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Maidenhead United v Dartford

Dartford are just about hanging on to their hunt for a playoff spot and hope to end a four match winless run at Maidenhead United.

The Darts have lost three of their last four National South games and are three points off fifth place. Dartford’s latest defeat at home to Whitehawk meant they failed to take advantage of Truro City’s loss. Maidenhead United are a win away from the Darts in tenth spot and have lost just two league games at home all season.

After the 2-1 disappointment at Weston-Super-Mare, Tony Burman was hoping his side could beat a freefalling Whitehawk team. Captain, Elliot Bradbrook was missing through illness and loanee Keaton Wood made his debut. With injuries stretching the current squad Jack Glander, a product of the academy was named on the bench.

Dartford looked in command at 2-0 up with both goals from Andy Pugh, the first from a penalty. The Darts went on to throw the match away, Danny Mills netted a hat-trick for the Hawks and Scott Neilson sealed the comeback for the Sussex club. Dartford crumbled in the final nine minutes conceding three times to lose 4-2. Danny Harris and George Sykes were also replaced in the first half due to injury.

Due to Maidenhead United’s involvement in the F.A Cup and a frozen pitch, it will be the third attempt for Dartford to a get a game against Maidenhead United at York Road this season.

The Magpies were tipped to be amongst the front runners this term and were sitting in fifth spot at the end of October. However, the Berkshire club then recorded one win in thirteen league games until three wins on the spin. A creditable 0-0 draw at home to Ebbsfleet United was followed up by a 4-1 pasting away to Chelmsford City.

Alan Devonshire who earned plaudits for his work at Braintree Town, is trying to rediscover the early season form. The 59 year old, has employed five of his former Braintree Town players who Dartford will be familiar with over the last few years. Carl Pentney, Alan Massey, James Mulley and Ryan Peters all had spells at Cressing Road whilst Ben Wright has been amongst the goals, scoring one less than Magpies top scorer Dave Tarpey, the pair have netted 27 between them this season.

It’s almost four years since Dartford drew 1-1 with Maidenhead United at York Road. The Magpies had to grind out a result when they were left with ten men, meaning Dartford dropped valuable points. Alex Wall, who later in his career had a loan spell at Princes Park, opened the scoring for the Magpies then Reece Tison-Lascaris was sent off. Danny Harris scored the equaliser for Dartford.

In the meeting before the Darts held on to a 3-2 win despite being three goals up. Charlie Sheringham scored either side of Jack Pallen’s goal only for Craig Faulconbridge and Jefferson Louis to help set up a tense final day of the season.

Head to Head

Maidenhead United wins: 1 / Dartford wins: 6 / Draws 3

Current League Form

Maidenhead United (LDWWWL) Dartford (DWLDLL)
Chelmsford City  A  1-4 Whitehawk  H  2-4
Ebbsfleet United  H  0-0 Weston-Super-Mare  A  1-2
Margate  H  3-1 Hayes & Yeading Utd  A  2-2
Eastbourne Borough  H  2-0 Concord Rangers  H  1-2
Oxford City  H  2-1 Gosport Borough  A  3-1
Basingstoke Town  A  1-2 Eastbourne Borough  A  1-1

Last Meeting at York Road

13 March 2012 – Maidenhead United 1 Dartford 1 – attendance 355

Goalscorers: Alex Wall (13); Danny Harris (58)

Darts lineup – Louis Wells, Matt Jones, Adam Green, Tom Bonner, Luke Wilkinson, Tom Champion, Lee Noble, Jon Wallis, Jacob Erskine, Richard Graham, Danny Harris (subs used: Elliot Bradbrook, Ryan Hayes, Tony Garrod)

Previous Meetings

31.03.2012 Dartford 2 Maidenhead United 1
13.03.2012 Maidenhead United 1 Dartford 1
30.04.2011 Maidenhead United 2 Dartford 3
05.03.2011 Dartford 3 Maidenhead United 0
11.01.1900 Maidenhead 1 Dartford 1
11.10.1899 Dartford 4 Maidenhead 0
16.03.1898 Dartford 6 Maidenhead 1
06.11.1897 Maidenhead 2 Dartford 1
06.03.1897 Maidenhead 0 Dartford 0
13.02.1897 Dartford 6 Maidenhead 0

Stats

The Darts only defeat to Maidenhead United was 119 year ago, since then Dartford have played the Magpies seven times without defeat.

Maidenhead United have the second best points per game tally at home this season, narrowly behind Maidstone United.

Andy Pugh has scored 11 goals in his last 14 appearances in all competitions.

On This Day

Dartford have drawn four of their last six games on 15 March, the last being a 1-1 draw with Cambridge City in the National League. Alex Wall’s last minute equaliser cancelled out Tom Elliott’s header. Two years before, the Darts picked up a point at home to Eastleigh in a 0-0 National South draw. Dartford’s defence had a great day in 2008 by keeping a clean sheet and scoring all three goals, John Guest, Adam Flanagan and Jamie Coyle secured a 3-0 win.

 

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