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Dartford v Nuneaton Town

Dartford host unbeaten high fliers Nuneaton Town in the Conference Premier on Saturday.

Both sides were promoted via the Conference regional leagues two seasons ago through the playoffs. Whilst the Darts finished higher last term, it is the Boro who are surprising the division sitting level with Cambridge United at the top of the table.

Twice the Darts lost to Nuneaton Town by a single goal last season,the last home match took place on the final day of last season. A goal by Wes York in the final ten minutes separated the two sides as Dartford secured an eighth place finish and the Boro ended in fifteenth position. At Liberty Way the match winner was the impressive Andy Brown who scored 19 times last season and has notched four this term already.

Goals have been at a premium in Dartford matches this campaign. On Saturday the Darts kept their third clean sheet whilst adding another blank in front of the opposition net. Likewise, Chester’s attacking force has been lacking and so it was no surprise both sides were unable to break the deadlock. The goalless draw left Dartford’s assistant manager Paul Sawyer, who was stepping in for the absent boss Tony Burman, content with a point considering the Darts had changed their shape, he told BBC Radio Kent: “We did create, we were still pushing for the win at the end, and we’re happy to take a point away”, he added: “I thought on another day we could have nicked three points”.

The Boro built foundations towards the tail end of 2012/13 winning their final three matches and collecting eight clean sheets in the last 13 fixtures. This time out Nuneaton Town have surprised a few thanks to the strike partnership of Brown and Louis Moult. The latter was on loan last season and has netted five goals as a permanent squad member since the first matchday in August. The potent strike force is responsible for nine of the clubs dozen goals this season, leading the way in the top goalscoring charts.

Manager of the Month for August, Kevin Wilkin has led Nuneaton Town to second position, a drastic improvement to their start a year ago. Opening their campaign unbeaten over seven games the Boro have won their last three fixtures with the latest at home to Wrexham. Brown took advantage of the space given to score unmarked from close range with 15 minutes remaining. In the final minute the game was put beyond doubt when Moult secured victory.

Team News

Mat Mitchel-King and Max Cornhill could return to action but will need fitness tests. Tyrone Sterling missed out entirely on Saturday due to family commitments. With all three out last weekend Nathan Collier filled in at centre back and did a fine job. After an impressive Kent Senior Cup win on Tuesday three of the substitute bench consisted of younger players. Uche Ibemere, George Monger and Ronnie Vint may not have featured during the match but they made the selected 16 for Saturday.

Nuneaton Town had doubts over Wes York last weekend and Gareth Dean but they still featured in the win against Wrexham whilst David McNamee made his first start of 2012/13. On Tuesday, Dean appeared as a second half substitute and captained the England C team that lost 1-0 to Latvia. James Armson started whilst Louis Moult made an appearance from off the bench, York and James Belshaw were also in the standby squad. First choice goalkeeper Dimitar Evitimov has been on Bulgaria under 21 duty against Estonia and Russia. The 20 year old featured in the 1-1 draw in Lovech against Estonia and 3-1 defeat to Russia in Khimki.

Head to Head (includes Nuneaton Borough)

Dartford wins: 13 / Nuneaton wins: 10 / Draws: 14 / Dartford Goals: 48 / Nuneaton Goals: 45

Current League Form

Dartford (DLWLLL) Nuneaton Town (WWWDWD)
Chester A 0-0 Wrexham H 2-0
Lincoln City H 1-2 Grimsby Town A 2-1
Tamworth A 2-0 Kidderminster Harriers H 2-1
Braintree Town H 0-2 Barnet A 1-1
FC Halifax Town H 0-2 Southport H 3-1
Aldershot Town A 0-3 Forest Green Rovers H 1-1

Last Five Meetings

20.04.2013 Dartford 0 Nuneaton Town 1
05.12.2012 Nuneaton Town 1 Dartford 0
05.12.1987 Nuneaton Borough 0 Dartford 0
05.09.1987 Dartford 3 Nuneaton Borough 1
09.03.1987 Nuneaton Borough 1 Dartford 3

Last Meeting At Princes Park

20 April 2013 –  Dartford 0 Nuneaton Town 1 – Att: 1844

Goalscorers: York (81)

The Darts Lineup: Somogyi, Green, Burns, Bonner, Arber, Champion, Wallis, Bradbrook, Hayes, Harris, Sheringham (subs used: Rogers, Evans, Collier)

The Boro Lineup: Burge, Phillips, Cowan, Dean, Forsdick, O’Halloran, Adams, Armson, York, Brown, Moult (subs used: Gordon, Dance, Walker)

Match Stats

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Stats

7 – Nuneaton Town have scored in every league match this season.The Boro’s last league blank was on 28 March 2013 against Woking, a run of 13 consecutive games scoring. Also the number of away games unbeaten stretching back to 30 March 2013 when they beat AFC Telford United 3-0.

16 – Number of players used by Tony Burman in the Conference Premier this season, the least by any other club alongside Southport and Welling United.

26 – Dartford’s last goal against a Nuneaton side was 26 years ago.

75 – percentage of Boro league goals scored by Brown and Moult this season.

395 – number of minutes Nuneaton Town went without conceding a goal last season, during the first three weeks of March 2013.

 

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Dartford host Nuneaton Town on the final day of last season

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