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Hayes & Yeading United v Dartford

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
Weston-Super-Mare  A  2-0 Eastbourne Borough  A  1-1
Eastbourne Borough  A  4-4 St Albans City  H  2-0
Margate  A  0-2 Wealdstone  H  1-2
Hemel Hempstead Town  H  1-1 Sutton United  A  0-2

Previous Meeting

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.

Dartford v Concord Rangers

Sentiment will count for nothing this weekend as Dartford host a Concord Rangers side for the first time.

Tony Burman will welcome back his Isthmian Premier League title winning captain Adam Flanagan, only he will be in the opposite dugout. In the Concord Rangers midfield the Darts will be up against two former players James White and Max Cornhill.

Adam Flanagan marshalled Dartford’s defence between 2007 and 2010 making 145 appearances and scoring 14 times. He has since made his way in management leading Brentwood Town to promotion to the Isthmian Premier League before joining Concord Rangers.

James White joined the Essex club and is now captain, he was alongside Flanagan in Dartford’s title winning season, the midfielder made 112 appearances for the Darts. Max Cornhill left only last season, the attacking midfielder was used sparingly prompting the 28 year old to depart Princes Park after 68 appearances and nine goals.

The Darts won their last home match against lowly St Albans City. The 2-0 victory came after a two game losing streak which ended an eleven match unbeaten run. Andy Pugh netted twice against the Saints and another in the following match versus Eastbourne Borough, which ended 1-1.

On Tuesday night, Dartford’s travelled to fourth place Gosport Borough with the chance to climb back into the playoff places. Dan Wooden put the hosts ahead to give Boro a 1-0 lead going into half time but after the break the match swung Dartford’s way. On the hour Elliot Bradbrook took advantage of a rebound from Ryan Hayes’ cross to level the score. The Darts skipper doubled his tally for the night with a breakaway goal, Bradbrook calmly took it round the Boro goalkeeper for his eleventh of the season. Moments later Andy Pugh scored his ninth in his last seven starts to propel Dartford into the playoff places.

If the season started in November, Concord Rangers would be in sixth place partly because that month turned the Beachboys fortunes around. The Essex club won all four in November without conceding a goal lifting them from seventeenth to eighth.

The following month highlighted their inconsistencies with one point taken from twelve available, however the Beachboys are now seven unbeaten and in tenth place. Flanagan’s side had their fixture against Truro City called off on Tuesday night meaning their last outing was last weekend.

Over the last three National South matches Concord Rangers have played the same teams as Dartford. The Beachboys breezed past Eastbourne Borough when Steve Cawley scored twice before Sam Bantick and Ben Greenhalgh sealed a 4-1 triumph. Cawley and Bantick rescued a point against St Albans City after Concord Rangers came from two down to draw 2-2. Their last game at home to Gosport Borough ended 0-0.

Attacking midfielder, Steve Cawley provides Concord Rangers with goals. The 24 year old has scored 15 in the National South this season. Alex Osborn has joined on loan from Ebbsfleet United, the striker almost spent time on loan with Concord Rangers last term but injury saw the deal fall through. Michael Thalassitis was also added to the forward line last month, signing from Chelmsford City. Defender, Jack Lampe returned to the club from Bishop’s Stortford early this month.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 2 / Concord Rangers wins: 0 / Draws: 0

Current League Form

Dartford (WDWLLW) Concord Rangers (DDWDWD)
Gosport Borough  A  3-1 Gosport Borough  H  0-0
Eastbourne Borough  A  1-1 St Albans City  A  2-2
St Albans City  H  2-0 Eastbourne Borough  H  4-1
Wealdstone  H  1-2 Maidstone United  A  2-2
Sutton United  A  0-2 Bath City  A  1-0
Bath City  H  4-1 Ebbsfleet United  H  0-0

Previous Meetings (* – Isthmian League Cup)

18.08.2015 Concord Rangers 2 Dartford 3
27.01.2009* Concord Rangers 1 Dartford 3

On This Day

It was four years ago when Danny Harris inspired the Darts to a 4-1 victory over Basingstoke Town with a hat-trick. Tony Garrod scored the other goal in the Conference South fixture in a comfortable win. In 2010, Dartford grabbed a rare win at Boreham Wood with the solitary goal coming from Elliot Bradbrook. Three years prior beating the Wood, the Darts drew 2-2 with Tooting and Mitcham United. It was also on the 27 February when Dartford had one of their bleakest days since reforming, losing 7-0 away to Raunds Town in the 1998/99 Southern League Southern Division.

