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Mansfield Town v Dartford

 

Dartford will hope to stay ahead of Mansfield Town by avoiding defeat at Field Mill on the weekend.

The Darts have fond memories of the last meeting between the two sides when television cameras turned up at Princes Park for the first time. Tony Burman led Dartford to a historic 2-0 win against the Stags in an excellent display under the lights.

As the match approached half time the Darts hit a quick fire double when a well worked move was rolled home from the edge of the box by captain Elliot Bradbrook. Straight from the resulting kick off, winger Ryan Hayes intercepted a stray pass on the half way line, dribbled towards the edge of the box and curled a stunning shot into the top corner for a second goal in a minute.

Dartford have been preoccupied with postponements and cup matches of late, the last of which against FC Halifax Town. At the third attempt the Darts faced the Conference North side in the F.A Trophy Fourth round and forced a replay. The Shaymen took the lead with a Lee Gregory goal on 27 minutes having already been reduced to ten men. Burman made an inspired substitution by introducing Danny Harris who equalised with just over twenty minutes remaining.

Field Mill: Mansfield Town's home since 1919

Back in the Conference Premier, Dartford are six points shy of the playoffs in seventh spot and face their first league match without top striker Harry Crawford who joined Barnet in the transfer window. The Darts have lost one of their last five league fixtures picking eight points in the process. However, Burman’s men have failed to record an away victory in the Conference Premier league for two months. Since beating F.A Cup giant killers Luton Town at Kenilworth Road, the Darts have drawn one and lost four in their league games on the road.

Mansfield Town have enjoyed the limelight since losing to Dartford in October winning six of their last nine league matches. Paul Cox also led the Stags to the F.A Cup third round and admirably went out to Liverpool. In a controversial tie, Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez handled the ball which led to the eventual winning goal for the Premiership club.

Although the Stags have lost their last two at Field Mill, the club were back to winning ways with wins at Stockport County and Southport recently. Cox’s side have played the fewest league games this season and with games in hand are in with a shout of the top five. The Mansfield Town boss is not fazed by the fixture pile up and relishes the challenge to an exciting stretch of the season.

Team News

Elliot Bradbrook has still been out for the Darts, the midfielder last featured against in Dartford 3-2 defeat at Alfreton Town.

Mansfield Town striker Jake Speight is expected to be out for the rest of the season . The 27 year old suffered a torn cartilage. Gary Roberts has gone out on loan to Maltese club Floriana and Paul Cox has signed James Jennings from Cambridge United. Jennings made 22 appearances for The U’s starting all but one of those matches.

Head to Head

Mansfield Town wins: 0 / Dartford wins 1 / Draws: 0

Current League Form

Mansfield Town (WWLWLW) Dartford (WLDDWL)
Southport A 2-1 Macclesfield Town H 2-0
Stockport County A 3-1 Alfreton Town A 2-3
Kidderminster Harriers H 0-2 Ebbsfleet United A 2-2
Alfreton Town A 3-0 Cambridge United H 1-1
Alfreton Town H 1-2 Ebbsfleet United H 3-1
Ebbsfleet United H 4-1 Kidderminster Harriers A 1-5

Dartford top the league table versus sides in the top half of the Conference Premier. Mansfield Town top the current form guide with four wins and two defeats.

Last Meeting

12 October 2012 – Dartford 2 Mansfield Town 0 – Att: 1737

Goalscorers: Bradbrook (45) Hayes (45)

The Darts Lineup: Bettinelli, Burns, Bonner, Arber, Rose, Hayes, Wallis, Bradbrook, Noble, Harris, Birchall (subs used: Rogers, Collier, Erskine)

The Stags Lineup: Mitchell, Dempster, Tafazolli, Geohagon, Howell, Roberts, Todd, Daniel, Speight, Green, Rhead (subs used: Meikle, Briscoe, Sutton)

Match Stats

 

FC Halifax Town v Dartford

 

Dartford could earn a place in the F.A Trophy semi-finals for the first time in 24 years when they play FC Halifax Town on Wednesday.

The Darts have been left out in the cold of late having seen their last three fixtures postponed against Braintree Town, Hereford United and Wednesday night’s hosts. Like the Shaymen games have been scarce as clubs around the country struggled to fulfil matches in snowy conditions.

Volunteers have worked hard to clear the pitch in an attempt to host the Shaymen’s first home game since the last round of the trophy just over a fortnight ago.

