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Forest Green Rovers v Dartford

Dartford will arrive in Gloucestershire on Saturday determined to pick up three points against a below par Forest Green Rovers.

The Darts met their opponents four times last term eventually recording a win against Rovers at the fourth time of asking. A year ago, Dartford forced a F.A Cup replay in the fourth qualifying round before crashing out. In Nailsworth, the first meeting ended one a piece thanks to Jacob Erskine’s equaliser cancelling out James Norwood’s 25 yard strike.

Days later, the replay failed to go to plan for Dartford goalkeeper Louis Wells, his two unfortunate errors proving costly. Harry Crawford may have given the Darts the lead but Forest Green Rovers struck four times to earn a first round place. Jan Klukowski scored a free kick and added a second which Wells should have handled better. The Darts keeper spilt a long range effort for Matthew Taylor to pounce and former Ebbsfleet United player Magno Vieira made it 4-1.

It seemed like the Darts were never going to beat Forest Green Rovers after a 1-0 loss at Princes Park, a fortnight after the F.A Cup exit. However, towards the end of last season Dartford recorded their final win of 2012/13. Danny Harris got the score moving in the eighth minute, scrambling the visitors ahead at The New Lawn. Elliot Bradbrook increased Dartford’s lead from the spot after Ryan Hayes was upended. Eddie Oshodi, who was sent off last week, was red carded for a dangerous tackle but Chris Stokes halved the deficit. Bradbrook’s header restored the two goal advantage meaning Jamie Turley’s goal was merely consolation.

The Darts approach this weekend’s league fixture on the back of a hard working North Kent derby victory. Dartford started brightly without causing too many problems in front of goal whilst Ebbsfleet United had better chances in the first half. Lee Noble won a penalty early in the second half and on his 200th appearance Bradbrook dispatched the spot kick. The Fleet won a penalty of their own and when Anthony Cook missed he became the fourth Ebbsfleet United player to miss from 12 yards this season. The Darts hung on to secure a first round meeting with fellow Conference Premier club Salisbury City.

Tony Burman’s side have failed to win their last five away fixtures in the Conference Premier but enter Saturday unbeaten in six competitive games.

Meanwhile, Forest Green Rovers are unexpectedly in a terrible run of form which cost manager Dave Hockaday his job. Amongst one of the favourites at the start of the season, especially after their 8-0 mauling of Hyde on day one, Rovers have won once in eight league matches and lost the other seven.

To make their campaign worse, the currently longest serving Conference Premier club crashed out of the F.A Cup at the first hurdle, falling to Conference South side Bishop’s Stortford. Reece Prestedge’s goal was enough to send the Bishops into the F.A Cup first round and earn a tie with League Two’s Northampton Town.

Gary Seward took charge in the cup defeat making it clear he would like to continue in his role permanently, just a few days ago Seward parted company with the club. Chairman Dale Vince continues his search and has already approached Gateshead for Gary Mills. The Tynesiders appointed Mills just two months ago and the former York City boss has committed his services to the Heed. In charge on Saturday will be the Academy Manager Scott Bartlett.

Team News

Elliot Bradbrook is the latest name on the Dartford injury list after cracking two ribs in Tuesday nights F.A Cup replay. The Darts skipper blocked a penalty rebound and still managed to finish the rest of the match, helping his side reach the first round proper. Matthew Godden returns from sitting out the two F.A Cup clashes with Ebbsfleet United whilst Jason Prior is racing to get fit. Striker Adam Birchall and defender Kenny Clark look set to make a comeback. Tyrone Sterling has been continuing with his recovery and Matt Fry has returned to action. Academy player Femi Akinwande made his début on Tuesday by coming on as a substitute and loan goalkeeper Tommy Forecast was on the bench. Midfielder Lee Noble and defender Fry are both one caution away from picking up a suspension.

Forest Green Rovers will be without suspended Oshodi, the defender who was sent off agianst the Darts last term was red carded a fortnight ago versus Grimsby Town. Stokes and Matthew Barnes-Homer are currently on four cautions and will face a ban if they pick up another yellow card. Reece Styche is making progress on his return from an anterior cruciate ligament injury by playing a part in Rovers’s defeat to Bishop’s Stortford. Norwood and Aarran Racine return from suspension whilst Kieron Forbes has been a doubt and didn’t feature last weekend.

