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Gateshead v Dartford

 

On Saturday Dartford return to the venue where they were knocked out of the F.A Trophy last sixteen 19 months ago.

In a cup run which included the scalp of Crawley Town, now in League One, Dartford drew Gateshead in round three only to sucumb to a 3-0 defeat.

Phil Turnball’s deflected shot gave Gateshead the lead just before the break. In the second half Gateshead were in control when substitute Brain Wake doubled the lead four minutes from time and with Dartford pressing forward were caught out again in the last minute by Kris Gale. Despite being knocked out of the competition many fans hold fond memories of the day at The Gateshead International Stadium.

The Darts are on a roll and have firmly put their slow start behind them. A four game winning streak in the league has equalled a club record at Conference Premier level. Wins against struggling sides Kidderminster Harriers and Alfreton Town as well as shock results versus Cambridge United and Newport County has propelled the club up to eighth in the table.

Richard Rose

A dramatic climax at the end of Tuesday night’s fixture has increased optimism at the club. Richard Rose’s first Dartford goal and last gasp winner in a 2-1 victory against Newport County earned all three points. Earlier in the second half the Darts leading scorer Harry Crawford netted his fifth of the season and Newport County’s Aaron O’Connor scored his seventh in as many games.

Tony Burman spoke to PUREDFC and was pleased with a fourth successive win, he said: “I’m delighted we’ve managed to do that and the guys have worked hard. We felt after the first three games the players deserved more than zero points and now it has come good for us and it breeds confidence”.

Dartford’s boss recognises his squads work ethic as a contributing factor to the turn around in form, he added: “It’s something we believe in, we know the players work very hard and look after themselves”, he continued: “What we have got into the players is that they do have quality and they need to bring that out. The players can do it they just have to believe they can do it. It doesn’t matter where you go but you need the work rate and we have that in abundance”.

The major difference to the fixture two seasons ago is the fact the Heed have lost striker Jon Shaw to Luton Town. Shaw scored 35 goals in league and cup last season which saw the North East club finish eighth. However manager Ian Bogie is accustomed to losing high profile strikers, he told the Evening Chronicle:  “Jon Shaw left and we move on. In my tenure as manager of Gateshead we have never had any problems when players have left”, he added: “Now it is about the players we have in our dressing room taking responsibility. they have got to share the workload in the goals-for column and be more resolute at the back”.

Over the first seven games the Heed have tightened up conceding eight times which is the fourth best record in the division. In midfield they can rely on Josh Gillies who was called up to the England C squad and up front Nathan Fisher has netted three times.

This is Hardcore: Dartford fans travelled all the way to the North East in the F.A Trophy nineteen months ago

Gateshead threw a two goal lead in their opener at Luton Town to draw 2-2, brushed Mansfield Town aside with a 4-1 win before drawing 1-1 with another of the favourites Forest Green Rovers. Their unbeaten run continued with a 2-1 triumph at Edgeley Park versus Stockport County, a 1-1 draw at home to Lincoln City and a 1-0 win against Nuneaton.

For the first time this season the Heed were toppled at Southport late on. Bogie felt his side dominated in their 2-1 defeat and should have been out of sight before a costly mistake three minutes from time gave the Sandgrounders the win.

Team News

Danny Harris briefly returned on Tuesday as a substitute before being replaced by Jon Wallis. The forward only managed ten minutes after looking fit enough prior the match. Top scorer Harry Crawford left Princes Park with a dead leg whilst Louis Wells and Adam Green remained absent from the squad through injury.

Current Form

Gateshead

Dartford

Mansfield Town

H

4-1

Woking

A

0-1

Forest Green Rovers

H

1-1

Macclesfield Town

A

0-2

Stockport County

A

2-1

Kidderminster Harriers

H

1-0

Lincoln City

H

1-1

Cambridge United

A

2-1

Nuneaton Town

A

1-0

Alfreton Town

H

5-1

Southport

H

1-2

Newport County

H

2-1

Did you know…

Four Dartford players (Mark Arber, Tom Bonner, Elliot Bradbrook and Tom Champion) have started every Conference Premier league match this season compared to six Gateshead players.

Dartford (8) and Gateshead (7) have accrued 15 yellow cards between them, less than Mansfield Town (17) and Wrexham (18)

Only twice has the Darts enjoyed more possession than their opponents this season, the Heed have managed to keep the ball better than the opponents five times.

Gateshead has averaged an attendance of 712 at home this season

Stats

The Darts have scored the same amount of goals as Gateshead this season netting 23.53% of their shots. The Heed have been less accurate scoring from 14.29% of their efforts at goal.


*statistics taken from www.skysports.com and bbc.co.uk

* picture of Richard Rose taken from dartfordfconline.com

*picture of Dartford fans courtesy of Dave Adkins

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