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Grimsby Town v Dartford

 

October starts with a long journey up the east coast to Blundell Park on Saturday when the Darts take on Grimsby Town.

Dartford have never played the Mariners in a competitive match and go into the Conference Premier fixture undefeated in five league and cup games. Grimsby Town have been beaten just once this season but remain just outside the playoff places.

It’s been a great start to Dartford’s return to the top flight of non league football and their excellent run continued this week. After picking up a respectable draw in Wales, Tony Burman’s side overcame Braintree Town 2-0 on the road before coming from behind to beat bottom of the table Hyde.

The Darts moved into the playoff zone on the weekend but not without a scare. In a lacklustre first half Hyde edged in front when Alex Brown scored in the 28th minute. In the second half Lee Noble and Harry Crawford were introduced and it looked as if though Dartford found a way back into the game. Jacob Erskine was upended in the box before Crawford’s penalty was saved by David Carnell.

With Hyde reduced to ten men after a sending off, Crawford made amends with five minutes to go when his superb looping header levelled the score. The Darts sensed three points and pushed for the win and were rewarded when full back Richard Rose kept his cool to lob a crowd of players for a last minute winner.

Tony Burman was pleased to grab the three points despite a below par performance, he spoke to BBC Radio Kent after the game and said: “That was agony, for 70 we haven’t played well at all”, he added: “You can’t turn on and off your form like we have done today. Having said that I’ve got to give the players credit, in the last 20 minutes we’ve gone on and won the game and all we’re concerned about is winning three points”.

Grimsby Town moved into sixth place after a fine draw with high flying Newport County. Saturday’s goalless draw increases the Mariners unbeaten run to ten, the longest run without a loss this season by any Conference Premier club. Since their only reverse on 14 August 2012 against Stockport County, Grimsby Town have picked up five wins and five draws which has included two excellent victories against Luton Town and Forest Green Rovers.

Joint managers Rob Scott and Paul Hurst have made their squad a difficult side to overcome after overseeing a huge turnaround of personnel in the summer. Former Burton Albion striker Greg Pearson was added and Joe Colbeck, former team mate of Richard Rose at Hereford United also signed for the Mariners. Former Woking and Braintree Town defender Aswad Thomas, another summer signing has also impressed and earned an England C call up this week.

Ten years ago The Mariners were mixing with life in the second tier of English football recapturing their golden era of the thirties. Between 2003 and 2004 the decline started with Grimsby Town slipping from the second tier to the fourth tier until relegation to the Conference Premier in 2010.

Form

Grimsby Town (DWWDWD) Dartford (WWDWLW)
Newport County A 0-0 Hyde H 2-1
Gateshead H 3-0 Braintree Town A 2-0
Luton Town H 4-1 Wrexham A 2-2
Kidderminster Harriers A 0-0 Hereford United H 4-0
Forest Green Rovers H 1-0 Gateshead A 0-2
Barrow A 2-2 Newport County H 2-1

Grimsby Town have won their last four home matches scoring 12 and conceding just twice.

Dartford are unbeaten in two away from Prince Park.

Stats

Dartford’s win on Saturday was the first time this season the Darts won a match after going behind. The Mariners have yet to drop points after taking the lead.

Harry Crawford netted his sixth goal of the season against Hyde but has yet to score away from home. Grimsby Town’s top scorer, Nathan Pond has scored all three of his goals at home.

Grimsby Town have made their best start in seven years picking up 21 points in their first twelve matches.

The Lincolnshire club may lack goals for a side in the top six but at the back they have conceded just seven times, the fewest in the goals against column with Wrexham.

In each of Dartford’s defeats on the road they have failed to score.

Dartford would top the league table had the season started on 25 August 2012. The Darts would be ahead of Forest Green Rovers on goals scored.

 

 

Dartford v Hyde FC

 

The Darts return home this weekend when they take on Conference North champions Hyde FC.

It will be the first meeting between the two sides who have been kept apart by the north/south divide of non league football. Whilst Dartford enjoy a fourth season in non league’s elite, the Tigers have joined the top flight for the first time.

