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Hampton & Richmond Borough v Dartford

Dartford go for a third consecutive win this Bank Holiday Monday when they travel to Isthmian Premier champions Hampton and Richmond Borough.

The Darts who won their first game of the season last weekend doubled their win tally on Saturday thanks to an unlikely source. With time running out at Princes Park against another newly promoted side Hungerford Town, goalkeeper Deren Ibrahim took a free kick inside his own half which found the back of the net. Alex Brown extended the Dartford lead when he too scored his first goal for the club.

Tony Burman had to wait until the fifth match of the campaign to notch the maiden win when they beat Weston-super-Mare last weekend. The squad is now taking shape after a spate of injuries and suspensions and with only one defeat this season the Darts are looking a more solid outfit.

Tom Bonner will return from his suspension whilst Keaton Wood served his and played in the victory over Hungerford Town. Striker, Duane Ofori-Acheampong and midfielder Lee Noble are getting minutes under their belts whilst skipper Elliot Bradbrook and forward Andy Pugh made appearances off the bench as part of their full recovery.

Hampton and Richmond Borough won the Isthmian Premier League title last term on the final day of the season. A 95 point haul and 105 goals saw them worthy winners and earned them a return to the National South, after four years away.

The Beavers have made their best league start in four years opening with victories over Bishop’s Stortford and Easrbourne Borough. Although Alan Dowson’s side lost the first home game since September last year when they were beaten by East Thurrock United, the Middlesex club have since gone three games unbeaten. A couple of 4-2 wins over Margate and Wealdstone sandwiched a 2-2 draw with Truro City.

League top scorers with 15 so far this campaign, Hampton and Richmond Borough have shipped in nine. Jamal Lowe is the striker in form with six goals in his last five appearances, leaving him joint second in the National South goalscoring charts. Manager Dowson highlighted the defensive frailties prior the Wealdstone match branding some of the goal conceded this term as sloppy.

Former Dartford midfielder Nathan Collier rejoined the Beavers this summer after a spell with Eastbourne Borough. He signed for the Darts in May 2012 from Hampton and Richmond Borough making over a hundred appearances scoring six goals under Tony Burman.

Dartford’s last trip to the Beveree ended in a 3-1 victory despite finding themselves a goal down. Elliot Bradbrook equalised after James Simmonds had the Middlesex club in front. Bradbrook then netted a stunning volley to put the Darts ahead and Jacob Erskine scored the third, against his former club. Tony Burman guided Dartford to a league double over the Beavers that season.

At the end of that 2011/12 campaign Dartford were promoted via the playoffs whilst Hampton and Richmond were relegated to the Isthmian Premier.

Current League Form (last six games)

Hampton & Richmond Borough (WDWLWW) Dartford (WWDDLD)
Wealdstone A 4-2 Hungerford Town H 2-0
Truro City H 2-2 Weston-super-Mare A 2-1
Margate A 4-2 Gosport Borough H 0-0
East Thurrock United H 1-2 Chelmsford City A 1-1
Eastbourne Borough H 3-1 Whitehawk A 0-1
Bishop’s Stortford A 1-0 Wealdstone H 2-2

Head to Head

Hampton and Richmond Borough wins: 3 / Dartford wins: 3 /  Draws: 0

Previous Meetings 

21.01.2012 Hampton & Richmond Borough 1 Dartford 3
20.08.2011 Dartford 2 Hampton & Richmond Borough 1
19.02.2011 Dartford 0 Hampton & Richmond Borough 4
17.08.2010 Hampton & Richmond Borough 1 Dartford 0
27.09.2008 Dartford 0 Hampton & Richmond Borough 1
19.09.1970 Hampton 0 Dartford 1

Stats

The only league meetings between the two sides were in Dartford’s last spell in the National South. Both teams completed doubles most recently the Darts in 2011/12, whilst the Beavers achieved the same feat the season before. They have also met twice in the F.A Cup and share a win each

Five players took part in the last trip to the Beveree in January 2012, Tom Bonner, Lee Noble, Elliot Bradbrook and Danny Harris all started, Ryan Hayes made a substitute appearance.

