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Dartford v Oxford City

Dartford host their first game for just over a month when they welcome Oxford City to Princes Park this weekend.

The Darts have been on tour since their triumph over Concord Rangers at the end of September, travelling to the outskirts of London as well as back and forth from Kent to the West of England. During that time Tony Burman has overseen a perfect record and an eight match winning streak going back to 13 September.

Unbeaten at home this campaign the Darts will be full of confidence, especially after their latest away victory over Bath City. In a tight affair the National South fixture looked to be heading for a goalless draw until Luke Wanadio scored his third of the season to seal the three points. A fifth consecutive triumph on their travels in all competitions means Dartford are seventh in the league and a point off the playoffs.

Last term the Darts slipped up in their quest for a playoff spot when they played Oxford City. A last minute penalty from Elliot Bradbrook salvaged a point, but all three were needed to give Dartford a chance of reaching the top five. The spot kick was Bradbrook’s second of the afternoon, both of his goals came after Oxford City took the lead through Matty Wichelow then Julen Lafuente.

Oxford City started with promise last term outscoring the majority of opponents reaching second place in November. The rest of the campaign fizzled out as the club finished twelfth. This time the Nomads are closer to the relegation places and currently occupy eighteenth place, three points above the drop zone.

Justin Merritt’s side have only won twice since the opening day victory over Welling United, picking up just nine points from the last 42 available. Wins away to Bath City and Poole Town are the Nomads highlights so far, but on three separate occasions they have managed to lose three league games in a row. A 0-0 draw in a six pointer against Weston-super-Mare last weekend equals their best run this season of two league matches unbeaten.

Head to Head
Dartford wins: 1 / Oxford City wins: 1 / Draws: 2

Current League Form
Dartford (WWWWDW)
Won 1-0 v Bath City
Won 5-0 v Truro City (A)
Won 2-1 v Concord Rangers (A)
Won 2-0 v Margate (A)
Drew 1-1 v East Thurrock United (A)
Won 2-1 v Welling United (H)

Oxford City (DWLLLD)
Drew 0-0 v Weston-super-Mare (H)
Won 3-1 v Poole Town (A)
Lost 0-1 v East Thurrock United (H)
Lost 0-3 v Whitehawk (A)
Lost 1-3 v Maidenhead United (H)
Drew 1-1 v Truro City (H)

Last Meetings
Dartford 2 Oxford City 1 (23/04/2016 – National South)
Oxford City 2 Dartford 1 (15/09/2015 – National South)
Oxford City 2 Dartford 4 (04/11/2008 – F.A Trophy)
Dartford 3 Oxford City 3 (01/11/2008 – F.A Trophy)

Stats
Dartford have won eight games in a row in all competitions beating their best run since January 2012.

Another victory will equal the run set twenty years ago between 20 March 1996 and 27 April 1996. With eight Kent League wins and a Kent Senior Trophy triumph the Darts won nine in a row. The club record of ten consecutive wins was set just eight days before. If it wasn’t for a draw with Deal Town between the two winning streaks, a Dartford victory against the coastal club would have set a staggering record of 20 wins in a row.

The Darts have kept three clean sheets in a row for the first time since December. Dartford won three back to back away games 1-0 in the National South. This time the trio of away wins and clean sheets have came in league and cup with the Darts scoring nine without reply.

Only league leaders Maidenhead United (8) and local rival Ebbsfleet United (10) have conceded fewer goals than Dartford (12) in this season’s National South.

On This Day
Local rivals Ebbsfleet United visited Princes Park in a F.A Cup replay  three years ago. The fourth qualifying round tie ended with Dartford earning the bragging rights thanks to an Elliot Bradbrook winner from the spot. Victory ended a run of four straight loses on 29 October against Bromley in the F.A Cup fourth qualifying round five years ago, Stamford Town in 2005, Crawley Town in 1996 and Deal Town in the F.A Vase back in 1994. Prior the winless sequence the Darts had won six in a row between 1977 and 1991, proceeding to the F.A Cup first round on three occasions in 1983, 1988 and 1989.

Bath City v Dartford

On the back of seven straight wins in all competitions, Dartford travel West this weekend to face Bath City.

When the Darts visited Twerton Park last season, Bath City were the in form team leading the table after six consecutive victories and a draw. Dartford took a well earned point from the Romans in a 0-0 draw, but are still searching for their first away win over their opponents for 41 years.

Since Dartford’s 2-1 Southern Premier League win in 1975, Bath City have won six and drawn four of their home matches against the Darts.