The two clubs agonisingly missed out on meeting each other in the F.A Trophy Final twenty three years ago. Both sides reached the semi-finals with Dartford losing out to Macclesfield Town and Hyde FC, then known as Hyde United fell against Telford United.

Dartford have continued their impressive form recording six wins in their last eight league matches. On Saturday they followed up a 4-0 victory against Hereford United with a respectable 2-2 draw with Welsh side Wrexham. On Tuesday night Tom Bonner scored his first goal of the season and Jacob Erskine headed in the second before half time as the Darts defeated Braintree Town 2-0.

Tony Burman spoke to BBC Radio Kent after the Braintree Town match and said: “This is a difficult place to come, I wanted the players to make sure they were right (after the draw at Wrexham) to come here and I thought we deserved to win”, he added: “Braintree came back at us and we were a bit fortunate not to concede a goal”.

Hyde FC have struggled to get to grips with the Conference Premier picking up one win in their first 11 fixtures and sit at the foot of the table. The Greater Manchester club took until matchday eight to record their first victory which they achieved in style. After opening their campaign with two draws followed by five successive defeats the Tigers defeated Hereford United 5-2 at home. The star of the show was ex Evertonian Phil Jevons who scored a vital hat trick within a 12 minute spell.

Jevons has been in great form scoring five goals in his last three appearances. The ever present striker has plenty of experience with spells at various League One and Two clubs since leaving Everton in 2001. The 33 year old’s best record came in his spell at Yeovil Town where he hit 42 goals in 84 appearances.

On the weekend Scott McNiven’s side threw away a two goal lead at Ewens Fields against newly promoted Nuneaton. Adam Griffin and Jevons put the home team ahead before two goals in a minute by Nuneaton’s Wes York levelled the match. The Conference North champions were due to host Alfreton Town on Tuesday night but the fixture fell victim to the weather and was postponed.

Team News

Loan signing Adam Birchall managed to get a run out on Tuesday night making his first appearance in a Dartford shirt. The striker on loan from Gillingham played 22 minutes replacing Jacob Erskine as a substitute. Louis Wells and Adam Green and yet to be selected in the matchday squads since picking up injury’s and Tom Champion remains one booking away from a suspension.

Hyde FC signed defender Ben Dennis from Championship club Bolton Wanderers on a work experience loan. The youngster made a substitute appearance in Hyde’s 2-2 draw with Nuneaton last weekend.

Form

Dartford (WDWLWW) Hyde FC (DLWLLL)
Braintree Town A 2-0 Nuneaton H 2-2
Wrexham A 2-2 Lincoln City A 2-3
Hereford United H 4-0 Hereford United H 5-2
Gateshead A 0-2 Wrexham A 0-2
Newport County H 2-1 Forest Green Rovers A 1-3
Alfreton Town H 5-1 Southport H 0-2

Dartford have won their last four matches at Princes Park in the league average the second highest points per game ratio at home.

Hyde FC have yet to pick up an away win in five matches and have lost four successive games on their travels

Stats

Harry Crawford has scored all five of his goals at home in as many league fixtures at Princes Park and is Dartford’s top scorer in this campaign.

Dartford’s average attendance in the Conference Premier this season at Princes Park is 1326

Mark Arber, Tom Bonner, Elliot Bradbrook and Tom Champion have played every minute in the league this season for the Darts. Luke Ashworth, Josh Brizell, Alex Brown, Phil Jevons and Scott Spencer have featured in every minute of Hyde’s league campaign.

Dartford have managed to get 65% of their shots on target, the highest accuracy rate in the Conference Premier. Hyde FC have the worst record of 41.67% accuracy but have had 28 more attempts at goal than the Darts.

*stats taken from skysports.com and bbc.co.uk

Braintree Town v Dartford

 

 

The Darts will be reacquainted with Braintree Town on Tuesday night when the two sides meet at Cressing Road.

Two seasons ago Dartford put in two exceptional performances against the eventual Conference South champions. In the space of twelve days the Darts won 1-0 at Princes Park with a 79th minute goal from captain Elliot Bradbrook then followed up the victory with 1-1 draw in Essex. On loan striker John Main levelled the scoring on 38 minutes after the Iron took the lead just five minutes in through a Billy Burgess own goal.

