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Dartford v Bromley

Last time The Darts played a competitive Bank Holiday fixture turned out to be memorable for Dartford. Princes Park was the venue, the opponents were Bromley.

Again the two sides meet on a Bank Holiday Monday and Dartford will be looking to repeat the 4-1 Kent Senior Cup triumph in May. However it has been a staggering 43 years since The Darts beat Bromley in a league match but Tony Burman’s side will be hoping to extend their unbeaten run to six.

Dartford lift the Kent Senior Cup

Last season both sides were almost inseparable in the games against each other and in the league positions they finished. The corresponding match in September was an entertaining 2-2 draw. Bromley were topping the table at the time and took the lead through Nic McDonnell. Ryan Hayes equalised only for Harrison Dunk (now at Cambridge United) to restore the lead for the The Ravens. The goal two minutes from time looked like the three points were Bromley’s but in the final minute Elliot Bradbrook rescued a point for The Darts. On Good Friday Bromley eased to a 4-1 victory at Hayes Lane before Dartford repeated the 4-1 scoreline in the Kent Senior Cup Final with goals from Bradbrook, Hayes, Danny Harris and an own goal.

Dartford and Bromley ended with identical records in the league last season with 15 wins, 12 draws and 15 defeats, The Darts edged past The Ravens into tenth place on the final day by goal difference. Between the two clubs their overall records are just as close with 20 wins to Dartford, 22 wins for Bromley and 13 draws.

Tony Burman was pleased with taking maximum points in the opening three games and the consecutive away draws against tough opponents keeps his side unbeaten. The 2-2 draw at The Crabble against Dover Athletic was followed up with a goalless draw away to Chelmsford City. The Essex club have become a thorn in Dartford’s side after winning six in a row against them before Tuesday nights match.

Bromley are just two points and a place behind The Darts in fourth place. After the Kent Senior Cup Hayden Bird resigned in the Summer for the return of Mark Goldberg. A new Chairman in Ashley Reading was also installed at Hayes Lane and the arrival of Harry Harding from Reading and Hakeen Araba from Bishop’s Stortford. Dunk left for Conference Premier side Cambridge United, Wes Daly moved to Basingstoke Town and Warren McBean signed for Havant and Waterlooville.

Goldberg’s side opened this campaign with back to back victories against Hampton and Richmond and Boreham Wood. The Ravens were then defeated by Maidenhead United and thrashed 5-0 against Eastbourne Borough. On Tuesday they bounced back with 3-0 win versus new boys Sutton United.

Did you know?

A total of fourteen goals were scored in the fixtures between Dartford and Bromley last season.

Nine goals were scored in the two league meetings between the two sides. The highest aggregate against the same opponent last season. There was also a total of nine goals in Dartford’s defeats against Boreham Wood (1-3 and 1-4) and the results against Woking (2-2 and 3-2).

Bromley went on the longest winning streak in the league last season with seven consecutive victories from the opening day of the season. Woking equalled this record later on in the campaign.

Bromley failed to score in a third of their away games in the Conference South last season.

 

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