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Alfreton Town v Dartford

Dartford’s Conference Premier status is hanging by a thread as they approach their rearranged fixture at Alfreton Town on Tuesday night.

The Darts played the Reds just over a week ago and missed a golden opportunity to close the gap on the Derbyshire club, who are now unbeaten in their last five games.

Tony Burman’s side approach Tuesday’s game on the back of a damaging 2-0 defeat to fellow relegation rivals Southport on the weekend. The loss leaves the Darts ten points from safety with only eight matches remaining. Richard Brodie and a late goal from Paul Rutherford edged Southport, and Alfreton Town, closer to Conference Premier football next season.

Alfreton Town picked up a point at home to Chester, a side the Darts beat a week ago. Tom Shaw who scored the last minute winner at Princes Park, put the Reds in front with a stunning long range effort. The one goal lead wasn’t enough though as it was Chester’s turn to score late on through Ben Heneghan.

Alfreton Town started their campaign with seven straight defeats but have slowly reduced the deficit to safety. The Reds managed to string a four game unbeaten run after their terrible start and have won all their games against the bottom six.

In the two previous visits to the Impact Arena, the Darts have returned home with nothing to show for their efforts. Last season, Elliot Bradbrook scored from the spot to give Dartford a half time lead before Lee Noble was sent off. Alfreton Town took advantage of having a spare player, especially Paul Clayton who fired in two goals in the space of eight second half minutes.

Going in front against the Reds is a common occurrence for the Darts, a feat they managed twice in their first visit to the Impact Arena. Ryan Hayes put the Darts in front with just three minutes on the clock but right before half time Danny Meadows levelled the match. Once again, Dartford went ahead through Nathan Collier but Alfreton Town hit back with goals from Anton Brown and a second from Meadows.

Head to Head

Alfreton Town wins: 2 / Dartford wins: 2 / Draws: 0

Current League Form

Alfreton Town (DDWWWL) Dartford (LWLDLD)
Chester  H  1-1 Southport  A  0-2
Lincoln City  H  0-0 Chester  A  2-1
Dartford  A  1-0 Alfreton Town  H  0-1
Kidderminster Harriers  H  2-0 FC Halifax Town  A  0-0
AFC Telford United  A  1-0 Woking  H  1-3
Aldershot Town  H  2-3 Aldershot Town  A  1-1

Last Meeting at the Impact Arena

21 December 2013 – Alfreton Town 2 Dartford 1 – Att: 575

Goalscorers: Bradbrook (16 pen), Clayton (52, 60)

Alfreton Town Lineup: Worsnop, Wood, Fenton, Wylde, Franklin, Rowe-Turner, Bradley, Kenpson, Meadows, Shaw, Clayton (subs used: Wishart, McGrath)

Dartford Lineup: Julian, Sterling, Mitchel-King, Clark, Burns, Bradbrook, Noble, Stevenson, Martin, Birchall, Harris (subs used: Collier, Kamara, Cornhill)

Match Stats

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Previous Meetings

21.12.2013 Alfreton Town 2 Dartford 1
10.08.2013 Dartford 1 Alfreton Town 0
05.01.2013 Alfreton Town 3 Dartford 2
01.09.2012 Dartford 5 Alfreton Town 1

Dartford v Alfreton Town

Dartford are going to need to make their home matches count in the relegation scrap starting this weekend in their six pointer against Alfreton Town.

Sitting eight points behind their opponents with a game in hand, Dartford know a win will be vital especially when the two sides meet again before the month is out. The last two home fixtures against Alfreton Town have been favourable to the Darts and Tony Burman hopes to keep the perfect record against the Derbyshire side.

Last season an opening day victory over the Reds gave Dartford a promising start. The winning goal came from a piece of skilful play from Adam Birchall. The striker weaved his way along the touchline and finished from an acute angle. In the previous campaign, the Darts put in a dominating display with a resounding 5-1 win. Harry Crawford’s hat trick, Jacob Erskine’s strike and Elliot Bradbrook’s header helped Dartford record their biggest Conference Premier win in 27 years.