Elliot Bradbrook has scored three in his last two appearances against Hampton and Richmond Borough.

Goalkeeper, Deren Ibrahim has scored this season before any of Dartford’s strikers and is the only non midfielder to have netted for the club this term.

On This Day

Unbeaten in their last three on 29 August, Dartford won 2-0 against Margate a year ago. Lee Noble scored after half an hour, Lee Burns was sent off in the second half and Elliot Bradbrook secured the points. Five years ago the Darts christened their new scoreboard by celebrating a 3-1 home victory over Bromley. Elliot Bradbrook’s goal was the first one registered after six minutes but was cancelled out with twenty five minutes to go. Charlie Sheringham scored a spot kick and Danny Harris bundled in a third to keep Dartford unbeaten in six at the time. In the Isthmian Premier League back in 2009, Dartford earned a home draw with Wealdstone. The Stones took the lead but Lee Burns levelled the scores as it stayed 1-1. The last defeat on this day came sixteen years ago when Newport Isle of Wight won 2-0 in the Southern Division One Eastern Division.

Dartford v Hungerford Town

Dartford may be unbeaten at home so far this season but they are yet to win, this weekend they host newly promoted Hungerford Town.

Two draws at Princes Park against Wealdstone and Gosport Borough leave the Darts searching for their maiden home win of the campaign. Last weekend, Tony Burman finally witnessed his side clinch a first league victory, away to table toppers Weston-Super-Mare.

Injuries and suspensions have affected the squad, so the return of striker Duane Ofori-Acheampong on Saturday was much needed. Andy Pugh was still side lined but fellow striker Ben Francis made the bench.

Keaton Wood will return after serving his one match ban but it will be Tom Bonner’s turn to sit out, after his red card in Dartford’s last home match against Gosport Borough. Danny Harris could start at right back again, continuing to show his versatility and Elliot Bradbrook could return.

Luke Wanadio is fast becoming the one to watch for the Darts. The tricky winger scored his second of the season at Weston-Super-Mare in the 2-1 triumph. His excellent strike from long range was added to by Ryan Hayes, who scored the winner after some good work by Ofori-Acheampong.

Burman was delighted with his players, he told www.dartfordfc.com: “Once again I think the players have performed very well, at half time we felt we needed to up the tempo of the game which I think we did and on the counter attack Luke has hit a great shot into the top corner to give us a deserved lead. I thought the penalty decision was very harsh and for the players to come back and get all 3 points it was a credit to them”.

It will be the first time Dartford and Hungerford Town meet and last season’s Southern Premier playoff winners have not been daunted by the National South.

The Crusaders won 1-0 in their first match against East Thurrock United, fellow playoff winners of the Isthmian Premier. A second victory in a few days moved the Berkshire club top of the table when Oxford City were beaten 2-0.

Confidence and clean sheets helped Hungerford Town as they prepared themselves for league favourites Ebbsfleet United. Although a third clean sheet didn’t materialise they held last season’s National South runners up to a 1-1 draw. The good form continued when Bishop’s Stortford were defeated 2-1 with the Crusaders coming from behind to win.

Last weekend, the Berkshire club tasted defeat for the first time in a 2-0 reverse against Eastbourne Borough. A commendable start from Bobby Wilkinson’s side leaves them in fourth spot and including last term they have won ten and drawn two of their last dozen games.

Current League Form (last five games)

Dartford (DLDDW) Hungerford Town (WWDWL)
Wealdstone H 2-2 East Thurrock United A 1-0
Whitehawk A 0-1 Oxford City H 2-0
Chelmsford City A 1-1 Ebbsfleet United H 1-1
Gosport Borough H 0-0 Bishop’s Stortford A 2-1
Weston-Super-Mare A 2-1 Eastbourne Borough H 0-2

Stats

All five of Dartford’s goals this season have come from midfielders. Luke Wanadio and Ryan Hayes have scored twice to add to Elliot Bradbrook’s strike on the opening day. Each goal has given the Darts the lead and on four occasions the opposition have equalised.

