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Dartford v Aldershot Town

Dartford look to create some distance between them and the bottom four when they host Aldershot Town this weekend.

The Darts picked up a single point from the Shots last term and last defeated the Hampshire side 46 years ago. In that time both clubs have fallen to the depths of non-league before rising back up the football pyramid.

Aldershot Town may have experienced troubles over the last two campaigns with relegation out of the Football League and last season’s ten point deduction; however they started this campaign on an even keel on and off the pitch.

Eight months ago, the Darts saw satisfaction turn to disappointment against the Shots as they battled out a contest at the bottom of the Conference Premier. With the first half coming to an end, Aldershot Town goalkeeper Glenn Morris upended loanee Alex Wall. Morris was red carded for his foul in the box and captain Elliot Bradbrook scored. The Shots, needing the points as much as Dartford, waited until two minutes from time to snatch a 1-1 draw. Brett Williams took advantage of the space given to him and hit a fine long range effort past Alan Julian.

The Darts had a rare week off since their last game in which Ryan Hayes almost earned his side all three points. The midfielder could make his 400th Dartford appearance this weekend, a total which includes 285 starts. After an unlucky defeat at Bristol Rovers in mid-week, Tony Burman saw his side in front for just two minutes against Macclesfield Town.

In the first half only one decent chance of note was fashioned by either side when the Silkmen’s Waide Fairhurst tested goalkeeper Jason Brown. More opportunities were created in the second forty five minutes with Mat Mitchel-King hitting the base of the post and Hayes putting the rebound over. Macclesfield Town’s Adrain Moke came close when his shot beat Brown and came off both posts, before the Dartford goalkeeper smothered the ball. With five minutes to go, Hayes scored his first of the season bending the ball beyond Rhys Taylor to record his 81st goal for the club. The lead lasted just two minutes; Rory McAuley failed to clear his lines leaving Matthew Barnes-Homer to level the match in his second spell for the Silkmen.

Meanwhile, Aldershot Town were involved in an entertaining 2-2 home draw against Bristol Rovers continuing their inconsistent campaign. Last season’s top scorer at the Recreation Ground, Brett Williams put the hosts ahead with a 16th minute penalty only for Andy Monkhouse to equalise before half time. The West Country side then went ahead through a penalty of their own scored by Matthew Taylor. Shots were thankful for Jordan Roberts’ free kick which put Andy Scott’s men back on level terms, however the midfielder was sent off in injury time for a second caution.

Five points ahead of the Darts in 15th place, the Shots have won just once on the road which was three months ago. Scoring only five times on their travels the Hampshire club rely on Williams to find the net. The striker top scored last term and his seven strikes this time is five more than his closest club rival in the scoring charts. Defensively, Aldershot Town remain tight at the back conceding only nine, the sixth best away defence.

Prior last season’s meeting with each other you have to go back to the sixties for a pair of F.A Cup fixtures. In 1968, the Darts reached the First Round proper and were rewarded with a tie against Aldershot, then of the Football League’s Fourth Division. Dartford caused an upset winning 3-1 in front of 4105 supporters. The scalp erased memories of a F.A Cup replay defeat four years earlier.

Team News

Peter Sweeney and Lee Noble missed out on the 1-1 draw with Macclesfield Town both midfielders have been struggling with injuries. Tom Bradbrook lasted just over ten minutes against the Silkmen before injury saw him replaced by Danny Harris. Lee  Burns is also out of action and Adam Green has signed a loan deal with Leatherhead.

Aldershot Town’s Anthony Tomkin has been struggling with a calf injury, Mark Molesley with tendonitis and Jordan Roberts will be suspended for his red card last weekend. The Shots have also made two loan signings, returning to the club for a third loan spell is Manny Oyeleke. Andre McCollin also arrives from Kingstonian, the striker missed a penalty against the Darts in an F.A Trophy tie two years ago.

Head to Head 

Dartford wins: 4 / Aldershot Town wins: 6 / Draws: 6

Current Form

Dartford (DLDDWL) Aldershot Town (DLWLDW)
Macclesfield Town H 1-1 Bristol Rovers H 2-2
Bristol Rovers A 0-1 Chester A 0-1
Grimsby Town H 1-1 Alfreton Town H 2-0
Welling United A 2-2 Dover Athletic A 0-3
Nuneaton Town A 2-1 Gateshead A 1-1
Forest Green Rovers H 1-2 Lincoln City H 1-0

Last League Meeting at Princes Park

25 February 2014 – Dartford 1 Aldershot Town 1 – Att: 1125

Goalscorer: Bradbrook (45 pen), Williams (88)

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

Aldershot Town Lineup: Morris, Oastler, Barker, Gibbs, Roberts, Taiwo, Stanley, Partington, B Williams, Bubb, Plummer (subs used: L Williams, Tonkin, Scott)

Match Stats

dfc v atfc stats

Previous Five Meetings (* – F.A Cup)

25.02.2014 Dartford 1 Aldershot Town 1
13.08.2013 Aldershot Town 3 Dartford 0
16.11.1968* Dartford 3 Aldershot Town 0
18.11.1964* Aldershot Town 1 Dartford 0
14.11.1964* Dartford 1 Aldershot Town 1

 

 

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