Dartford v Salisbury City

The last two Conference South playoff winners go head to head on Tuesday night when the Darts host an in form Salisbury City.

Dartford approach their mid week fixture having lost a third consecutive away match on Saturday. Tony Burman’s side were unable to break their duck at Gateshead losing 2-0 at the International Stadium for a second season in a row.

Once again Dartford drew a blank up in the North East and continue to wait for their first goal away at the Heed. The hosts enjoyed the majority of possession and dominated throughout. James Marwood scored just before the break and Rob Ramshaw just before the hour to condemn the Darts to a fifth defeat in seven away games.

With Jason Prior as the only recognised striker fit, Tony Burman has delved in to the loan market this week. Matthew Godden, who scored five times for Ebbsfleet United last term in a loan spell, arrives at Princes Park from League Two side Scunthorpe United.

Salisbury City may have won just twice on the road, however a current run of one reverse in ten Conference Premier outings have pushed the Wiltshire club up to seventh.

The Whites changed manager in the summer by appointing England’s youngest full time manager. Mikey Harris took over from ex team-mate Darrell Clarke and opened the campaign with three straight losses. The 29 year old improved fortunes guiding the Whites to an eight match unbeaten run. Although the sequence ended at Barnet, Salisbury City were back to winning ways on the weekend.

Two goals in the space of three minutes turned their fixture against Wrexham on its head. Joe Anyinsah had the Welsh club in the driving seat five minutes prior half time as Wrexham went in a goal up at the break. Dan Fitchett levelled the match with eleven minutes remaining and moments later a crafty back heel by Angus McDonald won three points for the Whites.

Two season’s ago Dartford completed a double over Salisbury City during a campaign which ended in Conference South playoff glory. At Princes Park, Jacob Erskine and James Rogers ensured their goals helped the Darts to a 2-0 win. Burman also handed a loan debut to Luke Wilkinson that day which turned out to be a successful spell for the centre back.

Three months earlier Dartford had to grind out victory having fallen behind in the first minute. Stuart Anderson’s deflected shot wrong footed goalkeeper Louis Wells, who was making his first start for the Darts. Jon Wallis equalised with a free kick which was spilt by Salisbury City’s Conor Gough. The young goalkeeper conceded again in the second half against the onrushing Jacob Erskine, a collision left Gough with broken ribs.

Salisbury City only had to wait another year until they clinched promotion back to the Conference Premier with a playoff final win against Dover Athletic.

Team News

Tyrone Sterling missed another Conference Premier match through injury and Matt Fry couldn’t complete the full ninety minutes at Gateshead. The defender will be out with a knee problem whilst striker Adam Burchill is sidelined with a hamstring issue.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 9 / Salisbury City wins: 7 / Draws: 3

Current League Form

Dartford (LWLWLL) Salisbury City (WLWWDW)
Gateshead A 0-2 Wrexham H 2-1
Southport H 1-0 Barnet A 1-3
Grimsby Town A 2-5 Hyde H 2-0
Kidderminster Harriers H 3-0 Nuneaton Town A 2-1
Luton Town A 0-3 Braintree Town H 1-1
Nuneaton Town H 1-2 Chester H 3-1

Last Meeting At Princes Park

25 February 2012 – Dartford 2 Salisbury City 0 – Att: 941

Goalscorers: Erskine (47), Rogers (53)

The Darts Lineup: Wells, Burns, Green, Bonner, Wilkinson, Champion, Noble, Wallis, Erskine, Rogers, Harris (subs used: Graham, Garrod)

Last Five Meetings

25.02.2012 Dartford 2 Salisbury City 0
05.11.2011 Salisbury City 1 Dartford 2
29.11.2003 Salisbury City 3 Dartford 1
18.10.2003 Dartford 0 Salisbury City 3
18.03.2003 Dartford 1 Salisbury City 4

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