After the second league game of the campaign, Hungerford Town reached their highest ever league position when they topped the table.

The Crusaders are unbeaten away in the league since February. Including the playoffs they have won six and drawn one on their travels since their last defeat.

On This Day

Evenly poised at 1-1 Nathan Collier took a chance and scored the winner over Cambridge United. The Darts recorded a famous 2-1 victory away to Cambridge United against the odds. Danny Harris scored the opener that day which was cancelled out by James Jennings. Unbeaten in their last four matches on 27 August, Dartford have won three of those and drawn once.  The Darts have recorded a pair of 4-0 victories beating local rivals Erith and Belvedere at home in 2001 and six years later Aveley at Princes Park. Jay May scored a hat-trick and Brendon Cass netted the other on their way to beating Aveley. A third clean sheet in a row on this day was achieved at Chelmsford City five years ago. The last defeat came in 1994 when Deal Town won 2-0 in the Kent League.

Weston-Super-Mare v Dartford

Dartford’s search for their first league win of the season takes them to unbeaten table toppers Weston-Super-Mare on Saturday.

The Darts have had a challenging opening to their campaign with six injuries, two red cards and just three points taken. Without victory, Dartford have managed draws at home to Wealdstone, Gosport Borough and away to Chelmsford City.

Tony Burman remains upbeat ahead of their fifth game against Weston-Super-Mare and feels victory is just around the corner, he told www.kentonline.co.uk: “I’ve never known anything like it. We’re all disappointed with our points tally because it could so easily have been a lot more, but I’m not disappointed at all with the effort and the way the team is shaping up, in respect of what we’ve had to do and what’s happened to us”.

Elliot Bradbrook is the only definite player unavailable through injury whilst Keaton Wood is suspended. Striking pair, Andy Pugh and Duane Ofori-Acheampong will have to prove their fitness and Ronnie Vint could take part with a protective cast on his wrist. Lee Noble has been managing agroin injury and has featured more than expected this term.

Dartford last visited the Woodspring Stadium in March and were involved in a feisty affair with the Somerset club. For only the second time, the Darts lost to their opponents going down 2-1 and ending with ten men. Elliot Bradbrook was dismissed after a mass brawl on a tense afternoon. The Seagulls were two goals up before George Sykes netted a consolation.

Weston-Super-Mare grew in confidence last term having been relegation candidates in November. A run of five wins from their last seven fixtures made sure of a sixteenth place finish. The Seagulls’ form has continued into this campaign with three straight victories before Tuesday night’s 0-0 draw with Southern Premier League champions Poole Town.

Leading the National South on goal difference, Ryan Northmore’s side defeated Whitehawk 3-1 on the opening day followed by two away triumphs. Bath City were beaten 2-1 and Welling United 2-0 as the Seagulls set the early season pace.

Shawn McCoulsky has scored four for Weston-Super-Mare so far with only two players netting more in this campaign. The South Londoner was plucked from Dulwich Hamlet when he signed for Bristol City and now he is on loan in the West Country.

The Darts will hope to repeat their opening day victory at the Woodspring Stadium five years ago. Tom Bonner was amongst the scoring that day along with Elliot Bradbrook and a brace from Charlie Sheringham.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 4 / Weston-Super-Mare wins: 2 /  Draws: 4

Previous Meetings 

05.03.2016 Weston-Super-Mare 2 Dartford 1
13.09.2015 Dartford 2 Weston-Super-Mare 1
12.11.2011 Dartford 1 Weston-Super-Mare 1
13.08.2011 Weston-Super-Mare 0 Dartford 4
08.02.2011 Weston-Super-Mare 0 Dartford 1
04.09.2010 Dartford 4 Weston-Super-Mare 1

Dartford have kept three clean sheets in five visits to the Woodspring Stadium.