Head to Head

Forest Green Rovers wins: 2 / Dartford wins: 1 / Draws 3

Current League Form

Forest Green Rovers (LLLLWL) Dartford (WDDLWL)
Grimsby Town A 1-3 Hyde H 4-3
Macclesfield Town H 2-3 Hereford United A 2-2
Kidderminster Harriers A 1-4 Salisbury City H 1-1
Alfreton Town A 2-3 Gateshead A 0-2
Gateshead H 1-0 Southport H 1-0
Tamworth H 1-2 Grimsby Town A 2-5

Last League Meeting at The New Lawn

16 April 2013 – Forest Green Rovers 2 Dartford 3 – Att: 575

Goalscorers: Harris (8), Bradbrook (25 pen), Stokes (48), Bradbrook (52), Turley (79)

The Rovers Lineup: Russell, Hodgkiss, Stokes, Turley, Oshodi, Bangura, Klukowski, Forbes, Vieira, Norwood, Connolly (subs used: Bennett, Odubade, Rowe)

The Darts Lineup: Somogyi, Green, Champion, Bonner, Arber, Wallis, Bradbrook, Burns, Hayes, Harris, Sheringham (subs used: Rogers, Evans, Collier)

Match Stats

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Last Five Meetings (* = F.A Cup)

16.04.2013 Forest Green Rovers 2 Dartford 3
06.11.2012 Dartford 0 Forest Green Rovers 1
23.10.2012* Dartford 1 Forest Green Rovers 4
20.10.2012* Forest Green Rovers 1 Dartford 1
19.04.1997 Forest Green Rovers 0 Dartford 0


2.43 – The average number of goals per game scored at home by Forest Green Rovers this season, the best in the league

12 – Rovers have scored in their last 12 league matches, the longest streak at present in the Conference Premier

62.5% – the percentage of games in which Dartford have failed to score in away matches this campaign

Dartford v Ebbsfleet United

Dartford host rivals Ebbsfleet United as the two sides replay their F.A Cup tie for a place in the first round.

Victory will ensure a place in the proper rounds and a chance to take on fellow Conference Premier side Salisbury City.

For the second season in a row the Darts and the Fleet couldn’t be separated at Stonebridge Road in front of almost 3000 fans. Once again it was the visitors who failed to hold on to their lead. Ebbsfleet United missed a glorious chance to edge in front when goalkeeper Alan Julian conceded a penalty, which was blazed over the crossbar by Ben May on 11 minutes.

Just before the half time interval Dartford midfielder Lee Noble edged the visitors ahead. Following up from a blocked effort Noble guided the ball into Preston Edwards’s net. In the windy conditions Ebbsfleet United salvaged their place in the draw. Two former Chelmsford City players linked up to create the equaliser. Billy Bricknell cut the ball back to Anthony Cook just past the hour to make it 1-1.

Tony Burman was pleased to get a replay and told www.newshopper, “The pressure was on us to win the game today and we haven’t, but I’m delighted with the performance of the players, especially as we were depleted as a squad”, he added: “Losing five members of your squad is not easy and it was a big ask for us coming here with that in mind”.

When talking about a potential first round fixture Burman commented: “We’ve got to get the replay out of the way first before we can even think about what might await in the next round”.

Last season at Princes Park the side who went ahead also failed to make it count. In a Conference Premier clash Liam Enveer-Marum opened the scoring for the Fleet but Harry Crawford restored parity four minutes later. The striker added another on 68 minutes and Elliot Bradbrook put the game beyond doubt ten minutes from time.

Team News

Strikers Matthew Godden and Adam Birchall are unavailable because their parent clubs don’t want them cup tied. The Darts included new signing Tommy Forecast on the bench as goalkeeper cover. On the injury front Jason Prior and Tyrone Sterling are unlikely to feature and Kenny Clark may return.

Ebbsfleet United could be without injured duo Shane Huke and Jon Howe. Huke started in Saturday but was unable to complete the full ninety minutes.

Last Meeting At Princes Park

26 December 2012 – Dartford 3 Ebbsfleet United 1 – Att: 3116

Goalscorers: Enveer-Marum (48), Crawford (52,68), Bradbrook (80)

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

The Fleet Lineup: Edwards, Lorraine, Stone, Phipp, Howe, Barrett, Bellamy, Azeez, Walsh, Enveer-Marum, Elder (sub used: Greenhalgh)

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Ebbsfleet United v Dartford

Dartford eye up a place in the F.A Cup first round on Saturday when they face local rivals Ebbsfleet United.

