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Conference South Preview 2011-2012

 

Basingstoke Town | Boreham Wood | Bromley | Chelmsford City | Dartford | Dorchester Town | Dover Athletic | Eastbourne Borough | Eastleigh | Farnborough | Hampton & Richmond | Havant & Waterlooville | Maidenhead United | Salisbury City | Staines Town | Sutton United | Thurrock | Tonbridge Angels | Truro City | Welling United | Weston Super Mare | Woking

Basingstoke Town FC

The Dragons or The Stokes

Founded: 1896                Ground: The Camrose                Capacity: 6000

Manager Frank Gray
Final Standing 2010/11 13th
F.A Cup 4th Qualifying Round
F.A Trophy 1st Round
County Cup Quarter-Final
League Top Scorer Greg Draper (15 goals)

Last Season

Basingstoke Town is an experienced Conference South outfit having entered the division in 2005. Last season The Dragons managed to finish in their highest position since their debut in the Conference South. Basingstoke’s inconsistencies rarely saw them in the top ten and a lack of goals away from home is a weakness Frank Gray will have to focus on. The Stokes’ scored just 16 goals on their travels; only Lewes scored fewer. With the permanent signings of Delano Sam-Yorke and experienced Tim Sills their attacking options should improve.

Last Seasons Meetings Against The Darts

1 March 2011 Dartford 1 Basingstoke Town 0 att 637
Reynolds (o.g) 65
12 March 2011 Basingstoke Town 2 Dartford 2 att 480
Sam-Yorke 1, 38 Hayes 4 

Harris 24

Transfers In

Ashley Bayes (Stevenage), Delano Sam-Yorke and Wilson Gondwe (AFC Wimbledon), Tim Sills (Aldershot Town), Wes Daly (Bromley), Shaun McAuley (Eastleigh), Toby Little and Rob Gradwell (Hayes & Yeading United), Callum Eagle (Woking)

Transfers Out

Matt Pattinson (Released)

Stat Attack

  • Basingstoke’s last draw was at home to Dartford on 12 March 2011 when the game ended two each
  • Away from The Camrose, Basingstoke kept seven clean sheets, only three teams kept more
Attendances Average Highest Lowest
Home 404 (16th) 702 v Farnborough 259 v Maidenhead United
Away 537 (15th) 1112 v Woking 157 v Thurrock
Total 470 (16th)
Results Biggest Win Biggest Defeat
Home 4-0 v Hampton & Richmond 1-3 v Welling United
Away 3-0 v Thurrock 0-4 v Welling United / Chelmsford City

Best Performances

Highest League Finish: 3rd Isthmian League (2000/01)*

Best F.A Cup Performance: 2nd Round (1997/98, 1998/99 and 2006/07)

Best F.A Trophy Performance: 2nd Round (2008/09)

*equivalent of Conference South at the time

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Boreham Wood FC

The Wood

Founded: 1948                Ground: Meadow Park               Capacity: 4502

Manager Ian Allinson
Final Standing 2010/11 14th
F.A Cup 4th Qualifying Round
F.A Trophy 1st Round
County Cup 2nd Round
League Top Scorer Mario Noto (12 goals)

Last Season

Boreham Wood took a while to adapt in their debut season and never moved out of the bottom three until they defeated Farnborough in February. Survival for The Wood was the aim after promotion via the playoffs the following year. With low crowds the Hertfordshire club relied on loan signings but one player who stood out was top goal scorer Mario Noto who netted five times against The Darts including a hat trick at Princes Park. Boreham Wood managed four wins in their last five fixtures to finish fourteenth, the highest in the clubs history. Manager Ian Allinson managed to come away with one award when he was announced as PFA Fairplay Award winner. Allinson put his side’s relegation battle aside because The Wood were a goal down when the ball was played out for a Havant player to receive treatment. In an effort to return the ball to The Hawks, Ali Chaaban over hit the pass unintentionally levelling the scores. Allinson ordered his squad to allow Havant to score a goal unchallenged. Over the summer the manager has strengthened his squad by shrewdly raiding Farnborough’s outcasts.

Last Seasons Meetings Against The Darts

2 October 2010 Boreham Wood 3 Dartford 0 att 727
Bonner (o.g) 46 

Noto 70, 84

Noble 90
16 April 2011 Dartford 1 Boreham Wood 4 att 1118
Sheringham 39 Noto 44, 50, 67 

Bryant 71

Transfers In

Charlie O’Loughlin (Solihull Moors), Michael Jordan, James Smith, Osei Sankofa and Daryl McMahon (Farnborough), Lawrence Yaku and Barrie Matthews (Hampton and Richmond), Inih Effiong (St Albans City), Darren Currie (Dagenham & Redbridge), Ollie Palmer (Woking), Luke Wilkinson (Dagenham & Redbridge)

Transfers Out

Greg Morgan (Chelmsford City)

Stat Attack

  • Boreham Wood failed to win away from Meadow Park in their first ten attempts, the longest sequence equalled only by Bishop’s Stortford
  • Only Lewes and Bishop’s Stortford scored fewer goals on their travels
  • The 105 supporters that turned up to Meadow Park on 7 December 2010 was the lowest attendance in the league. Wood supporters were in for a treat as the game ended in their team winning 6-3
Attendances Average Highest Lowest
Home 217 (22nd) 379 v Chelmsford City 105 v Weston Super-Mare
Away 492 (21st) 1118 v Dartford 145 v Maidenhead United
Total 355 (22nd)
Results Biggest Win Biggest Defeat
Home 6-3 v Weston Super-Mare 0-3 v St Albans City
Away 4-1 v Dartford 0-3 v Eastleigh

Best Performances

Highest League Finish: 14th Conference South (2010/11)

Best Performance in the F.A Cup: 2nd Round (1996/97 and 1997/98)

Best Performance in the F.A Trophy: Semi-Final (2005/06)

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Bromley FC

The Ravens or The Lillywhites

Founded: 1892                 Ground: Hayes Lane                 Capacity: 6000

Manager Mark Goldberg
Final Standing 2010/11 11th
F.A Cup 3rd Qualifying Round
F.A Trophy 3rd Qualifying Round
County Cup Runner Up
League Top Scorer Warren McBean & Leon McKenzie (8 goals)

Last Season

Bromley were quick out of the starting blocks last season with a 100% record in their opening seven games. In fact they remained undefeated for ten fixtures. The wheels soon fell off and Mark Goldberg left the Managers post. Wins turned to draws and from February their season fell apart. The Ravens went through nine winless games and what started out as a promotion challenge ended up a battle to sneak in the top ten. Hayden Bird’s side were denied on the last day when The Darts leapfrogged them. Failure to land a top ten spot and defeat in the Kent Senior Cup Final saw Hayden Bird resign as manager. A new chairman was appointed in Ashley Reading then none other than Mark Goldberg returned to the reins for the third time.

