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Dartford v Nuneaton Town

Dartford close their return to the Conference Premier and will be crowned the best part time team in the country.

The Darts were already safe a fortnight ago but hope to finish in the top six whilst visitors Nuneaton Town secured another season in the Conference Premier, without even playing on Tuesday night.

Boro were bottom when the Darts last faced the Warwickshire club in December. The trip to Liberty Way didn’t go to plan when Boro’s Andy Brown scored the winner on the stroke of half time.

Over the last week Dartford have continued their decent form with a 1-0 away win at Stockport County, thanks to Charlie Sheringham’s fourth goal in his second spell with the club. The Darts then travelled east to west on Tuesday night to take on Forest Green Rovers who started the evening a place and two points ahead of Tony Burman’s side.

Having never beaten Forest Green Rovers the Darts got of to a great start following a goal credited to Danny Harris inside the first ten minutes. Ryan Hayes then won a penalty when he was upended by Chris Stokes and Elliot Bradbrook scored from the spot. The first half got even better for Dartford as Hayes caused problems for Eddie Oshodi who lunged at the winger picking up a red card.

In the second half, Stokes made up for conceding a penalty by heading in a goal for the hosts. The two goal cushion was restored when Bradbrook headed his tenth goal of his campaign. Rovers failed to give in and with eleven minutes to play Jamie Turley reduced the deficit once more. However, Dartford held out to record their first ever win versus Forest Green Rovers.

Nuneaton Town have struggled in their first season back in the Conference Premier league after a nine year absence. Promoted via the playoffs last season Boro have not risen above fifteenth place. Up until mid February the Warwickshire club spent almost five months in the drop zone which included a run of eleven games without a league win.

Manager, Kevin Wilkin has transformed fortunes in the last two months by winning seven, drawing five and losing just three. Striker, Andy Brown has been a key player for Boro scoring four in his last three appearances taking his tally to an impressive 19 for the season, the joint third top scorer in the league. Brown who has featured in every league match also fired his side through last seasons playoffs, netting the winning goals in both the final and semi-finals.

Last weekend Boro pulled five points clear of the drop rising to sixteenth after they beat Hyde 3-1 at Liberty Way. Brown dispatched Wes York’s cross before setting up Simon Forsdick and Louis Moult. Hyde’s Louis Almond pulled a goal back in the final minute. The victory proved crucial as Stockport County’s draw on Tuesday night guaranteed safety for Nuneaton Town.

Dartford have never lost their final league match at Princes Park and a win could secure an incredible sixth place finish.

League Permutations

Dartford can finish sixth if they better Hereford United’s score. If the Darts draw and Hereford United lose by one then goals scored will be the deciding factor, only two goals separate the sides in the for column.

A win for Mansfield Town at home to Wrexham will mean a return to League Two for the Stags, a draw could see the same fate.

Kidderminster Harriers are two points behind and need a two goal win or more if Mansfield Town draw. The Harriers will also go up if they win and Mansfield Town lose.

Playing Kidderminster Harriers are Stockport County who have to win to be in with a chance of survival. Tamworth, Gateshead and Lincoln City will need to pick up points if the Hatters beat title chasing Kidderminster Harriers.

Current League Form

Dartford (WWDLWW) Nuneaton Town (WWDLWD)
Forest Green Rovers A 3-2 Hyde H 3-1
Stockport County A 1-0 Gateshead A 2-0
Braintree Town H 0-0 Ebbsfleet United A 1-1
Grimsby Town H 1-2 Newport County H 1-2
AFC Telford United A 2-0 AFC Telford United A 3-0
Woking H 4-1 Woking H 0-0

Last Meeting

5 March 2013 – NuneatonTown 1 Dartford 0 – Att: 651

Goalscorers: Brown (45)

Boro Lineup: Smith, Cartwright, Dean, Forsdick, Gordon, James, O’Halloran, Walker, Brown, Newton, Taylor (sub used: York)

The Darts Lineup: Bettinelli, Burns, Champion, Ajayi, Rose, Hayes, Wallis, Rogers, Noble, Harris, Erskine (subs used: Collier, Crawford)

Match Stats

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