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Weymouth – Season Preview 2019/2020

Weymouth

Southern Premier South: 1st

F.A Cup: 1st Qualifying Round

F.A Trophy: 2nd Round

County Cup: 2nd Round

League Top Scorer: Brandon Goodship (37goals) / Average Attendance: 1006

Weymouth’s first season back in the National South will be without talisman Brandon Goodship who won the Southern League golden boot last term with an incredible 37 goals. Goodship earned a move to League One side Southend United, so the conundrum of finding a suitable replacement has been important to the Terras over the summer. To replace the goals, Weymouth have opted to add more experience with the signing of 31-year-old Brett Williams, who used to be a teammate with manager Mark Molesley at Aldershot Town. Williams made his name with the Shots scoring at nearly a goal every other game, the striker has also played for Stevenage, Forest Green Rovers and Torquay United, most recently he was on loan at Sutton United and he has also represented Bromley too. Andy Robinson won the Player of the Year award with Havant and Waterlooville last season making 35 appearances as the Hawks were relegated, he makes the move across to Dorset. Following Robinson from the Hawks will be Jordan Rose, who has played for Weymouth before in two loan spells. Impressing the Terras last season, Ade Olumuyiwa will strengthen Weymouth’s defence having joined from Southern League Division One South champions Blackfield and Langley. The first summer signing was left sided full back or midfielder Ollie Harfield from National League side Dagenham and Redbridge, he played 33 times for the Daggers last term. After scoring for the Terras in two friendlies, the Dorset club signed Jack Hoey who has been recently playing in the States for Gardner Webb University. Calum Ward signed a professional contract with AFC Bournemouth in the summer, the goalkeeper will be on loan at the Bob Lucas Stadium this season.

The Manager – Mark Molesley

An England C international with 4 caps Mark is a vastly experienced midfielder signed by the Terras in July 2015 following his release by Aldershot Town. Mark became First Team Manager following the departure of Jason Matthews in April 2017 and has impressed with his professional attitude. Mark started his career with Hayes, coming through their youth system. Spells with Cambridge City, Aldershot Town, Stevenage Borough and Grays Athletic before being transferred to Bournemouth. He made his debut for Bournemouth, away to Shrewsbury Town, in the 4-1 defeat in the League Two on 18 October 2008. Molesley signed for Exeter City on 18 January 2013. On 30 April 2013, he was released by Exeter due to the expiry of his contract and joined Aldershot Town. Mark made 40 appearances for the Shots and scored 8 goals. Mark joined Weymouth in Summer 2015 and played for two seasons before retiring to take over as First Team Manager. Mark combines his role at Weymouth with Bournemouth Under 23s.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 17 / Weymouth wins: 34 / Draws: 15

Last Six Meetings

27.12.1997 Weymouth 2 Dartford 0
23.08.1997 Dartford 2 Weymouth 3
15.02.1997 Weymouth 2 Dartford 1
05.10.1996 Dartford 3 Weymouth 5
22.12.1990 Weymouth 0 Dartford 0
18.08.1990 Dartford 5 Weymouth 3

Facts

Dartford last beat Weymouth 29 years ago winning 5-3 at Watling Street.

Since Dartford’s last victory, the Terras have gone five unbeaten, drawing one before winning the last four matches.

