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Dartford v Oxford City

Dartford play their rescheduled National South fixture at home to Oxford City on Tuesday night looking to avenge their F.A Cup exit last month. 

It’s been five weeks since the Darts were convincingly beaten 4-1 at Marsh Lane in the third qualifying round. Kabonga Tshimanga’s hat-trick and a fourth by Bobson Bawling left Dartford chasing shadows, although Elliot Bradbrook did manage a late consolation on a disappointing afternoon.

Prospects can be very different this time round with Dartford holding home advantage. The Darts have won four, drawn two and lost one at Princes Park this term. Meanwhile, Oxford City’s away record reads won one, drawn one and lost five, a point joint manager Adam Flanagan made in his latest interview with www.kentonline.co.uk, he commented: “We’ve only lost once at home this season and we need to keep our home record good if we want to challenge in the right part of the league”.

Since the F.A Cup reverse, Adam Flanagan and Jamie Coyle have led the Darts to three wins from four and Oxford City are sitting one place above the Darts last opponents in seventeenth place. Victory over Gloucester City saw Dartford come from a goal down to win 2-1, the fifth league game where they have gained points having been behind this season.  Charlie Sheringham’s equalised on the stroke of half-time after Sam Avery gave the hosts the lead. Ben Greenhalgh scored the winner three minutes after the break, his second goal of the campaign.

Flanagan believes the character shown by the players will help his side gain confidence, which has been lacking at times this term. He’s also hoping the Darts can redeem themselves after their F.A Cup exit at Oxford City, he said: “When they come to us, we need to gain a little bit of redemption with regards to that fixture and put in a display that shows all our good attributes, which we weren’t able to do in the away fixture”.

The one thing the Darts do not want a repeat of is the recent defeats to Oxford City and Truro City, in which they capitulated by conceding goals in quick succession. At least the Hoops will not be able to call on former top scorer Matthew Patterson who moved to Welling United, having scored six times in the league for the Hoops. However, Dartford will be fully aware of Oxford City’s current leading scorer Tshimanga, who has netted five in the National South this season.

It was Tshimanga again on the weekend hitting the headlines for Oxford City, this time in the F.A Cup against League Two side Tranmere Rovers. The striker grabbed another hat-trick, but last minute heartbreak denied the Hoops victory in an entertaining 3-3 draw.

Mark Jones’ side won their previous league fixture last weekend beating Hampton and Richmond Borough 4-2 at the Beveree. Showing signs of recovery after a poor September, in which Oxford City lost all four league games, the Hoops took four points from nine in October before the three point haul last weekend.

Last season at Princes Park, Dartford racked up their biggest score in 29 years winning 7-1 in the National South. Warren Mfula grabbed the matchball with a second half hat-trick during a nineteen-minute spell. Richard Sho-Silva, Lyle Della-Verde, Alfie Pavey and Lee Noble all scored before Mfula stole the show. Two years ago, Andy Pugh’s well taken lob earned the Darts a 1-0 victory and the campaign before that Elliott Bradbrook scored twice, including in the last minute in a 2-2 draw.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 5 / Oxford City wins: 2 / Draws: 3

Current League Form

Dartford (WWDDLW) Oxford City (WDLWLL)
Gloucester City A 2-1 Hampton & Richmond A 4-2
Truro City A 1-3 Chippenham Town H 1-1
Dulwich Hamlet H 2-1 Chelmsford City H 1-3
Chippenham Town A 2-1 Concord Rangers H 2-0
Weston-super-Mare H 2-1 Hemel Hempstead Town A 1-2
Billericay Town A 1-1 Bath City H 1-2

Previous Meetings

06.10.2018 Oxford City 4 Dartford 1
24.03.2018 Oxford City 0 Dartford 2
19.08.2017 Dartford 7 Oxford City 1
25.02.2017 Oxford City 1 Dartford 1
29.10.2016 Dartford 1 Oxford City 0
23.04.2016 Dartford 2 Oxford City 2

Stats

Dartford have only lost once this season when Lee Noble has been in the side.

The Darts have gained 11 points from losing positions out of the 24 they have picked up this term.

On This Day

Dartford were humbled the last time they played on 13 November when they lost 4-0 at home to Dorchester Town eight years ago. Three years before the heavy defeat, the Darts knocked out Aveley in the second round of the Isthmian Lerague Cup, Tom Bradbrook scored twice and John Guest the other in a 3-0 win. One of the most notable games on this day came 25 years ago in the Kent League. Dartford travelled to Ramsgate and came home with a 5-4 win, even though the Darts threw away a 3-1 lead to trail 3-4, two late goals stole victory.

Gloucester City v Dartford

The Darts will be hoping to get back on track this weekend when they travel to Evesham to face Gloucester City in the National League South.

