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Eastleigh v Dartford

Supporters get in for free on Tuesday night when Dartford visit the Silverlake Stadium, where opponents Eastleigh are unbeaten this season.

The Darts have to record their first ever away win against the Spitfires to have a chance of climbing out the bottom four. In the final game before the F.A Cup second round tie with Bradford City, manager Tony Burman will be keen to avoid a fourth consecutive defeat.

A loss on the weekend against Forest Green Rovers means the Darts have failed to pick up an away point for over two months, spanning four matches. Eddie Oshodi was on the score sheet twice for Rovers, firstly putting the home side ahead and late on his own goal gave Dartford a glimmer of hope. Oshodi headed his side into a fifth minute lead and with twenty minutes to go James Norwood scored against the Darts again. Oshodi put the ball past his own goalkeeper Sam Russell with eight minutes remaining but Dartford couldn’t find the equaliser.

The Darts, unbeaten against Eastleigh in their last four meetings have only actually beaten the Hampshire side once. In the previous two matches both sides have taken it in turns to come back from a two goal deficit to draw 2-2. Most recently, the Darts found themselves 2-0 down at Princes Park versus the Conference South champions reaching what Burman described as ‘rock bottom’.  The Spitfires went two up inside 22 minutes, Jamie Collins scored from the spot and James Constable netted the visitors second. The Darts improved after the break and were rewarded with Elliot Bradbrook’s headed goal and Harry Crawford’s dramatic 91st minute leveller.

Last time at the Silverlake Stadium, Dartford couldn’t finish off ten men Eastleigh. The Darts thought they would return home with all three points when Adam Green scored from the spot and Jon Wallis made it 2-0. In between the goals Ian Herring was dismissed for the hosts making Eastleigh’s task harder. However, the Spitfires hit back and salvaged a draw thanks to goals from Danny Smith and  Tom Jordan.

Under Richard Hill, Eastleigh have started their début season in the Conference Premier with plenty of promise. The backing of chairman Stewart Donald has given the club a platform to build. Hill can rely on a strike force which includes the likes of James Constable, Craig McAllister, Stuart Fleetwood, Jack Midson and Ben Strevens all of which have Football League experience, midfielder Jai Reason is also amongst the clubs top scorers this term.

Despite defeat on Saturday, to former League Two side Torquay United, the Spitfires have been in great form. The 2-0 loss at Plainmoor ended a run of seven unbeaten matches in all competitions which has seen Eastleigh reach the F.A Cup second round, where they will face Southport. The Hampshire club may be six points off the playoff spots but they have games in hand, due to the cup run and the postponed home fixture versus Lincoln City, when a fire broke out at the visitors hotel.

Dartford have always found it tricky visiting Eastleigh suffering their heaviest defeat almost eleven years ago. In that Southern League Division One Eastern season, the Spitfires won 5-0 in December 2003 before completing a double with a 5-1 victory at Dartford’s temporary home Stonebridge Road. In the Conference South just over four years ago, the margin of defeat decreased in a 3-0 loss, which included Richard Graham amongst the goals, the midfielder joined Dartford for the following season.

Victory for Dartford will guarantee they move out of the relegation zone at the expense of Southport, who are without a league game this week.

Team News

On loan striker Bradley Tarbuck is still waiting for his full Dartford début, the 19 year old Portsmouth player came off the bench for the last twenty minutes on Saturday. Tarbuck’s inclusion in the squad has come about due to the injuries to Harry Crawford and Andy Pugh leaving the Darts short up front. Lee Burns continues to watch from the sidelines having missed the last four league games with injury.

Head to Head

Eastleigh wins: 3 / Dartford wins: 1 / Draws: 3

Current League Form

Eastleigh (LWDWWW) Dartford (LLLDWL)
Torquay United  A  0-2 Forest Green Rovers  A  1-2
Aldershot Town  A  2-0 Chester  H  2-4
Forest Green Rovers  A  1-1 Lincoln City  A  0-1
Chester  H  3-2 Southport  H  1-1
Nuneaton Town  H  2-1 Welling United  H  2-1
FC Halifax Town  H  4-1 Grimsby Town  A  0-3

Last Meeting at the Silverlake Stadium

19 November 2011 – Eastleigh 2 Dartford 2 – Att: 604

Goalscorer: Green (26 pen), Wallis (36), Smith (43), Jordan (53)

Dartford Lineup: Wells, Jones, Green, Bonner, Goodacre, Champion, Noble, Bradbrook, Wallis, Burns, Harris (subs used: Graham, Hayes, Erskine)

Previous Meetings

09.09.2014 Dartford 2 Eastleigh 2
19.11.2011 Eastleigh 2 Dartford 2
10.09.2011 Dartford 3 Eastleigh 0
15.03.2011 Dartford 0 Eastleigh 0
16.10.2010 Eastleigh 3 Dartford 0
03.04.2004 Dartford 1 Eastleigh 5
20.12.2003 Eastleigh 5 Dartford 0

Forest Green Rovers v Dartford

Dartford face a run of five away games in six league matches starting with a visit to playoff chasers Forest Green Rovers this weekend.

