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Welling United v Dartford

Dartford will make the short trip to local rivals Welling United on Friday night to play their rescheduled Conference Premier fixture.

The Darts have not taken to a football pitch this year as the weather has caused havoc across the South of England. After the Boxing Day defeat, the Darts were due to take on the Wings on New Years Day until the harsh conditions forced a second festive postponement.

Friday’s return fixture at Park View Road will be the third time the two sides have met this season, having also being paired up in the Kent Senior Cup back in September. On Boxing Day, the Wings gained the upper hand by coming from behind to defeat the Darts 2-1.

Lee Burns gave Dartford the lead with half hour played, following up Lee Butcher’s fumble from Dave Martin’s effort. The Wings came from behind in the space of six second half minutes when top scorer Ross Lafayette netted his eighth of the season and Kurtis Guthrie grabbed the winner ten minutes from time.

Tony Burman spoke to BBC Radio Kent after the game and said: “In the majority of the game we’ve had something to aim for, but we needed a second goal. I’m disappointed because it’s got to hurt, it’s a massive blow, the run we’re on”, he added: “They’ve got to run through a brick wall for me and for this club, that was explained when they got here. We were 1-0 up and we let Welling dictate second half because we didn’t do what was asked at half-time”.

A break in on field activity has meant Burman has been able to tweak his squad by releasing Matthew Fry. Adam Birchall has returned to his parent club, Gillingham leaving space to fill. Jim Stevenson has extended his loan spell for another month whilst Rory McAuley and Andy Pugh join the Darts.

McAuley made the most league appearances for Cambridge United last term and has spent time with Conference South side Chelmsford City. The 24 year old defender suffered an ankle injury after just two starts this season. Pugh is more known in the Kent scene having played for Welling United and made one loan appearance for Ebbsfleet United this campaign. Pugh was signed by Cambridge United after impressing at the Wings scoring an average of one every two matches.

Since Welling United’s victory at Princes Park they have been in action against Aldershot Town. Top goalscorer Ross Lafayette headed the Wings in front five minutes into the second half but the afternoon took a turn. With just over 20 minutes to play central defender Blaine Hudson picked up a second caution after conceding a penalty. Brett Williams scored the spot kick and with a man advantage the Shots completed the turn around. Aiden O’Brien was the beneficiary as he netted a double to condemn Welling United to their eighth league defeat of the campaign.

Almost four months ago, a mixture of Dartford first team and academy players won at Park View Road in the Kent Senior Cup with two late goals. Mohamed Eisa’s first half goal was cancelled out by Loick Pires, but late strikes from Alex Woodyard and Brima Daramy was too much for the Wings despite Loui Fazakerley’s consolation.

However, the last league meeting at Park View Road took place on Boxing Day two years ago. Lee Clarke gave the hosts a first half lead from a penalty and with time running out the hosts were awarded another spot kick. Saved by Louis Wells, the Dartford goalkeeper set up a counter attack which Noble got on the end of to rescue a point.

Team News

Lee Noble is suspended after his second red card of the season. The midfielder was dismissed against Alfreton Town and already missed the Boxing Day defeat to Welling United. Ryan Hayes is still out injured and has been out for several weeks. Alex Woodyard is one caution away from a suspension. Matt Fry has left the club by mutual consent, the defender signed from Concord Rangers in the summer and made 15 league appearances.

Blaine Hudson is suspended for the second time this season following his dismissal versus Aldershot Town. The central defender also missed the Boxing Day clash at Princes Park. Fellow defender Doug Bergqvist has had his loan spell extended until March and is one more yellow card away from suspension. Baily Cargill has also had his loan spell extended until 22 January, the defender has made nine league appearances for the Wings. Jake Gallagher has been out injured whilst Kurtis Guthrie and Joe Healy are both on four cautions this term. Loick Pires has suffered a leg fracture and is set to miss the local derby.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 15 / Welling United wins: 9 / Draws: 5

Current League Form

Welling United (LWDDLD) Dartford (LLLLLL)
Aldershot Town A 1-3 Welling United H 1-2
Dartford A 2-1 Alfreton Town A 1-2
Wrexham H 1-1 FC Halifax Town H 1-2
Grimsby Town A 1-1 Barnet A 0-1
Nuneaton Town H 1-2 Barnet H 0-2
Barnet A 0-0 Gateshead H 0-1