Last Seasons Meetings Against The Darts

18 September 2010 Dartford 2 Bromley 2 att 1834
Hayes 74 

Bradbrook 90

McDonnell 37 

Dunk 88

22 April 2011 Bromley 4 Dartford 1 att 922
Nnamani 19 

Sobers 22

McKenzie 57

McBean 72

Sheringham 39 

 

2 May 2011 Dartford 4 Bromley 1 att 2025
Kent Senior Cup Final Bradbrook 20 

Hayes 50

Holloway (o.g) 55

Harris 61

McBean 76

Transfers In

Harry Harding (Reading), Hakeen Araba (Bishop’s Stortford)

Transfers Out

Harrison Dunk (Cambridge United), Wes Daly (Basingstoke Town), Warren McBean (Havant & Waterlooville)

Stat Attack

  • Bromley won the most consecutive games by winning their first seven league fixtures
  • The Ravens were on the end of the biggest defeat in the league, losing 7-0 to Weston Super-Mare
  • Bromley also went on the longest drawing streak at home. From 11 September 2010 to 9 November 2010 The Ravens drew five home league matches in a row
Attendances Average Highest Lowest
Home 551 (11th) 1010 v Ebbsfleet United 210 v Thurrock
Away 644 (8th) 1834 v Dartford 173 v Weston Super-Mare
Total 598 (11th)
Results Biggest Win Biggest Defeat
Home 4-1 v Dartford 0-2 v Maidenhead United / Braintree Town / Staines Town
Away 3-0 v Chelmsford City 0-7 v Weston Super-Mare

Best Performances

Highest League Finish: 3rd Conference South (2009/10)

Best Performance in the F.A Cup: 4th Round (1938/39)

Best Performance in the F.A Trophy: Semi-Final (1969/70)

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Chelmsford City FC

The Clarets

Founded: 1938           Ground: Melbourne Stadium           Capacity: 3000

Manager Glenn Pennyfather
Final Standing 2010/11 4th
F.A Cup 2nd Round
F.A Trophy 3rd Qualifying Round
County Cup 4th Round
League Top Scorer Dave Rainford (17 goals)

Last Season

Chelmsford City’s strong squad meant a promotion push was last season’s target. Melbourne Stadium was a fortress up to February when The Clarets won eight out of nine, dropping just two points. The Clarets defence kept five straight clean sheets at home and scored at will. The home form kept the Essex side in a playoff spot throughout most of the season. Chelmsford City were only beaten four times and failed to score on just three occasions. On their travels they were steady and ended the season in fourth. Glenn Pennyfather’s side were denied promotion in the playoffs when they were beaten by Ebbsfleet United in the semi-final. They also enjoyed an F.A Cup run to the second round before losing to League Two side Wycombe Wanderers.

Last Seasons Meetings Against The Darts

30 August 2010 Chelmsford City 2 Dartford 0 att 1111
Bricknall 29 

Cook 86

3 January 2011 Dartford 1 Chelmsford City 2 att 1321
Sheringham 39 Bricknell 58 

Edmans 65

Transfers In

Justin Miller (Rushden & Diamonds), Aiden Palmer (Bishop’s Stortford), Craig Parker (Needham Market), Max Cornhill (East Thurrock United), Kezie Ibe (Farnborough) Greg Morgan (Boreham Wood), Cliff Akurang (Braintree Town), Kenny Clark (Thurrock), Sam Corcoran (Colchester United), Jermaine Brown (Free), Joe Benjamin (Northampton Town)

Transfers Out

Sami El-Abd, John Martin, Takumi Ake and Sam Higgins (Released), Matthew Lock (Gloucester City), Rob Edmans (Dagenham and Redbridge), Wayne Gray (Woking), Billy Bricknell (Dover Athletic)

Stat Attack

  • The Clarets kept the most clean sheets at home by keeping out ten of the 21 teams they faced
  • Chelmsford City’s five consecutive home wins was only matched by Woking
  • Glenn Pennyfather’s side scored in 36 of the 42 fixtures, only matched by Ebbsfleet United and Farnborough
Attendances Average Highest Lowest
Home 868 (5th) 1710 v Braintree Town 590 v Staines Town
Away 724 (4th) 1368 v Ebbsfleet United 282 v Weston Super-Mare
Total 796 (4th)
Results Biggest Win Biggest Defeat
Home 6-1 v Thurrock 1-2 v Havant & Waterlooville
Away 3-0 v Bromley 0-3 v Braintree Town / Hampton & Richmond

Best Performances

Highest League Finish: 2nd Southern Premier League (1985/86)*

Best Performance in the F.A Cup: 2nd Round (1936/37, 1937/38 and 1945/46)

Best Performance in the F.A Trophy: 3rd Round (2000/01)

*equivalent of Conference South at the time

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Dartford FC

The Darts

Founded: 1888                 Ground: Princes Park                Capacity: 4097

Manager Tony Burman
Final Standing 2010/11 10th
F.A Cup 1st Round
F.A Trophy 3rd Round
County Cup Winners
League Top Scorer Charlie Sheringham (19 goals)

Last Season

Dartford struggled to get to grips with the Conference South after their promotion from the Isthmian Premier League. Mid January saw The Darts enter the bottom three and it was at this point when fortunes turned. Charlie Sheringham found goal scoring form, Lee Noble returned from his loan spell like a new signing and the defence tightened up with more clean sheets. Such was the good turn in form that Dartford climbed up the table to finish a credible tenth. It was in the cups that The Darts excelled reaching the F.A Cup First Round for the first time since 1989 and taking Port Vale to a replay. In the F.A Trophy they conquered Conference runaway champions Crawley Town, only one of five teams to defeat the Sussex side all season, and reached the third round. Tony Burman’s side did end up with silverware in the Kent Senior Cup beating Bromley in the final.

Transfers In

Adam Green (Hayes & Yeading United), Jon Wallis (Dover Athletic), Richard Graham (Eastleigh)

Transfers Out

Billy Burgess and Adam Burchell (released), James White and Joe Bruce (Thurrock), Carl Rook (Eastbourne Borough),

Stat Attack

  • Dartford topped the average attendance table last year and the home match versus rivals Ebbsfleet United was the biggest league attendance in the Conference South last season, 2781 watched the sides draw 1-1
  • The away fixture at Stonebridge Road boasted an attendance of 2435 the second biggest crown in the league last season
  • The Darts were involved in eight away league games where their opponents recorded their biggest attendance of the season, no other team bettered this record
Attendances Average Highest Lowest
Home 1171 (1st) 2781 v Ebbsfleet United 631 v Basingstoke Town
Away 802 (1st) 2435 v Ebbsfleet United 234 v Weston Super-Mare
Total 986 (1st)
Results Biggest Win Biggest Defeat
Home 4-0 v Dover Athletic 0-4 v Dorchester Town / Hampton & Richmond
Away 2-0 Dover Athletic / Dorchester Town 0-3 v Eastleigh / 1-4 v Bromley

Best Performances

Highest League Finish: 3rd Conference (1984/85)

Best Performance in the F.A Cup: 3rd Round (1935/36, 1936/37)

Best Performance in the F.A Trophy: Runner Up (1973/74)

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Dorchester Town FC

The Magpies

Founded: 1880           Ground: The Avenue Stadium           Capacity: 5009

Manager Ashley Vickers
Final Standing 2010/11 17th
F.A Cup 3rd Qualifying Round
F.A Trophy 2nd Round
County Cup 2nd Round
League Top Scorer Ryan Moss (7 goals)

Last Season

The highlight of Dorchester’s season made national headlines when player manager Ashley Vickers rugby tackled a streaker, then got sent off. It took nine games for The Magpies to record win number one, then four came along in the space of five fixtures, this summed up Dorchester’s form throughout the campaign. In February they failed to score in four consecutive games then went on a scoring spree by netting in the next nine. Vickers will be hoping for a bit of consistency, even though the Dorset club finished seven points clear from the drop zone they never really looked threatened.

