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Dartford v Uxbridge

Dartford aim to put consecutive defeats behind them in this weekend’s F.A Cup tie against Uxbridge.

After defeats at Oxford City and at home to Truro City in the last week, the Darts will be desperate to avoid a cup upset at the second qualifying round stage.

Tony Burman stated his team ‘lacked desire’ against Truro City last weekend as they lost 1-0 at Princes Park. On Tuesday, despite the Darts leading through Andy Pugh, Oxford City turned the match around with two second half goals.

More creativity may return to the side as Jack Simmons is hoping to be fit soon. The winger has been out with injury for the whole of this month but is making good progress. Danny Harris should be available again as he was left out of the squad last weekend due to illness, whilst Barry Cogan has been nursing a shoulder injury, aggravated in the defeat at Oxford City. Ben Francis became the latest academy player from the Dartford production line to make his first appearance, coming off the bench against Truro City.

Burman’s side made it to the second round proper last term earning a trip to Bradford City. Relegation from the National League has meant joining the competition early, and having to negotiate three rounds to get to the proper stages.

Whilst Dartford enter the competition at this point for the first time in four years, Uxbridge have not made it past the second qualifying round in 15 years. Playing two divisions below in the Southern Division One Central, the Reds have made it to this round five times since the start of the millennium.

The Darts have a poor record against Uxbridge with their only win coming 119 years ago. Since then, the Reds have won six and drawn one out of seven, the last victory coming nine years ago at Stonebridge Road. Back then, Burman was in charge for his first full season back at the helm, as the club played its final campaign prior the move to Princes Park.

Uxbridge are without an away win in the league and like Dartford sit in mid table. The Reds however, did pick up an away victory in the first qualifying round.

A trip to Heybridge Swifts started well, after seven minutes Luke Henegan put Uxbridge in the lead. Both sides missed penalties before the first half concluded, but there was more to come from the spot. Southern League Division One Central top scorer, Matt Woods scored a penalty and so did Heybridge Swifts’ Josh Fagbohun. With the home side pressing for an equaliser, Zak Joseph sealed a 3-1 win to put Tony Choules’ team into the next round.

Uxbridge’s F.A Cup campaign started in the preliminary stage almost a month ago. Henegan was the hero with four minutes to go, scoring the winner to prevent an early cup upset against Northampton Spencer of the United Counties Premier league.

The Reds finished twelfth in last season’s league campaign and are currently one position higher this time. In the two season’s before that they managed to finish in tenth and eleventh. Another consistent statistic is the reliability of top scorer Matt Woods, the striker scored 20 goals last term, including five in cup competitions. The 28 year old netted an impressive 32 times two years ago in 37 appearances.

It’s been ten years since Dartford lost to opposition from a lower league in the F.A Cup, the Darts will hope to stretch that record to another season.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 1 / Uxbridge wins: 6 / Draws 1

Current Form (* – F.A Cup)

Dartford (LLWDLW) Uxbridge (LWWLWW)
Truro City  H  0-1 Ware  A  0-2
Oxford City  A  1-2 Heybridge Swifts*  A  3-1
Weston-Super-Mare  H  2-1 Potters Bar Town  H  4-1
Bath City  A  0-0 Petersfield Town  A  1-2
Ebbsfleet United  H  0-1 Northampton Spencer*  H  1-0
Margate  A  2-0 Fleet Town  H  4-2

Previous Meetings

07.02.2006 Dartford 1 Uxbridge 2
31.12.2005 Uxbridge 3 Dartford 1
03.01.2005 Dartford 0 Uxbridge 0
27.11.2004 Uxbridge 5 Dartford 0
18.12.1897 Uxbridge 4 Dartford 1
23.10.1897 Dartford 2 Uxbridge 3
28.11.1896 Uxbridge 3 Dartford 0
07.11.1896 Dartford 3 Uxbridge 0

On This Day

Six years ago the Darts were involved in a F.A Cup tie against Worthing. A 2-1 win ensured Dartford progressed to the third qualifying round with goals from Elliot Bradbrook and Jay May. Chelmsford City knocked Dartford out in the next round, the Clarets were also the last team to beat the Darts on 26 September back in 1970. Since reforming, the Darts drew 0-0 with Brackley Town in 1998 and beat Ilford 1-0 in 2007 both away from home. The last home match on this day was 28 years ago when Southern Premier league fixture with Gosport Borough ended 2-2.

