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National League South Season Preview 2018/2019 – Part Two

 Dartford | Dulwich Hamlet | East Thurrock UnitedEastbourne Borough | Gloucester CityHampton and Richmond Borough

Dartford

Founded: 1888 / Ground: Princes Park

A new era begins for the Darts after the resignation of club legend Tony Burman. The former manager left his position in the summer after fourteen years at the helm but will be involved with the academy. Starting out as joint favourites last season, Dartford had a strong squad only to suffer final day heartbreak and lose the title on goal difference. The Kent club did lead the table for long periods of the campaign but just couldn’t break away and finished runners up. The Darts were the top scorers in the National South partly thanks to the league’s Player of the Season Alfie Pavey. It has been a big summer for the playoff semi-finalists as they look to go one better.

Last Season

National South: 2nd

F.A Cup: 1st Round

F.A Trophy: 1st Round

County Cup: 2nd Round

League Top Scorer: Alfie Pavey (22 goals)

Average Attendance: 1053 (1st in National South)

The Managers – Adam Flanagan and Jamie Coyle

They played in defence for the Darts and won titles together in 2008 and 2010, first the Isthmian Division One North then the Isthmian Premier. Flanagan captained the side during the latter championship victory at centre back, Coyle alongside him at full back. The pair moved into management taking different routes, Flanagan won promotion to the Isthmian Premier League via the playoffs at Brentwood Town, whilst Coyle continued playing going up to the National League with Maidstone United. Coyle moved on to Welling United and in his only campaign as manager guided the Wings to tenth in the Nation South last term. Flanagan came to Dartford after three  years with Concord Rangers.

The Summer

The influence Burman had on the players that were at the club is evident in the fact that many have left. Loyal servants Ryan Hayes and Danny Harris depart having played 980 times for the Darts combined. Alex Brown switches to Margate, Lyle Della-Verde to Braintree Town, but the biggest loss was top scorer and National South’s Player of the Year Alfie Pavey to champions Havant and Waterlooville. On top of that the trio of Nathan Collier, Duane Ofori-Acheampong and Berti Schotterl all moved to Woking. So, with the squad numbers dwindling new management duo Adam Flanagan and Jamie Coyle can cease the opportunity to create something new at Princes Park. Attacking intent has been illustrated with the signing of Alex Wall, whio scored six in 11 games whilst on loan at the Darts in 2014, the striker spent last term with Hungerford Town. Forward, Kudus Oyenuga arrives from Chelmsford City and 29-year-old striker Delano Sam-Yorke from Maidstone United. Callum Driver returns to the Darts after three years away with Maidstone United and Welling United and winger Ben Greenhalgh joins from Flanagan’s former club Concord Rangers. Simon Mensah will provide competition in midfield having been signed from Whitehawk.

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Dulwich Hamlet

Founded: 1893 / Ground: Imperial Fields

It was only a matter of time before the Hamlet reached the National South. Over the past three season’s they made the playoffs, losing two finals in a row. The Greater London club must have feared the worst then when they ended the Isthmian Premier campaign as runners up, even with an impressive 95 points. However, at the fourth attempt Dulwich Hamlet won the playoffs beating Hendon on penalties. It’s certainly been a dramatic year for the club having been forced out of their ground, meaning the Hamlet have been playing home games at Tooting and Mitcham United’s the Imperial Fields. This season will see the club play at National South level for the very first time.

Last Season

Isthmian Premier: 2nd

F.A Cup: 2nd Qualifying Round

F.A Trophy: 2nd Qualifying Round

County Cup: Semi-Final

League Top Scorer: Nyren Clunis (19 goals)

Average Attendance: 1381 (1st in Isthmian Premier)

The Manager – Gavin Rose

Hamlet’s longest serving manager finally earned promotion to the National South last season. The 39-year-old former midfielder had spells with Wimbledon, Charlton Athletic, Queens Park Rangers, Southend United, Bromley, Gravesend & Northfleet and Walton & Hersham amongst others during his long career. Rose runs an academy which specialises in coaching youngsters and as a manager with Beckenham Town almost won the Kent League. Under his guidance, Hamlet won the Isthmian Division One South title five years ago and the Isthmian Premier League playoffs last season. Helping Rose in the dugout will be former Dartford midfielder Junior Kadi, who was part of Dartford’s 2008 title winning team.

