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Dartford v Gateshead

Dartford are hoping to claim victory against Gateshead for the first time in two years when they meet at Princes Park.

The Darts have failed to score in any of the last three games against the Heed, however it was at Princes Park when Dartford beat the Tynesiders 3-0. In Dartford’s only ever win against Gateshead, Ryan Hayes inspired his side. Coming off the bench with the score goalless Hayes scored two and made another, the winger stuck in a rebound before curling a trademark second. Hayes then set up Charlie Sheringham who wrapped up the victory.

Last term, the Darts suffered a double defeat, a 2-0 away loss was followed up with a 1-0 home reverse in which Lee Noble was red carded and the Darts fell to a last minute goal. The same single goal scoreline was repeated this campaign at the International Stadium meaning the Darts will be eager to end a three game losing streak without finding the Gateshead net.

Another defeat on the weekend, this time to Altrincham has left the Darts eleven points from safety with only six matches remaining. Damian Reeves once again caused Dartford problems scoring a brace to add to his two goals against Burman’s side earlier in the campaign. Reeves has now been the difference between the two sides on both occasions scoring all four for Alty against the Darts this term. Ryan Hayes pulled one back but an equaliser failed to materialise.

Gateshead boss Gary Mills had his side ninety minutes away from a return to the Football League nine months ago. This season a promising start had the Tynesiders up in second place at the beginning of November, with only three defeats. A run to the F.A Cup third round ended by West Bromwich Albion’s ruthlessness as the Heed lost 7-0.

Since the F.A Cup exit, Gateshead have been inconsistent leaving the club in ninth place and eight points behind Forest Green Rovers in the final playoff spot. A 3-2 home loss to Eastleigh on the weekend means the TYnesiders are three without a win, however the last time they recorded back to back defeats in the Conference Premier was in September 2013, setting the current longest sequence of 77 matches.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 1 / Gateshead wins: 6 / Draws: 1

Current League Form

Dartford (LDLWLD) Gateshead (DLWWDL)
Altrincham  H  1-2 FC Halifax Town  A  2-2
Alfreton Town  A  0-0 Dover Athletic  A  0-1
Southport  A  0-2 AFC Telford United  A  1-0
Chester  A  2-1 Macclesfield Town  H  2-1
Alfreton Town  H  0-1 Welling United  H  1-1
FC Halifax Town  A  0-0 Braintree Town  A  0-1

Last Meeting at Princes Park

23 November 2013 – Dartford 0 Gateshead 1 – Att: 975

Goalscorer: Brown (89)

Dartford Lineup: Smith, Sterling, Clark, Essam, Burns, Collier, Bradbrook, Martin, Noble, Birchall, Harris (sub used: Prior)

Gateshead Lineup: Bartlett, Curtis, Baxter, Sirrell, Clark, Chandler, Oster, Turnbull, Walker, Marwood, Larkin (subs used: Maddison, Brown)

Match Stats

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Previous Meetings (* F.A Trophy)

13.09.2014 Gateshead 1 Dartford 0
23.11.2013 Dartford 0 Gateshead 1
05.10.2013 Gateshead 2 Dartford 0
23.03.2013 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

 

Dartford v Altrincham

Dartford welcome opponents Altrincham to Princes Park for the first time ever this weekend having last played hosts twenty six years ago.

Watling Street was the venue last time these two sides met with the clubs a division apart. The F.A Trophy Quarter Final tie ended with the Darts upsetting their visitors in a 1-0 victory, thanks to Dartford’s record appearance maker Steve Robinson’s goal.

This season it was Altrincham who ran out winners on Non League Day with top goalscorer Damian Reeves netting a brace either side of half time. Reeves followed up a rebound just before the interval and added a second three minutes into the second half. Elliot Bradbrook gave Dartford some hope with seven minutes remaining but Alty deservedly took the three points.

With Dartford edging closer to Conference South football next season, manager Tony Burman has witnessed his side’s mixed fortunes over the last fortnight. The busy and crucial period of the campaign has seen plenty of six pointers which started at home to Alfreton Town. The last minute defeat was disheartening for the team. Hope was restored a few days later with a 2-1 away win at Chester only for a disappointing 2-0 loss at Southport.