F.A Cup Record (Last Ten Years)

Season Dartford Uxbridge
2014/15 2nd Rd v Bradford City 2Q v Bromley
2013/14 1st Rd v Salisbury City 1Q v Barton Rovers
2012/13 4Q v Forest Green Rovers 1Q v Berkhamsted
2011/12 4Q v Bromley Pre v Leighton Town
2010/11 1st Rd v Port Vale Pre v Tilbury
2009/10 3Q v Chelmsford City 2Q v Sutton United
2008/09 2Q v Hampton & Richmond 1Q v Heybridge Swifts
2007/08 3Q v Bromley Pre v Northwood
2006/07 1Q v Hastings United Pre v Potton United
2005/06 Pre v Dorking Pre v Great Wakering Rovers

Dartford v Truro City

Dartford play host to Truro City for only the second time in their history this weekend, the last time being almost four years ago.

Once again the Darts take on the Cornwall club after they won promotion the season before. When the sides last met, the Cornwall club had just won the Southern Premier league, last term they won playoffs.

A new approach this time has seen a mixture of results for Dartford as they continue to search for consistency. The introduction of Deren Ibrahim, Ronnie Vint, Ebou Adams, Kaka Dembele and the inclusion of Ben Francis and Richard Seixas in one matchday squad shows manager Tony Burman is looking towards the academy system and believes his squad is a ‘work in progress’.

Defensive errors have costed the Darts, in games against Gosport Borough and Ebbsfleet United. However, the fighting spirit shown in the 3-2 victory at Concord Rangers, from two goals down and last weekend’s 2-1 home win over Weston Super Mare give Burman hope his side can reach the playoffs this season.

The credible 0-0 draw at league leaders Bath City was followed up with a dramatic comeback last Saturday. Dartford found themselves a goal down with two minutes remaining, goals from Danny Harris and an own goal completed the 2-1 triumph over Weston Super Mare.

On Tuesday, Burman’s side took on Oxford City who started the evening as top scorers in the National South and in third place. The Darts went ahead when a great assist by Ryan Hayes found Andy Pugh for the only goal of the first half. The hosts pressed in the second half and were rewarded with an equaliser by Jon Arzamendi and a winner from Kynan Isaac.

Truro City opened their second spell in the National South with a 1-1 draw against fellow promoted side Margate. The Southern Premier league playoff winners had to wait for matchday three to notch their first win when they beat Concord Rangers 2-1.

A five game winless run, including a 6-0 drubbing at home to Oxford City put pressure on the Cornishmen until they took four points from the next six, keeping consecutive clean sheets.

Four days ago, it was Truro City’s turn to take on Weston Super Mare with limited chances created in a goalless first half. It didn’t take long in the second half for the deadlock to be broken when Weston’s Ollie Barnes headed the opener from two yards out. If the first half was dour, then the final twelve minutes made up for the lack of action. Arran Pugh and Cody Cooke put Truro City in front but a stunning late equaliser by Scott Wilson made sure each team finished with a point.

The Darts will welcome back Jamie Richards to Princes Park this weekend. The 21 year old defender played 17 times under Tony Burman last season and joined Truro City from Torquay United. Richards made his debut against Weston Super Mare on Tuesday night.

