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Dartford v Forest Green Rovers

Dartford take a break from league action as their F.A Trophy campaign starts with a home tie against Forest Green Rovers.

Hoping to repeat last season’s run to the semi-final, the Darts enter the first round on the back of seven straight defeats in all competitions. The terrible November run started against this weekend’s opponents at the New Lawn, when James Norwood fired Rovers in front after five minutes. The striker’s header was enough to end a run of five consecutive loses for Forest Green Rovers before a new manager was appointed.

Judging by the form book, Dartford will be underdogs versus the side that knocked them out of the F.A Cup over a year ago. Taking Rovers to a replay, the Darts followed up the 1-1 away draw with defeat. Jan Klukowski’s double along with goals from Matthew Taylor and Magno Vieira, overturned Harry Crawford’s strike to guide Forest Green Rovers into the first round. Within a fortnight, the Gloucestershire club notched another win beating Dartford 1-0 in the league.

Out of the four meetings with Forest Green Rovers during 2012/13, the Darts claimed one victory with a 3-2 win in Nailsworth. Danny Harris scrambled the visitors ahead and Elliot Bradbrook scored from the spot. Chris Stokes halved the deficit before Bradbrook headed in his second, Jamie Turley recorded a consolation goal for the hosts.

On Tuesday night, Tony Burman watched his side fall to a Barnet side who had not won a Tuesday night fixture for eight years. England C international Keanu Marsh-Brown scored from a tight angle on his return to the side, the striker now has eight league strikes to his name this season. Luisma Villa curled a 20-yard free kick into the top corner to secure the triumph for the Bees and his third goal in five matches.

In order to strengthen the current squad, Burman turned to Luton Town again on deadline day for loan signings. Midfielder, Jim Stevenson joins from the Hatters until 4 January. The 21 year old has made six appearances for Luton Town this season after being signed from Conference North club Histon.

Forest Green Rovers Chairman, Dale Vince decided to freshen his management team up at the end of October. Hovering four points above the bottom four and suffering a F.A Cup exit to Conference South side Bishop’s Stortford, Dave Hockaday left his position as boss. With Gary Mills and Steve Burr on Vince’s wishlist, the pair pledged their futures to their current clubs. Former Bournemouth and Gillingham defender Adrian Pennock was appointed just over a fortnight ago. Having gained coaching experience under Tony Pulis at Stoke City and managerial experience at Welling United, the 42 year old has made a promising start.

Home wins against Nuneaton Town and Lincoln City may have been followed by defeat at Wrexham but Pennock made amends on Tuesday night. Travelling to Salisbury City, Rovers secured their first away win since August as Norwood scored the first and last goals on the night. Salisbury City’s Dan Fitchett equalised but a Danny Wright volley and Klukowski penalty was rounded off with Norwood’s second in a 4-1 triumph. The Gloucestershire club have moved up to 12th in the Conference Premier, four points off the playoffs.

The two time F.A Trophy runners up were knocked out at the second round last season to Conference North side Gainsborough Trinity.

Team News

Dartford’s injury crisis continues, in mid week Jason Prior lasted less than a half and was taken to hospital. The striker who suffered a serious leg injury last year will be out of action again. Elliot Bradbrook battled through the full ninety minutes despite his repairing ribs feeling tender. Matthew Godden was not fit enough to start against Barnet suffering from last weeks calf strain, the Darts top scorer did manage to get on the park for half an hour. Lee Noble is suspended for the red card he picked up versus Gateshead and defender Kenny Clark’s fifth caution on Tuesday night means he will miss one match.

England C international, Jamie Turley is available having served a one match ban for the two cautions he picked up at Wrexham. Defender Eddie Oshodi stepped in on Tuesday night but he is one more yellow card away from another suspension. Chris Stokes has been out of action, his last appearance was against Dartford. Former Ebbsfleet United midfielder Magno Vieira also missed the mid week trip to Salisbury City. Striker, Matthew Barnes-Homer picked up his fifth yellow card in the 4-1 win at the Raymond McEnhill Stadium and will be suspended.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 1 / Forest Green Rovers wins: 3 / Draws 3 (* = F.A Cup)

02.11.2013 Dartford 0 Forest Green Rovers 1
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
16.11.1996 Dartford 0 Forest Green Rovers 0

F.A Trophy Ten Year Performance

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Dartford and Forest Green Rovers have come runners up three times between them in the F.A Trophy. The Darts lost 2-1 against Morecambe in the 1974 final. Rovers were defeated 1-0 in 1999 versus Kingstonian and by the same scoreline against Canvey Island two years later.

