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Dartford v Hereford United

Dartford have the chance to grab some vital points this weekend when they host financial stricken Hereford United.

When the two clubs met in September 2012 the Darts recorded one of their most convincing victories of the season, running out 4-0 winners. Ryan Hayes opened the scoring early on with a tidy finish and James Rogers headed in just after the break. Substitutes Danny Harris and Jon Wallis emphatically increased the scoreline with Harris’s goal the pick of the match.

Just over four months ago, Dartford brought home a point with a 2-2 draw at Edgar Street. A late Uche Ibemere goal tied the match after the Bulls had come from behind. Lee Noble scored from close range with just 11 minutes played. Hereford United loanees Kevin Krans and Ross Dyer turned the match around after the break. However, Ibemere popped up with the equaliser five minutes from time.

Tony Burman’s side approach the weekend on the back of a four match unbeaten run. A win at home to Woking on Tuesday night added to recent victories against Kidderminster Harriers and Wrexham.

The Cards went in front in the fourth minute when Scott Rendell’s deflected shot wrong footed goalkeeper Alan Julian. The lead was short lived when the Darts hit back immediately, Alex Wall scored his first for the club seconds from the restart. The visitors were reduced to ten men when a poor challenge on Jim Stevenson resulted in Joey Jones being dismissed. Dartford capitalised right before half time when Wall was on the end of a decent through ball to score his second of the night.

Max Cornhill continued his good form notching his third then his fourth goal in as many games. Just before the hour the midfielder was rewarded for winning the ball back by converting Wall’s cross. He added Dartford’s fourth of the night with fifteen minutes to go when he headed a corner in at the near post. There was time for a fifth from Lee Noble who slotted home from débutante Mikkel Suarez’s flick on to secure Dartford’s biggest win of the season.

Performances from the Darts have improved of late but a run of postponed games saw them drop further behind in their relegation battle starting Tuesday five points adrift. The mid week win has lifted Dartford one position and they have now closed the gap to just two points.

Hereford United have had a week off and time to reflect on their worst league defeat in 50 years. Last weekend’s visit to Kenilworth Road ended in a 7-0 trouncing. The Hatters remained at the summit of the Conference Premier table thanks to Andre Grays hat-trick being added to by Paul Benson, Jake Howells, Pelly Ruddock and Alex Lawless. The Bulls second defeat in a row without scoring comes after their inspriational midfielder Josh O’Keefe left for Kidderminster Harriers. After the Luton Town match, manager Martin Foyle admitted to the club’s website that there has been “problems in the camp for a long time” and the gulf between the top and bottom sides is “getting bigger and bigger”.

Off the field, Hereford United have struggled financially since last season and due to falling attendances are trying to keep afloat. Early this month the club announced redundancies including four members of the backroom staff. Cuts have been made in an attempt to averat a winding up order from Revenue and Customs over a PAYE bill.

Team News

Ben Swallow and Mikkel Suarez are still awaiting for full league débuts for the Darts, the pair came on as substitutes on Tuesday night. Andy Pugh has returned to second placed Cambridge United, the former Welling United striker scored two goals in four appearances whilst on loan with Dartford. Alex Wall will remain with the Darts for a further month after Luton Town agreed to extend his stay at Princes Park. Ryan Hayes remains out of action through injury, there are no suspension concerns.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 11 / Hereford United wins: 21 / Draws: 11

Current League Form

Dartford (WWDWLD) Hereford United (LLDWWD)
Woking H Luton Town A 0-7
Wrexham A 2-1 Woking A 0-3
Cambridge United H 3-3 Kidderminster Harriers H 1-1
Kidderminster Harriers A 2-1 Salisbury City H 1-0
Salisbury City A 0-1 Southport H 4-1
Welling United A 1-1 Forest Green Rovers A 1-1

Last Meeting at Princes Park

15 September 2012 – Dartford 4 Hereford United 0 – Att: 1601

Goalscorers: Hayes (6), Rogers (47), Harris (76), Wallis (89)

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

The Bulls Lineup: Hanford, Gallinagh, Anthony, Graham, Heath, Watkins, Carruthers, Pell, Clist, Clucas, Bowman (subs used: Sammons, Nichols, Evans)

Match Stats

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Previous Meetings (* – F.A Trophy)

12.10.2013 Hereford United 2 Dartford 2
26.03.2013 Hereford United 1 Dartford 0
15.09.2012 Dartford 4 Hereford United 0
14.03.1972 Dartford 0 Hereford United 1
26.02.1972* Hereford United 0 Dartford 1

Stats

Dartford are four matches unbeaten, their best run of this campaign

Hereford have failed to win on their travels in their last five attempts

Away from Edgar Street, The Bulls have picked up just one point from sides in the top half of the table, but they have lost just one against clubs in the bottom half

 

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