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Hampton and Richmond v Dartford

Dartford travel to The Beveree to take on Hampton and Richmond for the second time this season.

Saturdays fixture is important for both clubs as The Darts will be aiming to keep the pressure on at the top of the Conference South table. The Beavers are searching for points to keep them at bay from the dreaded drop zone.

Jacob Erskine takes home the match ball after his hat trick against Boston United

Saturday’s fixture at Hampton and Richmond will be the first in a run against teams in the bottom four. Dartford travel to Staines Town who are second from bottom on Tuesday night and entertain Thurrock who occupy last spot at Princes Park the following Saturday.

Burman realises that the next week of football presents a good opportunity to make up some ground on Welling United, Chelmsford City and Woking, he commented: “We have got three or four of the toughest games coming up because they are the teams around the bottom at the moment. It’s what we do against them sort of sides because that is where our bread and butter is going to lay in the next few months. These sides will be difficult to beat because they are fighting for their lives”.

Jacob Erskine will face his former club on the weekend after his terrific hat trick in a bruising cup tie against Boston United. Erskine took home the match ball in a 4-2 victory which earned Dartford a draw against Wealdstone in the last sixteen.

Tony Burman praised Erskine and told PURE DFC: “He has been working hard to do well. He is a big lad and he has got to improve his work rate which we’re trying to do and he understands what we are asking him to do we can’t ask for anything more”, the Dartford boss added: “I’m pleased when something works like that and you can see someone working hard in training and he has got his just rewards, he scored a good hat trick”.

The Darts approach this weekend in good form having tasted defeat just once in fourteen league and cup games. Victory at The Beveree will be Dartford’s third in a row in the Conference South and sixth league matches away from home without defeat.

Elliot Bradbrook scores against The Beavers

Earlier in the season Dartford triumphed 2-1 over the Middlesex club with a goal from Elliot Bradbrook and a penalty scored by Charlie Sheringham. Hampton and Richmond managed to half the deficit when Erskine netted for The Beavers. A second victory against The Beavers will go some way to erasing the memories of last seasons results.

In the first meeting, Paul Goodacre was dismissed at The Beveree with less than ten minutes played and from then on it was an uphill struggle for The Darts. Dean Wells headed the only goal of the game on 58 minutes to win the match 1-0 for Hampton and Richmond. At Princes Park, Dartford were comfortably beaten 4-0.

Hampton and Richmond took ten league games to record their first win but since November they have started to pick up valuable points and climbed out of the bottom three on New Years Day. The 4-1 thrashing of Staines Town was followed up with a 1-1 draw with Tonbridge Angels and a creditable 2-2 draw against Sutton United. A third consecutive draw was recorded in the F.A Trophy when East Thurrock United held Mark Harper’s side 1-1 to earn a replay.

Team News

Connor Essam has extended his loan spell with The Darts which will give Paul Goodacre more time to recover which is going well at the moment. Tom Champion is suspended for accruing ten cautions so Jon Wallis could return to the starting eleven.

Last week Hampton and Richmond boss Mark Harper signed striker Adam Thomas from Chesham United and midfielder Esmond James from Farnborough. Lost Dan Thompson to Portsmouth and Joel Ledgister’s loan spell ended when he moved to Sutton United. Ledgister scored twice against The Beavers in their last league fixture.

Statistics (league only)

Hampton and Richmond (19th) v Dartford (4th)

Current Form

Last five Hampton and Richmond matches at home Last five Dartford matches away
Drew 1-1 v Tonbridge Angels Won 4-1 v Havant and Waterlooville
Lost 1-2 v Staines Town Drew 1-1 v Welling United
Lost 0-2 v Thurrock Drew 2-2 v Eastleigh
Won 3-1 v Eastbourne Borough Won 2-1 v Salisbury City
Drew 3-3 v Havant and Waterlooville Won 3-0 v Thurrock

Attendances

Hampton and Richmond average home attendance: 469 (17th)

Highest home attendance: 629 v Staines Town / Lowest: 260 v Dorchester Town

Dartford average away attendance: 836 (2nd)

Highest away attendance: 1815 v Welling United/ Lowest: 441 v Boreham Wood

Scoring times

Mins H&RFC For DFC For H&RFC Against DFC Against
0-15 3 8 6 7
16-30 3 8 8 5
31-45+ 4 6 8 4
45-60 13 5 4 3
61-75 7 9 6 5
76-90+ 3 11 10 3

Did you know…

Dartford have the best defensive record in the league if you count second half league goals only

No team has scored more goals in the first quarter of the second half than Hampton and Richmond

Dartford’s best unbeaten away run in the Conference South is five. If they avoid defeat on Saturday The Darts will set a personal best in the Conference South.

Hampton and Richmond have failed to score in three successive home games in the Conference South this season, they have scored in their last two.

The Beavers are one of two teams who have yet to manage a clean sheet at home, Staines Town are the other club.

Mark Harper’s side have managed to score in their last six league fixtures and are three unbeaten in the Conference South , their best run this season.

 

 

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