The Darts have lost their first and last meetings away to Weston-Super-Mare, the only defeats against the Somerset club.

Elliot Bradbrook, Ryan Hayes and Luke Wanadio are the only goalscorers for Dartford this term, all midfielders.

Weston-Super-Mare has the joint best defence from the opening four games conceding two goals.

Ten points from twelve is the Seagulls best league start for twelve years. In 2004, Weston-Super-Mare drew their opener then won three in a row.

On This Day

Dartford have won their last three fixtures on 20 August, the most recent being four years ago at home to Hampton and Richmond Borough. A 2-1 win put the Darts top of the National South thanks to a Charlie Sheringham penalty and header by Elliot Bradbrook. In the Southern League Division One East, Dartford beat Stamford Town 2-1 in 2005 and Burgess Hill Town 1-0 in 2003.

Dartford v Gosport Borough

Dartford search for their first win of their National South campaign when they host Gosport Borough on Tuesday night.

The Darts will hope to reverse the 3-2 scoreline from last season against the Hampshire club. Borough inflicted a first home defeat last term with Justin Bennett opening the scoring from the spot. Bennett double his tally for the afternoon in the second half before Elliot Bradbrook pulled a goal back. Gosport Borough restored their two goal lead through Lee Wort meaning Tom Bradbrook’s last minute header was merely a consolation.

Already Tony Burman has selection problems with Elliot Bradbrook out after damaging ligaments in the opening day draw with Wealdstone. Ronnie Vint was taken off with concussion in the 1-0 defeat at Whitehawk and after the game it was revealed he broke a bone in his hand. Andy Pugh has been struggling for fitness whilst Lee Noble’s groin injury is being managed by the club. Duane Ofori-Acheampong picked up a hamstring injury but he could feature along with Noble. Keaton Wood is suspended for his red card at Whitehawk for a second caution.

The Darts have picked up just two points this term, but can be encouraged by the way they played after being a man light and a goal down at Whitehawk. On Saturday Dartford took the lead at Chelmsford City only to come away with a draw. Luke Wandio scored his first for the club when he headed goalwards, Shaun Jeffers equalised for the Clarets.

Burman spoke to www.dartfordfc.com after the match, he said: “Before the game, if someone had offered us a point with the situation we’re in at the moment, I’d have been happy”.

 

Dartford finished just one place above Gosport Borough last season with a three point margin. Whilst the Darts slowly made their way into the playoff hunt, the Borough started the campaign brightly before slipping away from February.

Alex Pike’s job got slightly harder this summer when star striker Justin Bennett left for Wiltshire side Salisbury City. The task over the break for Pike was to find his replacement. Warren Bentley was finally captured by the Borough boss from Winchester City, Chris Flood signed from relegated Basingstoke Town and Ben Wright from Maidenhead United. Defensively, the Borough looked West with the signings of former Torquay United players Martin Rice and Aaron Dawson from Truro City.

The Borough took their end of season form from last term into the new campaign. After the opening day defeat at Wright’s former club, Pike was less than impressed by his side’s performance. Since then the Hampshire outfit have taken on Truro City and Eastbourne Borough at home, winning both games.

Pike’s side won both games 3-1 with new signing Warren Bentley scoring five of the six goals. Two against Truro City was followed by a hat trick at Eastbourne Borough to fire Gosport Borough into sixth place.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 10 / Gosport Borough wins: 5 / Draws: 3

Previous Six Meetings

23.02.2016 Gosport Borough 1 Dartford 3
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

Stats

There has been 22 goals scored between Dartford and Gosport Borough over their last five meetings. In that time Dartford recorded their biggest victory against Borough winning 5-1 in 1989 at Watling Street.

Gosport Borough’s win at Princes Park last season was their only away victory against a side who finished above them in 2015/16.

The Hampshire side’s away win last term was the first at Dartford for 35 years. The Darts put a run of five home wins and a draw in between the two defeats.

