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Dartford v Woking

Dartford face their toughest test on Tuesday night in the rearranged fixture against league leaders Woking at Princes Park.

Both sides are in excellent form as they aim for promotion to the Conference Premier. The Darts are eight matches unbeaten in the league and cup, whilst Woking were last defeated in the Conference South thirteen games ago, dropping a miserly four points on the way.

Charlie Sheringham lifts the ball goalwards in last season's encounter

Last season the clubs entertained a sizeable crowd with The Darts running out 3-2 winners. The Surrey side travelled to Princes Park as an in form side back in April. In a game with five goals, three penalties and a red card no one in the stands could afford to blink. Woking’s Elvis Hammond missed a penalty early on and Charlie Sheringham levelled the penalty miss count. Andy Burgess scored a Ryan Hayes-esque free kick on the half hour to give The Cards a deserved lead.

Then in the space of four minutes the unthinkable happened. Elliot Bradbrook rose the highest to nod home a Lee Noble corner on thirty eight minutes, Sheringham made amends two minutes later with a cute chip over the onrushing goalkeeper and Jack Pallen blasted in the third to make it three goals in four minutes before the break. The second half witnessed the sending off of Adam Doyle and the third penalty of the day was awarded but this time converted by Woking’s Craig Dobson.

The Darts completed a third straight win of the week on Saturday. After winning 3-1 against Dover Athletic in the league and triumphing 4-1 versus Folkestone Invicta in the county cup, Tony Burman’s team beat Brackley Town 3-0 in the F.A Trophy first round.

A cross by Ryan Hayes won a dubious penalty which the referee awarded for handball. Elliot Bradbrook stepped up to placed a powerful shot into the top corner. In the second half Lee Burns and Jacob Erskine traded one two’s up the pitch and Erskine curled a delightful shot in off the bar to make it two. Erskine then netted his fifth Dartford goal of the season when he slid in to make it 3-0.

Moses Ademola scorer of ten league goals for The Cards

Whilst Dartford were in F.A Trophy action on Saturday, The Cards were busy beating Sutton United comfortably. Garry Hill’s team won 4-1 and stretched their lead at the top of the table to nine points. The Surrey club have so far put together the longest unbeaten league run of the season and won eleven of those thirteen matches. More ruthlessly Woking have been scoring for fun netting thirty two times and conceding just eight goals.

Woking have a strong squad and with a strong attack, Moses Ademola (10 league goals), Wayne Gray, Paris Cowan-Hall and Elvis Hammond (all on seven league goals) coupled with the tightest defeat in the Conference South this season they look favourites for promotion. Although Ademola and Cowan-Hall have recently picked up injuries and are unlikely to feature.

The Darts will assess the fitness of Lee Noble who took a knock at Folkestone, Lee Burns and Danny Harris were also substituted on the weekend against Brackley Town due to injuries.

Statistics (league only)

Dartford (3rd) versus Woking (1st)

Current Form

Last five Dartford matches at home Last five Woking matches away
Won 3-1 v Dover Athletic Won 3-0 v Dover Athletic
Drew 1-1 v Weston Super-Mare Won 4-1 v Truro City
Lost 1-2 v Truro City Won 1-0 v Staines Town
Won 3-1 v Tonbridge Angels Won 1-0 v Dorchester Town
Won 2-1 v Staines Town Won 4-2 v Bromley

Attendances

Dartford average home attendance: 1226

Highest home attendance: 1558 v Dover Athletic/ Lowest: 937 v Hampton and Richmond

Woking average away attendance: 872

Highest away attendance: 1214 v Welling United/ Lowest: 478 v Bromley

Goals For and Against

Minutes Dartford Goals For Woking Goals For Dartford Goals Against Woking Goals Against
0-15 8 (21%) 9 (19%) 6 (28%) 3 (20%)
16-30 6 (16%) 6 (12.5%) 5 (24%) 1 (7%)
31-45+ 6 (16%) 6 (12.5%) 2 (10%) 4 (26%)
46-60 4 (11%) 6 (12.5%) 3 (14%) 1 (7%)
61-75 7 (18%) 7 (14.5%) 3 (14%) 4 (26%)
76-90+ 7 (18%) 14 (29%) 2 (10%) 2 (14%)

Did you know

Last season Dartford and Woking were the best supported clubs in the Conference South. The Darts averaged home attendances of 1171 whilst The Cards averaged 1167. This season Woking are top of the attendance charts averaging 298 more than Dartford in second place.

Woking’s thirteen game unbeaten run in the league can only be matched by Chelmsford City, both sides last lost in the Conference South on the 3 September 2011. However no one can better their current winning away streak of five this season.

The Cards have kept the most clean sheets this term with ten in total, five at home and five away.

Dartford and Woking have conceded the least amount of second half goals, The Darts have conceded eight and The Cards have conceded seven.

In last season’s fixtures Dartford and Woking conjured up an impressive nine goals. The sides drew 2-2 in November and The Darts won 3-2 in April. No other Dartford fixture except Boreham Wood produced as many goals in the two meetings.

*Attendances taken from http://www.bluesqsouth.com and minutes of goals taken from http://news.bbc.co.uk

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