The Darts approach a crucial period of their campaign on the back of a well earned draw up at FC Halifax Town. A first league clean sheet in 31 games whilst playing over 70 minutes with ten men would normally be a great result, however teams at the bottom picked up more points leaving Dartford further adrift. Burman fielded a slightly changed side to that who lost 3-1 at home to Woking. Jason Brown was replaced by Deren Ibrahim, Peter Sweeney made his first league start since New Years Day due to Elliot Bradbrook’s absence. When Lee Burns was sent off after 19 minutes the pack needed shuffling once more.

Just one defeat in their last five league fixtures, Dartford are showing form similar to October where draws need converting into wins. The Darts can also look to the fact they are unbeaten against the bottom seven and have only dropped points against Welling United from the bottom five.

Alfreton Town were one of those teams winning at the wrong end of the table as they defeated Kidderminster Harriers 2-0. A second victory and clean sheet in a row left manager Nicky Law delighted with his side. John Johnston scored his third goal in five league gamed and Karl Hawley made sure of the three points. The result on the weekend followed a 1-0 away win at AFC Telford United which was settled by Luke Graham’s strike.

The Reds began their campaign with seven straight defeats but have slowly climbed out of danger zone. The Reds managed to string a four game unbeaten run after their terrible start and have won all their games against the bottom six. Law expressed his delight last week at moving out of the bottom four for the first time since September. The Derbyshire club have also received backing off the field lately when they secured a £250,000 boost from American investors.

Team News

Ryan Hayes and Jason Brown didn’t travel to the Shay on the weekend due to aggravated injuries picked up in training. Tom Bradbrook is still out with a groin injury but his successful operation means he may return before the season ends. Lee Burns will be suspended for the straight red card he received against FC Halifax Town on Saturday.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 2 / Alfreton Town wins: 2 / Draws: 0

Current League Form

Dartford (DLDWDL) Alfreton Town (WWLLDW)
FC Halifax Town  A  0-0 Kidderminster Harriers  H  2-0
Woking  H  1-3 AFC Telford United  A  1-0
Aldershot Town  A  1-1 Aldershot Town  H  2-3
AFC Telford United  A  3-2 Braintree Town  A  1-2
Bristol Rovers  H  1-1 Forest Green Rovers  H  2-2
Dover Athletic  A  1-6 Southport  H  4-2

Last Meeting at Princes Park

10 August 2013 – Dartford 1 Alfreton Town 0 – Att: 1202

Goalscorers: Birchall (42)

Dartford Lineup: Julian, Clark, Mitchel-King, Fry, Cornhill, Noble, Bradbrook, Burns, Hayes, Prior, Birchall, (subs used: Rogers, Harris, Woodyard)

Alfreton Town Lineup: Atkins, Wood, Franklin, Westwood, Law, Bradley, Fenton, Shaw, Meadows, McGrath, Clayton (subs used: Wishart, Ramsey-Dickson)

Match Stats

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Previous Meetings

21.12.2013 Alfreton Town 2 Dartford 1
10.08.2013 Dartford 1 Alfreton Town 0
05.01.2013 Alfreton Town 3 Dartford 2
01.09.2012 Dartford 5 Alfreton Town 1

Stats

Deren Ibrahim last kept a clean sheet in the league for Dartford on 3 March 2012. During the 1-0 Conference South win at Tonbridge Angels Ibrahim came on as a substitute for the injured Louis Wells. His last full league game for the Darts resulting in a clean sheet was on 25 October 2011 in Dartford’s 3-0 away win at Thurrock.

The last time Dartford kept back to back clean sheets in the league was just under a year ago. A goaless draw at Lincoln City on 5 April 2014 was followed by a 1-0 win five days later at home to Grimsby Town

Alfreton Town have conceded Town have conceded the most number of fouls in the Conference Premier. Excluding last weekend the Reds had given away 419 free kicks.