With just one win in eleven attempts against the Gloucestershire club, the Darts will be desperate to improve that sequence in fear of being cut adrift in the bottom four. Tony Burman’s side are three points from safety having played a game more than their closest competitors.

Earlier in this season, Rovers came away from Princes Park with a victory to stretch their unbeaten record against Dartford to five in all competitions. Experienced striker, Lee Hughes scored what turned out to be the decider when he deflected Sam Wedgbury’s shot beyond goalkeeper Jason Brown. After a goalless first half in which the Darts hit the woodwork twice, Marcus Kelly put Forest Green Rovers ahead ten minutes into the second half. Hughes doubled the lead which was halved in the final minute when Max Cornhill grabbed a consolation during injury time.

Dartford’s options up front were limited this week with both Andy Pugh and Harry Crawford injured. With just Tom Bradbrook left as the only other recognised striker Tony Burman looked to the loan market. In comes Bradley Tarbuck from League Two side Portsmouth, the 19 year old secured a contract with Pompey this summer and will hope to impress in Dartford colours. The striker made his debut for the South coast club at the start of last season in a League Cup tie against Plymouth. Earlier this month, he came off the bench in a League Two win versus Carlisle United.

After a mid-week capitulation at home to Chester, the Darts need to concentrate on improving their away form. On Tuesday night, Dartford were well on course for a fifth win of the campaign. Lee Noble opened his account for the season with a goal on 15 minutes, the midfielder volleyed home a Ryan Hayes cross to give his side the lead. Two minutes into the second half top scorer and captain Elliot Bradbrook increased the advanateg, this time Noble was the provider for Bradbrook to head the ball beyond Jon Worsnop. Within three minutes Chester began to turn the match around, Craig Mahon scored two in four minutes before Matty Hughes made it 3-2 ten minutes after the Darts went two up. A fourth arrived in the closing stages, Barnsley loanee Rhys Oates completed the comeback.

Burman spoke to after the defaet, he said: “We did ever so well in the first half,” Burman said. “We took the lead and had great start to the second half but unfortunately we then pressed the self-destruct button”, he added: “Certain players, experienced players, made schoolboy errors, it’s as simple as that, and we’ve been punished for it”.

Unbeaten in nine league fixtures, which includes a current run of four consecutive draws, Forest Green Rovers are showing signs of losing the inconsistencies shown from previous campaigns. Only three sides have beaten the Gloucestershire side in the league, however too many draws could cost Ady Pennock’s men come April.

The latest draw and their tenth this term came on Tuesday night in a 0-0 stalemate with newly promoted Dover Athletic at The Crabble. Pennock was pleased with the collective effort of his side and spoke to, he commented: “It wasn’t a classic. It’s a difficult place to come – they’ve won their last six games on the spin here”, he continued: “We have been conceding a few goals in the last three games. We have been working on that in the last week and the back four have done really well”.

Typically, Forest Green Rovers have options in front of goal with 38 year old Hughes and top scorer James Norwwod, who has scored seven in 21 appearances. Jon Parkin adds more experience, ‘the Beast’ has six league goals this term. Former Welling United midfielder Kurtis Guthrie continues to impress at the New Lawn and in between the sticks Sam Russell has been ever present in the league this season and for the previous two campaigns.

Despite a winless streak of five against Forest Green Rovers, you only have to go back to April last year for Dartford’s last triumph when they won 3-2 at The New Lawn.

Team News

Tony Burman managed to secure a months loan for Bardley Tarbuck to cover for the injured Andy Pugh. Fellow striker, Harry Crawford has been out with a hip problem and Lee Burns also remains sidelined.

Forest Green Rovers welcomed the return of Wedgbury in the 0-0 draw with Dover Athletic, the midfielder managed 35 minutes against the Kent club. Knee injuries have prevented Aarran Racine, Steve Arnold and James Jennings from playing, the trio also missed the mid-week stalemate.

Head to Head

Forest Green Rovers wins: 7 / Dartford wins: 1 / Draws: 3

Current League Form

Forest Green Rovers (DDDDWD) Dartford (LLDWLD)
Dover Athletic  A  0-0 Chester  H  2-4
Torquay United  A  3-3 Lincoln City  A  0-1
Eastleigh  H  1-1 Southport  H  1-1
Lincoln City  H  3-3 Welling United  H  2-1
Bristol Rovers  A  1-0 Grimsby Town  A  0-3
Gateshead  H  1-1 Aldershot Town  H  1-1

Last Meeting at The New Lawn

2 November 2013 – Forest Green Rovers 1 Dartford 0 – Att: 960

Goalscorer: Norwood (5)

Forest Green Rovers Lineup: Russell, Green, Bennett, Stokes, Asafu-Adjaye, Turley, Klukowski, Kelly, Bangura, Wright, Norwood (subs used: Hodgkiss)

