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St Albans City v Dartford

Dartford need something close to a miracle to make the playoffs this weekend, when they visit relegation threatened St Albans City.

The Darts travel to Hertfordshire needing to win by five clear goals and even that may not be enough. Tony Burman’s side hope Hemel Hempstead Town and Whitehawk draw with each other so they secure a top five finish.

St Albans City, on the other hand know survival is in their hands. The Saints need to match Havant and Waterlooville’s result in order to stay up.

Dartford enter the final game of the season on the back of a Kent Senior Cup victory. The Darts claimed the cup for the eleventh time when they beat Charlton Athletic 3-1 in the final. Elliot Bradbrook opened the scoring before the Addicks drew level, Ronnie Vint netted the second and Ben Francis added a third.

The Darts came from behind twice in their last league game against Oxford City, Elliot Bradbrook scoring a brace to earn what still could be a crucial point. Dartford have only lost once in their last seven outings and are unbeaten in their last three.

Burman will be without defender Callum McNaughton who has a fractured metatarsal and goalkeeper and Deren Ibrahim, out with a dislocated shoulder. Lee Noble has been struggling with a groin injury and George Sykes with illness.

St Albans City have been given a ray of light since the arrival of manager Ian Allinson. The former Boreham Wood boss took charge at Clarence Park with the Saints bottom of the National South.

Allinson’s first match after his appointment was the 2-0 defeat against Dartford. The Hertfordshire club went on to win just one in his first six games in charge, a 6-0 victory over Whitehawk.

Fortunes soon turned and one defeat in their last nine league games have given St Albans City the chance of National South football next season. A fortnight ago, another 6-0 triumph over relegation rivals Havant and Waterlooville has given them the advantage going into the final day.

Attacking midfielder Louie Theophanous has impressed this term with 17 league goals, the same as Dartford’s captain Elliot Bradbrook. Whilst former Dart, Tom Bender could line up against his old club.

Saturday will be the first meeting between the two sides for four years. Lee Burns scored his first goal of that campaign when his hopeful long ranged header looped over the City defence and into the net. St Albans City pegged the Darts back through Tony Battersby and almost went in front from the spot. Jack Pallen came off the bench to score the winner with four minutes remaining.

Dartford manager, Tony Burman knows the challenge ahead of him he told www.kentonline.co.uk: “St Albans are full of experienced players. Ian Allinson’s gone in there and done a great job and he’ll be trying to win the game – but so will we”, he added: “We’re came in on Thursday just to do attacking play and shooting because we need a lot of goals”, he continued: “Who knows? The league’s brought up some funny results and we’ll just have to see what happens come quarter to five”.

Head to Head

St Albans City wins: 0 / Dartford wins: 6 / Draws: 4

Current League Form

St Albans City (DWDWLW) Dartford (DDWLWD)
Wealdstone A 1-1 Oxford City H 2-2
Havant & Waterlooville H 6-0 Basingstoke Town H 0-0
Hemel Hempstead Town A 2-2 Maidstone United A 2-1
Maidenhead United A 1-0 Truro City A 0-3
Maidstone United H 1-2 Maidenhead United H 2-0
Eastbourne Borough H 3-1 Ebbsfleet United A 1-1

Last League Meeting at Clarence Park

2 April 2011 – St Albans City 1 Dartford 2 – view highlights

Goalscorers: Lee Burns (23), Jack Pallen (85); Tony Battersby (55)

The Darts Lineup: Andrew Young, Billy Burgess, Tom Bonner, Joe Bruce, Paul Goodacre, Tom Champion, Lee Noble, James White, Charlie Sheringham, Lee Burns, Danny Harris (sub used: Ryan Hayes, Jack Pallen, Elliot Bradbrook)

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

06.02.2016 Dartford 2 St Albans City 0
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
15.09.1973* Dartford 4 St Albans City 1
19.03.1898 Dartford 3 St Albans 1
09.10.1897 St Albans 1 Dartford 4

** = St Albans City won 4-2 on penalties

On This Day

It’s been four years since Dartford won on the final day of the season and that was against Maidenhead United. The 3-2 victory in 2011 came before draws at Truro City, back to back last day defeats against Nuneaton Town and another stalemate versus Lincoln City. Charlie Sheringham, Jack Pallen and Ryan Hayes put the Darts three up against the Magpies before surviving a late fightback from Maidenhead United.

 

 

Dartford v Charlton Athletic – Kent Senior Cup Final

Dartford bid to win their eleventh Kent Senior Cup on Tuesday night when they take on holders Charlton Athletic.