Dartford will not want history to repeat itself this time, a calamitous opening seven minutes left them with an uphill battle four years ago.  Truro City took full advantage of slack defending, Adam Green’s back pass and Andrew Young’s poor control left Andrew Watkins with an easy goal. A couple of minutes later Paul Goodacre sliced a cross into his own goal. Tom Bonner halved the deficit after the visitors were reduced to ten men but the damage was done early on.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 0 / Truro City wins: 1 / Draws 1

Last Meeting at Princes Park

22 October 2011 – Dartford 1 Truro City 2 – Att 1238

Darts Lineup: Andrew Young, Lee Burns, Adam Green, Tom Bonner, Paul Goodacre, Ton Champion, Ryan Hayes, James Rogers, Danny Harris, Elliot Bradbrook, Richard Graham (subs used: Jack Pallen, Jacob Erskine, Lee Noble)

Current League Form

Dartford (LWDLWL) Truro City (DWDLLL)
Oxford City  A  1-2 Weston Super Mare  A  2-2
Weston Super Mare  H  2-1 St Albans City  A  2-0
Bath City  A  0-0 Eastbourne Borough  A  0-0
Ebbsfleet United  H  0-1 Oxford City  H  0-6
Margate  A  2-0 Gosport Borough  A  0-3
Gosport Borough  H  2-3 Bishop’s Stortford  H  0-1

Previous Meetings

28.04.2012 Truro City 1 Dartford 1
22.10.2011 Dartford 1 Truro City 2

On This Day
Since reforming then 19 September has been a great day for goals with and an average of four a game. Twice the Darts have lost with a 3-2 score line, against Fleet Town and Dulwich Hamlet respectively. The trip to Hampshire ended the Dartford’s F.A Cup involvement 17 years ago, whilst the journey to Dulwich Hamlet came in the Isthmian Division One South in 2006. Dartford’s two wins came with clean sheets, Chertsey Town were knocked out of the F.A Cup as the Darts won 2-0. More emphatically Carshalton Athletic were beaten 4-0 in the Isthmian Premier league title campaign.

 

Oxford City v Dartford

Dartford meet Oxford City for the first time in seven years this week hoping to record consecutive wins.

For the first time the two sides are up against each other in a league fixture, having previously played in two entertaining F.A Trophy second qualifying matches. The Darts won a replay at Marsh Lane 4-2 having drew 3-3 at Princes Park, back in 2008.

The Darts form has been somewhat mixed this season leaving them mid table. Approaching Saturday’s home game, the Darts had gone two matches without scoring which almost stretched to three. Weston Super Mare were the weekend’s visitors and they almost went home with all three points.

Ronnie Vint’s defensive error let in Dayle Grubb with ten minutes to go who put the Seagulls a goal up. Sitting bottom of the league, Weston Super Mare were hoping to get off the foot of the table. A late Dartford fightback turned round fortunes, Danny Harris headed the equaliser from a corner with two minutes remaining and a Clayton Fortune own goal cruelly snatched victory away from the visitors. The Darts continue their run of not recording a successive win, lose or draw this term.

Tony Burman highlighted the importance set pieces played in the win, he spoke to www.kentonline.co.uk and said: “We’ve said about the importance of the restarts, set-pieces, it’s something we’ve been strong at for most of the season and it’s paid off in the end”.

The Dartford boss was confident of turning the deficit around even without playing well, he added: “I believed we could get back into the game, even though we went 1-0 down. It showed good character to do that especially after the two chances that we missed prior to getting the goal back”, he continued: “People have got to realise what level we’re playing at. As much as you want to play lovely football, at the end of the day, you have to get a result”.

Noble who took part in an under 21 match last week returned to first team action after recovering from a chest infection. Lee Burns was suspended allowing Vint to start in the defensive back four. Barry Cogan had to settle for a place on the bench whilst Kaka Dembele made his second successive start.

If questions have been asked about the attacking prowess of the Darts, the same can’t be said about Tuesday’s opponents Oxford City. The Nomads are the current top scorers with 20 goals including a 6-0 away win at Truro City.

Another away victory at Concord Rangers on Saturday kept Oxford City in a healthy third spot. The 2-0 triumph was their fourth consecutive clean sheet. Summer signing Julen Fafuente opened the scoring and former Dart, Max Cornhill scored an own goal.