The Summer

Hamlet strengthened their midfield over the break with the signing of former Ebbsfleet United and Chelmsford City man Anthony Cook, the 28-year-old spent four years with the Clarets before playing for Fleet. The attacking midfielder also had spells at Bromley and was on loan at Woking last term. Byron Lawrence made the move up to the National South coming in from Leiston, the 22-year-old previously played for Billericay Town, Ipswich Town, Colchester United and Bishop’s Stortford. Hamlet have added former Colchester United defender Magnus Okuonghae and striker Jay May to the squad. Okuonghae played 215 games for Colchester United and spent two years with National League outfit Maidstone United before moving to Welling United last summer. May was also at Maidstone United where he topped scored before spells at Hythe Town and Margate, he was also part of Dartford’s Isthmian Division One North and Isthmian Premier League title winning sides, scoring 51 goals in 117 games. Rose also agreed to sign former Chelsea youngster Daniel Pappoe. Dulwich Hamlet will be without Reise Allassani who earned a move to League One Coventry City, after 17 goals in 31 appearances last season. Crowd favourites Marc Weatherstone and Kenny Beaney leave along with Nana Boakye-Yiadom to Concord Rangers and Anthony Acheampong to Welling United.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 0 / Dulwich Hamlet wins: 2 / Draws: 2

Previous Meetings

31.03.2007 Dartford 1 Billericay Town 1
19.09.2006 Dulwich Hamlet 3 Dartford 2
09.12.1996 Dulwich Hamlet 3 Dartford 1
04.12.1996 Dartford 0 Dulwich Hamlet 0

Next Meetings

Tuesday 30 October 2018 at Princes Park

Saturday 2 March 2019 at Imperial Fields

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East Thurrock United

Founded: 1969 / Ground: Rookery Hill

Unbeaten in their first ten league matches, East Thurrock United looked on course to be last season’s surprise package. When they were promoted to the National League two years ago they had carried forward their habit of scoring goals. Helped by Sam Higgins, the National South’s top talisman last term with twenty-five goals, the Rocks saw plenty of goals once more. This time they scored two less than the champions but conceded eighty-four times, the second highest in the division. As a result of their defensive frailties, the Essex club lost momentum going eight without victory after their excellent start. East Thurrock United concluded their campaign with a six-game losing streak aided by a series of injuries and suspensions.

Last Season

National South: 15th

F.A Cup: 4th Qualifying Round

F.A Trophy: 3rd Round

County Cup: Semi-Final

League Top Scorer: Sam Higgins (25 goals)

Average Attendance: 294 (18th in National South)

The Manager – John Coventry

East Thurrock United needed rebuilding following relegation to the Isthmian Division One in 2008. The astuteness and coaching experience of John Coventry has had a large part to play in the Rocks rise to the National South. Seven years ago, the Essex club won the Isthmian Division One North, in the division above they reached the playoffs in 2013 and three years later won the playoffs. When East Thurrock United won promotion they played an attacking brand scoring 107 times in that campaign. Coventry has now overseen two consecutive years in the National South finishing thirteenth then fifteenth.

The Summer

Former England international and Premier League full back, Paul Konchesky will take on a dual role as player and assistant first team coach. The ex-Charlton Athletic, West Ham United, Fulham and Liverpool left back has non-league experience with Billericay Town, Hardworking midfielder turned full back Danny Harris leaves Dartford after 400 appearances and 75 goals to join the Rocks. Goalkeeper, Jack Giddens moves from local rivals Billericay Town, Tom Derry comes in from Leatherhead and Ashley Miller re-joins East Thurrock United. Former Darts, James White, Max Cornhill and Lewis Smith have all departed John Coventry’s squad.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 2 / East Thurrock United wins: 3 / Draws: 1

Previous Meetings

30.04.2005 East Thurrock United 0 Dartford 1
28.08.2017 Dartford 0 East Thurrock United 1
07.01.2017 Dartford 6 East Thurrock United 1
10.09.2016 East Thurrock United 1 Dartford 1
30.04.2005 Dartford 0 East Thurrock United 3
28.08.2004 East Thurrock United 2 Dartford 1

Next Meetings

Monday 27 August 2018 at Rookery Hill

Saturday 29 December 2018 at Princes Park

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Eastbourne Borough

Founded: 1964 / Ground: Priory Lane

A new era began for the Sports last season under a new management team and they started with back to back defeats. An eight-match unbeaten run followed moving the Sussex club up the table and into the top ten. This is when Eastbourne Borough peaked and from September they spent the rest of their campaign picking up the odd victory between losing streaks. They ended the season with four straight losses looking over their shoulders until the penultimate game when they reached safety. In all fairness the Sports picked up the points against the teams that mattered, winning six out of eight against those who finished below them in the National South.

