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Dartford v Mansfield Town

 

Dartford’s busy schedule continues on Friday night when they play Mansfield Town in front of the television cameras.

The Darts have taken part in two cup ties since their last Conference Premier match away to Barrow which ended 0-0. A run of two successive draws was ended in a replay on Tuesday night as Dartford missed out on a F.A Cup first round tie against League Two side Port Vale.

Harry Crawford headed in his seventh competitive goal at Princes Park on 27 minutes but the lead did not last long for the Darts. Forest Green had a goal chalked off as Rovers were awarded a free kick, however Yan Klukowski expertly scored from the dead ball situation to level the replay.

Klukowski gave the visitors the lead in the second half with a drilled effort from long range, the midfielder’s sixth of the season set Rovers on their way. England C international Matthew Taylor punished Dartford with a third goal, Forest Green’s top scorer took advantage of a second Louis Wells mistake and former Ebbsfleet United player Magno Vieira netted a fourth to secure a place in the first round.

Mansfield Town have had a mixed season so far after showing so much promise in the second half of the 2011/12 campaign. The Stags finished third despite racking up an impressive 89 points and winning 16 of their final 20 league games. Perhaps Mansfield Town have not recovered from the play off disappointed and so far they occupy tenth place in the Conference Premier.

On Saturday the Stags safely negotiated a passage to the F.A Cup first round beating Conference North side Workington 2-1. Jake Speight scored a brace to add to his six league goals before a late strike from the spot by Workington’s Garth Arnison. Victory was the clubs second in succession following a last minute 1-0 win against Forest Green Rovers.

Form wise the Stags have fared better at home boasting the third best record. However, they have struggled on their travels in the Conference Premier with a solitary win, a draw and four defeats, only Hyde have a worse record away from home. Manager Paul Cox has struggled to find a settled side but remain six points from the top five.

Princes Park will host a live fixture for the first time thanks to coverage by Premier Sports.

Team News

Dartford will be without midfielder Tom Champion who picked his fifth yellow of the season in the F.A Cup replay on Tuesday night.

Exodus Geohaghon missed out on playing Dartford when he was at Kidderminster Harriers back in August. The defender moved to the Stags that week and he missed Saturday’s cup tie against Workington. Ryan Tafazolli and striker Nick Wright were also left off the Mansfield Town team sheet. Striker Jake Speight and former Port Vale midfielder Gary Roberts both face suspensions if they pick up another caution.

Current League Form

Dartford (DLWWWW) Mansfield Town
Barrow A 0-0 Forest Green Rovers H 1-0
AFC Telford United H 1-4 Lincoln City H 0-0
Grimsby Town A 2-0 Cambridge United A 1-4
Hyde H 2-1 Hereford United H 1-1
Braintree Town A 2-0 AFC Telford United A 2-2
Wrexham A 2-2 Braintree Town H 2-0

Dartford lost their last home match which was their first time the side dropped points at Princes Park since the opening day of the season.

Mansfield Town have picked up one point out of the last 12 available on the road.

Stats

0 – The Darts are one of six clubs yet to concede a goal in the first 15 minutes of league matches this season

4 – Like last season Mansfield Town are okay in the goals for column, however defensively they have conceded four times in four of their last five defeats.

29 – Mansfield Town have used 29 different players more than any other Conference Premier team this season

33 – Dartford have scored in every home game this season. In their last 33 league matches at Princes Park only Chelmsford City have kept the Darts strike force at bay.

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