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Dartford v AFC Telford United

 

Dartford aim to make it six home wins on the bounce on Tuesday night when they host AFC Telford United.

The last meetings between the two sides came in Dartford’s last stint at the top of non league football. Both matches ended 2-1 with home advantage being key to the outcome. The Darts won at Watling Street in September 1985 but the Bucks reversed the score two months later.

In an incredible start to their campaign the Darts are in fifth position following Saturday’s excellent 2-0 away win at Grimsby Town. Tony Burman celebrated his manager of the month award for September with another three points to increase his sides unbeaten run to five league matches.

With the scores level at the break Dartford took the lead on 52 minutes when Tom Champion opened his account for the season. With the home side pressing to salvage a point loan signing Adam Birchall scored his first for the Darts with a fine goal to wrap up the match and end Grimsby Town’s ten game unbeaten run.

Burman was pleased by his sides excellent performance, he spoke to BBC Radio Kent and said: “We took the game to Grimsby. When we scored it gave us the belief to win the game. Our play and our support was excellent”, he added: “We know what we’re supposed to be doing. We feel people are not giving us any chance. It’s a bit disrespectful, we deserve to be where we are”.

AFC Telford United managed to stop a winless streak on the weekend after overcoming Conference South champions Woking. A penalty was dispatched by former Premier League striker Darren Byfield after just seven minutes. The much needed win for the Bucks arrived after a barren spell of six games in which they drew four times.

Andy Sinton’s team are seven points behind the Darts in ninth place but are very much the draw specialists in the Conference Premier. Only beaten three times, AFC Telford United have drawn six and won four which included beating Luton Town 1-0 with nine men.

Whilst the Darts have only been defeated once at Princes Park, AFC Telford United have only been beaten once on their travels. If previous history is anything to go by then it could be a close encounter.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 14 / AFC Telford United wins: 13 / Draws: 8

Current Form

Dartford (WWWDWL) AFC Telford United (WDLDDD)
Grimsby Town A 2-0 Woking H 1-0
Hyde H 2-1 Gateshead A 1-1
Braintree Town A 2-0 Newport County H 2-4
Wrexham A 2-2 Mansfield Town H 2-2
Hereford United H 4-0 Cambridge United A 3-3
Gateshead A 0-2 Lincoln City H 1-1

Dartford have won five in a row at home, the longest streak in the division.

AFC Telford United are without an away win in their last three attempts.

Team News

James Rogers sat out Saturday’s win through illness, Louis Wells is still regaining fitness and Adam Green has not featured since his injury picked up almost two months ago.

Kieron St Aimie and Daniel Preston are suspended for the red cards they picked up in the Bucks 4-2 defeat against Newport County. Last season’s top scorer for the Bucks, Chris Sharp returned to the side on Saturday as he racked up 14 minutes, the striker has been out with a groin injury. Luke Hubbins managed a half in AFC Telford United’s 1-0 win as he had to withdraw from the action due to illness.

Stats

5 – AFC Telford United have had five players sent off this season, more than any other club in the league.

14 – Dartford have had 14 different goalscorers in their Conference Premier campaign so far, the most by any team.

16 – The amount of league goals Dartford have scored at Princes Park this season, the most goals scored at home in the division

The Darts have scored the most number of goals in the final fifteen minutes, below is a table of the top five teams who leave scoring late.

Team Goals
Dartford 10
Macclesfield Town 9
Forest Green Rovers 8
Nuneaton 7
Newport County 7

 


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