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Bath City v Dartford

Dartford make the long trip across the country to take on league leaders Bath City on the weekend.

The Darts will visit Twerton Park for the first time in 26 years when the two sides were battling it out in the Southern Premier league. Dartford have collected just three points at Bath City in the last nine attempts stretching back to 1975, drawing three and losing six. In all competitions, the Darts have managed one win in 18 meetings with the Somerset club.

After winning their last away match against Margate, the Darts will have taken on the top two come the end of this weekend. Making the league fixture even trickier is the fact Bath City are leading the National League South standings ahead of Ebbsfleet United, who beat the Darts on Bank Holiday Monday.

Burman recognised the importance of conceding early against their local rivals Ebbsfleet United. Fleet striker Jordan Parkes netted the winner after seven minutes, his fourth of the campaign after a fortunate deflection. Burman told www.kentonline.co.uk: “It was unfortunate but it was a good start for them and it gave them a little bit of an incentive. It calmed them down as well. We were a little bit disorganised for the first 20 minutes”.

Despite getting back into the game the Darts couldn’t find the equaliser in a match of few opportunities, the Dartford boss added: “I don’t think it was a game of many chances to be fair. In previous games, we’ve created a lot more chances than we had today. I just think we didn’t get that bounce”.

Looking to bounce back from a derby day defeat at the start of the week Tony Burman’s side are hoping to add to the ten points collected this term.

Midfielder Barry Cogan missed out on the Kent derby through injury which gave Ebou Adams a chance in the first team. Promoted from the academy in the summer, Adams made his first start of the season only his third for the club in all competitions. The youngster went on to earn man of the match as he continues to impress in midfield.

Dartford are currently in tenth spot and had that not rued misses in front of goal and cut out some costly defensive errors, the Darts would be closer to Bath City in the National League South.

The Romans are on a wave of positivity which begun over the summer. Manchester United legend Eric Cantona backed the club’s community buyout scheme and key players like Frankie Artus and David Pratt penned new deals, both players are currently joint top scorers with Nick McCootie all on three goals.

When the season commenced results couldn’t have got any better with Lee Howells’ team taking maximum points from their opening six fixtures.

Wealdstone, Basingstoke Town and Maidenhead United were all beaten 2-1, whilst Whitehawk and St Albans City were defeated 1-0. Last weekend Bath City saved their best performance against Havant and Waterlooville recording their highest score of the season. A 5-0 victory involved two goals for Pratt, a brace from Andy Watkins and the fifth scored by Artus.

The form book was compromised on Bank Holiday Monday when the Romans were held by bottom of the table side Weston Super Mare to drop their first points of the campaign.

City took the lead six minutes before half time when Ashley Kington’s cross found the net with Nick McCootie claiming the final touch. Weston Super Mare, without a point prior kickoff got off the mark when Dayle Grubb’s cross found Ollie Barnes at the far post to equalise.

Current League Form

Bath City (DWWWWW) Dartford (LWLWDW)
Weston Super Mare  A  1-1 Ebbsfleet United  H  0-1
Havant and Waterlooville  H  5-0 Margate  A  2-0
St Albans City  A  1-0 Gosport Borough  H  2-3
Maidenhead United  H  2-1 Concord Rangers  A  3-2
Whitehawk  A  1-0 Sutton United  H  2-2
Basingstoke Town  A  2-1 Eastbourne Borough  H  1-0

Previous Meetings

07.04.1990 Dartford 0 Bath City 1
09.09.1989 Bath City 0 Dartford 0
28.01.1989 Dartford 1 Bath City 0
03.12.1988 Bath City 4 Dartford 2
19.04.1986 Dartford 1 Bath City 2
05.04.1986 Bath City 2 Dartford 0

On This Day

Dartford have won their last four matches on 5 September, the last three since reforming and without conceding a goal. Steyning Town were beaten 4-0 twenty years ago in the F.A Vase first qualifying round replay, the Darts went out to Furness at the next hurdle. Horsham YMCA, the first visitors to Princes Park were thrashed 5-0 in the F.A Cup preliminary round, two tears before Princes Park opened. Six years ago, Hendon were brushed aside in another 5-0 victory with Lee Burns and Lee Noble scoring that day as well as Rob Haworth and two by Jay May.

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