The short trip across to Stonebridge Road ended all square last season after the previous fixture at Princes Park, six days earlier finished 3-1 to the Darts.

Dartford let a two goal lead slip on New Years Day with Jon Wallis scoring from a low drive and Harry Crawford netting the second. Nathan Elder smashed a shot beyond Marcus Bettinelli as the Fleet hit back immediately and with seconds to go the striker denied Dartford victory in injury time.

At Princes Park, Liam Enveer-Marum now playing for Braintree Town put Ebbsfleet United ahead but Crawford restored parity four minutes later. The striker added another on 68 minutes and Elliot Bradbrook put the game beyond doubt ten minutes from time. Whilst Dartford finished a credible eighth in the Conference Premier in 2012/13, the Fleet were relegated and now compete a division lower.

In less than a year a lot has changed on and off the field for this weekends opponents. A takeover spelt the end of the controversial MyFootballClub ownership days and a Kuwaiti company KEH Sports Limited has saved the club. The popular Liam Daish left his post as Fleet boss and in has come former Charlton Athletic defender Steve Brown.

Dartford go into this weekends cup tie on the back of victory over Hyde. Both sides let leads slip as a Matthew Godden hat trick sealed a topsy turvy 4-3 win for the Darts, stretching their home run to four unbeaten. Loan signing Godden ensured the Darts settled early on with a brace inside a three minute spell. The Scunthorpe striker finished a well worked move on 12 minutes after Ryan Hayes’ pass was dummied by Danny Harris. The visitors had goalkeeper David Carnell subbed due to injury and a minute later his replacement Ashley Frith was picking the ball out the net. Poor Hyde defending led to Godden’s third goal in as many games when he nodded home a Hayes corner. Lee Noble conceded a penalty which Scott Spencer converted and the striker equalised just before the break, leaving the score 2-2 at half time.

In the second half, Hyde turned the match around and looked set for their first win of the campaign when Louis Almond, on loan from Blackpool struck a deflected free kick past Alan Julian to give the Tigers an advantage. Trailing with ten minutes on the clock, Tony Burman swapped youngster George Monger with Ryan Hayes and was rewarded when the midfielder scored a superb 30 yard lob just three minutes after coming on. Godden, who spent a successful spell on loan at the Fleet completed hat trick in the 87th minute with a neatly taken volley.

Both bosses spoke to after the F.A Cup draw, Tony Burman is cautious about managing his side against local rivals who play in a division lower, he said: “We’re in a higher league, which suggests we should win, but cup football is a funny old game and that’s why it’s so exciting”. His opposite number is also looking forward to the tie of the round, Steve Brown commented: “”I had a wry smile when Dartford came out. It’s a juicy one for the media and the supporters”, he added: “It’s a much more favourable draw for us than it is for Tony. Tony will think that’s about as bad as it could get”.


Ebbsfleet United have already had to negotiate two rounds having started in the second qualifying round. Folkestone Invicta came to Stonebridge Road and were Fleets first victims. The Isthmian Division One South side were narrowly beaten by Daryl McMahon’s early winner. In the following round Brown’s side faced fellow Conference South team Eastbourne Borough and kept another clean sheet. A Ben May brace was enough to earn victory and put Fleet a game away from the first round for a second year running.

The Fleet have tasted defeat just three times in the Conference South this campaign but a number of early season draws has seen the Fleet start steadily. After nine matches the Kent club had won one and drawn six leaving them in fifteenth but a solid run has lifted Steve Brown’s side up to seventh.

A comprehensive 6-0 triumph at Weston Super-Mare kick started Brown’s men into action. Not only did they hit six in the league, they hit six in the Kent Senior Cup tie a few days earlier beating Sittingbourne 6-1. The Fleet defeated table toppers Eastleigh 3-1 at Stonebridge Road and on Saturday an early goal from Stacy Long was cancelled out by Gosport Borough’s Sam Pearce, before Ben May netted a second half winner.

The Fleet’s run of half a dozen consecutive wins was ended on Tuesday night in an away trip to Bishop’s Stortford. Cliff Akurang opened the scoring for the home side and added another before he was substituted on half an hour with an injury. Kyle Vassell extended the lead for the Bishops but the Fleet pulled two goals back courtesy of Shane Huke and Anthony Cook.