Dartford Lineup: Julian, Clark, Fry, Mitchel-King, Collier, Burns, Woodyard, Cornhill, Godden, Hayes, Birchall (subs used: Ibemere, Hill)

Match Stats

dfc v fgr stats


Last Five Meetings (* – F.A Trophy)

20.09.2014 Dartford 1 Forest Green Rovers 2
12.04.2014 Dartford 0 Forest Green Rovers 1
03.12.2013* Forest Green Rovers 1 Dartford 0
30.11.2013* Dartford 1 Forest Green Rovers 1
02.11.2013 Forest Green Rovers 1 Dartford 0


1 – number of times Dartford have scored more than one goal against Forest Green Rovers in their 3-2 win in April 2013

9 – Forest Green Rovers are on their longest unbeaten league run for five years. In 2009, Rovers drew eight out of nine games in an unbeaten sequence lasting almost three months

18 – games since Dartford kept a clean sheet. Also, it’s been 18 years since the Darts kept a clean sheet against Forest Green Rovers back in the Southern League Southern Division.

79 – Rovers have been caught offside on the most occasions this term, 16 more times than any other club

Dartford v Chester

This season Dartford could have lined up in a different league to their mid-week visitors Chester, instead the two sides meet for only the third time.

The story could have been so much different had it not been for the demise of Salisbury City and Hereford United. With the Darts finishing below their opponents last term, both clubs were reprieved for the current campaign.

For Chester, news of a second chance put the final day relegation heartbreak firmly behind them. A last minute Hereford United winner at Aldershot Town sent Chester down on goal difference, until the Bulls were thrown out of the Conference due to financial problems. Dartford’s reprieve was more chaotic than dramatic, as they heard later on in the summer that they too will get another opportunity in the Conference Premier.

Dartford are finding life just as tough the second time round, however this time last year the club were in the middle of a ten game losing streak. This term there are no signs of a repeat with the squad looking and playing better. Whilst it’s tight just above the bottom four, the Darts know a few wins could move them into mid table. With three tough fixtures coming up before the F.A Cup second round tie with League One side Bradford City, Tony Burman will be eyeing up three points against fellow part timers.

The squad has been stretched of late with striker Andy Pugh sidelined for a long spell following an operation. Tom Bradbrook has suffered recently but has now returned and at the back Mat Mitchel-King, Nathan Collier and Lee Burns have taken time out to recover. Burman has had to call in Callum Driver and play midfielder Elliot Bradbrook at centre back. With the captain moving further towards his own goal, midfielder’s Lee Noble and Max Cornhill have linked well with the influential Peter Sweeney, who missed the 1-0 defeat at Lincoln City with flu. With Pugh out for a while, Harry Crawford continues to stake a claim in the starting eleven.

In sixteenth place amongst four teams on 27 points Chester under Steve Burr have also made improvements, and despite inconsistent results they sit in a comfortable mid table position. It took the Cheshire club six games to record a win last term, this campaign it only took the third attempt. The Blues have just faced tricky home matches against Gateshead and Bristol Rovers and managed four points, but it’s their home form that has been more productive. On their travels, Chester have beaten Braintree Town and AFC Telford United but have lost seven and drawn one. The finest away day so far for Chester came in the F.A Cup first round where they went to League Two side Southend United and won 2-1.

The Blues have a midfield content on chipping in with goals thanks to the efforts of Sean McConville and John Rooney. Up front Craig Hobson often leads the line with former Macclesfield Town player Peter Winn. Manager, Steve Burr recently added to his squad with two loan signings, Josh O’Keefe formerly of Kidderminster Harriers is well accustomed to the Conference Premier having played for Hereford United, Lincoln City and Southport. Rhys Oates comes in from Barnsley having spent time in the Conference North with Gainsborough Trinity and Stockport County, the teenager also featured for Grimsby Town a couple of months ago.

The Darts are still looking for their first goal against the Blues having failed to find the net in both league fixtures last campaign. A goalless draw up in Cheshire was followed by a 1-0 defeat in front of the television cameras at Princes Park. A fine volley from Chester striker Gareth Seddon separated the two teams which at the time was an important six pointer. This season both sides will be hoping the result will carry less significance.

Head to Head 

Dartford wins: 0/ Chester wins: 1 / Draws: 1

Current League Form

Dartford (LDWLDD) Chester (DWLLWL)
Lincoln City A 0-1 Bristol Rovers H 2-2
Southport H 1-1 Gateshead H 1-0
Welling United A 2-1 Macclesfield Town A 1-3
Grimsby Town A 0-3 Eastleigh A 2-3
Aldershot Town H 1-1 Alfreton Town H 2-1
Macclesfield Town H 1-1 Dover Athletic A 1-2

Last League Meeting at Princes Park

7 March 2014 – Dartford 0 Chester 1 – Att: 1610

Goalscorer: Seddon (51)

Dartford Lineup: Julian, Mitchel-King, McAuley, Sterling, Cornhill, Woodyard, Stevenson, Bradbrook, Burns, Wall, Harris (subs used: Suarez, Noble, Collier)

Chester Lineup: Chapman, Lillock, L Turner, Heath, Linwood, Rooney, Bond, N Turner, Mahon, Seddon, Taylor (subs used: Lindfield, Daniels)

Match Stats

dfc v cfc stats

Previous Meetings

07.03.2014 Dartford 0 Chester 1
07.09.2013 Chester 0 Dartford 0



Lincoln City v Dartford

Dartford travel to Sincil Bank on the weekend knowing their first ever win against Lincoln City will move them within a point of the Imps.