The Darts last won the competition five years ago and have reached the final since. The Addicks have won two of the last three Kent Senior Cup finals and aim for their fourth triumph in the county cup.

Tony Burman is the only manager in last three years to have beaten Championship side Charlton Athletic in the Kent Senior Cup. In October 2013, Dartford won the second round tie 1-0 in dramatic fashion. Working hard to stay in the game, the Darts earned a last minute free kick on the edge of the box. Mohamed Eisa stepped up and curled the ball superbly in the top corner to take the plaudits.

Dartford played the Addicks as holders themselves in 2012 when they met in the semi-final. Jack Pallen gave the Darts a one goal lead but his was cancelled out by Adebayo Azeez. Midfielder, Lee Noble put Burman’s side ahead for a second time and Elliot Bradbrook sealed the tie with four minutes remaining. Dartford unexpectedly went on to lose the final to Hythe Town.

The Darts could still make the playoffs in the National South, however they need plenty to go their way with other results. Burman targeted a playoff spot at the start of the campaign, so winning the Kent Senior Cup could provide small consolation if they miss out on the final day.

Likewise, Charlton Athletic have had a torrid season in the Championship on and off the field. The Addicks will be playing League One football next term and with supporters unrest over the owners, their development squad offer a ray of light, the under 21’s top the Professional Development League 2 South table.

Road to the Final

Round One

Dartford 3 Welling United 1

The Darts dominated the first half hitting the woodwork three times before taking the lead in the second half. George Sykes opened the scoring, Callum McNaughton doubled the lead and Kurtis Cumberbatch pulled a goal back. The night belonged to academy striker Dajon Golding who netted his first for the senior side.

Hythe Town 0 Charlton Athletic 1

The Addicks had to wait until five minutes from time to see out their first round tie. With the match heading towards penalties, Ademola Lookman struck from 20 yards to send the holders through.

Round Two

Dartford 2 Gillingham 1

After losing to the Gills 7-3 in last year’s Kent Senior Cup, the Darts avenged the defeat by coming from behind. Brennan Dickenson had Gillingham ahead before former Gill, Tom Wyner equalised. Jack Simmons cut inside and fired into the top corner to score the winner.

Cray Wanderers 1 Charlton Athletic 4

Zakarya Bergdich set Charlton Athletic on their win to a comfortable win with a first half strike. Mikhail Kennedy made it two nil but the lead was halved soon after. Former Dart, Uche Ibemere won a penalty which Grant Basey converted. The Addicks restored a two goal cushion when Franck Moussa scored from the spot then Bergdich sealed the deal with his second of the night.

Quarter-Final

Herne Bay 0 Dartford 3

It took 14 minutes for Tom Bradbrook to put Dartford in front when he netted from close range. Academy striker Ben Francis scored just past the hour mark and won a penalty late on, which Kaka Dembele stuck away to round up a 3-0 victory.

Bromley 0 Charlton Athletic 2

Two goals in the opening twenty minutes gave the Addicks the cushion they needed early on. Joe Aribo and Josh Umerah scored the goals and Charlton Athletic easily saw out the remainder of the last eight tie.

Semi-Final

Greenwich Borough 1 Dartford 2

The Darts had to work hard to earn a win over their tenants. Ronnie Vint and Geroge Sykes looked to have secured Dartford’s route to the the final. A late Michael Power goal for Boro set up a nervy finish, but the Darts held on.

Ebbsfleet United 1 Charlton Athletic 2

The Addicks reached their third final in four years with a win over National South side Ebbsfleet United. Another fast start had Charlton Athletic two up in the first half with goals from Cristian Ceballos and George Lapslie. Joe Howe pulled one back in the final minutes but it was too late for the Fleet.

Dartford v Oxford City

Dartford have two games left to try and get into the playoffs, starting with their final home game against Oxford City.

The Darts are one of eight teams attempting to take the final two places whilst Oxford City’s chances ended last weekend. With Maidstone United and Ebbsfleet United set for the playoffs, Dartford could become the third Kent club making the top five.

Tony Burman watched his side drop two points to relegated Basingstoke Town last weekend in a 0-0 draw. He told www.dartford.com after the game: “It needed us to score early in the game to open things up a little bit. We huffed and puffed but the players gave a good account of themselves, we just couldn’t break the five man defence”.

With no midweek fixture Burman is hoping some respite may work to his squad’s advantage, he added: “It’s going to be a busy two weeks for some of the teams. It’s a welcome rest for us to get some of the players who have injuries to come back into the frame”.