 

Alfreton Town

Impact Arena, North Street Founded 1959 The Reds

When Alfreton Town won the Conference North three years ago few expected them to still be in the Conference Premier. The Derbyshire club have gradually improved their finishes in the top flight of non league whilst living within their means. At the moment the Reds are enjoying their best on field results setting records in each of their Conference Premier seasons, by finishing in their highest ever positions three years running. For the good of the club, chairman Wayne Bradley has been known to cut the budget in the past and moved back from full time to part time football. The chairman knows new input is required to take his club to the next level and in April he announced he’s looking to sell the club.

atfcLast Season

Conference Premier: 11th

F.A Cup: 1st Round

FA Trophy: 1st Round

County Cup: 1st Round

Top Scorer: John Akinde

Average Attendance: 805

Another outstanding season gave fans at the Impact Arena hope of reaching the playoffs. When the Reds beat Barnet at home in September they climbed into third spot mixing it with the big boys. Not only was that a one off, the Derbyshire club dropped a few spots before regaining third position at the end of 2013. Until the end of March, Alfreton Town were not going away and looked set to give part time football a boost. The final eight games proved too much and a winless streak left the club slipping into eleventh. Still, there was a lot to cheer with a new personal best finish, a goalscorer in John Akinde and a fantastic home record against those above them. Whether it was experience or the disadvantage of a smaller budget that led to a mini slide, Alfreton Town enjoyed a great 2013/14 campaign daring to dream what might have been.

The Manager – Nicky Law

Highly rated by his chairman, Nicky Law has complete backing as he embarks on his eighth consecutive season at North Street. The 52 year old has a wealth of experience as a player in the eighties and nineties and a manager since the millennium. The former defender started life in management 14 years ago at Chesterfield, where he played between 1993 and 1996. He was appointed too late to save the Spireites from relegation but took them back up to the third tier straight away. Spells at Bradford city and Grimsby Town didn’t really work out and so Law dropped to the Northern Leagues to guide Buxton. In successive campaigns the Bucks won the Northern Counties East and Premier league titles. A third title was won by Law in 2010/11 taking Alfreton Town up from the Conference North to Premier. The Reds boss has never finished lower than the previous season whilst at the Impact Arena and has been influential in the clubs steady progress.

The Summer

The Reds will have to cope without their leading scorer from last season, John Akinde moves to Barnet having netted 17 goals in 44 appearances. Law was praised for his eye for talent a year ago and yet again he has looked lower down the pyramid. His first signing Nathan Hicks joins from Conference North side Leamington and will be part of the Reds midfield. Following relegation at Tamworth, Duane Courtney leaves the Warwickshire club to move to Derbyshire. Courtney made 19 appearances for the Lambs last term and has previous experience with York City and Kidderminster Harriers. In between the sticks Jon Stewart returns to North Street, the former Burnley shot stopper has spent two loan spells under Law at Alfreton Town, keeping seven clean sheets. Signing from Lincoln City, Jake Sheridan will add experience to the midfield, the 27 year old made over 90 appearances for the Imps. Luke Graham who suffered with Hereford United last season has signed a two year contract, the defender captained the Bulls in their difficult campaign which lead to their demise. Looking to youth and the Premiership, Jordan Keane served three years at Stoke City and joins the Reds after being released. For the third time Lathaniel Rowe-Turner returns to the Impact Arena, the left back has spent two loan spells with Alfreton Town. Experienced defender Chris Smith also signs a new deal having joined from FC Halifax Town.

A number of regulars leave the Impact Arena totalling 132 appearances between them last term. Dan Bradley joins John Akinde at Barnet, Connor Franklin remains in the Conference Premier with Nuneaton Town. THe Biggest mover is Josh Law who moves north of the border to ply his trade at Scottish Premier side Motherwell. Goalkeeper, Jon Worsnop also leaves North Street and signs for Chester.

 

Last Meetings vs The Darts

Alfreton Town 2 Dartford 1 – Conference Premier – 21 December 2013

A first half penalty scored by Elliot Bradbrook set up Dartford’s chance to end an eight game losing streak. In the second half and before an hour played Paul Clayton turned the game around. The Reds striker scored a brace to move Alfreton Town into fourth and inflict the Darts ninth successive loss.

Dartford 1 Alfreton Town 0 – Conference Premier – 10 August 2013

Second season syndrome started with victory over Alfreton Town for the Darts. Adam Birchall with skill by the touchline sneaked in the winner. True to form Dartford ended in a relegation place becoming the third team in a row to beat Alfreton Town on the opening day and finish in the bottom four.