Tony Burman has seen improvements in his side who are becoming difficult to beat. Yet failure to turn draws into victories has kept Dartford battling with the bottom half of the table. Now out of the relegation places by a point, the Darts have drawn five of their last eight league matches.

Harry Crawford earned Dartford their latest draw in Ryan Hayes’ 300th start for the club. Up against a Southport side unbeaten under Gary Brabin, the Darts fell behind right on the stroke of half time when John Marsden gave the Sandgrounders a half time advantage. Good work by the tireless Lee Noble set Crawford up four minutes into injury time to score a last minute equaliser. Hayes’ appearance put him on 415 in total for the club moving up to sixth in the all time Dartford list.

Since the loss at Grimsby Town, Burman has led his side to an unbeaten run of three competitive matches starting with the 4-3 F.A Cup first round win at Bromley. A few days later Welling United were defeated thanks to goals from Max Cornhill and Crawford, although the Wings had two players sent off and pulled a goal back, Dartford grabbed the three points.

In April, the Darts picked up their first point against Saturday’s opponents in a goalless draw. On loan midfielder Jim Stevenson came the closest for the Darts as both sides rarely threatened to find the net. The clean sheet was in stark contrast to previous meetings when early goals from the Imps helped them to victory on three occasions.

In the only other visit to Sincil Bank, Dartford were a goal down inside six minutes when Vadaine Oliver scored. The hosts had Jake Sheridan sent off before Lee Noble equalised, however a last minute penalty dispatched by Colin Larkin condemned the Darts to defeat. Lincoln City have also beaten Burman’s side twice at Princes Park taking first half leads in both matches.

Lincoln City, now in their fourth consecutive Conference Premier campaign have managed to hit the headlines thanks to jelly babies and a sauna. During their four game unbeaten start, the Imps travelled to Barnet after their team bus failed to turn up. The players made their way to the Hive minus a tactics board and so former boss Gary Simpson used jelly babies to help get his message across instead.

Simpson himself was relieved of his managerial duties at the start of this month. A run of one win sandwiched between six defeats in August and September didn’t help matters. When Lincoln City threw away a three goal lead to draw 3-3 with Forest Green Rovers, the board reviewed the clubs situation and ended Simpson’s reign.

Similar to Dartford, the Imps are unable to turn draws into wins. With just one triumph in their last eight league games they have drawn five of those fixtures and lost twice. Without a weekend fixture for two weeks, Lincoln City’s last scheduled match was the Conference Premier’s first postponement this term. A sauna in the Hilton Hotel the Imps were staying at caught fire leaving the squad with no kit and  so the away match against Eastleigh was called off.

The Imps’ main threat comes from striker Ben Tomlinson, who scored against the Darts in a 2-1 win at Princes Park last season. Having returned from injury, with a second half appearance at Gateshead in Lincoln City’s last league outing, the 25 year old has netted six times this campaign. Sean Newton is leading scorer in all competitions on eight and is amongst the highest assist makers in the league so far.

Meanwhile, Jordan Burrow played in England C’s 4-2 win on Tuesday night versus Estonia, Jon Nolan was called up to take part after initially being one of the contingency players. Delano Sam-Yorke is another player Burman will be familiar with, the striker played against the Darts for Basingstoke Town in the Conference South during Dartford’s promotion season. Sam-Yorke also had a spell with Cambridge United last term and is in his second loan spell with the Imps.

It’s now up to caretaker managers Chris Moyses and Grant Brown to guide the Imps. Moyses has previous experience in the city with Lincoln Moorlands Railway and Lincoln City. Brown spent 13 years at the club making over 400 appearances between 1989 and 2002 and is now in his fourth spell as caretaker manager.

Team News

Dartford will be without striker Andy Pugh who required an operation after the Welling United game. Lee Burns was unable to finish the mid-week fixture against the Wings and missed the draw versus Southport due to the injury he picked up. Mat Mitchel-King and Collier have also been out with injury and have not featured in last two league games, leaving the Darts short in numbers at the back. Elliot Bradbrook has dropped into defence from midfield in recent games. Callum Driver made his full début last weekend after signing for Dartford prior the Welling United clash. Central defender Rory McAuley remains one caution away from suspension.