The Darts last recorded a fine 2-0 win against F.A Cup giant killers Macclesfield Town. On a freezing cold Tuesday night, the crowd were warmed up by Jon Wallis’s extraordinary 40 yard lob over former Ebbsfleet United goalkeeper Lance Cronin. Dartford worked hard to restrict the Silkmen and were rewarded when substitutes Danny Harris and Lee Noble combined with eight minutes remaining to secure a much needed triumph.

Tony Burman’s side will find the going tough having lost top scorer Harry Crawford to Barnet this week but hope to overcome their Conference North opponents. Dartford will be without top goalscorer Harry Crawford after the striker earned a move to League Two side Barnet. The former Southend United player made 28 appearances (18 starts / 10 substitute) for the Darts and scored 15 times in all competitions.

Losing one up front and gaining another at the back, Tony Burman has acquired loan signing Jack Evans from Gillingham. The 19 year old right back will be at Princes Park for at least a month. Evans made it through the Gillingham Centre of Excellence and spent a loan spell at Welling United.

The Shay Stadium

FC Halifax Town sit just outside the Conference North’s top five with a staggering ten games in hand over league leaders Chester. The Shaymen look a strong possibility to reach the playoffs having lost just four games in the league and conceded the fewest goals in the Conference North, although fixture congestion will stretch the club.

Former Leeds United and Port Vale defender Neil Aspin has led his side to the last eight for the first time since the club reformed. After tax debts brought Halifax Town to an end, the Shaymen have since risen back up from the Northern Premier League Division One North. Aspin earned back to back promotions since his appointment in 2009 and was denied a third successive one last season in the playoffs.

The Shaymen have made plenty of progress to get back to where they once were and in their former guise spent over 80 years in the Football League.

F.A Trophy Semi-Final Draw

Wrexham v Gainsborough Trinity, Gateshead or Barrow

Grimsby Town or Luton Town v FC Halifax Town or Dartford

1st leg scheduled for Saturday 16 February 2013 / 2nd leg scheduled for 23 February 2013

Current Form

(League games unless stated – FAT – F.A Trophy)

FC Halifax Town (WDLWWW) Dartford (WWLDDW)
Chelmsford City (FAT) H 3-0 Macclesfield Town H 2-0
Solihull Moors H 0-0 Bromley (FAT) H 4-2
Gainsborough Trinity A 0-3 Alfreton Town A 2-3
Gainsborough Trinity H 3-1 Ebbsfleet United A 2-2
Maidstone United (FAT) H 2-1 Cambridge United H 1-1
Worcester City A 1-0 Ebbsfleet United H 3-1

Road To Wembley

Third Round

Dartford 4 Bromley 2

New loan signing Dominic Green took no time at all to score on his début taking advantage of a poor back pass. Bromley’s Pierre Joseph-Dubois hit a decent strike past Marcus Bettinelli to level up. A clever counter attack finished by Green ensured the Darts restored their lead before half time. In the second half, Lee Burns netted from Ryan Hayes’ delightful back heel and Harry Crawford continued his excellent form in front of goal. There was time for consolation when Joseph-Dubois scored again for Bromley.

FC Halifax Town 3 Chelmsford City 0

The Shaymen eased into the last eight with a win against their Conference South opponents. Liam Needham’s low drive early on set FC Halifax Town on their way. After the break Jason St Juste scored his first of the season from close range. Needham completed his brace on the counter attack.

Second Round

Dartford 3 Tonbridge Angels 0

In a cup derby at Princes Park the Darts knocked out the Conference South side. Harry Crawford got the Darts on their way when at the second attempt the striker scored to give the Darts an early lead. In the second half top goalscorer Crawford was upended in the penalty box and captain Elliot Bradbrook scored from the spot. The third goal was the pick of the bunch, created by Jacob Erskine’s back heel, Jon Wallis took a touch before emphatically hitting a fine long range strike into the top corner.

FC Halifax Town 2 Maidstone United 1

Gareth Seddon was the Shaymen’s saviour in round two scoring both goals to knock out Dartford’s Kent neighbours. Seddon nodded in the first goal after just five minutes before Alex Brown equalised for the Stones. In additional time at the end of the match a dramatic winner was sealed by Seddon when he dispatched a low cross passed Dartford loanee Deren Ibrahim.