Next Meetings

Sunday 28 December 2014 at North Street

Saturday 14 March 2015 at Princes Park

League Performance Last Ten Years

alfreton 10 yrsBest Performances

11th Conference Premier (2013/14) F.A Cup 2nd Round (2008/09 & 2012/13) F.A Trophy 4th Round (2002/03 & 2004/05)

Alfreton Town v Dartford

Dartford travel to the Impact Arena on the weekend to face Alfreton Town, one of the surprise packages of this season.

The Darts finished above the Derbyshire outfit last season by a six point margin. This time Dartford are left lagging behind the Reds who are challenging for a playoff spot. Although only two points adrift from safety, Tony Burman’s side have played the most fixtures and find themselves in desperate need for three points.

Preparations for this weekend’s fixture have been hit by the news that Scunthorpe United striker Matthew Godden has been recalled from his loan spell. Godden’s brief spell with the Darts saw the 22 year old score five times in nine league appearances, including a hat trick in Dartford’s last league win against Hyde two months ago. Connor Essam has also been ordered back to Crawley Town after his loan spell with the Darts, the defender scored one goal in three league appearances. On a positive note winger Dave Martin has extended his loan spell for another month from Luton Town.

Woes continued at Princes Park on Saturday with an eighth successive Conference Premier defeat leaving the Darts second from bottom. Hoping to grab some points against fellow part timers and newly promoted FC Halifax Town, a lightweight strike force barely troubled the visitors. The Shaymen took control after the break and Sheffield United loanee Joe Ironside gave the Yorkshire club the lead. Josh Wilson headed in a second just over ten minutes later before Connor Essam halved the deficit.

Dartford’s run of defeats has led to Chairman, Dave Skinner to back manager Burman this week. Skinner believes that financial security is paramount over survival in the Conference Premier, no matter how much the Darts want to continue in the top flight of non league football.

Meanwhile, Alfreton Town bounced back from a 5-0 trouncing at home to Luton Town with an excellent result at Kidderminster Harriers. Despite falling behind in the first half to Callum Gitting’s’ fifth goal in as many games, the Reds came from behind to earn victory against third place Harriers. Two second half goals from ex Harrier Michael Wylde and a a last minute John Akinde penalty gave Alfreton Town their biggest away win in the league this season.

Dartford will need to complete a rare double if they are to have a chance to climb out of the bottom four. On the opening day of the season a skilful Adam Birchall winner was enough to separate the two sides. Alfreton Town did win almost a year ago at the Impact Arena, scoring a late winner. Ryan Hayes put the Darts in front with just three minutes on the clock but right before half time Danny Meadows levelled the match. Once again, Dartford went ahead through Nathan Collier but Alfreton Town hit back with goals from Anton Brown and a second from Meadows, his third against Dartford in two games.

 

Head to Head

Alfreton Town wins: 1 / Dartford wins: 2 / Draws: 0

Current League Form

Alfreton Town (WLLWWL) Dartford (LLLLLL)
Kidderminster Harriers A 3-1 FC Halifax Town H 1-2
Luton Town H 0-5 Barnet A 0-1
Nuneaton Town A 0-3 Barnet H 0-2
Hyde H 2-1 Gateshead H 0-1
Braintree Town H 3-1 Wrexham H 1-5
Tamworth A 0-1 Macclesfield Town A 1-3

Last Meeting at the Impact Arena

5 January 2013 – Alfreton Town 3 Dartford 2 – Att: 522

Goalscorers: Hayes (3), Meadows (45), Collier (59), Brown (75), Meadows (89)

The Reds Lineup: Barnes, Law, Franklin, Bradley, Franks, Streete, Killock, Brown, Meadows, Arnold, Tomlinson, (subs used: Harriott, Clayton, Worsfold)

The Darts Lineup: Bettinelli, Burns, Champion, Arber, Rose, Hayes, Bradbrook, Wallis, Rogers, Crawford, Erskine (Sub used: Collier, Eisa, Monger)

Match Stats

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Previous Meetings

10.08.2013 Dartford 1 Alfreton Town 0
05.01.2013 Alfreton Town 3 Dartford 2
01.09.2012 Dartford 5 Alfreton Town 1

 

Dartford v Alfreton Town

A long awaited second season in the Conference Premier begins for the Darts at home to Alfreton Town on Saturday.