Head to Head

Lincoln City wins: 3 / Dartford wins: 0 / Draws: 1

Current League Form

Lincoln City (DLDDWD) Dartford (DWLDDL)
Gateshead  A  3-3 Southport  H  1-1
Altrincham  H  1-2 Welling United  H  2-1
Forest Green Rovers  A  3-3 Grimsby Town  A  0-3
Wrexham  H  1-1 Aldershot Town  H  1-1
AFC Telford United  H  2-0 Macclesfield Town  H  1-1
Southport  A  3-3 Bristol Rovers  A  0-1

Last Meeting at Sincil Bank

5 April 2014 – Lincoln City 0 Dartford 0 – Att: 1947

Lincoln City Lineup: Townsend, Newton, Brown, Miller, Foster, Power, Nolan, Adams, Sheridan, Mendy, Brighy (subs used: Arthur, Robinson)

Dartford Lineup: Julian, McAuley, Mitchel-King, Sterling, Bradbrook, Burns, Woodyard, Cornhill, Stevenson, Harris, Suarez (subs used: Collier, Swallow, Dembele)

Match Stats

lcfc v dfc stats


Previous Meetings

05.04.2014 Lincoln City 0 Dartford 0
31.08.2013 Dartford 1 Lincoln City 2
09.02.2013 Lincoln City 2 Dartford 1
08.12.2012 Dartford 2 Lincoln City 4


415 – total number of appearances made by Ryan Hayes. The midfielder has made 300 starts making him the 13th player to do so in a Dartford shirt. During his ten years with the club he has scored 83 times, the ninth highest total.

9 – Lincoln City have been awarded nine penalties this season, the second highest behind Barnet (10). Dartford have conceded six, the most in the division this term.

28 – league games since Dartford won by more than one goal, currently the longest sequence in Conference Premier. The last time the Darts won by more than one goal was on 22 March 2014 against Hyde, Alex Wall’s brace earned Dartford a 2-0 win.

3.45 – the average number of goals involving Lincoln City games this season, the second highest behind AFC Telford United’s 3.50.

Dartford v Southport

The Darts will be involved in another crucial Conference Premier fixture this weekend, hosting a Southport side unbeaten in five games.

It’s been a fine week for Dartford with the F.A Cup win at Bromley earning the club a second round tie away to Bradford City, the Darts will appear in round two for the first time in thirty years. Just days later, a second victory in three days took Tony Burman’s side above their mid week opponents Welling United and today’s visitors Southport to move out of the relegation places.

On Tuesday night, a rare first half league goal put the Darts ahead after good work down the right by Ryan Hayes and Danny Harris. Welling United’s Chris Bush cut out Harris’ cross which fell kindly to Max Cornhill, the midfielder from outside the box struck a well taken shot beyond the Wings goalkeeper to net his second league goal this season.

Early in the second half it took substitute Harry Crawford just six minutes to double the Darts lead. Hayes was involved again when his cross found Crawford who headed in the second goal. England C international, Jake Gallagher picked up a second caution for Welling United leaving his side with ten men. The visitors pulled a goal back late on when Harry Beautyman scored once again against Burman’s side. In the final minute Welling United were reduced to nine when Chris Bush retaliated on Lee Noble. Dartford move up to nineteenth spot with their first league win in seven attempts.

Consecutive triumphs for the first time this campaign has also seen the Darts progress in the F.A Cup. Having fallen behind in the first half against Conference South side Bromley, Harris and Hayes scored within ten minutes of the restart. The hosts equalised a minute later, Moses Ademola capitalised on Jason Brown’s error. Elliot Bradbrook’s header was nudged home by Harris, Danny Waldren then made it 3-3 before brother Tom Bradbrook scored the winner in a dramatic encounter.

Last season, in the third ever meeting between Dartford and Southport, the Darts recorded the first win. A 1-0 victory at Princes Park followed consecutive 2-2 draws in the previous campaign. Preparations in the home match against the Sandgrounders last term were hardly ideal with goalkeeper Alan Julian stuck in traffic, Mitchel-King was close to starting the game in between the sticks. Fortunately, the afternoon improved for Tony Burman when 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 secure three points for Dartford.

The Sandgrounders have picked up form after slipping into the bottom four at the beginning of October. Results led to the sacking of former Hereford United boss Martin Foyle, in charge at Haig Avenue for just 14 games winning only three. Four defeats in a row sealed Foyle’s fate and after a 5-2 loss at home to Woking new manager Gary Brabin was appointed.

Brabin has history with the Merseysiders after managing the club for two months in 2008, before moving on to Cambridge United and Luton Town. The 43 year old also represented Southport as a player eight years ago.

Since Brabin’s return Southport are unbeaten in league and cup earning three draws and two wins. Similar to last season, the Sandgrounders have taken advantage against teams around them in the league. Braintree Town and Welling United were beaten 2-0 and 1-0 respectively and a 3-3 draw versus Lincoln City plus a 2-2 stalemate with Dover Athletic either side the two victories completes the league run. In the F.A Cup first round last weekend Southport travelled to East London and held League Two side Dagenham and Redbridge to a 0-0 draw.

