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FC Halifax Town v Dartford

In a bid for Conference Premier survival Dartford face familiar opponents FC Halifax Town for the fourth time in almost two months on Saturday.

Dartford’s task was made even harder in mid-week with a defeat at home to Woking and on the same night FC Halifax Town lost to struggler’s Southport, leaving the Darts six points from safety.

Tony Burman is keen to put the 3-1 loss against Woking behind the team. Despite drawing level through Nathan Green’s fine strike, the Cards played better in the second half with two goals by John Goddard. The Darts boss was unhappy with the goals his side conceded including Yemi Odubabe’s opener.

Burman admits that confidence and belief has been knocked due the result on Tuesday, which came after picking up four points from six in their previous two matches. With twelve games remaining and four of those against fellow relegation threatened teams, the Darts need to start picking up wins. he#s

Victory is something Dartford could do with tasting when they take on FC Halifax Town. In the three meetings this term the Shaymen have the upper hand. The Yorkshire club came away from Princes Park with a 2-1 win in January despite playing the final twenty minutes with nine men. Harry Crawford’s early strike was a temporary highlight for the Darts as the visitors came from behind. Matty Pearson levelled before Lois Maynard was sent off for violent conduct. FC Halifax Town took the lead through Scott Boden’s spot kick which the Shaymen held on to despite James Bolton also receiving his marching orders.

In the F.A Trophy the Shaymen were two up before the interval when striker Richard Peniket was left unmarked to score from close range. The lead was doubled with a Matty Pearson header. The introduction of Ryan Hayes gave the Darts hope with the winger scoring directly from a corner and in the final minute Rory McAuley forced a replay.

When the replay finally went ahead at Droylsden’s Butcher’s Arms, Dartford were eliminated from the F.A Trophy. Once more FC Halifax Town were two up by half time with goals from Marc Roberts and Scott Boden. The returning Andy Pugh pulled one back for Dartford before Steve Williams put the tie beyond doubt. FC Halifax Town are now five unbeaten against Burman’s side with four wins and a draw.

The Shaymen are playing catch up in terms of games and points, with four matches in hand and seven points behind fifth place Forest Green Rovers a play-off spot is still possible. Neil Aspin guided his side to the play-offs last season falling short in the semi-final, this time he’s hoping to go one better.

FC Halifax Town may have lost their last league game but up until then they were unbeaten in 2015, including four league wins one of which at Princes Park. Scott Boden is one to watch with ten league goals to his name this season, Lois Maynard can be a threat from midfield as well as a strong candidate in defence.

Team News

Tom Bradbrook has had a successful groin operation, the 27 year old striker last played on 13 January against FC Halifax Town but could return to action before the end of the season. Max Cornhill has left the club after two years, the midfielder made 51 starts and 17 substitute appearances, scoring nine times for the Darts.

Head to Head

FC Halifax Town wins: 4 / Dartford wins: 1 / Draws: 2

Current League Form

FC Halifax Town (LDWWWW) Dartford (WDLLLL)
Southport  A  0-1 Woking  H  1-3
Kidderminster Harriers  A  0-0 Aldershot Town  A  1-1
Braintree Town  H  1-0 AFC Telford United  A  2-3
Dover Athletic  H  3-2 Bristol Rovers  H  2-2
AFC Telford United  A  1-0 Dover Athletic  A  1-6
Dartford  A  2-1 FC Halifax Town  H  1-2

Last League Meeting at the Shay

19 August 2013 – FC Halifax Town 2 Dartford 0 – Att: 1296

Goalscorers: Gregory (49), Holsgrove (54)

FC Halifax Town Lineup: Glennon, Toulson, McManus, Pearson, Roberts, Maynard, Ainge, Smith, Gregory, Wilson, Holsgrove (subs used: Williams, Marshall)

Dartford Lineup: Julian, Clark, Mitchel-King, Burns, Rogers, Cornhill, Bradbrook, Noble, Harris, Prior, Birchall (subs used: Collier, Woodyard)

Match Stats

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Previous Meetings (* – F.A Trophy)

13.01.2015* F.C Halifax Town 3 Dartford 1
24.01.2015* Dartford 2 FC Halifax Town 2
13.01.2015 Dartford 1 FC Halifax Town 2
14.12.2013 Dartford 1 FC Halifax Town 2
17.08.2013 FC Halifax Town 2 Dartford 0
06.02.2013* Dartford 3 FC Halifax Town 2
30.01.2013* FC Halifax Town 1 Dartford 1

On this Day

Dartford’s last win on 7 March was way back in 1989 when they beat Atherstone United 3-0 in the Southern League Cup semi-final first leg. The Darts went on to reach the final beating Burton Albion to lift the cup.

 

 

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