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Gosport Borough v Dartford

Dartford look for a way back into the playoff places when they take on fourth place Gosport Borough.

The rescheduled fixture, following the postponement last month could see the Darts close the gap on Boro. A win or a draw could be enough to move into the top five, however the Darts have failed to beat any of the current teams in the playoff zone this season.

Dartford picked up a useful point on the weekend to follow up a 2-0 home win over St Albans City. Travelling to Eastbourne Borough, the Darts had to come from behind to settle on a 1-1 draw. Nathaniel Pinney put the hosts ahead netting a rebound after Deren Ibrahim initially saved. Andy Pugh continued his fine goalscoring form with a excellent equaliser in the final twenty minutes. Tom Bradbrook was red carded having been adjudged to have elbowed Kiran Khinda-John leaving Dartford to hang on.

Tony Burman was bemused by the decision by the referee who sent Tom Bradbrook off, he told www.kentonline.co.uk: “Sometimes it’ll go for you and sometimes it goes against you. I don’t think there was any malice in it, nothing happened, it’s just two guys challenging for the ball”, he added: “Nowadays you’re not allowed to touch anybody or have your arms past your waist”. The Dartford boss was pleased with an away point considering the conditions. Strong winds limited the quality on show but Burman was content with the second half performance.

Earlier in the season, the Bradbrook brothers scored but it wasn’t enough as Gosport Borough won 3-2. Despite the Darts having penalty shouts turned down it was Borough who won one just before half time. Justin Bennett dispatched the spot kick and on the other side of half time netted a second goal. Elliot Bradbrook halved the deficit but Gosport’s Lee Wort restored the two goal advantage, in the final minute Tom Bradbrook grabbed a consolation.

Bennett’s goals at Princes Park serve as a warning, the prolific striker has scored 26 times in all competitions in just 32 appearances. The National South top scorer has netted three hat-tricks this term which include four goal hauls against Weston-Super-Mare in the league and Bideford in the F.A Cup.

Gosport Borough are unbeaten in six home league games stretching back to the end of October, in that time Boro have won five. Alex Pike’s side started the campaign of without losing their opening eight, leaving them in third spot. A poor September and October saw the Hampshire drop to tenth. Since then, Gosport Borough have recovered putting a run of eight win, three draws and three defeats together.

On Saturday, the Boro were held to a 0-0 draw away at Concord Rangers, Dartford’s next opponents. Pike was upbeat despite failing to find the net, he told www.gosportboroughfc.co.uk: “After losing last week, it’s important we got a reaction from the players and not lose two on the bounce. We were solid and Sam Pearce didn’t put a foot wrong and he and Ryan Woodford looked a good pairing at the back”.

Boro’s boss remains confident ahead of the mid-week clash with the Darts, he commented: “We’ve got a decent home record and I want to ensure that remains intact this time next week. If it is, then we will be doing extremely well. We’ll get back home to face two teams in and around the play offs and I won’t need to motivate my players and they’ll be up for those matches”.

Head to Head

Gosport Borough wins: 5 / Dartford wins: 9 / Draws 3

Current League Form

Gosport Borough (DLWWWL) Dartford (DWLLWD)
Concord Rangers  A  0-0 Eastbourne Borough  A  1-1
Maidstone United  A  1-2 St Albans City  H  2-0
Havant & Waterlooville  A  3-1 Wealdstone  H  1-2
Maidenhead United  H  2-1 Sutton United  A  0-2
Eastbourne Borough  H  3-1 Bath City  H  4-1
Bishop’s Stortford  A  0-2 Chelmsford City  H  1-1

Last Meeting at Privett Park

24 October 1989 – Gosport Borough 0 Dartford 1
Three days before Gosport Borough, the Darts lost their first league game of the season at home to Burton Albion. In a month full of cup fixtures, this rare Southern Premier League affair got the Darts back on track with a single goal victory.

Previous Six Meetings

22.08.2015 Dartford 2 Gosport Borough 3
24.10.1989 Gosport Borough 0 Dartford 1
22.08.1989 Dartford 5 Gosport Borough 1
04.04.1989 Dartford 4 Gosport Borough 2
04.03.1989 Gosport Borough 1 Dartford 2
05.03.1988 Gosport Borough 1 Dartford 0

Stats

Gosport Borough’s win at Princes Park earlier in the season, ended Dartford’s four game winning streak against the Hampshire side.

Dartford have won in their last two visits to Gosport Borough and have a 50% win ratio at Privett Park.

In the eighties, the two clubs met 16 times out of the 17 they have played each other.

On This Day

Dartford will have fond memories of their F.A Trophy run three years ago. However, it came to an end on 23 February 2013 with a 0-0 second leg draw with Grimsby Town. The Darts were unable to overturn a 3-0 deficit from the first leg as they bowed out in the semi-final. Eight years ago, the Darts thrashed Waltham Abbey 5-0 away from home just days after beating Arlesey Town 4-0. Burman’s on song team remained top of the Isthmian Division One North thanks to a brace from Brendon Cass and goals from John Geust, Jamie Coyle and Junior Kadi.

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