Southport boss Brabin was content with the progress shown since his appointment, he told after the draw last weekend: “Our lads produced a really good, professional performance. We’ve been working on a number of things since I’ve been at the club and I thought it was evident today. Over the past few weeks we’ve had good periods in certain games but today we saw a really good ninety minute performance. We defended well, we had some really good spells of possession, we worked hard and were disciplined. It as a really thorough performance and the longer the game went on the more likely I thought we were to get the winner. A lot of people watching today would not have been able to tell the difference between the two sides and this result will give the lads a lot of belief going forward”.

Team News

Tony Burman gave new signing Callum Driver a debut from off the bench, the former West Ham United defender put pen to paper hours before the Welling United game. The 22 year old played nine games for Conference South side Whitehawk before being released last month. Defender, Mat Mitchel-King, who pulled out of the entertaining 4-3 F.A Cup first round win at Bromley during the warm up, didn’t feature on Tuesday night. Tom Bradbrook, the match winner last weekend was also missing from the mid week squad. Lee Burns who has suffered from a rib injury this term was replaced with three minutes to go in the Kent derby against Welling United. Rory McAuley is one caution away from picking up a one match ban.

Southport defender Clayton McDonald will serve the third match of his suspension. Scott Kay and Luke Foster have picked up four yellow cards this term and another against Dartford will rule them out of their next match.

Head to Head 

Dartford wins: 1 / Southport wins: 1 / Draws: 2

Current League Form

Dartford (WLDDLD) Southport (DWWDLW)
Welling United A 2-1 Dover Athletic H 2-2
Grimsby Town A 0-3 Welling United H 1-0
Aldershot Town H 1-1 Braintree Town A 2-0
Macclesfield Town H 1-1 Lincoln City H 3-3
Bristol Rovers A 0-1 Woking H 2-5
Grimsby Town H 1-1 Grimsby Town A 1-0

Last League Meeting at Princes Park

28 September 2013 – Dartford 1 Southport 0 – Att: 1025

Goalscorer: Birchall (32)

Dartford Lineup: Julian, Clark, Fry, Burns, Bradbrook, Noble, Collier, Woodyard, Hayes, Harris, Birchall (subs used: Cornhill, Ibemere, Prior)

Southport Lineup: Hurst, Smith, Akrigg, Challoner, Fitzpatrick, Brown, Chalmers, Milligan, Ledsham, George, Osawe (subs used: Almond, Hattersley, Irie-Bi)

Match Stats

dfc v sfc

Previous Meetings

01.03.2014 Southport 3 Dartford 0
28.09.2013 Dartford 1 Southport 0
24.03.2013 Southport 2 Dartford 2
17.11.2012 Dartford 2 Southport 2


1 – Dartford led at half time in the league for the first time this season on Tuesday night. Max Cornhill’s goal meant the Darts went into the break against Welling United 1-0.

2 – Harry Crawford’s goal on Tuesday night was the first time in the league this term the Darts had a two goal cushion.

50 – Harry Crawford made his 50th Dartford appearance in the 4-3 F.A Cup win at Bromley. The striker, now in his third spell with the club has started 33 games and made 17 substitute appearances scoring 20 goals (excludes the Welling United game)

250 – Danny Harris will make his 250th appearance in a Darts shirt if he features this weekend. Harris has started 182 times, made 67 substitute appearances and has netted 66 goals.

00:57 – the number of seconds gone when Southport conceded against Dover Athletic, the quickest goal scored this campaign.

94:57 – the Sandgrounders have also conceded the latest goal when Jamie Jackson of FC Halifax Town scored.


Dartford v Welling United

A second Kent derby in three days awaits the Darts as they host local rivals Welling United for this season’s return league fixture.

What has become the usual festive match in recent season’s will have already taken place before December begins. Dartford know crucial points can be picked up against their fellow part time opponents and hope to record their first home league win since mid September. Tony Burman’s side can leap above Welling United, and potentially Kent rivals Dover Athletic, with a win to climb out the relegation zone.

Six weeks has passed since the last meeting between the two sides which ended in a 2-2 draw, full back Tom Bender made his first start for the club that day. An entertaining first half ended level with Welling United taking the lead on six minutes. Ben Jefford’s cross was nudged beyond Jason Brown by Harry Beautyman, but the lead lasted just three minutes. Peter Sweeney scored his first goal for the club and Dartford’s maiden first half strike of the season. The Wings went ahead once more when Jamal Fyfield headed in Beautyman’s cross to leave the Darts a goal down. Yet again, Dartford fought back and a trio of long throw in’s by Mat Mitchel-King put the hosts under pressure, Elliot Bradbrook benefited the most when he hit he’s fourth of the season.

The Darts remain in the bottom four after a 3-0 away loss to play off chasing Grimsby Town in their last league fixture. Once more, Dartford found the away trip to Blundell Park tough and were a goal down after 13 minutes. Defender Carl Magnay scored from close range taking advantage of Nathan Arnold’s cross. Seven minutes before the break Arnold turned from provider to goal getter as he doubled the Mariners lead. With three minutes to go the Darts conceded a sixth penalty of the season. Lennell John-Lewis converted from the spot like he did at Princes Park just over a month ago. Although Lee Burns remain sidelined through injury, striker Tom Bradbrook made his first appearance since 11 October.