On This Day

Dartford last played on 16 August in 2014 when they lost 1-0 away to Kidderminster Harriers, Kyle Storer scoring the winner in the National League fixture. Three years earlier, Charlie Sheringham and Adam Green gave the Darts a 2-1 victory over Eastbourne Borough in the first home game of the National South campaign. On the opening day of the 2008/09 Tony Burman received a wake up call to life in the Isthmian Premier. Newly promoted, Dartford went down 3-0 at Hendon. The last home defeat on this day was sixteen years ago against Bashley but two years later the Darts beat Great Wakering Rovers 3-2, both matches in the Southern Division One East. The only other two games since reforming on 16 August ended all level against Weston-Super-Mare (0-0 in 1997) and Beckenham Town (1-1 in 1995).

Chelmsford City v Dartford

A first win of the season has eluded Dartford so far, so they continue their search when they travel to Chelmsford City this weekend.

The Darts have found the Essex club a tricky side over recent years, however they managed to win at the Melbourne Stadium last time out on Boxing Day. A long ball from goalkeeper Deren Ibrahim found Andy Pugh for a well taken winning goal.

Tony Burman will be missing captain Elliot Bradbrook who was stretchered off in the opening 2-2 draw with Wealdstone. The Darts failed to hold on to a lead twice conceding deep into injury time.

On Wednesday night, Burman’s side travelled to Whitehawk and were involved in a frustrating fixture. Tom Wynter was punished early on when his handball led to a Hawks penalty scored by Ahmed Abdulla. In a scrappy match Keaton Wood was dismissed for two bookable offences leaving Dartford with ten men. The stop start nature of the game continued in the second half as the Hawks ran out 1-0 winners and a total of ten yellow cards were shown.

Duane Ofori-Acheampong made his first start in a Dartford shirt but was replaced by Pugh at half time, both strikers are still working at getting fully fit, although Ofori-Acheampong suffered a hamstring strain. Ronnie Vint was another to have been substituted at half time but with concussion and a broken bone in his wrist.  The absence of Bradbrook meant that central defender Tom Bonner was given the captain’s armband.

Burman spoke to www.dartford.com after the match and said: ““Obviously its bad news for us with both Ronnie and Duane suffering injuries in the first half. Added to the injury of Elliot Bradbrook from Saturday, it’s obviously a major blow to the squad”.

Despite one point from the opening six the Darts manager remains positive, he commented: “I felt the players performed well throughout, and I also thought the players deserve a lot of credit for the way that they played”, he added: “Points wise it’s a disappointing start, but there was a hell of a lot of positives to take out of the game form my team’s point of view”.

Now under the leadership of Rod Stringer, Chelmsford City have taken four points from their opening two fixtures. The Clarets had a strong pre-season and new boss Stringer spent the summer shaping his squad. Two familiar faces to the Darts, Max Cornhill and Luke Daley started in their 2-2 draw with Truro City.

Chelmsford City were far than impressive as they found themselves two goals down. Cody Cooke scored for the White Tigers after just five minutes and Shane White but the Cornwall club in command. After the break, the Clarets responded and put plenty of pressure on Truro City. Former Welling United and Lincoln City central defender Chris Bush forced Chelmsford City back in the game and in the final minute Shamir Mullings rescued a point.

On Monday night, Chelmsford City netted two yet again but this time kept a clean sheet against Margate in a 2-0 win. Shamir Mullings was on the score sheet again, scoring the second of the night, however the first goal by Shaun Jeffers was a stylish scissorkick.

Also amongst the ranks, the Essex club signed Robbie Willmott from Ebbsfleet United, the winger has plenty of experience in leagues above with Cambridge United, Luton Town and Newport County. Billy Bricknell, so often a thorn in Dartford’s side and the Clarets top scorer last term has taken over as captain from the departed Mark Hughes. The midfielder started the draw at Truro City but only played half an hour against Margatge picking up an injury.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 35 / Chelmsford City wins: 50 / Draws: 89

Previous Meetings

02.01.2016 Dartford 1 Chelmsford City 1
26.12.2015 Chelmsford City 0 Dartford 1
07.04.2012 Dartford 0 Chelmsford City 0
27.08.2011 Chelmsford City 0 Dartford 0
03.01.2011 Dartford 1 Chelmsford City 2
30.08.2010 Chelmsford City 2 Dartford 0

Dartford’s last visit to Melbourne Stadium ended with their first win over Chelmsford City in twelve attempts, ending a 15 year wait.

