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Dartford v Hayes & Yeading United

Dartford hope to build on a positive fortnight when they host Hayes and Yeading United for the first time.

The Darts put an end to a four game losing streak with a draw against Hemel Hempstead Town and back to back wins. A Kent Senior Cup victory over Welling United was followed up by a much needed away win at Bishop’s Stortford.

Tony Burman chose to alter the team’s formation last weekend and the decision paid off. Barry Cogan captained the side in the Kent Senior Cup but had only made one league start since signing in the summer. The midfielder started last weekend and influenced the game on twelve minutes slotting Tom Gardiner’s cross home, scoring his first for the Darts. With Lee Noble suspended this weekend, for picking up five cautions, Cogan has staked his claim and could start again.

Bishop’s Stortford levelled the scores five minutes before half time when Christian Smith headed in from a corner. The Darts grabbed three points early in the second half when captain Elliot Bradbrook curled a shot in to the top corner.

Burman spoke to after the game and said: “I am really pleased for the players and supporters who have travelled to Bishop’s Stortford”. He continued: “Our opponents, like us last week, had three good chances in the first ten minutes. I felt we recovered from that and controlled the game taking the lead from a well worked goal. I was disappointed to concede from a set piece and I feel at that point we let our opponents back in the game. In the second half once we scored I felt created a number of good chances but their goalkeeper made some good saves. All in all I think we deserved the 3 points and it’s a step in the right direction”.

Match winner Elliot Bradbrook added: “We can kick on from here. We’ve not played badly over the last few weeks and hopefully we can now start stringing some wins together”.

Although some pressure has been relieved on the squad, Dartford still sit mid table and are five points from the playoffs.

Hayes and Yeading are three places and four points behind the Darts and had last weekend off. The Middlesex club won their last league game ending a run of seven games without a win. The barren spell included four draws, three defeats and they failed to find the net on five occasions.

New boss, Garry Haylock has returned to the club after Tristan Lewis stepped down at the end of September. Haylock is currently unbeaten having led United to two draws and a win without conceding a goal. In his second spell in charge, Haylock has organised his squad and is enjoying his time back in charge.

Goalless draws at home to Gosport Borough and away to Bishop’s Stortford was followed up with a 3-0 win at Concord Rangers. Josh Scott scored a penalty, former Torquay United striker Elliot Benyon added a second before Scott netted again. Victory away from home was United’s first since the second game of the season, a run stretching six matches.

Current League Form

Dartford (WDLLLW) Hayes & Yeading Utd (WDDDLL)
Bishop’s Strortford  A  2-1 Concord Rangers  A  3-0
Hemel Hempstead Town  H  2-2 Bishop’s Stortford  A  0-0
Wealdstone  A  1-2 Gosport Borough  H  0-0
Truro City  H  0-1 St Albans City  A  1-1
Oxford City  A  1-2 Hemel Hempstead Town  A  0-4
Weston-Super-Mare  H  2-1 Bishop’s Stortford  H  0-2


0 – Dartford have never played Hayes and Yeading United since the club formed as a merger. The Darts never played Hayes or Yeading in a competitive fixture either.

2 – Barry Cogan has started two league games this season and Dartford have won both.

Dartford last won consecutive league matches in March last year. Hayes and Yeading United have not won consecutive league matches since April.

On This Day

Forty years ago Dartford won in the F.A Cup at Wembley, it may not have been the final but the Darts defeated the club side 1-0 to reach the first round proper. Victory that day was the last time Dartford won on 1 November with three draws and two losses since. In 1980, Hounslow Town came to Watling Street and drew 0-0 and six years later the Darts lost 2-0 away to Redditch United. Another goalless stalemate, occurred in 1997 at home to Newport Isle of Wight. The most entertaining of the fixtures came in the F.A Trophy when Dartford drew 3-3 at Princes Park with Oxford City, the replay ended 4-2. Grimsby Town was the last team faced on the 1 November where Tony Burman’s side visited Blundell Park and lost 3-0 a year ago.

Bishop’s Stortford v Dartford

The Darts travel to Woodside Park this weekend to take on Bishop’s Stortford in the National League South. 

Exactly forty five years on from meeting for the first time, the two sides will face each other for the ninth occasion. Saturday’s opponents may have the upper hand in cup competitions with wins in the F.A Cup and F.A Trophy, however Dartford have won both of their only league encounters during the 2010/11 season.

Tony Burman’s last visit to Woodside Park ended in a 1-0 victory with Charlie Sheringham netting the decisive goal. The win completed a double over the Hertfordshire club, having recorded a 3-0 triumph at Princes Park earlier in that campaign. The former Darts striker has just spent time on loan back at Bishop’s Stortford scoring the winner last weekend against Eastbourne Borough.

