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Nuneaton Town v Dartford

Tony Burman will pit his wits against former Ebbsfleet United boss Liam Daish once more when the Darts attempt to gain points at Nuneaton Town.

The pair last crossed paths in the Conference Premier almost two years ago during the festive season. Burman had the upper hand in the 2012/13 campaign taking four points from six with a home win on Boxing Day and an away draw on New Year’s Day.

If their is one side who have been a thorn in Dartford’s side then look no further than Nuneaton Town. All four matches against the Boro have ended in defeat since returning to the Conference Premier. Even when the hosts were known as Nuneaton Borough, the Darts have to go back 27 years since their last victory, when they won 3-1 in the Southern Premier League at Watling Street.

Two years running now, Nuneaton Town have done the double over Dartford including two final day of the season wins. At Liberty Way back in April, the Darts had already been ‘relegated’ and pride was all the Kent club could play for. On loan Rory McAuley scored for the visitors after 17 minutes. However, Louis Moult finished his campaign in style hitting a hat trick, finishing top scorer for the Boro, and ended the season with five goals against Dartford. The striker also hit a brace in their 2-1 victory at Princes Park a year ago.

Over the next few days Burman will be hoping to grab some away points facing fellow part timers, he told www.kentonline.co.uk: “Nuneaton are another part-time side, like us and a lot of the time that’s where you hope points are going to come from”. The Darts are still waiting for a first away triumph since March, eight games ago.

Dartford’s form has been erratic to say the least, however recent performances have been far more promising as the team try to gel. To add competition to the back line Burman has brought in Welsh defender Tom Bender. The 21 year old has little experience in senior squads but has represented Colchester United and Millwall. The youngster made three loan appearances at Welling United last season and has won caps playing for Wales at all levels up to under 21’s.

With one point on their travels this season, Dartford are a point ahead of this weekend’s opponents who sit in the relegation zone. The Boro have struggled for goals this term, starting the campaign with five games without scoring. In eleven outings Nuneaton Town have netted the fewest times finding the back of the net just five times. The summers losses of Louis Moult and Wes York has had a major impact, the two strikers followed former manager Kevin Wilkin to Wrexham.

Like Dartford, Boro have won just twice in the league this term and had to wait to the sixth match to record their first. Similarly, the victory was also against a newly promoted club from the Conference North. After a 4-0 away loss to Torquay United, Brian Reid was dismissed by the club after just ten games in charge. Mark Noon led the Boro temporarily until Daish’s appointment this week, Noon has now departed Liberty Way after eleven years service.

Nuneaton Town have some reason to be optimistic this weekend, not only do they have a decent record against Dartford they are three unbeaten at home. Altrincham and Forest Green Rovers were outdone before a stalemate with Aldershot Town.

Team News

Lee Noble has damaged ankle ligaments and will be missing as will striker Andy Pugh with an Achilles problem. Pugh may be fit to face his former club on Tuesday. Tom Bender, who signed so close to the weekend’s fixture is available for selection.

Head to Head

Nuneaton Town wins: 12 / Dartford wins: 13 / Draws: 14

Current Form

Nuneaton Town (LLDWLW) Dartford (LWLDLW)
Alfreton Town A 0-1 Forest Green Rovers H 1-2
Bristol Rovers A 1-3 Dover Athletic H 2-1
Aldershot Town H 1-1 Gateshead A 0-1
Forest Green Rovers H 1-0 Eastleigh H 2-2
Torquay United A 0-4 Altrincham A 1-2
Altrincham H 2-1 AFC Telford United H 2-1

Last Meeting at Liberty Way

26 April 2014 – Nuneaton Town 3 Dartford 1 – Att: 903

Goalscorer: McAuley (17), Moult (26, 37 & 63)

Nuneaton Town Lineup: Belshaw, Cranston, Streete, Dean, Gordon, Trainer, Sleath, Moult, Brown, York, Walker (subs used: Taylor, Delfouneso, Pearson)

Dartford Lineup: Julian, Burns, Collier, Cornhill, Clark, McAuley, Woodyard, Stevenson, Suarez, Bradbrook, Swallow (subs used: Vint, Dembele, Adams)

Match Stats

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Previous Meetings (Nuneaton Town only)

26.04.2014 Nuneaton Town 3 Dartford 1
14.09.2013 Dartford 1 Nuneaton Town 2
20.04.2013 Dartford 0 Nuneaton Town 1
04.12.2012 Nuneaton Town 1 Dartford 0

Stats

0 – Dartford still await a first half goal this season.

2 – goals scored by each teams top goalscorers. Brothers Elliot and Tom Bradbrook as well as Harry Crawford lead the way for Dartford. Whilst Andy Brown is ahead in Boro’s scoring charts.

3 – number of penalties conceded by the Darts, a joint high with Chester, Grimsby Town and Lincoln City.

7 –  number of points taken by Nuneaton Town and Dartford in their last six matches.

17 – the number of shots Nuneaton Town attempt before each goal they have scored, the most shots to goal ratio in the Conference Premier.

19 – games since Dartford won by more than one goal, the joint longest sequence along with Altrincham.

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