Dartford’s run to last season’s semi-final was their best F.A Trophy performance since the 1988/89 campaign. The Darts were beaten by Macclesfield Town 4-1 on aggregate having drawn the first leg 0-0 at Watling Street.

No side have ever won the F.A Vase and F.A Trophy, Forest Green Rovers remain the closest to have achieved this double. Having won the vase in 1982 and reaching the trophy final twice.

Forest Green Rovers have only failed to score on three occasions this season, twice in the league and once in the F.A Cup. No team in the Conference Premier has failed on fewer occasions.

Dartford v Barnet

Tony Burman will pit his wits against a Champions League winner Edgar Davids as Dartford host Barnet in an attempt to end a six game losing streak.

The Darts have been going through a tough time of late leaving Burman reacting and bringing in more players on loan. Over the past week winger Dave Martin has come back to Princes Park after six years away and Connor Essam has returned too. The former Gillingham defender played seven times in his previous loan spell and joins for a month from League One club Crawley Town. With Alan Julian out through injury in recent weeks Phil Smith also arrived on loan from League Two south coast side Portsmouth.

Martin made his second start back in the white shirt, Essam his first since returning and Smith his début. Elliot Bradbrook returned after missing the last five Conference Premier matches with cracked ribs. Top scorer Matthew Godden was ruled out after failing a late fitness test. In an improved defensive display the Darts were just a minute away from a clean sheet until Gateshead’s James Brown scored the winner in the 89th minute. The goal came late on despite midfielder Lee Noble being sent off for violent conduct just passed the hour mark, defeat keeps Burman’s side in the bottom four.

Burman recognises his side are going through a hard period, he told BBC Radio Kent: “There’s been a bit of stick flying about but the crowd was excellent – it’s a really difficult period. It’s tough and today was one of those games we could have got a point out of it”.

The Dartford manager felt aggrieved with the officials decision to dismiss Noble, he commented: “To get a player sent off when things are going OK, it’s a bitter pill to swallow”, he added: “The first glimpse of it on a small screen is the referee has got it wrong. Lee has not elbowed someone, and the ref says he’s hit him in the face”.

Barnet were relegated out of the Football League and returned to the Conference Premier after eight years away. Despite dropping a division the Hertfordshire club have started a new era with a new stadium, The Hive will be visited by the Darts in just over a weeks time.

This month, Barnet have faced three of the top four beating Kidderminster Harriers and drawing with league leaders Cambridge United. Sandwiched between those to fixtures the Bees drew 0-0 with Welling United, at the time keeping a third clean sheet in a row. However, Barnet lost their first league game in nine on the weekend when they travelled to Blundell Park. Grimsby Town’s Ross Hannah scored a decent half volley and Liam Hearn doubles the Mariners money. Dave Stephens pulled a goal back for Barnet from 25 yards but they were unable to salvage any points on the road.

With the exception of September’s blip, where Davids’s side recorded just one win, the Bees have been difficult to beat. Only leaders Cambridge United and third placed Luton Town have lost fewer league fixtures as Barnet have steadily gone about their business. Dartford could see the return of Harry Crawford who managed a goal every other league game before signing for the Bees. The 21 year old top scored in the Darts Conference Premier campaign last season, however time on the field this term has been limited. Crawford has netted two league goals in seven starts and nine substitute appearances.

When the Darts last played the Bees in the league 27 years ago, Burman was part of the squad involved in an entertaining 5-3 victory at Watling Street. The earlier fixture that season, played at Barnet’s former home Underhill ended 2-0 to the hosts.

Team News

Alan Julian,Ryan Hayes and Matthew Godden all missed Saturday’s narrow defeat. Lee Noble will start his suspension for the red card on the weekend.

Barnet top goalscorer Keanu Marsh-Brown returns from a three match ban. The England C international was sent off in the F.A Cup defeat against Preston North End. Marsh-Brown has scored seven times in 16 starts in this season’s Conference Premier but has not scored in the league since 5 October. Jake Hyde, Dani Lopez and Luke Gambin all missed the trip to Blundell Park on Saturday.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 9 / Barnet wins: 12 / Draws: 3

Current League Form

Dartford (LLLLLW) Barnet (LDDWWD)
Gateshead H 0-1 Grimsby Town A 1-2
Wrexham H 1-5 Cambridge United H 2-2
Macclesfield Town A 1-3 Welling United H 0-0
Woking A 0-3 Kidderminster Harriers H 1-0
Forest Green Rovers H 0-1 Hereford United A 1-0
Hyde H 4-3 Wrexham H 1-1

Previous Five Meetings

03.11.1987 Dartford 1 Barnet 3
04.01.1986 Dartford 5 Barnet 3
01.10.1985 Barnet 2 Dartford 0
15.12.1984 Dartford 2 Barnet 0
24.11.1984 Barnet 0 Dartford 1

Dartford v Gateshead

Dartford will need to tighten up at the back if they want to end a four game losing streak in the Conference Premier.