Last League Meeting At Park View Road

26 December 2011 – Welling United 1 Dartford 1 – Att: 1815

Goalscorers: Clarke (38 pen), Noble (90)

The Wings Lineup: Pope, Evans, Obersteller, Day, Parkinson, Martin, Healy, Clarke, Cumbers, Pugh, Pires (sub used: Johnson)

The Darts Lineup: Wells, Jones, Green, Bonner, Essam, Champion, Hayes, Wallis, Garrod, Bradbrook, Harris
(subs used: Erskine, Graham, Noble)

Previous Five Meetings (* – Playoff Final / ** – Kent Senior Cup)

26.12.2013 Dartford 1 Welling United 2
26.12.2013 Dartford 1 Welling United 2
03.09.2013** Welling United 2 Dartford 3
13.05.2012* Dartford 1 Welling United 0
02.01.2012 Dartford 1 Welling United 0
26.12.2012 Welling United 1 Dartford 1
15.02.2011 Dartford 1 Welling United 0

League Stats

5 – number of league defeats Dartford have suffered after scoring the first goal

Welling United have won once in their last seven league games. However, at Park View Road they have lost just once in the Conference Premier in seven fixtures

Dartford are on a run of 10 consecutive league defeats, away they have not won in ten attempts picking up two points from the last 30 available on the road.

 

Dartford v Welling United

Dartford host local rivals Welling United for the first time since the Conference South playoff final victory in May 2012.

Since Lee Noble’s fourth minute winner to take the Darts into the Conference Premier, the Wings have joined the top table by taking the Conference South title last season. After an impressive first campaign back, Dartford are now looking up the standings to Welling United who sit eleven places above Tony Burman’s side.

Only four of the current squad started in the 1-0 playoff victory in front of over 4000 spectators. Noble’s accurate long range effort found the back of the net early on and the Darts held on to clinch promotion. Louis Wells was tested by the visitors by Loick Pires, who returned to Welling this summer after a spell at Woking.

The Darts are awaiting their first league points in over two months following Saturday’s loss at Alfreton Town. With 16 minutes played Danny Harris was upended in the box by Darren Kempson to earn the Darts a penalty, Elliot Bradbrook scored from the spot giving the visitors the lead. The Darts were reduced to ten men just after the half hour mark when Lee Noble’s was red carded for the second time this season. It took five minutes into the second half for Alfreton Town to equalise through Paul Clayton and the same player scored eight minutes later. Débutante Ishmail Kamara made a late appearance following his move to the Darts last week.

Burman was left gutted with the result, he told BBC Radio Kent: “That game started okay and we felt we could get something from the game. With ten men the guys worked hard, we conceded two goals from a free-kick of ours and a corner of ours on the break”, he added: “There’s no luck coming our way, there’s none. It’s a bitter pill to swallow”.

Welling United’s return to the Conference Premier after a 13 year absence has been successful so far. Claiming scalps at home to Grimsby Town and Forest Green Rovers as well as earning draws against table toppers Cambridge United and Barnet. The Wings may be in mid table but former Dartford midfielder Jamie Day has led his club to the second round of the F.A Cup for the first time since 1989, bowing out 3-1 to Plymouth Argyle.

The Wings took on an improved Wrexham team on the weekend at Park View Road and went in front courtesy of a Kurtis Guthrie header. The Welsh club were level before the break when Johnny Hunt scored his fifth of the season. The second half ended with no goals leaving the score one apiece.

Over the last three years, the Darts have had the edge over Welling United  winning the last three meetings in three separate competitions, the Conference South, Kent Senior Cup and Conference South Playoffs. This season a mixture of first team and academy players won at Park View Road in the Kent Senior Cup with two late goals. Mohamed Eisa’s first half goal was cancelled out by Loick Pires, but late strikes from Alex Woodyard and Brima Daramy was too much for the Wings despite Loui Fazakerley’s consolation.