Goalkeeper, Dean Gardikiotis made his debut replacing the Deren Ibrahim who was out with a dislocated shoulder. Barry Cogan missed out with a hamstring injury, Lee Noble with a groin strain and Callum McNaughton has a fractured metatarsal. Defender, Paul Lorraine was absent through illness and is still waiting his first start for the Darts. Danny Harris and Tom Bradbrook made the bench after suffering with injury problems recently.

Dartford have now lost just once in their last six outings and are now three unbeaten at Princes Park. The clean sheet against Basingstoke Town was the tenth for the Darts this term, their fifth at home.

The Darts current form has kept them in with a chance which pleases Burman, he commented: “I’m pleased we’re challenging for the playoffs that was the aim. We all know we’ve had two difficult years in the top league. I feel we’ve managed to come back this season and we’ve kept our own”, he continued: “It’s been strange league and we’ve done well, to go in to the last two games with something to play for, I think it’s a credit to the players”.

Earlier in the season when Burman’s side were finding their feet, the Darts faced a free scoring Oxford City team in second place. Ryan Hayes expertly found Andy Pugh to set up the only goal of the first half. Top scorers in the National South at the time, Oxford City pressed in the second half and were rewarded with an equaliser by Jon Arzamendi and a winner from Kynan Isaac.

Last weekend, Oxford City’s chances of reaching the playoffs took a final blow at the expense Hemel Hempstead Town. Both sides were eyeing up fifth spot in a game that drifted in the first half, but the Tudors hit two quick goals before half time through Morgan Ferrier and Graeme Montgomery. Hemel Hempstead Town added another in the second half courtesy of Michael Richens and Oxford City’s Lee Henderson made it 3-1.

City have been efficient in front of goal this term with Bradley Bubb the main marksman. The 27 year old has plenty of experience at this level with Havant and Waterlooville, Farnborough Town and Basingstoke Town. The Grenada international has scored 17 times for Oxford City this term and has football league experience as well.

Manager, Justin Merritt is about to complete a second campaign in charge and led City in the National North last term. Oxford City missed out of the playoffs by a point and inconsistencies this season could cost them again. Merritt’s side have brushed aside opponents at times beating Truro City 6-0 and Concord Rangers 5-1. They have drawn all three against the top two in the division, they host Sutton United on the final day. Yet City have failed to beat struggling teams Havant and Waterlooville, Hayes and Yeading United and Basingstoke Town, they also lost 5-2 to Weston-Super-Mare.

Up until mid-November it looked promising for Oxford City but two wins in 15 attempts derailed the side. After last weekend’s result, City have one point in their last six league outings.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 1 / Oxford City wins: 1 / Draws 1

Current League Form 

Dartford (DWLWDW) Oxford City (LLLDLL)
Basingstoke Town H 0-0 Hemel Hempstead Town A 1-3
Maidstone United A 2-1 Whitehawk A 0-2
Truro City A 0-3 Hayes & Yeading Utd H 2-2
Maidenhead United H 2-0 Bishop’s Stortford A 0-3
Ebbsfleet United A 1-1 Truro City H 1-2
Bishop’s Stortford H 3-1 Basingstoke Town A 0-2

Last Meeting at Princes Park

1 November 2008 – Dartford 3 Oxford City 3 – view highlights – attendance: 749

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.

Previous Meetings (* – F.A Trophy)

12.12.2015 Oxford City 1 Dartford 2
04.11.2008* Oxford City 2 Dartford 4
01.11.2008* Dartford 3 Oxford City 3

Stats

Dartford last won their final home league game of the season five years ago against Dover Athletic. The Darts won 4-0 with two goals from Charlie Sheringham and one each from Tom Champion and Danny Harris.

15 – number of league goals scored at home by the Bradbrook brothers. Tom has netted eight times at Princes Park in the National South this season, one more than Elliot. The total scored by the duo account for 45% of Dartford’s league goals scored at home.

30 – points taken by the Darts at home this season, the best return since the 2012/13 campaign in the National League

1039 – the average league attendance at Princes Park this season.

2251 – highest attendance at home this term when the Darts played Ebbsfleet United on 31 August 2015

738 – lowest league attendance at Princes Park versus Havant and Waterlooville on 5 December 2015

On This Day

Dartford won eleven of their last thirteen matches on 23 March stretching back to 1964. Margate are the only team to beat the Darts when they met six years ago. Gravesend and Northfleet were lucky enough to get a draw in 1971 when the sides met in the Kent Floodlight Cup. Gateshead were the last team to be beaten by Dartford when a Ryan Hayes inspired performance earned the Darts three points in the Conference Premier. After coming on as a substitute Hayes scored two and set up Charlie Sheringham in a 3-0 win. Between 1974 and 2004, the Darts won five in a row beating Fleet Town (2004), Sittingbourne (2002), Northwich Victoria (1985), Romford (1976) and Chelmsford City (1974). Folkestone Town and Gloucester City were the other sides defeated by Dartford in 1970 and 1968 respectively.

