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Billericay Town v Dartford

Dartford are hoping to get back to winning ways this weekend and be the first team to beat Billericay Town at the New Lodge in the league this season.

The Darts were beaten at home in their last outing against a Hampton and Richmond Borough side aiming for the playoffs. Billericay Town took on league leaders Wealdstone and like so many this campaign ended up coming away with nothing to show.

Despite taking an early lead through Luke Wanadio’s sixth minute header, the Darts lost 2-1 to Hampton and Richmond Borough and manager Steve King was disappointed, he told DFCTV after the match: “We didn’t play at our level, we played nowhere near what we’re capable of and when you do that in this division and when you’re against a good side challenging for the playoffs you end up losing”.

Although there were some questionable decisions, when Tom Bonner and Sanchez Ming ended up on the wrong side of challenges that may have seen a red card, King believes ultimately it was down to the team’s performance, he explained: “They were incidents that may change games, but that’s not the reason we’ve lost the game because we were not good enough”. Danilo Orsi-Dadamo and Ryan Hill were on target for the Beavers as the visitors took their chances, King believed ‘costly errors’ and a ‘lack of control in midfield’ were the main factors behind the defeat.

Billericay Town have a strong unbeaten home record winning five and drawing six, King added: “Billericay is not going to be easy, their home form is as good as any in the division. It’s a very tough place to go with a testing pitch as well”.  The Darts will go to Essex without Elliot Romain, who has ten league goals in 17 league starts. The striker was sent off against Hampton and Richmond Borough picking up two yellow cards. However, Amrit Bansal-McNullty returns from his suspension after his dismissal at Chippenham Town and new signing Giovanni McGregor is available after making his debut on the weekend.

Dartford have won their last two meetings with Billericay Town both at Princes Park. In December, the 3-2 victory ensured the Darts finished the afternoon ahead of their opponents in the National South as they climbed above the Essex club in the league. Goalkeeper, Alhaji Sesay made his debut and since then he’s made the number one shirt his own. On the same day Steve King handed debuts to loanee Rowan Liburd, who has since returned to Hereford and to midfielder Miloud Djouaher, who made a substitute appearance.

It took just ten minutes for Darren McQueen to give Dartford the lead when he smashed the ball past former Dart, Alan Julian in the Blues goal. A fine attacking move put the Darts two up when Liam Gordan’s cross was met by McQueen, his header was parried by Julian and Elliot Romain followed up. However, Dartford let the advantage slip as another former Darts, Femi Akinwande pulled one back. Romain scored his second of the day from another rebound and Billericay’s Odysseus Alfa netted a penalty.

Last season’s meeting at Princes Park was just as entertaining with both sides challenging for a playoff place. Tom Murphy became the hero with two late goals overturning Jake Robinson’s strike for Billericay Town. Dartford last visited New Lodge in September 2018 and a last-minute Jamie Philpot goal rescued a point for the Darts after Jake Robinson’s spot kick had given the Blues the lead.

This month, manager Jamie O’Hara extended his contract with the Essex club. The former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder will remain at the club until the end of the 2020-2021 campaign. Since taking over as boss the 33-year-old has guided his team to just two league victories in 15 attempts, and one of those was a 3-1 home victory over league leaders Wealdstone just over a month ago.

Although Billericay Town are three points above relegation, they are playing catch up with their games due to the amount of postponements at New Lodge. The Blues have only lost nine times, one fewer than the Darts, and need to find a way of turning draws into victories. Last weekend they faced the daunting task of picking up points at Wealdstone and ended up losing 3-0. To rub salt in to the Billericay Town wound Moses Emmanuel scored, and Ross Lafayette grabbed a brace, two former Blues players.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 4 / Billericay Town wins: 2 / Draws: 1

Current League Form

Dartford (WWLWWL) Billericay Town (LWDDDL)
Hampton & Richmond H 1-2 Wealdstone A 0-3
Chippenham Town A 5-1 Tonbridge Angels H 3-3
Dulwich Hamlet H 1-0 Dorking Wanderers A 4-4
Slough Town A 0-1 Slough Town H 2-2
Oxford City H 3-0 Wealdstone H 3-1
Dorking Wanderers A 3-2 Bath City A 1-2

Last Six Meetings

14.12.2019 Dartford 3 Billericay Town 2
22.04.2019 Dartford 2 Billericay Town 1
15.09.2018 Billericay Town 1 Dartford 1
06.03.2010 Dartford 1 Billericay Town 4
02.02.2010 Billericay Town 1 Dartford 0
14.02.2009 Dartford 2 Billericay Town 0

Stats

Dartford last won at Billericay Town in October 2008 with Lee Noble scoring the winning goal. Since then the Darts have lost and drawn one when visiting the Essex club.

The Darts have won their last two matches against Billericay Town both at Princes Park.

Dartford have kept six league clean sheets in their last nine games. Billericay Town have gone 11 league games without a clean sheet.

Over the last eight matches Dartford have picked up 2.25 points per game, the joint best with league leaders Wealdstone.

On This Day

Ryan Hayes scored a late free-kick to earn a draw with local rivals Welling United nine years ago. The National South fixture at Princes Park was heading Welling United’s way after Jack Parkinson headed the Wings in front. However, with six minutes left Hayes hit his free-kick with power and swerve to share the points. The Darts last won on 15 February back in 1992 when they beat Trowbridge Town 2-0 at home in the Southern Premier League. In between their last victory and the draw with Welling United, the Darts lost 2-1 at Weymouth in 1997 and 4-1 versus Erith and Belvedere in 2003.

Dartford v Hampton and Richmond Borough

Two teams with playoff aspirations go head to head this weekend when Dartford host Hampton and Richmond Borough at Princes Park.

