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Dartford v Forest Green Rovers

Tony Burman has just four games to save Dartford’s season and stave off relegation to the Conference South, starting against Forest Green Rovers.

The Darts are back at Princes Park for the second time in under 48 hours after hosting playoff hopefuls Grimsby Town on Thursday night.

Max Cornhill’s 75th minute winner gave the Darts a crucial win against the Mariners. Now just a point from safety Dartford have kept pace with Aldershot Town and Hereford United who both won on Tuesday. The Darts managed to beat third placed Grimsby Town without their captain Elliot Bradbrook (thigh injury) and Kenny Clark (suspension). Helped by the red card of Jamal Fyfield, who picked up two yellows, Cornhill netted his seventh of the season with a header from Lee Noble’s corner.

Since returning to the Conference Premier, Rovers are the only side to have played Dartford more times than Thursday’s visitors Grimsby Town. Having drawn Forest Green Rovers in last season’s F.A Cup and this term’s F.A Trophy both ties needed a replay to settle matters. In the eight meetings between the two clubs over the previous two campaigns Dartford have come out on top just once, the only time they have managed this feat against the Gloucestershire club.

The last league fixture at Princes Park ended in a 1-0 defeat and a sending off for both sides. Yan Klukowski fired a volley in the top corner after 11 minutes and when Harry Crawford was dismissed for the Darts the task became harder. Jamie Turley was next to see red for his tackle on Lee Noble but Dartford couldn’t rescue a point. Klukowski had a habit of scoring against the Darts last season as his league goal added to his brace he bagged in the F.A Cup.

Rovers couldn’t have started this season any better by recording an 8-0 win against bottom club Hyde, the scoreline is the biggest win in the league this campaign. In the club’s 16 years in the Conference Premier, the current longest serving side, the win versus Hyde is their biggest during their current spell in the top flight of non league football.

The Gloucestershire club quickly became favourites for the title but all that disappeared between mid September and mid October as Rovers picked up one win between seven defeats. During that run Dave Hockaday departed by mutual consent and so Chairman Dale Vince eyed up Steve Burr as a potential successor which never materialised. In came former Gillingham midfielder Adrian Pennock who has managed to return Forest Green Rovers to security. However, Rovers have failed to win any of their last five games picking up two points and losing their last three away trips.

Selected Fixtures

Grimsby Town v Chester
Hereford United v Gateshead
Macclesfield Town v Aldershot Town
Southport v Tamworth

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 1 / Forest Green Rovers wins: 4 / Draws: 4

Current Form

Dartford (WDLWWD) Forest Green Rovers (DLLLDW)
Grimsby Town H 1-0 Kidderminster Harriers H 1-1
Lincoln City A 0-0 Barnet A 1-2
Luton Town H 1-2 Woking A 1-2
Macclesfield Town H 2-1 Southport A 0-2
Hyde H 2-0 Welling United H 0-0
Cambridge United A 1-1 Grimsby Town H 2-1

Last League Meeting At Princes Park

6 November 2012 – Dartford 0 Forest Green Rovers 1 – Att: 915

Goalscorers: Klukowski (11)

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

Rovers Lineup: Russell, Turley, Oshodi, Asafu-Adjayi, Racine, Green, Bangura, Klukowski, Brogan, Taylor, Norwood (subs used: Stokes, Vieira, Koroma)

Match Stats

dfc v fgr stats

Previous Meetings (* F.A Cup / ** F.A Trophy)

03.12.2013** Forest Green Rovers 1 Dartford 0
30.11.2013** Dartford 1 Forest Green Rovers 1
02.11.2013 Forest Green Rovers 1 Dartford 0
16.04.2013 Forest Green Rovers 2 Dartford 3
06.12.2012 Dartford 0 Forest Green Rovers 1
23.10.2012* Dartford 1 Forest Green Rovers 4
20.10.2012* Forest Green Rovers 1 Dartford 1
19.04.1997 Forest Green Rovers 0 Dartford 0
16.11.1996 Dartford 0 Forest Green Rovers 0

Stats

Since Dartford’s defeat at Salisbury City on 18th January 2014, the Darts would be 5th in the Conference Premier if the season had started the following day

Dartford have not conceded in back to back league games for the first time since a year ago when they shout out Braintree Town and Stockport County on 11th and 13th April 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

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