Almost a year ago, Harry Crawford’s hat trick ensured Dartford recorded their joint biggest win in the top non league division for 27 years.

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Harry Crawford’s low drive hits the back of the net

Crawford, who top scored for the Darts in 2012/13 started the goal rush with a low drive from the edge of the box. Jacob Erskine’s strength played a part in the second, the striker shrugged off Adam Quinn before neatly finishing. On the stroke of half time Elliot Bradbrook headed Dartford into a 3-0 half time lead, arriving at the far post the captain nodded home a Ryan Hayes corner.

Hayes began the second half setting up the fourth with a clever free kick. The wingers chip into the box was met by a looping Bradbrook header, however Crawford stole the last touch before the ball crossed the line. Alfreton Town pulled a late goal back with ten  minutes on the clock, Daniel Meadows tidily placed his shot in the corner of the Dartford net. Searching for his hat trick, Crawford found a third to secure a 5-1 victory. The now Barnet striker pounced on Darren Kempson’s error and needed two attempts to take the match ball home.

Tony Burman has had to rebuild part of his squad for the forthcoming campaign after some major departures in defence and attack. Lee Burns is the only defender remaining at the club whilst up front Burman has signed two loanee’s from last season. Adam Birchall impressed in only six games during September and October scoring one goal, the 28 year old joins from League One side Gillingham. Prior is likely to partner Birchall in attack, the former AFC Wimbledon striker was with the Darts in March and April featuring nine times scoring once.

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Dartford squad numbers for 2013/2014

Local lad Matt Fry comes to Princes Park with Football League experience, the 22 year old defender helped Concord Rangers into the Conference South last season but has played for West Ham United, Charlton Athletic, Gillingham and Bradford City. Burman also raided Conference South side Chelmsford City for defender Kenny Clark and midfielder Max Cornhill, Dover Athletic for full back Tyrone Sterling and promoted Newport County for goalkeeper Alan Julian.

Burman used pre season wisely to assess a number of trialists and academy players. Tom Wellham, Jay Porter, George Monger, Ronnie Vint and Mohamed Eisa were all given squad numbers whilst Alex Woodyard, Uche Ibemere and Mat Mitchel-King also impressed boosting the senior squad for this season to twenty three.

Woodyard had been with Southend United since the age of sixteen and spent time on loan at Braintee Town last term. Mitchel-King also has Football League experience with Crewe Alexandra and AFC Wimbledon. Meanwhile Uche Ibemere will not feature on Saturday as the former VCD Athletic player has joined Cray Wanderers on loan.

Over pre season the senior team have failed to pick up a win, losing four matches and drawing with AFC Wimbledon, Dagenham and Redbridge, Ebbsfleet United and on Saturday a Fulham XI. The Cottagers included goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli who was on loan with the Darts last season, however his presence couldn’t stop Lee Noble from scoring the equaliser in a 1-1 stalemate.

Alfreton Town ended in thirteenth spot last term and missed out on an F.A Cup third round appearance after defeat at Leyton Orient. The Reds have reverted back to part time football in order to cut their cloth accordingly. The Derbyshire club’s mid table finish was their highest final position achieved in a 54 year history.

Manager, Nicky Law has been highly praised by Alfreton Town’s chairman Wayne Bradley who believes the 51 year old is ‘worth four places in the league table’. Law’s first summer job was to keep Paul Clayton, the Reds top scorer from last season who totalled 17 league goals. Arrivals at the Impact Arena include former Wrexham defender Chris Westwood and ex Cambridge United midfielder Tom Shaw. John McGrath has also moved in at the Impact Arena, the experienced midfielder was released by Burton Albion at the end of last season. A notable departure from Alfreton Town includes the impressive Nathan Arnold who has moved to Shaw’s old club where former Darts, Tom Bonner and Tom Champion will feature.

The Reds were also without a victory during pre season as they took on a number of Football League teams. Loses at home to Birmingham City, Walsall, Sheffield United and Port Vale were accompanied with defeat at Worksop Parramore and draws against Burton Albion and Matlock Town.