The Darts hope to repeat the same result they had against Gateshead last season at Princes Park. Having been beaten 2-0 in the North East for the last two campaigns, Dartford recorded their first win against Gateshead in the home fixture back in March.

An inspirational Ryan Hayes turned the corresponding fixture last time out after coming off the bench. A blocked effort was followed up by Hayes who struck home the opener with 24 minutes to go. Six minutes later, the winger found space on the right and cut inside onto his left foot, with only one thing in his mind Hayes curled in a superb trademark finish. The scoreline got even better for the Darts when the return of Charlie Sheringham finished off the visitors in style.

It’s been only seven weeks since the last meeting between the two clubs with Gateshead claiming the three points. 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.

On Tuesday night, Dartford were outclassed and taking the lead after just three minutes was as good as it got. Lee Burns finished well when he overlapped onto Lee Noble’s pass. It took Wrexham a dozen minutes to level when former Premier League striker Brett Ormerod’s deflected effort left stand in goalkeeper Tommy Forecast with no chance. Joe Clarke added a second for the visitors and by half time it was 4-1 as Rob Ogleby and Ormerod added more. In the second half a quick free kick caught the Dartford defence out once more with Johnny Hunt sealing a 5-1 win for the Welshmen.

The Darts have now conceded 15 goals in their last four competitive matches leaving Tony Burman a tough task. When speaking to BBC Radio Kent, Burman said  he was ‘gobsmacked’ with his team’s defensive display citing the “worst defensive play” his seen from a Dartford side. Having felt ‘let down’ he did point out that he “got a decent performance from the guys who played in front of the back four”. With the Darts in a relegation battle at this stage of the season, Burman has called for his players to have “guts and determination”.

Over the last week Burman has made moves to tighten up the squad by bringing back Connor Essam on loan from Crawley Town. The 21 year old impressed at the Darts just two years ago in a loan spell. The Dartford boss has also bought in goalkeeper Phil Smith from League Two side Portsmouth, the 33 year old has had spells with Kent sides Folkestone Invicta, Dover Athletic and Margate as well as gaining experience at Crawley Town and Swindon Town.

This weekend’s opponents, Gateshead have already seen a change this campaign when Anth Smith resigned as manager in the first week of 2013/2014 season. The Heed lost their opening three matches, the former Sunderland defender was left frustrated by his players. At the beginning of September, the Tynesiders appointed Gary Mills to take charge who has successfully guided his team half was up the Conference Premier standings.

Gary Mills’s side has certainly entertained in their last two league fixtures winning and losing 3-2. In fact, their F.A Cup first round tie against Oxford United ended 2-2 with the Heed throwing away a two goal lead. The replay scheduled for this week was postponed. One defeat in seven league matches, including a four match winning streak whilst going almost seven hours without conceding has moved Gateshead in the right direction. Attacking midfielder, James Marwood scored against the Darts and since netted four in six league games.

 

Team News

Dartford’s squad is stretched once more despite the arrival of Dave Martin on loan. Ryan Hayes who had a scan last weekend has been ruled out forcing Burman to draft in Martin. Alan Julian’s groin injury gave Forecast his full début on Tuesday and Elliot Bradbrook was still out but back to light training. On the suspension front, Matt Fry picked up his fifth caution and will be suspended against Gateshead.

For the Heed, Marcus Maddison has been out with glandular fever and defender Luke O’Brien with a knee injury. Striker Liam Hatch is also a long-term absentee with a broken coccyx.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 1 / Gateshead wins: 4 / Draws: 1

Current League Form

Dartford (LLLLWD) Gateshead (WLDWWW)
Wrexham H 1-5 Salisbury City H 3-2
Macclesfield Town A 1-3 Wrexham A 2-3
Woking A 0-3 Luton Town H 0-0
Forest Green Rovers H 0-1 Nuneaton Town A 4-1
Hyde H 4-3 Alfreton Town H 3-0
Hereford United A 2-2 Hyde A 2-0

Last Meeting At Princes Park

9 March 2013 – Dartford 3 Gateshead 0 – Att: 1020

Goalscorers: Hayes (66, 72), Sheringham (86)

