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Hemel Hempstead Town – Season Preview 2019/2020

Hemel Hempstead Town

2018/19 Season

National South: 16th

F.A Cup: 4th Qualifying Round

F.A Trophy: 3rd Round

County Cup: Quarter-Final

League Top Scorer: Jordan Parkes (13 goals) / Average Attendance: 534

Sammy Moore guided Concord Rangers to a play-off place last season, an excellent achievement considering the Beachboys staved off relegation on the final day in the campaign before. The former AFC Wimbledon midfielder stepped down citing ‘ongoing personal problems’ and four days later rocked up at Hemel Hempstead Town to replace Joe Deeney, who left by mutual consent when the season ended.

Forwards, Liam Nash and Sam Ashford scored eight league goals between them for Concord Rangers last term, the 23-year-olds team up with Moore again. Club captain, Jordan Parkes not only broke the club’s all-time goalscoring record he also made it into the National South Team of the Year, the midfielder has chosen to move on to pastures new and joined Billericay Town. Former Darts, Tyrone Sterling and Connor Essam have joined the Tudors to strengthen their defence. Sterling made 34 appearances for the Darts whilst on loan from Dover Athletic before spells with Bromley and recently Concord Rangers. Essam had two loan spells at Dartford and has represented Gillingham, Crawley Town, Dover Athletic, Leyton Orient, Eastleigh and Dover Athletic. Jake Howells was born and bred in Hemel Hempstead and he will be part of Moore’s squad, the defender or midfielder spent last season at Billericay Town and previous clubs include Dagenham & Redbridge, Eastleigh, Luton Town and Yeovil Town. From Biggleswade Town, Lucas Perry moves to Hemel Hempstead Town, the young defender started hid football life at Luton Town’s academy. Alex Wall was one of five players to break the 20-goal barrier last season when he netted 21 times for Concord Rangers, he’ll provide the firepower the club has lost by Parkes leaving. Impressing the Tudors in defence, Jacques Kpohomouh broke into the first team last season and has signed a deal to stay at Vauxhall Road. Attacking midfielder Isaac Galliford signed from Hitchin Town, the 22-year-old was selected for the England C team and has played football in the States with University side Butler Bulldogs. Familiar in the National South, Sam Beasant joins from Concord Rangers after spells with Chelmsford City, Billericay Town and Maidenhead United. The goalkeeper has National League experience with Braintree Town and Woking and played in League Two for Cambridge United and Stevenage, he will be replacing Laurie Walker who has signed for Hampton and Richmond Borough. Moore has also bolstered his squad by promoting academy players Joel Nketia, George Paulin, Alvin Magagada and Callum Moles. Luke Howell was part of the Aldershot Town team that finished in the National League relegation zone last season, the midfielder adds experience to the Tudors squad having won the League Two title with MK Dons in 2008 and played for both Lincoln City and Dagenham and Redbridge at that level. With the Daggers he also played non-league football and has played in the National League with Boreham Wood too. England C international, Mitchell Dickenson came through Gillingham’s youth system and most recently played for Hythe Town in the Isthmian League South East, the 22-year-old joins the Tudors.

The Manager – Sammy Moore

Entering his third year as a manager, Sammy Moore is on his third job and guided Concord Rangers to the playoffs last term, only for the club to be excluded from the end of season showdown. Moore was part of Ipswich Town’s F.A Youth Cup winning side in 2005 and went on to play for Brentford and Stevenage Borough. The midfielder won the Isthmian Premier League with Dover Athletic nine years ago, then made it into the Football League with AFC Wimbledon through the playoffs two years later. Moore had a spell with Leyton Orient before returning on loan to Dover Athletic.  Two years ago, he was appointed Player Manager at Leatherhead and impressed enough to replace Adam Flanagan at Concord Rangers, before his switch to Hemel Hempstead Town.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 5 / Hemel Hempstead Town wins: 3 / Draws: 1

Last Six Meetings

05.03.2019 Hemel Hempstead Town 1 Dartford 2
11.08.2018 Dartford 0 Hemel Hempstead Town 0
17.03.2018 Dartford 3 Hemel Hempstead Town 2
26.08.2017 Hemel Hempstead Town 0 Dartford 3
01.04.2017 Hemel Hempstead Town 2 Dartford 2
12.11.2016 Dartford 2 Hemel Hempstead Town 0

Facts

Since defeat to Hemel Hempstead Town on the opening day of the 2015/2016 campaign, the Darts have gone seven unbeaten against the Tudors.

Hemel Hempstead Town have yet to beat Dartford at Princes Park in four attempts, they have managed two wins and two draws.

Last Ten Years

 

 

 

Next Meetings

Saturday 31 August 2019 at Princes Park

Saturday 18 April 2020 at Vauxhall Road

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