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Maidenhead United v Dartford

Dartford have the chance to record their fifth straight victory in the Conference South when they travel to Maidenhead United on Tuesday night.

Elliot Bradbrook scores: The Darts beat Maidenhead United at Princes Park

Last season The Darts put six past The Magpies completing a double over the Berkshire club. On the final day of last season The Darts won 3-2 to finish the season in tenth place. Meanwhile Maidenhead United escaped relegation by three points despite defeat. Dartford took advantage of a twenty minute second half spell which included goals by Charlie Sheringham, Jack Pallen and Ryan Hayes. Maidenhead United pulled a goal back with eleven minutes on the clock when Craig Faulconbridge netted and Jefferson Louis made it 3-2 with four minutes to go.

At Princes Park, The Darts ran out comfortable winners defeating a struggling Maidenhead United team who were in the middle of last seasons longest streak without a win. Sheringham opened the scoring on 68 minutes and Elliot Bradbrook left it late to seal the match scoring twice in the final two minutes.

Dartford’s fantastic run was extended on Saturday with a hard working performance at home to Farnborough. The Darts picked up their twenty seventh point from the last thirty availble with a 3-0 win against The Boro. Jacob Erskine put in a man of the match display with well taken goals in the 18th and 52nd minutes. Substitute Tony Garrod compounded Farnborough’s misery with a goal against his former club with two minutes remaining.

Although goals have been flying in at one end, the leagues top scorers have also been making headway at the back with three clean sheets in four matches. Tony Burman spoke to PURE DFC, he said: “Obviously we’re delighted to have kept a clean sheet, if you keep a clean sheet you win games and I’m really pleased that is happening”.

Jacob Erskine takes it round the Farnborough goalkeeper on Saturday

Erskine recorded his seventh league goal of the season for The Darts in his 14th Conference South start with the club. Burman is delighted with the strikers efforts, he commented: “Jacob’s come to us as a last chance saloon probably but he has come and had a go. He has worked hard and he is concentrating on certain things we want him to do and he has become a real good target man at the moment”.

With eleven fixtures left of the season the Dartford manager still has his eye on consolidating a playoff spot, he said: “I just told the boys to enjoy it. We’re not trying to get points to stay up from relegation, we’re trying to get points to keep in the playoffs and who knows we might catch Woking. It’s a long way to go and there is a lot of games to be played. With all due respect we’ve made it interesting and other clubs around us have made it interesting”.

Maidenhead United approach Tuesday fixture in mixed form and five points clear of the drop in sixteenth. At home The Magpies have won just three times this campaign as they have struggled to pick up three points at York Road. On Saturday Johnson Hippolyte’s side were defeated by a solitary goal when Tonbridge Angels defender Ollie Schulz scored the games only goal. However, it was only just over a week ago the Berkshire club shocked league leaders Woking helping Dartford close the gap at the top to six points.

The Magpies have had a topsy turvy 2011/2012 so far. After losing their first two games 4-0 they put a run together to enter the playoff places nine games into the season. Maidenhead then embarked on a 12 match run without a win as they dropped within two points of the relegation zone. A few squad changes later has steadied the ship and now Hippolyte’s team have earned some breathing space between the bottom three.

Team News

Paul Goodacre signed for Isthmian Premier League side Concord Rangers on a dual registration. The move will help Goodacre regain match fitness after a long lay off with injury. Louis Wells recovered from last weekends injury to play on Saturday so will be available for selection again. Noble also recovered from flu to start against Farnborough. Bradbrook returned from his long spell on the sidelines with a substitute appearance but James Rogers will continue to serve his suspension for his red card at Wealdstone.

Statistics (league only)

Maidenhead United (16th) v Dartford (2nd)

Current Form

Last five Maidenhead United matches at home Last five Dartford matches away
Lost 0-3 v Boreham Wood Won 1-0 v Tonbridge Angels
Drew 1-1 v Sutton United Lost 0-1 v Woking
Won 1-0  v Eastbourne Borough Won 4-1 v Staines Town
Drew 1-1 v Basingstoke Town Won 3-1 v Hampton and Richmond
Lost 0-1 v Dorchester Town Won 4-1 v Havant and Waterlooville

Attendances

Maidenhead United average home attendance: 306 (21st)

Highest home attendance: 405 v Bromley/ Lowest: 221 v Thurrock

Dartford average away attendance: 926 (2nd)

Highest away attendance: 2528 v Woking/ Lowest: 378 v Staines Town

Did you know…

A win for Dartford will equal their best winning streak in the Conference South. Dartford won all five January fixtures this year to set the record.

Dartford’s clean sheet versus Farnborough was the first time The Darts failed to concede in successive league fixtures this season. The Darts have conceded just twice in 619 minutes of Conference South football.

Only Thurrock have scored fewer goals at home than Maidenhead United this season. The Magpies have netted just 17 times at York Road.

Only Boreham Wood have a lower average home attendance than Maidenhead United.

48% of the goals Maidenhead United have conceded have been in the last half hour of games.

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