On Tuesday night Alfreton Town were on the schedule again with the Darts desperate for victory they could only manage a 0-0 draw. Andy Pugh and Harry Crawford went close early on and Elliot Bradbrook had his shot tipped away. Peter Sweeney’s long range free kick went wide in an improved Dartford performance. Crawford failed to take advantage of a one on one early in the second half and Danny Harris tested Jason Mooney in the Alfreton Town goal. Late on Harris almost grabbed a vital three points for the Darts only for his shot to be cleared off the line.  he result leaves Dartford ten points behind with seven games to play.

Altrincham may have taken to adapt to their new surroundings but Lee Sinnott’s side have settled well back in the Conference Premier. Alty spent three season’s away in the Conference North and won the playoffs last term. Up until the start of November it looked as though Altrincham would be battling at the bottom with Dartford. However, the Greater Manchester club began to pick up wins ending 2014 strongly and starting this year equally so.

Currently Altrincham are going through a blip with just one win from their last eight games. Without a match in midweek, Alty ended a two match losing streak with a 0-0 draw at home to FC Halifax Town. Donning a pink kit for Cancer Awareness, Altrincham picked up their 50th point of the campaign and will certainly be playing Conference Premier football next term.

Team News

Deren Ibrahim continued his run in goal over the last week with Jason Brown out injured (hamstring). Tom Bradbrook has been out injured but is still hopeful of a return before the end of the season. Midfield duo Lee Noble and Elliot Bradbrook have both received nine cautions this term and are one more away from suspension.

Last weekend Altrincham welcomed back goalkeeper Stuart Coburn, full back Adam Griffin and midfielder Simon Richman to the starting eleven whilst skipper, Shaun Densmore was out injured. Peter Cavanagh is one caution away from a match suspension.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 4 / Altrincham wins: 4 / Draws: 1

Current League Form

Dartford (DLWLDL) Altrincham (DLLWLL)
Alfreton Town  A  0-0 FC Halifax Town  H  0-0
Southport  A  0-2 Dover Athletic  A  1-2
Chester  A  2-1 Wrexham  H  1-4
Alfreton Town  H  0-1 Welling United  A  1-0
FC Halifax Town  A  0-0 Barnet  H  1-3
Woking  H  1-3 Bristol Rovers  A  0-1

Last Meeting at Watling Street

11 March 1989 – Dartford 1 Altrincham 0 – F.A Trophy Quarter Final

Goalscorers: Robinson (55)

Club favourite Steve Robinson scored the winner to put the Darts into the F.A Trophy semi final. Dartford were unable to reach Wembley in a two legged defeat against eventual runners up Macclesfield Town. The Darts playing a league below Altrincham ended the season as runners up in the Southern League whilst Alty finished 14th in the Conference Premier.

Previous Meetings (* – F.A Trophy)

06.09.2014 Altrincham 2 Dartford 1
11.03.1989* Dartford 1 Altrincham 0
01.02.1986 Dartford 3 Altrincham 2
21.09.1985 Altrincham 0 Dartford 0
27.04.1985 Altrincham 2 Dartford 1
29.09.1984 Dartford 1 Altrincham 0
13.03.1982 Dartford 0 Altrincham 1
24.10.1981 Altrincham 2 Dartford 0
14.03.1981* Dartford 3 Altrincham 1

Stats (up to 21 March 2015)

0:25 – Ryan Hayes still holds the record for the quickest Conference Premier goal this term, his strike after 25 seconds against Kidderminster Harriers.

37 – number of shots Altrincham’s Jake Moult has gone without scoring, the current longest sequence of any Conference Premier player

45 – Dartford’s 2-0 defeat at Southport means they have gone 45 games without back to back wins.

96:17 – Alty’s Kyle Perry left it late against AFC Telford United recording the latest goal of this season’s Conference Premier campaign

223 – Alty are top of the mis-hitters with 223 shots off target this campaign

On This Day

Since Dartford reformed the club are unbeaten in four games on 28 March. The Darts beat Bashley 1-0 back in 1992 and six years later drew 0-0 with Havant Town, now Havant and Waterlooville. In 2005 and 2009 a pair of 2-2 draws against Wingate and Finchley and Tonbridge Angles has kept the run going.