 

Elliot Bradbrook pounces to secure Dartford's only win against the Iron in February 2011

Dartford’s tremendous draw with Welsh side Wrexham means the Darts have lost just once in the last seven. On Saturday Tony Burman’s squad visited the Racecourse Ground and Danny Harris’s goal gave his side a shock early lead. Wrexham fought back with goals from Danny Wright and loan signing Andy Bishop. Yet again the Darts continued to keep battling to the end and were rewarded when substitute Lee Noble fired in a last minute free kick.

Burman was delighted with the result, he told BBC Sport: “I thought we thoroughly deserved what we got out of the game. When it was 1-1 we had chances and we got punished”, he added: “We’ve come to a fantastic place, lots of history, good side, experienced side, and I think we’ve come here and given a good account of ourselves”.

Ahead of Tuesday nights fixture Burman has swooped to sign Adam Birchall on a months loan from Gillingham. The striker was prolific at Conference South rivals Dover Athletic breaking the goalscoring record for the league in the 2010/11 season netting 34 times. The 27 year old has been out with a cruciate ligament injury and has made three substitute appearances for the Gills this season.

Braintree Town have more than settled into the Conference Premier. In their promotion season the side kept the most clean sheets and in their début season in the top flight of non league football the Irons reached second place after a dozen games. Inevitably the Essex side couldn’t maintain the challenge but equipped themselves very well to finish in a respectable twelfth.

This season manager Alan Devonshire has expereinced a mixed start to his second season in the Premier. His side are currently occupying fourteenth spot with three wins, three draws and four defeats. With the loss of Jai Reason in the summer the goals have been shared around the squad with Bradley Quinton and Dan Holman scoring three.

Dartford will be familiar with Dean Wells who scored against the Darts for Hampton and Richmond two seasons ago. So far the defender has started every game this campaign helping Braintree Town to a clean sheet on Saturday against Stockport County in a 0-0 stalemate.

Team News

Loan signing Adam Birchall has been added to the squad in a one month deal. Marcus Bettenelli started his eighth league game in succession on the weekend following the injury to goalkeeper Louis Wells. Tom Champion is on four yellow cards and faces a one match suspension if he picks up another caution. Adam Green has yet to feature in the league since 25 August 2012 but was named as a substitute in the Kent Senior Cup last week.

Head to Head

Braintree Town wins: 2 / Dartford wins 1 / Draws: 1

Form

Braintree Town (DLLDWW) Dartford (DWLWWW)
Stockport County H 0-0 Wrexham A 2-2
Mansfield Town A 0-2 Hereford United H 4-0
Macclesfield Town A 1-2 Gateshead A 0-2
Kidderminster Harriers H 1-1 Newport County H 2-1
Tamworth H 2-1 Alfreton Town H 5-1
Woking H 4-1 Cambridge United A 2-1

Dartford have lost just once in seven league matches, picking up 16 out of the last 21 points available.

Braintree Town have gone four matches without a win. At home they have been beaten just once with three draws and a win.

 

Stats

Dartford played in front of 3772 at Wrexham on Saturday, the clubs biggest attendance of the season.

Braintree Town’s average home attendance of 588 is the lowest in the Conference Premier.

Eleven different players have scored for the Darts this term, the most by a club joint with Forest Green Rovers, Grimsby Town and Wrexham.

Both Dartford and Braintree Town have picked up 14 cautions and one red card this season.

The Darts have scored seven of their 16 goals in the final fifteen minutes of games.

Both sides have conceded four goals in the final fifteen minutes of the first half and five goals in the final fifteen minutes of the full 90 minutes.

Shooting Accuracy


* stats taken from skysports.com & bbc.co.uk/sport

** picture courtesy of Dave Adkins

 

Wrexham v Dartford

 

The top two form teams go head to head when the Darts travel to Wrexham in the Conference Premier on Saturday.