Dartford v Basingstoke Town

Dartford hope to take full advantage of relegated Basingstoke Town this weekend in a bid to reach the National South playoffs.

The race for what looks like the remaining playoff places is tight. Just four points separate fourth place Truro City and tenth place Concord Rangers. The Darts are sitting in sixth, level on points with fifth place side Maidenhead United.

Dartford will feel confident after all but ending their local rivals title challenge. A penalty scored by Elliot Bradbrook against his former club and an excellent first goal from Nathan Ferguson gave the Darts a 2-1 win over Maidstone United. Manager, Tony Burman who had missed the last few matches through illness returned to the dugout which will give his players a lift.

His return will be hard work as the Darts boss continues to have a selection headache after goalkeeper Deren Ibrahim dislocated his shoulder. It’s likely Ibrahim will be out for the remainder of the campaign, Burman told www.kentonline.co.uk: “His shoulder’s come out and gone back in and he’s got some swelling there and some fluid which is going to make it very difficult for him”.

Luckily, Burman signed Dean Gardikiotis on deadline day but also has academy goalkeeper Tony Coxall available, he added: “Dean’s been training with us for the last three months, looking for a club, and he’s been very patient. I signed him before the deadline”, he continued: “We’ve got an academy keeper as well in Tony Coxall but he’s a young lad”.

Outfield player Lee Burns played the reminder of the match against Maidstone United in goal replacing Ibrahim as a substitute. Earlier in the game Danny Harris went off injured with a hamstring problem. Tom Bradbrook is suffering the same fate and missed the last game, Jack Simmons is recovering from an ankle injury and Callum McNaughton has a fractured metatarsal. Paul Lorraine edges ever closer to fitness after a long term injury, the defender is still waiting to make début.

Victory on Saturday put the 3-0 loss at Truro City behind them. Together with recent wins over Maidenhead United and Bishop’s Stortford, plus the draw at league leaders Ebbsfleet United, Dartford hope momentum will continue to build.

Back in December, the Darts continued their good form against Basingstoke Town with a 1-0 win in windy conditions. An Elliot Bradbrook strike made sure the Darts recorded their fourth win in a row against the Hampshire side.

The last meeting between the clubs at Princes Park was in the National South playoff semi-final. Dartford followed up a 1-0 win at the Camrose with a 2-1 victory. In the league fixture that campaign, Danny Harris scored a hat-trick in a 4-1 triumph despite turning up late after taking an accountancy exam, Tony Garrod scored the other.

Now managed by Terry Brown, Basingstoke Town have not added to the squad since his appointment. The former Margate boss feels he has enough to work with as he looks to rebuild the club’s fortune, in the Southern Premier League next season.

Having been in charge for less than a month, Brown has released two coaches along with experienced midfielder James Harper and Ryan Case. The 63 year old decided that squad rotation until the end of the season will allow him time to assess his players before the summer.

That assessment began at home to Oxford City, the last win recorded by Basingstoke Town. Since then, the Hampshire side have lost to Concord Rangers, played two fixtures against Weston-Super-Mare gaining a point and were beaten by Gosport Borough on Tuesday night. Dan Wooden, Jason Bennett and Adam Wildde scored the goals to officially send the Dragons down even though Liam Enveer-Marum and Manny Williams netted for Basingstoke Town.

Enveer-Marum has been one of two bright sparks for Basingstoke Town this term. Along with Chris Flood, the pair have scored 28 goals between them in a struggling campaign. Flood top scored for the Dragons last term whilst former Ebbsfleet United and Braintree Town striker Enveer-Marum has averaged a goal every other game for the club.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 10 / Basingstoke Town wins: 3 / Draws 4

Current League Form

Dartford (WLWDWL) Basingstoke Town (LDLLWL)
Maidstone United A 2-1 Gosport Borough A 1-3
Truro City A 0-3 Weston-Super-Mare H 2-2
Maidenhead United H 2-0 Weston-Super-Mare A 1-2
Ebbsfleet United A 1-1 Concord Rangers H 0-2
Bishop’s Stortford H 3-1 Oxford City H 2-0
Havant & Waterlooville A 0-2 Whitehawk A 0-1