Defeat in Lincolnshire has left Dartford winless in the last six league outings having picked up four points in those games. At Princes Park three consecutive 1-1 league draws against Grimsby Town, Macclesfield Town and Aldershot Town mean Burman’s team are unbeaten in four competitive matches at home, including the F.A Cup fourth qualifying round win against Burgess Hill Town.

Welling United have picked up just four away points this term out of a possible 27. Victory at Altrincham and a draw at Chester are the only highlights having lost the other seven. The Wings have yet to be defeated by a team sitting lower than them in the Conference Premier, but have lost there last two matches.

The latest loss came in the last minute at Park View Road versus runaway league leaders Barnet. Former Ebbsfleet United frontman John Akinde caused the Wings all sorts of trouble and opened the scoring half way through the first period. Just before the interval Joe Healy pounced on Graham Stack’s fumble to level the score. In the final minute Charlie MacDonald nodded the ball into the path of Akinde who kept his composure to snatch a winner.

Jamie Day’s side had previously travelled to Haig Avenue in the league where Southport ran out 1-0 winners. Including all competitive matches then Welling United have lost three in a row after a shock F.A Cup fourth qualifying round exit to Maidstone United. Former Wings captain Jack Parkinson scored against his old side to help the Stones into round one and a tie against Stevenage.

Since the last meeting against Welling United, Day has captured the loan signing of Michael Chambers from Premier League side Crystal Palace. The tall defender was signed by the Eagles from Isthmian Premier League club Dulwich Hamlet. The Darts may also face Liechtenstein’s international goalkeeper Benji Buchel, the 25 year old has won eight caps for his country and will be on loan from AFC Bournemouth until January.

Head to Head 

Dartford wins: 15 / Welling United wins: 9 / Draws: 7

Current League Form

Dartford (LDDLDD) Welling United (LLWLDD)
Grimsby Town A 0-3 Barnet H 1-2
Aldershot Town H 1-1 Southport A 0-1
Macclesfield Town H 1-1 Nuneaton Town H 4-1
Bristol Rovers A 0-1 Kidderminster Harriers A 1-2
Grimsby Town H 1-1 Chester A 1-1
Welling United A 2-2 Dartford H 2-2

Last League Meeting at Princes Park

26 December 2013 – Dartford 1 Welling United 2 – Att: 1758

Goalscorer: Burns (29), Lafayette (74), Guthrie (80)

Dartford Lineup: Julian, Clark, Sterling, Mitchel-King, Burns, Stevenson, Martin, Collier, Bradbrook, Cornhill, Birchall (subs used: Woodyard, Kamara, Scantlebury)

Welling United Lineup: Butcher, Franks, Bergqvist, Vanderhyde, Cargill, Beautyman, Healy, Day, Clarke, Cumbers, Lafayette (subs used: McLaren, Bassele, Guthrie)

Match Stats

dartford v welling stats

Previous Ten Meetings (* – Kent Senior Cup / ** – Conference South Playoff Final)

30.09.2014 Welling United 2 Dartford 2
10.01.2014 Welling United 1 Dartford 1
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
26.12.2011 Welling United 1 Dartford 1
15.02.2011 Dartford 1 Welling United 1
01.01.2011 Welling United 2 Dartford 1
26.01.2010* Dartford 1 Welling United 3



Bromley v Dartford

Dartford could make it to the F.A Cup second round for the first time in thirty years if they can overcome Bromley in this weekend’s Kent derby.

Tony Burman is keen for the club to progress despite occupying a bottom four place in the Conference Premier, he told “I do not see it as a distraction at all, everyone wants to stay in the FA Cup. The financial rewards are that great for a part-time side and we will endeavour to move on into the next round. It is taken seriously, like it should be, and as I said, everybody wants to stay in the FA Cup for as long as they can”.

Burman may well be wary of Saturday’s hosts who knocked his side out at the fourth qualifying round just three seasons ago. A late winner by Gareth Williams sent the Conference South side through. Bromley had taken the lead from the spot when Haakim Ibrahima scored but four minutes later Jack Pallen levelled. Williams turned hero with 15 minutes remaining leading his side into round one where they lost 3-0 at Leyton Orient.

Bromley have been a bogey side in the F.A Cup, having knocked the Darts out of the competition three times in the last  eleven years. Prior the aforementioned victory, the Ravens triumphed 2-0 in 2003’s second qualifying round and 1-0 at the third qualifying round stage in 2007. The Darts have never beaten this weekend’s opponents in the F.A Cup.

Since their last appearance in round two the Darts have made it to the first round on seven occasions including three times in then last five campaigns.