In Dartford’s first ever visit to the Racecourse Ground both sides will be confident having put together decent runs in the league.

Wrexham have tasted defeat just once this season, at second place Macclesfield Town, and are seven matches unbeaten. On top of the form guide for the last half dozen games are Dartford who have won five and lost once.

The Darts have managed an astonishing record against former football league clubs this season having seen off Kidderminster Harriers, Cambridge United and Newport County. The latest scalp came on Saturday when Princes Park was sent into raptures after an excellent 4-0 victory versus Hereford United.

On Tuesday, Tony Burman’s side warmed up with a Kent Senior Cup tie against Faversham Town in which they won 2-1. A brace from PURE DFC’s man of the match Nathan Collier put the Darts two up before experienced striker Danny Hockton lashed in a consolation. First team débuts were handed out to goalkeeper Steve Sutton and striker Jay Porter. Whilst George Monger and Lee Martin also made their first appearances coming on as substitutes.

Racecourse Ground: Home of Wrexham

Wrexham may sit in fourth place but are just a point behind league leaders Newport County. The Welsh club’s tight defence has enabled the team to pick up victories despite scoring just 13 so far. The Reds have conceded a meagre five goals boasting the stingiest defence in the league, currently going 294 minutes without conceding at home. The only time their defence has been breached at the Racecourse Ground came in their opening day 3-1 win against Woking.

Last season’s runners up missed out on promotion losing to Luton Town in the playoff semi-finals despite recording a massive 98 points in the campaign. On the weekend the Reds faced the Hatters again where the second biggest Conference Premier crowd of the season witnessed a 0-0 draw.

Over the summer player manager Andy Morrell recruited the high profile signing of Brett Ormerod, the former Southampton and Blackpool striker has featured in every game but has yet to get off the mark. The 35 year old has now been joined by Andy Bishop who made his début in Saturday’s goalless draw.

Bishop’s on-off loan move to the Racecourse Ground was finally resolved when the Bury striker gained international clearance, as well as having his registration accepted by the Football Conference. The 29 year old is in his seventh year with Bury having experienced the Conference Premier before with York City.

Team News

Adam Green returned to action in the week and managed a full ninety minutes. The full back had not featured since the injury he picked up against Kidderminster Harriers almost a month ago. Louis Wells is not quite ready to return and so Marcus Bettenelli will continue between the sticks. Tom Champion is one caution away from a one match suspension after picking up four yellow cards this campaign.

Danny Devine has agreed to join Wrexham on loan from Fleetwood as manager Andy Morrell looks to strengthen an already tight defence.

Current Form

Dartford (WLWWWW) Wrexham (DWWWWD)
Hereford United H 4-0 Luton Town A 0-0
Gateshead A 0-2 Cambridge United A 4-1
Newport County H 2-1 Hyde H 2-0
Alfreton Town H 5-1 Newport County H 2-0
Cambridge United A 2-1 Tamworth A 1-0
Kidderminster Harriers H 1-0 Grimsby Town H 0-0

Did you know…

After Hereford United escaped non league football in 1972 they returned for seven years between 1997 and 2004.

The Bulls were the last English club competing in an English League to have won the Welsh Cup back in 1990. The Bulls defeated Wrexham 2-1 at Cardiff Arms Park.

Stats
The first goal has been important for both sides this season. In games featuring Dartford the side who scores first has gone on to win the match. Wrexham have yet to lose after going ahead in each of their league fixtures.

10 – Dartford and Wrexham have had ten different league scorers each this season. Harry Crawford tops the Darts scoring chart with 5 (all at home) whilst Danny Wright leads for Wrexham with 3 goals (all away).

66 – The Darts have conceded the fewest fouls in the Conference Premier this season.

109 – Wrexham have won the most number of fouls in the division.

3553 – Wrexham’s average home support, only bettered by Luton Town (6357).

* Stats taken from bbc.co.uk and skysports.com

 

 

Dartford v Faversham Town

 

Kent Senior Cup action returns on Tuesday night with the visit of Isthmian Division One side Faversham Town.

