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Hungerford Town v Dartford

Dartford will want to put right their tough week when they visit Hungerford Town at Bulpit Lane this weekend.

After two straight victories at the start of the season, the Darts have picked up just one point in their last three outings without scoring. Joint Manager, Adam Flanagan urged the current crop of players to produce some flair, whilst captain Tom Bonner asked for patience before the 3-0 defeat to Wealdstone.

Instead Dartford put in a disappointing performance leaving the management duo to consider making changes. Flanagan spoke to www.kentonline.co.uk: “”We feel we might have to make changes already,” said Flanagan. “We were trying to put that off thinking we might get a display and if we’d won we would have been in front of where the club were this time last year after five games”.

He added: “It was very disappointing performance by the players, our expectations were a lot higher. I don’t want to be too brutal but it was probably the poorest performance I’ve seen from a Dartford side”.

Wealdstone’s Bradley Bubb fired a double and Jeffrey Monakana scored from a brilliant 25 yard shot to condemn the Darts to a consecutive defeat. Earlier in the week, Concord Rangers beat Dartford 2-0 with former Dart, Alex Wall appearing on the scoresheet.

Failing to score in the 0-0 draw with Hemel Hempstead Town and the Concord Rangers loss led to Flanagan and Jamie Coyle reverting to a 4-4-2 last weekend, in hope Delano Sam-Yorke would get more support up front. However, the desired result didn’t materialise forcing a rethink from the Dartford bosses.

Elliot Bradbrook missed last weekend’s fixture through illness, Lee Noble was out with a knee injury and Jamie Philpot had a hamstring problem. Flanagan is hoping all three will be back for the Bank Holiday weekend fixtures.

Hungerford Town have picked up just two points from their opening five fixtures. Despite thrashings against two Essex clubs, the Crusaders picked up respectable draws at home to Wealdstone and away to Hemel Hempstead Town.

Ian Herring’s side started the campaign on the wrong side of an exciting clash with St Albans City. Leading 2-1 with nine minutes to go, Hungerford Town threw away all three points after conceding in the injury time to lose 3-2. Defeat was followed with the 1-1 draw with Wealdstone which Herring claimed took a lot out of his young squad.

In the Crusaders second home game of the season they fell to a 6-0 thrashing against Chelmsford City. Already four down, Hungerford Town had James Rusby sent off then conceded two more. So when the Berkshire club held Hemel Hempstead Town to a 0-0 draw, Herring was delighted with his players attitude, especially after goalkeeper Jokull Andresson was forced off the pitch with a head injury and Herring himself had to play 75 minutes between the sticks. Last weekend, Hungerford Town were beaten 4-0 at Concord Rangers, in a game which saw former Dartford favourite, Ryan Hayes score his first for the Beachboys.

Last term, Dartford’s visit to Bulpit Lane ended in a shock defeat. The Darts were leading the National South at the time but lost 1-0 after Louie Soares scored from a penalty. The Good Friday visit last year in the 2016/2017 campaign also ended in a Hungerford Town victory with Soares scoring and assisting Stefan Brown.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 1 / Hungerford Town wins: 2 / Draws: 1

Current Form

Hungerford Town (LLLLWL) Dartford (LLDWW)
Concord Rangers A 0-4 Wealdstone H 0-3
Hemel Hempstead Town A 0-0 Concord Rangers A 0-2
Chelmsford City H 0-6 Hemel Hempstead Town H 0-0
Wealdstone H 1-1 Chelmsford City H 1-0
St Albans City A 2-3 Bath City A 2-1

Previous Meetings

09.12.2017 Hungerford Town 1 Dartford 0
05.08.2017 Dartford 0 Hungerford Town 0
14.04.2017 Hungerford Town 2 Dartford 0
27.08.2016 Dartford 2 Hungerford Town 0

Stats

Dartford are yet to score at Bulpit Lane, in fact there hasn’t never been an away goal scored in this fixture.

Hungerford Town and the Darts have failed to score in their last three games. Dartford last hit a barren goalscoring run of three consecutive games in April 2015. Losing 0-2 to Macclesfield Town and drawing 0-0 with Lincoln City in their final National League games. The 2016 season opener ended in Dartford losing 1-0 to Hemel Hempstead Town in the National South.

In 2014, Dartford failed to score for three games in a row in the same season between 16 August and 25 August (0-1 v Kidderminster Harriers, 0-0 v Torquay United and 0-4 v Barnet)

The last time Dartford failed to score in four consecutive games in all competitions was in 2002 and in just league matches in 1985.

On This Day

Lee Burns took home the match ball as he scored a hat-trick in Dartford’s 5-0 demolishing of Kingstonian nine years ago. The Darts swept their opponents aside and even had two goals ruled out plus a penalty miss. Elliot Bradbrook and Ryan Hayes also found the net, in a victory which set the tone for the rest of the Isthmian Premier League title winning campaign. Dartford enjoyed a 1-0 home win over Kidderminster Harriers six years ago, the winner was scored by Burns to secure the Darts first victory in the National League since 1986, after 26 years away.

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