A run of four consecutive defeats finally ended last weekend with a 2-2 draw over Hemel Hempstead Town. The Darts were forced to battle back from two goals down with a last minute equaliser. The match turned when former Forest Green Rovers defender Eddie Oshodi was sent off with the Tudors two up. Wilfried Gnahore and Noor Husin put the visitors in command before half time leaving Dartford with plenty of work to do. The Darts capitalised on the extra man advantage when Danny Harris pulled a goal back. In injury time Ryan Hayes’ trademark curling effort deservedly snatched a point.

Burman told “I think it was a well earned point against a good side who I’m sure will be up there come the end of the season. I didn’t think we played that badly in the first half, but once again we found ourselves two nil down. I think the players deserve a lot of credit for the mountain that had to be climbed, and fair play to them for doing that”.

The league draw was followed up with a 3-1 Kent Senior Cup victory of National League side Welling United. Tony Burman opted to play a young side and would have been pleased to see academy player Dajon Golding score his first goal for the club on his debut. George Sykes and Callum McNaughton scored the first two goals to help Dartford earn a tie with League One leaders Gillingham.

Bishop’s Stortford have fared better away from home and are three league games without a win at Woodside Park. Rod Stringer’s side can take heart from a miserly defence which has kept two consecutive clean sheets. On their own patch the Blues have misfired last scoring a home goal in the National South on 29 August.

Mixed results leaves Bishop’s Stortford in eleventh, three points from the playoff places and five points ahead of the Darts. Despite inconsistencies the Hertfordshire club are performing better than last term’s finish. Elliott Buchanan will be one to watch after notching ten league goals, just two behind the National South’s top scorer Justin Bennett.

Bishop’s Stortford may have lost there last two over Dartford, however the Blues won the most important of the meetings in 1981. The F.A Trophy semi final ended 3-2 on aggregate before Bishop’s Stortford lifted the trophy with a 1-0 Wembley win against Sutton United.

Team News

Tom Wynter suffered a small hairline fracture on his ankle against Welling United. Tom Gardiner has served his one match ban for his red card, whilst Lee Noble is awaiting suspension following five cautions this term.

Head to Head

Bishop’s Stortford wins: 3 / Dartford wins: 2 / Draws: 3

Last Meeting at Woodside Park

29 January 2011 – Bishop’s Stortford 0 Dartford 1 – attendance 627

Goalscorer: Charlie Sheringham

Darts lineup – Andrew Young, Billy Burgess, Tom Bonner, Joe Bruce, Paul Goodacre, Tom Champion, Lee Noble, Danny Harris, Charlie Sheringham, Jon Main, Elliot Bradbrook (subs used: Carl Rook, Matt Jones)

Current League Form

Bishop’s Stortford (WDLWWL) Dartford (DLLLWD)
Eastbourne Borough  A  1-0 Hemel Hempstead Town  H  2-2
Hayes & Yeading United  H  0-0 Wealdstone  A  1-2
Maidenhead United  H  0-2 Truro City  H  0-1
Hemel Hempstead Town  A  2-1 Oxford City  A  1-2
Hayes & Yeading United  A  2-0 Weston-super-Mare  H  2-1
Weston-super-Mare  H  0-1 Bath City  A  0-0

Previous Meetings (* – F.A Cup / ^ – F.A Trophy)

29.01.2011 Bishop’s Stortford 0 Dartford 1
24.08.2010 Dartford 3 Bishop’s Stortford 0
11.04.1981^ Bishop’s Stortford 2 Dartford 1
04.04.1981^ Dartford 1 Bishop’s Stortford 1
22.11.1975* Dartford 1 Bishop’s Stortford 4
27.10.1970* Bishop’s Stortford 3 Dartford 1
24.10.2070* Dartford 1 Bishop’s Stortford 1



Dartford v Welling United

Kent Senior Cup football returns to Princes Park this evening with Dartford hosting three times winners Welling United.

The Darts are bidding to add their eleventh title in this competition, having last won the honours just over four years ago. Victory will be rewarded with a home tie in round two against League One side Gillingham, who knocked Dartford out of the competition last term.

With the first team in action on the weekend against Hemel Hempstead Town, Tony Burman should get a good chance to look towards the future by playing a number of academy prospects. Likewise, Welling United boss Loui Fazakerley has seen his side play twice in a week and could well take the same approach.