The Darts will enter this years competition in great shape and with a good record in the County Cup. Although last season’s runners up didn’t manage to retain the cup they won the year before, the squad will want the prize back at Princes Park.

Manager, Tony Burman spoke to PURE DFC and commented: “It’s still a competition we want to stay in and the guys who have been patiently waiting on the sidelines have got to get their ninety minutes. If I feel we want to put a couple of academy players in I will, but it will probably be the majority of the first team squad”.

After another former football league scalp on the weekend Tony Burman will look to utilise his squad in this season’s first round cup tie. It wouldn’t be surprising if the fans get to see players like Nathan Collier, Jon Wallis and Lee Noble who have managed just three starts between them this season.

The Darts enter the competition in excellent form after taking 15 points from the last 18 available in the Conference Premier. The latest three point haul came on the weekend in a 4-0 win against Hereford United. Ryan Hayes opened the scoring early on with a tidy finish and James Rogers headed in just after the break. Substitutes Danny Harris and Jon Wallis emphatically increased the scoreline with Harris’s goal the pick of the match.

Burman was delighted with the result and the performances of his strikers, he said: “I am well pleased especially after last week’s result. We knew we had to improve on the performance from last week. We were fit in what we done and the bits that were missing last week were back in this week”, he continued: “The two forwards started off fantastically well, they looked sharp and caused Hereford some problems”.

Faversham Town will be playing in their fourth cup tie in just over a week on Tuesday night after they competed in the F.A Trophy on Saturday. In the preliminary round the Lilywhites defeated AFC Sudbury, Dartford’s Isthmian Division One title rivals of 2008 by a solitary goal.

Last weekend Ray Turner’s side held Isthmian Premier league leaders Margate in the F.A Cup First Qualifying round. The Lilywhites twice took the lead in a 2-2 draw before bowing out in a replay, losing 3-0 at Hartsdown Park.

In their second season playing in the Isthmian Division One South, Faversham Town have four points to show in their first four matches. Their league season opened with an entertaining 3-3 draw at Salters Lane versus Eastbourne Town. The Lilywhites beat Tooting and Mitcham 2-1 before back to back defeats to Ramsgate and Walton and Hersham.

The Darts will be familiar with Antonio Gonnella who scored a last minute equaliser in the opening game of the season. Gonnella played against Dartford four years ago scoring for Hastings United in a 2-0 win.

Faversham Town are starting to recover from a tough decade. In 2003, non payment of fines coupled with Salters Lane being vandalised threatened to cripple the club. The Faversham Town Independent Supporters Club formed and pulled together to save the club.

Back in the Kent County League in 2005, after keeping hold of their senior status Faversham Town finished runners up and were promoted to the Kent League. The club returned home to Salters Lane and five years later won the Kent Senior Trophy beating Greenwich 2-1 and took the league title. Ray Turner secured the Lilywhites an eighth place finish in their début Isthmian Division One South season last year.

Did you know…

Dartford have won seven of their last eight Kent Senior Cup ties including last season’s win over Charlton Athletic. Hythe Town who also play in the Isthmian Division One South broke the Darts unbeaten two year record in last season’s final.

The Darts last and only loss to Faversham Town came 112 years ago when they were defeated 2-0 away from home.

Are you England in disguise? Faversham Town also wear the Three Lions on their shirt. The club’s badge evolved from the town crest design.

The Lilywhites have won the Kent League on four occasions in 1969/70, 1970/71, 1989/90 and 2010/11 but have never won the Kent Senior Cup.

Tuesday night’s fixture will be only the third time the two clubs have met in the Kent Senior Cup. In 1966, the Darts demolished Faversham Town 11-1 and in 1898 the match ended 5-3 to Dartford.

 

Dartford v Hereford United

 

Dartford return to home action on Saturday as they host former football league side Hereford United.

The Darts last played the Bulls thirty years ago, a month after Hereford United’s famous F.A Cup giant killing act against Newcastle United. Dartford were beaten 1-0 at Watling Street in the Southern League fixture, a division the Bulls would escape at the end of the season after finishing runners up.