Last season was spent in the National North where they finished sixth. Under Justin Merrit and head coach Enrique Guillen their has been a Spanish vibe at Marsh Lane. A trio of Spaniards joined the club over the summer Jon Arzamendi, Carlos Pifarre and Fafuente to add to the three already there.

Dartford will be familiar with coming up against striker Bradley Bubb, the Grenadian international was at Farnborough and Basingstoke Town the last time the Darts played at National South level. Bubb, who signed from Havant and Waterlooville in the summer has scored five goals this season.

Previous Meetings

4 November 2008 –  Oxford City 2 Dartford 4 – view highlights

Another six goals but this time Dartford came out on top. City’s Jon Gardner put the hosts in the lead which was cancelled out by Cody McDonald’s fourth of the tie. Steve Butterworth, Lee Noble and once more McDonald again increased the Darts advantage. James Saulsbury’s spot kick halved the deficit for Oxford City as the match ended 4-2.

1 November 2008 – Dartford 3 Oxford City 3 – view highlights

In a set of entertaining F.A Trophy Second Qualifying ties, Dartford’s Cody McDonald poached the opener after two minutes. The visitors levelled with a superb curling effort from Jon Gardner. McDonald headed the Darts back in front and completed a hat trick after half time. The visitors forced a replay with goals from Andy Gunn and a last minute header by Steve Jackman.

Current League Form

Oxford City (WDWWLD) Dartford (WDLWLW)
Concord Rangers  A  2-0 Weston Super Mare  H  2-1
Whitehawk  H  0-0 Bath City  A  0-0
Truro City  A  6-0 Ebbsfleet United  H  0-1
Weston Super Mare  H  3-0 Margate  A  2-0
Havant & Waterlooville  A  1-2 Gosport Borough  H  2-3
Basingstoke Town  H  2-2 Concord Rangers  A  3-2

On This Day

Dartford’s return to the now named National League hit one of many high points three years ago. Hosting recently relegated Hereford United, another experienced Football League side, the home fans may not have been quite ready for what was in store. The Darts brushed the Bulls aside in a confident 4-0 win with goals from Ryan Hayes, James Rogers, Danny Harris and Jon Wallis. The previous two fixtures on 15 September ended 1-1 both in the F.A Cup first qualifying round. In 2007, Dartford were held by Sittingbourne and six years before that Deal Town.

Dartford v Weston Super Mare

Dartford host bottom of the table side Weston Super Mare this weekend, hoping to stretch their unbeaten run against their opponents to eight.

The Darts are still looking for consistency, having not achieved consecutive results all season with three wins, two draws and three defeats. Despite failing to find the back of the net in their last two outings, Tony Burman can be optimistic his team are heading in the right direction.

After winning 2-0 away at Margate, Dartford have taken on the top two in the National League South including favourites and local rivals Ebbsfleet United. Although the Fleet earned bragging rights with a 1-0 win, Burman gave midfielder Ebou Adams his first start and didn’t see a lot between the two teams.

Last weekend, Dartford visited Twerton Park and came home with a point against league leaders Bath City. A second clean sheet in three games has answered some questions about the defence who were told to cut out costly mistakes. Adams featured again in midfield and the absence of Jack Simmons, Lee Burns, Barry Cogan and Lee Noble gave the academy production line some positive signs.

Deren Ibrahim already secured the number one jersey and with Adams making a start alongside Kaka Dembele and Ronnie Vint, the Darts are looking towards a bright future. On the substitute’s bench two more academy players Ben Francis and Richard Seixas made the matchday squad for the first time.

The goalless draw with the league leaders was one of eight stalemates in the National South last weekend, five of which ended without a goal.

Burman will also be able to select left back Mark Onyemah who has had his loan spell extended. Luton Town have agreed for the ever present 19 year old to continue at Princes Park. Noble returns after suffering a chest infection whilst Burns and Cogan may be available. Simmons is still on the mend after an ankle injury kept him out of action last weekend.