Gosport Borough v Dartford

Dartford look for a way back into the playoff places when they take on fourth place Gosport Borough.

The rescheduled fixture, following the postponement last month could see the Darts close the gap on Boro. A win or a draw could be enough to move into the top five, however the Darts have failed to beat any of the current teams in the playoff zone this season.

Dartford picked up a useful point on the weekend to follow up a 2-0 home win over St Albans City. Travelling to Eastbourne Borough, the Darts had to come from behind to settle on a 1-1 draw. Nathaniel Pinney put the hosts ahead netting a rebound after Deren Ibrahim initially saved. Andy Pugh continued his fine goalscoring form with a excellent equaliser in the final twenty minutes. Tom Bradbrook was red carded having been adjudged to have elbowed Kiran Khinda-John leaving Dartford to hang on.

Tony Burman was bemused by the decision by the referee who sent Tom Bradbrook off, he told www.kentonline.co.uk: “Sometimes it’ll go for you and sometimes it goes against you. I don’t think there was any malice in it, nothing happened, it’s just two guys challenging for the ball”, he added: “Nowadays you’re not allowed to touch anybody or have your arms past your waist”. The Dartford boss was pleased with an away point considering the conditions. Strong winds limited the quality on show but Burman was content with the second half performance.

Earlier in the season, the Bradbrook brothers scored but it wasn’t enough as Gosport Borough won 3-2. Despite the Darts having penalty shouts turned down it was Borough who won one just before half time. Justin Bennett dispatched the spot kick and on the other side of half time netted a second goal. Elliot Bradbrook halved the deficit but Gosport’s Lee Wort restored the two goal advantage, in the final minute Tom Bradbrook grabbed a consolation.

Bennett’s goals at Princes Park serve as a warning, the prolific striker has scored 26 times in all competitions in just 32 appearances. The National South top scorer has netted three hat-tricks this term which include four goal hauls against Weston-Super-Mare in the league and Bideford in the F.A Cup.

Gosport Borough are unbeaten in six home league games stretching back to the end of October, in that time Boro have won five. Alex Pike’s side started the campaign of without losing their opening eight, leaving them in third spot. A poor September and October saw the Hampshire drop to tenth. Since then, Gosport Borough have recovered putting a run of eight win, three draws and three defeats together.

On Saturday, the Boro were held to a 0-0 draw away at Concord Rangers, Dartford’s next opponents. Pike was upbeat despite failing to find the net, he told www.gosportboroughfc.co.uk: “After losing last week, it’s important we got a reaction from the players and not lose two on the bounce. We were solid and Sam Pearce didn’t put a foot wrong and he and Ryan Woodford looked a good pairing at the back”.

Boro’s boss remains confident ahead of the mid-week clash with the Darts, he commented: “We’ve got a decent home record and I want to ensure that remains intact this time next week. If it is, then we will be doing extremely well. We’ll get back home to face two teams in and around the play offs and I won’t need to motivate my players and they’ll be up for those matches”.

Head to Head

Gosport Borough wins: 5 / Dartford wins: 9 / Draws 3

Current League Form

Gosport Borough (DLWWWL) Dartford (DWLLWD)
Concord Rangers  A  0-0 Eastbourne Borough  A  1-1
Maidstone United  A  1-2 St Albans City  H  2-0
Havant & Waterlooville  A  3-1 Wealdstone  H  1-2
Maidenhead United  H  2-1 Sutton United  A  0-2
Eastbourne Borough  H  3-1 Bath City  H  4-1
Bishop’s Stortford  A  0-2 Chelmsford City  H  1-1

Last Meeting at Privett Park

24 October 1989 – Gosport Borough 0 Dartford 1
Three days before Gosport Borough, the Darts lost their first league game of the season at home to Burton Albion. In a month full of cup fixtures, this rare Southern Premier League affair got the Darts back on track with a single goal victory.

Previous Six Meetings

22.08.2015 Dartford 2 Gosport Borough 3
24.10.1989 Gosport Borough 0 Dartford 1
22.08.1989 Dartford 5 Gosport Borough 1
04.04.1989 Dartford 4 Gosport Borough 2
04.03.1989 Gosport Borough 1 Dartford 2
05.03.1988 Gosport Borough 1 Dartford 0

Stats

Gosport Borough’s win at Princes Park earlier in the season, ended Dartford’s four game winning streak against the Hampshire side.

Dartford have won in their last two visits to Gosport Borough and have a 50% win ratio at Privett Park.

In the eighties, the two clubs met 16 times out of the 17 they have played each other.