Last Seasons Meetings Against The Darts

13 November 2010 Dartford 0 Dorchester Town 4 att 1105
Moss 64, 90 

Jermyn 66

22 February 2011 Dorchester Town 0 Dartford 2 att 457
Harris 73 

Noble 88

Transfers In

Ben Dickenson (Christchurch), Ashley Nicholls (Maidenhead United), Rico Wilson (Unattached), Simon Evans (Free), Ryan Dovell (Bridport) and Nathan Peprah-Annan (Sholing)

Transfers Out

James Coutts (AFC Totton)

Stat Attack

  • Dorchester Town drew the most home games in 2010/2011 with nine
  • Out of the teams with a negative goal difference The Magpies had the best with minus ten
Attendances Average Highest Lowest
Home 461 (14th) 642 v Farnborough 304 v Basingstoke Town
Away 517 (18th) 1105 v Dartford 142 v St Albans City
Total 489 (14th)
Results Biggest Win Biggest Defeat
Home 3-1 v Thurrock / Boreham Wood 0-4 v Eastleigh
Away 4-0 v Dartford 0-3 v Eastleigh

Best Performances

Highest League Finish: 8th Conference South (2004/05)

Best Performance in the F.A Cup: 2nd Round (1954/55, 1957/58 and 1981/82)

Best Performance in the F.A Trophy: 3rd Round (1971/72, 1996/97 and 2003/04)

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Dover Athletic FC

The Whites

Founded: 1983                 Ground: The Crabble                Capacity: 6500

Manager Martin Hayes
Final Standing 2010/11 7th
F.A Cup 3rd Round
F.A Trophy 3rd Qualifying Round
County Cup 1st Round
League Top Scorer Adam Birchall (34 goals)

Last Season

Dover Athletic will have been disappointed not to have made at least the playoffs last season. Their home form was a key factor on The Whites missing out, had they been as good at home as they were in March and April then Martin Hayes side would have finished in the top five. Away from The Crabble the Kent club performed consistently. Adam Birchall (now at Gillingham) was influential in everything Dover achieved last season, especially in the tremendous run to the F.A Cup Third Round which saw Dover defeat Gillingham and Aldershot Town to make national headlines. The Whites finally bowed out against League One high fliers Huddersfield Town in the best F.A Cup run in the clubs history. A minor overhaul in the summer makes Martin Hayes’s side a contender for promotion.

Last Seasons Meetings Against The Darts

9 November 2010 Dover Athletic 0 Dartford 2 att 1199
Hayes 11 

Berquez 82

25 April 2011 Dartford 4 Dover Athletic 0 att 1771
Sheringham 24, 78 

Champion 54

Harris 57

Transfers In

Shane Huke, Michael Corcoran and Matt Johnson (Rushden & Diamonds), Phil Starkey (Braintree Town), Ross Kitteridge (Bishop’s Stortford), Ed Harris (AFC Wimbledon), Billy Bricknell (Chelmsford City), George Purcell (York City), James Walker (Woking), Steve Watt (Grimsby Town), Glen Southam (Barnet), Mikhael Jaimez Ruiz (Aldershot Town)

Transfers Out

Sam Long, Joe Tabiri, Elliott Charles, Lewwis Spence and Ross Flitney (Released), Jon Wallis (Dartford), Adam Birchall (Gillingham), Ben Hunt (Weston Super-Mare)

Stat Attack

  • Dover scored more than any other Conference South side in the last fifteen minutes of their matches
  • Away from home The Whites scored in sixteen consecutive games, the longest run in the division
  • On their travels they went fifteen fixtures without a draw, another longest run in the league
Attendances Average Highest Lowest
Home 911 (4th) 1210 v Ebbsfleet United 577 v Boreham Wood
Away 653 (7th) 1171 v Dartford 264 v West Super-Mare
Total 785 (5th)
Results Biggest Win Biggest Defeat
Home 4-0 v Lewes 1-3 v Ebbsfleet United / Braintree Town
Away 7-2 v Thurrock 0-4 v Dartford

Best Performances

Highest League Finish: 6th Conference (1999/2000)

Best Performance in the F.A Cup: 3rd Round (2010/11)

Best Performance in the F.A Trophy: Semi-Finals (1997/98)

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Eastbourne Borough FC

The Sports

Founded: 1964           Ground: Langley Sports Club           Capacity: 4151

Manager Garry Wilson
Final Standing 2010/11 23rd Conference National
F.A Cup 4th Qualifying Round
F.A Trophy 3rd Round
County Cup Runner Up
League Top Scorer Jamie Taylor (15 goals)

Last Season

If goals are what you want to see then there would have been not many better places than a fixture involving Eastbourne Borough. Unfortunately, the majority of goals were conceded by The Sports and from 3 January 2011 they never escaped the bottom four. After three seasons in the top flight of non-league football Eastbourne Borough were relegated. The Sports were denied glory in the County Cup when they lost 2-0 against hosts Brighton and Hove Albion in the first ever fixture at the new American Express Community Stadium.

Last League Meetings Against The Darts

20 August 2002 Eastbourne Borough 4 Dartford 0 att 416
Southern League (East)
4 March 2003 Dartford 0 Eastbourne Borough 1 att 247
Southern League (East)

Transfers In

Ian Pulman (Whitstable Town), Ollie Rowe (Hastings United), Ben Watson (Exeter City), Clark Masters (Barrow), Sonny Cobbs (Lewes), Carl Rook (Dartford), Gary Charman (Horsham), Sam Cole (Rye United), Gary Hart (Brighton & Hove Albion)

Transfers Out

Neil Jenkins (Sutton United), Simon Weatherstone (Released)

Stat Attack

  • Eastbourne Borough were defeated in the Conference National eleven times in a row from 20 November 2010 to 12 February 2011
  • The Sports had the leakiest league defence conceding 104 times
  • Eastbourne Borough did manage to score 62 goals meaning in total there were 166 goals scored in games featuring The Sports, the highest in the league
Attendances Average Highest Lowest
Home 1105 (17th) 2518 v Luton Town 551 v Tamworth
Away 1734 (17th) 6171 v Luton Town 190 v Hayes & Yeading United
Total 1419 (17th)
Results Biggest Win Biggest Defeat
Home 5-0 v Hayes & Yeading United / Altrincham 0-6 v Fleetwood Town
Away 3-1 v Southport 1-6 v Darlington