In the same season Dartford knocked the Herefordshire club out of the F.A Trophy by the same scoreline at Edgar Street. At the time the result avenged a 3-0 reverse at the tail end of 1971. The clubs are evenly poised with ten wins apiece against each other and 20 stalemates.

Dartford’s best winning streak in the Conference Premier came to an end on the weekend with a 2-0 defeat at Gateshead. After a gruelling four weeks and a long journey North goals from Micky Cummins and Josh Gilles inflicted a fourth defeat of the season. The Heed dominated proceedings with plenty of possession and eventually managed to break down an organised yet tired Dartford team. Saturday’s set back leaves Tony Burman’s men in tenth position and a point behind this weekend’s opponents.

Hereford United meanwhile were humbled at newly promoted Hyde despite taking a five minute lead when Ryan Bowman nodded home. Scott Spencer, Alex Brown and former Evertonian Phil Jevons put the hosts in command before Bowman netted his second. Jevons completed his hat trick with two more goals to condemn the Bulls to a 5-2 defeat.

Manager, Martin Foyle was disappointed with his team’s third loss in four matches and felt his side made big mistakes. The former Port Vale striker ensured Hereford United got off to a promising start by beating fellow relegated club Macclesfield Town in the Conference Premier’s season opener. A draw at Tamworth was followed by victories against Alfreton Town and Ebbsfleet United before the recent slump.

One player the Darts will be familiar with is Harry Pell who played on loan at Hastings United two years ago. The 21 year old midfielder impressed against Dartford and now has 53 Hereford appearances under his belt too. Up front, the Bulls have strikers Sean Canham and Ryan Bowman as well as midfielder Marley Watkins sharing the lead with three goals.

After three successive wins at Princes Park the Darts will aim to take another scalp and leap frog their opponents in the current standings.

Team News

Danny Harris was rested last weekend after injury ruled him out. Louis Wells remains sidelined and Adam Green has missed the last four league games.

Martin Foyle has extended the loan spell of Tom Nichols from Exeter City. The 19 year old striker has made eight appearances, four starts and four as a substitute, scoring once against Alfreton Town.

Current Form

Dartford

Hereford United

Gateshead

A

0-2

Hyde

A

2-5

Newport County

H

2-1

Woking

H

2-1

Alfreton Town

H

5-1

Grimsby Town

H

0-2

Cambridge United

A

2-1

Newport County

A

0-2

Kidderminster Harriers

H

1-0

Ebbsfleet United

H

4-2

Macclesfield Town

A

0-2

Alfreton Town

A

3-0

Did you know…

After Hereford United escaped non league football in 1972 they returned for seven years between 1997 and 2004.

The Bulls were the last English club competing in an English League to have won the Welsh Cup back in 1990. The Bulls defeated Wrexham 2-1 at Cardiff Arms Park.

Stats

4 – Hereford United and Newport County have both scored four times in the opening 15 minutes of matches, more than any other club this season.

6 – In this season’s campaign Hereford United and Hyde have conceded the most goals in the last 15 minutes of matches. Dartford have conceded five times in the same period.

10 – Dartford are the second top scorers at home with only Woking and Forest Green Rovers netting just one more.

 


 

Gateshead v Dartford

 

On Saturday Dartford return to the venue where they were knocked out of the F.A Trophy last sixteen 19 months ago.

In a cup run which included the scalp of Crawley Town, now in League One, Dartford drew Gateshead in round three only to sucumb to a 3-0 defeat.

Phil Turnball’s deflected shot gave Gateshead the lead just before the break. In the second half Gateshead were in control when substitute Brain Wake doubled the lead four minutes from time and with Dartford pressing forward were caught out again in the last minute by Kris Gale. Despite being knocked out of the competition many fans hold fond memories of the day at The Gateshead International Stadium.

The Darts are on a roll and have firmly put their slow start behind them. A four game winning streak in the league has equalled a club record at Conference Premier level. Wins against struggling sides Kidderminster Harriers and Alfreton Town as well as shock results versus Cambridge United and Newport County has propelled the club up to eighth in the table.