Tony Burman can be confident in his side who are unbeaten in ten games and progressed to the F.A Cup first round last weekend. The Darts beat Isthmian Premier League side Tonbridge Angels 3-0 in the Kent derby. Alex Brown netted his fourth for the club, Andy Pugh kept up his good form with his fifth of the season and Elliot Bradbrook scored his fifth F.A Cup goal in three games. Victory in the cup equalled Dartford’s best winning streak since January 2012.

Burman is not surprised with his team’s current form, he told www.kentonline.co.uk:”We had a torrid time with injuries back in August, but I felt there was a lot of potential in the people we signed”, he continued: “The results are going for us, which always helps, and they have had a great reception from the supporters”.

He added: “Duane-Ofori-Acheampong didn’t do a pre-season, but has now played a number of games and you can see he is benefiting from it. Alex Brown has done exceptionally well and Luke Wanadio is one who has given us another outlet. They and the others are decent players who have come into the fold. I love to build a team and get them gelling together. If we do that we can become a force”.

One player getting plenty of recognition from the fans is Tom Wynter and he played a part last weekend by coming off the bench, the full back has been injured missing all of October so far. Deren Ibrahim returned as number one goalkeeper after international duty with Gibraltar.

After falling victim to the dreaded penalty shoot out, Bath City followed up the F.A Cup defeat at home to Potters Bar Town with a 1-1 draw against Eastbourne Borough. The Romans cup exit means they last played a fortnight ago with new loanee Ryan Broom making an immediate impact. The 20 year old midfielder from Bristol Rovers scored with his first touch in a Bath City shirt, but his goal was cancelled out just four minutes later.

The West country club seem to be draw specialists of late if you include games of ninety minutes. In the National South they have picked up a point in their last two fixtures including a 3-3 draw away to Hemel Hempstead Town. Gary Owers’ side have had mixed results this term and currently occupy tenth place and only three points away from the Darts.

Last season, early promise ended in mid-table obscurity and scoring goals seemed to be a problem. Owers, who took charge during last term identified the issue and has since brought in Marvin Morgan and Stuart Fleetwood. Morgan is the Romans top scorer this season with six goals in all competitions, the 33 year old has also had Football League experience with Aldershot Town, Plymouth Argyle and Shrewsbury Town. These days Fleetwood is used more as a substitute and has only manged to find the net once this season, however the striker built up a decent reputation in his days at Forest Green Rovers.

Head to Head
Bath City wins: 40 / Dartford wins: 27 / Draws: 19

Current League Form
Bath City (DDWLLW)
Drew 1-1 v Eastbourne Borough (H)
Drew 3-3 v Hemel Hempstead Town (A)
Won 4-0 v Gosport Borough (H)
Lost 1-2 v Hampton and Richmond Borough (A)
Lost 1-3 v Oxford City (A)
Won 2-1 v Whitehawk (H)

Dartford (WWWDWD)
Won 5-0 v Truro City (A)
Won 2-1 v Concord Rangers (A)
Won 2-0 v Margate (A)
Drew 1-1 v East Thurrock United (A)
Won 2-1 v Welling United (H)
Drew 0-0 v Maidenhead United (H)

Last Six Meetings
Dartford 4 Bath City 1 (16/01/2016 – National South)
Bath City 0 Dartford 0 (05/09/2015 – National South)
Dartford 0 Bath City 1 (07/04/1990 – Southern Premier League)
Bath City 0 Dartford 0 (09/09/1989 – Southern Premier League)
Dartford 1 Bath City 0 (28/01/1989 – Southern Premier League)
Bath City 4 Dartford 2 (03/12/1988 – Southern Premier League)

Stats
Dartford have won just three of their last 20 matches against Bath City. The Romans have won half of those games with seven draws.

In the last two games, the Darts have kept two clean sheets in a row for the first time this campaign.

Dartford have failed to score in four of their last five trips to Twerton Park and have not found the net in the last two away games against the Romans. The Darts last goal at this weekend’s venue was in the 4-2 defeat back in 1989.

Bath City have drew each of their last six competitive games over 90 minutes. Two in the National South and four in the F.A Cup, both ties went to penalties.

The Romans have played two and won two against teams above them in the league at home.

On This Day
Ten years ago Brendon Cass stole the show in the F.A Trophy first qualifying round, Cass’ four goals helped Dartford ease to victory as they thrashed Horsham YMCA 6-0. Eddie McClements opened the scoring and Ryan Hayes also scored, with his trademark curler. The cup tie was a prequel to the Princes Park homecoming on 11 November.

Tonbridge Angels v Dartford

Dartford will need to stretch their unbeaten run to ten when they visit Tonbridge Angels in the F.A Cup, if they want to be in the hat for the first round draw.