Dartford have already played Ebbsfleet United in a pre season friendly to warm up for this current campaign. Billy Bricknell, who has scored for both Chelmsford City and Dover Athletic against the Darts, managed another for the Fleet against the run of play. With time running out Bradbrook made sure the friendly finished level at 1-1.

Team News

Lee Burns captained Dartford to the 4-3 win on the weekend but the armband is likely to return to Elliot Bradbrook who missed the game through suspension. The midfielder returns from his one match ban for picking up five cautions. Matt Fry was back in league action after a two match absence through injury whilst Tyrone Sterling and Adam Birchall have been ruled out. Kenny Clark has struggled with a hamstring injury and Jason Prior has been nursing an ankle problem, both players may not be ready to take part but are waiting on the Physio’s report. Matthew Godden could sit out of the F.A Cup tie to prevent him being cup tied for parent club Scunthorpe United. However, Tony Burman is currently in talks with the Iron to see if Godden can feature on Saturday.

For Ebbsfleet United, Jon Howe has picked up an injury whilst Andy Pugh and Grant Basey are back in training. On loan Cambridge United striker, Pugh has had his period with the Fleet extended, however he has not been given permission to play on Saturday.

Head to Head

Ebbsfleet United wins: 107 / Dartford wins: 115 / Draws 90

Current Form (all competitions / FAC – F.A Cup / KSC – Kent Senior Cup)

Ebbsfleet United (LWWWWW) Dartford (WWDDLW)
Bishop’s Stortford A 2-3 Hyde H 4-3
Gosport Borough H 2-1 Charlton Athletic (KSC) H 1-0
Eastbourne Borough (FAC) H 2-0 Hereford United A 2-2
Eastleigh H 3-1 Salisbury City H 1-1
Weston Super-Mare A 6-0 Gateshead A 0-2
Sittingbourne (KSC) A 6-1 Southport H 1-0

Last Competitive Meeting at Stonebridge Road

26 March 2013 – Ebbsfleet United 2 Dartford 2 – Att: 2242

Goalscorers: Wallis (12), Crawford (48), Elder (50, 90)

The Fleet Lineup: Edwards, Stone, Walsh, Lorraine, Howe, Phipp, Barrett, Folkes, Carew, Enveer-Marum, Elder (subs used: Blake, Williams, Azeez)

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

Match Stats

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Previous Five Competitive Meetings

01.01.2013 Ebbsfleet United 2 Dartford 2
26.12.2012 Dartford 3 Ebbsfleet United 1
28.12.2010 Ebbsfleet United 2 Dartford 1
28.08.2010 Dartford 1 Ebbsfleet United 1
29.01.2008 (KSC) Ebbsfleet United 4 Dartford 1

F.A Cup Ten Year Performance





Dartford v Hyde

The Darts host bottom club Hyde on Saturday hoping to inflict more woe on the Greater Manchester side.

At Princes Park, Dartford are unbeaten in three matches and hope to stretch that run and lift themselves higher up the Conference Premier ladder. Hyde are still searching for their first win of the season having picked up just two points so far, losing eleven in a row and making the worst ever Conference Premier start after fifteen games.

In Dartford’s last league fixture they travelled across the country to take on Hereford United. With both sides lacking goals the first half was fairly even with the Darts playing better football but the hosts creating more chances. Lee Noble scored his second of the season after eleven minutes after a decent knock down from Max Cornhill. The second half saw the Bulls turn the match around with the help of their two new loan signings. First, Kevin Krans hit an excellent long range effort to level the scores, then Ross Dyer put the hosts ahead. With five minutes remaining, the Darts ensured a point was taken home when substitute Uche Ibemere headed his first for the club.

Tony Burman will be relieved with a point away from home stopping a sequence of three straight loses on the road. Fortunes in DA1 have been much better recently with seven points claimed out of the last nine available.

Hyde visited Kenilworth Road on the weekend and ended their six game run without scoring. It was Luton Town who took the lead through Andre Gray with 16 minutes played. Hyde levelled on the stroke of half time when Steve McNulty put through his own goal, the Hyde equaliser was the Tigers second strike in almost 13 hours of football. Luke Guttridge nudged the Hatters in front six minutes into the second half and Gray added another two to complete a hat trick.