Prior the playoff final triumph, the Darts scraped a 1-0 win in the last league meeting between the two clubs at Princes Park. A second half header from Danny Harris was enough for Dartford in a match that was delayed by fifteen minutes due to crowd congestion. Welling United

Team News

New signing Ishmail Kamara waits for his full début, the new signing was on the substitutes bench on the weekend. Signed on a free, the striker has played for Margate  and Dulwich Hamlet before a brief spell at Barnet. Lee Noble will miss the next four games through suspension following his second red card of the campaign. Ryan Hayes is unlikely to return to action until after the festive season.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 15 / Welling United wins: 8 / Draws: 5

Current League Form

Dartford (LLLLLLL) Welling United (DDLDWL)
Alfreton Town A 1-2 Wrexham H 1-1
FC Halifax Town H 1-2 Grimsby Town A 1-1
Barnet A 0-1 Nuneaton Town H 1-2
Barnet H 0-2 Barnet A 0-0
Gateshead H 0-1 Lincoln City H 1-0
Wrexham H 1-5 FC Halifax Town A 0-3

Last Meeting At Princes Park

13 May 2012 – Dartford 1 Welling United 0 – Att: 4088 – Playoff Final

Goalscorers: Noble (4)

The Darts Lineup: Wells, Burns, Green, Bonner, Wilkinson, Champion, Noble, Rogers, Erskine, Bradbrook, Harris
(sub used:  Garrod)

The Wings Lineup: Holloway, Fazakerley, Obersteller, Day, Martin, Parkinson, Cracknell, Clarke, Cumbers, Healy, Pires (subs used:  Acheampong, Baker)

Previous Five Meetings (* – Playoff Final / ** – Kent Senior Cup)

03.09.2013** Welling United 2 Dartford 3
13.05.2012* Dartford 1 Welling United 0
02.01.2012 Dartford 1 Welling United 0
26.12.2012 Welling United 1 Dartford 1
15.02.2011 Dartford 1 Welling United 0
01.01.2011 Welling United 2 Dartford 1

League Stats

3 – Welling United have only failed to score on three occasions in the league, the fewest along with Barnet and Forest Green Rovers.

5 – The Wings are five league games without a win, drawing three and losing two

9 – Dartford have lost their last nine league matches, only bottom club Hyde have experience a worse sequence this tern losing 12 in a row.

11 – Both Dartford and Hyde have also failed to score in the Conference Premier the most times.

304 – Welling United have won 304 fouls this season, only Braintree Town have earned more.

 

Alfreton Town v Dartford

Dartford travel to the Impact Arena on the weekend to face Alfreton Town, one of the surprise packages of this season.

The Darts finished above the Derbyshire outfit last season by a six point margin. This time Dartford are left lagging behind the Reds who are challenging for a playoff spot. Although only two points adrift from safety, Tony Burman’s side have played the most fixtures and find themselves in desperate need for three points.

Preparations for this weekend’s fixture have been hit by the news that Scunthorpe United striker Matthew Godden has been recalled from his loan spell. Godden’s brief spell with the Darts saw the 22 year old score five times in nine league appearances, including a hat trick in Dartford’s last league win against Hyde two months ago. Connor Essam has also been ordered back to Crawley Town after his loan spell with the Darts, the defender scored one goal in three league appearances. On a positive note winger Dave Martin has extended his loan spell for another month from Luton Town.

Woes continued at Princes Park on Saturday with an eighth successive Conference Premier defeat leaving the Darts second from bottom. Hoping to grab some points against fellow part timers and newly promoted FC Halifax Town, a lightweight strike force barely troubled the visitors. The Shaymen took control after the break and Sheffield United loanee Joe Ironside gave the Yorkshire club the lead. Josh Wilson headed in a second just over ten minutes later before Connor Essam halved the deficit.

Dartford’s run of defeats has led to Chairman, Dave Skinner to back manager Burman this week. Skinner believes that financial security is paramount over survival in the Conference Premier, no matter how much the Darts want to continue in the top flight of non league football.

Meanwhile, Alfreton Town bounced back from a 5-0 trouncing at home to Luton Town with an excellent result at Kidderminster Harriers. Despite falling behind in the first half to Callum Gitting’s’ fifth goal in as many games, the Reds came from behind to earn victory against third place Harriers. Two second half goals from ex Harrier Michael Wylde and a a last minute John Akinde penalty gave Alfreton Town their biggest away win in the league this season.

Dartford will need to complete a rare double if they are to have a chance to climb out of the bottom four. On the opening day of the season a skilful Adam Birchall winner was enough to separate the two sides. Alfreton Town did win almost a year ago at the Impact Arena, scoring a late winner. Ryan Hayes put the Darts in front with just three minutes on the clock but right before half time Danny Meadows levelled the match. Once again, Dartford went ahead through Nathan Collier but Alfreton Town hit back with goals from Anton Brown and a second from Meadows, his third against Dartford in two games.