The Darts Lineup: Bettinelli, Green, Arber, Bonner, Burns, Champion, Bradbrook, Noble, Evans, Harris , Sheringham (subs used: Rogers, Hayes, Prior)

The Heed Lineup: Bartlett, Boyle, Curtis, Clark, Chandler, Gillies, Turnbull, Cummins, Marwood, Donaldson, Brown (sub used: Henderson)

Match Stats

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Previous Meetings

05.10.2013 Gateshead 2 Dartford 0
23.02.2013 Dartford 3 Gateshead 0
08.09.2012 Gateshead 2 Dartford 0
05.02.2011 Gateshead 3 Dartford 0
04.05.1985 Dartford 1 Gateshead 2
09.03.1985 Gateshead 0 Dartford 0

Stats

5 – The top league scorers for both teams have found the net five times. Matthew Godden for Dartford and Larkin, Jordan Huggill and Marwood for Gateshead. Huggill’s excellent form whilst on loan earned him a first team spot back at Port Vale.

Lee Burns is the only Dartford player to start every league game this season, Alex Woodyard is the only other player to have featured in all 20 matches

Gateshead have three ever present players, Adam Bartlett has started every Heed match between the sticks and Phil Turnbull has been ever present too. Colin Larkin is not always selected for the first eleven and has made two substitute appearances.

 

Dartford v Wrexham

Dartford will be pleased to return home this week to face Wrexham after a run of four straight away defeats.

The Darts will be boosted by the news that former favourite Dave Martin has returned to Princes Park on a months loan. The winger left Dartford six years ago after impressing Crystal Palace when he was playing at Isthmian Division One level. He moved to rivals Millwall where he enjoyed a successful spell with the Lions. Martin has also had loan spells at Derby County, Notts County and Walsall before joining Southend United.  In January, Martin moved to Luton Town where his made 22 league appearances, scoring three times.

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Dave Martin in action during his previous spell 

Tony Burman will be desperate for his side to repeat the Princes Park victory against the Welsh club last term. In the second ever meeting between the two sides Dartford came from behind to shock the Dragons. Scheduled for a Friday night televised fixture, the match was rearranged to the following day due to poor weather conditions.

Wrexham’s Kevin Thornton set up Danny Wright for the opener giving the visitors a half time lead. The game turned late on when substitute Jack Evans equalised and a last minute Elliot Bradbrook header completed the upset.

In the only other meeting between the two sides, the match ended 2-2 at the Racecourse Ground. Danny Harris scored early on before Wrexham turned the match around with goals from Wright and Andy Bishop. Lee Noble rescued a point for the Darts with a superb last minute free kick.

The Darts slipped to third from bottom on the weekend with defeat at Macclesfield Town. Taking a rare lead on their travels, Dartford threw away the points in the space of just three minutes. Adam Birchall won a penalty which fellow loanee Matthew Godden scored after 13 minutes. The Scunthorpe United striker made sure the Darts led at the break. Macclesfield Town’s Scott Boden levelled the match on 66 minutes. Three minutes later Godden was upstaged by Scunthorpe United team mate Connor Jennings. The 22 year old notched a brace to take his tally to 13 goals in 14 league games.

Having lost by three goals at Woking, all scored in the last half hour, Burman realises more work is required to go the distance, he told BBC Radio Kent: “I felt we deserved something in the first half. We got the penalty and second half we should have kept the ball better and there wasn’t too much in the game up until then”, he added: “You’ve got to do it for 90 minutes, not 65”.

Wrexham finished 5th last season losing an all Welsh playoff final to Newport County. The F.A Trophy holders have started slower than expected occupying 16th position.

Away from home, the Dragons have not won in the Conference Premier in their last five attempts. With just one triumph on the road and two draws, Andy Morrell’s side have picked up the same number of points as Dartford on their travels.

Wrexham tasted another away day defeat on the weekend at Kidderminster Harriers. Joe Lolley’s brace put the hosts two up only for the lead to half by Adrian Cieslewicz’s goal. The ball appeared to have gone through a hole in the net causing lengthy discussions between the match officials. Chey Dunkley made sure the hosts regained a two goal advantage. Hope was lost when Wrexham’s top striker Andy Bishop was sent off.

Player-manager Andy Morrell was disappointed with the standard of officiating, he told BBC Radio Wales: “You just ask pretty much for a fair playing field and somebody decent to officiate it. I thought she (referee Amy Fearn) got a fair few decisions wrong.”