Just over a year ago the Darts hosted Hyde and found the then Conference North champions difficult to overcome. 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 Dartford found a way back into the game. Jacob Erskine was upended in the box before Crawford’s penalty was saved by David Carnell.

Hyde were reduced to ten men with the dismissal of Adam Griffin, 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.

Team News

Kenny Clark was replaced by the returning Josh Hill against Hereford United adding to the injury stricken defence. Clark tweaked his hamstring allowing Hill to make his first league appearance for the Darts. Tyrone Sterling, Jason Prior and Adam Birchall have been sidelined. Elliot Bradbrook serves a one match ban for accumulating five cautions.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 1 / Hyde wins: 1 / Draws: 0

Current League Form

Dartford (DDLWLW) Hyde (LLLLLL)
Hereford United A 2-2 Luton Town A 1-4
Salisbury City H 1-1 Gateshead H 0-2
Gateshead A 0-2 Braintree Town H 0-3
Southport H 1-0 Lincoln City A 0-3
Grimsby Town A 2-5 Salisbury City A 0-2
Kidderminster Harriers H 3-0 Welling United H 0-1

Last Meeting At Princes Park

30 September 2012 – Dartford 2 Hyde 1 – Att: 1338

Goalscorers: Brown (28), Crawford (85), Rose (90)

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

The Tigers Lineup: Carnell, Brizell, Griffin, Dennis, Lomax, Brown, Poole, Byrne, Tomsett, Spencer, Jevons (subs used: Cox, Crowther, Williams)

Match Stats

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0 – Hyde have yet to keep a clean sheet in this season’s Conference Premier campaign

3 – Dartford have had more possession than their opponents this term on just three occasions

4 – number of players who have scored for Hyde this season, including the own goal at Luton Town

9 – The number of times the Tigers have failed to score in a match, more than any other club this campaign

19 – Josh Hill became the 19th player to feature for Dartford in the league. Only Southport and Lincoln City have used fewer players

The last fifteen minutes of each half is when Hyde have been the most vulnerable. In total they have conceded seven times in the last third of the first half and 11 goals in the final 15 minutes of matches.


Dartford v Charlton Athletic

Dartford are back in Kent Senior Cup action on Wednesday night against holders Charlton Athletic in the quarter final.

The Darts will be hoping to recreate their semi final win over the Addicks from two seasons ago rather than the friendly defeat in July. 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.

In this years pre season fixture, Dartford impressed in the first half and went into the break level with the visitors but without a goal. Charlton Athletic missed a second half penalty before the spot kick taker, Joe Pigott opened the scoring moments later. A breakaway goal sealed victory for the Addicks courtesy of Adebayo Azeez.

Both sides entered this season’s competition in the second round. Dartford negotiated their way past Welling United at Park View Road with Nathan Collier, Tyrone Sterling, Alex Woodyard and Ryan Hayes featuring. Tony Burman also gave starts to Jay Porter, George Monger, Uche Ibemere and Mohamed Eisa.

Eisa struck first with a deflected effort giving the Darts a lead going into half time. Welling United hit back in the second half with a Loick Pires goal but Dartford stretched their lead to 3-1 with strikes from Woodyard and substitute Brima Daramy. The Wings managed a consolation through Loui Fazakerley, the defender scored the final goal of the evening but it was Dartford who progressed to the next round with a 3-2 victory.

Charlton Athletic took on Folkestone Invicta of the Isthmian Division One South making it through with a 1-0 triumph. The development side were made to work hard and were rewarded when captain Bradley Jordan netted what turned out to be the winner. The Addicks won the cup in May thrashing Tonbridge Angels 7-1 in the final lifting the trophy for the first time since 1995.

Dartford will be without suspended captain Elliot Bradbrook who picked up his fifth caution in Saturday’s match at Hereford United. Jason Prior, Adam Birchall, Matt Fry and Tyrone Sterling were all unavailable with injuries.

Hereford United v Dartford

Dartford travel east to west on the weekend to take on Hereford United in an attempt to end an away streak of four games without a win.

The Darts last visited Edgar Street in March and left with no points to take home. Josh O’Keefe’s winning goal after 38 minutes was enough to separate the sides. The midfielder who ended up with a dozen league goals last term finished neatly to earn Hereford United all three points. Moments after falling behind Mark Arber was sent off for bringing down Ryan Bowman, the Bulls top scorer for 2012/13 picked himself up to take the penalty, only to be denied a goal by Louis Wells.