Alfreton Town v Dartford

Dartford’s Conference Premier status is hanging by a thread as they approach their rearranged fixture at Alfreton Town on Tuesday night.

The Darts played the Reds just over a week ago and missed a golden opportunity to close the gap on the Derbyshire club, who are now unbeaten in their last five games.

Tony Burman’s side approach Tuesday’s game on the back of a damaging 2-0 defeat to fellow relegation rivals Southport on the weekend. The loss leaves the Darts ten points from safety with only eight matches remaining. Richard Brodie and a late goal from Paul Rutherford edged Southport, and Alfreton Town, closer to Conference Premier football next season.

Alfreton Town picked up a point at home to Chester, a side the Darts beat a week ago. Tom Shaw who scored the last minute winner at Princes Park, put the Reds in front with a stunning long range effort. The one goal lead wasn’t enough though as it was Chester’s turn to score late on through Ben Heneghan.

Alfreton Town started their campaign with seven straight defeats but have slowly reduced the deficit to safety. The Reds managed to string a four game unbeaten run after their terrible start and have won all their games against the bottom six.

In the two previous visits to the Impact Arena, the Darts have returned home with nothing to show for their efforts. Last season, Elliot Bradbrook scored from the spot to give Dartford a half time lead before Lee Noble was sent off. Alfreton Town took advantage of having a spare player, especially Paul Clayton who fired in two goals in the space of eight second half minutes.

Going in front against the Reds is a common occurrence for the Darts, a feat they managed twice in their first visit to the Impact Arena. 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.

Head to Head

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

Current League Form

Alfreton Town (DDWWWL) Dartford (LWLDLD)
Chester  H  1-1 Southport  A  0-2
Lincoln City  H  0-0 Chester  A  2-1
Dartford  A  1-0 Alfreton Town  H  0-1
Kidderminster Harriers  H  2-0 FC Halifax Town  A  0-0
AFC Telford United  A  1-0 Woking  H  1-3
Aldershot Town  H  2-3 Aldershot Town  A  1-1

Last Meeting at the Impact Arena

21 December 2013 – Alfreton Town 2 Dartford 1 – Att: 575

Goalscorers: Bradbrook (16 pen), Clayton (52, 60)

Alfreton Town Lineup: Worsnop, Wood, Fenton, Wylde, Franklin, Rowe-Turner, Bradley, Kenpson, Meadows, Shaw, Clayton (subs used: Wishart, McGrath)

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

Match Stats

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Previous Meetings

21.12.2013 Alfreton Town 2 Dartford 1
10.08.2013 Dartford 1 Alfreton Town 0
05.01.2013 Alfreton Town 3 Dartford 2
01.09.2012 Dartford 5 Alfreton Town 1

Southport v Dartford

A glimmer of survival hope is beginning to flicker for the Darts and next up is another ‘six pointer’ away to Southport.

Dartford’s away form is keeping the side within a chance of staying in the Conference Premier; the Kent side are now four unbeaten on the road. Southport are in equally good form having lost just once in their last seven outings, which has included four draws.

Tony Burman’s side have just nine games remaining and are nine points behind Southport and Alfreton Town, their next two games. With the game in hand also on the horizon at the end of the month, the picture at the bottom could look very different as the season approaches the Easter period.

After a last minute home defeat against Alfreton Town, the Darts looked down and out until a mid-week victory at Chester. An inspired performance by goalkeeper Deren Ibrahim contributed to the three points despite falling behind. Oliver McBurnie gave the hosts the lead with a header in the second half. Within a minute the scores were level when Nathan Green scored his second of the campaign when he poked home the equaliser. Harry Crawford hit the woodwork for the Darts and as the game looked as if it was heading for a draw, it was Dartford’s turn to net a last minute winner. Danny Harris claimed the decisive goal despite other sources claiming Kingsley James had put through his own net.

