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Weston-Super-Mare v Dartford

Dartford will want to keep their decent record against Weston-Super-Mare intact this weekend to stay in the playoffs.

The Darts have won four of the last five meetings against the Seagulls including a 2-1 home win in September.  Pulling off a dramatic late comeback, Dartford trailed by a goal with two minutes remaining.

Dayle Grubb scored with ten minutes left, taking advantage of a Ronnie Vint error to bend the ball past Derren Ibrahim. The scores were level with two minutes on the clock when Danny Harris scored from close range. Four minutes into stoppage time Lee Noble’s corner was deflected into his own net by Clayton Fortune.

This season has seen a few spirited comebacks from Dartford’s squad, and it was the same never say die attitude that earned them a point on Tuesday. The Darts looked down and out against Hayes and Yeading United having conceded twice in the opening half an hour. Just like the last match against United, the Bradbrook brothers came to the rescue. Tom pulled a goal back ten minutes before Elliot headed home a Ryan Hayes cross. No further goals were scored in the second half as the match ended 2-2. The draw saw the return of Lee Noble and came off the back of a disappointing 2-1 defeat at home to Concord Rangers.

Manager, Tony Burman told www.dartfordfc.com: “In all fairness to the players they did not do a lot wrong in the first half but found ourselves 2-0 down when we had the majority of the game, Once again the players deserve a lot of credit for clawing themselves back on level terms just before half time. I felt we would go on and win the game in the second half but it was not to be, but we came away with a well earned point against a team who had some great results recently”.

Picking up a point pushed Dartford into the last playoff place as Weston-Super-Mare’s fixture at Truro City was called off.

Ronnie Vint was substituted with an injury on Tuesday night, Elliot Bradbrook has a minor hamstring issue and Barry Cogan returns to the squad.

If you’re looking for goals then Weston-Super-Mare are the team to watch. In matches involving the Seagulls there has been over 100 goals scored, including an incredible 5-5 draw with Hemel Hempstead Town at the end of January.

The struggling West Country side lost their opening five matches and played catch up for the rest of 2015. A nine match unbeaten run from the end of November to mid-February has got Ryan Northmore’s side out of trouble for the time being.

During that unbeaten run the average goals per game was just over five. Havant and Waterlooville, Wealdstone and Chelmsford City were all beaten 3-2, St Albans City were defeated 4-1 and Oxford City 5-2. Even the draws have been high scoring with the 5-5 stalemate at Hemel Hempstead Town and 3-3 draw at Eastbourne Borough.

The unbeaten run did come to crushing end with three home defeats in a row against Hayes and Yeading United, Wealdstone and last weekend Chelmsford City. Northmore’s side were resoundingly beaten 3-0 by the Clarets missing two key players in Dayle Grubb (thigh injury) and Jacob Crane, who started his two match suspension. Northmore has welcomed back Jake Llewellyn who returned from his loan spell at Taunton Town and Scott Wilson who has served his suspension.

Head to Head

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

Current League Form

Weston-Super-Mare (LLLDWW) Dartford (DLWDWL)
Chelmsford City  H  0-3 Hayes & Yeading United  A  2-2
Wealdstone  H  1-2 Concord Rangers  H  1-2
Hayes & Yeading United  H  0-2 Gosport Borough  A  3-1
Eastbourne Borough  A  3-3 Eastbourne Borough  A  1-1
Oxford City  H  5-2 St Albans City  H  2-0
Hemel Hempstead Town  A  5-5 Wealdstone  H  1-2

Last Meeting at The Woodspring Stadium

13 August 2011 – Weston-Super-Mare 0 Dartford 4  – Att: 480

Goalscorers Elliot Bradbrook (15), Tom Bonner (38), Charlie Sheringham (65, 70)

Dartford Lineup: Andrew Young, Matthew Jones, Adam Green, Tom Bonner, Paul Goodacre, Tom Champion, Ryan Hayes, Jon Wallis, Charlie Sheringham, Elliot Bradbrook, Richard Graham (Subs used: Danny Harris, Lee Noble, Ryan Cooper)

Previous Meetings

12.09.2015 Dartford 2 Weston-Super-Mare 1
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

Stats

2 – Weston-Super-Mare have only managed two goals at home versus Dartford and that was in the first meeting between the two sides, which ended 2-0 to the Seagulls.

3 – The Darts have kept three clean sheets in their last three visits to The Woodspring Stadium.

8 – Dartford have gone eight games unbeaten against Weston-Super-Mare stretching back to 1997.

101 – Number of goals scored in National South games featuring Weston-Super-Mare this season, the highest total in the league

On This Day

Since reforming the Darts have won two and drew one competitive match on 5 March. The only defeat came in a friendly against Sittingbourne in 1994. Eleven years ago, Waltham Forest were beaten 1-0 in the Southern League Division One East. Five years ago, the Darts took a while to break Maidenhead United down but eventually went on to win 3-0. Charlie Sheringham broke the deadlock before Elliot Bradbrook scored two late goals in the Conference South. In the league above two years later, Dartford drew 1-1 with Stockport County thanks to a Danny Harris equaliser, Mark Cullen had given the Hatters the lead.

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