The Darts are looking to enter the first round proper for the fourth time in seven years and join the likes of Gillingham and Charlton Athletic. Their opponents, Tonbridge Angels last made the first round 44 years ago when they lost to the Addicks and last reached the fourth qualifying stage nine years ago.

For the third time in this year’s competition Dartford have faced a tough away tie. In the previous two rounds the Darts won both fixtures 3-2, first against Chelmsford City after taking a three goal lead and then versus Slough Town, coming from behind twice.

Tony Burman has led his team to six straight wins in all competitions including a stunning 5-0 away win at Truro City last weekend. Unbeaten throughout September and so far this month, Burman feels his squad has grown in confidence, he told www.kentonline.co.uk: “We know Tonbridge will be tough but with the way we are playing we are going to take some stopping”, he continued: “There is a feel-good factor around the club at the moment and we hope that continues. We have been down in the dumps over the last couple of seasons and maybe this is our time again”.

The Darts will welcome back Gibraltar international goalkeeper Deren Ibrahim. The shot-stopper already made history this week conceding the fastest World Cup qualifying goal ever; he will be hoping to create more history of his own.

Ibrahim has never played beyond the F.A Cup fourth qualifying round, he told www.kentonline.co.uk: “I have never played past the fourth qualifying round and so that would make it a great few days for me if we can do that”, he is also hoping to continue his excellent form for Dartford so he can earn more caps with Gibraltar, he added: “Hopefully I can become a regular now. I don’t want to just be a one-cap wonder. I want to be the Gibraltar number one; I know I need to keep my form up for Dartford to get another call-up. If I can get another chance to play then that would be fantastic”.

The Angels, unbeaten at home this term they had to overcome Ascot United in a replay, Wingate and Finchley then Hereford. Whilst the 2-2 draw with Ascot United provided a surprise, the replay at Longmead was one sided with Tonbridge Angels storming to a 7-0 win. A Craig Dundas brace and Nathan Elder strike helped the Kent side see off Wingate and Finchley. Elder is currently the Angels top marksman and has previously netted against the Darts for rivals Ebbbsfleet United. In the last round and in front of an impressive crowd, the Angels ran out 4-2 winners against revitalised Hereford, to progress to the fourth qualifying round.

Although the Kent club are fifth in the Isthmian Premier League, the Angels have a game in hand and with it could close the gap to four points. Tonbridge Angels have already recorded a 14 game unbeaten run in all competitions until a double defeat at the end of September. However, McKimm’s side have responded well with back to back victories.

It’s been almost four years since Dartford met the Angels in a F.A Trophy second round tie. The Darts won 3-0 with goals from Harry Crawford, Elliot Bradbrook and Jon Wallis. In other cup competitions, Dartford also won the previous two Kent Senior Cup ties. Tonbridge Angels last beat the Darts in 2008 winning 4-1 in the Isthmian Premier League but it’s the Darts who have dominated this fixture with seven wins and a draw since then.

Current Form (all competitions)
Tonbridge Angels (WWLLDW)
Won 2-0 v Grays Athletic (H)
Won 4-2 v Hereford (H) – F.A Cup
Lost 3-5 v Merstham (A)
Lost 0-2 v Bognor Regis Town (A)
Drew 2-2 v Leiston (H)
Won 3-0 v Wingate and Finchley (A) – F.A Cup

Dartford (WWWWWW)
Won 5-0 v Truro City (A) – National South
Won 2-1 v Cray Wanderers (A) – Kent Senior Cup
Won 3-2 v Slough Town (A) – F.A Cup
Won 2-1 v Concord Rangers (A) – National South
Won 3-2 v Chelmsford City (A) – F.A Cup
Won 2-0 v Margate (A) – National South

Last Meetings

Dartford 3 Tonbridge Angels 0 (15/12/2012 – F.A Trophy 2nd rd)
Tonbridge Angels 0 Dartford 1 (03/03/2012 – National South)
Tonbridge Angels 2 Dartford 4 (31/01/2012 – Kent Senior Cup Quarter Final)
Dartford 3 Tonbridge Angels 1 (24/09/2011 – National South)
Dartford 2 Tonbridge Angels 0 (25/01/2011 – Kent Senior Cup First Round)
Tonbridge Angels 1 Dartford 4 (13/02/2010 – Isthmian Premier League)

Stats

Dartford have beaten Tonbridge Angels in all competitions in each of the last seven meetings

The Darts have not conceded a goal in their last two matches against the Angels

The sides last met at this stage of the F.A Cup in 1965. After a 0-0 draw the goals flooded in the replay at Watling Street. Dartford won 6-2 to make it into the first round.