In what will be the sixth meeting between the two clubs, there is little that separate the teams head to head. Dartford are yet to taste victory up in Merseyside against Southport and just over a year ago were brushed aside 3-0. Goals from Danny Hattersley, Jason Walker and Osayaman Osawe made sure the Sandgrounders took maximum points.

Two years ago, the Darts managed a 2-2 draw which saw Harry Crawford score his first goal of his second loan spell with the club. Andy Owens equalised for the hosts but Tom Bonner had Dartford back ahead. Southport equalised when Shaun Whalley scored from the spot to share the points. Burman has also led Dartford to one victory and two draws back at Princes Park with the fixture earlier this term ending 1-1.

Southport have finished consistently over the past three seasons and their current placing of nineteenth shows no change. The Sandgrounders have blown hot and cold this campaign, unbeaten runs such as the six without loss in October and November have contrasted with twice losing four in a row. At present the Merseyside club are on a decent streak unbeaten in four with just one goal conceded.

Two players at opposite ends of the pitch are impressing at Haig Avenue. Richard Brodie, the clubs top scorer on 11 goals this season turned his loan deal into a permanent contract in the summer. At the back Luke Foster has made impressive performances picking up the most man of the match awards for Southport this term.

Team News

Goalkeeper, JasonBrown and striker Andy Pugh have been out with hamstring injuries but Pugh is likely to return. Tom Bradbrook is out with a groin injury and older brother Elliot Bradbrook is one caution away from a suspension.

Southport will be without Joe Thomas who has returned to Bury following his month’s loan. Meanwhile Joe Connor is making good progress recovering from injury and could be added to the squad for the weekend.

Head to Head

Southport wins: 1 / Dartford wins: 1 / Draws: 3

Current League Form

Southport (WDDWLD) Dartford (WLDLDW)
Aldershot Town  A  2-1 Chester  A  2-1
Wrexham  A  0-0 Alfreton Town  H  0-1
Nuneaton Town  H  0-0 FC Halifax Town  A  0-0
FC Halifax Town  H  1-0 Woking  H  1-3
Forest Green Rovers  A  3-5 Aldershot Town  A  1-1
Dover Athletic  A  2-2 AFC Telford United  A  3-2

Last League Meeting at Haig Avenue

1 March 2014 – Southport 3 Dartford 0 – Att: 1041

Goalscorers: Hattersley (12), Walker (71), Osawe (78)

Southport Lineup: Hurst, Fitzpatrick, Flynn, Nsiala, George, O’Sullivan, Brown, Ledsham, Walker, Osawe, Hattersley (subs used: Challonor, Brodie, Mukendi)

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

Match Stats

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Previous Meetings

15.11.2014 Dartford 1 Southport 1
01.03.2014 Southport 3 Dartford 0
28.09.2013 Dartford 1 Southport 0
02.03.2013 Southport 2 Dartford 2
17.11.2012 Dartford 2 Southport 2

Stats

15 – number of goals Southport have scored at home, the lowest home total in the league

44 – league games since Dartford won consecutive matches

49 – Richard Brodie has been caught offside the most number of times in the Conference Premier this season

72 – Southport have received the most yellow cards this term

On This Day

Since reforming, Dartford have played twice on 21 March and lost on both occasions. Fifteen years ago, the Darts lost 4-1 in the Southern League Southern Division to Folkestone Invicta. The most recent loss was in the Isthmian Premier League in 2009 when they were beaten 2-0 by AFC Hornchurch.

Chester v Dartford

Dartford make the mid-week trip to Chester just three days after their survival chances took a major blow.

Fortunes of the two clubs have contrasted over the last twelve months. The two sides were both reprieved at the end of last season having finished in the bottom four. Chester have grabbed the second chance with both hands whilst Dartford’s grip on the Conference Premier is loosening.

A last minute weekend defeat at the hands of Alfreton Town has made the Darts task very difficult. From the remaining ten games Tony Burman’s side have to recover an eleven point gap from Saturday’s opponents.

Chances went begging in the first half with Elliot Bradbrook and Andy Pugh missing opportunities. Pugh came close a few more times but the Reds goalkeeper Jason Mooney was equal to his efforts. Alfreton Town completed a third consecutive win without conceding a minute from time when Tom Shaw scored the winner.