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Next Meetings

Saturday 17 August 2019 at the Bob Lucas Stadium

Saturday 25 April 2020 at Princes Park

Welling United – Season Preview 2019/2020

Welling United

National South: 3rd

F.A Cup: 4th Qualifying Round

F.A Trophy: 3rd Qualifying Round

County Cup: 2nd Round

League Top Scorer: Brendan Kiernan (13 goals) / Average Attendance: 684

Last season’s play-off finalists have had to rebuild after the departure of manager Steve King. A restructure to keep the club within a smaller budget was deemed necessary and so Chairman, Mark Goldberg has also taken up the role of manager. With that in mind, the Wings recruitment process started later than most clubs, but they did secure the services of centre backs Jay Rich-Baghuelou from Dulwich Hamlet and Rob Swaine from Maidstone United. Swaine was captain at Bromley during Goldberg’s spell as manager at Hayes Lane. It didn’t work out for Kudus Oyenuga at Dartford, who made 21 appearances last season scoring once, the former Chelmsford City player finished last term on loan at Harringey Borough and joined Welling United, only to then sign a dual registration with Margate. His move was instigated when the Wings played Margate in a friendly and Connor Dymond caught their eye. Dymond played for the Wings before in during that spell even saved a penalty when he ended up in goal. Joe Anderson also worked with Goldberg before winning promotion to the National League with Bromley, another former Chelmsford City player now at Welling United. Returning to the Wings after last season’s loan spell from Dulwich Hamlet is Sanchez Ming and following Ming from Champion Hill is former Dart, Nathan Green. A year ago, Archie Johnson started the campaign with Welling United, he left to pursue game time with Cray Wanderers and has now returned. Aaron Cosgrove comes in from Chelmsford City having played for Havant and Waterlooville earlier last season. Richard Platt moves to Park View Road having last season at Chesham United and Bedworth Town. Midfielder, Reece Prestedge won the National South with Bromley in 2015 and has had a wealth of experience with Chelmsford City, Bishop’s Stortford and Maidstone United in the National League. Anthony Cook was also part of that title winning side and he joins from Dulwich Hamlet. In his first three spells with the Wings, Adam Coombes became a firm favourite, the striker left Welling United in 2016 and whilst at Sutton United and Billericay Town had loan spells at Park View Road.  During pre-season a target man was on Welling United’s wishlist and when Joshua Oyinsan put pen to paper the Wings crossed that role of their list, Oyinsan was previously signed at Bromley when Goldberg was in charge and scored 17 times for Cambridge City last term.

The Manager – Mark Goldberg

The former Crystal Palace chairman turned to management after he was declared bankrupt almost twenty years ago. Goldberg took up his first managerial post six years later at Bromley where he went on to have three spells with the Kent club. Goldberg’s start in management was successful, leading Bromley to promotion to the National South via the Isthmian Premier League playoffs before leaving during the 2007/2008 season. By the end of that campaign Goldberg returned and lasted until January 2011, but once more he was back when new club chairman, Ashley Reading arrived. Goldberg guided Bromley to the National League in 2014/2015 by winning the National South and left for a third time in 2016.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 20 / Welling United wins: 8 / Draws: 10

Last Six Meetings

01.01.2019 Dartford 1 Welling United 0
26.12.2018 Welling United 2 Dartford 0
01.01.2018 Dartford 4 Welling United 1
26.12.2017 Welling United 2 Dartford 3
28.02.2017 Welling United 0 Dartford 0
22.11.2016 Welling United 2 Dartford 2

Facts

The Darts have won the last five games against Welling United at Princes Park in all competitions.

Welling United have won just two of the last seventeen meetings between the two sides in normal time, the Wings did win a Kent Senior Cup tie on penalties.