Two seasons ago, the Darts beat Welling United at the same stage of the Kent Senior Cup in an entertaining 3-2 win. A young Dartford side took the lead through Mohamed Eisa’s deflected shot, in the second half Loick Pires equalised for Welling United. Dartford opened up a two goal cushion late on when Alex Woodyard scored a free kick and Brima Daramy made it 3-1. Current Wings boss Fazakerley grabbed a consolation but the Darts progressed. Dartford eventually reached the quarter-finals bowing out to Dover Athletic.

The two sides were close to meeting again this term in the National South. However, where the Darts were relegated from the National League, whilst Welling United survived on the final day.

Dartford’s season back in the National South had been mediocre up until the middle of September. Coupled with a shock F.A Cup exit and poor league form, the Darts need to pull together to get their campaign back on track.

Welling United’s league season got off to a slow start despite an opening day win. The Wings then went on a nine game winless streak leaving them in the bottom four. Fortunes turned around with four consecutive wins over Gateshead, Chester, FC Halifax Town and Kidderminster Harriers. However, Fazakerley’s side have been unable to build on their purple patch with two defeats, a win and draw since.

Head to Head (all competitions)

Dartford wins: 15 / Welling United wins: 6 / Draws: 9

Head to Head (Kent Senior Cup)

Dartford wins: 7 / Welling United wins: 3 / Draws: 1

Kent Senior Cup – last ten years

Dartford Welling United
2014/15 Second Round  First Round
2013/14 Quarter Final  First Round
2012/13 Second Round  Second Round
2011/12  Runners Up  Quarter Final
2010/11  Winners  First Round
2009/10  First Round  Semi Final
2008/09  First Round  Winners
2007/08  First Round  First Round
2006/07  Second Round  Quarter Final
2005/06  First Round  Quarter Final


Dartford’s home record against the Wings is won eight, drawn three and lost three.

The Darts have never scored more than two goals against Welling United at home.

Dartford have lost once in their last nine competitive fixtures against Welling United, winning four and drawing four.

On their travels Welling United have the joint worst attack with only four goals in the National League this season.

On This Day

It’s been 24 years since Dartford’s last defeat on 19 October with two wins and four draws since. The last victory in dramatic fashion against Hyde. On loan Matt Godden scored the late winner to complete his hat-trick in a 4-3 win. Clevedon Town were beaten 3-1 in the Southern League Southern division. Between those two triumphs, the Darts drew 1-1 with Sittingbourne in the Kent Senior Cup first round in 1999. Three years later the same scoreline was recorded away to Fisher Athletic and in 2004 a 2-2 draw was earned against Aveley, both in the Southern League Division One Eastern.

Dartford v Hemel Hempstead Town

Dartford return to action this weekend by hosting Hemel Hempstead Town for the first time in their history.

On the opening day of the season, a 1-0 reverse at Vauxhall Road was inflicted on the Darts when Oliver Hawkins powered a first half header beyond Deren Ibrahim. Dartford were unable to find the equaliser on a day where six players made their first competitive appearances.

Three weeks ago, an unexpected early F.A Cup exit has given the Darts a week to rest from their 2-1 defeat at Wealdstone. Dartford entered their last fixture having lost to Oxford City, Truro City in National South and Uxbridge in the cup, who play two levels below the Darts.

The away trip to Wealdstone ended in more disappointment with the Darts finding themselves two down. Goals either side of half time by Tom Hamblin and Shaun Lucien made the afternoon difficult for Burman’s side. Tom Bradbrook headed a consolation in off the crossbar to net his seventh of the season.

The loss has increased the pressure on Tony Burman after four straight defeats in all competitions; however the board continue to back their man.

The management team are desperate to lift the ‘dark cloud’ which has gathered over the club over the last two seasons. Burman told “We’re all frustrated and unhappy with the results but we’ve got to come through this hard time.”

With a focus on bringing through academy players, the board and Burman know this season will be one of transition, he commented: “We’ve got to understand where we are at the moment and we’ve got to get behind people. There are young players in the team and they’re a bit shot at the moment because of what they might have heard around the place. They’re under a little bit of pressure”.

He continued: “They get confidence from training and the dressing room but they’ve got to learn about the bigger picture and get used to playing in front of bigger crowds. There is pressure that comes with that and I’m sure they will get past this stage”.

To add insult to what has already been a difficult campaign, the Darts defensive line has been hit by injuries and suspensions. Lee Burns damaged ankle ligaments in training, Ronnie Vint was admitted to hospital and missed the Wealdstone match with a suspected stomach ulcer and Tom Gardiner is suspended following his red card in the shock F.A Cup defeat against Uxbridge. The lack of options could see captain Elliot Bradbrook be part of the back four alongside Callum McNaughton, Mark Onyemah and Tom Wynter.