In their last campaign, Chester finished in heartbreaking fashion. Steve Burr’s side were ‘relegated’ on the final minute of the final matchday on goal difference. With Hereford United and Salisbury City losing their Conference Premier status, the Blues like Dartford were given a second chance. Burr has now guided Chester to tenth spot in a much improved season.

On the weekend, the Blues came from two goals down to dent the title hopes of Grimsby Town. Ollie Palmer and John-Paul Pittman put the Mariners ahead but the comeback began with fifteen minutes to go. Ben Heneghan cut the deficit in half and John Rooney penalty six minutes from time levelled the match.

It’s not the first time Chester have come from a goal down, as Dartford know from their home game four months ago. Lee Noble volleyed home a Ryan Hayes cross to give the Darts a lead. Two minutes into the second half top scorer and captain Elliot Bradbrook increased the advantage. Within three minutes Chester began to turn the match around, Craig Mahon scored two in four minutes before Matty Hughes made it 3-2. A fourth arrived in the closing stages, Barnsley loanee Rhys Oates completed the comeback. The last meeting at the Deva Stadium ended 0-0 back in September 2013.

Dartford’s form has improved over the last six matches in comparison to the previous ten when they lost nine. Although the Darts have won once in the last six fixtures they have picked up points against Bristol Rovers, Aldershot Town and FC Halifax Town. Meanwhile, Chester have lost just twice from their last nine games, winning five and drawing twice.

Head to Head

Chester wins: 2 / Dartford wins: 0 / Draws: 1

Current League Form

Chester (DWLLWW) Dartford (LDLDWD)
Grimsby Town  H  2-2 Alfreton Town  H  0-1
Torquay United  A  1-0 FC Halifax Town  A  0-0
Wrexham  A  0-1 Woking  H  1-3
Eastleigh  H  0-1 Aldershot Town  A  1-1
Lincoln City  A  1-0 AFC Telford United  A  3-2
Welling United  A  3-1 Bristol Rovers  H  2-2

Last League Meeting at the Deva Stadium

7 September 2013 – Chester 0 Dartford 0 – Att: 2587

Chester Lineup: Danby, Kay, Linwood, McIntyre, Higginbotham, Harrison, L Turner, N Turner, Mills, Titchiner, Chippendale (subs used: Seddon, Lindfield, Reed)

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

Match Stats

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Previous Meetings

25.11.2014 Chester 2 Dartford 4
07.03.2014 Dartford 0 Chester 1
07.09.2013 Chester 0 Dartford 0

Dartford v Alfreton Town

Dartford are going to need to make their home matches count in the relegation scrap starting this weekend in their six pointer against Alfreton Town.

Sitting eight points behind their opponents with a game in hand, Dartford know a win will be vital especially when the two sides meet again before the month is out. The last two home fixtures against Alfreton Town have been favourable to the Darts and Tony Burman hopes to keep the perfect record against the Derbyshire side.

Last season an opening day victory over the Reds gave Dartford a promising start. The winning goal came from a piece of skilful play from Adam Birchall. The striker weaved his way along the touchline and finished from an acute angle. In the previous campaign, the Darts put in a dominating display with a resounding 5-1 win. Harry Crawford’s hat trick, Jacob Erskine’s strike and Elliot Bradbrook’s header helped Dartford record their biggest Conference Premier win in 27 years.

The Darts approach a crucial period of their campaign on the back of a well earned draw up at FC Halifax Town. A first league clean sheet in 31 games whilst playing over 70 minutes with ten men would normally be a great result, however teams at the bottom picked up more points leaving Dartford further adrift. Burman fielded a slightly changed side to that who lost 3-1 at home to Woking. Jason Brown was replaced by Deren Ibrahim, Peter Sweeney made his first league start since New Years Day due to Elliot Bradbrook’s absence. When Lee Burns was sent off after 19 minutes the pack needed shuffling once more.

Just one defeat in their last five league fixtures, Dartford are showing form similar to October where draws need converting into wins. The Darts can also look to the fact they are unbeaten against the bottom seven and have only dropped points against Welling United from the bottom five.

