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Alfreton Town v Dartford

Dartford travel to the Impact Arena on the weekend to face Alfreton Town, one of the surprise packages of this season.

The Darts finished above the Derbyshire outfit last season by a six point margin. This time Dartford are left lagging behind the Reds who are challenging for a playoff spot. Although only two points adrift from safety, Tony Burman’s side have played the most fixtures and find themselves in desperate need for three points.

Preparations for this weekend’s fixture have been hit by the news that Scunthorpe United striker Matthew Godden has been recalled from his loan spell. Godden’s brief spell with the Darts saw the 22 year old score five times in nine league appearances, including a hat trick in Dartford’s last league win against Hyde two months ago. Connor Essam has also been ordered back to Crawley Town after his loan spell with the Darts, the defender scored one goal in three league appearances. On a positive note winger Dave Martin has extended his loan spell for another month from Luton Town.

Woes continued at Princes Park on Saturday with an eighth successive Conference Premier defeat leaving the Darts second from bottom. Hoping to grab some points against fellow part timers and newly promoted FC Halifax Town, a lightweight strike force barely troubled the visitors. The Shaymen took control after the break and Sheffield United loanee Joe Ironside gave the Yorkshire club the lead. Josh Wilson headed in a second just over ten minutes later before Connor Essam halved the deficit.

Dartford’s run of defeats has led to Chairman, Dave Skinner to back manager Burman this week. Skinner believes that financial security is paramount over survival in the Conference Premier, no matter how much the Darts want to continue in the top flight of non league football.

Meanwhile, Alfreton Town bounced back from a 5-0 trouncing at home to Luton Town with an excellent result at Kidderminster Harriers. Despite falling behind in the first half to Callum Gitting’s’ fifth goal in as many games, the Reds came from behind to earn victory against third place Harriers. Two second half goals from ex Harrier Michael Wylde and a a last minute John Akinde penalty gave Alfreton Town their biggest away win in the league this season.

Dartford will need to complete a rare double if they are to have a chance to climb out of the bottom four. On the opening day of the season a skilful Adam Birchall winner was enough to separate the two sides. Alfreton Town did win almost a year ago at the Impact Arena, scoring a late winner. Ryan Hayes put the Darts in front with just three minutes on the clock but right before half time Danny Meadows levelled the match. Once again, Dartford went ahead through Nathan Collier but Alfreton Town hit back with goals from Anton Brown and a second from Meadows, his third against Dartford in two games.

 

Head to Head

Alfreton Town wins: 1 / Dartford wins: 2 / Draws: 0

Current League Form

Alfreton Town (WLLWWL) Dartford (LLLLLL)
Kidderminster Harriers A 3-1 FC Halifax Town H 1-2
Luton Town H 0-5 Barnet A 0-1
Nuneaton Town A 0-3 Barnet H 0-2
Hyde H 2-1 Gateshead H 0-1
Braintree Town H 3-1 Wrexham H 1-5
Tamworth A 0-1 Macclesfield Town A 1-3

Last Meeting at the Impact Arena

5 January 2013 – Alfreton Town 3 Dartford 2 – Att: 522

Goalscorers: Hayes (3), Meadows (45), Collier (59), Brown (75), Meadows (89)

The Reds Lineup: Barnes, Law, Franklin, Bradley, Franks, Streete, Killock, Brown, Meadows, Arnold, Tomlinson, (subs used: Harriott, Clayton, Worsfold)

The Darts Lineup: Bettinelli, Burns, Champion, Arber, Rose, Hayes, Bradbrook, Wallis, Rogers, Crawford, Erskine (Sub used: Collier, Eisa, Monger)

Match Stats

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Previous Meetings

10.08.2013 Dartford 1 Alfreton Town 0
05.01.2013 Alfreton Town 3 Dartford 2
01.09.2012 Dartford 5 Alfreton Town 1

 

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