Last League Meeting at Princes Park

27 February 2012 – Dartford 4 Basingstoke Town 1 – attendance 783

Goalscorers: Harris (43, 53, 81), Garrod (78); Lake (56)

Darts lineup – Louis Wells, Matthew Jones, Adam Green, Tom Bonner, Luke Wilkinson, Tom Champion, Lee Noble, Jon Wallis, Jacob Erskine, James Rogers, Danny Harris (subs used: Tony Garrod, Ryan Hayes, Richard Graham)

Previous Meetings (* – National South playoff semi-final)

12.12.2015 Basingstoke Town o Dartford 1
06.05.2012* Dartford 2 Basingstoke Town 1
02.05.2012* Basingstoke Town 0 Dartford 1
27.02.2012 Dartford 4 Basingstoke Town 1
03.09.2011 Basingstoke Town 3 Dartford 2
12.03.2011 Basingstoke Town 2 Dartford 2
01.03.2011 Dartford 1 Basingstoke Town 0

Stats

A Dartford win will beat the record of three consecutive wins against Basingstoke Town. Last time they won three in row was between 1976 and 1980

4 – Dartford have won their last four home matches against Basingstoke Town

8 – The Darts have never lost to Basingstoke Town at home in eight games, picking up 6 wins and 2 draws going back to 1975

On This Day

A total of eighteen goals have been scored in the last three Dartford games on 16 April, that’s six goals per game. Three years ago, the Darts recorded a rare victory over Forest Green Rovers in the National League on the penultimate day of the season, goals coming from Danny Harris and two from Elliot Bradbrook. Dartford played another one of their bogey teams five years ago and were easily beaten 4-1 by Boreham Wood in the National South. The Darts thrashed Tilbury 6-2 in 2005, four days after former player Paul Sykes passed away. Other notable wins include a Southern Premier League triumph over Waterlooville which ended 5-1 in 1991 and an 8-0 victory in 1969 against Hastings United, Les Burns, John Stevens and Dougie Webb all scored braces in the Southern League First Division fixture.

Maidstone United v Dartford

Dartford will need to put a dent into Maidstone United’s title hopes if they are to have playoff aspirations of their own.

The local rivals have everything to play for with just four games remaining. Tony Burman’s side are sixth whilst the Stones are five points behind top spot in third.

Assistant manager, Paul Sawyer spoke to www.kentonline.co.uk and said: “It’s a massive game and there will be a big crowd down there. Maidstone have still got a lot to play for. It’s a big derby, we enjoyed the game at Ebbsfleet last week and we’re looking forward to Saturday’s game as well”.

He continued: “We’ll go there and play our normal game. We need to make sure we don’t get carried away with the crowd, concentrate, be organised and make it hard for Maidstone. They’ve got their own pressures at the moment and we’ll enjoy it there.We’ll give it all we can and hopefully come away with three points”.

Dartford visit the Gallagher Stadium for the first time on the back of a 3-0 defeat at Truro City. The Darts slipped out the playoff places once again with a three point deficit. Tuesday’s trip to Cornwall didn’t bode well when only three substitutes were named. Truro City led by two at half time with goals from Ollie Knowles and Dan Green whilst Matty Jay scored late on.

Sawyer spoke to www.kentonline.co.uk after the game and commented: “We had a bad fifteen minutes and we’ve got to learn to deal with that a bit better”, he added: “We were encouraged by the way the boys came back second half and right up to the third goal, we were still in the game. There were a lot of positives to take from the game”.

Striker Andy Pugh didn’t travel to Truro because of illness and Jack Simmons (ankle), Tom Bradbrook (hamstring) and Callum McNaughton (fractured metatarsal) were all injured. Lee Burns and Paul Lorraine are training and trying to get fit for competitive action.

Despite dropping out the playoff places on Tuesday, the Darts will take heart from their last Kent derby against league leaders Ebbsfleet United. The 1-1 draw was sandwiched between wins against Bishop’s Stortford and Maidenhead United, the only top five side the Darts have beaten.

Maidstone United now have an outside chance of winning the National South. A loss to fellow title chasers Sutton United on Tuesday night in front of a record crowd has had a big impact on the Stones challenge.

The U’s went two up through Dan Wishart and Craig Eastmond before being reduced to ten men, Vas Karagiannis pulled a goal back for Maidstone United. Two defeats in three means Jay Saunders’ side are now outsiders. St Albans City were beaten 2-1 last weekend but the Stones suffered a damaging 3-0 loss away to Chelmsford City.

