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Dartford v Boreham Wood

Dartford play their final regular home match in the Conference South on Saturday when they entertain Boreham Wood.

After guaranteeing a runners up spot last weekend, The Darts will be hoping to erase their poor results against The Wood with victory at Princes Park.

Elliot Bradbrook equalises earlier in the season

Earlier in the season the Hertfordshire club defeated Dartford 3-1 thanks to three loan signings. Chez Isaac took 48 seconds to give Boreham Wood the lead with a stunning long range effort. Elliot Bradbrook levelled the scores four minutes later when he turned the ball into the net from eight yards. Michael Thalassitis put the home side in front on 17 minutes when he slotted past Andy Young and Nathan Koranteng sealed the win for The Wood on 56 minutes.

In the corresponding fixture last season Boreham Wood completed a double over The Darts in convincing fashion. Mario Noto netted a hat trick as The Wood came from a goal down to win 4-1. Charlie Sheringham opened the scoring on 32 minutes before Noto equalised just before half time. Noto scored twice more in the second half and David Bryant completed a convincing win for Ian Allinson’s side.

Last weekend Tony Burman’s side beat a tough Sutton United side who have almost secured a playoff spot of their own. Tony Garrod was composed enough to net his fourth goal for The Darts when he took it round the goalkeeper to score the only goal of the game.

Like Saturday, Burman will use the up and coming fixtures wisely, he told PURE DFC: “I’m pleased we made some changes; we’re trying to give some people match practice. Tony Garrod lasted 70 minutes but he has done damage with a great goal and Ryan Hayes came on”.

Dartford’s home form has been formidable this season including no defeats at Princes Park in 2012. The Darts currently have the best home record in the Conference South and only draws against Wealdstone and Chelmsford City have prevented the club winning all home games this year.

With the Kent Senior Cup Final on Tuesday and the playoffs round the corner Burman is happy to have a good squad of players to call upon, he said: “I’m delighted with all 19 players, they have waited patiently. Luke is suspended on Saturday so Paul Goodacre will come in, he got a bad injury and he was off for 11 weeks. I’m delighted he has been able to get some games and so he comes in contention. I need people like Paul around, he has been excellent for us”.

The Darts will play out the league season without any pressure after achieving second place. The Dartford boss is happy the club’s target has been achieved and proud of taking the title race so far, he commented: “It’s been hanging over us a little bit with Woking doing what they have been doing and us keeping in touch with Woking. We got it down to the last three games before they won the league and we have got to take a lot of credit from that”.

He added: “Our target was to get in the playoffs and the way I’m going to attack it is to thoroughly enjoy myself. I think the players should do that, the supporters should do that. I think the supporters should be and are proud of what we have achieved this year”.

Mario Noto: Now playing and coaching for The Wood

No matter what results Boreham Wood pick up over the last two league fixtures they have recorded their best ever finish for a league season. The record set last season has been bettered again as Ian Allinson continues to work on a low budget in front of the lowest average attendance.

It hasn’t been plain sailing this season, as The Wood only started to hit form between mid September and mid November picking up 22 points out of 24 over an eight game unbeaten run. A run of one win in ten followed but more recently they have started to pick up points again. Away from home Boreham Wood have won four from the last six but had won just twice in their first 13 away matches.

It is no surprise that Ian Allinson’s squad are inconsistent considering the ins and outs of the squad throughout the season. One thing for sure is The Wood are certainly consistent against Dartford having won the last four.

Team News

Luke Wilkinson serves the first of his two game ban for his sending off against Chelmsford City. Wilkinson lined up against The Darts for Boreham Wood back in October, he will also miss the Kent Senior Cup Final on 24 April 2012. Jon Wallis is still out with injury as is Deren Ibrahim.

Previous Meetings (CS – Conference South / IPL – Isthmian Premier League / LC – League Cup)

08.10.2011 (CS) Boreham Wood 3 Dartford 1
16.04.2011 (CS) Dartford 1 Boreham Wood 4
02.10.2011 (CS) Boreham Wood 3 Dartford 1
16.03.2010 (IPL) Dartford 1 Boreham Wood 2
27.02.2010 (IPL) Boreham Wood 0 Dartford 1
25.04.2009 (IPL) Boreham Wood 0 Dartford 0
29.11.2008 (IPL) Dartford 3 Boreham Wood 0
14.11.2006 (LC) Dartford 0 Boreham Wood 3

Statistics (league only)

Dartford (2nd) v Boreham Wood (8th)

Current Form

Last five Dartford matches at home Last five Boreham Wood matches away
Drew 0-0 v Chelmsford City Lost 0-1 v Thurrock
Won 2-1 v Maidenhead United Won 2-0 v Dover Athletic
Won 6-1 v Sutton United Won 2-0 v Salisbury City
Won 3-1 v Havant and Waterlooville Lost 1-2 v Truro City
Won 3-0 v Farnborough Won 4-2 v Havant and Waterlooville

Attendances

Dartford average home attendance: 1242

Highest home attendance: 2559 v Welling United/ Lowest: 783 v Basingstoke Town

Boreham Wood average away attendance: 367

Highest away attendance: 1196 v Woking / Lowest: 214 v Thurrock

Did you know…

Dartford’s blank against Chelmsford City in their last home match was the first time this season The Darts failed to score in the league at Princes Park. The 0-0 draw ended a run of eight straight home wins which set a new Conference South record for the 2011/2012 season.

The Darts have taken an amazing 26 points from the last 30 available at home.

Boreham Wood have had 21 different league goal scorers this campaign, more than any other club.

The Wood equalled the record consecutive league wins for this season from 8 October 2011 and 12 November 2011. A run of six wins in a row started with their 3-1 win against The Darts. Only Welling United and Farnborough have managed six victories on the spin, Dartford’s best is five from 2 January 2012 to 28 January 2012.

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