 

Head to Head

Alfreton Town wins: 1 / Dartford wins: 2 / Draws: 0

Current League Form

Alfreton Town (WLLWWL) Dartford (LLLLLL)
Kidderminster Harriers A 3-1 FC Halifax Town H 1-2
Luton Town H 0-5 Barnet A 0-1
Nuneaton Town A 0-3 Barnet H 0-2
Hyde H 2-1 Gateshead H 0-1
Braintree Town H 3-1 Wrexham H 1-5
Tamworth A 0-1 Macclesfield Town A 1-3

Last Meeting at the Impact Arena

5 January 2013 – Alfreton Town 3 Dartford 2 – Att: 522

Goalscorers: Hayes (3), Meadows (45), Collier (59), Brown (75), Meadows (89)

The Reds Lineup: Barnes, Law, Franklin, Bradley, Franks, Streete, Killock, Brown, Meadows, Arnold, Tomlinson, (subs used: Harriott, Clayton, Worsfold)

The Darts Lineup: Bettinelli, Burns, Champion, Arber, Rose, Hayes, Bradbrook, Wallis, Rogers, Crawford, Erskine (Sub used: Collier, Eisa, Monger)

Match Stats

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Previous Meetings

10.08.2013 Dartford 1 Alfreton Town 0
05.01.2013 Alfreton Town 3 Dartford 2
01.09.2012 Dartford 5 Alfreton Town 1

 

Dartford v FC Halifax Town

Dartford meet last season’s Conference North playoff winners FC Halifax Town for the fourth time in just under a year this weekend.

Languishing a place off the foot of the Conference Premier table, the Darts will need to make the most of their home matches.  The Shaymen have adapted well to life in the premier non league division, a statement they made in their 2-0 win against Dartford four months ago. However, away from The Shay the Yorkshire club have picked up just two points and are searching for their first league win on the road.

The Darts enter their 24th league match of the season setting an unwanted record. Defeat against Barnet on Saturday means Tony Burman’s side suffered their seventh straight league loss, their worst run in any of their previous Conference Premier campaigns. The reverse at The Hive ensured the run beat the previous sequence of six consecutive defeats back in 1981.

Substitute Jon Nurse scored the solitary goal for the Bees after half hour, six minutes after replacing George Sykes. The pace of Keanu Marsh-Brown was too much for the Dartford defence whose shot was guided passed Phil Smith by Nurse. Late on, former Champions League winner Edgar Davids was sent off for the second time in the league but the Darts couldn’t make the extra man count. Burman spoke to BBC Radio Kent after the match and said: “We’ve played really well today but the results aren’t going our way. The only thing lacking was a goal, we’ve created chances. We should have got something but it wasn’t to be”.

Passing the halfway point of the league campaign, a repeat of the performance at The Shay in August isn’t an option for the Darts who are desperate for points. FC Halifax Town’s Lee Gregory opened the scoring four months ago as the Shaymen dominated the match. The club’s top scorer this season, inadvertently set up a second when his effort was spilt by goalkeeper Alan Julian and finished of by Kevin Holsgrove.

The Darts face a run of part time teams and Burman knows he will have to make the most of those games, he told KentOnline: “We’re mixing with other teams in this run who are semi-professional. With all due respect to those clubs, we’re up against it when we play the pro sides, the full-time sides, so when we come up against clubs who are part-time, it’s more of an even playing field”.

Neil Aspin’s side have failed to record a single win on their travels in the league this term. Up until Saturday they were however unbeaten at the Shay. Hosting a Woking side looking to edge away from the bottom four, FC Halifax Town were beaten 4-3. Jack Marriott’s hat-trick for the Cards and a Scott Rendell goal turned around a one goal deficit created by Archie Love’s second minute strike.  Josh Lowe and Dan Gardner managed to net for the hosts but Woking held out. The Shaymen also had  Rochdale loanee Reece Gray sent off late on for a lunge on Mark Ricketts. The Shaymen have now suffered five consecutive losses in all competitions, three in the Conference Premier.