In November, the reverse fixture at Princes Park ended all square ending Dartford’s run of four successive wins against Maidstone United. Elliot Bradbrook scored a late goal against his former club after it had initially been ruled out. The Stones took the lead through Alex Flisher but it wasn’t enough to deny the Darts, who hit the woodwork three times.

If Ryan Hayes’ testimonial is a showcase for former Dartford players, then Saturday’s fixture is a mini reunion in preparation. Callum Driver, Jamie Coyle, Matt Bodkin (on loan at Leatherhead), James Rogers, Jay May and Adam Birchall have all been involved this term for the Stones having played for the Darts in the past.

Maidstone United are having a fantastic first season in the National South, as they continue to try and get the club back to where the old club was 24 years ago. Manager, Jay Saunders led the Stones to the Isthmian Premier League title last term and has continued his good work, looking like his side will at least finish in the top three.

The Stones have been consistent for all but two months of their campaign. An average August and disappointing December can be overlooked with unbeaten runs in between. A seven match winning streak also coincided with keeping six consecutive clean sheets.

Saunders has built his team around the tightness of the team’s defence, only league leaders Ebbsfleet United (and Sutton United??) have conceded fewer in the National South. In attack, the Stones have struggled with just 50 goals; around two thirds of the teams in league have scored more. So it’s no surprise on eight occasions Maidstone United have won 1-0, the most by this score line by any team in the league this term.

Current League Form

Maidstone United (LWLWWW) Dartford (LWDWLL)
Sutton United H 1-2 Truro City A 0-3
St Albans City A 2-1 Maidenhead United H 2-0
Chelmsford City A 0-3 Ebbsfleet United A 1-1
Hemel Hempstead Town H 2-1 Bishop’s Stortford H 3-1
Weston-Super-Mare H 3-1 Havant & Waterlooville A 0-2
Weston-Super-Mare H 2-1 Maidenhead United A 1-2

Last Away Meeting (at Homelands Stadium, Ashford)

7 March 2010 – Maidstone United 0 Dartford 1 – view highlights

It took ten minutes for Dartford to get their noses in front when Ryan Hayes crossed for Lee Burns to score. In difficult conditions where the pitch was sandy and the ball bobbling about, the Darts held on to the slender lead to take all three points.

Previous Meetings

14.11.2015 Dartford 1 Maidstone United 1
20.03.2010 Dartford 3 Maidstone United 0
09.03.2010 Maidstone United 0 Dartford 1
31.01.2009 Dartford 1 Maidstone United 0
23.09.2008 Maidstone United 1 Dartford 2
03.03.2007 Maidstone United 4 Dartford 1
25.09.2006 Dartford 2 Maidstone United 1

Stats
3 – points Dartford have taken from sides above them in the National South, three draws and three defeats. Truro City and Maidstone United are the last of the two the Darts face until the end of the season.

8 – the number of promotions achieved by Dartford and Truro City over the last ten years. The Darts have been promoted three times whilst Truro City five times, both sides have suffered relegation once.

46 – the Darts have conceded 46 times this season and on a per game basis only the top three Ebbsfleet United, Maidstone United and Sutton United have a tighter defence. Truro City have let in 42 but have played four less games.

Only Maidstone United (2.06) and Maidenhead United (2.00) have a better points per game ratio at home than Truro City (1.88).

In Kent derbies this season Dartford have taken six points and a win over Maidstone United will give them the second best record.

 

P

W

D

L

F

A

GD

Pts

Ebbsfleet United

6

3

1

2

7

4

+3

10

Maidstone United

5

2

1

2

4

5

-1

7

Dartford

5

1

3

1

5

4

+1

6

Margate

6

2

1

3

5

8

-3

7

 

On This Day
The last two National South fixtures 9 April have resulted in Dartford wins. Bromley were beaten at Hayes Lane 2-1 four years ago with goals from Danny Harris and Luke Wilkinson just four minutes apart. In 2011, the Darts defeated Woking 3-2 at Princes Park in an entertaining tussle. Elliot Bradbrook, Charlie Sheringham and Jack Pallen scored three goals inside four minutes. The last Dartford match on this day was a 2-1 loss at home to Grimsby Town in the National League, Jack Evans scored for the Darts.

Truro City v Dartford

Dartford could climb to fourth in the National League South if they beat Tuesday’s opponents Truro City.

Tony Burman’s side occupy the final playoff spot, with Truro City level on points in fourth place. The Cornwall club have four games in hand and face a fixture backlog this month.

