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Dartford v Weston Super Mare

Dartford host bottom of the table side Weston Super Mare this weekend, hoping to stretch their unbeaten run against their opponents to eight.

The Darts are still looking for consistency, having not achieved consecutive results all season with three wins, two draws and three defeats. Despite failing to find the back of the net in their last two outings, Tony Burman can be optimistic his team are heading in the right direction.

After winning 2-0 away at Margate, Dartford have taken on the top two in the National League South including favourites and local rivals Ebbsfleet United. Although the Fleet earned bragging rights with a 1-0 win, Burman gave midfielder Ebou Adams his first start and didn’t see a lot between the two teams.

Last weekend, Dartford visited Twerton Park and came home with a point against league leaders Bath City. A second clean sheet in three games has answered some questions about the defence who were told to cut out costly mistakes. Adams featured again in midfield and the absence of Jack Simmons, Lee Burns, Barry Cogan and Lee Noble gave the academy production line some positive signs.

Deren Ibrahim already secured the number one jersey and with Adams making a start alongside Kaka Dembele and Ronnie Vint, the Darts are looking towards a bright future. On the substitute’s bench two more academy players Ben Francis and Richard Seixas made the matchday squad for the first time.

The goalless draw with the league leaders was one of eight stalemates in the National South last weekend, five of which ended without a goal.

Burman will also be able to select left back Mark Onyemah who has had his loan spell extended. Luton Town have agreed for the ever present 19 year old to continue at Princes Park. Noble returns after suffering a chest infection whilst Burns and Cogan may be available. Simmons is still on the mend after an ankle injury kept him out of action last weekend.

Weston Super Mare may be at the foot of the table but Burman is cautious, he told www.kentonline.co.uk: “It’s a test in a different sort of way. People will look at the league and see that (they are bottom) but they’ve had a couple of results”, he added: “We know they’re a good footballing side and want to pass the ball around”.

On Bank Holiday Monday it was Weston Super Mare’s turn to face Bath City and at the time the Seagulls had lost their opening five fixtures. The local derby ended 1-1 despite Ryan Northmore’s side going a goal down six minutes before the half time interval. Ollie Barnes scored a late leveller to ensure the Seagulls get of the mark and become the first team to take points off Bath City this term.

Weston Super Mare built on that decent performance following up their draw with victory away to Bishop’s Stortford. Scott Wilson’s winning goal on the stroke of half time was enough to see the Seagulls go joint on points with Margate and Basingstoke Town.

The Darts last hosted Weston Super Mare almost four years ago and dropped two points in a 1-1 draw. The visitors led when Matt Villis got on the end of a goal mouth scramble.  Adam Green made the game all square with a well driven shot. With just under twenty minutes remaining, Weston Super Mare’s James Price was red carded but Dartford could not break their opponents down.

The Darts are unbeaten at home against Weston Super Mare and last tasted defeat against the Seagulls in 1996.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 3 / Weston Super Mare wins: 1 / Draws 4

Last Meeting at Princes Park

12 November 2011 – Dartford 1 Weston Super Mare 1 – Att 1149

Darts Lineup: Louis Wells, Lee Burns, Adam Green, Tom Bonner, Paul Goodacre, Jon Wallis, Lee Noble, James Rogers, Jacob Erskine, Elliot Bradbrook, Danny Harris (subs used: Ryan Hayes, Jack Pallen, Richard Graham)

Current League Form

Dartford (DLWLWD) Weston Super Mare (WDLLLL)
Bath City  A  0-0 Bishop’s Stortford  A  1-0
Ebbsfleet United  H  0-1 Bath City  H  1-1
Margate  A  2-0 Oxford City  A  0-3
Gosport Borough  H  2-3 Eastbourne Borough  H  1-2
Concord Rangers  A  3-2 Hemel Hempstead Town  H  2-4
Sutton United  H  2-2 Gosport Borough  H  0-4

Previous Meetings

12.11.2011 Dartford 1 Weston Super Mare 1
13.08.2011 Weston Super Mare 0 Dartford 4
08.02.2011 Weston Super Mare 0 Dartford 1
04.09.2010 Dartford 4 Weston Super Mare 1
13.12.1997 Dartford 3 Weston Super Mare 3
16.08.1997 Weston Super Mare 0 Dartford 0
12.04.1997 Dartford 1 Weston Super Mare 1
23.11.1996 Weston Super Mare 2 Dartford 0

On This Day
Lost one in the last seven on 12 September stretching back to 1981 with a 2-1 home loss to Runcorn in the Alliance Premier. Since then Dartford tasted four wins in a row without conceding firstly, against Yeovil Town in the 1984 Bob Lord Trophy tie then Burton Albion by the same 1-0 scoreline in 1987 and Dorchester Town 2-0 both in the Southern Premier League. The Darts beat Corinthian 2-0 in the Kent League twenty years ago and three years later were beaten 1-0 at home to Raunds Town in the Southern League South. Nine years ago, the Darts drew 2-2 with Folkestone Invicta in the Isthmian League Cup first round and in another cup fixture thrashed Chipstead 6-1 in the F.A Cup first qualifying round. Thanks to six different goalscorers, Ryan Hayes, Lee Burns, Billy Burgess, Adam Gross, James White and Rob Haworth all ensured the Darts progressed to the next round.

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