First Round

Kingstonian 0 Dartford 4

The happy memories of promotion two years ago came back to the Darts in round one. The trip to Kingsmeadow started badly when début defender Semi Ajayi conceded a penalty with four minutes on the clock. Fortunatley Andre McCollin’s spot kick was saved by the other loan signing Marcus Bettinelli. From then on Dartford didn’t look back, Jacob Erskine flicked in number one before Simon Huckle was dismissed for the hosts. The lead was doubled when Elliot Bradbrook flicked the ball goalwards with his head and Danny Harris expertly curled home a third. Nathan Collier wrapped up the match by coolly slotting the ball underneath the oncoming goalkeeper.

FC Halifax Town 5 Altrincham 2

The Yorkshire club beat Dartford’s 1989 Quarter Final opponents in some style. Seddon put in an extraordinary performance scoring three goals in as many minutes yet it was the visitors who went in front courtesy of Damien Reeves. The Shaymen levelled when Lee Gregory struck a decent shot before Seddon made club history. Three minutes before half time the striker hit his quick fire hat trick against the ten men of Altrincham. Dale Johnson made it five for the hosts and Nicky Glee grabbed a consolation.

Third Qualifying Round

Cammell Laird 0 FC Halifax Town 1

Seddon started his tremendous F.A Trophy goal scoring run by notching the winning penalty against their Birkenhead opponents. A clean sheet and progression to the first round, for the first time as FC Halifax Town, was just the start of things to come for the Shaymen.

Dartford v Braintree Town – Postponed

 

Snowy conditions in the south east has caused Dartford’s match against Braintree Town to be postponed.

With more than 24 hours until kick off the Princes Park pitch was deemed unplayable making it the second successive postponed fixture for the Darts.

It’s the first match called off at Princes Park this season and the fixture will be re-arranged shortly. With only five Conference Premier games taking place on the weekend it is unlikely many will survive Tuesday night.

Next up, The Darts are scheduled to take on Conference North side FC Halifax Town for a place in the last four of the F.A Trophy.

Hereford United v Dartford – Postponed

 

Saturday’s fixture against Hereford United has been postponed due to the adverse weather conditions.

Despite covers on the Edgar Street pitch the snow has been relentless enough to see the game called off more than 24 hours before kick off.

Weather permitting, Dartford’s next fixture is due to take place at Princes Park on Tuesday night against Braintree Town. The Darts then make the trip up north to face FC Halifax Town for a place in the F.A Trophy semi-finals up for grabs.

No date has been set for the rearranged fixture.

 


Dartford v Macclesfield Town

 

Dartford are back in Conference Premier action on Tuesday night with a home match against Macclesfield Town.

The Darts were beaten by the Silkmen earlier in the season which at the time left Dartford pointless in their opening three fixtures. At the Moss Rose ground the Darts were in the game for the first half hour. The hosts took the lead when Tom Champion headed an own goal and from then on Macclesfield Town dominated the proceedings. In the final minute Mark Arber’s handball conceded a penalty which was scored by Charlie Henry. Since then Tony Burman’s side have climbed the table and sit one place and two points above Macclesfield Town.

Dartford’s last home fixture against the Silkmen was a 0-0 draw in the 1989 F.A Trophy semi-final first leg, the competition the Darts progressed in on the weekend. New loan signing Dominic Green took no time at all to score on his début when slack defending cost Bromley. Green chased down Liam Harwood’s back pass and took advantage slotting the ball into an empty net.

The lead didn’t last long and on 13 minutes Pierre Joseph-Dubois hit a decent strike past Marcus Bettinelli. A clever counter attack ensured the Darts restored the goal lead when Green netted a second, the Dagenham and Redbridge loanee finished from close range.

In the second half, Lee Burns netted his thirtieth goal for the club after Ryan Hayes’ delightful back heel set up the full back. Dartford’s top goalscorer Harry Crawford continued his excellent form in front of goal with his fifteenth of the season. The striker notched up his fourteenth goal at Princes Park, including six goals in the last four home games. There was time for consolation when Joseph-Dubois scored again for Bromley, but the Darts marched into the Quarter Finals for the first time in twenty four years.

League form for the Darts has been ropey of late with three wins in fourteen, the run consists of four draws and after a busy December and a small squad it’s been tough for the squad. Tuesday will see no let up as Macclesfield Town will be buzzing from a cup run of their own and two straight victories.

