Chelmsford City v Dartford

Dartford face their second consecutive away fixture on Saturday after picking up a point at The Crabble on Tuesday night to remain top of the table.

The Darts were settling into the Conference South when they met Chelmsford City at Melbourne Stadium last Bank Holiday August and were defeated with goals from Billy Bricknell and Anthony Cook.

Danny Harris against The Clarets

Tony Burman’s side have started to show their form from January onwards that guided them to tenth place last season. With three wins and a draw The Darts head the Conference South on goal difference and face The Clarets in fifteenth spot. An entertaining match at The Crabble on Tuesday could have ended with Dartford leading the table by two points but former Chelmsford City player Billy Bricknell rescued a point for Dover Athletic.

The Clarets lost their opening game 1-0 to new boys Truro City but bounced back with a 3-2 win against Havant and Waterlooville. On Monday night the Essex club shared the spoils with Farnborough drawing 2-2 and so they are still searching for their first home win. New strikers Cliff Akurang, who impressed with various clubs last season and Max Cornhill have netted in the last two games. Chelmsford City’s league top scorer from last season Dave Rainford is suspended for Saturday’s fixture.

Glenn Pennyfather was disappointed with the mid week draw after a fine performance against Havant and Waterlooville and expects more consistency from his side. Chelmsford City’s strong squad meant a promotion push was last season’s target and although they reached the playoffs they fell short in the semi finals. The Clarets were only beaten four times at home and failed to score on just three occasions. Like Dartford, Pennyfather’s side also enjoyed an F.A Cup run before losing to a League Two side, albeit against Wycombe Wanderers in a round further.

Pennyfather made numerous changes during the summer bringing back favourite Kezie Ibe from Farnborough and securing the services of Cliff Akurang who impressed with a number of clubs last season. The Clarets manager has also gone with experience by signing Justin Miller (Rushden and Diamonds), Sam Corcoran (Colchester United) and Joe Benjamin (Northampton Town). Alongside the former higher league players he has brought in another six players from Conference South level and lower including Greg Morgan from Boreham Wood and Kenny Clark from Thurrock.

Chelmsford City were one of the first sides to announce the release of players in the summer which surprisingly included Sam Higgins and Takumi Ake. Meanwhile Rob Edmans was snapped up by League Two’s Dagenham and Redbridge. With Akurang and Cornhill striking up a partnership and Ibe familiar with notching up goals at least Dartford will not have to worry about Billy Bricknell, after his move to Tuesday’s opponents Dover Athletic.

Melbourne Stadium home of Chelmsford City

Did you know…

Charlie Sheringham’s goal against Dover Athletic means he beat his personal record of scoring in three consecutive league matches for Dartford.

In fact Sheringham has netted in his last seven league outings and scored an impressive fourteen in his last twelve league fixtures.

Chelmsford City are one of three teams that completed the double over Dartford last season. Boreham Wood and Hampton and Richmond are the other two teams.

The Clarets were victorious in their first five home league matches in the 2010/2011 season and they didn’t concede a single goal.


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