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Woking v Dartford

 

The Darts take on Conference South champions on Tuesday night when they travel to Woking.

Both newly promoted sides started with opening day defeats in a weekend that produced plenty of goals. Dartford lost 3-2 at home to Tamworth in their first top flight fixture in 26 years. Woking went down 3-1 away to Wrexham as they returned to Conference Premier action for the first time in three seasons.

Dartford boss, Tony Burman spoke to PURE DFC and assessed his sides first game, he said: “We’ve played pretty well – I’m disappointed we’ve not got all three points to be honest. We’ve made three mistakes on the goals, and we’ve been punished. The third goal was a great strike, but on the first and second goals we’ve let the ball bounce and that’s not right, and with the third goal, the ball’s been played down the line but we haven’t hit it into decent areas. I can’t fault the lads’ effort and I can’t fault the way they’ve played”.

Despite frailties at the back on Saturday, Burman is optimistic that his team is going forward with promise, he added: “We’ve had enough chances, and created enough. Every game is going to be tough, and we need to get into a routine and learn the league quickly. We will get punished if we make mistakes, and we’ve been punished today not because of a bad team performance but because we’ve made three bad mistakes”.

Débuts were handed out to Mark Arber at centre half and striker Harry Crawford from off the bench. The 20 year old striker marked his first match in a Dartford shirt with a well taken headed goal which was enough to saviour a point.

Dartford return to the venue where they were beaten last season by a headed goal from defender Alan Inns after just three minutes. The defeat at the Kingsfield Stadium was Dartford’s second loss to Woking last term, the Surrey side triumphed 3-2 at Princes Park.

Two years ago the Darts fared better in an entertaining 2-2 draw. Ryan Hayes opened the scoring with a deft lob on seven minutes. Woking’s Elvis Hammond equalised mid-way through the first half and Craig Faulconbridge’s header in first half stoppage time put the hosts in front. George Purcell equalised five minutes into the second half with a well executed volley.

Woking manager, Garry Hill also gave débuts to new signings and after trailing 2-0 to Wrexham one of the debutants Bradley Bubb opened his account. The former Basingstoke Town and Farnborough striker has been prolific at Conference South level and may be one to watch. Bubb replaced ex Welling United winger Loick Pires on Saturday who has joined Jack Parkinson, Brett Johnson and Lee Sawyer over the summer to play for the Cards this season.

Last Meeting

18 February 2012: Woking 1 Dartford 0 – Attendance: 2528

Woking Line Up: Aaron Howe, Adam Newton, Mike Cestor, Keiran Murtagh, Alan Inns, Adam Doyle, Wayne Gray (Mo Shariff), Jack King, Moses Ademola (Ola Sogbanmu), Elvis Hammond (Paris Cowan-Hall), Kevin Betsy. Subs not used: Joe McNerney, Andy Little.

Dartford Line Up: Louis Wells, Lee Burns, Adam Green, Tom Bonner, Paul Goodacre, Tom Champion, Lee Noble (Ryan Hayes), Jon Wallis, Jacob Erskine (Tony Garrod), James Rogers (Richard Graham), Danny Harris. Subs not used: Matt Jones, Deren Ibrahim.

Did you know…

Matchday One produced a total of 42 goals at an average of 3.5 goals per game. The highest average since 1995 when 39 goals were scored over 11 fixtures at 3.54 per match.

Elliot Bradbrook’s start on Saturday was his 100th league start since joining Dartford in 2009.

Dartford and Woking have been the best supported clubs in the Conference South over the past two seasons. The Cards took the attendance league title from the Darts.

Average Attendance 2011/12

Average Attendance 2010/11

Woking

1834

1167

Dartford

1246

1171

Woking top scored in the Conference South last season with 92 goals ahead of Dartford’s tally of 89. Whilst the Cards netted more in the first half the Darts were more potent later in the second half.

 

 

 

 

 

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