On Tuesday, Tony Burman handed a début to on loan Scunthorpe United striker Matthew Godden. However it was the visitors Salisbury City who took the lead with a wonderful 30 yard strike from Theo Lewis, his third goal of the season. The lead lasted just 12 minutes when Godden netted in his first game following up his own rebound.

The Darts new striker is determined to make his time count at Princes Park claiming ‘it’s a massive year’ for him to prove he can play at a higher level. When speaking to BBC Radio Kent he said: “Whether I’m playing in Scunthorpe’s first team because I’ve impressed when I’ve gone back or impressed other clubs, that’s my main aim when I’m here”. Godden is also optimistic he can settle in with his new team-mates, he added: “By the looks of the lads, the manager, the surroundings, I can’t see myself not being happy here”.

The Bulls finished a creditable sixth back in April, this time they sit ten places lower and two points ahead of the Darts. After relegation from the Football League two years ago, Hereford United have had to cut their cloth accordingly. The club struggled to pay wages on time in April and May and have lately asked fans how to spend money from potential new investors. Chairman, David Keyte has overseen an urgent tax bill settled, a drop in attendances and the loss of Football League funding.

On the field Martin Foyle remains in charge and has had to deal with the departures of Bowman and influential midfielder Sam Clucas. After one of the biggest turnover of players in the summer, the Bulls have made home form count losing once in six matches at Edgar Street. Wins against Tamworth, Welling United and Lincoln City have all been narrow whilst draws versus Braintree Town and Luton Town have added to the points tally.

However, Hereford United have tasted victory just once in eight games with their recent failure away at Macclesfield Town. Silkman’s Connor Jennings scored the winner in the 62nd minute, making it six in five games for the 22 year old. Hereford United were unable to level the match which was not helped by Sam Smith’s dismissal for violent conduct. The defeat follows a loss by the same scoreline to league leaders Cambridge United on the weekend. The Bulls have not managed a goal in their last three outings.

Team News

Tyrone Sterling, Matt Fry and Adam Birchall are still sidelined through injury. Josh Hill is looking to regain match fitness whilst Mat Mitchel-King returned to action in the week completing a full 90 minutes. Striker, Jason Prior couldn’t finish Tuesday night’s draw due to an ankle problem, he managed just half an hour of football. Prior’s injury means Matthew Godden looks set to start his second game with the club. Elliot Bradbrook is still one caution away from suspension.

Kingsley James missed the mid week action for Hereford United after picking up a knock last weekend. O’Keefe, who scored the winning goal last season is recovery from injury along with Joel Edwards and Michael Rankine. Sam Smith’s red card in Tuesday’s defeat at Macclesfield Town means he will start his suspension.

Head to Head

Hereford United wins: 21 / Dartford wins: 11 / Draws 10

Current Form

Hereford United (LWWLLW) Dartford (DLWLWL)
Macclesfield Town A 0-1 Salisbury City H 1-1
Cambridge United A 0-1 Gateshead A 0-2
Luton Town H 0-0 Southport H 1-0
Lincoln City H 1-0 Grimsby Town A 2-5
FC Halifax Town A 1-1 Kidderminster Harriers H 3-0
Nuneaton Town A 1-2 Luton Town A 0-3

Last League Meeting at Edgar Street

26 March 2013 – Hereford United 1 Dartford 0 – Att: 662

Goalscorers: O’Keefe (38)

The Bulls Lineup: Bittner, Heath, Graham, Carruthers, Stam, Watkins, James, Clucas, O’Keefe, Sharp, Bowman (sub used: Connor)

The Darts Lineup: Wells, Rose, Arber, Bonner, Burns, Champion, Bradbrook, Noble, Rogers, Prior, Sheringham (subs used: Hayes, Erskine, Collier)

Match Stats

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Last Five Meetings

26.03.2013 Hereford United 1 Dartford 0
15.09.2012 Dartford 4 Hereford United 0
14.03.1972 Dartford 0 Hereford United 1
26.02.1972 (FAT) Hereford United 0 Dartford 1
09.10.1971 Hereford United 3 Dartford 0


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Dartford v Salisbury City

The last two Conference South playoff winners go head to head on Tuesday night when the Darts host an in form Salisbury City.

Dartford approach their mid week fixture having lost a third consecutive away match on Saturday. Tony Burman’s side were unable to break their duck at Gateshead losing 2-0 at the International Stadium for a second season in a row.

