Luton Town v Dartford

Dartford aim to pick up some much needed points on Tuesday night when they travel to Kenilworth Road and face Luton Town.

The Darts enjoyed both matches against the Hatters last term by completing their only double in the league. On top of a six point haul Luton Town failed to breach the Dartford defence on both occasions. Lee Noble’s sixth minute strike from a direct free kick out wide gave Tony Burman’s side a shock lead and the afternoon was made better after Tom Bonner gave the Darts a 2-0 lead before half time which was enough to take home three points. The corresponding fixture ten months ago was played in front of Dartford’s biggest audience last season. At Princes Park the double was completed in February with Ryan Hayes netting the winner.

With just two wins in eight league games Dartford find themselves in nineteenth position, picking up less than a point a match. The latest setback occurred on the weekend in a 2-1 defeat at home to joint leaders Nuneaton Town. The Darts found themselves two down with just eight minutes on the clock as they became another victim of Louis Moult’s goalscoring feats this season. Moult headed his first from a set piece before striking his own 25 yard free kick into the top corner. Elliot Bradbrook pulled back a goal for the Darts with a sublime overhead kick but the 2-1 half time scoreline remained the same after ninety minutes.

Burman was disappointed that his side were unable to create an equaliser, he told “We might have played some pretty football and passed it about but some of them, in my opinion, didn’t have the desire to make things happen in the second half”. The Dartford boss made his frustration known on defending free kicks, he commented: “It’s two set pieces again which we’ve been punished for”, he added: “The set-pieces are so important and I can’t keep telling the same people about it”.

Tuesday’s hosts have made a slow start considering the expectations of their large support. Five places and a win away from Dartford, Luton Town have also struggled to find the net scoring only five this term. At the other end the Hatters have remained resolute letting in a paltry four.

Manager, John Still and winger David Martin both have links with Dartford having represented the club. Still managed the Darts between 1983 and 1986 guiding the club to promotion reaching the Conference for the second time in the club’s history. After guiding Dartford to a record third place finish in 1985 he left in February 1986. Martin’s performances and wonder goals for the Darts earned him a deal with Crystal Palace prior his spells with Millwall, Derby County and Southend United.

On Friday night Luton Town went down to their first defeat in six games conceding for the first time in four matches. Away to Wrexham, the Hatters were beaten by goals from Andy Bishop and Johnny Hunt. Former Maidenhead United striker, Alex Wall was dismissed for violent conduct in a disappointing evening for the Bedfordshire club.

Team News

Mat Mitchell-King missed his third successive league game on the weekend through injury and midfielder Max Cornhill was also absent for the fourth time in a row. Tyrone Sterling returned to action as an 83rd minute substitute.

Luton Town will have Alex Wall missing through suspension. F.A Cup hero from last season Scott Rendell has gone out on loan to Woking. Alex Lawless made his first start of the season after being out with injury.

Head To Head

Luton Town wins: 1 / Dartford wins: 2

Last Meeting at Kenilworth Road

1 December 2012 –  Luton Town 0 Dartford 2 – Att: 6567

Goalscorers: Noble (6), Bonner (41)

The Hatters Lineup: Brill, Howells, Ainge, Henry, Lawless, Mendy, O’Donnell, Smith, Rendell, Fleetwood, Gray  (sub used: Walker)

The Darts Lineup: Bettinelli, Burns, Arber, Bonner, Rose, Champion, Bradbrook, Hayes, Noble, Harris, Erskine (subs used: Rogers, Collier)

Match Stats

ltfc v dfc stats

0 – Luton Town have failed to score in the first hour of matches this season. Dartford have yet to score in the final half an hour of matches.

5 – number of times the Hatters have failed to score this season. More than any other club except Macclesfield Town, who have also failed to find the net on five occasions

216  – number of minutes since the Darts conceded in the league away from home.

381 – minutes the Hatters went without conceding before their 2-0 defeat at Wrexham, only Cambridge United have kept more clean sheets


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