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Next Meetings

Thursday 26 December 2019 at Park View Road

Wednesday 1 January 2020 at Princes Park

Wealdstone – Season Preview 2019/2020

Wealdstone

National South: 7th

F.A Cup: 4th Qualifying Round

F.A Trophy: 1st Round

County Cup: Quarter-Final

League Top Scorer: David Pratt (11 goals) / Average Attendance: 882

Sneaking into the National South play-offs in April, the Stones won the elimination match only to lose the semi-final. Bobby Wilkinson left the club and in came former Hemel Hempstead Town and Billericay Town boss Dean Brennan on a two-year contract. Brennan arrived with Jerome Okimo, Daniel Green, Jake Sheppard, Connor Stevens and Jonathan North already signed up for another campaign. The first summer signing was Reece Beckles-Richards from Isthmian Premier League side Wingate and Finchley, the striker has represented Antigua and Barbuda at international level. Kavan Cotter was at Hemel Hempstead Town last season, the versatile midfielder moves to the Middlesex club and has experience with Gillingham and Luton Town. Returning to Grosvenor Vale both Ryan Sellers and Connor Smith are back. Sellers made 20 appearances in the National League with FC Halifax Town last term whilst Smith was at Billericay Town and has 80 Football League appearances under his belt. Jacob Smith has already played alongside new signings Smith and Cotter whilst at Kings Langley last season, the midfielder will know more of his teammates having been part of the same Watford under 18’s title winning side as Connor Stevens. At full back, Nick Arnold has joined the Hampshire club, the 25-year-old has represented Wycombe Wanderers, Woking and Whitehawk. Wealdstone have signed the son of former Premier League striker Gifton Noel-Williams, Dejon. The 20-year-old joins from League Two side Oxford United and had two loans spells in the National South with Slough Town and Gloucester City. Ross Lafayette returns to Grosvenor Vale after a handful of appearances for Wealdstone a decade ago, the striker was at Billericay Town and has plenty of National League experience including a spell with Welling United. Dennon Lewis tried his luck with Scottish Championship side Falkirk before signing for Bromley, the youngster will be part of Brennan’s squad. Winger, Jacob Mendy helped Isthmian Premier League side Carshalton Athletic to a second place finish last season and will add versatility to the flanks for Wealdstone. Afolabi Coker played in the division below Mendy for Ashford United in the Isthmian League South East Division and he takes the step up with the Stones. Michee Efete joins from Billericay Town, the defender has had a loan spell in Iceland and with Torquay United and Bath City in the past, he has also played for Maidstone United. Wealdstone have added Billiy Clifford to their squad, who has worked with manager Dean Brennan at Hemel Hempstead Town and Billericay Town. The 26-year-old finished last season on loan at Slough Town and has previously played for Boreham Wood, Crawley Town and Walsall.

The Manager – Dean Brennan

A career playing in the Football League career never took off for Dean Brennan, but he had a decent time in non-league football. The former midfielder won the F.A Trophy with Grays Athletic and had spells with Stevenage, AFC Wimbledon and various other clubs including Hemel Hempstead Town. At the age of 29, the Tudors appointed Brennan as interim manager and he kept them in the Southern Premier League. After a spell at Dunstable Town the Irishman returned to the Tudors taking them up to the National South. Brennan moved to Billericay Town and lasted four months before parting company last season and this summer he has taken charge of Wealdstone.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 13 / Wealdstone wins: 14 / Draws: 14

Last Six Meetings

05.01.2016 Wealdstone 1 Dartford 1
18.08.2018 Dartford 0 Wealdstone 3
17.02.2018 Wealdstone 1 Dartford 2
21.11.2017 Dartford 3 Wealdstone 3
28.01.2017 Wealdstone 0 Dartford 4
06.08.2016 Dartford 2 Wealdstone 2

Facts

Dartford have won just three of the last nineteen games against Wealdstone in all competitions.

The two sides meet on the opening day, which happened just three years ago when they played out a 2-2 draw at Princes Park.

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Next Meetings

Saturday 3 August 2019 at The Vale

Saturday 29 February 2020 at Princes Park

Tonbridge Angels – Season Preview 2019/2020

Tonbridge Angels

2018/19 Season

Isthmian Premier: 4th

F.A Cup: 2nd Qualifying Round

F.A Trophy: 2nd Qualifying Round

County Cup: Semi-Final

League Top Scorer: Joe Turner (15 goals) / Average Attendance: 542

There was plenty of controversy about the route to the National South via the play-offs last season. Manager Steve McKimm was not pleased about having to play two finals, however Tonbridge Angels won both and so they will prepare for life in the National South. Vice-captain Sonny Miles, has made almost 400 appearances for the Angels since coming through their youth ranks, the winner of Player of the Year awards last term remains at the Longmead Stadium. The winning goalscorer in the Super Play-off final, Tom Derry has signed on for another season and so has Chinedu McKenzie, who netted an average of a goal every other game last term since joining the Angels in January and Jack Parter, who has racked up over 250 appearances for the Kent club since 2014. James Folkes, Liam Smith, Tom Beere and captain Tom Parkinson have all agreed new contracts. Arthur Lee was integral to the defence in the division below, but he is seeking pastures new. McKimm has also strengthened the squad with the additions of Tommy Brewer from Kingstonian and Alex Bentley from AFC Hornchurch. D’Sean Theobalds scored in the super play-off final against Metropolitan Police, he remains with the Angels. Winger, Khale Da Costa netted five times for St Albans City last term and he has switched to newly promoted Tonbridge Angels. Tommie Hession-Harris and Rhyle Ovenden join the squad after pre-season injuries midfield left the Angels short in the middle of the park. Hession-Harris has had three years of playing in the USA including a spell at Toros and last season was at Isthmian League North side Maldon and Tiptree. Ovenden was a young professional at Watford before joining Hemel Hempstead Town and Whitehawk.