Alfreton Town were one of those teams winning at the wrong end of the table as they defeated Kidderminster Harriers 2-0. A second victory and clean sheet in a row left manager Nicky Law delighted with his side. John Johnston scored his third goal in five league gamed and Karl Hawley made sure of the three points. The result on the weekend followed a 1-0 away win at AFC Telford United which was settled by Luke Graham’s strike.

The Reds began their campaign with seven straight defeats but have slowly climbed out of danger zone. The Reds managed to string a four game unbeaten run after their terrible start and have won all their games against the bottom six. Law expressed his delight last week at moving out of the bottom four for the first time since September. The Derbyshire club have also received backing off the field lately when they secured a £250,000 boost from American investors.

Team News

Ryan Hayes and Jason Brown didn’t travel to the Shay on the weekend due to aggravated injuries picked up in training. Tom Bradbrook is still out with a groin injury but his successful operation means he may return before the season ends. Lee Burns will be suspended for the straight red card he received against FC Halifax Town on Saturday.

Head to Head

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

Current League Form

Dartford (DLDWDL) Alfreton Town (WWLLDW)
FC Halifax Town  A  0-0 Kidderminster Harriers  H  2-0
Woking  H  1-3 AFC Telford United  A  1-0
Aldershot Town  A  1-1 Aldershot Town  H  2-3
AFC Telford United  A  3-2 Braintree Town  A  1-2
Bristol Rovers  H  1-1 Forest Green Rovers  H  2-2
Dover Athletic  A  1-6 Southport  H  4-2

Last Meeting at Princes Park

10 August 2013 – Dartford 1 Alfreton Town 0 – Att: 1202

Goalscorers: Birchall (42)

Dartford Lineup: Julian, Clark, Mitchel-King, Fry, Cornhill, Noble, Bradbrook, Burns, Hayes, Prior, Birchall, (subs used: Rogers, Harris, Woodyard)

Alfreton Town Lineup: Atkins, Wood, Franklin, Westwood, Law, Bradley, Fenton, Shaw, Meadows, McGrath, Clayton (subs used: Wishart, Ramsey-Dickson)

Match Stats

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Previous Meetings

21.12.2013 Alfreton Town 2 Dartford 1
10.08.2013 Dartford 1 Alfreton Town 0
05.01.2013 Alfreton Town 3 Dartford 2
01.09.2012 Dartford 5 Alfreton Town 1

Stats

Deren Ibrahim last kept a clean sheet in the league for Dartford on 3 March 2012. During the 1-0 Conference South win at Tonbridge Angels Ibrahim came on as a substitute for the injured Louis Wells. His last full league game for the Darts resulting in a clean sheet was on 25 October 2011 in Dartford’s 3-0 away win at Thurrock.

The last time Dartford kept back to back clean sheets in the league was just under a year ago. A goaless draw at Lincoln City on 5 April 2014 was followed by a 1-0 win five days later at home to Grimsby Town

Alfreton Town have conceded Town have conceded the most number of fouls in the Conference Premier. Excluding last weekend the Reds had given away 419 free kicks.

 

FC Halifax Town v Dartford

In a bid for Conference Premier survival Dartford face familiar opponents FC Halifax Town for the fourth time in almost two months on Saturday.

Dartford’s task was made even harder in mid-week with a defeat at home to Woking and on the same night FC Halifax Town lost to struggler’s Southport, leaving the Darts six points from safety.

Tony Burman is keen to put the 3-1 loss against Woking behind the team. Despite drawing level through Nathan Green’s fine strike, the Cards played better in the second half with two goals by John Goddard. The Darts boss was unhappy with the goals his side conceded including Yemi Odubabe’s opener.

Burman admits that confidence and belief has been knocked due the result on Tuesday, which came after picking up four points from six in their previous two matches. With twelve games remaining and four of those against fellow relegation threatened teams, the Darts need to start picking up wins. he#s

Victory is something Dartford could do with tasting when they take on FC Halifax Town. In the three meetings this term the Shaymen have the upper hand. The Yorkshire club came away from Princes Park with a 2-1 win in January despite playing the final twenty minutes with nine men. Harry Crawford’s early strike was a temporary highlight for the Darts as the visitors came from behind. Matty Pearson levelled before Lois Maynard was sent off for violent conduct. FC Halifax Town took the lead through Scott Boden’s spot kick which the Shaymen held on to despite James Bolton also receiving his marching orders.