Dartford’s 5-0 away win against Truro City was their biggest victory on the road since clinching the Isthmian Premier League title on 10 April 2010, the Darts defeated Kingstonian 6-2. The last time Dartford had won by five goals away from home was at Chipstead in the F.A Cup first qualifying round on 12 September 2012 in a 6-1 win.

The Darts six game winning streak is the best run since January 2012. Dartford won all seven games that month ending with the 4-2 Kent Senior Cup victory over Tonbridge Angels.

On This Day

Dartford have played to F.A Cup qualifiers on 15 October since reforming with mixed fortunes. Cray Wanderers were beaten 2-1 despite going ahead, goals from Ryan Hayes and Danny Harris late on put the Darts through. In 2000, Dartford were comfortably defeated 4-0 at home to Havant and Waterlooville.

Truro City v Dartford

Dartford will travel across the country this weekend in search of their first ever win against Truro City

Tony Burman’s side will be buoyed by the fact they have gone eight unbeaten in all competitions without ‘setting the world alight’. Consecutive cup runs this week have seen Dartford progress to the F.A Cup fourth qualifying round and the Kent Senior Cup second round. In both away ties the Darts have had to come from behind, twice against Slough Town to win 3-2 and once versus Cray Wanderers to claim a 2-1 victory, both strikers Andy Pugh and Duane Ofori-Acheampong scoring the goals.

Replacing a training session with the Kent Senior Cup, Burman made four changes to a strong line up on Wednesday night with academy player Henry Fulton making his debut as a substitute. Keaton Wood got his extended run out as did Lee Noble and new goalkeeper Bailey Vose. The Brighton and Hove Albion first year professional will be available for selection and is stepping in for number one Deren Ibrahim, who is away on international duty with Gibraltar.

The journey east to west is the Darts longest of the season and in their two previous visits to Treyew Road they have only managed to pick up one point. The draw earned by Dartford, in their promotion season over fours years ago was on the final day of the campaign. All the action came towards the end with veteran striker Barry Hayles putting Truro City in front with two minutes to go but his goal was cancelled out by Jacob Erskine during stoppage time.

Last term, the White Tigers strolled to victory with goals from Ollie Knowles, Dan Green and Matt Jay. The defeat enhanced Truro City’s playoff push whilst damaging Dartford’s. In the two other meetings at Princes Park, the Cornwall club has won both times.

It’s not often a National South fixture will be without three players because of international call ups. As well as Ibrahim, Truro City’s Rory Fallon and loanee from Plymouth Argyle, Louis Rooney will be playing for New Zealand and Northern Ireland under 21’s respectively.

The White Tigers have been inconsistent so far and have yet to win back to back National South games. Last time out they defeated Wealdstone 2-1 helping them bounce back from a shock F.A Cup exit to Winchester City. The Cornwall club lost 4-0 to a side two divisions below them in the Southern League Division One South and West.

The victory over the Stones did however stretch their unbeaten league run to four matches. The run started when Hungerford Town were beaten 2-0 before consecutive draws with Oxford City and Poole Town. The White Tigers unbeaten sequence comes after a 6-0 thrashing at the hands of East Thurrock United. In fifteenth place, Truro City have won just one of their opening six home games in the National South.

Head to Head
Truro City wins: 3 / Dartford: 0 / Draws: 1

Current League Form
Truro City (WDDWLL)
Won 2-1 v Wealdstone (A)
Drew 0-0 v Poole Town (H)
Drew 1-1 v Oxford City (A)
Won 2-0 v Hungerford Town (H)
Lost 0-6 v East Thurrock United (H)
Lost 0-2 v Maidenhead United (A)

Dartford (WWDWDL)
Won 2-1 v Concord Rangers (A)
Won 2-0 v Margate (A)
Drew 1-1 v East Thurrock United (A)
Won 2-1 v Welling United (H)
Drew 0-0 v Maidenhead United (H)
Lost 1-4 v Hampton and Richmond (A)

Previous Meetings
Truro City 3 Dartford 0 (05/04/2016 – National South)
Dartford 1 Truro City 0 (19/09/2015 – National South)
Truro City 1 Dartford 1 (28/04/2012 – National South)
Dartford 1 Truro City 2 (22/10/2011 – National South)

League Stats
Dartford have won four out of five against teams currently below Truro City in the table.

Only Wealdstone (16) and Chelmsford City (15) have picked up more points from teams in the bottom third than Dartford (12).

Only Hemel Heampstead Town (27) and Oxford City (26) have conceded more goals than Truro City (21).

