Dartford hope to record back to back wins for the first time since March when they make the short journey to Kent rivals Welling United on Tuesday night.
Victory for the Darts will also ensure they leap frog their opponents who are currently two places ahead in sixteenth. In a successive fixture against a part time side Tony Burman has already made it clear that taking points off semi professional teams will be crucial.
Prior the Nuneaton Town game, Burman spoke to www.kentonline.co.uk and said: “Every game’s a big game for us in this league. With another game on Tuesday, it doesn’t stop, it just keeps going”, he added: “Welling will be looking to get points from us, just like we’re looking to get points from them”.
Last season Dartford only managed one point against the Wings which was at Park View Road. A ten game losing streak was finally ended in January when on loan midfielder Jim Stevenson gave the Darts a lead. Welling United’s top scorer last term, Ross Lafayette equalised from the spot eight minutes later, the striker left the club in the summer.
When Burman and company last won a league match away from Princes Park they followed up the triumph with another. The Darts will be hoping history repeats itself after beating Nuneaton Town for the first time in 27 years on the weekend. For the third time this campaign Dartford had to clinch three points having battled from a goal down. Boro took the lead under new boss Liam Daish just past the half hour mark, Craig Curran giving the hosts an advantage. In the space of two second half minutes captain Elliot Bradbrook scored from the penalty spot and Danny Harris netted a winner.
Managed by former Dartford midfielder Jamie Day, Welling United are just one point better off. The Wings have also won three times this season taking eight attempts to record their first. Form has picked up this month with one defeat in four, including keeping their unbeaten home record intact.
On Saturday, Welling United managed their first away win emphatically against part timers Altrincham. By half time they were 3-0 with goals from Harry Beautyman, Tyrone Marsh and Jake Gallagher. The fourth came with four minutes remaining when summer signing Chris Bush completed the 4-0 triumph.
Dartford striker Andy Pugh is hoping to return against his former club, Lee Noble has damaged ankle ligaments and missed the 2-1 win at Nuneaton Town. Tom Bender is still waiting for his first start in a Dartford shirt but made an appearance on the weekend when he replaced Ryan Hayes.
Chris Bush and Jake Gallagher are one caution away from a suspension. Jon Nouble’s loan spell from League Two side Dagenham and Redbridge has been extended for a further month. Goalkeeper Lee Butcher made the decision recently to take a year break from football due to work commitments.
Head to Head
Welling United wins: 9 / Dartford wins: 15 / Draws: 6
|Welling United (WDWLWL)||Dartford (WLWLDL)|
|Gateshead||H||1-1||Forest Green Rovers||H||1-2|
|Lincoln City||H||2-0||Dover Athletic||H||2-1|
Last Meeting at Park View Road
26 April 2014 – Welling United 1 Dartford 1 – Att: 1366
Goalscorer: Stevenson (10), Lafayette (18 pen)
Welling United Lineup: Butcher, Bergqvist, McLaren, Franks, Cargill, Clarke, Day, Healy, Beautyman, Lafayette, Guthrie (subs used: Cumbers, Fazakerley)
Dartford Lineup: Julian, Mitchel-King, Sterling, McAuley, Burns, Bradbrook, Martin, Woodyard, Stevenson, Harris, Pugh (subs used: Kamara, Collier)
Previous Meetings (* – Kent Senior Cup / ** – Conference South Playoff Final)
0 – Dartford still await a first half goal this season
1 – Dartford scored their first penalty this season on the weekend against Nuneaton Town
20 – games since Dartford won by more than one goal, the joint longest sequence along with Altrincham
24 – games since Welling United won consecutive games, only Dover Athletic (29) and AFC Telford United (44)
25 – Welling United have picked up the most yellow cards this season