Weston Super Mare may be at the foot of the table but Burman is cautious, he told www.kentonline.co.uk: “It’s a test in a different sort of way. People will look at the league and see that (they are bottom) but they’ve had a couple of results”, he added: “We know they’re a good footballing side and want to pass the ball around”.

On Bank Holiday Monday it was Weston Super Mare’s turn to face Bath City and at the time the Seagulls had lost their opening five fixtures. The local derby ended 1-1 despite Ryan Northmore’s side going a goal down six minutes before the half time interval. Ollie Barnes scored a late leveller to ensure the Seagulls get of the mark and become the first team to take points off Bath City this term.

Weston Super Mare built on that decent performance following up their draw with victory away to Bishop’s Stortford. Scott Wilson’s winning goal on the stroke of half time was enough to see the Seagulls go joint on points with Margate and Basingstoke Town.

The Darts last hosted Weston Super Mare almost four years ago and dropped two points in a 1-1 draw. The visitors led when Matt Villis got on the end of a goal mouth scramble.  Adam Green made the game all square with a well driven shot. With just under twenty minutes remaining, Weston Super Mare’s James Price was red carded but Dartford could not break their opponents down.

The Darts are unbeaten at home against Weston Super Mare and last tasted defeat against the Seagulls in 1996.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 3 / Weston Super Mare wins: 1 / Draws 4

Last Meeting at Princes Park

12 November 2011 – Dartford 1 Weston Super Mare 1 – Att 1149

Darts Lineup: Louis Wells, Lee Burns, Adam Green, Tom Bonner, Paul Goodacre, Jon Wallis, Lee Noble, James Rogers, Jacob Erskine, Elliot Bradbrook, Danny Harris (subs used: Ryan Hayes, Jack Pallen, Richard Graham)

Current League Form

Dartford (DLWLWD) Weston Super Mare (WDLLLL)
Bath City  A  0-0 Bishop’s Stortford  A  1-0
Ebbsfleet United  H  0-1 Bath City  H  1-1
Margate  A  2-0 Oxford City  A  0-3
Gosport Borough  H  2-3 Eastbourne Borough  H  1-2
Concord Rangers  A  3-2 Hemel Hempstead Town  H  2-4
Sutton United  H  2-2 Gosport Borough  H  0-4

Previous Meetings

12.11.2011 Dartford 1 Weston Super Mare 1
13.08.2011 Weston Super Mare 0 Dartford 4
08.02.2011 Weston Super Mare 0 Dartford 1
04.09.2010 Dartford 4 Weston Super Mare 1
13.12.1997 Dartford 3 Weston Super Mare 3
16.08.1997 Weston Super Mare 0 Dartford 0
12.04.1997 Dartford 1 Weston Super Mare 1
23.11.1996 Weston Super Mare 2 Dartford 0

On This Day
Lost one in the last seven on 12 September stretching back to 1981 with a 2-1 home loss to Runcorn in the Alliance Premier. Since then Dartford tasted four wins in a row without conceding firstly, against Yeovil Town in the 1984 Bob Lord Trophy tie then Burton Albion by the same 1-0 scoreline in 1987 and Dorchester Town 2-0 both in the Southern Premier League. The Darts beat Corinthian 2-0 in the Kent League twenty years ago and three years later were beaten 1-0 at home to Raunds Town in the Southern League South. Nine years ago, the Darts drew 2-2 with Folkestone Invicta in the Isthmian League Cup first round and in another cup fixture thrashed Chipstead 6-1 in the F.A Cup first qualifying round. Thanks to six different goalscorers, Ryan Hayes, Lee Burns, Billy Burgess, Adam Gross, James White and Rob Haworth all ensured the Darts progressed to the next round.

Bath City v Dartford

Dartford make the long trip across the country to take on league leaders Bath City on the weekend.

The Darts will visit Twerton Park for the first time in 26 years when the two sides were battling it out in the Southern Premier league. Dartford have collected just three points at Bath City in the last nine attempts stretching back to 1975, drawing three and losing six. In all competitions, the Darts have managed one win in 18 meetings with the Somerset club.

