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Basingstoke Town v Dartford

Dartford hope to make one of their games in hand count against Basingstoke Town this weekend.

The Darts travel to Hampshire to face the side they beat in the National South playoff semi-final, three and half years ago. A win for Tony Burman’s side will potentially take them up to eighth place and within five points of the top five.

Dartford, unbeaten in five league fixtures take on the National South’s bottom club and have fond memories of their last meeting at The Camrose. A first half injury time strike by Lee Noble was enough to give the Darts a 1-0 first leg lead in the 2012 National South playoff semi-final. The second leg at Princes Park ended 2-1 with Elliot Bradbrook and Luke Wilkinson scoring either side of Shaun McAuley’s equaliser on the night.

Burman has led the Darts to three consecutive wins against Basingstoke Town, which began with a convincing 4-1 home triumph. However, the last league meeting at The Camrose ended 3-2 to the Hampshire club with Dartford coming from behind to lead 2-1,before being condemned to defeat.

In only their second away league fixture for two months, Dartford last won on their travels at the end of October. On the road goals have been hard to come by with an average of just a goal a game. In their most recent match, at home to Havant and Waterlooville there were plenty of goals. In form captain Elliot Bradbrook scored from the spot and before the break Danny Harris bundled over a second. Havant and Waterlooville hit back capitalising on a slow Dartford start, the Hawks scored a quick fire double to level the match with goals from Dan Strugnell and Matt Paterson. Elliot Bradbrook restored the lead, his fifth goal in his last four league games but the moment of the match belonged to Ebrima Adams, who netted his first ever senior goal.

Burman told www.dartfordfconline.com: “I was pleased with the first half performance in difficult conditions and I felt we deserved to come in in front with the two goal lead. I can’t explain what happened in the first ten minutes of the second half, but to me it’s frustration at its best”, he added: “On the plus side, this group that we have still fought back and scored two good goals and gained their composure for the last part of the game”.

Basingstoke Town exceeded expectations last term by reaching the playoffs, this time around they have been below par taking just 12 points. The results led to former manager Jason Bristow nobly stepping down just three weeks ago and replaced by Michael Gilkes. Bristow will remain with the club he’s been with for the last 16 years guiding the academy side. Gilkes makes the step up having been assistant manager, his first experience as a first team boss.

Gilkes wasted no time in changing the squad by signing Scottish under 21 international defender Dom Hyam on loan from Reading, a club the new boss has strong connections with from the eighties and nineties. Whilst, Will Salmon departed having only joined Basingstoke Town in the summer from Metropolitan Police.

In his first match in charge, Gilkes watched his side lose 2-1 to Havant and Waterlooville in the F.A Trophy third qualifying round. However, his debut at the helm in National South ended in a 2-1 away win over Bishops Stortford, Jay Gasson’s goal was cancelled out by Elliot Buchanan. The winner came from Hyam in injury time giving the hosts no time to respond.

The line up included top scorer Chris Flood, the striker netted 13 league goals last term and has ten in all competitions this campaign. Partnering the former Eastleigh and Dorchester Town striker was Liam Enveer-Marum. Familiar to the Darts from his spell with local rivals Ebbsfleet United, Enveer-Marum has fared well against Dartford scoring for the Fleet and whilst he was at Braintree Town.

Basingstoke Town have managed just one league win at The Camrose this season, which came after a winless opening 13 games. After the 3-1 victory over Whitehawk, the Hampshire side lost four in a row before the triumph at Bishops Stortford.

 

Head to Head

Basingstoke Town wins: 3 / Dartford wins: 9 / Draws: 4

Current League Form

Basingstoke Town (WLLLLW) Dartford (WDWWDL)
Bishop’s Stortford  A  2-1 Havant & Waterlooville  H  4-2
Maidstone United  H  0-1 Maidstone United  H  1-1
Truro City  A  0-2 Hayes & Yeading Utd  H  2-0
Concord Rangers  A  0-5 Bishop’s Stortford  A  2-1
Maidenhead United  A  3-4 Hemel Hempstead Town  H  2-2
Whitehawk  H  3-1 Wealdstone  A  0-2

Last Meeting at The Camrose

29 January 2011 – Basingstoke Town 0 Dartford 1 – attendance 1691

Goalscorer: Lee Noble

Darts lineup – Louis Wells, Lee Burns, Adam Green, Tom Bonner, Luke Wilkinson, Tom Champion, Lee Noble, James Rogers, Jacob Erskine, Elliot Bradbrook, Danny Harris

Previous Six Meetings (* – Playoff)

08.05.2012* Dartford 2 Basingstoke Town 1
02.05.2012* Basingstoke Town 0 Dartford 1
27.02.2012 Dartford 4 Basingstoke Town 1
03.09.2011 Basingstoke Town 3 Dartford 2
12.03.2011 Basingstoke Town 2 Dartford 2
01.03.2011 Dartford 1 Basingstoke Town 0

Stats

69% – Dartford have won nine of their 14 against Basingstoke Town since first meeting in the league in 1976

34 – Years since the Darts beat Basingstoke Town away in a regular league match

A win could put Dartford on top of the form table (last six games)

On This Day

Dartford last played on 12 December in 2009 beating Waltham Abbey 2-1 at Princes Park. Danny Dafter had a mixed afternoon scoring and getting sent off. Rob Haworth scored the other goal in the Isthmian Premier league encounter. In 1998, the Darts were involved in a seven goal thriller losing out 4-3 to Folkestone Invicta in the Southern League Southern.

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