The Manager – Steve McKimm

The winner of two play-off finals in one season will never be taken away from Tonbridge Angels boss Steve McKimm. The former Sutton United player-coach guided the Angels back to the National South, first he masterminded the Isthmian Premier League Playoff victory over Merstham, then he had to repeat the triumph against Metropolitan Police in a super playoff. McKimm had already led Tonbridge Angels to the playoffs in 2015/2016, only to fall short in the semi-final against East Thurrock United. Before he’s time at Sutton United, McKimm had spells at Margate, Gravesend and Northfleet where he won the Isthmian Premier League title, Kingstonian, Farnborough, Hayes and Yeading United and Dulwich Hamlet.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 67 / Tonbridge Angels wins: 37 / Draws: 24

Last Six Meetings

15.10.2016 Tonbridge Angels 0 Dartford 3
15.12.2012 Dartford 3 Tonbridge Angels 0
03.03.2012 Tonbridge Angels 0 Dartford 1
31.01.2012 Tonbridge Angels 2 Dartford 4
24.09.2011 Dartford 3 Tonbridge Angels 1
25.01.2011 Dartford 2 Tonbridge Angels 0

Facts

Dartford are currently on an eight game winning streak in all competitions against Tonbridge Angels going back to ten years.

Tonbridge Angels last beat the Darts in November 2008 and have never won at Princes Park since it opened.

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Next Meetings

Tuesday 3 September 2019 at Longmead Stadium

Saturday 28 December 2019 at Princes Park

St Albans City – Season Preview 2019/2020

St Albans City

2018/19 Season

National South: 9th

F.A Cup: 3rd Qualifying Round

F.A Trophy: 3rd Qualifying Round

County Cup: Runners Up

League Top Scorer: David Moyo (14 goals) / Average Attendance: 842

Former Dartford full back Tom Bender was retained by St Albans City along with Zane Banton, James Kaloczi and Scott Shulton. Ben Herd left the Saints to take up a managerial role at Isthmian League South Central side Hertford Town, defender Lewis Knight switched to Maidstone United and both Khale Da Costa and Clovis Kamdjo have left St Albans City. Four years after last appearing for the Saints, defender and England C international David Longe-King returns to the Hertfordshire side from Biggleswade Town, where Ian Allinson’s son Lee is manager. Released from Northampton Town, St Albans City have signed Joe Iaciofano who came through the Cobblers academy. The striker has also had spells with Corby Town, Chesham United, Brackley Town and AFC Mansfield. Arriving from fellow National South side Hungerford Town, Darren Foxley had caused his new team plenty of problems on the wing when he played them, now he will be in the blue and yellow of St Albans City. Other players added to the squad to provide width are Bobson Bawling and Rhys Murrell-Williamson, the latter returning to Clarence Park. Bawling has played for Crawley Town before moving to Woking then Torquay United last summer, by the end of the season he was at Oxford City on loan. Murrell-Williamson scored 15 times for St Albans City in the 2017/2018 campaign and made it into the National South Team of the Season, he has since had spells at Hampton and Richmond Borough, Billericay Town and Woking. Released from neighbours Hemel Hempstead Town, Joe Howe signed for the Saints, the right back has spent most of his career at Ebbsfleet United, but has also represented Welling United. Fisher Athletic, Bromley and Leatherhead.

The Manager – Ian Allinson

Ian Allinson committed his future to the club and will be part a much bigger picture providing the Saints direction in commercial development, creating a pathway for young district players to progress through to the first team, developing the club’s brand and to look into a move to full time football. The former winger amassed over 300 league appearances as a player for Colchester United in two spells, and played over 100 games in all competitions for Arsenal. He also appeared for Stoke City and Luton Town. As a manager, he won the Isthmian Premier League and National South playoff finals with Boreham Wood before joining St Albans City three years ago. Allinson has also managed Baldock Town, Barton Rovers, Harlow Town and Stotfold so has plenty of experience to offer the Saints.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 7 / St Albans City wins: 5 / Draws: 4

Last Six Meetings

12.01.2019 Dartford 3 St Albans City 2
01.09.2018 St Albans City 2 Dartford 0
03.02.2018 St Albans City 4 Dartford 0
28.10.2017 Dartford 2 St Albans City 1
25.03.2017 St Albans City 1 Dartford 0
08.11.2016 Dartford 0 St Albans City 2

Facts

In the first ten meetings between the two teams the Darts won six, drew three and lost a cup tie on penalties.