Hemel Hempstead Town visit Princes Park after back to back fixtures against Sutton United. The Tudors kept their unbeaten away record in the National South with a 2-2 draw against the U’s.

With a delayed kickoff, Hemel Hempstead Town were made to work for another league point. Dan Fitchett put Sutton United in front and doubled the lead before half time. The Tudors fought back with a goal from James Potton then the equaliser came from the spot, Ben Herd making the scores level.

Last weekend the two teams met again in the F.A Cup third qualifying round which also ended in a draw. Potton scored again but his strike was cancelled out by Ross Stearn’s. The Tudors lost the replay 2-1 missing out on a fourth qualifying round tie with National League side Aldershot Town.

The Tudors finished ninth last term and are currently one place higher, three points behind the playoff places. The Hertfordshire club have lost once in their last six National South fixtures but have only picked up one victory.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 1 / Hemel Hempstead Town wins: 1 / Draws: 1

Current League Form

Dartford (LLLWDL) Hemel Hempstead (DLWDDD)
Wealdstone  A  1-2 Sutton United  A  2-2
Truro City  H  0-1 Bishop’s Stortford  H  1-2
Oxford City  A  1-2 Hayes & Yeading United  H  4-0
Weston-Super-Mare  H  2-1 Bath City  A  1-1
Bath City  A  0-0 Basingstoke Town  H  2-2
Ebbsfleet United  H  0-1 St Albans City  A  2-2

Previous Meetings (* – F.A Cup)

08.08.2015 Hemel Hempstead Town 1 Dartford 0
16.09.1972* Hemel Hempstead Town 2 Dartford 9


8 – Hemel Hempstead Town are unbeaten away from home in eight games in all competitions, equalling their best away record of each of the last two seasons.

13 – number of away goals scored by Hemel Hempstead Town in the National South this term, only Oxford City have netted more.

58 – Tom Bradbrook has scored 58% of Dartford’s goals in all competitions this season, scoring 7 in thirteen appearances.

138 – Dean Brennan and Stuart Maynard have now led the Tudors for 138 league games since their appointment, the longest serving Tudors management in the last 30 years.

1098 – Dartford’s average home attendance after six games is five supporters more at the same stage last season.

On This Day

Dartford’s last fixtures on 17 October were away from home. In 2009, the Darts beat Sittingbourne 1-0 in the F.A Trophy first qualifying round with a goal from Alan Tait. A gentleman’s agreement prevented Deren Ibrahim from guarding the Sittingbourne goal, the side Dartford loaned him out to. Three years earlier the Darts lost 2-1 to Tooting and Mitcham United in the Isthmian Division One South and in 1998 Andover were beaten 3-1 at home in the Southern League Southern Division. There has been some big victories on this day, notably a 7-0 F.A Cup second qualifying round win over Harrow Borough in 1970. The biggest of all was in a friendly when the Darts beat Old Wilkinson 18-0 way back in 1891.

Wealdstone v Dartford

Dartford face the tough prospect of taking on Wealdstone this weekend on the back of three straight defeats.

The Darts were shocked to have been knocked out of the F.A Cup last Saturday against Uxbridge. The Reds, two divisions below Dartford visited Princes Park and caused an upset, winning 1-0 with a fifteenth minute goal by Jon-Jo Bates. The achievement earned Uxbridge ‘team of the day’ on BBC Radio Five Live.

After losses at Oxford City and at home to Truro City, Burman’s frustrations increased during a disappointing week and a half. The Dartford boss told “In that last third, you’ve got to have that desire and commitment to will the ball in”, he added: “We got behind them enough times but we had a lot of people looking for a pass backwards rather than a pass going across the goal”, he continued: “It’s obviously confidence, especially after the last couple of games. They’ve done everything they should have done but we haven’t put the ball in the back of the net and that’s why we’re in the position now that we are”.

Once again, a run of poor results has put the Darts and Burman under pressure. However, with the board backing their man the club is looking to a more positive future by bringing through academy players.

The last cup upset experienced by the Darts was against this weekend’s opponents Wealdstone. In February 2012, the Stones took Dartford to a F.A Trophy replay and won 1-0 at the Vale Stadium. The Middlesex club went on to reach the last four.

It’s been 14 years since the Darts got the better of Wealdstone, the 4-1 Southern Premier League win is the only triumph the Darts have managed against the Stones in the last eleven attempts. During that time the two sides have drawn seven, including all four contests in the Isthmian Premier League era.