On This Day

Dartford will have fond memories of their F.A Trophy run three years ago. However, it came to an end on 23 February 2013 with a 0-0 second leg draw with Grimsby Town. The Darts were unable to overturn a 3-0 deficit from the first leg as they bowed out in the semi-final. Eight years ago, the Darts thrashed Waltham Abbey 5-0 away from home just days after beating Arlesey Town 4-0. Burman’s on song team remained top of the Isthmian Division One North thanks to a brace from Brendon Cass and goals from John Geust, Jamie Coyle and Junior Kadi.

Eastbourne Borough v Dartford

Dartford will want to continue their push for a playoff place by picking up points at Eastbourne Borough this weekend.

The Darts slipped out of the top five on Tuesday night without even playing, now they are a point behind fifth place Truro City. Eastbourne Borough, unbeaten in their last three league matches, climbed up to twelfth in mid-week with a win over Whitehawk.

Tony Burman spoke to www.kentonline.co.uk  about Saturday’s match in Sussex, he said: “Eastbourne have had some good results although they’re inconsistent but it will be difficult for us. They’ve got some experienced players and some young players”, he added: “Eastbourne had a draw at home last Saturday but if we play as well as we can do, we’re going to be difficult to beat”.

Dartford’s squad have had a week off following the postponement last Saturday. However, in their last league fixture they got back to winning ways against St Albans City. A far from vintage performance against the side at the foot of the table saw the Darts win 2-0. Andy Pugh settled any nerves ten minutes into the second half with a well placed shot. The striker added a second in the final minute when his effort bobbled over Joe Welch to clinch a 2-0 win.

Burman knows Pugh holds the key to more successes and praised the striker after his man of the match performance and tenth goal of the season, he told www.kentonline.co.uk: “We’re fortunate at the moment that we’ve got someone in form who’s playing up front and he’s put two good strikes in and won us the game”, he added: “We know he can play very well and he can score you goals. I think he was a cut above the rest and not only the two goals he scored but his link-up play as well”. Pugh has now netted seven times in his last six starts.

The Dartford boss wasn’t entirely pleased with his side, whose showing wasn’t ‘easy on the eye’, he commented: “If it was a day to win a game ugly, we did it. It wasn’t the purest of games and the wind and conditions didn’t help us on that”.

The Darts hope victory over the Saints will kick start another unbeaten run. Back to back defeats ended an eleven game streak without loss. With the rescheduled away fixture at playoff contenders Gosport Borough coming up, three points at Eastbourne Borough will only breed confidence.

Danny Harris is in contention of making his 300th appearance for the club, Tom Bradbrook is fit again, Lee Noble is a doubt but Barry Cogan may need a fitness test. Lee Burns has not featured over the last two months with injury.

Eastbourne Borough have had a mixed campaign so far and have beaten just one side above them in the table. The Sports only triumph came against Maidstone United back in August. The Sussex club has taken advantage of those below them leaving them mid-table.

Tommy Widdrington’s side seem to have opened up since Boxing Day. In January, consecutive wins at home to Wealdstone (3-0) and Bath City (5-2) were followed by a 3-1 defeat to Gosport Borough and a 4-1 loss at Concord Rangers. Goals have been flooding in, as the next two draws ended 4-4 away to Hayes and Yeading United and 3-3 at home to Weston-Super-Mare. On Tuesday night, the goal total was more modest as two early strikes put the Sports in command against Whitehawk, the Hawks only managed a consolation late on.

The Sussex club has two former Darts in their ranks. Nathan Collier played in practically every outfield position making over 100 appearances for Dartford, nearly half of those as a substitute. Jack Evans only made 15 appearances in a loan spell during the 2012/13 season. Widdrington has also added centre defender Callum Buckley to the squad, on loan from AFC Bournemouth.

Head to Head (includes Langney Sports)

Dartford wins: 6 / Eastbourne Borough wins: 4 / Draws: 1

Current League Form

Eastbourne Borough (WDDLLW) Dartford (WLLWDD)
Whitehawk  A  2-1 St Albans City  H  2-0
Weston-Super-Mare  H  3-3 Wealdstone  A  1-2
Hayes & Yeading United  A  4-4 Sutton United  H  0-2
Concord Rangers  A  1-4 Bath City  H  4-1
Gosport Borough  A  1-3 Chelmsford City  H  1-1
Bath City  H  5-2 Margate  A  1-1

Last League Meeting at Priory Lane

3 April 2012 – Eastbourne Borough 0 Dartford 1  – Att: 823

Goalscorers Elliot Bradbrook (58)

