On Tuesday night the Darts will be happy to recreate their Kent Senior Cup semi final win over Charlton Athletic from two seasons ago.
Dartford triumphed over the Addicks in a 3-1 victory with goals from Jack Pallen, Lee Noble and Elliot Bradbrook. The win put the Darts through to their second successive Kent Senior Cup final where they lost to Hythe Town.
Dartford have failed to win any of their pre season fixtures with the latest defeat coming at the hands of another Conference South side. Tony Burman’s side went down 2-0 against Tonbridge Angels on Saturday which followed a 1-0 loss versus Bromley.
On the weekend Burman took a look at Matt Mitchell-King who played against the Darts for rivals Ebbsfleet United last week. The defender was released in the summer by Dartford’s first opponents AFC Wimbledon. Uche Ibemere who scored for a Dartford XI against East Thurrock United was the only other non senior player to start. New signing Kenny Clark and captain Bradbrook were unavailable against the Angels.
As the new season comes ever closer, Burman is still trying to add to the squad looking for someone to partner Jason Prior up front. Goals have been at a premium so far with midfielder Bradbrook leading the way with three during this summer’s friendlies.
Charlton Athletic last played the Darts by making up a side of academy and senior players. Whilst the senior side have started pre season well the XI team were unbeaten having played a number of local non league clubs. The summer started with a 2-1 away win at Maidstone United, followed by a 1-1 draw with Bromley. Thurrock were defeated 3-1 but the streak ended at against Ebbsfleet United on Sunday with a 2-1 defeat. Youngster Oliver Muldoon has been the pre season star for the Addicks scoring four goals in as many games.
Concord Rangers v Dartford XI
On Wednesday, a Dartford XI side will be back in Essex to face newly promoted club Concord Rangers, who went up via the Isthmian Premier League playoffs.
The Darts XI recorded their first victory on Sunday against local side Sutton Athletic. Bode Aniougbe curled a shot in the top corner to give Dartford a half time lead. Jeff Allen doubled the advantage by tapping in number two at the far post and George Monger’s lob added a third. There was still time for a fourth goal as Kakaa Dembele slid home to cap of a 4-0 victory.
Concord Rangers were playing in the Essex Senior League just five years ago and have risen up the non league pyramid. The Beach Boys reached new ground by achieving their highest ever finish last season and will participate in the Conference South for the first time in their history. A fourth place spot last term guaranteed a playoff spot where the Essex club beat Wealdstone and Lowestoft Town.
Managed by Danny Cowley, Concord Rangers are having a superb pre season so far beating Stevenage Borough XI (6-1), local rivals Canvey Island (4-0), Waltham Abbey (3-1), St Albans City (3-0) and Southend United XI (6-0).
A couple of former Darts are now with the Conference South club including midfielder James White who made over a hundred appearances between 2008 and 2011, winning the Isthmian Premier League. Defender Paul Goodacre had a good two years with the Darts featuring in both Conference South seasons. Striker, Tony Stokes was once signed on dual registration and remains a regular for the Beach Boys.