The FC Halifax Town boss is desperate to break their losing sequence, he told www.halifacafc.co.uk: “There’s only one thought, we need to win. We need to get a result, and will be trying desperately hard to get one”, he added: “They could turn it around and say that we are in similar bad form. At the end of the day, we have not won away from home and it will be a chance for them to get the three points. Both teams will be looking at it as an opportunity to get a win as both teams need the win”.

Dartford last played the Yorkshire club at Princes Park in an entertaining F.A Trophy replay. After escaping with a 1-1 draw away from home, the Darts hosted the Shaymen in the Quarter Finals. Dan Gardner put the visitors in front at the break but goals from a trio of midfielder’s put Dartford in command. Lee Noble, Elliot Bradbrook and Ryan Hayes all got themselves on the scoresheet but Gardner’s second of the evening set up a nervy finish.

Team News

Alan Julian was on the bench against Barnet as he is still regaining fitness from his groin strain. Loanee, Matthew Godden was not selected in Saturday’s match day squad, the striker has been out with a calf problem though. Mat Mitchel-King has a broken hand and Jason Prior remains out for the long term. Ryan Hayes has also been out since mid November and is recovering. Alex Woodyard is one caution away from picking up a suspension.

The Shaymen will be without Ryan Toulson and top scorer Lee Gregory who have both recently had operations. Toulson has started 16 league matches this term whilst Gregory has scored an impressive 11 league goals in 15 appearances. Another long term absentee is Danny Lowe, the Club Captain will be out for up to 12 weeks. Marc Roberts has missed the last two league matches and is making progress and Matt Pearson managed an hour in the 4-3 defeat against Woking. Striker, Reece Gray will be suspended after his red card on Saturday.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 1 / FC Halifax Town wins: 1 / Draws: 1

Current League Form

Dartford (LLLLLLL) FC Haifax Town (LLLWWL)
Barnet A 0-1 Woking H 3-4
Barnet H 0-2 Hereford United A 2-3
Gateshead H 0-1 Braintree Town A 0-1
Wrexham H 1-5 Aldershot Town H 4-0
Macclesfield Town A 1-3 Hyde H 4-0
Woking A 0-3 Alfreton Town A 0-3

Last Meeting At Princes Park

6 February  2013 – Dartford 3 FC Halifax Town 2 – Att: 805

Goalscorers: Gardner (2), Noble (54), Bradbrook (56), Hayes (79), Gardner (89)

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

The Shaymen Lineup: Glennon, Toulson, McManus, Hogan, Needham, Lowe, Worsley, Marshall, Gardner, Gregory, Seddon (Sub used: St Juste)

Previous Meetings

19.08.2013 FC Halifax Town 2 Dartford 0
06.02.2013 Dartford 3 FC Halifax Town 2
30.01.2013 FC Halifax Town 1 Dartford 1

League Stats

Dartford have now gone 357 minutes without scoring in the Conference Premier

Half of FC Halifax Town’s away defeats have occurred from winning positions. In 40% of their away matches the Shaymen have failed to score.

Only Wrexham have beaten Dartford at home when the Darts have scored first at Princes Park this season.

The Shaymen strike hot in the last half hour of the first half, on 20 occasions FC Halifax Town have scored in this period more than any other Conference Premier club this season. Dartford have conceded the most in the division between 31 and 45 minutes. The top two charts show when both clubs have scored, whilst the bottom two charts are the times of goals conceded.

dfc v fcht stats

Barnet v Dartford

A new ground can be crossed off Dartford fans list on Saturday when the Darts travel to Barnet in another important Conference Premier fixture.

Without the F.A Trophy and F.A Cup to distract the side, Dartford return to league action and visit The Hive for the first time. It was under two weeks ago when Tony Burman watched his team lose 2-0 against the Bees at Princes Park. Barnet condemned the Darts to a sixth successive league defeat with goals from Keanu Marsh-Brown and Luisma Villa Lopez.

During the week, a trip to Gloucestershire ended Dartford’s brief appearance in the F.A Trophy. The replay ended 1-0 to Forest Green Rovers after the hosts took the lead through Matthew Barnes-Homer’s 25 yard strike. Defeat against Rovers mean the Darts have lost eight out of their last nine matches.

