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Dartford v Wrexham

Dartford will be pleased to return home this week to face Wrexham after a run of four straight away defeats.

The Darts will be boosted by the news that former favourite Dave Martin has returned to Princes Park on a months loan. The winger left Dartford six years ago after impressing Crystal Palace when he was playing at Isthmian Division One level. He moved to rivals Millwall where he enjoyed a successful spell with the Lions. Martin has also had loan spells at Derby County, Notts County and Walsall before joining Southend United.  In January, Martin moved to Luton Town where his made 22 league appearances, scoring three times.

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Dave Martin in action during his previous spell 

Tony Burman will be desperate for his side to repeat the Princes Park victory against the Welsh club last term. In the second ever meeting between the two sides Dartford came from behind to shock the Dragons. Scheduled for a Friday night televised fixture, the match was rearranged to the following day due to poor weather conditions.

Wrexham’s Kevin Thornton set up Danny Wright for the opener giving the visitors a half time lead. The game turned late on when substitute Jack Evans equalised and a last minute Elliot Bradbrook header completed the upset.

In the only other meeting between the two sides, the match ended 2-2 at the Racecourse Ground. Danny Harris scored early on before Wrexham turned the match around with goals from Wright and Andy Bishop. Lee Noble rescued a point for the Darts with a superb last minute free kick.

The Darts slipped to third from bottom on the weekend with defeat at Macclesfield Town. Taking a rare lead on their travels, Dartford threw away the points in the space of just three minutes. Adam Birchall won a penalty which fellow loanee Matthew Godden scored after 13 minutes. The Scunthorpe United striker made sure the Darts led at the break. Macclesfield Town’s Scott Boden levelled the match on 66 minutes. Three minutes later Godden was upstaged by Scunthorpe United team mate Connor Jennings. The 22 year old notched a brace to take his tally to 13 goals in 14 league games.

Having lost by three goals at Woking, all scored in the last half hour, Burman realises more work is required to go the distance, he told BBC Radio Kent: “I felt we deserved something in the first half. We got the penalty and second half we should have kept the ball better and there wasn’t too much in the game up until then”, he added: “You’ve got to do it for 90 minutes, not 65”.

Wrexham finished 5th last season losing an all Welsh playoff final to Newport County. The F.A Trophy holders have started slower than expected occupying 16th position.

Away from home, the Dragons have not won in the Conference Premier in their last five attempts. With just one triumph on the road and two draws, Andy Morrell’s side have picked up the same number of points as Dartford on their travels.

Wrexham tasted another away day defeat on the weekend at Kidderminster Harriers. Joe Lolley’s brace put the hosts two up only for the lead to half by Adrian Cieslewicz’s goal. The ball appeared to have gone through a hole in the net causing lengthy discussions between the match officials. Chey Dunkley made sure the hosts regained a two goal advantage. Hope was lost when Wrexham’s top striker Andy Bishop was sent off.

Player-manager Andy Morrell was disappointed with the standard of officiating, he told BBC Radio Wales: “You just ask pretty much for a fair playing field and somebody decent to officiate it. I thought she (referee Amy Fearn) got a fair few decisions wrong.”

When referring to Wrexham’s goal, he commented: “We all saw it, their manager knew it was a goal but the ref’s not given it”, he continued: “The decision was right, but obviously the linesman should check the net before the game. They always run over and look like they’re doing something, so I don’t know exactly what they do do”.

Team News
Ryan Hayes missed Saturday’s trip to Macclesfield Town as he was having a knee scan. Elliot Bradbrook is still recovering from cracked ribs. Reserve goalkeeper Tommy Forecast made his Dartford debut, replacing Alan Julian at half time. Julian suffered from a leg strain which ended a run of 18 full league appearances for the club. If fit Lee Noble will return from his one match suspension for picking up five cautions. The midfielder was substituted in his last appearance for the Darts with an ankle injury.

Andy Bishop will be missing through suspension, the Wrexham striker was sent off for violent conduct on the weekend. The Dragons also have concerns about their goalkeeper Andy Coughlin. The 20 year old missed the last two league games with a throat problem. Joslain Mayebi has been called upon recently completing his 14th start of the campaign on Saturday.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 1 / Wrexham wins: 0 / Draws: 1

Current League Form

Dartford (LLLWDD) Wrexham (LWLWDW)
Macclesfield Town A 1-3 Kidderminster Harriers A 1-3
Woking A 0-3 Gateshead H 3-2
Forest Green Rovers A 0-1 Macclesfield Town A 2-3
Hyde H 4-3 Woking H 2-0
Hereford United A 2-2 Barnet A 1-1
Salisbury City H 1-1 Southport H 1-0

Last Meeting At Princes Park

9 March 2013 – Dartford 2 Wrexham 1 – Att: 815

Goalscorers: Wright (26), Evans (74), Bradbrook (90)

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

The Dragons Lineup: Maxwell, S.Wright, Ashton, Westwood, Artell, Keates, Clarke, Thornton, D. Wright, Ormerod, Adebola (subs used: Ogleby, Cieslewicz)

Match Stats

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League Stats (taken from bbc.co.uk)

5 – Only Chester have had more red cards than Wrexham who have had five dismissals this season

8 – Goals conceded by the Darts between 61st and 75th minutes, the joint worst with bottom club Hyde

15 – Different players have scored for Wrexham, the highest in the division

131 – Number of attempts Dartford have had on goal this season, the fewest by any club

 

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