In the F.A Trophy the Shaymen were two up before the interval when striker Richard Peniket was left unmarked to score from close range. The lead was doubled with a Matty Pearson header. The introduction of Ryan Hayes gave the Darts hope with the winger scoring directly from a corner and in the final minute Rory McAuley forced a replay.

When the replay finally went ahead at Droylsden’s Butcher’s Arms, Dartford were eliminated from the F.A Trophy. Once more FC Halifax Town were two up by half time with goals from Marc Roberts and Scott Boden. The returning Andy Pugh pulled one back for Dartford before Steve Williams put the tie beyond doubt. FC Halifax Town are now five unbeaten against Burman’s side with four wins and a draw.

The Shaymen are playing catch up in terms of games and points, with four matches in hand and seven points behind fifth place Forest Green Rovers a play-off spot is still possible. Neil Aspin guided his side to the play-offs last season falling short in the semi-final, this time he’s hoping to go one better.

FC Halifax Town may have lost their last league game but up until then they were unbeaten in 2015, including four league wins one of which at Princes Park. Scott Boden is one to watch with ten league goals to his name this season, Lois Maynard can be a threat from midfield as well as a strong candidate in defence.

Team News

Tom Bradbrook has had a successful groin operation, the 27 year old striker last played on 13 January against FC Halifax Town but could return to action before the end of the season. Max Cornhill has left the club after two years, the midfielder made 51 starts and 17 substitute appearances, scoring nine times for the Darts.

Head to Head

FC Halifax Town wins: 4 / Dartford wins: 1 / Draws: 2

Current League Form

FC Halifax Town (LDWWWW) Dartford (WDLLLL)
Southport  A  0-1 Woking  H  1-3
Kidderminster Harriers  A  0-0 Aldershot Town  A  1-1
Braintree Town  H  1-0 AFC Telford United  A  2-3
Dover Athletic  H  3-2 Bristol Rovers  H  2-2
AFC Telford United  A  1-0 Dover Athletic  A  1-6
Dartford  A  2-1 FC Halifax Town  H  1-2

Last League Meeting at the Shay

19 August 2013 – FC Halifax Town 2 Dartford 0 – Att: 1296

Goalscorers: Gregory (49), Holsgrove (54)

FC Halifax Town Lineup: Glennon, Toulson, McManus, Pearson, Roberts, Maynard, Ainge, Smith, Gregory, Wilson, Holsgrove (subs used: Williams, Marshall)

Dartford Lineup: Julian, Clark, Mitchel-King, Burns, Rogers, Cornhill, Bradbrook, Noble, Harris, Prior, Birchall (subs used: Collier, Woodyard)

Match Stats

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Previous Meetings (* – F.A Trophy)

13.01.2015* F.C Halifax Town 3 Dartford 1
24.01.2015* Dartford 2 FC Halifax Town 2
13.01.2015 Dartford 1 FC Halifax Town 2
14.12.2013 Dartford 1 FC Halifax Town 2
17.08.2013 FC Halifax Town 2 Dartford 0
06.02.2013* Dartford 3 FC Halifax Town 2
30.01.2013* FC Halifax Town 1 Dartford 1

On this Day

Dartford’s last win on 7 March was way back in 1989 when they beat Atherstone United 3-0 in the Southern League Cup semi-final first leg. The Darts went on to reach the final beating Burton Albion to lift the cup.

 

 

Dartford v Woking

A fixture packed March begins with Dartford determined to close the gap to safety when they host play-off chasers Woking.

With the weather causing postponements, the Darts will have to cram in two games a week this month as they play catch up. If Tony Burman’s side take advantage of the games in hand then the season’s final stages will be tense. Dartford still have fixtures to fulfil against Southport, Alfreton Town and Nuneaton Town but will first need to focus on Woking.