Last five season openers

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Last Meeting at Princes Park

1 September 2012 – Dartford 5 Alfreton Town 1- Att: 1145

Goalscorers: Crawford (11), Erskine (37), Bradbrook (45), Crawford (48), Meadows (80), Crawford (82)

The Darts Lineup: Bettinelli, Burns, Bonner, Arber, Rose, Champion, Hayes, Rogers, Erskine, Crawford, Bradbrook (subs used: Noble, Collier, Wallis)

The Reds Lineup: Stewart, Law, Kempson, Quinn, Franks, Taylor, Bradley, Brown Russell, Clayton, Tomlinson, (subs used: Arnold, Meadows, Worsfold)

Match Stats

Alfreton Town v Dartford

 

After a festive football fix the Darts travel to The Impact Arena to take on Alfreton Town on Saturday.

Unbeaten in three league outings, a tired Dartford team will hope to have recovered by the weekend to increase their current league run against the Derbyshire club.

Earlier in the season the Darts notched up their biggest win of the campaign beating the Reds 5-1 at Princes Park. Despite the visitors enjoying the majority of possession Dartford were clinical enough to take all three points in September. One player on form that day was hat trick hero Harry Crawford who opened the scoring eleven minutes into the match with a well placed effort. Jacob Erskine added another before Elliot Bradbrook headed in a third from a Ryan Hayes corner.

Three minutes after the interval Bradbrook made a nuisance again as his flick on was finished by Crawford. Danny Meadows grabbed a consolation with ten minutes remaining when his shot went in off the post. However, it was Crawford who took home the match ball when he netted his own rebound eight minutes from time.

The Darts managed to put their four game losing streak behind them over Christmas and the New Year by taking five points from a possible nine. Tony Burman’s side picked themselves up with a Boxing Day win over rivals Ebbsfleet United and a well deserved draw at home to in form Cambridge United.

The amount of games looked to have taken its toll on New Years Day as the Darts let a two goal lead slip in the return fixture versus Ebbsfleet United. Jon Wallis put Dartford in front with a low drive and in the second half Crawford recorded his first away goal in a Dartford shirt and his fourth in three games to make it 2-0. The Fleet hit back immediately when Nathan Elder smashed a shot beyond Marcus Bettinelli and with seconds to go the striker denied Dartford in injury all three points.

Crawford may be taking the plaudits up front but at the other end Marcus Bettinelli has continued to impress with fine displays. The Fulham loanee won man of the match against Cambridge United with some inspirational saves and is set to win PUREDFC‘s man of the match against Ebbsfleet United.

Alfreton Town have suffered two postponements from 22 December onwards. Dartford’s opponents have only managed back to back meetings against Mansfield Town over the festive period. Nicky Law’s side are lying three points above the drop zone in sixteenth place having lost one of their two matches against the Stags.

The Reds have experienced an inconsistent season so far with one league win in five. On Boxing Day the Reds recorded a victory over Mansfield Town recovering from a goal down. John Dempster put Mansfield Town ahead from close range but moments later the scores were level courtesy of Paul Clayton’s header. The winner arrived in the second half when Ben Tomlinson’s low drive won the match for the Derbyshire club.

Alfreton Town have struggled on their own patch with just two victories and only Barrow have earned fewer points at home. The return fixture stayed true to the form book as the away side came out on top again. Mansfield Town comfortably triumphed with a 3-0 win at the Impact Arena. Goals by Exodus Geohaghon, Colin Daniel and Dempster outwitted the home side. After the game Law called on his young side to bounce back after expressing his disappointment with the side.

Striker Clayton is Alfreton Town’s main target up front, in his sixth season with the club he has scored nine times in this season’s Conference Premier in 23 league appearances this campaign. Midfielder Dan Bradley joined the club this summer and he has chipped in with six league goals. In defence, Nicky Law’s son Josh has been ever present this season playing a key role at right back and is the longest serving player for the club.

Team News

Lee Burns returned for The Darts on New Years Day after a one match absence through injury. Danny Harris was replaced just before the hour after the winger looked to have strained a hamstring. Lee Noble was not included in the matchday squad after picking up an injury against Cambridge United. Noble, Tom Bonner and James Rogers all remain one caution away from picking up five for the season.