Burman will hope for improvement fron his players after the 3-0 disappointment at Grimsby Town on Saturday, he spoke to and commented: “It was a poor performance from us, against a very good side. I was really disappointed with the way we played in the first half. The second half was a little bit better but we were beaten by the better side”, he added: “We set out to do certain things in the first half but unfortunately it didn’t go to plan. We’re better than how we performed on Saturday. On the day, too many players put in poor performances. We let our standards drop”, before concluding: “It was probably our poorest performance of the season”.

The Darts comfortable made it past Burgess Hill Town in the last round. Harry Crawford’s brace and Elliot Bradbrook’s penalty gave Dartford a 3-1 half time lead which remained the scoreline after 90 minutes. In the league Dartford have struggled to find a win since a 2-1 away win at Nuneaton Town. However, the club have become draw specialists picking up four draws in their last six league outings but have lost the other tow without scoring.

Bromley are in a healthy fourth position in the Conference South so will be a stern challenge in round one. The Ravens reached the playoffs last term finishing third just six points off champions Eastleigh. The Ravens have negotiated three rounds already starting with a resounding 5-1 home win against Southern League Division One side Uxbridge. Duncan Culley and a Danny Waldren free kick put Bromley 2-1 up before Uxbridge’s Dave Thomas was red carded. After the dismissal goals from Damian Scannell, Jordan Robertson and former Dart, Adam Birchall completed the rout.

A goalless draw at Grays Athletic was followed by another five goal haul in the replay, this time without reply. Reece Prestedge and a Robertson penalty together with goals from Adam Bailey-Dennis and Culley, who netted a brace sent Bromley in the a final qualifying tie at Evesham United. This time Bromley had to work harder and Waldren’s double was enough to send the Ravens into the first round with a 2-1 victory. For Mark Goldberg’s side the wait to reach round two has been longer going back to 1946.

After taking on three sides in divisions lower, Bromley face their first test against a team in a superior league. However, thre are only seven places between the two sides. Home form for the Ravens has not been as impressive as results on the road. Three wins and three defeats at what is now known as The Fortress Stadium compares to an unbeaten away record of four wins and two draws.

Dartford will be keen to repeat the 4-2 F.A Trophy triumph two years ago and the 4-1 Kent Senior Cup final victory in 2011, rather than the three F.A Cup defeats against Bromley.

Head to Head

Bromley wins: 24 / Dartford wins: 22 / Draws: 11

Current League Form (* – F.A Cup / ** – Kent Senior Cup)

 Bromley (WDWWWD)  Dartford (LWDDLD)
 Eastbourne Borough  A  4-1  Grimsby Town  A  0-3
 Maidstone United**  H  1-1  Burgess Hill Town*  H  3-1
 Evesham United*  A  2-1  Aldershot Town  H  1-1
 Bath City  H  1-0  Macclesfield Town  H  1-1
 Grays Athletic*  H  5-0  Bristol Rovers  A  0-1
 Grays Athletic*  A  0-0  Grimsby Town  H  1-1

Maidstone United won 4-2 on penalties

Last Competitive Meeting at Hayes Lane

9 April 2012 – Bromley 1 Dartford 2 – Att: 767

Goalscorer: Harris (22), Wilkinson (26), Malcolm (77)

Bromley Lineup: Welch, Henriques, Patterson, Fuseini, Swaibu, Harwood, Joseph-Dubois, Waldren, Araba, Williams, Rhule (subs used: Thomas, Malcolm, Jarrett)

Dartford Lineup: Wells, Burns, Green, Bonner, Wilkinson, Champion, Noble, Rogers, Erskine, Bradbrook, Harris (subs used: Garrod)

Previous Ten Competitive Meetings (* – F.A Cup / ** – F.A Trophy / ^ – Kent Senior Cup)

12.01.2013** Dartford 4 Bromley 2
09.04.2012 Bromley 1 Dartford 2
29.10.2011* Dartford 1 Bromley 2
29.08.2011 Dartford 3 Bromley 1
02.05.2011^ Dartford 4 Bromley 1
22.04.2011 Bromley 4 Dartford 1
18.09.2010 Dartford 2 Bromley 2
09.12.2008^ Bromley 4 Dartford 2
13.10.2007* Bromley 1 Dartford 0
07.10.2003^ Bromley 3 Dartford 2

Last Ten F.A Cup Performances

Season Bromley Dartford
2013/14 3Q v Heybridge Swifts 1st Rd v Salisbury City
2012/13 1st Rd v Fleetwood Town 4Q v Forest Green Rovers
2011/12 1st Rd v Leyton Orient 4Q v Bromley
2010/11 3Q v Chelmsford City 1st Rd v Port Vale
2009/10 1st Rd v Colchester United 3Q v Chelmsford City
2008/09 2Q v AFC Hornchurch 2Q v Hampton and Richmond
2007/08 4Q v Eastbourne Borough 3Q v Bromley
2006/07 1st Rd v Gillingham 1Q v Hastings United
2005/06 4Q v Aldershot Town Pre v Dorking
2004/05 4Q v Cambridge City 1Q v Dorking