Best Performances

Highest League Finish: 13th Conference (2008/09)

Best Performance in the F.A Cup: 1st Round (2005/06, 2007/08 and 2008/09)

Best Performance in the F.A Trophy: 3rd Round (2001/02, 2002/03, 2004/05 and 2010/11)

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Eastleigh FC

The Spitfires

Founded: 1946             Ground: Silverlake Stadium            Capacity: 3000

Manager Ian Baird
Final Standing 2010/11 8th
F.A Cup 4th Qualifying Round
F.A Trophy 3rd Round
County Cup 3rd Round
League Top Scorer Jamie Slabber (21 goals)

Last Season

Eastleigh has become an experienced side in the Conference South and seems to always fall short of the playoffs. The Hampshire side announced going full time by offering younger players new contracts with the more senior players staying part time. A big move for The Spitfires, who will no doubt be eyeing up a playoff spot this campaign. Ian Baird’s team also enjoyed a run to the F.A Trophy 3rd Round knocking out Folkestone Invicta, Sutton United, Worcester City before a shock exit against Chasetown.

Last Seasons Meetings Against The Darts

16 October 2010 Eastleigh 3 Dartford 0 att 727
Graham 43 

Bonner (o.g) 63

Riviere 90

15 March 2011 Dartford 0 Eastleigh 0 att 711

Transfers In

Andy Forbes (Sutton United), Mike Green (Bristol Rovers), Ryan O’Hara (Gloucester City), Henrik Breimyr (Aldershot Town)

Transfers Out

Peter Adiniyi, Ian Herring, Warren Goodhind, Luke Byles, Brett Poate and Jamie Brown (Released) and Shaun McAuley (Basingstoke Town), Jason Matthews (Bath City), Richard Graham (Dartford), Tony Taggart and Anthony Riviere (Sutton United), Chris Holland (Havant & Waterlooville)

Stat Attack

  • Eastleigh won six league games in a row from 28 December 2010 to 25 January 2011, only Bromley and Woking beat this run
  • The Spitfires have not drawn at home in the league since 28 August 2010 a run of sixteen fixtures, the longest home drawing streak last season
  • The Hampshire side scored in fifteen consecutive league games from 16 October 2010 to 14 February 2011, only Ebbsfleet United went on a longer run
Attendances Average Highest Lowest
Home 537 (12th) 877 v Woking 248 v St Albans City
Away 500 (20th) 1020 v Havant & Waterlooville 209 v Weston Super-Mare
Total 518 (12th)
Results Biggest Win Biggest Defeat
Home 4-1 v Woking 1-4 v Staines Town / Welling United
Away 5-0 v Staines Town 0-3 v Chelmsford City

Best Performances

Highest League Finish: 3rd Conference South (2008/09)

Best Performance in the F.A Cup: 1st Round (2009/10)

Best Performance in the F.A Trophy: 3rd Round (2010/11)

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Farnborough FC

The Boro

Reformed: 2007           Ground: Rushmoor Stadium           Capacity: 6500

Manager Garry Haylock & Gareth Hall
Final Standing 2010/11 2nd
F.A Cup 4th Qualifying Round
F.A Trophy 3rd Qualifying Round
County Cup Semi-Final
League Top Scorer Bradley Bubb (17 goals)

Last Season

Farnborough were promoted alongside Dartford and experienced their first year at Conference South level since reformation. The Boro were guided to an excellent runner up spot by manager Steve King and almost pushed champions Braintree Town all the way, falling seven points short. The Hampshire side looked powerful up front; Grenadian international Bradley Bubb hit form in January scoring an impressive ten goals in twelve league matches. When Bubb failed to score they could rely on Kezie Ibe, Jack King and Dale Binns (36 goals between them). It’s no surprise The Boro scored the most goals in the Conference South. Despite a successful season they experienced playoff heartbreak in a 4-2 final defeat against Ebbsfleet United. With the loss of Bubb, Ibe, King, BInns and Booth it will be an interesting transition next year.

Last Seasons Meetings Against The Darts

21 August 2010 Farnborough 2 Dartford 1 att 1016
McDonald 12, 67 Noble 90
22 January 2011 Dartford 4 Farnborough 1 att 1010
Sheringham 12, 48 

Champion 63

Harris 73

Bubb 20

Transfers In

Adam Bygrave, Esmond James, Philip Appiah, Alex Tokarczyk (Hayes and Yeading United), Ashley Winn (Gateshead), Tony Garrod (Southampton), Tom Murphy (Thurrock), Reece Connolly and Doug Berqvist (Aldershot Town)

Transfers Out

Jay Conroy (Sutton United), Kezie Ibe (Chelmsford City), Craig Braham-Barrett (Havant and Waterlooville), Bradley Bubb (Aldershot Town), Michael Jordan, James Smith and Daryl McMahon (Boreham Wood), Dale Binns, Jay Davies and Jack King (Woking), Dean McDonald, Nic Ciardini, Gary Holloway, Owen Price and Paul Booth (Released)

Stat Attack

  • From 12 January 2011 to 5 April 2011 Farnborough went on an eleven match unbeaten run only beaten by Woking and Ebbsfleet United
  • The Boro kept the second most clean sheets in the league keeping the opposition out sixteen times
  • Along with Chelmsford City and Ebbsfleet United, The Boro scored in 36 games, the highest in the league
  • On 19 March 2011 Paul Booth scored the 1000th league goal of the season in a hat trick performance against Lewes
  • Farnborough were represented the most in the Blue Square Team of the Year. Steve Robinson, Daryl McMahon, Dale Binns and Bradley Bubb all made the team and have all left Farnborough now
Attendances Average Highest Lowest
Home 753 (6th) 1879 v Woking 209 v Dorchester Town
Away 687 (5th) 2123 v Woking 206 v Weston Super-Mare
Total 720 (6th)
Results Biggest Win Biggest Defeat
Home 4-1 v Dover Athletic 1-2 v Ebbsfleet United / Eastleigh / Woking
Away 5-1 v Lewes 6-3  v Dover Athletic

Best Performances

Highest League Finish: 5th Conference (1991/92)

Best Performance in the F.A Cup: 4th Round (2002/03)

Best Performance in the F.A Trophy: Quarter Final (1991/92 and 2002/03)

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Hampton & Richmond FC

The Beavers

Founded: 1921             Ground: Beveree Stadium              Capacity: 3000

Manager Mark Harper
Final Standing 2010/11 18th
F.A Cup 3rd Qualifying Round
F.A Trophy 2nd Round
County Cup Quarter-Final
League Top Scorer Charlie Moone & Lawrence Yaku (8 goals)

Last Season

The Beavers have been in the Conference South since 2007 and in their first two seasons suffered playoff heartbreak. Now consolidated in the Conference South they have finished in the lower realms of the league. Last season The Beavers struggled finishing five points clear of safety. Between October 2010 and February 2011 Mark Harper’s men could not find a win, until they won at Princes Park. With an away record worthy of a mid-table team, The Beavers managed just three victories at home. More consolidation and mid-table safety will be the target this year, anything more a bonus.