When referring to Wrexham’s goal, he commented: “We all saw it, their manager knew it was a goal but the ref’s not given it”, he continued: “The decision was right, but obviously the linesman should check the net before the game. They always run over and look like they’re doing something, so I don’t know exactly what they do do”.

Team News
Ryan Hayes missed Saturday’s trip to Macclesfield Town as he was having a knee scan. Elliot Bradbrook is still recovering from cracked ribs. Reserve goalkeeper Tommy Forecast made his Dartford debut, replacing Alan Julian at half time. Julian suffered from a leg strain which ended a run of 18 full league appearances for the club. If fit Lee Noble will return from his one match suspension for picking up five cautions. The midfielder was substituted in his last appearance for the Darts with an ankle injury.

Andy Bishop will be missing through suspension, the Wrexham striker was sent off for violent conduct on the weekend. The Dragons also have concerns about their goalkeeper Andy Coughlin. The 20 year old missed the last two league games with a throat problem. Joslain Mayebi has been called upon recently completing his 14th start of the campaign on Saturday.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 1 / Wrexham wins: 0 / Draws: 1

Current League Form

Dartford (LLLWDD) Wrexham (LWLWDW)
Macclesfield Town A 1-3 Kidderminster Harriers A 1-3
Woking A 0-3 Gateshead H 3-2
Forest Green Rovers A 0-1 Macclesfield Town A 2-3
Hyde H 4-3 Woking H 2-0
Hereford United A 2-2 Barnet A 1-1
Salisbury City H 1-1 Southport H 1-0

Last Meeting At Princes Park

9 March 2013 – Dartford 2 Wrexham 1 – Att: 815

Goalscorers: Wright (26), Evans (74), Bradbrook (90)

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

The Dragons Lineup: Maxwell, S.Wright, Ashton, Westwood, Artell, Keates, Clarke, Thornton, D. Wright, Ormerod, Adebola (subs used: Ogleby, Cieslewicz)

Match Stats

dfc v wfc stats

League Stats (taken from bbc.co.uk)

5 – Only Chester have had more red cards than Wrexham who have had five dismissals this season

8 – Goals conceded by the Darts between 61st and 75th minutes, the joint worst with bottom club Hyde

15 – Different players have scored for Wrexham, the highest in the division

131 – Number of attempts Dartford have had on goal this season, the fewest by any club

 

Macclesfield Town v Dartford

Dartford play their fourth away game in a row on Saturday when they travel north west to face Macclesfield Town.

Having picked up one point in the last seven away games, the Darts are finding life on the road tough. Adding to the league defeat at Forest Green Rovers and the cup loss at Salisbury City, Woking were the latest club to inflict misery on the Darts. Tuesday night’s defeat meant Dartford finished the evening in the relegation zone.

Tony Burman watched on as his side were overcome at the Kingfield Stadium conceding three times in a fifteen minute second half spell. The match was lost in the final half hour as the Darts failed to go the distance, Burman told BBC Radio Kent after the game: “For 60 minutes it was fairly even, but a bit of tiredness crept in and because you go a goal down, it doesn’t mean you need to go tally-ho for the next five minutes”.

Ipswich Town loanee Jack Marriott guided in the opener for the Cards on his début and set up Scott Rendell for the second. Two minutes later Joe McNerney added gloss to the scoreline dragging Dartford down to twentieth in the Conference Premier table. Dartford have now gone two league games without scoring and on their travels are amongst the lowest scorers.

The Darts boss is looking for more composure and belief from his players, he commented: “You’ve got to be patient and I felt we did keep organised. We tried to rush to win the game back to quickly. You’ve got to be more composed than we were”, he added: “You’ve got to believe you can get back in the game and that belief is not there at the moment”.

Saturday’s opponents are looking in better shape compared to a couple of months ago. Macclesfield Town were winless in their opening nine games and only Hyde had a worse record. Since then, the Silkmen have lost once picking up six wins in the process.

Part of their success has come about thanks to the goalscoring feats of Connor Jennings. The 21 year old will be familiar with Dartford striker Matthew Godden who is also under contract to parent club Scunthorpe United. Jennings has made 11 league starts and 2 substitute appearances in the Conference Premier this season netting 11 times, including a hat trick at Wrexham. The striker also scored four in 13 appearances on loan at Stockport County last term.

After months of financial concerns, Macclesfield Town set their sights on another cup run last weekend by shocking League One side Swindon Town for a second year in a row. Jennings hit a brace for the Silkmen with Scott Boden and Peter Winn adding to the 4-0 scoreline. Macclesfield Town reached the fourth round last time beating Cardiff City, before being knocked out by the eventual winners Wigan Athletic.