Dartford Lineup: Louis Wells, Lee Burns, Adam Green, Tom Bonner, Luke Wilkinson, Tom Champion, Lee Noble, James Rogers, Jacob Erskine, Elliot Bradbrook, Danny Harris (no subs used)

Previous Meetings (* = F.A Trophy)

11.08.2015 Dartford 1 Eastbourne Borough 0
03.04.2012 Eastbourne Borough 0 Dartford 1
29.11.2011* Dartford 2 Eastbourne Borough 1
26.11.2011* Eastbourne Borough 0 Dartford 0
16.08.2011 Dartford 2 Eastbourne Borough 1
04.03.2003 Dartford 0 Eastbourne Borough 1
20.08.2002 Eastbourne Borough 4 Dartford 0
30.10.2001 Eastbourne Borough 1 Dartford 0
11.09.2001 Dartford 1 Eastbourne Borough 2
23.04.2001 Langney Sports 1 Dartford 2
24.02.2001 Dartford 1 Langney Sports 0

Stats

1 – When Dartford play Eastbourne Borough at Priory Lane, only once has the losing team managed to score

3 – Dartford have kept three clean sheets in their last four contests against Eastbourne Borough

5 – number of games the Darts have gone unbeaten against the Sports, stretching back to 2001

9 – consecutive games three or more goals have been scored in a match featuring Eastbourne Borough

12 – goals Dartford have scored in the final 15 minutes of matches, one more than the total scored in the first half of games

On This Day

Dartford last played away from home on 20 February back in 1988. In the Southern League Premier Division, the Darts drew 0-0 with Crawley Town, now in League Two. The last fixture played on this day was a 3-2 victory over Ashford Town (Middlesex), a result which kept Dartford in command at the top of the Isthmian Premier League. The Tangerines were ahead from a penalty after seven minutes, then an own goal and Danny Harris strike put the Darts in front. Ashford Town (Middlesex) levelled just before the break but just after half time Lee Burns scored the winner. One memorable match in 1982 involved Dartford drawing 4-4 with Kettering Town at Rockingham Road. The two relegation struggler’s couldn’t be separated in Ernie Morgan’s first game in charge, following the sacking of Glen Coupland.

Dartford v St Albans City

Dartford have an opportunity to bounce back this weekend when they host bottom of the table side St Albans City.

In the tenth meeting between the clubs, the Darts are unbeaten against the Hertfordshire side stretching back 43 years, when they first met.

Another postponement last weekend left Dartford without a match, whilst St Albans City were involved in the National South’s only fixture to go ahead. Tony Burman’s side have lost their last two league matches against playoff contenders Sutton United and struggler’s Wealdstone. The Saints are without a win in their last seven attempts and nine away from home.

Just days after losing 2-0 at Sutton United, Dartford managed to drop all three points against Wealdstone. Andy Pugh scored his seventh of the campaign taking advantage of Ryan Hayes’ excellent cross. Dominating possession and spurning chances, the Darts were left to regret not taking their opportunities. A couple of veterans turned the match on its head, when Scott McGleish and Jefferson Louis scored in the final fifteen minutes to condemn Dartford to defeat.

Burman admitted Sutton United were the better team a fortnight ago, however he was disappointed with how they let a lead slip when they hosted the Stones. In particular, he singled out his younger players and told www.kentonline.co.uk: “This is what happens when you have younger, inexperienced players in your side. As much as we’ve done really well, maybe some of them have got to stop reading the papers”, he added: “This is a wake-up call. Maybe one or two of them have been reading too much into what’s going on instead of concentrating on their game. I think they went back to what they want to do instead of what I want them to do”.

Despite two consecutive losses, Dartford had just been on an eleven game unbeaten run, the type of form Burman is keen to achieve again. The Darts boss admitted he may have to alter the formation again and has the players in the squad to do so. Although Lee Burns, Lee Noble and Danny Harris were amongst the three players missing for the Wealdstone match due to injury.

Almost five years ago, St Albans City were propping up the National South table back then, and left Princes Park with a point. A late penalty miss from Ryan Hayes cost Dartford all three points in an action packed 2-2 draw. Inih Effiong put the Saints ahead only for Charlie Sheringham’s brace to put the Darts in front. Ollie Kelly grabbed a late equaliser and in the final minute Hayes failed to hit the net from the spot.

The Saints were relegated that campaign with a points deduction and had to spend three seasons in the Southern Premier League, before returning to the National South. Last term they recorded their highest finish in six years but with only five wins this time St Albans City are bottom and three points from safety.