Richard Rose

A dramatic climax at the end of Tuesday night’s fixture has increased optimism at the club. Richard Rose’s first Dartford goal and last gasp winner in a 2-1 victory against Newport County earned all three points. Earlier in the second half the Darts leading scorer Harry Crawford netted his fifth of the season and Newport County’s Aaron O’Connor scored his seventh in as many games.

Tony Burman spoke to PUREDFC and was pleased with a fourth successive win, he said: “I’m delighted we’ve managed to do that and the guys have worked hard. We felt after the first three games the players deserved more than zero points and now it has come good for us and it breeds confidence”.

Dartford’s boss recognises his squads work ethic as a contributing factor to the turn around in form, he added: “It’s something we believe in, we know the players work very hard and look after themselves”, he continued: “What we have got into the players is that they do have quality and they need to bring that out. The players can do it they just have to believe they can do it. It doesn’t matter where you go but you need the work rate and we have that in abundance”.

The major difference to the fixture two seasons ago is the fact the Heed have lost striker Jon Shaw to Luton Town. Shaw scored 35 goals in league and cup last season which saw the North East club finish eighth. However manager Ian Bogie is accustomed to losing high profile strikers, he told the Evening Chronicle:  “Jon Shaw left and we move on. In my tenure as manager of Gateshead we have never had any problems when players have left”, he added: “Now it is about the players we have in our dressing room taking responsibility. they have got to share the workload in the goals-for column and be more resolute at the back”.

Over the first seven games the Heed have tightened up conceding eight times which is the fourth best record in the division. In midfield they can rely on Josh Gillies who was called up to the England C squad and up front Nathan Fisher has netted three times.

This is Hardcore: Dartford fans travelled all the way to the North East in the F.A Trophy nineteen months ago

Gateshead threw a two goal lead in their opener at Luton Town to draw 2-2, brushed Mansfield Town aside with a 4-1 win before drawing 1-1 with another of the favourites Forest Green Rovers. Their unbeaten run continued with a 2-1 triumph at Edgeley Park versus Stockport County, a 1-1 draw at home to Lincoln City and a 1-0 win against Nuneaton.

For the first time this season the Heed were toppled at Southport late on. Bogie felt his side dominated in their 2-1 defeat and should have been out of sight before a costly mistake three minutes from time gave the Sandgrounders the win.

Team News

Danny Harris briefly returned on Tuesday as a substitute before being replaced by Jon Wallis. The forward only managed ten minutes after looking fit enough prior the match. Top scorer Harry Crawford left Princes Park with a dead leg whilst Louis Wells and Adam Green remained absent from the squad through injury.

Current Form

Gateshead

Dartford

Mansfield Town

H

4-1

Woking

A

0-1

Forest Green Rovers

H

1-1

Macclesfield Town

A

0-2

Stockport County

A

2-1

Kidderminster Harriers

H

1-0

Lincoln City

H

1-1

Cambridge United

A

2-1

Nuneaton Town

A

1-0

Alfreton Town

H

5-1

Southport

H

1-2

Newport County

H

2-1

Did you know…

Four Dartford players (Mark Arber, Tom Bonner, Elliot Bradbrook and Tom Champion) have started every Conference Premier league match this season compared to six Gateshead players.

Dartford (8) and Gateshead (7) have accrued 15 yellow cards between them, less than Mansfield Town (17) and Wrexham (18)

Only twice has the Darts enjoyed more possession than their opponents this season, the Heed have managed to keep the ball better than the opponents five times.

Gateshead has averaged an attendance of 712 at home this season

Stats

The Darts have scored the same amount of goals as Gateshead this season netting 23.53% of their shots. The Heed have been less accurate scoring from 14.29% of their efforts at goal.


*statistics taken from www.skysports.com and bbc.co.uk

* picture of Richard Rose taken from dartfordfconline.com

*picture of Dartford fans courtesy of Dave Adkins

Dartford v Newport County

 

Top of the table side Newport County will be in town on Tuesday night as Dartford aim to continue their winning run.

The Darts last took on the Welsh club 14 years ago winning 4-2 at Ship Lane during their homeless years in the Southern Premier League. In the away fixture earlier in the 1997/98 season Newport AFC won 3-1 at their former ground.