Dartford won the last encounter on Guy Fawkes Night at the Beveree with new signings Kyjoun Marsh-Brown and Elliott Romain scoring in a busy ten-minute first half spell. Marsh-Brown celebrated his first start for the club by getting on the end of Liam Gordon’s pass to open his account, but the lead lasted just two minutes when Sam Deadfield equalised for the hosts. Ten minutes before half-time, Romain won a penalty when felled by Charlie Wassmer, the Darts striker picked himself up and netted the winner from the spot.

The Darts last hosted the Beavers in March last year and a late Darren McQueen strike earned Dartford a point. Hampton and Richmond Borough took an early lead through Oliver Sprague and held the advantage until the hour mark. Lee Noble earned the Darts a penalty which Charlie Sheringham dispatched. With nine minutes remaining, Chris Dickson looked to have won the match for the visitors, but McQueen had other ideas when his deflected stoppage time strike made it 2-2.

Steve King’s side moved up to sixth place last weekend with a resounding 5-1 win over struggling Chippenham Town, their biggest away win in the league since October 2016. Prior the game two signings were announced, attacking midfielder Giovanni McGregor wasn’t available for selection, but will be on loan from Crystal Palace until the end of the season. Instead Amrit Bansal-McNullty made an immediate impact scoring and getting sent off on his debut. The winger on loan from Queens Park Rangers was one of two changes as well as Liam Nash, the pair replaced Luke Wanadio and Jacob Berkeley-Agyepong, who returned to Aldershot Town after his successful loan spell.

The game was as good as over by half-time as the Darts rattled in five goals. Darren McQueen won and scored a penalty and the lead was doubled when Nash on his first league start for the Darts. Chippenham Town halved the deficit a minute later through Callum Gunner, but the two-goal cushion was restored when Bansal-McNullty squeezed the ball in from the tightest of angles. The 19-year-old was involved in the fourth when his free-kick was deflected in, and the loanee also won the penalty leading to McQueen’s second spot kick. Bansal-McNullty’s afternoon ended early when he received two yellow cards in a goalless second-half and manager Steve King was also given a red card.

Dartford have now opened up a seven-point gap to rivals Maidstone United in eighth place, although the Stones have three games in hand. Victory made it seven wins from their last eight league outings, whilst at home the Darts have won four National South matches in a row scoring eleven without reply.

If the Darts thought they had racked up the highest score of the weekend, they only had to look as far as their next opponents. Hampton and Richmond Borough hit Hungerford Town with a bigger result, winning 7-1. Striker, Danilo Orsi-Dadomo and Ryan Hill both bagged a brace in the rout with the former opening the scoring on three minutes. However, Hungerford Town were level two minutes later when Zidan Akers picked up a wayward throw from debutant goalkeeper Dion-Curtis Henry before equalising. Ryan Hill scored the first of two Hampton and Richmond Borough penalties, Orsi-Dadamo also netted from the spot just past he half hour mark. Hungerford Town had manager Ian Herring sent off and the afternoon got worse for the side at the foot of the table. Second-half goals from Dean Inman, debutante Niko Muir, a second from Hill and Sam Deadfield completed the comprehensive win for the Beavers.

The Beavers had a slow start to their campaign much like Dartford, the Middlesex club lost their first four and eight of their first eleven. However, they have slowly turned their fortunes around picking up ten wins in their last 16, losing just once on the road in the league since 14 September 2019. The Middlesex club are ninth and level on points with Maidstone United with two games in hand over the Darts.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 7 / Hampton and Richmond Borough wins: 4 / Draws: 2

Current League Form

Dartford (WWLWWW) Hampton & Richmond (WLWWLD)
Chippenham Town A 5-1 Hungerford Town H 7-1
Dulwich Hamlet H 1-0 Slough Town H 1-2
Slough Town A 0-1 St Albans City H 2-1
Oxford City H 3-0 Concord Rangers A 2-0
Dorking Wanderers A 3-2 Dulwich Hamlet H 0-3
Welling United H 4-0 Bath City H 0-0

Last Six Meetings

05.11.2019 Hampton & Richmond 1 Dartford 2
23.03.2019 Dartford 2 Hampton & Richmond 2
17.11.2018 Hampton & Richmond 0 Dartford 1
30.03.2018 Dartford 1 Hampton & Richmond 0
02.09.2017 Hampton & Richmond 2 Dartford 2
17.04.2017 Dartford 3 Hampton & Richmond 1

Stats

Dartford have kept four consecutive clean sheets at Princes Park going 387 minutes without conceding in the league at home.

Darren McQueen’s double against Chippenham Town means he and Elliot Romain are the two top goalscorers in the National South.

The Darts have failed to win at home against those currently in the top ten.

Dartford are unbeaten in six games against Hampton and Richmond Borough (W4, D2).

Hampton and Richmond Borough’s 7-1 win over Hungerford Town was the first time since 1994 that they had scored seven in a match. The last time was a 7-1 win against Leatherhead.

On This Day

Andy Pugh and Lee Noble starred in Dartford’s famous 2-1 win at Wrexham on this day six years ago. Battling relegation the Darts visited the Racecourse Ground and took the lead when Pugh took advantage as goalkeeper Andy Coughlin failed to hold a free-kick, Pugh netted the rebound from close range. Wrexham equalised through Joe Clarke, but on the stroke of half-time Elliot Bradbrook scored the winner. That was Dartford’s third consecutive victory on 8 February, Charlie Sheringham scored the only goal of the game in 2011 as the Darts beat Weston-super-Mare. The last home fixture on this day was won by Dartford back in 2003, the Darts beat Spalding United 2-1 in the Southern League Division One East.