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Dartford v Basingstoke Town

Dartford’s busy schedule continues on Monday when they prepare for the visit of Basingstoke Town.

Due to an England ‘C’ international the club had to rearrange the initial fixture meaning this will be Dartford’s second home match in three days.

Adam Green fires his free kick goal wards

Last time Dartford met Basingstoke at Princes Park was in March last year. In a tight affair The Darts ran out 1-0 winners thanks to an own goal. On sixty five minutes Lee Noble took a long range shot at goal which was spilt by goalkeeper Chay Morris onto his own crossbar. Defender Callum Reynolds could not stop in time to watch as the ball rebound of his chest and into the empty net.

The Darts managed to get back to winning ways on Saturday after two defeats without scoring against Woking in the league and Wealdstone in the cup. Goals from Jacob Erskine and James Rogers ensured Dartford ran out 2-0 winners to complete the league double over Salisbury City. It is the third home league fixture in a row in which Dartford have kept a clean sheet.

Dartford’s win over the Wiltshire club means Tony Burman’s side have moved back up to second. Bromley’s surprise 1-0 victory against Chelmsford City inflicted The Clarets first away defeat of the season. Woking were held to a 1-1 against relegation threatened Hampton and Richmond. Chelmsford City and Woking’s failure to obtain all three points mean The Darts go into Monday nights fixture with Basingstoke Town twelve points behind the leaders with two games in hand.

Delano Sam-Yorke has often been a thorn in Dartford's side

The Dragons surprisingly announced last week the departure of manager Frank Gray and his assistant Gerry Murphy despite the club being in mid table. Jason Bristow will take charge on Monday night with Kevin Braybrook alongside him.

Bristow’s first game in charge ended in triumph when his side beat bottom of the table Thurrock 3-1. Tim Sills opened the scoring on eighteen minutes, Wes Daley scored from the spot and McAuley put the home side three up after just half an hour. Thurrock’s consolation came ten minutes from time.

Away from The Camrose, Basingstoke Town have lost their last three games and have struggled in front of goal. The Hampshire club could be difficult to breakdown though as they have one of the best defensive records in the league.

Statistics (league only)

Dartford (2nd) v Basingstoke Town (9th)

Current Form

Last five Dartford matches at home Last five Basingstoke Town matches away
Won 2-0 v Salisbury City Lost 0-1 v Sutton United
Won 6-0 v Thurrock Lost 0-1 v Farnborough
Won 1-0  v Welling United Lost 1-2 v Weston Super-Mare
Drew 1-1 v Dorchester Town Won 3-1 v Bromley
Lost 2-3 v Woking Drew 1-1 v Maidenhead United

Attendances

Dartford average home attendance: 1278

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

Basingstoke Town average away attendance: 483

Highest away attendance: 861 v Dover Athletic/ Lowest: 202 v Boreham Wood

Did you know…

Dartford have only conceded 11 times in the second half of league matches, the fewest by any team this season.

The Darts have also scored the most in the second half netting 35 goals.

The Dragons have failed to score on their travels in the Conference South for 232 minutes.

Only Chelmsford City (12 goals) have conceded fewer league goals away from home and fewer first half goals home and away than Basingstoke Town


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