Dartford go into Tuesday nights fixture on the back of three successive wins including a 5-1 victory against Alfreton Town on the weekend. Credit is due to the squad after a difficult opening week the Darts have also beaten Kidderminster Harriers 1-0 and shocked Cambridge United at the Abbey Stadium 2-1.

Hat-trick hero Harry Crawford

Harry Crawford claimed the match ball on Saturday when his hat-trick deservedly earned the striker man of the match. The 20 year old celebrated his third start in a Dartford shirt on 11 minutes when his low accurate drive beat Jon Stewart in the Alfreton Town goal. Strike partner Jacob Erskine used his strength to double the lead before Elliot Bradbrook’s header made it 3-0 right on half time.

After the restart Ryan Hayes delicately chipped a free kick into the Alfreton Town box for Crawford to take advantage of a flick on. Danny Meadows pulled a goal back with ten minutes remaining but just two minutes later Crawford pressured Darran Kempson into a mistake and finished at the second time of asking.

The visitors may have had the majority of possession yet they rarely threatened the Dartford goal. With exception of a consolation Alfreton Town came close twice when Richard Rose and Mark Arber both cleared the ball off the goal line.

Tony Burman was relieved his side managed to get the three points before Tuesday’s game and the long trip to Gateshead, he told PURE DFC: “It was a massive three points with the games we have coming up in the future, it’s daunting but we’ve had a very good week”, he added: “The players have worked hard for a long time now, that’s how we play and that’s how we are. There is a lot more quality to come out on top of our work rate”.

Newport County may have lost the Welsh derby to Wrexham on Saturday but they still sit at summit of the Conference Premier. Five straight wins in August gave last seasons F.A Trophy runners up maximum points thanks to wins against Mansfield Town, Nuneaton, Lincoln City, Braintree Town and Hereford United.

Manager Justin Edinburgh signed Aaron O’Connor in the summer and the striker has weighed in with six goals in as many games, although he has netted just once on the road. Both Edinburgh and O’Connor scooped awards last month with Manager of the Month and Player of the Month respectively. O’Connor’s strike partner Jefferson Louis played against the Darts two years ago scoring for Maidenhead United.

The Exiles recently appointed Lee Scadding as the clubs new Chairman. Known as Sir Les he struck it lucky in the EuroMillions winning £45.5 million in 2009. Scadding will hope with his backing the Welsh club can return to the Football League after 24 years.

Team News

Marcus Bettinelli has impressed with his commanding performances in goal and he will continue on loan as a replacement for injured Louis Wells. Pacey striker and last seasons top scorer Danny Harris was the latest casualty when he was not included in Saturday’s squad against Alfreton Town after he picked up a knock. Adam Green was another player not to take part, the full back has managed four starts this season before being substituted with an injury against Kidderminster Harriers.

Current Form

Dartford

Newport County

Tamworth

H

2-3

Mansfield Town

A

4-3

Woking

A

0-1

Nuneaton

H

4-0

Macclesfield Town

A

0-2

Lincoln City

H

2-1

Kidderminster Harriers

H

1-0

Braintree Town

A

2-1

Cambridge United

A

2-1

Hereford United

H

2-0

Alfreton Town

H

5-1

Wrexham

A

0-2

Did you know…

It is the first time since March 1985 the Darts have achieved three consecutive wins in the top flight of non league football.

Newport County’s six yellow cards on Bank Holiday Monday is the most picked up by any one side this season.

The Darts 5-1 win versus Alfreton Town and The Exiles 4-0 victory against Nuneaton are the biggest winning margins this season.

Stats

Dartford lead the head to head record against Newport County by two goals. Both sides have won three times in eight meetings. The Darts have scored 18 to the Exiles 16.

The Darts are at their most potent in the 15 minutes before half time netting four times. Newport County have scored the same amount in the opening 15 minutes.

Defensively, Dartford have conceded five times in the final 15 minutes. Newport County are at their must vulnerable after half time with four goals let in between 45 and 60 minutes.