Last Seasons Meetings Against The Darts

17 August 2010 Hampton & Richmond 1 Dartford 0 att 680
Wells 68
22 January 2011 Dartford 0 Hampton & Richmond 4 att 1043
Wells 24 

Hodges 39

Yaku 46, 50

Transfers In

Matt Ruby (Unattached), Callum Stewart (Histon), Billy Jeffreys (Ashford Town (Middlesex)), James Simmonds (Carshalton Athletic), Lewis Ferrell (Hayes & Yeading United), Ricky Machel (Northwood)

Transfers Out

Craig Tanner (Job commitments), Lawrence Yaku and Barrie Matthews (Boreham Wood), Takahiro Kirihara, Pietro Palladino and Jack Mullan (Ashford Town (Middlesex) on loan), Ian Hodges (Falmouth)

Stat Attack

  • Hampton and Richmond’s fifteen game winless streak from 16 October 2010 to 15 February 2011 was the second longest in the league
  • The Beavers failed to score in eighteen matches, only Lewes failed to find the net more times
Attendances Average Highest Lowest
Home 469 (13th) 796 v Woking 261 v Bishop’s Stortford
Away 525 (16th) 1178 v Chelmsford City 152 v Boreham Wood
Total 499 (13th)
Results Biggest Win Biggest Defeat
Home 3-0 v Chelmsford City 0-4 v Farnborough
Away 4-0 Dartford 0-4 v Basingstoke Town

Best Performances

Highest League Finish: 2nd Conference South (2008/09)

Best Performance in the F.A Cup: 1st Round (2000/01 and 2007/08)

Best Performance in the F.A Trophy: 4th Round (2001/02)

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Havant & Waterlooville FC

The Hawks

Founded: 1998              Ground: Westleigh Park               Capacity: 5250

Manager Shaun Gale
Final Standing 2010/11 9th
F.A Cup 1st Round
F.A Trophy 3rd Qualifying Round
County Cup Quarter-Final
League Top Scorer Wes Fogden (14 goals)

Last Season

Havant and Waterlooville started out as one of the favourites last season and ended way short of the playoffs. The Hawks participated in their sixth season at this level finishing one place and a point ahead of Dartford. Winless in the opening month of the season Havant and Waterlooville picked up form in September going on to win six out of seven. Shaun Gale’s men struggled with consistency, like Dartford they won as many as they lost.

Last Seasons Meetings Against The Darts

14 August 2010 Dartford 2 Havant & Waterlooville 2 att 1302
Harris 68 

Hayes 90

Hopkinson 45 

Fogden 88

18 April 2011 Havant & Waterlooville 1 Dartford 0 att 456
Fogden 33

Transfers In

Chris Holland (Eastleigh), Craig Braham-Barrett (Farnborough), Mark Nwojeki (AFC Wimbledon), Lee Peacock (Grimsby Town), Perry Ryan (Free), Warren McBean (Bromley)

Transfers Out

Manny Williams (Maidenhead United), Mustafa Tyriaki (Tranmere Rovers), Ian Simpemba (Ebbsfleet United), Aaron Howe (Woking), James Tyrrell (Staines Town)

Stat Attack

  • The Hawks scored and conceded most of their league goals in the last fifteen minutes of matches
  • Havant and Waterlooville went five games unbeaten on their travels from 28 August 2010 to 13 November 2010, conceding just one goal
Attendances Average Highest Lowest
Home 646 (10th) 1020 v Eastleigh 318 v Maidenhead United
Away 566 (11th) 1302 v Dartford 116 v Maidenhead United
Total 606 (10th)
Results Biggest Win Biggest Defeat
Home 4-1 v Thurrock / Bishop’s Stortford 0-3 v Farnborough
Away 5-1 v Bishop’s Stortford 2-4 v Eastleigh

Best Performances

Highest League Finish: 4th Conference South (2006/07)

Best Performance in the F.A Cup: 4th Round (2007/08)

Best Performance in the F.A Trophy: Semi Final (2002/03)

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Maidenhead United FC

The Magpies

Founded: 1870                  Ground: York Road                  Capacity: 4000

Manager Johnson Hippolyte
Final Standing 2010/11 19th
F.A Cup 4th Qualifying Round
F.A Trophy 3rd Qualifying Round
County Cup Runner Up
League Top Scorer Kieran St Aimie (7 goals)

Last Season

Maidenhead United survived on the final day of the season last year. Thurrock needed to win at Farnborough and The Magpies had to lose if Maidenhead were to go down. Rewind two weeks a crucial last minute goal by Max Worsfield against Thurrock gave them breathing space. Overall it was a traumatic season for the Berkshire club as they went on the longest losing streak in the league. Johnson Hippolyte relied heavily on loan players and was it not for a run of one defeat in the last seven games The Magpies could have easily finished in the bottom three.

Last Seasons Meetings Against The Darts

5 March 2011 Dartford 3 Maidenhead United 0 att 976
Sheringham 68 

Bradbrook 86, 90

30 April 2011 Maidenhead United 2 Dartford 3 att 534
Faulconbridge 79 

Louis 86

Sheringham 53 

Pallen 68

Hayes 72

Transfers In

Ashon Holgate (Unattached), Manny Williams (Havant and Waterlooville), Max Worsfold and Jordan Clement (Aldershot Town), Chris Taylor (Free), Leigh Henry (Bath City)

Transfers Out

Ashley Nicholls (Dorchester Town)

Stat Attack

  • Maidenhead went 17 games without a win from New Year’s Day to 2 April 2011
  • During their barren spell they also lost nine consecutive matches, the worst run in the league
  • The Magpies average attendance away from home was the worst in the league
Attendances Average Highest Lowest
Home 325 (18th) 534 v Dartford 116 v Havant & Waterlooville
Away 474 (22nd) 976 v Dartford 149 v Boreham Wood
Total 399 (21st)
Results Biggest Win Biggest Defeat
Home 2-1 v St Albans City 0-3 v Braintree Town / Welling United / Farnborough
Away 2-0 v Bromley / Woking 0-3 v Eastleigh / Dartford

Best Performances

Highest League Finish: 6th Conference South (2008/07)

Best Performance in the F.A Cup: 1st Round (1960/61, 1962/63, 1963/64, 1971/72, 2006/07 and 2007/08)

Best Performance in the F.A Trophy: Quarter Finals (2003/04)

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Salisbury City FC

The Whites

Founded: 1947      Ground: Raymond McEnhill Stadium      Capacity: 5000

Manager Darrell Clarke
Final Standing 2010/11 3rd Southern Premier League
F.A Cup 4th Qualifying Round
F.A Trophy Quarter Final
County Cup Semi Final
League Top Scorer Jake Reid (12 goals)

Last Season

It’s not often a football club reach their pinnacle then drop two divisions, this is what happened to Salisbury City a year ago. Financial problems led to a breach in Conference rules when The White Tigers couldn’t agree a CVA in time. A year on and promotion to the Conference South was secured via the playoffs. A new consortium arrived and newly appointed manager Darrell Clarke assembled a team of youngsters to take them up. Salisbury finished third despite leading the Southern League going into the last month. In the playoffs they defeated Cambridge City in the semi-final and second place Hednesford Town on penalties in the final. Salisbury will look towards the playoffs at least in an attempt to reach the levels where they feel they belong.