All five of St Albans City’s victories in normal time have came in the last three years, the Saints have kept five clean sheets in the last seven meetings.

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Next Meetings

Tuesday 6 August 2019 at Princes Park

Saturday 7 March 2020 at Clarence Park

Slough Town – Season Preview 2019/2020

Slough Town

2018/19 Season

National South: 11th

F.A Cup: 2nd Round

F.A Trophy: 3rd Qualifying Round

County Cup: Winners

League Top Scorer: James Dobson (7 goals) / Average Attendance: 783

The Rebels have benefited from Maidenhead United’s move to full-time football by signing Max Worsfold. The attacking midfielder was unable to commit to the Magpies and was snapped up by Slough Town manager’s Neil Baker and Jon Underwood. Striker, Ryan Bird will follow Worsfold from York Road to Arbour Park, he has Football League experience with Portsmouth, Yeovil Town, Cambridge United and Newport County and played for Dover Athletic in the National League. Departing the club are Louie Soares and Nathan Smart. After a successful pre-season Joe Grant returns to the club after previously appearing when Slough Town were in the Southern Premier League. The youngster had been playing at Bracknell Town where the Rebel’s have been tracking his progress.

The Managers – Neal Baker and Jon Underwood

Joint managers since May 2013, Neal Baker and Jon Underwood both came from Godalming Town. At 29-years-old a knee injury ended Baker’s playing career so he moved into management with Fleet Spurs in the Wessex League Division One. Underwood was managing Sandhurst Town before teaming up with Baker at Godalming Town. Whilst with the G’s the duo reached the Isthmian Division One South playoffs and lifted the Surrey Senior Cup. At Slough Town, Baker and Underwood have been part of an upward trend by guiding the club to promotion to the Southern Premier League, via the playoffs, the same promotion route to reach the National South just over a year ago.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 3 / Slough Town wins: 0 / Draws: 2

Last Five Meetings

16.02.2019 Slough Town 2 Dartford 2
08.12.2018 Dartford 1 Slough Town 1
01.10.2016 Slough Town 2 Dartford 3
29.10.1988 Slough Town 1 Dartford 2
10.01.1981 Dartford 4 Slough Town 1

Facts

Dartford have never lost to Slough Town winning three and drawing two of the five meetings stretching back to 1981.

In each game between the two sides both teams have scored leading to an average of 3.8 goals per game.

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Next Meetings

Saturday 28 September 2019 at Princes Park

Saturday 18 January 2020 at Arbour Park

Oxford City – Season Preview 2019/2020

Oxford City

2018/19 Season

National South: 12th

F.A Cup: 1st Round

F.A Trophy: 2nd Round

County Cup: Winners

League Top Scorer: Kabonga Tshimanga (24 goals) / Average Attendance: 353

Meticulous planning was required in the summer for the Nomads as their fate relied on a team in the division above. Oxford City were provisionally switched to the National North due to the influx of Southern clubs relegated from the National League. However, the demise of Gateshead, who ended up taking demotion to the National North meant the Nomads were switched back to the National South. The uncertainty of what league Oxford City will be playing in has given the managerial team plenty to ponder over in terms of recruiting players. A core of players committed to the club regardless of the divisional switch including club captain Joe Oastler, Zac McEachran and Ben Jefford, whilst Craig Fasanmade signed his first full-time contract with the club. After a spell at Hemel Hempstead Town, Daniel Rown joins the Nomads from Braintree Town. Winger, Nana Owusu moved from Basingstoke Town to Maidenhead United in 2017 and after 18 months with the Berkshire club has moved to Oxford City. Striker, Stefan Brown comes in from Wealdstone, the striker has experience at National South level with Hungerford Town and manger Mark Jones is hoping he can be the main goalscorerRyan Case, Bobson Bawling, Tom Carter, and John O’Donoghue have departed the club. Finn Tapp, joined the Hoops as a free agent following a year as a professional at Milton Keynes Dons.