The Clarets have kept five clean sheets in their last six home games against the Darts. The only goal conceded was in last season’s 1-0 defeat.

On This Day

The Darts lost their last match 3-0 on 13 August to Aldershot Town in the National League in 2013. Since reforming, Dartford had a perfect record on 13 August until defeat at the Shots. Whitstable Town (3-1 in 1994), Arlesey Town (1-0 in 2005) and Weston-Super-Mare (4-0 in 2011) were all beaten. The win at Weston-Super-Mare is Dartford’s only opening day triumph in the last four years.

Whitehawk v Dartford

Looking for a first win of the season, The Darts play their opening away game of the campaign against Whitehawk on Wednesday night.

Dartford faced the Hawks three times last season and both teams got the upper hand away from home, with the Darts winning at the Enclosed Ground back in December. Andy Pugh’s first half strike turned out to be the winner, however the striker did miss this season’s opener through injury.

The Darts opened their National South campaign on Saturday with an agonising 2-2 draw against Wealdstone. With Pugh ruled out with a calf injury, Tony Burman choose winger Danny Harris to lead the line on his own. Alex Brown and Luke Wanadio made their first starts for the club whilst Duane Ofori-Acheampong made an appearance from off the bench.

Elliot Bradbrook’s afternoon was mixed when the captain put the Darts in front after good wing play from Ryan Hayes and Luke Wanadio. Bradbrook was later stretchered off resulting in seven minutes added on at the end of the match. Wealdstone equalised early in the second half when a counter attack was finished off by Elliot Benyon at the far post. After Dartford’s skipper was taken off, his replacement Lee Noble won a penalty which Ryan Hayes scored. Deep into injury time the Stones grabbed a point when Eddie Oshodi headed a corner into the top corner.

Away form for the Darts last season was mixed with a lack of goals at either end. Whilst the defence was tight the side lacked goals in attack. Burman will hope new striker Ofori-Acheampong’s fitness reaches the expected levels required to start, especially with Pugh feeling the strain in training prior the start of the season.

Whitehawk’s new boss Pablo Asensio has used his South American influence and contacts to build virtually a new squad. The Hawks line up this season with an international look including six Brazilians, four English, three Spanish, two French, two Argentinean, an Albanian and a Saudi Arabian player.

Danny Mills remains the main man in front of goal, top scoring for the Hawks last term with 23 goals. Sergio Torres was the only other player retained whilst Marvin Hamilton, who made one substitute appearance for the Darts re-signed for the Hawks as did Ahmed Abdulla. Former Ebbsfleet United midfielder Michael West turned his loan into a permanent deal. The only other player to be familiar with football on these shores is Duncan Culley, the striker was part of Hampton and Richmond Borough’s title winning squad last season in the Isthmian Premier.

The Sussex club opened their National South campaign with a defeat at Weston-Super-Mare. The Hawk’s universal squad suffered a 3-1 reverse after taking the lead. Jason Pope put past his own goalkeeper in the sixteenth minute but the Seagulls recovered with a Jake Mawford goal on half-time. Hamilton became the second player to score an own goal before Shawn McClousky sealed the three points for Weston-Super-Mare.

Rising through the non league pyramid over a six year period, Whitehawk are amongst the favourites to push for promotion after finishing their last two campaigns in the playoffs. The Hawks have reached the final losing to Boreham Wood in extra time and last term lost to Ebbsfleet United on penalties in the semi-final.