Last League Meetings Against The Darts

18 October 2003 Dartford 0 Salisbury City 3 att 244
Southern League (East)
29 November 2003 Salisbury City 3 Dartford 1 att 505
Southern League (East)

Transfers In

Claudio Herbert (Andover Town), Luke Ruddick (Bath City), Conor Gough (Charlton Athletic)

Transfers Out

Jamie Turley (Forest Green Rovers), Kayne McLaggon (Bristol Rovers)

Stat Attack

  • On two separate occasions Salisbury City managed to win six games in a row, during that time between 2 October 2010 and 8 February 2011 they ended up 17 matches unbeaten.
  • Salisbury City never dropped out of the top five all season
  • The Whites scored an impressive 52 goals at home over 20 matches, an average of 2.6 a game
Attendances Average Highest Lowest
Home 788 (1st) 1642 v Truro City 471 v Halesowen Town
Away 401 858 v Chippenham Town 127 v Evesham United
Total 595
Results Biggest Win Biggest Defeat
Home 7-1 v Halesowen Town 0-6 v Truro City
Away 4-0 v Halesowen Town 0-3 v Hednesford Town

Best Performances

Highest League Finish: 12th Conference (2007/08 and 2009/10)

Best Performance in the F.A Cup: 2nd Round (1959/60 and 2006/07)

Best Performance in the F.A Trophy: Quarter Final (2005/06, 2006/07 and 2010/11)

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Staines Town FC

The Swans

Founded: 1892              Ground: Wheatsheaf Park             Capacity: 4000

Manager Steve Cordery
Final Standing 2010/11 15th
F.A Cup 4th Qualifying Round
F.A Trophy 3rd Qualifying Round
County Cup Winners
League Top Scorer Richard Butler (7 goals)

Last Season

The Swans could have finished higher in the league last season if it wasn’t for the treacherous April they had. Winless in their last eight fixtures in which they lost six in a row, Steve Cordery’s men could have finished closer to the top ten. In those final matches in became evident that a striker was required, something Cordery may have addressed this summer. Each week you never knew which Staines team would turn up, the one who defeated Eastligh 4-1 away from home or the team who were thrashed 5-0 by the same side. If Staines is to improve on last season then Steve Cordery will have to work out a way to make his side more consistent.

Last Seasons Meetings Against The Darts

18 January 2011 Dartford 1 Staines Town 1 att 774
White 84 Gordon 63
19 March 2011 Staines Town 2 Dartford 0 att 402
Scarlett 5 

Taylor 41

Transfers In

Belal Aiteouakrim (Hendon), Adam Everitt (St Albans City), David Wheeler (Lewes), James Tyrrell (Havant & Waterlooville)

Transfers Out

Toby Little and Darty Brown (Released)

Stat Attack

  • From 21 August 2010 to 4 September 2010 Staines Town drew five in a row, only St Albans City matched this longest streak
  • The Swans netted in 12 consecutive league matches at Wheatsheaf Park from 16 October 2010 to 22 March 2011, only Chelmsford City beat this record
Attendances Average Highest Lowest
Home 351 (17th) 914 v Woking 191 v Weston Super-Mare
Away 568 (10th) 1219 v Woking 151 v Boreham Wood
Total 459 (17th)
Results Biggest Win Biggest Defeat
Home 3-0 v Bishop’s Stortford 0-5 v Eastleigh
Away 4-1 v Eastleigh 0-4 v Welling United

Best Performances

Highest League Finish: 8th Conference South (2009/10)

Best Performance in the F.A Cup: 2nd Round (2007/08 and 2009/10)

Best Performance in the F.A Trophy: 4th Round (2003/04)

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Sutton United FC

The Swans

Founded: 1898        Ground: Borough Sports Ground        Capacity: 7032

Manager Paul Doswell
Final Standing 2010/11 1st Isthmian Premier League
F.A Cup 1st Qualifying Round
F.A Trophy 1st Round
County Cup 2nd Round
League Top Scorer Richard Jolly (21 goals)

Last Season

Two years ago Sutton United finished runners up to Dartford in the Isthmian Premier League. Last season they went a step further and finished as champions. Incredibly Paul Doswell’s team went unbeaten at home winning 17 and drawing just four. On their travels The U’s were defeated seven times but still beat Tonbridge Angels to the title by a comfortable 11 points. Sutton was never knocked off their Isthmian league perch once they reached top spot on 3 November 2010. Paul Doswell who was so successful at Eastlieigh has brought in Paul Telfer as a coach. After winning the Surrey side their first trophy in 12 years consolidation in the Conference South could be on the cards.

Last League Meetings Against The Darts

22 September 2009 Sutton United 0 Dartford 3 att 648
Haworth 56, 75 

Hawes (o.g) 66

6 February 2010 Dartford 0 Sutton United 2 att 1160
Norwood 39 

Gargan 79

Transfers In

Neil Jenkins (Eastbourne Borough), Anthony Riviere and Tony Taggart (Eastleigh), Jay Conroy (Farnborough), Craig Watkins (Metropolitan Police)

Transfers Out

Andy Forbes (Eastleigh), Richard Jolly (Released), Steve Watts (Retired)

Stat Attack

  • Sutton United’s seven consecutive wins from 24 August 2010 to 2 October 2010 was the longest winning streak in the Isthmian Premier League last year.
  • The U’s won ten in a row at the Borough Sports Ground, no other team in the league beat this record
  • Away from home, Sutton had the best defence conceding just 17 goals
Attendances Average Highest Lowest
Home 721 (2nd) 1552 v Hastings United 410 v Croydon Athletic
Away 485 1265 v Lowestoft Town 163 v Harrow Borough
Total 575
Results Biggest Win Biggest Defeat
Home 5-0 v Croydon Athletic
Away 3-0 v Tooting and Mitcham / Maidstone United / Croydon Athletic 1-3 v Horsham

Best Performances

Highest League Finish: 7th Conference (1986/87)

Best Performance in the F.A Cup: 4th Round (1988/89)

Best Performance in the F.A Trophy: Runner Up (1980/81)

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Thurrock FC

The Fleet

Founded: 1985                  Ground: Ship Lane                   Capacity: 3500

Manager Robbie Garvey
Final Standing 2010/11 20th
F.A Cup 3rd Qualifying Round
F.A Trophy 3rd Qualifying Round
County Cup 3rd Round
League Top Scorer Cliff Akurang (7 goals)

Last Season

Thurrock finished in the bottom three last season and was saved by the demise of Rushden and Diamonds in the Conference. Southport was reinstated in the Conference National, Bishop’s Stortford moved across to the Conference North and so Thurrock was reprieved. It took The Fleet 15 matched to record their first win and during that time top scorer Cliff Akurang already scored six of his seven goals. For a team in the bottom three rarely Thurrock failed to score but their defence kept just five clean sheets. Thurrock kept their first clean sheet of the campaign against Dartford after 6-1 and 7-2 maulings. The torrid season started with Hakan Heyrettin as boss and after no wins he resigned. In came Greg Lincoln who left after the drubbings against Chelmsford City and Dover Athletic. Grant Gordon’s attempt to steady the ship failed and this summer he stepped down for ex Dart Robbie Garvey to take the reins.