Once again Dartford drew a blank up in the North East and continue to wait for their first goal away at the Heed. The hosts enjoyed the majority of possession and dominated throughout. James Marwood scored just before the break and Rob Ramshaw just before the hour to condemn the Darts to a fifth defeat in seven away games.

With Jason Prior as the only recognised striker fit, Tony Burman has delved in to the loan market this week. Matthew Godden, who scored five times for Ebbsfleet United last term in a loan spell, arrives at Princes Park from League Two side Scunthorpe United.

Salisbury City may have won just twice on the road, however a current run of one reverse in ten Conference Premier outings have pushed the Wiltshire club up to seventh.

The Whites changed manager in the summer by appointing England’s youngest full time manager. Mikey Harris took over from ex team-mate Darrell Clarke and opened the campaign with three straight losses. The 29 year old improved fortunes guiding the Whites to an eight match unbeaten run. Although the sequence ended at Barnet, Salisbury City were back to winning ways on the weekend.

Two goals in the space of three minutes turned their fixture against Wrexham on its head. Joe Anyinsah had the Welsh club in the driving seat five minutes prior half time as Wrexham went in a goal up at the break. Dan Fitchett levelled the match with eleven minutes remaining and moments later a crafty back heel by Angus McDonald won three points for the Whites.

Two season’s ago Dartford completed a double over Salisbury City during a campaign which ended in Conference South playoff glory. At Princes Park, Jacob Erskine and James Rogers ensured their goals helped the Darts to a 2-0 win. Burman also handed a loan debut to Luke Wilkinson that day which turned out to be a successful spell for the centre back.

Three months earlier Dartford had to grind out victory having fallen behind in the first minute. Stuart Anderson’s deflected shot wrong footed goalkeeper Louis Wells, who was making his first start for the Darts. Jon Wallis equalised with a free kick which was spilt by Salisbury City’s Conor Gough. The young goalkeeper conceded again in the second half against the onrushing Jacob Erskine, a collision left Gough with broken ribs.

Salisbury City only had to wait another year until they clinched promotion back to the Conference Premier with a playoff final win against Dover Athletic.

Team News

Tyrone Sterling missed another Conference Premier match through injury and Matt Fry couldn’t complete the full ninety minutes at Gateshead. The defender will be out with a knee problem whilst striker Adam Burchill is sidelined with a hamstring issue.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 9 / Salisbury City wins: 7 / Draws: 3

Current League Form

Dartford (LWLWLL) Salisbury City (WLWWDW)
Gateshead A 0-2 Wrexham H 2-1
Southport H 1-0 Barnet A 1-3
Grimsby Town A 2-5 Hyde H 2-0
Kidderminster Harriers H 3-0 Nuneaton Town A 2-1
Luton Town A 0-3 Braintree Town H 1-1
Nuneaton Town H 1-2 Chester H 3-1

Last Meeting At Princes Park

25 February 2012 – Dartford 2 Salisbury City 0 – Att: 941

Goalscorers: Erskine (47), Rogers (53)

The Darts Lineup: Wells, Burns, Green, Bonner, Wilkinson, Champion, Noble, Wallis, Erskine, Rogers, Harris (subs used: Graham, Garrod)

Last Five Meetings

25.02.2012 Dartford 2 Salisbury City 0
05.11.2011 Salisbury City 1 Dartford 2
29.11.2003 Salisbury City 3 Dartford 1
18.10.2003 Dartford 0 Salisbury City 3
18.03.2003 Dartford 1 Salisbury City 4

Gateshead v Dartford

Dartford make a long trip North East on the weekend in search for their first ever win and goal at Gateshead in three previous attempts.

The Darts first met the Tynesiders 28 years ago in what is today’s equivalent of the Conference Premier. An F.A Trophy defeat over two and a half years ago coupled with last season’s loss has left Dartford waiting for their first away victory at the Gateshead International Stadium.

Just over a year ago, the Heed claimed all three points to end Dartford’s run of four consecutive wins. A goal five minutes before half time lifted the home side when Micky Cummins headed in the opener. Gateshead continued to dominate possession with Josh Gillies securing the match just past the hour to complete a 2-0 triumph. In the return fixture at Princes Park, a Ryan Hayes inspired performance led Dartford to a 3-0 win. In the space of twenty second half minutes Hayes bagged a brace and Charlie Sheringham finished off the scoring.