On Tuesday, John Askey’s men followed up cup glory with a last minute draw at home to last season’s runners up Kidderminster Harriers. Paul Turnbull’s late leveller grabbed a point for the Silkmen who trailed since the twenty seventh minute. Callum Gittings put Harriers ahead with a powerful header.

The Darts played the Silkmen early in last season’s Conference Premier and a lack of non league top tier experience showed. Although Dartford looked bright for the first half hour, a Tom Champion own goal shortly after put the hosts in front before the interval. Macclesfield Town created chances, dominated possession and were rewarded when Mark Arber handled in his own box. Charlie Henry stepped up in the final minute to seal three points for the Cheshire club as the Darts lost 2-0.

Team News

Lee Noble’s fifth yellow card means the midfielder is ruled out of the trip to Macclesfield. Both Jason Prior and Tyrone Sterling made substitute appearances at Woking, the duo are returning after spells out with injury. Captain Elliot Bradbrook missed a third consecutive Conference Premier. The Dartford midfielder is still recovering from cracked ribs picked up in the F.A Cup tie against Ebbsfleet United. Matt Fry and Kenny Clark still remain one caution away from a match ban.

Goalkeeper, Rhys Taylor returned on Tuesday night after missing the F.A Cup win at Swindon Town with injury. Efetobore Sodje last featured a month ago and is one caution from suspension, as well as Daniel Whitaker, Andrew Halls and Jennings.

Head to Head

Macclesfield Town wins: 2 / Dartford wins: 2 / Draws 2

Current League Form

Macclesfield Town (DWDWWL) Dartford (LLWDDL)
Kidderminster Harriers H 1-1 Woking A 0-3
Wrexham H 3-2 Forest Green Rovers A 0-1
Southport H 2-2 Hyde H 4-3
Forest Green Rovers A 3-2 Hereford United A 2-2
Hereford United H 1-0 Salisbury City H 1-1
Tamworth A 0-1 Gateshead A 0-2

Last League Meeting at The Moss Rose

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

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

The Silkmen Lineup: Cronin, Jackson, N.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

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Previous Meetings (* F.A Trophy semi finals)

15.01.2013 Dartford 2 Macclesfield Town 0
18.08.2012 Macclesfield Town 2 Dartford 0
15.04.1989* Macclesfield Town 4 Dartford 1
08.04.1989* Dartford 0 Macclesfield Town 0
06.04.1974* Dartford 0 Macclesfield Town 0
30.03.1974* Macclesfield Town 1 Dartford 2

League Stats (taken from bbc.co.uk)

70% of away games in the league have resulted in Dartford not scoring. In the three games in which they have scored they have netted twice on each occasion.

The 15 minutes before half time could be a crucial period for both clubs. Macclesfield Town have the second best scoring record in this period (7 goals) and the best defence (conceded 0). Dartford have shipped in the most goals leading up to the interval out of all the Conference Premier teams this season.

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Woking v Dartford

The Darts face an important trip to Woking on Saturday aiming to extend the gap on the bottom four of the Conference Premier.

Dartford sit four places above the Cards with a four point cushion. Victory on the weekend will keep their Surrey opponents in the relegation zone.

Over the last two season’s there has been little to choose between both sides. Woking beat the Darts to the Conference South title in 2012 whilst Dartford edged the Cards last season to finish as the best part timers.

Dartford have continued to struggle on the road and have to go back to the end of August for their only league triumph. The story was much the same on the weekend as Tony Burman’s depleted squad stumbled out of the F.A Cup at Salisbury City. Reverting to a 4-3-3 formation the Darts failed to get to grips and found themselves 3-0 down by half time. Burman spoke to BBC Radio Kent and said: “There was some kamikaze defending. It was schoolboy stuff. It wasn’t anything to do with the back four as a unit, but individually it was dreadful defending”. Lee Burns pulled a goal back with an excellently taken volley and after Salisbury City netted a fourth Max Cornhill notched a last minute consolation.

Woking had a weekend off as they were not involved in F.A Cup first round action. The Surrey side have the second worst home record in the Conference Premier this term, picking up their only home win at the end of September. Garry Hill’s team were beaten 2-1 in their last fixture at the Kingfield Stadium by a ninetieth minute goal from Grimsby Town. Kevin Betsy’s equaliser fell either side of Ross Hannah’s first minute strike and Craig Disley’s last gasp stunner.