On This Day
Matthew Godden scored on his Dartford debut in a 1-1 draw with Salisbury City. The National League match in 2013 ended all square after Salisbury City’s Theo Lewis gave the visitors the lead. Two years prior, the Darts suffered a 3-1 defeat in the National South against Boreham Wood. Dartford were a goal down inside a minute when Chez Isaac hit a 30 yarder beyond Andy Young. Although Elliot Bradbrook levelled the scores, Michael Thalassitis and Nathan Koranteng won the match for the Wood. In 2005, the Southern League Division One Eastern fixture finished with Potters Bar Town 4-1 to the Darts and back in 1994, Corinthian won 2-0 in the Kent League.

Cray Wanderers v Dartford

Dartford begin their defence of the Kent Senior Cup with an away tie against former landlords Cray Wanderers.

Participating in their second cup match in four days, Tony Burman is likely to give a chance to some of players looking to build up match fitness and youngsters from the academy.

Goalkeeper, Tony Coxall may step up due to the international call up of Dartford’s number one. Deren Ibrahim will be facing Estonia and Belgium as he represents Gibraltar in a World Cup qualifier.

Left back, Tom Wynter suffered a knee injury in the 2-1 league win versus Concord Rangers and missed the 3-2 F.A Cup victory at Slough Town, the 26 year old could feature but may have to wait until the weekend. Fellow defender, Ronnie Vint has returned from his broken wrist and Burman is expecting to give the former academy player an extended run out against Cray Wanderers.

Two new academy stars Temi Eweka and Henry Fulton joined the first team on the weekend at Slough Town, although they were named on the bench they will be hopeful of a starting opportunity in the first team.

The Darts beat Welling United, Gillingham, Herne Bay, Greenwich Borough on the way to last season’s final, which they won 3-1 against League One side Charlton Athletic.

Dartford will be familiar to Cray Wanderers’ tale having shared their Oxford Road ground in the 1993/94 campaign. Now it’s the Wands who are homeless and sharing with National League side Bromley at Hayes Lane, their home since 1998.

The Isthmian Division One South side were playing in the north division last term and finished fourth losing their playoff semi-final to Harlow Town. This term, Cray Wanderers are in a healthy sixth place and on the weekend two former Darts helped them to victory. Karl Dent and Bradley Woods-Garness scored in a 3-0 win against Molesey, the Wands third straight triumph. Dent made three appearances for Dartford whilst Woods-Garness appeared six times scoring once during the 2008/09 campaign.

Tony Russell’s side went out in the second round last year to eventual runners up Charlton Athletic. The Wands have made just two Kent Senior Cup final appearances finishing runners up on both occasions. Last time the Darts faced Cray Wanderers in the competition was eleven years ago when they won 3-1. Unbeaten in the last four matches against the Wands, Dartford won the last fixture between the two sides in 2011. Tommy Whitnell put the Wands ahead in the F.A Cup third qualifier, but Burman’s team left it late to win 2-1 with goals from Ryan Hayes and Danny Harris.

Current Form (all competitions)
Cray Wanderers (WWWLWL)
Won 3-0 v Molesey (H)
Won 3-2 v Horsham (A)
Won 1-0 v Godalming (A)
Lost 0-1 v Hythe Town (H)
Won 3-2 v Three Bridges (H)
Lost 1-2 v Dorking Wanderers (A)

Dartford (WWWWDW)

Won 3-2 v Slough Town (A) – F.A Cup
Won 2-1 v Concord Rangers (A)
Won 3-2 v Chelmsford City (A) – F.A Cup
Won 2-0 v Margate (A)
Drew 1-1 v East Thurrock United (A)
Won 2-1 v Welling United (H)

Last Six Meetings

Cray Wanderers 1 Dartford 2 (15/10/2011 – F.A Cup)
Cray Wanderers 1 Dartford 2 (02/01/2010 – Isthmian Premier)
Dartford 1 Cray Wanderers 1 (26/12/2009 – Isthmian Premier)
Dartford 0 Cray Wanderers 0 (03/02/2007 – Isthmian Division One South)
Cray Wanderers 4 Dartford 0 (18/11/2006 – Isthmian Division One South)
Cray Wanderers 1 Dartford 3 (13/12/2005 – Kent Senior Cup)

On This Day

Dartford last won on 5 October way back in 1991 when they defeated Waterlooville 2-1 in the Southern Premier League. The Darts will be hoping to record their first win on this day since reforming, in fact they haven’t even managed a draw. In 1996, Weymouth beat Dartford 5-3 in the Southern League Southern division and eight years later Salisbury City won 2-0 in the F.A Trophy preliminary round. Three years ago, the Darts travelled to the north-east losing 2-0 to Gateshead in a National League encounter.