STATS

Head to Head

Whitehawk wins: 2 / Dartford wins: 2 / Draws: 0

Previous Meetings

12.03.2016 Dartford 2 Whitehawk 4
19.12.2015 Whitehawk 0 Dartford 1
28.11.2015 Dartford 1 Whitehawk 2
04.09.1982 Dartford 5 Whitehawk 2

Dartford have won one of their last six first away games of the season (Won 1 Drew 1 Lost 4)

The Darts had the fifth best away defence last term but fifth worst attack

Whitehawk were the second highest scorers last season behind champions Sutton United

The Hawks have won one of their last five first home games (Won 1 Drew 1 Lost 3)

On This Day

Dartford opened their National League campaign three years ago with a 1-0 victory over Alfreton Town. Adam Birchall joined the Darts with so much promise netting on his debut from a tight angle. Before the win in 2013, Dartford last played on 10 August back in 1968 recording a 5-1 triumph over Corby Town in the Southern League First Division.

Dartford v Wealdstone

Dartford’s preparations will be put to the test when they start their National South campaign this weekend against Wealdstone.

The Darts have found the Stones a difficult prospect over the years with the last victory against them coming twenty five years ago. Last term Wealdstone completed the double over Tony Burman’s side in a set of 2-1 wins.

At Princes Park back in January, the Stones came from a goal down to go home with all three points. Dartford, on the back of an unbeaten home run spanning just over four months let a lead slip in the final fifteen minutes.

Andy Pugh neatly finished a cross from Ryan Hayes early in the second half to put Dartford ahead. Late goals from veterans Scott McGleish and Jefferson Louis inflicted defeat on the Darts.

Since a 4-1 home victory back in 1991, five consecutive draws have been played out followed by three straight Dartford losses. The first of those defeats came in a F.A Trophy replay over four years ago, the Stones caused an upset knocking the Darts out at the third round stage.

This weekend could see summer signing Alex Brown make his debut having joined from Leatherhead. The midfielder was part of two promotions with Maidstone United where he made 139 appearances. Brown believes his new side should make the playoffs this season.

Keaton Wood and Tom Bonner return to Princes Park wearing the white shirt. Wood made his loan from last term into a permanent deal whilst Bonner is back for the Darts after spells with Cambridge United, Dover Athletic and Ebbsfleet United. Bonner was integral to the Dartford squad who won promotion in 2012 and played over 100 times for the club in his previous spell.

Bringing pace to the squad will be Ellis Brown and Luke Wanadio who impressed Tony Burman over pre-season. Ellis Brown played for Tonbridge Angels and gained experience with Charlton Athletic and Southend United. Wanadio can play on both wings and spent time with Welling United last term.

Burman’s search for a striker finally ended earlier in the week when he signed Duane-Ofori Acheampong. The 23 year old is likely play the role of a target man and has previously played for Southend United, Torquay United and Dover Athletic.

Wealdstone finished last season in thirteenth, recording the most draws in the division. Experienced boss Gordon Bartlett has been in charge at Grosvenor Vale for 21 years, even outstaying Tony Burman at Princes Park.

Over the summer Bartlett refreshed his squad with the signings of strikers Sahr Kabba from Welling United and Elliot Benyon from Hayes and Yeading United. Danny Green and David Hunt moved from Margate, whilst ex Hemel Hempstead Town midfielder Ricky Wellard and St Albans City defender Eddie Oshodi have also been added to the squad. Dylan Williams joins the Stones on loan from Cambridge United until the New Year.

The Middlesex club also announced changes off the field with new Chairman Peter Marsden being appointed. The Wealdstone supporter held the same position at Accrington Stanley for the past four years. Veteran striker Scott McGleish replaced Leo Morris as Assistant Manager to work alongside Bartlett.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 11 / Wealdstone wins: 13 / Draws: 11

Previous Six Meetings

26.01.2016 Dartford 1 Wealdstone 2
03.10.2015 Wealdstone 2 Dartford 1
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

Dartford have lost three of their last four opening games of the season

Wealdstone have won one of their last eight opening games