Despite Dartford’s poor form, Burman gave supporters assurances he can improve fortunes, he told KentOnline: “There are big ambitions for the club. We’re working hard behind the scenes, which we have done since we’ve been here, and many people don’t acknowledge that and don’t know that”. Comments arrive after a minority of fans have questioned how much further Burman can take the club. Even with the added pressure the Dartford boss stated: “I’ve got belief in myself” and added: “The main thing is this football club”.

There is no doubt the Darts have struggled in their second season back at the non league summit. Last season’s success as a part time club led players looking elsewhere for full time football. Replacements have been harder to find on the budget available and that’s not going to change in the short term. Finance Director, Jason Outram wrote in the matchday programme: “We have a finite budget within which we must operate. Having made commitments at the beginning of the season we cannot afford to spend our way out of a perceived problem”.

Barnet will be a tough prospect for the Darts having lost just one league game at The Hive, the Bees are unbeaten in their last five outings at home. The draw specialists of the division are just three points shy from the playoff spots and have experienced one reverse in ten Conference Premier fixtures.

Last weekend, the Bees were also in F.A Trophy action for the first time since the 2004/05 season, when the Hertfordshire club won the Conference Premier. Up against Conference South side Hayes and Yeading, a last minute George Sykes’s goal earned Barnet a second round tie with last season’s runners up Grimsby Town.

Dartford could see former player Harry Crawford in action, however the striker has not featured in Barnet’s last three competitive outings. Crawford scored 16 goals for the Darts last campaign in 33 appearances and was snapped up by Edgar Davids in January.

Team News

Defender, Mat Mitchel-King will be out with a broken hand and striker Jason Prior is sidelined with a long term ankle injury. Goalkeeper, Alan Julian has suffered with a groin strain and top scorer Matthew Godden a calf problem, both players are hoping to be part of the matchday squad. Lee Noble is available again after serving his three match ban following his red card against Gateshead. Alex Woodyard is one booking away from missing a match through suspension.

Jake Hyde is back in training, the striker has scored five in nine league games for the Bess this campaign. Dani Lopez is on the path to recovery but is expected to be a few weeks away from full fitness. Luke Gambin has struggled with a knee problem and Marciano Mengerink was out of action last weekend. Two players, Anthony Acheampong and Mauro Vilhete who missed the trip to Princes Park took were not quite ready for the 1-0 win at Hayes and Yeading. Keanu Marsh-Brown and Edgar Davids are one caution away from suspension.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 9 / Barnet wins: 13 / Draws: 3

Current League Form

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

Previous Six Meetings

26.11.2013 Dartford 0 Barnet 2
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

League Stats

2 – Barnet have won the Conference Premier title on two occasions. Altrincham, Enfield, Kidderminster Harriers, Macclesfield Town, Maidstone United and Stevenage are the other teams to have achieved the same feat.

9 – The Bees have drawn nine times this season the most by any other club in the Conference Premier

10 – Dartford have failed to find the net in ten league matches, the worst in the division along with Hyde.

61-75 – Barnet have scored the most goals (8) in the league between 61 and 75 minutes, Dartford have scored the fewest (1) in the same duration.

 

Forest Green Rovers v Dartford

Dartford face Forest Green Rovers in a replay for the second year in a row on Tuesday but this time in the F.A Trophy.

Once again, Jan Klukowski scored against the Darts to deny Saturday’s hosts a place in the second round. Danny Harris gave Tony Burman’s side a lead four minutes before the half time interval. The midfielder’s determination was key to the opener as Harris struck the ball beyond Sam Russell in the Rovers goal. Klukowski levelled the tie with just under twenty minutes on the clock leaving the scoreline as the same as last season’s F.A Cup fixture.

Without the suspended Lee Noble and Kenny Clark as well as the injured Alan Julian, Matthew Godden and Jason Prior, Dartford’s draw has finally put an end to a seven game losing streak.

The Darts will be hopeful not to repeat the replay result of last season when they were beaten at Princes Park 4-1. Klukowski notched a brace that day as Rovers earned a first round tie against Port Vale. However, the last two meetings at The New Lawn have been closer affairs. Forest Green Rovers edged out Dartford 1-0 just a month ago, thanks to James Norwood’s early goal and the Darts won 3-2 towards the tail end of last season’s Conference Premier campaign.

Tuesday night’s meeting will be the seventh time the two clubs have met since October 2012. The winner will earn a second round away tie against Northern Premier League side Chorley. The Magpies are currently second, a point behind leaders Skelmersdale United with three games in hand.