The Manager – Mark Jones

In the F.A Cup two seasons ago, Oxford City knocked out Football League opposition for the first time in their history and it was masterminded by Mark Jones. He also guided City to their first County Cup triumph in fifteen years. Taking charge of the first team in December 2016, Jones came into the role with coaching and playing experience. Not only does he currently head up Oxford City’s scholarship programme he also played for the club. His playing career included spells at Aylesbury United, Harrow Borough and Thame United and after hanging up his boots, Jones worked at Stevenage as Centre of Excellence Manager and Watford as Lead Youth Development Phase Coach.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 4 / Oxford City wins: 2 / Draws: 2

Last Six Meetings

27.04.2019 Oxford City 2 Dartford 1
13.11.2018 Dartford 3 Oxford City 2
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

Facts

Dartford are unbeaten at Princes Park against Oxford City winning three out of five.

Oxford City beat the Darts twice last term, before those victories Dartford went five games unbeaten in this fixture.

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Next Meetings

Saturday 12 October 2019 at Marsh Lane

Saturday 11 January 2020 at Princes Park

Maidstone United – Season Preview 2019/2020

Maidstone United

2018/19 Season

National League: 24th

F.A Cup: 2nd Round

F.A Trophy: Quarter-Final

County Cup: Winners

League Top Scorer: Blair Turgott (14 goals) / Average Attendance: 2179

The Stones aim to return to the National League and with plenty of summer business going on the Kent side have rebuilt their squad. On loan at Dartford last season, winger Andre Coker has had his contract cancelled, however defender Jordan Wynter made his loan deal with the Darts permanent. Defender, Lewis Knight joins the club from St Albans City, his previous clubs include East Thurrock United, Concord Rangers and Welling United. Cameroonian midfielder, Clovis Kamdjo follows Knight from the Saints. Head of Football, John Still looked down the non-league pyramid to sign striker Ibrahim Olutade from Leatherhead, he scored 13 goals for the Isthmian Premier League side last season after joining them in November. Goalkeeper, Jake Cole played his last game for Aldershot Town against the Stones on the final day of last season, the 33-year-old has switched allegiances. Left back, Noah Chesmain’s contract expired with Colchester United and after loan spells with Welling United and Boreham Wood he moves to the Gallagher Stadium. Gavin Hoyte whose professional career started at Arsenal and spanned a decade with Dagenham and Redbridge, Gillingham, Barnet and Eastleigh, he joins the Stones after a second spell with the Daggers. George Elokobi made his name at Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Premier League and Championship, the defender joins from Aldershot Town and has also represented Colchester United, Nottingham Forest, Bristol City and Oldham Athletic. Striker Jonathan Edwards signed a one-year deal after leaving FC Halifax Town, the 22-year-old has been taken on by Stevenage, Peterborough United and Hull City in the past. Luke Pennell has played under Still before at Dagenham and Redbridge, the defender also earned an England C call up towards the end of last year. Sam Corne becomes a Maidstone United player returning to full time football. The 22-year-old played for Greenwich Borough and Ashford United, scoring 21 goals in 40 games for the latter. His senior career started with Welling United in 2013 and after four seasons at Park View Road, he signed for Braintree Town and worked under Stones head coach Hakan Hayrettin. During his time at Welling United he got an England C call-up. Defender Danny Divine joined the Stones after a year as a professional at Gillingham, the defender also spent time on loan at Sittingbourne and Faversham Town. Winger, Iffy Allen ended last season with Braintree Town, the 25-year-old has Football League experience with Barnet and Yeovil Town, and has also played in the National League for Aldershot Town, Wrexham and Bromley. Another winger, Nana Kyei was signed from Barnet in his first permanent move he has had loan spells at Concord Rangers, Hampton & Richmond Borough and Potters Bar Town.

The experienced Simon Walton has left the Kent side to take up a Player Coach position at Havant and Waterlooville, whilst Ollie Muldoon, Jack Richards and Elliot Romain have also departed. Will De Havilland stood in as captain when Blair Turgott was injured, a relegation release clause means the defender was snapped up by Dover Athletic. Turgott, who top scored for the Stones last season has left the club and joined Swedish top flight Ostersunds.