Dartford enter their away jaunt on the back of a 1-0 win over Southport, however the afternoon didn’t start off to plan. Tony Burman was twenty minutes away from starting defender Mat Mithcel-King in goal because first choice keeper Alan Julian was stuck in traffic. The Darts boss defended his decision to exclude a goalkeeper on the bench, he told BBC Radio Kent: “We made a decision in the summer that we might not have a keeper on the bench as many times as what we would like”. The squad does include two other shot stoppers, Derren Ibrahim is on dual registration with Leatherhead and Tom Welham is in Spain on lengthy course and is due back in December.

Just past the half hour mark, Elliot Bradbrook got on the end of Lee Noble’s corner only for Southport goalkeeper Danny Hurst to parry the captain’s shot. Striker Adam Birchall followed up the rebound to net his second goal of the campaign. The much needed home win lifted the Darts to seventeenth but it’s the away form which needs improving, Dartford have suffered back to back away defeats conceding eight goals in the process.

Last time the Darts faced Gateshead, the Heed were managed by Anth Smith. The former Gateshead boss took on the role last term and after three straight defeats to open this campaign his offer to resign was leaked on social media. Making his position untenable according to chairman Graham Wood, the Heed were left managerless until a month ago.

In the interim period Gateshead lost, drew and won a game each and now Gary Mills is in charge. The 51 year old won the European Cup as a player with Nottingham Forest in 1980. In the dug out he led Tamworth to the Conference North title four years ago and York City to F.A Trophy and Conference Premier playoff glory in 2012.

The Heed sit one place above Dartford level on points, separated by goal difference the North East club have struggled against sides in the top half of the table making the most of games against sides in the lower section. Over the last week Mills has brought in former Tottenham Hotspur and Reading midfielder Darren Caskey as his assistant. Mills spoke to BBC Sport and said: “He is someone I have known for a long time. He prepares his teams like I do and we are on the same wave length”, he added: “Darren has a strong background in both Football League and non-league circles, has a wealth of experience and is a bubbly character”.

Dartford will be on the look out for striker Colin Larkin on the weekend who’s featured in every league match so far. The 31 year old enjoyed scoring a first half hat trick at Princes Park for Lincoln City in December and a last minute penalty at Sincil Bank in February. John Oster recently joined on non contract terms, the 34 year old winger earned 13 caps for Wales and has Football League experience behind him.

Team News

Elliot Bradbrook is one caution away from picking up a suspension. The Dartford captain picked up his fourth yellow card in the 1-0 win against Southport. Tyrone Sterling was the only player unavailable for selection last weekend through injury. Gateshead’s Marcus Maddison is also a booking from suspension.

Head to Head

Gateshead wins: 3 / Dartford wins: 1 / Draws 1

Current Form

Gateshead (LWWLLW) Dartford (WLWLLD)
Forest Green Rovers A 0-1 Southport H 1-0
Chester H 3-2 Grimsby Town A 2-5
Tamworth A 1-0 Kidderminster Harriers H 3-0
Wrexham H 0-3 Luton Town A 0-3
Cambridge United A 0-1 Nuneaton Town H 1-2
Hereford United H 2-1 Chester A 0-0

Last League Meeting at the International Stadium

8 September 2012 – Gateshead 2 Dartford 0 – Att: 758

Goalscorers: Cummins (40), Gillies (63)

The Heed Lineup: Bartlett, Magnay, Boyle, Clark, Bush, Chandler, Gillies, Turnbull, Cummins, Donaldson, Odubade (subs used: McGorrigan, Marwood, Fisher)

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

Match Stats

Last Five Meetings (FAT = F.A Trophy)

23.03.2013 Dartford 3 Gateshead 0
08.09.2012 Gateshead 2 Dartford 0
05.02.2011 (FAT) Gateshead 3 Dartford 0
04.05.1985 Dartford 1 Gateshead 2
09.03.1985 Gateshead 0 Dartford 0


0 – Dartford have yet to concede a goal when they have gone on to win a league match this season

2 – Danny Harris has scored half of Dartford’s away goals in the Conference Premier this term

5 – Gateshead have scored in all but one of their home fixtures in the 2013/2014 campaign

503 – The Heed  recorded the lowest average home attendance in 2012/13. This time only Alfreton Town have a lower home average so far.