Harry Wheeler’s side have picked up just six points on the road, scoring the fewest and conceding the second highest behind Havant and Waterlooville away from home. After another defeat at the hands of Oxford City, the Saints boss has decided to shake things up at Clarence Park with the signings of Al Bangura, Michael Thalassitis and Ugo Udoji. Even then, the new look side fell to a 1-0 defeat last week against Truro City.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 5 / St Albans City wins: 0 / Draws: 4

Current League Form

Dartford (LLWDDW) St Albans City (LLLDDL)
Wealdstone  H  1-2 Truro City  H  0-1
Sutton United  A  0-2 Oxford City  A  1-5
Bath City  H  4-1 Sutton United  H  0-5
Chelmsford City  H  1-1 Bishop’s Stortford  H  1-1
Margate  H  1-1 Chelmsford City  H  1-1
Chelmsford City  A  1-0 Bishop’s Stortford  A  1-2

Last League Meeting at Princes Park

22 March 2011 – Dartford 2 St Albans City 2 – att 674
Goalscorer: Charlie Sheringham (2)

The Darts Lineup: Andrew Young, Matt Jones, Tom Bonner, Joe Bruce, Paul Goodacre, Tom Champion, Lee Noble, James White, Charlie Sheringham, Lee Burns, Danny Harris (subs used: Ryan Hayes, Jon Main)

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

02.04.2011 St Albans City 1 Dartford 2
22.03.2011 Dartford 2 St Albans City 2
25.11.2008+ Dartford 1 St Albans City 1
22.11.2008+ St Albans City 0 Dartford 0
04.10.1988* St Albans City 2 Dartford 4
01.10.1988* Dartford 1 St Albans City 1

 

On This Day

Dartford have played three times on 6 February since reforming winning two and losing one. The last fixture was in the 2012/13 F.A Trophy at Princes Park when the Darts scraped past FC Halifax Town 3-2. The quarter final replay was decided by a Ryan Hayes who scored what turned out to be the winner. The Shaymen went ahead through Dan Gardner but in the second half Lee Noble and Elliot Bradbrook gave Dartford the lead. Hayes went on to score the third before Gardner pulled a goal back to set up a nervy finish. Six years ago, an all too familiar tale was written when Sutton United won 2-0 this time at Princes Park. In 1999, Dartford beat Tonbridge Angels 1-0 in the Southern League Southern Division.

Herne Bay v Dartford

A place in the Kent Senior Cup semi-final is up for grabs and if Dartford overcome Herne Bay they will face their tenants.

The Darts are keen to avoid a repeat of their F.A Cup exit to lower league opposition back in September. Herne Bay are currently third in the Isthmian Division One South and pushing for promotion.

Just over four months ago Dartford lost to Uxbridge an F.A Cup qualifier, a team who play at the same level in the central region. Since then Tony Burman has guided his side from mid-table to playoff contenders, helped by an eleven match unbeaten run.

In the last round, the Darts upset last season’s runners up Gillingham who are second in League One. Avenging their 7-3 defeat the previous season, Dartford had to come from behind after Gills took the lead through Brennan Dickenson. Former Gillingham defender Tom Wynter levelled the tie and Jack Simmons netted the winner to send the Darts through.

Burman has used the Kent Senior Cup to blend senior players with academy prospects. One of those former academy players will no longer be available for selection, following a move to a Premier League side. Ebrima ‘Ebou’ Adams completed a fantastic move to Norwich City on deadline day, the young midfielder made 22 appearances for the Darts.

Herne Bay breezed past their challengers in round two in front of 71 spectators. Drawn against fellow Isthmian Division One South side Chatham Town they also came from behind to take victory. A Kwabena Osei own goal on the stroke of half time had the Bay a goal down. Manager, Sam Denly used the break to good effect and four unanswered goals by Dan Johnson, Dan Parkinson and a brace from Danny Williams recorded a 4-1 triumph.

The Bay are seven points adrift from league leaders Folkestone Invicta, who they lost 4-0 to at the start of the year. Since the damaging defeat, Herne Bay got back on track with goals aplenty. Molesey were beaten 3-1, Walton and Hersham 4-1 then Peacehaven and Telscombe were thrashed 7-0. Over the last week though, Denly’s side have dropped points with two draws against Tooting and Mitcham United and East Grinstead Town.

During the nineties in Dartford’s Kent League days, the two sides met on seven occasions both winning twice. The other three meetings were drawn, however the Darts have won the last two. In September 1997, Dartford were victorious in a 2-1 F.A Cup first qualifying tie, they also won 2-0 in the 1995/96 Kent League season.