Last season the two clubs met on a Tuesday night with the Conference Premier clash turning a little feisty. Lee Noble was sent off after two cautions and with the Darts almost holding on, their hard work was undone by a contentious late penalty. After the fracas between players died down, Giuseppe Sole scored from the spot with eight minutes remaining to earn Woking a 1-0 win.

Garry Hill has identified his attacking options need strengthening. Scott Rendell arrived from Luton Town and has credentials at this level, scoring the winner to knock Premier League side Norwich City out of the F.A Cup last season. The 27 year old joined in September and has managed three goals in nine league starts. More recently, Fulham winger Charles Banya has a month to gain experience and 19 year old striker Jack Marriott joins from Championship outfit Ipswich Town.

Team News

Tyrone Sterling and Jason Prior returned to action in Saturday’s defeat at Salisbury. The pair came off the substitute’s bench in the second half. Sterling replaced an injured Lee Noble, who missed the last league fixture at Forest Green Rovers. Elliot Bradbrook travelled with the squad despite suffering from cracked ribs, the Dartford captain was passed unfit and will be assessed again before Tuesday’s match.  Strikers Matthew Godden and Adam Birchall can return after sitting out the F.A Cup tie to prevent them getting cup tied for their parent clubs. Matthew Fry, Kenny Clark and Lee Noble are all one caution away from picking up a one match ban.

Brett Johnson is the only long term absentee for the Cards. Youngster, Charles Banya made his début against Grimsby Town which ended in a 2-1 loss.

Head to Head

Woking wins: 3 / Dartford wins: 3 / Draws 1

Current League Form

Woking (LLDDDW) Dartford (LWDDLW)
Grimsby Town H 1-2 Forest Green Rovers A 0-1
Wrexham A 0-2 Hyde H 4-3
FC Halifax Town H 0-0 Hereford United A 2-2
Barnet H 0-0 Salisbury City H 1-1
Southport A 1-1 Gateshead A 0-2
Nuneaton Town H 2-0 Southport H 1-0

Last League Meeting at The Kingfield Stadium

14 August 2012 – Woking 1 Dartford 0 – Att: 1846

Goalscorers: Sole (82 pen)

The Cards Lineup: Howe, Newton, Cestor, Johnson, McNerney, Ricketts, Sawyer, Betsy, Pires, Bubb, Williams (subs used: Sinclair, McCullum, Sole)

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

Match Stats

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Previous Meetings (* – F.A Cup)

01.04.2013 Dartford 4 Woking 1
14.08.2012 Woking 1 Dartford 0
18.02.2012 Woking 1 Dartford 0
13.12.2011 Dartford 2 Woking 3
09.04.2011 Dartford 3 Woking 2
27.11.2010 Woking 2 Dartford 2
21.10.1972* Dartford 3 Woking 2

Stats (taken from bbc.co.uk)

2 – Only two players who featured in Dartford’s last league outing featured in this fixture last season. Lee Burns started the last time he visited the Kingfield Stadium whilst Nathan Collier came off the bench.

7 – The number of different goalscorers for Woking in Conference Premier games this season. Only Hyde have fewer number of players scoring (5).

11 – Woking have conceded 11 goals between 16 and 30 minutes, more than any other Conference Premier club this season.

14 – Dartford have conceded the most goals this season fifteen minutes either side of half time.

52% – The percentage of attempts at goal on target for the Darts, only matched by Gateshead and Kidderminster Harriers, a league high.

59 – Dartford have had just 59 shots off target, a Conference Premier low this term. However, only Chester have had fewer attempts at goal.

Five of the seven meetings between the two clubs have featured four goals or more. When these sides meet they average 3.71 goals per game

 

Salisbury City v Dartford

Underdogs Dartford plan to progress in this season’s F.A Cup with a trip to in form Salisbury City at the Raymond McEnhill Stadium.

Having waited 21 years for a first round appearance the Darts have made it this far twice in the last four campaigns. Their opponents made it to the third round stage just two seasons ago losing to Sheffield United at Bramall Lane.

The two clubs met only a month ago at Princes Park in a Conference Premier fixture ending all square. Salisbury City took the lead with a wonderful 30 yard strike from Theo Lewis. However, the lead lasted just twelve minutes when loan débutante Matthew Godden netted in his first game for the Darts, following up his own rebound. The striker on loan from Scunthorpe United has extended his stay at Princes Park for another two months, but will be ruled out of the first round tie to prevent the 22 year old from becoming cup tied.

Dartford’s struggling away form means Salisbury City are likely favourites. The Whites have been beaten once in 15 outings, last losing at home on the opening day of their campaign. Since the beginning of last term the Wiltshire club have won 25, drawn 5 and lost just 3 in the league, F.A Cup and F.A Trophy at the Raymond McEnhill Stadium.