The Silkmen reached the fourth round of the F.A Cup for the first time in their history with a famous win over Championship leaders Cardiff City. A goal down to Nat Jarvis’s second half opener, the Silkmen rallied to equalise five minutes from time when top scorer Matthew Barnes-Homer slid in from close range after good work from Jack Mackreth. Steve King’s team pushed for a winner and were rewarded three minutes later with a penalty, Barnes-Homer scored the winner to cause a cup upset.

Macclesfield Town followed up their achievement with a comfortable 3-0 win over Braintree Town last Tuesday. Amari Morgan-Smith gave the visitors the lead and Waide Fairhurst added two more.

King has made plenty of changes following Macclesfield Town’s relegation from the Football League last season, none better than bringing in Barnes-Homer. The much travelled striker is having his most productive season yet sitting just two goals behind leader Aaron O’Connor in the Conference Premier scoring charts. The 26 year old has fifteen goals from twenty four league appearances and is the player to watch.

Dartford will be familiar with midfielder Kieran Murtagh, who played on loan for the Conference South champions Woking last season. Craig Braham-Barrett also played against the Darts for Farnborough, the full back was with Steve King at the Hampshire club. The pair have started in all but one league fixture for King, only former Ebbsfleet United goalkeeper Lance Cronin has played every game.

Team News

Dartford’s bench was fuller than the previous match at Alfreton Town with the return of some senior players including Jacob Erskine, Lee Noble and Danny harris. Captain Elliot Bradbrook missed the F.A Trophy win on the weekend. Goalkeeper Louis Wells was on standby to cover Marcus Bettinelli and Dominic Green is in contention to make his league début.

On Saturday longest serving Dartford Ryan Hayes received recognition for his 250th start, the midfielder reached the milestone against Cambridge United.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 1 / Macclesfield Town wins: 2 / Draws: 2 / Dartford Goals: 3/ Macclesfield Town Goals: 7

Current League Form

Dartford (LDDWLL) Macclesfield Town (WDWWDW)
Alfreton Town A 2-3 Braintree Town A 3-0
Ebbsfleet United A 2-2 Southport H 2-2
Cambridge United H 1-1 Southport A 2-3
Ebbsfleet United H 3-1 Nuneaton Town H 0-0
Kidderminster Harriers A 1-5 Forest Green Rovers A 1-1
Lincoln City H 2-4 Hyde H 3-2

Last Meeting

18 August 2012 – Macclesfield Town 2 Dartford 0 – Att: 1420

Goalscorers: Champion (34 o.g), Henry (89 pen)

The Silkmen Lineup: Cronin, Jackson, Brown, Charnock, Braham-Barrett, Henry, Wedgbury, Murtagh, Kissock, Barnes-Homer, Fairhurst (subs used: Edmans, Mackreth, Mendy)

The Darts Lineup: Bettinelli, Rose, Bonner, Arber, Green, Burns, Champion, Bradbrook, Rogers, Erskine, Crawford (subs used: Hayes, Wallis, Harris)

Match Stats


Previous Meetings (FAT = F.A Trophy Semi Finals)

18.08.2012 Macclesfield Town 2 Dartford 0
15.04.1989 (FAT) Macclesfield Town 4 Dartford 1
08.04.1989 (FAT) Dartford 0 Macclesfield Town 0
06.04.1974 (FAT) Dartford 0 Macclesfield Town 0
30.03.1974 (FAT) Macclesfield Town 1 Dartford 2

Stats

Marcus Bettinelli made his Dartford début versus Macclesfield Town back in August. Bettinelli has played 28 competitive matches and has kept eight clean sheets and conceded 34 goals.

Harry Crawford has opened the Dartford scoring in the last three league matches at home.

71% of Dartford players used this season have scored in the league, only Wrexham have a better contribution rate of 75%. Half of the Macclesfield Town squad have scored for their team.

Macclesfield Town are formidable in the last fifteen minutes of matches. The Silkmen have scored the most goals out of all Conference Premier teams during this period.

Since Dartford’s last league clean sheet at Kenilworth Road, they have conceded almost half their goals in the final five minutes of the first or second half (10 out of 22 goals).

 

Dartford v Bromley

 

A Quarter Final place is up for grabs in the F.A Trophy on Saturday as Dartford bid to reach the last eight for the first time in twenty four years.