Last Seasons Meetings Against The Darts

11 September 2010 Thurrock 1 Dartford 1 att 644
Lette-Jallow 65 Bradbrook 78
20 November 2010 Thurrock 0 Dartford 2 att 405
F.A Trophy 3QR Rook 18, 82
8 January 2010 Dartford 0 Thurrock 1 att 1020
Bodkin 68

Transfers In

Kris Newby (East Thurrock United), Rickie Hayles (AFC Hornchurch), James White and Joe Bruce (Dartford)

Transfers Out

Kenny Clark (Chelmsford City), Tom Murphy (Farnborough)

Stat Attack

  • Thurrock’s 19 matches without clean sheet was the longest run in the league
  • The Fleet kept the least amount of clean sheets in the league, just five times they shut out the opposition
  • Thurrock conceded the most amount of goals in the opening 15 minutes
Attendances Average Highest Lowest
Home 309 (20th) 647 v Ebbsfleet United 152 v Havant & Waterlooville
Away 504 (19th) 1020 v Dartford 138 v Boreham Wood
Total 407 (19th)
Results Biggest Win Biggest Defeat
Home 3-0 v Weston Super-Mare 2-7 v Dover Athletic
Away 3-1 v Maidenhead United 1-6 v Chelmsford City

Best Performances

Highest League Finish: 3rd Conference South (2004/05)

Best Performance in the F.A Cup: 1st Round (2003/04 and 2004/05)

Best Performance in the F.A Trophy: 4th Round (2004/05)

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Tonbridge Angels FC

The Angels

Founded: 1947            Ground: Longmead Stadium           Capacity: 3000

Manager Tommy Warrilow
Final Standing 2010/11 2nd Isthmian Premier League
F.A Cup 1st Qualifying Round
F.A Trophy 3rd Qualifying Round
County Cup 1st Round
League Top Scorer Frannie Collin (18 goals)

Last Season

The Angels were promoted after clinching runners up spot in the Isthmian Premier League. In the playoffs they defeated Harrow Borough 3-2 after extra time in the semi-final then had to overcome Lowestoft Town. The final was dramatic with Tonbridge leading 2-0 and 3-1. The lead slipped when Lowestoft equalised but nine minutes from time Lewis Taylor secure promotion. Managed by ex Dart Tommy Warrilow, Tonbridge lost their opening three matches. Form picked up in October when they lost just once up until mid-February. The Kent club will hope to stay up this season and the re-signing of Jon Main could add goals in attack as he looks to rediscover his form which made him so popular at Longmead.

Last Meetings Against The Darts

13 October 2009 Dartford 2 Tonbridge Angels 0 att 1228
Tait 57 

Harris 85

13 February 2010 Tonbridge Angels 1 Dartford 4 att 842
Booth 39 Johnson 51 

Harris 72

Bradbrook 81

Haworth 85

25 January 2011 Dartford 2 Tonbridge Angels 0 att 307
Kent Senior Cup 1R Harris 62 

Sheringham 88

Transfers In

Jon Main (AFC Wimbledon), Anthony Storey (Horsham)

Transfers Out

 

Stat Attack

  • From 23 November 2010 to 8 February 2011 The Angels were unbeaten in the league for 11 fixtures
  • Against the bottom half of the Isthmian Premier League Tonbridge had the best record
Attendances Average Highest Lowest
Home 488 (4th)
Away
Total
Results Biggest Win Biggest Defeat
Home 7-1 v AFC Hornchurch 0-4 v Cray Wanderers
Away 5-1 v Tooting and Mitcham 0-3 v Billericay Town

Best Performances

Highest League Finish: 11th Southern League (1949/50)*

Best Performance in the F.A Cup: 1st Round (1950/51, 1951/52, 1952/53, 1967/68 and 1972/73)

Best Performance in the F.A Trophy: 3rd Round (2004/05)

*equivalent of Conference South at the time

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Truro City FC

The White Tigers

Founded: 1889                 Ground: Treyew Road               Capacity: 3500

Manager Lee Hodges
Final Standing 2010/11 1st Southern Premier League
F.A Cup 2nd Qualifying Round
F.A Trophy 3rd Qualifying Round
County Cup n/a
League Top Scorer Barry Hayles (18 goals)

Last Season

The rise and rise of Truro City continues with their debut season in the Conference South. Cornish football is not at all represented up the footballing ladder but that is the aim for club Chairman Kevin Heaney. Over the summer rumours linked the businessman with a move to save Plymouth Argyle, this was turned down. In 2005 they were in the South Western League and five promotions in six seasons has seen The White Tigers propel themselves to the Conference South. Added to their success is the 2007 F.A Vase victory at Wembley against AFC Totton. Last year the journey continued at full speed as Truro City finished ahead Hednesford Town by four points. Truro led the league for most of the season before dropping to second for three games, however they retained top spot with five games to go winning their last seven matches. Truro will be hoping their climb to the Football League continues momentum.

Transfers In

Ed Palmer (Torquay United)

Transfers Out


Stat Attack

  • Truro City scored an impressive 91 goals in the Southern League the highest in the division
  • They also had the joint best defence conceding 35 times the same amount as Chesham United
  • The attendance of 1696 against Weymouth was the highest in the Southern Premier League last season
Attendances Average Highest Lowest
Home 526 (3rd) 1696 v Weymouth 301 v Bashley
Away 415 1682 v Salisbury City 113 v Cirencester Town
Total 471
Results Biggest Win Biggest Defeat
Home 6-0 v Halesowen Town 0-3 v Chesham United
Away 6-0 v Salisbury City 2-3 v Leamington / Brackley Town

Best Performances

Highest League Finish: 1st Southern Premier League (2010/11)

Best Performance in the F.A Cup: 3rd Qualifying Round (2009/10)

Best Performance in the F.A Trophy: 1st Round (2009/10)

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Welling United FC

The Wings

Founded: 1963              Ground: Park View Road              Capacity: 4500

Manager Jamie Day
Final Standing 2010/11 6th
F.A Cup 2nd Qualifying Round
F.A Trophy 1st Round
County Cup 1st Round
League Top Scorer Andrew Pugh (17 goals)

Last Season

It was a difficult but successful season for Welling United last term, a respectable sixth place finish for Jamie Day and company. Plagued with financial difficulties and a potential winding up order The Wings pulled through and survived. Even with five points deducted Welling would have been disappointed to miss out on the playoffs because those five points would have left them in third place. Goals were no problem for the Kent club with Andrew Pugh scoring 17 goals, Clarke getting 15 goals and Jamie Cumbers netting 14 times. An organised outfit with the third best attack and defence, if they can keep their house in order then they should be up there next season.