Last Season

National South: 18th

F.A Cup: 3rd Qualifying Round

F.A Trophy: 1st Round

County Cup: Quarter-Final

League Top Scorer: Jamie Taylor (11 goals)

Average Attendance: 517 (13th in National South)

The Manager – Jamie Howell

Last summer Jamie Howell walked away from Bognor Regis Town after guiding them into the National South. The former defender made over 400 appearances for the Rocks before managing the club for seven years. His last match as boss for the Sussex club was the playoff final win over Dulwich Hamlet, two days later he rocked up at Priory Lane. In his first campaign with the Sports the club survived whilst his former side were relegated back to the Isthmian Premier League. Howell started his management career at neighbours Burgess Hill Town, where he spent a couple of years as player manager. The Sports will be hoping for a more comfortable ride this time under Howell.

The Summer

Dave Martin used to create excitement amongst the Princes Park faithful and his talent was rewarded with a move to Crystal Palace. The former Millwall winger has made his way back to non-league and will be at Priory Lane this season. Charlie Walker scored 16 goals in 67 appearances for St Albans City and he will be part of Eastbourne Borough’s team. Once of Ebbsfleet United and Chelmsford City, experience midfielder Michael West joins the clan and so does 18-year-old centre back Harry Pollard from Charlton Athletic. The Sports may miss the departures of striker Jamie Taylor as well as Kiran Khinda-John, Charlie Harris, Shaun Okojie and Gavin McCallum, who has joined Welling United. Marvin Hamilton made one appearance for Dartford a few years ago. He returns to Priory Lane after spending last term at Whitehawk. Centre back James Harran has left the club trading football for a modelling career.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 10 / Eastbourne Borough wins: 4 / Draws: 2

Previous Meetings

14.04.2018 Eastbourne Borough 0 Dartford 1
12.09.2017 Dartford 4 Eastbourne Borough 2
08.04.2017 Dartford 4 Eastbourne Borough 3
16.08.2011 Eastbourne Borough 2 Dartford 3
20.02.2016 Eastbourne Borough 1 Dartford 1
11.08.2015 Dartford 1 Eastbourne Borough 0

Next Meetings

Saturday 8 September 2018 at Princes Park

Saturday 20 April 2019 at Priory Lane

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Gloucester City

Founded: 1883 / Ground: Jubilee Stadium

Moved from the National North to the South last summer, Gloucester City found their feet in their new surroundings, but had to wait until the fifth game to secure their first victory. The Tigers didn’t fully settle though and were surprised in November when manager Tim Harris resigned after 300 games in charge. Form improved in the New Year with the Gloucestershire club suffering just two defeats in eleven leading up to the Easter period. Although the Tigers couldn’t keep the run going and their season petered out, remaining in the National South was never really in doubt. A fourteenth-place finish was very much in keeping with their previous life in the National North where mid-table was the norm.

Last Season

National South: 14th

F.A Cup: 2nd Qualifying Round

F.A Trophy: 3rd Qualifying Round

County Cup: Final to be played 30/07/2018

League Top Scorer: Joseph Parker (12 goals)

Average Attendance: 284 (19th in National South)

The Manager – Marc Richards

Former Gloucester City defender Marc Richards returned to the club four years ago as part of the back-room staff. As a player he had three spells with the Tigers, first signing from Cirencester Town then departing for Australia to play for Manly United. Richards enjoyed a long career in non-league which also included time at Cinderford Town, Weston-super-Mare, Swindon Supermarine, Chippenham Town, Shortwood United and Evesham United. He became assistant to former boss Tim Harris and when he unexpectedly resigned in December, Richards was there to take up the manager’s position with the club two points above the drop. By the end of the campaign the Tigers survived with eleven points to spare.

