Dartford’s pursuit of a playoff place took a blow on the weekend and next up is an away trip to Hayes and Yeading United.
The Darts take on Garry Haylock’s side who are sitting four points above the drop zone. A win will complete a double over the Middlesex club who they beat 2-0 on Halloween. The Bradbrook brothers combined to secure three points back in October with Tom breaking the deadlock, when he headed in Danny Harris’ cross. The second goal arrived in the second half when it was Elliot’s turn to head into the Hayes and Yeading United net.
Starting the weekend in the final playoff spot, the Darts had a chance to maintain their position against Concord Rangers. However, Tony Burman’s side stuttered and were beaten by former midfielder James White’s stunning winner. Dartford lost a one goal lead given to them by Tom Bradbrook’s beautifully curled strike into the top corner. The lead was shortlived when the Beachboys top scorer Steven Cawley equalised brilliantly six minutes later. White scored the third wonder goal of the day smashing in an unstoppable long range effort, leaving the Darts in sixth place and a point behind the last playoff place.
Burman was gracious in defeat making no excuses, he spoke to www.dartfordfc.com after the game and said: “Concord played the ball around better than us but we gave them too much space. I’m disappointed, in the second half we’ve not put too many passes together which we have been doing reasonably well”, he continued: “when we’re in that final third we’ve got to have a bit of interchange football and have a bit more quality”.
The Dartford boss is not disheartened by the loss knowing fortunes can change quickly. When talking about the Darts next opponents, Hayes and Yeading United he said: “All the games are tough now and we’re getting into the knitty gritty side of the season. My problem, like any other manger, is how are we going to get to the end of March doing a Saturday, Tuesday, Saturday”, he added: “If we come through March in a similar position than we are or higher then it will get interesting”.
With three players currently out injured, Burman is doubtful they will return mid-week, but is hoping the squad is bolstered next weekend when at least two have recovered.
Hayes and Yeading United are currently on their longest unbeaten run of the campaign. Without defeat in their last four National South fixtures, United held league leaders Ebbsfleet United to a 0-0 draw on the weekend. The game may have lacked goals but not controversy as four players were sent off for the same incident. Former Dart, Tom Bonner and Anthony Cook were dismissed for the Fleet whilst United had Adam Everitt and Emmanuel Monthe sent off.
The Middlesex club had won their previous two games before taking on Ebbsfleet United. A 2-1 victory at home to Oxford City followed a 2-0 triumph away at Weston-Super-Mare. In one of their most entertaining games of the campaign the current unbeaten run started with a 4-4 draw with Eastbourne Borough.
Head to Head
Hayes & Yeading United wins: 0 / Dartford wins: 1 / Draws 0
Current League Form
|Hayes & Yeading Utd (DWWDLD)||Dartford (LWDWLL)|
|Ebbsfleet United||A||0-0||Concord Rangers||H||1-2|
|Oxford City||A||2-1||Gosport Borough||A||3-1|
|Eastbourne Borough||A||4-4||St Albans City||H||2-0|
|Hemel Hempstead Town||H||1-1||Sutton United||A||0-2|
|31.10.2015||Dartford||2||Hayes & Yeading Utd||0|
On This Day
Three of the last five matches Dartford have played on 1 March have ended 1-0 to the Darts. Basingstoke Town were beaten 1-0 at Princes Park in 2011 thanks to an own goal. Three years prior, Waltham Forest were narrowly defeated after a dramatic injury time penalty scored by Jamie Coyle. In 1995, Faversham Town were knocked out of the Kent League Cup third round. Other results include a 2-2 with Waterlooville in the Southern League Southern Division back in 1997. More recently, the Darts were easily beaten 3-0 by Southport in the National League just two years ago.