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Dartford v Macclesfield Town

Dartford hope to keep an unbeaten home record going against Macclesfield Town this weekend at Princes Park.

Since the first meeting between the two sides in 1974 an away team has yet to win in this fixture. Last season the Darts had to come from behind to win 2-1, a story all too familiar with the three victories this term. The Silkmen who led against the run of play through Paul Turnbull’s 25 yard first half strike let their lead slip in the second half. Danny Harris headed Dartford level converting Lee Noble’s corner and with just under ten minutes remaining the Princes Park crowd celebrated as Max Cornhill grabbed a winner.

In the only other meeting at Princes Park, home supporters were treated to a wonder goal by Jon Wallis, who lobbed former Ebbsfleet United goalkeeper Lance Cronin from 40 yards. Substitutes Danny Harris and Lee Noble combined again in this fixture with eight minutes remaining to secure another Dartford victory. The other two home matches were F.A Trophy semi-final ties played at Watling Street in 1974 and 1986, both times ending 0-0.

After a win against Nuneaton Town and two consecutive draws versus Welling United and Grimsby Town, the Darts travelled to the West Country on Tuesday night to take on Bristol Rovers. Relegated from the Football League last term, the Gas started the match seven games unbeaten at home.

Tony Burman was without the suspended Nathan Collier and the injured Lee Noble and Lee Burns, Peter Sweeney was also missing from the squad having limped off at full time last weekend. Adam Green returned to the starting lineup as did striker Harry Crawford. Once more Dartford fell behind but this time couldn’t overturn the deficit. Bristol Rovers striker Adam Cunnington was brought down in the box after 37 minutes and a penalty was awarded. Matthew Taylor just about scored from the spot when the unfortunate effort from Jason Brown almost kept the ball out. The defeat leaves the Darts above the bottom four in 19th position due to a better goal difference.

Macclesfield Town visit Princes Park with two away wins from seven. With the exception of the opening six unbeaten matches the Silkmen are still looking for some consistency and occupy 9th place, three points away from the playoffs. On Tuesday night the Cheshire club hosted league leaders Barnet on the back of three games without victory. The sequence ended as the Silkmen inflicted Barnet’s third defeat of the season.

An early second half strike by Scott Barrow from outside the box gave Macclesfield Town the lead. A second goal followed almost fifteen minutes later when Chris Holroyd doubled the advantage. Barnet cut the deficit in two, former Alfreton Town and Ebbsfleet United striker John Akinde netted a header but the Silkmen held on for a decent result.

With last season’s financial issues, manager John Askey has opted for a tight squad this term with four players featuring in every game. Striker Waide Fairhurst is the side’s top scorer with four, defenders Scott Barrow and George Pilkington as well as goalkeeper Rhys Taylor have been ever present. Three other players have played in all but one fixture showing Askey’s reliance on a settled team.

Team News

Nathan Collier returns from his one match ban for his red card against Grimsby Town. Rory McAuley is one caution away from his fifth of the campaign which will result in a games suspension. Lee Noble and Lee Burns are still recovering from injuries whilst Peter Sweeney missed the mid week match at Bristol Rovers.

The Silkmen’s Danny Whitaker has been sidelined with a back injury and so has Paul Turnbull, who came on just before half time on Tuesday for Will Haining. Andy Halls returns from a one-match suspension for five yellow cards of the season in the 2-2 draw with Forest Green.
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Head to Head 

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

Current Form

Dartford (LDDWLW) Macclesfield Town (WDLLWD)
Bristol Rovers A 0-1 Barnet H 2-1
Grimsby Town H 1-1 Forest Green Rovers H 2-2
Welling United A 2-2 Altrincham A 0-1
Nuneaton Town A 2-1 Lincoln City A 0-2
Forest Green Rovers H 1-2 Southport H 3-0
Dover Athletic H 2-1 Gateshead H 1-1

Last League Meeting at Princes Park

29 March 2014 – Dartford 2 Macclesfield Town 1 – Att: 1105

Goalscorer: Turnbull (42), Harris (47), Cornhill (81)

Dartford Lineup: Julian, Mitchel-King, McAuley, Sterling, Burns, Noble, Stevenson, Bradbrook, Cornhill, Harris, Wall (subs used: Swallow, Collier)

Macclesfield Town Lineup: Taylor, Williams, Pilkington, Andrew, Martin, Turnbull, Mackreth, Whitaker, Gnahoua, Holroyd, Boden (subs used: Lewis, Rowe)

Match Stats

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Previous Meetings (* F.A Trophy semi finals)

29.03.2014 Dartford 2 Macclesfield Town 1
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

Stats

12 – games since Dartford and Macclesfield Town recorded a 0-0 draw. The last goalless draw for the Darts came on 23 August 2014 against Torquay United, the same day the Silkmen drew 0-0 with Kidderminster Harriers.

14 – matches since the Silkmen won consecutive matches, the last time they achieved this feat was at the start of this season

15 – since Dartford lost consecutive games, at the end of last season when they lost four in a row

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