The Darts have turned around their form with seven points from the last three games. The Easter period has got the club’s playoff bid back on track after previously losing four in a row. A comfortable home win against Bishop’s Stortford was followed up by a creditable draw with league leaders and local rivals Ebbsfleet United.

On Saturday, Dartford’s win over fellow playoff chasers leapfrogged them over their opponents Maidenhead United. Two first half goals from Danny Harris and Elliot Bradbrook in the space of six minutes clinched victory. Harris scored just after the half hour mark with a well taken curling effort which finished in the top corner. Andy Pugh won a penalty which Elliot Bradbrook netted, the skipper scoring on his return from a three match ban.

Paul Sawyer took charge in the dugout in the absence of manager Tony Burman, who has missed the last two matches in the dugout through illness. Jack Simmons was missing after turning his ankle in training, Callum McNaughton is out with a fractured metatarsal. Tom Bradbrook was substituted early on against Maidenhead United after pulling up sharply, he was replaced by the returning Pugh. Paul Lorraine is yet to feature since signing for the Darts, the defender is making good progress to get fit. Lee Burns was also named in the squad on the weekend after recovering from a groin strain.

Truro City are eighteen points behind third place Sutton United, but another postponement on the weekend has left them with nine fixtures to cram in by the end of the month.

Since September, Truro City have been one of the most consistent teams in the National South. The first month of the season yielded just five points from a possible 21 and included a 6-0 hammering at home to Oxford City. The defeat had been a wakeup call as the White Tigers went on to lose just once over the next twenty two games. Their last four National South matches have resulted in a win, a draw and two defeats.

The Darts have yet to beat Truro City in all three attempts since their first meeting in 2011. However, Dartford did record their best result against the Cornwall club at Treyew Road, on the final day of the 2011/12 season.

With a playoff place and runners up spot secured, Dartford travelled to the West Country and returned with a 1-1 draw. All the action happened in the final three minutes when veteran striker Barry Hayles gave the home side the lead and in injury time Jacob Erskine levelled for the Darts. The two encounters at Princes Park ended in Truro City wins, most recently in September when the White Tigers won the match with an Isaac Vassell goal three minutes from time.

Head to Head
Truro City wins: 2 / Dartford wins: 0 / Draws 1

Current League Form

Truro City (LDWLWW) Dartford (WDWLLL)
Sutton United H 0-2 Maidenhead United H 2-0
Maidenhead United A 0-0 Ebbsfleet United A 1-1
Bath City H 3-1 Bishop’s Stortford H 3-1
Hemel Hempstead Town A 1-2 Havant & Waterlooville A 0-2
Chelmsford City H 1-0 Maidenhead United A 1-2
Bishop’s Stortford A 3-0 Whitehawk H 2-4

Last Meeting at Treyew Road

28 April 2012 – Truro City 1 Dartford 1 – attendance 751
Goalscorers: Hayles (87), Erskine (90)

The Darts lineup: Louis Wells, Lee Burns, Adam Green, Tom Bonner, Luke Wilkinson, Tom Champion, Lee Noble, James Rogers, Jacob Erskine, Elliot Bradbrook, Danny Harris (Subs used: Richard Graham, Ryan Hayes, Tony Garrod)

Previous Meetings

19.09.2015 Dartford 0 Truro City 1
28.04.2012 Truro City 1 Dartford 1
22.10.2011 Dartford 1 Truro City 2

Stats
3 – points Dartford have taken from sides above them in the National South, three draws and three defeats. Truro City and Maidstone United are the last of the two the Darts face until the end of the season.

8 – the number of promotions achieved by Dartford and Truro City over the last ten years. The Darts have been promoted three times whilst Truro City five times, both sides have suffered relegation once.

46 – the Darts have conceded 46 times this season and on a per game basis only the top three Ebbsfleet United, Maidstone United and Sutton United have a tighter defence. Truro City have let in 42 but have played four less games.

Only Maidstone United (2.06) and Maidenhead United (2.00) have a better points per game ratio at home than Truro City (1.88).

On This Day
Dartford have won just once in nine attempts on 5 April since reforming. In fact, they had to wait 34 years between a 1-0 Southern Premier League win over Wimbledon in 1977 and a 3-0 victory against Ramsgate, in the Kent Senior Cup semi-final five years ago. In between those years, the Darts drew four and lost six with the most important point earned eight years ago at Potters Bar Town. Battling for the Isthmian Division One North, captain Alex O’Brien saved the match and completed a comeback from two down, Jay May scored the other to keep the Darts marginally ahead of AFC Sudbury at the top of the table.

