Dartford shirt. Paul Semakula halved the deficit for The Magpies when he was left unchallenged. The match was soured by the two harsh red cards for each side. Harris was dismissed for two cautions and Maidenhead substitute Jermaine Hinds left the field without touching the ball.

It has been an incredibly tough month for Dartford trying to keep pace with Woking at the top. The title is still on with only six matches to go but an eight point turnaround will be difficult. Over the last month the squad has been stretched with the injuries of Paul Goodacre, Elliot Bradbrook, Jon Wallis, Richard Graham, Matt Jones, Jacob Erskine and Deren Ibrahim. Although Bradbrook returned mid way through the month and Erskine only missed the semi final against Charlton Athletic, Tony Burman recognised the task that lies ahead and signed Tony Stokes from Concord Rangers and Sam Higgins from East Thurrock United. The two strikers have been signed on dual registration but have yet to feature.

Race for the prize

The top six remained unchanged from the beginning of the month. Woking continue to lead by eight points and have five fixtures remaining. Next up for The Cards is Basingstoke Town who have won their last four matches and could be a surprise entrant into the playoffs. Woking face Chelmsford City on the final day who may need a win to stave off Basingstoke Town. Woking regained their form in March winning five of their last six games, scoring 19 times. Giuseppe Sole managed to net in all six of those matches notching an impressive nine.

Date Woking Dartford
3 April 2012 Eastbourne Borough (a)
6 April 2012 Basingstoke Town (a)
7 April 2012 Chelmsford City (h)
9 April 2012 Tonbridge Angels (h) Bromley (a)
14 April 2012 Maidenhead United (a) Sutton United (a)
21 April 2012 Truro City (h) Boreham Wood (h)
28 April 2012 Chelmsford City (a) Truro City (a)

Playoff run in

Welling United’s defeat at Woking has left Jamie Day’s team settling for the playoffs as The Wings dropped thirteen points behind the league leaders. However, Welling will have an eye on the runners up spot as this will mean home advantage should they reach the play off final.

Despite Sutton United’s trouncing at Princes Park the Surrey club have a nine point cushion on sixth place. The U’s remain tough to beat having tasted defeat just twice in nineteen games and regardless of how they finish the season have had an impressive debut in the Conference South.

Out of the teams currently in the playoff Chelmsford City look the most vulnerable. The Clarets lost four out of seven in March to teams close to them. They have now failed to score in their previous two matches despite the signing of Eastleigh’s Jamie Slabber. Challenging the Essex side are Dover Athletic who themselves have started to destruct, The Whites have failed to capitalise on Chelmsford City’s poor form with three straight defeats without scoring. This leaves Basingstoke Town an outside bet who play three of the bottom four in April and are very much in form.

Date Sutton United Chelmsford City Dover Athletic Basingstoke Town
6 April 2012 Woking (h)
7 April 2012 Bromley (h) Dartford (a) Tonbridge Angels (a)
9 April 2012 Dover Athletic (a) Eastbourne Borough (h) Sutton United (h)
14 April 2012 Dartford (h) Salisbury City (h) Havant & Waterlooville (a) Thurrock (a)
16 April 2012 Havant & Waterlooville (a)
21 April 2012 Salisbury City (a) Eastleigh (a) Maidenhead United (h) Eastbourne Borough (h)
24 April 2012 Hampton & Richmond (a)
28 April 2012 Farnborough (a) Woking (h) Weston Super-Mare (a) Welling United (a)

Relegation battle

Mid table has chopped and changed subtly with few teams making an impression which leaves the relegation battle which is hotting up. Thurrock at last managed their very first home win when they beat Dorchester town 2-0. The Fleet managed to secure victory at Ship Lane for the first time in 18 attempts. However the Essex club are on the verge of relegation after a woeful season and cannot drop a single point in April.

At the start of March Eastbourne Borough were involved in the battle but three wins on the spin and an unbeaten run of five has seen them pull six points clear. Which leaves four points covering 17th to 21st with two of the five clubs heading to the Isthmian or Southern League.

Bromley have been flirting with the bottom three since November but have only spent three weeks in the dreaded drop zone. In March they lost just twice, went three games without a goal and picked up four draws. The Ravens face two of the top six over Easter (Sutton United and Dartford) but also have relegation bound Thurrock to play on the penultimate weekend.