The Summer

After a strong finish to the campaign, Marc Richards rewarded most of the squad with new contracts. Although he lost the services of Kieran Parselle to Chippenham Town and Robbie Cundy he has signed replacements. Jack Deaman is back with the Tigers after making 11 appearances in 2016/2017, Adam Page returns to the club after two loan appearances in 2017 and Mat Liddiard, a graduate of Gloucester City is back after a spell with Evesham United, where he scored 22 goals last season. Jake Mawford signs after impressing Marc RFichards during pre-season and Exeter City forward, Ben Seymour joins the Tigers on a three month loan.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 27 / Gloucester City wins: 12 / Draws: 10

Previous Meetings

10.04.2018 Gloucester City 0 Dartford 1
18.11.2017 Dartford 4 Gloucester City 1
07.03.1992 Gloucester City 0 Dartford 0
26.10.1991 Dartford 2 Gloucester City 0
16.03.1991 Dartford 2 Gloucester City 1
29.09.1990 Gloucester City 2 Dartford 0

Next Meetings

Tuesday 3 November 2018 at Jubilee Stadium

Saturday 9 March 2019 at Princes Park

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Hampton and Richmond Borough

Founded: 1921 / Ground: The Beveree

An incredible twenty-one game unbeaten run from the end of August to the end of January made sure the Beavers challenged for the title, until the Good Friday mud bath. A last-minute defeat against title contenders Dartford over ended all hope. The Beavers, along with champions Havant and Waterlooville lost the fewest matches last term, just six. So, dropped points from eighteen outings cost the Middlesex club dearly. Hampton and Richmond Borough earned a playoff spot, this time settled on the field, but once more fell short when they agonisingly lost the final to Braintree Town on penalties. The Beavers will start the new campaign with a new boss after Alan Dowson’s departure for Woking.

Last Season

National South: 4th

F.A Cup: 4th Qualifying Round

F.A Trophy: 1st Round

County Cup: Quarter-Final

League Top Scorer: Max Kretzschmar (14 goals)

Average Attendance: 590 (9th in National South)

The Manager – Gary McCann

There is common ground between the Beavers and their new boss, they both experienced playoff heartbreak last season. Hampton and Richmond Borough had been keeping tabs on the great work McCann was doing at Hendon. When former manager Alan Dowson jumped ship to take over at Woking, the appointment of his replacement was swift. McCann first joined the Greens as a player in 1997 and then became the longest serving manager at the Middlesex club, where he won an Isthmian League Cup. He consistently kept Hendon in the Isthmian Premier League finishing runners up in 2015 and third last season, losing the playoff final to Dulwich Hamlet on penalties.

The Summer

Rebuilding the squad at the Beveree began with a raid on Gary McCann’s former club Hendon. Trusting players, he already knows, the new Hampton and Richmond Borough boss has attracted the versatile Casy Maclaren, who made 358 appearances for Hendon since 2007. Daniel Uchechi has represented Nigeria at under 20 and under 23 level and experienced playing for Charlton Athletic, West Ham United, Sheffield Wednesday, Aberdeen as well as spells in Sweden and Germany, he also joins from Hendon. Also switching from Silver Jubilee Park to the Beveree is Michael Corcoran once of Oxford United, Wealdstone and Chelmsford City, Jake Eggleton, an ever present last term, right back James Hammond, 18 goal striker Zak Joseph, goalkeeper Tom Lovelock and 19-year-old defender Rian Bray. Former Billericay Town pair Oliver Sprague and Josh Mcleod-Urquhart have joined the Beavers along with Shaun Lucien who returns to the club from St Albans City and Ricky Wellard arrives from Wealdstone. Nathan Mavilla signs from Leyton Orient and has previously represented Aldershot, Cambridge City & Wealdstone and made an appearance for West Ham United in the Europa League against Astra Giurgui three years ago. Up front, Chris Dickson has been signed from Chelmsford City and brings experience to the front line. He spent five seasons playing in Cyprus, before moving to China. Dickson also has Football League pedigree, having joined Championship side Charlton Athletic in 2007 and he also has two caps for Ghana. Hampton & Richmond Borough have also completed the signing of Charlton Athletic’s Dan Bowry, on a loan deal that will run until January. One big loss will be the goals from midfield scored by Max Kretzschmar, he netted 14 times last term and joins the Beavers former boss now at Woking.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 5 / Hampton and Richmond Borough wins: 4 / Draws: 1