Alfreton Town’s Leigh Franks returns from a one match suspension whilst Theo Streete, Paul Clayton and Ross Killock are currently on four cautions for the season. Killock has also had his loan spell from Leeds United extended to 2 February 2013. Over Christmas and New Year, central defender and captain Darran Kempson suffered a slight hamstring strain and left-back Connor Franklin has been ill.

Head to Head

Alfreton Town wins: 0 / Dartford wins: 1 / Draws 0 / Alfreton Town goals: 1 / Dartford goals: 5

Current Form

Alfreton Town (LWDLDW) Dartford (DDWLLL)
Mansfield Town H 0-3 Ebbsfleet United A 2-2
Mansfield Town A 2-1 Cambridge United A 1-1
Cambridge United H 1-1 Ebbsfleet United H 3-1
Luton Town A 0-3 Kidderminster Harriers H 1-5
Hyde A 1-1 Lincoln City A 2-4
Woking A 2-1 Nuneaton Town A 0-1

Last Meeting

1 September 2012 – Dartford 5 Alfreton Town 1- Att: 1145

Goalscorers: Crawford (11), Erskine (37), Bradbrook (45), Crawford (48), Meadows (80), Crawford (82)

The Darts Lineup: Bettinelli, Burns, Bonner, Arber, Rose, Champion, Hayes, Rogers, Erskine, Crawford, Bradbrook (subs used: Noble, Collier, Wallis)

The Reds Lineup: Stewart, Law, Kempson, Quinn, Franks, Taylor, Bradley, Brown Russell, Clayton, Tomlinson, (subs used: Arnold, Meadows, Worsfold)

Match Stats

 

Dartford v Alfreton Town

 

Dartford will host Alfreton Town for the first time on Saturday as the Darts look to make it three wins in a row.

In contrast to the opening week of the season where Tony Burman’s men suffered three straight defeats, Dartford bounced back with two excellent results.

On Saturday the Darts recorded their first Conference Premier win in 26 years thanks to a bullet header by Lee Burns. The versatile Burns came on as a substitue and his goal was enough to beat Kidderminster Harriers.

Two days later unbeaten Cambridge United welcomed Dartford at their Abbey Stadium. Last season’s top scorer Danny Harris opened his account and the scoring with a speculative effort. The U’s hit back from the spot five minutes from time after Dartford conceded their third penalty of 2012/2013. However it was summer signing Nathan Collier who grabbed the winner in the 88th minute beating Craig Ross, his former goalkeeper at Hampton and Richmond with a deflected shot.

The win has moved the Darts up to fourteenth and seven places above Saturday’s opponents Alfreton Town. The Derbyshire club started of slow this season which will not deter them in their second season at the top of non league football. Last campaign the Reds picked up just ten points in the first 19 matches before finishing the campaign in fifteenth.

Nicky Law’s team have lost every other fixture starting on the opening weekend of the season. Sandwiched between the defeats against Stockport County (0-1), Hereford United (0-3) and Nuneaton Town (0-3) the Derbyshire club drew 3-3 with Southport and beat Barrow 3-1. Alfreton Town have yet to record an away victory this term and so far Paul Clayton with four and Ben Tomlinson with two have scored all of their goals.

After seven years in the Conference North Alfreton Town tasted Conference Premier football for the first time last season so Law will know what it is like for newly promoted clubs, about Dartford he commented: “It will be another tough game. They have been sort of up and down like we are, and by all accounts they played really well at Cambridge United on Monday”.

Team News

Marcus Bettinelli will continue between the sticks for the injured Louis Wells. Full back Adam Green was substituted on Saturday with an injury and took no part in Monday’s win at Cambridge United.

Nicky Law has no injury worries but striker Tom Denton completes a three-match suspension. Nathan Arnold should be  fit after missing the Barrow game with a chest infection. Law may also look into the loan market before the transfer deadline.

Did you know…

Dartford has averaged an attendance of 1219 at Princes Park this season compared to Alfreton Town’s home crowd of 626

So far this season…

Dartford

Alfreton Town

Goal Count

5

6

Shots On Target

21

23

Shots Off Target

14

27

Card Count

8 Yellow / 1 Red

8 Yellow / 1 Red

Fouls Won

48

37

Fouls Conceded

36

50

Corner Count

28

19

*statistics taken from www.skysports.com (score centre) and www.bbc.co.uk