Maidenhead United are becoming notorious for their barren spells. Last season they went 17 matches without a win over a three month period. This season it was only 12 games that put The Magpies into the position they are in now. March started of with a shock 2-0 win away to Woking but since then they have scored just twice, both against Dartford, picking up two more points. The Berkshire club are two points from safety with a crucial scrap at Staines Town next.

Hampton and Richmond have been in the bottom three virtually all season but The Beavers have suddenly found belief. It is not as if the Middlesex club had been getting severely beaten all season as nine of their fifteen defeats have been by a solitary goal. Unbeaten in six, until Monday night The Beavers overcame Truro City in a seven goal thriller, Weston Super-Mare and Dover Athletic whilst picking up points against Dover Athletic at The Crabble, Maidenhead United and Sutton United. With away fixtures at Farnborough and Eastbourne Borough follwed by three home games, Hampton and Richmond end their season away to Thurrock.

Staines Town are separated by just two goals from safety but have failed to get out of the bottom five since the second week of the season. The Swans could drag Maidenhead United further into the mix on Saturday and take on Havant and Waterlooville on what could be dramatic final day.

Havant and Waterlooville played their last match of March under manager Shaun Gale for the final time. The sacking of The Hawks boss came after a tremendous slump which has seen the Hampshire side enter the drop zone for the first time all season. Havant and Waterlooville are leaking goals picking up one win in thirteen but are only a point behind Hampton and Richmond.

Date Bromley Maidenhead Utd Hampton & Richmond Staines Town Havant & Waterlooville
7 April 2012 Sutton United (a) Staines Town (a) Farnborough (a) Maidenhead Utd (h) Truro City (a)
9 April 2012 Dartford (h) Farnborough (a) Boreham Wood (a)
10 April 2012 Salisbury City (h)
14 April 2012 Truro City (a) Woking (h) Eastbourne Boro (a) Dorchester Town (a) Dover Athletic (h)
16 April 2012 Basingstoke Town (h)
17 April 2012 Salisbury City (h)
21 April 2012 Thurrock (h) Dover Athletic (a) Welling United (h) Weston Super-Mare (h) Farnborough (a)
24 April 2012 Basingstoke Town (h)
28 April 2012 Dorchester Town (a) Eastleigh (h) Thurrock (a) Havant & Waterlooville (a) Staines Town (h)


 

Stats and Trends – 3rd April 2012

1895: (A) Royal Engineers; D1-1
1896: (H) Claremont Athletic; W9-1 (Friendly)
1897: (A) Southampton St Marys; D1-1 (Friendly)
1899: (H) Thames Ironworks; L1-2
1909: (H) Maidstone Athletic; W5-1 (Chatham Charity Cup Semi Final)
1923: (A) Erith and Belvedere; D0-0
1926: (H) Grays Thurrock United; W2-0
1931: (A) Folkestone; W2-1
1935: (H) Park Royal; W4-1
1937: (H) Yeovil and Petters; W7-2
1948: (H) Gloucester City; W1-0
1953: (A) Tonbridge; L1-3
1954: (A) Barry Town; L1-4
1961: (A) Folkestone Town; L0-2
1963: (A) Gravesend and Northfleet; D2-2 (Kent Senior Cup Replay)
1967: (H) Tonbridge; L1-2
1968: (H) Ramsgate Athletic; W2-0
1971: (H) Bedford Town; L1-2
1972: (H) Folkestone Town; W6-2
1976: (H) Poole Town; L1-2
1982: (A) Bath City; D1-1
1984: (A) AP Leamington; D0-0 (Southern League Cup Final)
1990: (H) Chelmsford City; L2-3
1996: (H) Thamesmead Town; W4-3
1999: (H) Fisher Athletic; W2-0
2001: (A) Baldock Town; D0-0
2004: (H) Eastleigh; L1-5

Records v Eastbourne Borough/Langney Sports
Played 9, Won 4, Drawn 1, Lost 4, For 8, Against 11

 

Eastbourne Borough v Dartford

Dartford will take on Eastbourne Borough for the fourth time this season knowing a point will mathematically secure a play off place.