Standing in the way are Kent rivals Bromley who knocked the Darts out of last season’s F.A Cup avenging the Kent Senior Cup Final defeat the year before. Dartford have fell at this hurdle in the last two campaigns losing to Gateshead two years ago and Isthmian Premier League side Wealdstone in last season’s F.A Trophy.

Dartford enjoy cup success against Bromley

Saturday’s fixture will be the seventh time the two sides have met, since Dartford were promoted to the Conference leagues in 2010. The Darts enjoyed a Bank Holiday August win last year 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.

Two months later, Bromley won the F.A Cup tie when Hakeem Araba converted from the penalty spot. Jack Pallen equalised 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 fifteen minutes left.

Dartford will hope to put Saturday’s defeat to Alfreton Town behind them. After leading twice in the match the Darts eventually succumbed to a last minute goal. Ryan Hayes put Dartford in front with just three minutes on the clock, the winger finished with aplomb curling the ball into the net. The Darts hit the post and had a goal ruled out for offside before the hosts levelled in first half injury time when Daniel Meadows was on the end of Matthew Harriott’s cross.

Just before the hour substitute Nathan Collier headed in his second league goal for the Darts but yet again Alfreton Town pegged back the visitors via Anton Brown fifteen minutes later. Crucially Meadows was at hand for a second time in the final minute leaving the Darts with nothing to show.

In Goldberg’s third spell in charge of the club, Bromley have needed five games to reach the third round with the highlight coming in the last stage of the competition. Goalkeeper, Joe Welch became an instant hero with a last minute penalty save to help Mark Goldberg’s side reach the last sixteen for the first time in the clubs history. Waldren netted the winner from the spot just before half time in a 1-0 victory.

Bromley get revenge by knocking the Darts out of the F.A Cup

The Lillywhites were just point above the relegation zone going into Tuesday’s clash with Dorchester Town but only eight points off the playoffs. The win on Tuesday night against the Magpies pushed Bromley into eleventh spot. Louie Theophanous opened the scoring with a low strike in the first half. On the hour, Moses Swaibu pounced onto a rebound to double the advantage. Two minutes later Theophanous missed from the spot but Elliot Buchanan followed up to make it three. With five minutes left Theophanous was involved again scoring his second and Bromley’s fourth.

Bromley have managed to string a few league results together recently including wins against struggling Eastleigh and Kent side Tonbridge Angels. Although their Conference South campaign started off slowly with two points racked up out of the first five matches, the club put together a five match unbeaten run including three successive wins without conceding. Since October the Lillywhites have been inconsistent in the league and sit in mid table.

Team News

With an overstretched squad Tony Burman had to call on four academy players against Alfreton Town to fill up the bench. Mohammed Eisa made his début as a substitute and George Monger made his first league appearance replacing Elliot Bradbrook in the final minute.

Bradbrook limped off following Jacob Erskine’s earlier injury after just fifteen minutes and Tom Bonner was left out of the squad through illness. Danny Harris suffered a set back on New Years Day and along with Lee Noble were not involved on Saturday.

Burman has also brought in Dominic Green on a months loan from Dagenham and Redbridge. The 23 year old left sided midfielder could well feature on Saturday.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 21 / Bromley wins: 23 / Draws 11 / Dartford goals: 93 / Bromley goals: 98

Previous Six Competitive Meetings

09.04.2012 Bromley 1 Dartford 2
29.10.2011 Dartford 1 Bromley 2
29.08.2011 Dartford 3 Bromley 1
02.05.2011 Dartford 4 Bromley 1
22.04.2011 Bromley 4 Dartford 1
18.09.2010 Dartford 2 Bromley 2

Current Form

(League games unless stated – FAT – F.A Trophy)

Dartford (LLLWDW) Bromley (WWLWWL)
Alfreton Town A 2-3 Dorchester Town A 4-0
Ebbsfleet United A 2-2 Eastleigh H 3-1
Cambridge United H 1-1 Sutton United H 0-2
Ebbsfleet United H 3-1 Tonbridge Angels A 3-0
Kidderminster Harriers A 1-5 Kidderminster Harriers (FAT) H 1-0
Tonbridge Angels (FAT) H 3-0 Farnborough H 0-1

Road To Wembley

Second Round

Dartford 3 Tonbridge Angels 0

In a cup derby at Princes Park the Darts knocked out the Conference South side. Harry Crawford got the Darts on their way when at the second attempt the striker scored to give the Darts an early lead. In the second half top goalscorer Crawford was upended in the penalty box and captain Elliot Bradbrook scored from the spot. The third goal was the pick of the bunch, created by Jacob Erskine’s back heel, Jon Wallis took a touch before emphatically hitting a fine long range strike into the top corner.

