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Dartford v Salisbury City

The Darts are back at Princes Park in Conference South action on Saturday when they host Salisbury City.

A victory for Dartford will complete the double over The Whites who currently occupy twelfth place in their first season back in the Conference South.

At the Raymond McEnhill Stadium four months ago The Darts worked tirelessly to edge their opponents out in a 2-1 win. Goalkeeper Louis Wells made his début in Wiltshire which started in the worst possible fashion. A long range effort from Salisbury’s Stuart Anderson after just two minutes took a wicked deflection to give the hosts the lead.

Jacob Erskine collides with Conor Gough and heads in the winner

Dartford hit back when Jon Wallis struck a free kick on 25 minutes which squirmed away from goalkeeper Conor Gough and into the net. The Salisbury City goalkeeper’s misery was compounded just past the hour when Jacob Erskine beat Gough in the air resulting in the winning goal, Gough was stretchered off suffering a fractured cheekbone.

Dartford approach Saturdays league match having been on the wrong end of a cup upset on Tuesday night. In a disappointing performance they were knocked out at the same stage as last season when Wealdstone deservedly won 1-0.  The Darts suffered the same result in their last league match versus Woking, but in contrast to the F.A Trophy defeat the performance was outstanding.

Salisbury have been hard to beat of late but have failed to pick up victories too. In thier last eight league matches they have drawn five. However on Tuesday night they defeated Eastleigh 2-0 thanks to goals from recent signings Stuart Sinclair and Abdulai Bell-Baggie.

Since the turn of the year The Whites manager Darrell Clarke has made a few alterations to the squad. Out has gone their top scorer in the league Jake Reid who had his contract cancelled by mutual consent, Josh Casey and Chrlie Knight have gone out on loan. In has come former Salisbury favourite Robbie Matthews who has already netted four in the Conference South. In addition to Matthews, Will Puddy (currently injured), Charlie Losasso and Danny Webb have just been joined by defender Ugo Udoji, goalkeeper Mark Scott and Charlie Griffin.

After dropping to third in the Conference South due to Chelmsford City’s Monday night win The Darts will be desperate to get back to winning ways.

Statistics (league only)

Dartford (3rd) v Salisbury City (12th)

Current Form

Last five Dartford matches at home Last five Salisbury City matches away
Won 6-0 v Thurrock Drew 2-2 v Basingstoke Town
Won 1-0  v Welling United Drew 2-2 v Truro City
Drew 1-1 v Dorchester Town Drew 1-1 v Dover Athletic
Lost 2-3 v Woking Drew 1-1 v Eastleigh
Won 3-1 v Dover Athletic Drew 1-1 v Thurrock

Attendances

Dartford average home attendance: 1304 (2nd)

Highest home attendance: 2559 v Welling United/ Lowest: 924 v Dorchester Town

Salisbury City average away attendance: 744 (5th)

Highest away attendance: 1634 v Woking / Lowest: 186 v Thurrock

Did you know…

Dartford have gone 200 minutes without conceding in the league at Princes Park.

The Darts have scored in every league fixture at home this season but their away day blank on Saturday was their first in the league since 27 August 2012, a run of 21 games. The Conference South record stands at 26 set by St Albans City in the 2005/06 season.

Salisbury City have drawn their last five away matches setting a new Conference South record.

 

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