Dartford v Eastleigh

Dartford will be hoping to bounce back and maintain their perfect home form on Saturday.

The Darts face Eastleigh looking to make it four wins out of four at Princes Park as well as recording their first ever win against the Hampshire club. The Darts experienced their first defeat last week and fell five points behind league leaders Welling United.

Richard Graham will be up against his former club

Despite the setback the start of the 2011/12 season has been positive, Elliot Bradbrook commented on The Darts TV: “I think we’ve done really well in the first few games and we’ve worked harder than the other teams. We’ve been out there trying to make it happen for ourselves. We’ve been working hard and working for each other and we’ve had a bit quality on the end of that and it’s caused other teams problems”.

After leading the game last week against Basingstoke Town, Dartford felt disappointed with their performance compared to the early standards they have set, the captain added: “It wasn’t the best game, we never really got started, we were a bit slow and second to the ball a lot it wasn’t the best game all round”.

When speaking to PURE DFC, Tony Burman said: “They’ve out battled us… first half we got back into it… and second half they won a few personal battles and in some key areas we should have been better in”.

New signing Richard Graham is likely to face his former club and young striker Jack Pallen is edging closer to fitness.

Last season’s fixture in March against Eastleigh ended goalless in front of 711 supporters. The Hampshire club went full time this summer as they push for the playoff spot that often eludes them. An eighth place finish last season they finished four points shy from the top five.

This term The Spitfires started slowly losing their first three fixtures against Basingstoke Town, Truro City and Tonbridge Angels. A clean sheet and draw versus Woking gave Ian Baird’s team confidence and by the end of August they chalked up two victories away to Dorchester Town and at home against Weston Super-Mare. Last week they were beaten 2-0 by Bromley at the Silverlake Stadium.

With a full week to recover from Saturday’s reverse and home advantage Dartford will hope to get back on track.

Did you know…

The draw in March was the only goalless league fixture Dartford participated in last season.

Dartford’s last win at Princes Park was their third in a row, beating last season’s winning home streak in the league.

From 28 December 2010 to 25 January 2011 Eastleigh notched up six consecutive wins. Only Bromley and Woking beat this run last season winning seven in a row.

The Spitfires have failed to score in the opening fifteen minutes so far this season.



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