A lack of goals has made Dartford fans suffer of late with four blanks in the last six fixtures. It hasn’t been much better for Wealdstone who have scored only nine times this term, only Basingstoke Town have netted fewer.

For Dartford, Tom Wynter is a new addition to the squad having signed from Dover Athletic last week. The 25 year old full back made his debut in Saturday’s cup defeat replacing the injured Mark Onyemah. Lee Noble also missed the loss to Uxbridge due to personal reasons. Tom Gardiner will be available for selection despite his red card on Saturday, the central defender was dismissed for two cautions meaning he will miss the home match against Hemel Hempstead Town on 17 October. Jack Simmons also returned to action making his first appearance of the month last weekend.

Combined Tony Burman and Wealdstone boss, Gordon Bartlett have almost 34 years managerial experience for their current clubs. Bartlett, who signed a two year contract at the start of August has been in charge for the last twenty years. The 59 year old has guided the Stones to four promotions and hopes to keep Wealdstone in the National South.

A credible twelfth place finish last season, their first in the National South has been difficult to follow this term. The Stones sit in the bottom three and have become draw specialists of late. One point from their opening six fixtures left the Middlesex club playing catch up, however they are unbeaten in four league games.

Wealdstone’s first victory came at the end of August when they beat Bishop’s Stortford 3-1, since then three consecutive draws against Hayes and Yeading United, Chelmsford City and Basingstoke Town has taken their points tally to seven. Defensively, the Stones have tightened up by keeping four clean sheets in their last six outings.

The Stones themselves were almost on the end of a cup upset last weekend when they were held 1-1 by Biggleswade Town in the F.A Cup. Wealdstone were pegged back by their opponents from the Southern Premier League. The replay three days later ended in more comfortable fashion as goals from Jefferson Louis and Shaun Lucien saw the Stones progress.

Wealdstone will be without left back Ryan Watts who has sustained a foot injury and will be out for a few weeks. Matt Lowe has been signed on a month loan from League Two side Cambridge United.

Head to Head

Wealdstone wins: 11 / Dartford wins: 11 / Draws: 11

Last Meeting at the Vale Stadium

21 February 2012 – Wealdstone 1 Dartford 0 – attendance 770

Darts lineup – Louis Wells, Matt Jones, Adam Green, Tom Bonner, Tom Champion, Jon Wallis, Lee Burns, James Rogers, Jacob Erskine, Elliot Bradbrook, Danny Harris (subs used: Lee Noble, Tony Garrod, Richard Graham)

Current League Form

Wealdstone (DDDWLL) Dartford (LLWDLW)
Basingstoke Town  A  1-1 Truro City  H  0-1
Chelmsford City  H  0-0 Oxford City  A  1-2
Hayes & Yeading United  A  0-0 Weston-Super-Mare  H  2-1
Bishop’s Stortford  H  3-1 Bath City  A  0-0
Sutton United  A  2-5 Ebbsfleet United  H  0-1
Ebbsfleet United  H  1-2 Margate  A  2-0

Previous Six Meetings (* – F.A Trophy)

21.02.2012* Wealdstone 1 Dartford 0
14.02.2012* Dartford 2 Wealdstone 2
20.04.2010 Wealdstone 1 Dartford 1
29.08.2009 Dartford 1 Wealdstone 1
11.04.2009 Wealdstone 0 Dartford 0
30.08.2008 Dartford 2 Wealdstone 2


The 1974/75 season saw both teams record their biggest wins against each other. The Darts won 5-0 in the MSFL, a feat that was repeated in the 1989/90 Southern League Cup second round second leg tie. The Stones won 4-1 in the Southern Premier League in a campaign where Dartford were relegated.

Dartford’s last win at Wealdstone was in the first leg of the Southern League Cup second round match in 1989, the Darts went on to win 9-0 on aggregate and reach the final of the competition, losing to VS Rugby.

Away from Princes Park Dartford have the fifth best away defence but have struggled in attack with just six goals.

On This Day

Dartford have won their last four matches on 3 October beating Harrow Borough 2-0 in 2009, Croydon Athletic 4-2 in 2001, Folkestone Invicta 2-1 in 1998 and Corby Town 2-1 in 1987. The last defeat came 34 years against Scarborough in the 1981/82 Alliance Premier season.

Wealdstone have won three of their last four on 3 October defeating Canvey Island 1-0 in 2009, Grays Athletic 2-1 in 2004, drawing 0-0 with Newport Isle of Wight in 1998 and beating Gravesend and Northfleet 3-0 in 1992. The Stones last reverse was in 1987 against Kettering Town during a Conference Premier campaign.