Bromley 1 Kidderminster Harriers 0

In one of the second round upsets Bromley headed into round three. Harriers defender Josh Gowling conceded the vital penalty which Danny Waldren dispatched just before the break. Anthony Malbon had the chance to force a replay in the last minute but his spot kick was saved by Joe Welch as Bromley held on to win 1-0. Kidderminster Harriers had suffered only their second defeat in 17 competitive matches.

First Round

Kingstonian 0 Dartford 4

The happy memories of promotion two years ago came back to the Darts in round one. The trip to Kingsmeadow started badly when début defender Semi Ajayi conceded a penalty with four minutes on the clock. Fortunatley Andre McCollin’s spot kick was saved by the other loan signing Marcus Bettinelli. From then on Dartford didn’t look back, Jacob Erskine flicked in number one before Simon Huckle was dismissed for the hosts. The lead was doubled when Elliot Bradbrook flicked the ball goalwards with his head and Danny Harris expertly curled home a third. Nathan Collier wrapped up the match by coolly slotting the ball underneath the oncoming goalkeeper.

Bromley 1 Boreham Wood 1

At Hayes Lane Bromley were heading out of the F.A Trophy after falling behind to a penalty. Moses Swaibu brought down Omer Riza who dusted himself off to net the spot kick. The Lillywhites were behind for nearly three quarters of the match until Pierre Joseph-Dubois headed the equaliser two minutes from time.

Boreham Wood 0 Bromley 2

Yet again at the second attempt the Lillywhites beat Conference South opposition. Charlton Athletic loanee Joe Pigott won apenalty which midfielder Danny Waldren dispatched just before half time. Joe Welch had kept Bromley in the match with some useful saves and Boreham Wood striker Inih Effiong was dismissed. The visitors took full advantage when Michael Malcolm rounded the Wood goalkeeper to put the game out of the reach.

Third Qualifying Round

Bromley 1 Staines Town 1

Two stunning strikes lit up this third qualifying round match as the game ended all square. Elliot Buchanan put Bromley in front ten minutes into the first half. The striker created enough room to hit a 25 yard shot into the top corner giving the hosts a 1-0 lead. In the second half Louis-Rae Beadle levelled up the score with his own 20 yard rasper.

Staines Town 0 Bromley 2

The Lillywhites leaped over their first hurdle with an away win at Wheatsheaf Park. The replay went the way of the visitors thanks to two well taken goals. Just after half time Bromley went ahead when midfielder Tony Finn took the ball round the oncoming goalkeeper Jack Turner to slot home. The qualifier was settled two minutes from time when former Staines Town striker Ali Chaaban lobbed Turner.

Dominic Green joins on loan

 

Tony Burman has used his links with Dagenham and Redbridge to sign midfielder Dominic Green on a months loan.

With squad numbers dwindling in recent weeks Burman appoached the left sided winger to secure his services.

Green has made seven appearances for the Daggers this season and has experience with Championship side Peterborough United. The 23 year-old has also spent time on loan at Chesterfield, Rushden and Diamonds and St Neots Town.

Burman is delighted to have brought in a new face after watching Green a number of times. Dominic follows Richard Rose and Mark Arber as former Daggers in the Dartford squad.

Alfreton Town v Dartford

 

After a festive football fix the Darts travel to The Impact Arena to take on Alfreton Town on Saturday.

Unbeaten in three league outings, a tired Dartford team will hope to have recovered by the weekend to increase their current league run against the Derbyshire club.

Earlier in the season the Darts notched up their biggest win of the campaign beating the Reds 5-1 at Princes Park. Despite the visitors enjoying the majority of possession Dartford were clinical enough to take all three points in September. One player on form that day was hat trick hero Harry Crawford who opened the scoring eleven minutes into the match with a well placed effort. Jacob Erskine added another before Elliot Bradbrook headed in a third from a Ryan Hayes corner.

Three minutes after the interval Bradbrook made a nuisance again as his flick on was finished by Crawford. Danny Meadows grabbed a consolation with ten minutes remaining when his shot went in off the post. However, it was Crawford who took home the match ball when he netted his own rebound eight minutes from time.

