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 www.dartfordonline.com 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|
|Truro City||H||0-1||St Albans City||A||1-1|
|Oxford City||A||1-2||Hemel Hempstead Town||A||0-4|
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.