However, Dartford’s last visit there ended in a three point haul grinding 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 which left Gough with broken ribs.

Tony Burman watched his side lose 1-0 to an out of form and managerless Forest Green Rovers on the weekend. James Norwood’s fifth minute winner was enough to condemn the Darts to a seventh away game without a win on the road. The Dartford boss spoke to BBC Radio Kent: “I think we played alright. We worked hard in dreadful conditions and we deserved something from the game but it wasn’t to be”. Burman was pleased with his players commitment and playing style but cited a lack of goalscoring opportunities, commenting: “I can’t fault the effort. We conceded in the first five minutes, which was disappointing, but we should have come in level, if not in the lead”, he added: “I think we did enough to take something from the game. We didn’t test the goalkeeper enough but our build-up play was excellent”.

Salisbury City had a happy Halloween by convincingly recording a 4-1 televised victory versus Hereford United. Top scorer for the Whites Dan Fitchett netted a brace taking his tally to seven league goals. Clovis Kamdjo headed Salisbury City in front with ten minutes played and Fitchett extended the lead. Hereford United’s Sam Smith pulled a goal back before Mikey Harris’s side added two more in the closing stages courtesy of Fitchett and Ben Wright.

Both clubs have only endured one qualification round this year. Dartford were taken to a replay by North Kent rivals Ebbsfleet United. At Stonebridge Road, the Darts struggled to get to grips with the first half and were let off the hook when Ben May missed the penalty conceded by goalkeeper Alan Julian, who escaped with a caution. Lee Noble had Dartford in front following up a rebound before half time but Anthony Cook forced a replay for the Fleet just past the hour.

The replay was a tale of two penalties in which the Darts took full advantage by winning 1-0. Elliot Bradbrook dispatched his spot kick which turned out to be the winner. However, Cook fluffed his lines from twelve yards and with the help of Bradbrook’s heroics meant Dartford progressed. The Dartford captain blocked an important rebound, breaking two ribs in the process and finished the full ninety minutes.

Salisbury City only needed one attempt to beat Conference South side Bath City. Theo Lewis, who notched a scorcher against the Darts, thumped home a header just before the half time interval. The Whites, currently fifth in the Conference Premier have certainly been on the up, keeping last season’s momentum. Their current form has been noticed by England C boss Paul Fairclough who this week called up Fitchett, Angus MacDonald and Elliott Frear for the Three Lions fixture against Czech Republic’s under 21 side.

Team News

Elliot Bradbrook missed Dartford’s defeat at Forest Green Rovers and will be out of the F.A Cup First Round tie on Saturday. The captain scored last time the Darts reached the first round against Port Vale. Matthew Godden  and Adam Burchill will be unavailable to prevent being cup tied for Scunthorpe United and Gillingham respectively. Lee Noble also missed the defeat last weekend but centre half Kenny Clark returned. Tyrone Sterling is still out injured having last featured against Grimsby Town two and a half months ago. Matthew Fry, Noble and Clark are all one caution away from a match suspension.

Salisbury City have had injuries of their own to contend with. Robbie Sinclair has been out for almost two months and Luke Ruddick missed the whole of October. Last season’s top goalscorer Jamie White has been out of action since the start of the 2013/2014 campaign. Callum Hart has been restricted to just five appearances in the Conference Premier and Ryan Brett just eleven. Willem Purdy is one caution away from a one match ban.

Head to Head

Salisbury City wins: 7 / Dartford wins: 9 / Draws: 4

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

Salisbury City (WWLWDW) Dartford (LWDWWD)
Hereford United H 4-1 Forest Green Rovers A 0-1
Bath City (FAC) A 1-0 Ebbsfleet United (FAC) H 1-0
Cambridge United A 0-2 Ebbsfleet United (FAC) A 1-1
Grimsby Town H 1-0 Hyde H 4-3
Dartford A 1-1 Charlton Athletic (KSC) H 1-0
Wrexham H 2-1 Hereford United A 2-2

Last Five Meetings

08.10.2013 Dartford 1 Salisbury City 1
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

Stats

5 – the amount of clean sheets kept by both sides in this season’s Conference Premier campaign

11 – number of league goals Salisbury City have scored in the final 15 minutes this season, more than any other Conference Premier club. Almost 50% of the goals the Whites have scored.

Dartford concede the majority of their goals (14) fifteen minutes before and after half time. Good job Salisbury City are at their less potent having scored only 3 times in this period

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