The Manager – Hakan Hayrettin

A well respected coach, Hakan Hayrettin started management back in 2003 winning the Essex Senior Cup with Waltham Forest. He moved on to Thurrock before taking Grays Athletic to the Isthmian Division One North title with a club record 102 points in 2012/2013. John Still, now Head of Football at Maidstone United, appointed Hayrettin as coach when he managed Luton Town. Three years away from being the boss, Hayrettin returned to Essex with Braintree Town until he left following relegation to the National South. He returned as interim manager last term, but in January he left to take on the job at Maidstone United.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 44 / Maidstone United wins: 44 / Draws: 17

Last Six Meetings

22.01.2019* Dartford 1 Maidstone United 1
09.04.2016 Maidstone United 1 Dartford 2
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

* – Kent Senior Cup, Maidstone United won 8-7 on penalties

Facts

Dartford are unbeaten in their last six league games against Maidstone United, winning five.

The Stones last beat Dartford in the league back in 2007 and the last away victory in league over the Darts came in 1978.

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Next Meetings

Saturday 16 November 2019 at Princes Park

Saturday 4 April 2020 at Gallagher Stadium

Hungerford Town – Season Preview 2019/2020

Hungerford Town

2018/19 Season

National South: 19th

F.A Cup: 3rd Qualifying Round

F.A Trophy: 3rd Qualifying Round

County Cup: Quarter-Final

League Top Scorer: Danilo Orsi-Dadamo (10 goals) / Average Attendance: 325

Hungerford Town have strengthened their squad with the signing of former Football League striker James Constable as a player/coach. Last season he has scored 13 times in the Southern League Premier Division with Poole Town. The 34-year-old has played for Walsall, Oxford United and Shrewsbury Town in the Football League, and also has National League experience with Eastleigh. Taking advantage of Weston-super-Mare’s relegation, Ian Herring signed midfielder Louis McGrory. A former Reading and Hearts of Midlothian under 20 player, Zidane Akers joins from Thatcham Town. Matt Berry-Hargreaves returns to Hungerford Town to add to their defence, Kofi Halliday will bolster wide attacking options having previously spent time playing in Gibraltar and Sweden and Liam Ferdinand will bring some extra firepower upfront joining from Bracknell Town.

The Manager – Ian Herring

He experienced two promotions via the playoffs as a player with Hungerford Town and now he leads the team off the field. Ian Herring was appointed as the Crusaders manager having played for the Berkshire club since 2012. The 35-year-old was given the task of keeping the Crusaders in the National South which has just about been completed on the final day of the last two season’s. Before a career with the Berkshire club, he played for Swindon Town, Salisbury City, Chippenham Town, Forest Green Rovers and Eastleigh.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 2 / Hungerford Town wins: 3 / Draws: 1

Last Six Meetings

22.12.2018 Dartford 2 Hungerford Town 1
25.08.2018 Hungerford Town 1 Dartford 0
09.12.2017 Hungerford Town 1 Dartford 0
05.08.2017 Dartford 0 Hungerford Town 0
14.04.2017 Hungerford Town 2 Dartford 0
27.08.2016 Dartford 2 Hungerford Town 0

Facts

Dartford have yet to claim victory at Bulpit Lane, losing in all three trips there without scoring.

The Darts won in the last meeting to end Hungerford Town’s four game unbeaten run in this fixture. It was also the first time in six attempts that the away team scored.

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Next Meetings

Monday 26 August 2019 at Bulpit Lane

Monday 13 April 2020 at Princes Park

Hemel Hempstead Town – Season Preview 2019/2020

Hemel Hempstead Town

2018/19 Season

National South: 16th

F.A Cup: 4th Qualifying Round

F.A Trophy: 3rd Round

County Cup: Quarter-Final

League Top Scorer: Jordan Parkes (13 goals) / Average Attendance: 534

Sammy Moore guided Concord Rangers to a play-off place last season, an excellent achievement considering the Beachboys staved off relegation on the final day in the campaign before. The former AFC Wimbledon midfielder stepped down citing ‘ongoing personal problems’ and four days later rocked up at Hemel Hempstead Town to replace Joe Deeney, who left by mutual consent when the season ended.

