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Dartford v Kidderminster Harriers

Dartford will hope to avenge their defeat against Kidderminster Harriers earlier in the season and repeat the home win from last term.

The Harriers ran out winners in August by a solitary Kyle Storer goal in a competent performance. The Darts were difficult to break down but going forward failed to register a shot on target that day.

During the previous two season’s Dartford have enjoyed good results against Kidderminster Harriers, including taking six points of the Worcestershire side during the last campaign. At Princes Park, Jason Prior’s close range effort came off Harriers defender Lee Vaughan which gave his side the belief to go on and win. Elliot Bradbrook put the Darts two up six minutes after the break and a third arrived when Danny Harris finished from twelve yards.

Away from home Dartford completed a 2-1 victory to erase the memory of the previus season’s 5-1 loss. The Darts got of to a sensational start by taking a 2-0 half time lead. After just two minutes Alex Woodyard’s excellent cross was met by Max Cornhill, who headed his first league goal for the club. Twenty minutes later débutante Alex Wall shot across the goal and Andy Pugh netted the rebound, for his first for the club. Harriers halved the deficit three minutes into the second half when Gash bundled in from close range but Dartford hung on.

The most memorable triumph since Dartford’s return to the Conference Premier, was the 1-0 home win in August 2012. Substitute Lee Burns headed the vital winner after 36 minutes from a Ryan Hayes corner. Marcus Bettinelli crowned his Princes Park début with a fine display which saw the Darts win a Conference Premier game for the first time in 26 years.

Two defeats against Braintree Town of the festive period has left the Darts seven points behind Southport. A win on Sunday will close the gap on the Merseyside club who are involved in the F.A Cup third round this weekend. Tony BUrman has already used the January transfer window by bringing in 23 year old Nathan Green. The left sided player was a free agent having been released by Dagenham and Redbridge. Burman commented: “I’d like to welcome Nathan to the club on a permanent basis and he will go straight into the squad for Sunday’s game against Kidderminster Harriers. With the transfer window opening I have made a number of approaches for players to strengthen the team; some will be loan deals and I’m hoping that others will be permanent deals like Nathan’s”.

Kidderminster Harriers are chasing down a playoff spot a solitary point behind Eastleigh in fifth. Now in their tenth consecutive season in the Conference Premier, the push to return to the Football League has been taking its toll on Kidderminster Harriers. After finishing runners up two years ago Kidderminster Harriers haven’t reached the same level, but they still continue to knock on the playoff door. Gary Whild’s team started this season with a decent seven game unbeaten during September, October and November. However inconsistencies have played a part in the club looking at the playoffs for promotion.

Over the Christmas period, Harriers won on Boxing Day at Forest Green Rovers before losing consecutive fixtures. Southport beat Kidderminster Harriers and then Forest Green Rovers won on New Year’s Day to avenge their defeat.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 13 / Kidderminster Harriers wins: 13 / Draws: 7

Current League Form

Dartford (LLWLLL) Kidderminster Harriers (LLWWWL)
Braintree Town  A  0-3 Forest Green Rovers  H  2-4
Braintree Town  H  0-2 Southport  H  0-1
Wrexham  A  3-1 Forest Green Rovers  A  3-2
Eastleigh  A  0-2 Lincoln City  H  2-1
Forest Green Rovers  A  1-2 Nuneaton Town  H  3-1
Chester  H  2-4 Altrincham  A  1-2

Last Meeting at Princes Park

21 September 2013 – Dartford 3 Kidderminster Harriers 0 – Att: 1020

Goalscorer: Prior (34), Bradbrook (51), Harris (61)

Dartford Lineup: Julian, Clark, Fry, Burns, Bradbrook, Noble, Collier, Woodyard, Hayes, Prior, Harris (subs used: Sterling, Ibemere, Birchall)

Kidderminster Harriers Lineup: N Vaughan, L Vaughan, Demetriou, Grimes, Gowling, Byrne, Fowler, Dance, Gittings, Gash, Malbon (subs used: Jackman, Lolley, Johnson)

Match Stats

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Previous Five Meetings (* – Friendly / ** – F.A Trophy)

16.08.2014 Kidderminster Harriers 1 Dartford 0
21.01.2014 Kidderminster Harriers 1 Dartford 2
21.09.2013 Dartford 3 Kidderminster Harriers 0
22.12.2012 Kidderminster Harriers 5 Dartford 1
25.08.2012 Dartford 1 Kidderminster Harriers 0

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