Bromley v Dartford

Still looking for their first pre season win Dartford travel to Bromley on the weekend to continue preparations for the upcoming campaign.

Two draws against League Two opposition and a 4-0 defeat against a Reading XI is how the Darts have fared so far. However, the results are less important than the fitness levels the senior and academy players are building up before August 10.

With Reading’s first team out in Portugal it was left to their youngsters to visit Princes Park on Tuesday night. Gozie Ugwu, Craig Tanner and Aaron Tshibola all got on the score sheet before Tanner completed his brace in the first half. Dartford would have been delighted that the Royals failed to add to their tally in the second half.

Preceding the mid week fixture there was more squad news to come with the announcement of Jason Prior putting pen to paper. The striker will start the 2013/14 campaign with the Darts having previously played for the club on loan last term. Midfielder Jon Wallis was released due to other commitments, the 27 year old joined Dartford in 2011 helping the side to promotion via the Conference South playoffs.


Jay May during his spell with the Darts

The Darts were triumphant against this Saturday’s opponents in January’s F.A Trophy third round meeting. A 4-2 victory at Princes Park helped Dartford reach the semi finals for the first time in 24 years.

New loan signing Dominic Green took no time at all to score on his début taking advantage of a poor back pass. Bromley’s Pierre Joseph-Dubois hit a decent strike past Marcus Bettinelli to level up. A clever counter attack finished by Green ensured the Darts restored their lead before half time. In the second half, Lee Burns netted from Ryan Hayes’ delightful back heel and Harry Crawford continued his excellent form in front of goal. There was time for consolation when Joseph-Dubois scored again for Bromley.

The two Kent clubs have crossed paths many times in recent seasons playing seven times since Dartford’s promotion to the Conference South in 2010.

One summer signing the Darts will be familiar with is Jay May. The striker played for the club over three spells having come through the youth team ranks. Enjoying Dartford’s rise through the Isthmian leagues he struck up a formidable partnership with Brendon Cass between 2006 and 2008 where he netted 35 league goals in two seasons. The 30 year old returned in 2007 moved to Bromley and came back to the Darts again in March 2009.  May joined Bromley from Billericay Town having scored 11 times last campaign.

Bromley have also played three friendlies starting with League One club Gillingham going down to three first half goals. A first win followed at Beckenham Town when the Lillywhites came from behind twice in a 3-2 triumph. A young Charlton Athletic side turned up at Hayes Lane on Tuesday night and were held to a 1-1 draw.


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