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Farnborough v Dartford

Dartford’s victory last weekend put them back on track and now they face a trip to Farnborough on Saturday.

Since promotion to the Conference South, Hampshire has not exactly been a happy hunting ground for The Darts having recorded a draw and four defeats.

Dartford celebrate the opener against Eastleigh

Tony Burman ‘was well pleased with the result’ against Eastleigh last weekend despite the team not playing as well as he expected. Dartford will be encouraged by the fact they still managed to create chances and come out 3-0 winners, the first ever time Dartford have defeated The Spitfires.

For a succesive week The Darts will play full time opponents and Burman told PURE DFC: “Farnborough have gone full time and these are the teams where you can come unstuck, these are the teams that you got to beat”. It was only the second weekend of last season when the then newly promoted sides last met at the Rushmoor Stadium. The Boro outplayed Dartford in a 2-1 home win with both goals coming from Dean McDonald who was released in the summer. Lee Noble netted a last minute consolation goal for The Darts.

Farnborough have probably been the busiest Conference South since the 2010/11 season came to a close. Having led the side to a runners up spot and a playoff final defeat Steve King left the club. The Boro went full time and as a result their squad has been revamped.

Grenadan international Bradley Bubb joined football league club Aldershot Town after scoring 17 league goals last season. Kezie Ibe, Jack King and Dale Binns scored 36 goals between them and they too have left the club. Just over the summer fourteen players had moved on.

Rushmoor Stadium

In replacement of Steve King is manager Garry Haylock who raided his former club Hayes and Yeading United for Adam Bygrave, Esmond James, Philip Appiah and Alex Tokarczyk. The squad has been bolstered up with more signings from higher leagues. An indifferent start to 2011/12 and the move to full time football means the club are in transition but last campaign they were fairly slow out the blocks. The Boro have shown signs of last seasons form in the last week with a 5-1 win away to Tonbridge Angels and a 1-0 home victory against Staines Town.

Farnborough will have Ashley Winn (a summer signing from Gateshead) and Esmond James suspended. Dartford will assess Elliot Bradbrook’s fitness after he was left out of the Eastleigh match with a rib injury.

Did you know…

Dartford’s 4-1 win last time they played Farnborough was the first time The Darts defeated the Hampshire club

Farnborough have one point more than they had at the same stage last season, Dartford have eight points more

In the league, The Boro scored on the most occasions last season netting 83 times

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