Dartford’s five game unbeaten run in the league ended last weekend when they disappointingly went down 3-1 to Truro City. The Darts had climbed to sixth with the home victory over Dulwich Hamlet and facing their opponents sitting second from bottom, expected to add more points to their tally.

Two players returned to action in a Darts shirt, crowd favourite Ryan Hayes made a substitute appearance, whilst new goalkeeper Bailey Vose started his first Dartford match since November 2016, when he was on loan from Brighton and Hove Albion. The introduction of Vose to the squad meant outgoing keeper Deren Ibrahim settled for a place on the bench to say his farewell after 179 appearances for the club and two goals. Earlier in the week Kenneth Yao’s loan spell ended from Charlton Athletic and Chez Isaac was released, Mark Onyemah returned to the line up after injury and Lee Noble was missed through suspension.

Vose’s fourth start for the Darts began when he was involved in a mix up leading to Truro City’s opener on 34 minutes. The White Tigers added two more before the break, Tyler Harvey grabbed his second then Nick Grimes added a third. In the final minute Hayes set up a consolation with a cross for Kudus Oyenuga, who headed in his first competitive goal for the Darts. With a full set of fixtures played and some Tuesday night matches, Dartford have now dropped to thirteenth.

Over the last month there has been managerial change at Gloucester City with Marc Richards leaving by mutual consent at the start of October. Richards left the Tigers in seventeenth place having recorded four wins in eleven games and struggling to find the net. The Tigers up to his departure had netted just seven times, however defensively they had only conceded thirteen. The former boss guided Gloucester City to safety last season and improved form in February and March meant he decided to keep much of the same squad for this term. Richards saw the opportunity to take over at Hereford to good to refuse and so he made the decision to move to Edgar Street.

Replacing Richards as boss, Chris Todd took charge for the first time in the 1-0 defeat to Billericay Town. The former Eastleigh manager has had a difficult start and is yet to record a point. In the National South his Gloucester City side lost to Welling United followed by a third straight reverse on Monday night at Wealdstone. Todd does have one win to his name in the F.A Cup third round replay against Dorking Wanderers, however the Tigers went out in the next round when they were beaten by Bromley.

Goalkeeper Matthew Yates was recalled by Derby County from his loan spell, but Fabien Robert had his spell extended from Forest Green Rovers. Last week, Todd swooped to complete the signings of strikers Andre Wright from Torquay United and Harry Warwick from Bristol Rovers. Wales under 19 goalkeeper Adam Pzrybek has also joined the squad from West Bromwich Albion.

Last season Dartford visited Evesham, the Tigers shared home whilst chasing down title rivals Havant and Waterlooville. The Tuesday night fixture in April was decided when Alfie Pavey scored the only goal of the game. Earlier in the campaign the Darts won 4-1 at Princes Park in the first meeting between the two sides for 25 years. Warren Mfula, a brace from Lyle Della-Verde and one from Pavey helped Dartford to victory, all three players left the club in the summer.

Head to Head

Gloucester City wins: 12 / Dartford wins: 27 / Draws: 10

Current League Form

Gloucester City (LLLDLL) Dartford (LWWWDD)
Wealdstone A 0-2 Truro City A 1-3
Welling United A 1-3 Dulwich Hamlet H 2-1
Billericay Town A 0-1 Chippenham Town A 2-1
Eastbourne Borough H 2-2 Weston-super-Mare H 2-1
Chippenham Town A 0-1 Billericay Town A 1-1
Truro City H 0-2 Eastbourne Borough H 2-2

Previous Meetings

10.04.2018 Gloucester City 0 Dartford 1
18.11.2017 Dartford 4 Gloucester City 1
07.03.1992 Gloucester City 0 Dartford 0
26.10.1991 Dartford 2 Gloucester City 0
16.03.1991 Dartford 2 Gloucester City 1
29.09.1990 Gloucester City 2 Dartford 0

Stats

Dartford are unbeaten in five matches against Gloucester City (W4, D1) and have lost one in the last eight (W6, D1, L1).

The Darts have kept three clean sheets out of the last four versus the Tigers.

Five players involved in Dartford’s last match have left and rejoined the club, Bailey Vose, Tom Bonner, Mark Onyemah, Charlie Sheringham and Ryan Hayes.

On This Day

Tony Kessell made his one hundredth appearance for Dartford on this day eleven years ago. The former goalkeeper celebrated with a clean sheet and a 2-0 victory as Brendon Cass and Jay May scored against Wingate and Finchley. In 1999, the Darts progressed in the Kent Senior Cup after thrashing Sittingbourne 6-0 in a round one replay. The cup victory was Dartford’s first on 3 November since a 1973 Southern Premier League win at home to Nuneaton Borough. The winless run lasted six games in which the Darts managed just one draw.