Last Seasons Meetings Against The Darts

1 January 2011 Welling United 2 Dartford 1 att 1540
Clarke 42 

Cumbers 55

Rook 82
15 February 2011 Dartford 1 Welling United 1 att 1384
Hayes 82 Parkinson 66

Transfers In

Zac Attwood (Histon)

Transfers Out

 

Stat Attack

  • Welling managed six consecutive wins at home in the league from 24 August 2010 to 6 November 2010, only Woking managed more in a row at home
  • The Wings went 14 matches without drawing from 21 August 2010 to 13 November 2010, the longest streak in the league
  • Even with their exceptional home form they went 18 games without a clean sheet at Park View Road, the longest period at home without a clean sheet
Attendances Average Highest Lowest
Home 651 (9th) 1540 v Dartford 383 v Maidenhead United
Away 685 (6th) 1645 v Braintree Town 118 v Boreham Wood
Total 668 (7th)
Results Biggest Win Biggest Defeat
Home 6-0 v St Albans City 1-3 v Braintree Town
Away 4-0 v Bishop’s Stortford 0-4 v Ebbsfleet United

Best Performances

Highest League Finish: 6th Conference (1989/90)

Best Performance in the F.A Cup: 3rd Round (1988/89)

Best Performance in the F.A Trophy: Quarter Final (1888/89 and 2006/07)

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Weston Super-Mare AFC

The Seagulls

Founded: 1887          Ground: Woodspring Stadium          Capacity: 3000

Manager Craig Laird
Final Standing 2010/11 12th
F.A Cup 3rd Qualifying Round
F.A Trophy 3rd Qualifying Round
County Cup Winners
League Top Scorer Kane Ingram (8)

Last Season

Weston Super-Mare finished mid-table last term in their best position since 2004/05. It was a vast improvement to a club that has finished in the relegation zone three times since 2007. Manager Craig Laird has kept faith with his players and has bee rewarded with more stability in the Conference South. You never knew what you would get as a Seagulls fan as Weston Super-Mare rarely put a run of any kind together win, lose or draw. This is perhaps summed up in the week they lost 3-6 against Boreham Wood then thrashed Bromley 7-0. With low attendances the west coast side will be satisfied for more stability.

Last Seasons Meetings Against The Darts

4 September 2010 Dartford 4 Weston Super-Mare 1 att 1173
Sheringham 45, 71 

White 67

Slocombe (o.g) 68

Duharty 47
8 Febrauary 2011 Weston Super-Mare 0 Dartford 1 att 234
Sheringham 73

Transfers In

Ben Hunt (Dover Athletic), Matt Huxley (Oldland), Chris Young (Bridgwater), James Richards (Swindon Town), Robbie Maggs, Jack Camm and George Booth (Bristol Rovers)

Transfers Out

Craig Rand (Free)

Stat Attack

  • Eight teams in the Conference South recorded their lowest away attendance when travelling to Weston Super-Mare, only Boreham Wood had less visitors
  • Weston Super-Mare’s 7-0 drubbing of Bromley was the biggest win in the league last season
  • The Seagulls 6-3 defeat at Boreham Wood was the joint highest aggregate score in front of the lowest league attendance recorded last season of 105
Attendances Average Highest Lowest
Home 264 (21st) 803 v Staines Town 150 v Thurrock
Away 546 (13th) 1975 v Woking 105 v Boreham Wood
Total 405 (21st)
Results Biggest Win Biggest Defeat
Home 7-0 v Bromley 0-3 v Lewes
Away 4-3 v St Albans City 0-4 v Braintree Town

Best Performances

Highest League Finish: 11th – Conference South (2004/05)

Best Performance in the F.A Cup: 2nd Round (2003/04)

Best Performance in the F.A Trophy: 4th Round ( 1998/99 and 2003/04)

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Woking FC

The Cards

Founded: 1889             Ground: Kingfield Stadium             Capacity: 6000

Manager Garry Hill
Final Standing 2010/11 5th
F.A Cup 1st Round
F.A Trophy 2nd Round
County Cup 2nd Round
League Top Scorer Elvis Hammond (12 goals)

Last Season

Like last season Woking will be amongst the favourites to be promoted. The Cards are the most successful club in the division with three F.A Trophy’s, two near promotion misses into the Football League and the famous F.A Cup run to the fourth round. Woking has the second best support and one of the biggest stadiums in the league. Garry Hill will take heart from the astounding run in February and March. The Cards won seven in a row without conceding, drew 1-1 with Farnborough, then won their next four games conceding just one more goal. Woking made it to the playoff just in time but were beaten in the semi final by Farnborough.

Last Seasons Meetings Against The Darts

27 November 2010 Woking 2 Dartford 2 att 896
Hammond 22 

Faulconbridge 45

Hayes 7 

Purcell 50

9 April 2011 Dartford 3 Woking 2 att 1206
Bradbrook 38 

Sheringham 40

Pallen 42

Burgess 30 

Dobson 84

Transfers In

Dale Binns, Jack King and Jay Davies (Farnborough), Giuseppe Sole (Newport County), Adam Newton (Luton Town), Wayne Gray (Chelmsford City), Aaron Howe (Havant & Waterlooville), Derek Duncan (Ebbsfleet United)

Transfers Out

Aswad Thomas (Braintree Town), Kieran Murtagh (Cambridge United), James Walker (Dover Athletic), Ollie Palmer (Boreham Wood)

Stat Attack

  • From 1 February 2011 to 1 March 2011 Woking won seven consecutive matches only equalled by Bromley
  • The Cards also won seven home matches in a row the longest home winning streak in the league last season
  • Seven is also the amount of league games Woking went without conceding from 1 February 2011 to 1 March 2011

Attendances Average Highest Lowest
Home 1167 (2nd) 2123 v Farnborough 654 v Eastleigh
Away 767 (2nd) 1879 v Farnborough 175 v Weston Super-Mare
Total 967 (2nd)
Results Biggest Win Biggest Defeat
Home 3-0 v Boreham Wood / Ebbsfleet United 0-2 v Maidenhead United
Away 4-0 v Bishop’s Stortford / Lewes 1-4 v Eastleigh

Best Performances

Highest League Finish: 2nd Conference (1994/95 and 1995/96)

Best Performance in the F.A Cup: 4th Round (1990/91)

Best Performance in the F.A Trophy: Winners (1993/94, 1994/95 and 1996/97)

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