With Woking not playing until Good Friday the deficit at the top could be cut to five points. Tony Burman spoke to PURE DFC, he said: “It’s our game in hand and we have got to enjoy ourselves. We have got to get three points but we know it is going to be difficult”, he added: “They have been on a good run just recently and fair play to them for that but if we can win it makes it interesting for the following weekend”.

Lee Burns looks for his team mates at Priory Lane

The Darts last visited Priory Lane back in November when the two sides battled out a 0-0 draw in the F.A Trophy. Dartford did go on to win 2-1 in the replay three days later at Princes Park. That day Tom Champion and Danny Harris were amongst the goal scorers and former Dart Carl Rook netted a consolation from the spot.

In the Conference South way back in August Dartford won 2-1 in their second match of the season. Charlie Sheringham scored first when he calmly volleyed a shot in the nineteenth minute. Adam Green notched his first goal for the club with a header at the back post on the hour. Eastbourne Borough netted a last minute goal courtesy of Ethan Strevett’s floating header.

Dartford bounced back from the defeat at Dorchester Town with back to back wins this week. Charlton Athletic were knocked out of the Kent Senior Cup semi final and Maidenhead United were beaten on Saturday. Tony Burman’s side made it eight straight league wins at Princes Park to stay eight points behind leaders Woking.

The Darts were unable to breakthrough Maidenhead’s defence in the first half as the sides went into the break without a goal. In the second half Dartford played better football and good work from James Rogers and Danny Harris set up Jacob Erskine who curled a shot into the bottom corner. Loanee Luke Wilkinson scored shortly afterwards when Maidenhead United goalkeeper flapped at a Lee Noble free kick and Wilkinson picked up the pieces to score his third for the club. A minute later Paul Semakula waltzed through the Darts defence to pull a goal back. Harris was then dismissed for a harsh second caution but the sides were even again when Jermaine Hinds’ slide tackle was punished by the official with a straight red card, Hinds had only just come on as a substitute and probably only deserved a yellow.

Tony Burman was pleased with the result and the way his players grafted a victory, he commented after the game: “The games are very tight at the moment, a bit of anxiety comes into it again if we don’t score early on, but we stuck at our job”, he added: “I’m not saying we played great football today but when we did we scored the first goal”.

Eastbourne Borough have stopped the rot that threatened their Conference South existence when they began March one place above the relegation zone. The Sports managed just one win in sixteen during a terrible spell which saw the Sussex side plummet down the table. Tommy Widdrington’s side may have lost 2-1 to Eastleigh on Saturday but that defeat was the first in six matches, which has seen the club rise to sixteenth and six points above the bottom three.

At home Eastbourne Borough are unbeaten in three games including an exceptional win over league leaders Woking and a creditable draw versus Sutton United.

Team News

The club are still waiting for a report on Jon Wallis’ injury after a scan this week but manager Tony Burman says “it doesn’t look too good”. Deren Ibrahim is out for the remainder of the season with a dislocated shoulder. Richard Graham is back in training after an achilles problem sidelined the midfielder. Matt Jones also missed Saturday’s win against Maidenhead United.

Tony Burman named just four substitutes on the weekend partly due to Deren Ibrahim being ruled out. The Dartford boss was unable to bring in an emergency signing because Andrew Young is still registered with the club despite being out through injury at Concord Rangers.

Statistics (league only)

Eastbourne Borough (16th) v Dartford (2nd)

Current Form

Last five Eastbourne Borough matches at home Last five Dartford matches away
Won 2-1 v Thurrock Lost 0-1 v Dorchester Town
Won 2-1 v Woking Drew 1-1 v Maidenhead United
Drew 0-0  v Sutton United Won 1-0 v Tonbridge Angels
Lost 0-1 v Staines Town Lost 0-1 v Woking
Lost 0-2 v Maidenhead United Won 4-1 v Staines Town

Attendances

Eastbourne Borough average home attendance: 654

Highest home attendance: 1037 v Woking/ Lowest: 214 v Chelmsford City

Dartford average away attendance: 870

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

Did you know…

The Darts have only conjured up two goals in the last four away fixtures which has been uncharacteristic of their season so far being the league’s top scorers. Before the goals have dried up on their travels they did manage eleven in just three fixtures.

Eastbourne Borough’s last four matches have ended 2-1 with wins against Staines Town, Woking and Thurrock and defeat against Eastleigh.