Forwards, Liam Nash and Sam Ashford scored eight league goals between them for Concord Rangers last term, the 23-year-olds team up with Moore again. Club captain, Jordan Parkes not only broke the club’s all-time goalscoring record he also made it into the National South Team of the Year, the midfielder has chosen to move on to pastures new and joined Billericay Town. Former Darts, Tyrone Sterling and Connor Essam have joined the Tudors to strengthen their defence. Sterling made 34 appearances for the Darts whilst on loan from Dover Athletic before spells with Bromley and recently Concord Rangers. Essam had two loan spells at Dartford and has represented Gillingham, Crawley Town, Dover Athletic, Leyton Orient, Eastleigh and Dover Athletic. Jake Howells was born and bred in Hemel Hempstead and he will be part of Moore’s squad, the defender or midfielder spent last season at Billericay Town and previous clubs include Dagenham & Redbridge, Eastleigh, Luton Town and Yeovil Town. From Biggleswade Town, Lucas Perry moves to Hemel Hempstead Town, the young defender started hid football life at Luton Town’s academy. Alex Wall was one of five players to break the 20-goal barrier last season when he netted 21 times for Concord Rangers, he’ll provide the firepower the club has lost by Parkes leaving. Impressing the Tudors in defence, Jacques Kpohomouh broke into the first team last season and has signed a deal to stay at Vauxhall Road. Attacking midfielder Isaac Galliford signed from Hitchin Town, the 22-year-old was selected for the England C team and has played football in the States with University side Butler Bulldogs. Familiar in the National South, Sam Beasant joins from Concord Rangers after spells with Chelmsford City, Billericay Town and Maidenhead United. The goalkeeper has National League experience with Braintree Town and Woking and played in League Two for Cambridge United and Stevenage, he will be replacing Laurie Walker who has signed for Hampton and Richmond Borough. Moore has also bolstered his squad by promoting academy players Joel Nketia, George Paulin, Alvin Magagada and Callum Moles. Luke Howell was part of the Aldershot Town team that finished in the National League relegation zone last season, the midfielder adds experience to the Tudors squad having won the League Two title with MK Dons in 2008 and played for both Lincoln City and Dagenham and Redbridge at that level. With the Daggers he also played non-league football and has played in the National League with Boreham Wood too. England C international, Mitchell Dickenson came through Gillingham’s youth system and most recently played for Hythe Town in the Isthmian League South East, the 22-year-old joins the Tudors.

The Manager – Sammy Moore

Entering his third year as a manager, Sammy Moore is on his third job and guided Concord Rangers to the playoffs last term, only for the club to be excluded from the end of season showdown. Moore was part of Ipswich Town’s F.A Youth Cup winning side in 2005 and went on to play for Brentford and Stevenage Borough. The midfielder won the Isthmian Premier League with Dover Athletic nine years ago, then made it into the Football League with AFC Wimbledon through the playoffs two years later. Moore had a spell with Leyton Orient before returning on loan to Dover Athletic.  Two years ago, he was appointed Player Manager at Leatherhead and impressed enough to replace Adam Flanagan at Concord Rangers, before his switch to Hemel Hempstead Town.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 5 / Hemel Hempstead Town wins: 3 / Draws: 1

Last Six Meetings

05.03.2019 Hemel Hempstead Town 1 Dartford 2
11.08.2018 Dartford 0 Hemel Hempstead Town 0
17.03.2018 Dartford 3 Hemel Hempstead Town 2
26.08.2017 Hemel Hempstead Town 0 Dartford 3
01.04.2017 Hemel Hempstead Town 2 Dartford 2
12.11.2016 Dartford 2 Hemel Hempstead Town 0

Facts

Since defeat to Hemel Hempstead Town on the opening day of the 2015/2016 campaign, the Darts have gone seven unbeaten against the Tudors.

Hemel Hempstead Town have yet to beat Dartford at Princes Park in four attempts, they have managed two wins and two draws.

Last Ten Years

 

 

 

Next Meetings

Saturday 31 August 2019 at Princes Park

Saturday 18 April 2020 at Vauxhall Road