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Wrexham v Dartford

Dartford travel to Wrexham on the weekend hoping to repeat last season’s effort and come home with some points.

The Darts travelled across to Wales last term and against the odds came back with a draw. Danny Harris scored an early goal at the Racecourse Ground, his shot from the edge of the box four minutes into the match gave the visitors an unexpected lead. Wrexham hit back and by half time with goals from Danny Wright and Andy Bishop. In the final minute Dartford earned a free kick which substitute Lee Noble scored to make it 2-2.

Earlier this season, the Darts took another early lead against the Welsh side when Lee Burns finished well when he overlapped onto Lee Noble’s pass. However, Wrexham outclassed their hosts levelling on 12 minutes courtesy of former Premier League striker Brett Ormerod.  Joe Clarke added a second for the visitors and by half time it was 4-1 as Rob Ogleby and Ormerod added more. In the second half a quick free kick caught the Dartford defence out once more, Johnny Hunt sealed a 5-1 win for the Welshmen.

Tony Burman’s side haven’t played since 25 January when they drew 3-3 with Cambridge United which followed up the 2-1 win at Kidderminster Harriers. Hoping his squad has turned a corner, mid week results helped out the Darts who are five points from safety. Towards the January transfer window, Burman has extended the services of Jim Stevenson and Rory McAuley and signed former Tonbridge Angel striker Mikkel Suarez. The 27 year old hit the headlines in 2012 when a clash of heads with team mate Lee Browning left him in intensive care for a week.

Wrexham’s slow start to their campaign is in contrast to last season’s F.A Trophy triumph and Playoff final defeat. At the beginning of October the Welshmen were one place off the relegation places. Six wins from their last eight home matches have pushed the club up the table to twelfth and eight points from the top five.

Unbeaten in four league matches, Andy Morrell’s side have beaten three of Dartford’s relegation rivals in that time. In an attempt to close the gap and reach the playoffs, Morrell has brought in defender Danny Livesey from Carlisle United. The 29 year old will be on loan until the end of the season and was instrumental in Carlisle United’s rise to League One. At the other end of the pitch, prolific Elliott Durrell makes the step up from the Conference North. Durrell won the leagues Player of the Season last year and scored 58 goals in 98 appearances during his time with Hednesford Town.

Head to Head

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

Current League Form

Wrexham (WWDWLW) Dartford (DLLLLL)
Tamworth H 2-0 Cambridge United H 3-3
Southport A 2-1 Kidderminster Harriers A 2-1
FC Halifax Town H 0-0 Salisbury City A 0-1
Aldershot Town H 2-1 Welling United A 1-1
Alfreton Town A 0-1 Welling United H 1-2
Hyde A 5-2 Alfreton Town A 1-2

Last Meeting at the Racecourse Ground

22 September 2012 – Wrexham 2 Dartford 2 – Att: 3772

Goalscorers: Harris (4), Wright (16), Bishop (42), Noble (90)

The Dragons Lineup: Mayebi, Walker, S. Wright, Riley, Ashton, Harris, Keates, Hunt, Cieslewicz, D. Wright, Bishop (subs used: Ormerod, Morrell)

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

Match Stats

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Previous Meetings

19.11.2013 Dartford 1 Wrexham 2
09.03.2013 Dartford 2 Wrexham 1
22.09.2012 Wrexham 2 Dartford 2

League Stats

The meeting between the two sides was Dartford’s heaviest defeat this term and Wrexham’s biggest league win

Wrexham have lost just once in their last nine home games in the Conference Premier

Dartford have had the fewest attempts at goal this season (222) and the fewest shots off target (122). Wrexham on the other hand have scored 17% of their shots at goal, only Luton Town (18%) have a better strike rate

The Darts are looking for their first back to back away wins in the Conference Premier since the end of last season

3241 – Wrexham have the third largest average crowd this season behind Luton Town and Grimsby Town

Between the two sides, top scorers Andy Bishop and Johnny Hunt have netted just six times. Dartford’s top goal getters are Matthew Godden, now back at Scunthrope United and Elliot Bradbrook on five.

 

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