The Darts managed to put their four game losing streak behind them over Christmas and the New Year by taking five points from a possible nine. Tony Burman’s side picked themselves up with a Boxing Day win over rivals Ebbsfleet United and a well deserved draw at home to in form Cambridge United.

The amount of games looked to have taken its toll on New Years Day as the Darts let a two goal lead slip in the return fixture versus Ebbsfleet United. Jon Wallis put Dartford in front with a low drive and in the second half Crawford recorded his first away goal in a Dartford shirt and his fourth in three games to make it 2-0. The Fleet hit back immediately when Nathan Elder smashed a shot beyond Marcus Bettinelli and with seconds to go the striker denied Dartford in injury all three points.

Crawford may be taking the plaudits up front but at the other end Marcus Bettinelli has continued to impress with fine displays. The Fulham loanee won man of the match against Cambridge United with some inspirational saves and is set to win PUREDFC‘s man of the match against Ebbsfleet United.

Alfreton Town have suffered two postponements from 22 December onwards. Dartford’s opponents have only managed back to back meetings against Mansfield Town over the festive period. Nicky Law’s side are lying three points above the drop zone in sixteenth place having lost one of their two matches against the Stags.

The Reds have experienced an inconsistent season so far with one league win in five. On Boxing Day the Reds recorded a victory over Mansfield Town recovering from a goal down. John Dempster put Mansfield Town ahead from close range but moments later the scores were level courtesy of Paul Clayton’s header. The winner arrived in the second half when Ben Tomlinson’s low drive won the match for the Derbyshire club.

Alfreton Town have struggled on their own patch with just two victories and only Barrow have earned fewer points at home. The return fixture stayed true to the form book as the away side came out on top again. Mansfield Town comfortably triumphed with a 3-0 win at the Impact Arena. Goals by Exodus Geohaghon, Colin Daniel and Dempster outwitted the home side. After the game Law called on his young side to bounce back after expressing his disappointment with the side.

Striker Clayton is Alfreton Town’s main target up front, in his sixth season with the club he has scored nine times in this season’s Conference Premier in 23 league appearances this campaign. Midfielder Dan Bradley joined the club this summer and he has chipped in with six league goals. In defence, Nicky Law’s son Josh has been ever present this season playing a key role at right back and is the longest serving player for the club.

Team News

Lee Burns returned for The Darts on New Years Day after a one match absence through injury. Danny Harris was replaced just before the hour after the winger looked to have strained a hamstring. Lee Noble was not included in the matchday squad after picking up an injury against Cambridge United. Noble, Tom Bonner and James Rogers all remain one caution away from picking up five for the season.

Alfreton Town’s Leigh Franks returns from a one match suspension whilst Theo Streete, Paul Clayton and Ross Killock are currently on four cautions for the season. Killock has also had his loan spell from Leeds United extended to 2 February 2013. Over Christmas and New Year, central defender and captain Darran Kempson suffered a slight hamstring strain and left-back Connor Franklin has been ill.

Head to Head

Alfreton Town wins: 0 / Dartford wins: 1 / Draws 0 / Alfreton Town goals: 1 / Dartford goals: 5

Current Form

Alfreton Town (LWDLDW) Dartford (DDWLLL)
Mansfield Town H 0-3 Ebbsfleet United A 2-2
Mansfield Town A 2-1 Cambridge United A 1-1
Cambridge United H 1-1 Ebbsfleet United H 3-1
Luton Town A 0-3 Kidderminster Harriers H 1-5
Hyde A 1-1 Lincoln City A 2-4
Woking A 2-1 Nuneaton Town A 0-1

Last Meeting

1 September 2012 – Dartford 5 Alfreton Town 1- Att: 1145

Goalscorers: Crawford (11), Erskine (37), Bradbrook (45), Crawford (48), Meadows (80), Crawford (82)

The Darts Lineup: Bettinelli, Burns, Bonner, Arber, Rose, Champion, Hayes, Rogers, Erskine, Crawford, Bradbrook (subs used: Noble, Collier, Wallis)

The Reds Lineup: Stewart, Law, Kempson, Quinn, Franks, Taylor, Bradley, Brown Russell, Clayton, Tomlinson, (subs used: Arnold, Meadows, Worsfold)

Match Stats