The Darts dropped a place in the league on the weekend with a creditable 1-1 draw at Aldershot Town. An Elliot Bradbrook header in the first half gave Dartford a precious lead. The visitors had to settle for a point though when substitute Tristan Plummer equalised on the hour. Woking approach their fourth successive league match away from home having lost once in their last seven overall, The Cards have picked up two wins in that time with the latest on the weekend against Lincoln City.

Earlier in the season Dartford were unlucky not to have grabbed their maiden victory of 2014/15. The Darts matched the Cards in yet another mid-week fixture at the Kingfield Stadium, a ground where they normally struggle. Rory McAuley put Dartford in front with a header and in the final minute substitute Giuseppe Sole equalised. Burman was pleased with the performance that night, he told kentonline.co.uk: “We were all really gutted after the game because we’d done so well”, he added: “I would have accepted one point before the game but it was a difficult pill to swallow”.

Dartford have fond memories of their last meeting with Woking in a season similar to this term. A much needed win was achieved in style as they brushed the Cards aside in a 5-1 victory. Having fallen a goal behind to Scott Rendell’s strike, a minute later on loan striker Alex Wall equalised. The match turned when the visitors had Joey Jones dismissed leaving Woking with ten men. The Darts cashed in on the extra man advantage with four goals without reply, Wall scored his second before Max Cornhill added a brace of his own, in the last minute Lee Noble made it 5-1.

Over the last four years the two clubs have battled out some entertaining encounters at Princes Park. Whilst in the Conference South both games ended 3-2 with a win apiece. Since promotion to the Conference Premier, the Darts have dominated the last two home performances winning 4-1 and the aforementioned triumph last season.

Although recent home results against Garry Hill’s side have been excellent it may be hard to replicate this time round. The Cards have had a satisfying campaign to date surprising a few pundits by reaching second in the Conference Premier on more than one occasion. However, the Surrey club have failed to keep the momentum going and since December have found wins hard to come by.

Promoted with Dartford almost three years ago, the Cards opened this season impressively with a nine match unbeaten run. Even after a three game losing the streak the Cards bounced back with three victories of their own. An inconsistent spell pre December turned into a poor run and since their win at home to Altrincham they have won once in eleven league games (excludes Saturday’s fixture at Lincoln City).

Manager, Hill has enjoyed the services of striker Scott Rendell who has notched 15 league goals in 25 appearances prior to Saturday’s game. Giving the 29 year old a helping hand up front is crowd favourite Giuseppe Sole. Often used as a substitute, Sole has managed nine league goals in just 13 starts and 20 appearances off the bench. In central midfield the reliable Josh Payne has played in all but two league matches for the Cards and could be another to watch.

Team News

Andy Pugh returns from suspension after missing the 1-1 draw with Aldershot Town on the weekend. Jamie Richards has extended his loan spell until the end of the season. Ryan Hayes who suffered from a hamstring strain was on the bench against the Shots and managed to play the last fifteen minutes.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 4 / Woking wins: 4 / Draws: 2

Current League Form

Dartford (WDLLLL) Woking (WDLWDD)
AFC Telford United  A  3-2 Lincoln City  A  2-0
Bristol Rovers  H  2-2 Kidderminster Harriers  A  1-1
Dover Athletic  A  1-6 Barnet  A  1-2
FC Halifax Town  H  1-2 Alfreton Town  A  3-0
Kidderminster Harriers  H  1-2 Bristol Rovers  H  0-0
Braintree Town  A  0-3 Gateshead  H  0-0

Last Meeting at Princes Park

18 February 2014 – Dartford 5 Woking 1 – Att: 1002

Goalscorers: Rendell (4), Wall (5), Wall (45), Cornhill (56), Cornhill (74), Noble (90)

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

Woking Lineup: Beasant, Jones, McNerney, Johnson, Nutter, Betsy, Payne, Ricketts, Goddard, Sole, Rendell (subs used: Marriott, Wright, Murtagh)

Match Stats

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Previous Meetings (* – F.A Cup)

12.08.2014 Woking 1 Dartford 1
18.02.2014 Dartford 5 Woking 1
12.11.2013 Woking 3 Dartford 0
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