Dartford v Hyde

The Darts host bottom club Hyde on Saturday hoping to inflict more woe on the Greater Manchester side.

At Princes Park, Dartford are unbeaten in three matches and hope to stretch that run and lift themselves higher up the Conference Premier ladder. Hyde are still searching for their first win of the season having picked up just two points so far, losing eleven in a row and making the worst ever Conference Premier start after fifteen games.

In Dartford’s last league fixture they travelled across the country to take on Hereford United. With both sides lacking goals the first half was fairly even with the Darts playing better football but the hosts creating more chances. Lee Noble scored his second of the season after eleven minutes after a decent knock down from Max Cornhill. The second half saw the Bulls turn the match around with the help of their two new loan signings. First, Kevin Krans hit an excellent long range effort to level the scores, then Ross Dyer put the hosts ahead. With five minutes remaining, the Darts ensured a point was taken home when substitute Uche Ibemere headed his first for the club.

Tony Burman will be relieved with a point away from home stopping a sequence of three straight loses on the road. Fortunes in DA1 have been much better recently with seven points claimed out of the last nine available.

Hyde visited Kenilworth Road on the weekend and ended their six game run without scoring. It was Luton Town who took the lead through Andre Gray with 16 minutes played. Hyde levelled on the stroke of half time when Steve McNulty put through his own goal, the Hyde equaliser was the Tigers second strike in almost 13 hours of football. Luke Guttridge nudged the Hatters in front six minutes into the second half and Gray added another two to complete a hat trick.

Just over a year ago the Darts hosted Hyde and found the then Conference North champions difficult to overcome. In a lacklustre first half Hyde edged in front when Alex Brown scored in the 28th minute. In the second half Lee Noble and Harry Crawford were introduced and it looked as if Dartford found a way back into the game. Jacob Erskine was upended in the box before Crawford’s penalty was saved by David Carnell.

Hyde were reduced to ten men with the dismissal of Adam Griffin, Crawford made amends with five minutes to go when his superb looping header levelled the score. The Darts sensed three points and pushed for the win and were rewarded when full back Richard Rose kept his cool to lob a crowd of players for a last minute winner.

Team News

Kenny Clark was replaced by the returning Josh Hill against Hereford United adding to the injury stricken defence. Clark tweaked his hamstring allowing Hill to make his first league appearance for the Darts. Tyrone Sterling, Jason Prior and Adam Birchall have been sidelined. Elliot Bradbrook serves a one match ban for accumulating five cautions.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 1 / Hyde wins: 1 / Draws: 0

Current League Form

Dartford (DDLWLW) Hyde (LLLLLL)
Hereford United A 2-2 Luton Town A 1-4
Salisbury City H 1-1 Gateshead H 0-2
Gateshead A 0-2 Braintree Town H 0-3
Southport H 1-0 Lincoln City A 0-3
Grimsby Town A 2-5 Salisbury City A 0-2
Kidderminster Harriers H 3-0 Welling United H 0-1

Last Meeting At Princes Park

30 September 2012 – Dartford 2 Hyde 1 – Att: 1338

Goalscorers: Brown (28), Crawford (85), Rose (90)

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

The Tigers Lineup: Carnell, Brizell, Griffin, Dennis, Lomax, Brown, Poole, Byrne, Tomsett, Spencer, Jevons (subs used: Cox, Crowther, Williams)

Match Stats

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0 – Hyde have yet to keep a clean sheet in this season’s Conference Premier campaign

3 – Dartford have had more possession than their opponents this term on just three occasions

4 – number of players who have scored for Hyde this season, including the own goal at Luton Town

9 – The number of times the Tigers have failed to score in a match, more than any other club this campaign

19 – Josh Hill became the 19th player to feature for Dartford in the league. Only Southport and Lincoln City have used fewer players

The last fifteen minutes of each half is when Hyde have been the most vulnerable. In total they have conceded seven times in the last third of the first half and 11 goals in the final 15 minutes of matches.


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