After winning their last away match against Margate, the Darts will have taken on the top two come the end of this weekend. Making the league fixture even trickier is the fact Bath City are leading the National League South standings ahead of Ebbsfleet United, who beat the Darts on Bank Holiday Monday.

Burman recognised the importance of conceding early against their local rivals Ebbsfleet United. Fleet striker Jordan Parkes netted the winner after seven minutes, his fourth of the campaign after a fortunate deflection. Burman told www.kentonline.co.uk: “It was unfortunate but it was a good start for them and it gave them a little bit of an incentive. It calmed them down as well. We were a little bit disorganised for the first 20 minutes”.

Despite getting back into the game the Darts couldn’t find the equaliser in a match of few opportunities, the Dartford boss added: “I don’t think it was a game of many chances to be fair. In previous games, we’ve created a lot more chances than we had today. I just think we didn’t get that bounce”.

Looking to bounce back from a derby day defeat at the start of the week Tony Burman’s side are hoping to add to the ten points collected this term.

Midfielder Barry Cogan missed out on the Kent derby through injury which gave Ebou Adams a chance in the first team. Promoted from the academy in the summer, Adams made his first start of the season only his third for the club in all competitions. The youngster went on to earn man of the match as he continues to impress in midfield.

Dartford are currently in tenth spot and had that not rued misses in front of goal and cut out some costly defensive errors, the Darts would be closer to Bath City in the National League South.

The Romans are on a wave of positivity which begun over the summer. Manchester United legend Eric Cantona backed the club’s community buyout scheme and key players like Frankie Artus and David Pratt penned new deals, both players are currently joint top scorers with Nick McCootie all on three goals.

When the season commenced results couldn’t have got any better with Lee Howells’ team taking maximum points from their opening six fixtures.

Wealdstone, Basingstoke Town and Maidenhead United were all beaten 2-1, whilst Whitehawk and St Albans City were defeated 1-0. Last weekend Bath City saved their best performance against Havant and Waterlooville recording their highest score of the season. A 5-0 victory involved two goals for Pratt, a brace from Andy Watkins and the fifth scored by Artus.

The form book was compromised on Bank Holiday Monday when the Romans were held by bottom of the table side Weston Super Mare to drop their first points of the campaign.

City took the lead six minutes before half time when Ashley Kington’s cross found the net with Nick McCootie claiming the final touch. Weston Super Mare, without a point prior kickoff got off the mark when Dayle Grubb’s cross found Ollie Barnes at the far post to equalise.

Current League Form

Bath City (DWWWWW) Dartford (LWLWDW)
Weston Super Mare  A  1-1 Ebbsfleet United  H  0-1
Havant and Waterlooville  H  5-0 Margate  A  2-0
St Albans City  A  1-0 Gosport Borough  H  2-3
Maidenhead United  H  2-1 Concord Rangers  A  3-2
Whitehawk  A  1-0 Sutton United  H  2-2
Basingstoke Town  A  2-1 Eastbourne Borough  H  1-0

Previous Meetings

07.04.1990 Dartford 0 Bath City 1
09.09.1989 Bath City 0 Dartford 0
28.01.1989 Dartford 1 Bath City 0
03.12.1988 Bath City 4 Dartford 2
19.04.1986 Dartford 1 Bath City 2
05.04.1986 Bath City 2 Dartford 0

On This Day

Dartford have won their last four matches on 5 September, the last three since reforming and without conceding a goal. Steyning Town were beaten 4-0 twenty years ago in the F.A Vase first qualifying round replay, the Darts went out to Furness at the next hurdle. Horsham YMCA, the first visitors to Princes Park were thrashed 5-0 in the F.A Cup preliminary round, two tears before Princes Park opened. Six years ago, Hendon were brushed aside in another 5-0 victory with Lee Burns and Lee Noble scoring that day as well as Rob Haworth and two by Jay May.