Dartford v Maidenhead United

Dartford could climb above Maidenhead United this weekend with a victory against them at Princes Park.

The Darts are three points behind the side that beat them just under three weeks ago and have the same goal difference.

Tony Burman’s side can approach Saturday’s game with confidence after taking four points over Easter. A 3-1 win against Bishop’s Stortford was followed up with a credible 1-1 draw with league leaders Ebbsfleet United.

Dartford had to come from behind against their local rivals on Easter Monday to earn a point. Former Darts striker, Matthew Godden put Fleet in front with an angled shot past Deren Ibrahim. Early in the second half, Ryan Hayes scored from his own rebound versus the team his testimonial will be against in July.

The Darts have started their last three games without captain Elliot Bradbrook, the midfielder returns from suspension. Burman has started the last two matches with loanee Nathan Ferguson in the middle but defender Paul Lorraine is still waiting for his debut. Lee Noble and Barry Cogan looked to have recovered from injuries having featured over Easter. Top scorer, Andy Pugh has been out with a groin issue since the 2-0 defeat at Havant and Waterlooville.

It was long ago since the two sides met at York Road with the hosts running out 2-1 winners. Ryan Upward volleyed Maidenhead United ahead from the edge of the box. Dartford hit back when Hayes crossed over to Elliot Bradbrook to header the equaliser. The Magpies grabbed a winner when Ben Wright scored directly from a free kick.

Maidenhead United are on a five game unbeaten run and have lost just once in their last nine. Their current form has propelled them back into the playoff places even though they slipped to fifteenth towards the end of February after a ten game winless streak.

Over Easter, the Magpies took maximum points beating their tenants 5-2 on Monday. Maidenhead United had five different scorers and were 3-0 up at half time thanks to goals from Mark Nisbet, Dave Tarpey and Upward. Hayes and Yeading United pulled the game back to 3-2 when experienced players James Harper and Darren Purse gave the Magpies a scare. In the final minutes, Jake Reid and James Mulley sealed the win for Maidenhead United.

Good Friday saw Alan Devonshire’s team defeat Bath City 3-1. Mulley was on the score sheet twice scoring the first and last goals. Although Bath City equalised a minute into the second half, Harry Pritchard put the Magpies ahead before Mulley secured victory.

The Berkshire club’s only other game after beating Dartford was a 0-0 draw with Truro City, who sits a place above Maidenhead United in the National South.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 6 / Maidenhead United wins: 2 / Draws 3

Current League Form

Dartford (DWLLLL) Maidenhead United  (WWDWLD)
Ebbsfleet United  A  1-1 Hayes & Yeading Utd  A  5-2
Bishop’s Stortford  H  3-1 Bath City  H  3-1
Havant & Waterlooville  A  0-2 Truro City  H  0-0
Maidenhead United  A  1-2 Dartford  H  2-1
Whitehawk  H  2-4 Chelmsford City  A  1-4
Weston-Super-Mare  A  1-2 Ebbsfleet United  H  0-0

Last Meeting at Princes Park

31 March 2012 – Dartford 2 Maidenhead United 1 – attendance 1069

Goalscorers: Erskine (56), Wilkinson (62); Semakula (63)

Darts lineup – Louis Wells, Lee Burns, Adam Green, Tom Bonner, Luke Wilkinson, Tom Champion, Lee Noble, James Rogers, Jacob Erskine, Elliot Bradbrook, Danny Harris (sub used: Tony Garrod)

Previous Meetings

15.03.2016 Maidenhead United 2 Dartford 1
31.03.2012 Dartford 2 Maidenhead United 1
13.03.2012 Maidenhead United 1 Dartford 1
30.04.2011 Maidenhead United 2 Dartford 3
05.03.2011 Dartford 3 Maidenhead United 0
11.01.1900 Maidenhead 1 Dartford 1
11.10.1899 Dartford 4 Maidenhead 0
16.03.1898 Dartford 6 Maidenhead 1
06.11.1897 Maidenhead 2 Dartford 1
06.03.1897 Maidenhead 0 Dartford 0
13.02.1897 Dartford 6 Maidenhead 0

On This Day

Dartford have won their last four matches on 2 April most recently five years ago. The Darts beat St Albans City 2-1 with Lee Burns scoring a bizarre long range header and Jack Pallen netting the other. Barton Rovers were comprehensively defeated 4-0 eleven years ago in the Southern League East and in 2003, Rothwell Town were beaten 1-0. Cray Wanderers were the first team to play Dartford on 2 April since reforming, the 1994 Kent League meeting ended 2-1 to Dartford.