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Dartford v Macclesfield Town

Victory this weekend against mid table Macclesfield Town will keep Dartford within touching distance of escaping the bottom four.

With results going the way of the Darts a week ago the gap to safety reduced to three points. Tony Burman’s side picked up a valuable draw at Cambridge United before a crucial win at Hyde. Alex Wall’s brace took Hyde’s goals conceded tally past a century but it took until the second half for the Darts to get in front. Just before the hour the on loan striker headed his first from six yards out. Wall made sure the points came back to Princes Park with ten minutes remaining when he finished Danny Harris’s cross.

Wall has now scored six times in ten league appearances including three in the last two matches. His last minute equaliser at Cambridge United has given the club more hope after a disappointing run against sides struggling at the bottom. Hereford United, Aldershot Town, Chester and Tamworth all lost last weekend and Southport dropped two points. Tony Burman believes that the impact Wall has had on the team as certainly helped with the clubs survival chances.

Results on Tuesday night have left Dartford five points from safety with a game in hand. Chester’s win over Tamworth gives the Darts a cushion over the Lambs whilst remaining close enough to Chester. Tony Burman’s side have now got to eye up Aldershot Town and the plummeting Hereford United to climb out of the bottom four.

Dartford know a repeat of last season’s result against Macclesfield Town will be crucial. The Darts last recorded a fine 2-0 win against this weekends opponents. On a freezing cold Tuesday night, the crowd were warmed up by Jon Wallis’s extraordinary 40 yard lob over former Ebbsfleet United goalkeeper Lance Cronin. Dartford worked hard to restrict the Silkmen and were rewarded when substitutes Danny Harris and Lee Noble combined with eight minutes remaining to secure a much needed triumph.

In this season’s reverse fixture Dartford took the lead when home keeper Rhys Taylor fouled Adam Birchall and Matt Godden scored the resulting penalty. After the break the Silkmen took control scoring three goals in four second-half minutes. Scott Boden headed home a 66th-minute equaliser then on loan Connor Jennings scored a quick brace.

The Silkmen still have an outside chance of reaching the playoffs as they sit in thirteenth place. John Askey’s side have won their last two fixtures, doing a favour for the Darts by beating Tamworth 2-1. Danny Andrew netted a free kick early on before Kevin Thornton levelled for the Lambs. Scott Boden grabbed Macclesfield Town’s winner and his 17th goal in all competitions this season. The Silkmen’s second win in a row followed a 2-0 triumph over Barnet thanks to goals from Paul Turnbull and Chris Holroyd.

On the road, Macclesfield Town have been beaten in their last three attempts. The most recent was a 4-1 drubbing at the hands of Southport which followed losses at Kidderminster Harriers and Welling United. The Cheshire club have won once and lost five in their last six away games, only three other teams have a worse record in the last six games. Against teams below them, Macclesfield Town have dominated at their own ground but only beaten Hereford United and Hyde on their travels.

Other Key Games This Weekend

Aldershot Town v Hyde
Hereford United v Grimsby Town
Tamworth v Lincoln City
Welling United v Chester

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 2 / Macclesfield Town wins: 3 / Draws: 2

Current League Form

Dartford (WDLLDW) Macclesfield Town (WWLLDL)
Hyde A 2-0 Tamworth H 2-1
Cambridge United A 1-1 Barnet H 2-0
Chester H 0-1 Southport A 1-4
Southport A 0-3 Kidderminster Harriers A 1-2
Aldershot Town H 1-1 Grimsby Town H 1-1
Hereford United H 2-0 Welling United A 0-1

Last Meeting at Princes Park

15 January 2013 – Dartford 2 Macclesfield Town 0 – Att: 821

Goalscorers: Wallis (14), Noble (82)

The Darts Lineup: Bettinelli, Burns, Bonner, Arber, Rose, Champion, Wallis, Hayes, Collier, D. Green, Crawford (subs used: Harris, Noble, Erskine)

The Silkmen Lineup: Cronin, N.Brown, Braham-Barrett, Mills, Mackreth, Murtagh, Wedgbury, Henry, Morgan-Smith, Winn, Fairhurst (subs used: Diagne, Payne)

Match Stats

dfc v mtfc stats

Previous Meetings (* F.A Trophy semi finals)

16.11.2013 Macclesfield Town 3 Dartford 1
15.01.2013 Dartford 2 Macclesfield Town 0
18.08.2012 Macclesfield Town 2 Dartford 0
15.04.1989* Macclesfield Town 4 Dartford 1
08.04.1989* Dartford 0 Macclesfield Town 0
06.04.1974* Dartford 0 Macclesfield Town 0
30.03.1974* Macclesfield Town 1 Dartford 2

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