Previous Meetings

30.03.2018 Dartford 1 Hampton & Richmond Borough 0
02.09.2017 Hampton & Richmond Borough 2 Dartford 2
17.04.2017 Dartford 3 Hampton & Richmond Borough 1
29.08.2016 Hampton & Richmond Borough 4 Dartford 1
21.01.2012 Hampton & Richmond Borough 1 Dartford 3
20.08.2011 Dartford 2 Hampton & Richmond Borough 1

Next Meetings

Saturday 17 November 2018 at the Beveree

Saturday 23 March 2019 at Princes Park

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Eastbourne Borough v Dartford

Dartford are back at the top of the National South and are hoping to maintain their position against Eastbourne Borough this weekend.

The Darts travelled to Evesham on Tuesday night to take on Gloucester City. A hard fought victory was earned thanks to Alfie Pavey’s 21st league goal of the campaign. Dartford’s win against Gloucester City moved them level on points with Havant and Waterlooville, Pavey’s goal edged the Darts ahead on goal difference, the two sides are now seperated by a single goal.

Dartford now face the challenge of two more away games before the penultimate fixture at home then the final day of the season at Bognor Regis Town. Next up though is Eastbourne Borough and the Darts have hit form at the right moment. Tuesday’s triumph extended Dartford’s winning streak to five meaning they have now won seven of their last eight games. Defensively, Tony Burman’s side have also improved having conceded just once in their last four outings.

When Dartford last played Eastbourne Borough in September they ended up moving to the top of the National South back then. The Princes Park crowd witnessed six goals as the free scoring Darts claimed victory. Tony Burman’s side dominated the first half and opened the scoring when Alex Brown scored from just inside the penalty area. In the second half, Alfie Pavey headed in Ryan Hayes’s corner then Elliot Bradbrook nodded in a third. The Sports pulled a goal back through Jamie Taylor before the Darts scored a controversial fourth. The visitors took a quick free kick which was blocked by the grounded Hayes from close range, presumably to get the winger booked. However, the match official played on as Tom Murphy went through on goal to score. Lee Noble’s own goal took the gloss off the 4-2 leaving Burman disappointed at his side conceding two sloppy goals.

Last season, Dartford completed the double over Eastbourne Borough by a one goal margin. Twelve goals were scored over the two fixtures. The Darts won 3-2 in their last visit to Priory Lane on a foggy Tuesday night. In a game that could well have been abandoned, Kaka Dembele scored the winner after goals from Luke Wanadio and Andy Pugh. The return fixture at Princes Park ended 4-3 with Pugh and Wanadio finding the net again. Hayes and Bradbrook added two more to make it 4-1, but the Sports rallied to reduce the arrears late on. In the season before current Dartford defender Nathan Collier was wearing the Eastbourne Borough shirt having left the Darts that summer to move to the Sussex club.

Since the start of March, the Sports run of form has been inconsistent alternating wins and losses for the last seven games. However, it was their victory in the Sussex derby against Bognor Regis Town on Easter Monday which virtually assured them another campaign in the National South.

Last weekend, Eastbourne Borough were beaten by Oxford City when two early second half goals left the Sussex club too much to overturn. Matt Pickering turned the ball into his own net and Matt Paterson scored a penalty, conceded by former Crawley Town and Wycombe Wanderers midfielder Sergio Torres. The Sports set up a nervy finish for the hosts when Yemi Obudabe scored four minutes from time.

At Priory Lane, the Sports have won just twice in the National South in 14 attempts and only five times all season. Defensively, up until last weekend’s fixtures only Whitehawk had conceded more in total. The leaky defence has been a weakness for the Sussex club, who have managed to score 57 times at the right end, a similar figure to three of the top four and the majority of mid-table sides.

Head to Head
Eastbourne Borough wins: 4 / Dartford wins: 9 / Draws: 2

Current League Form

Eastbourne Borough (LWLWLW) Dartford (WWWWWL)
Oxford City A 1-2 Gloucester City A 1-0
Bognor Regis Town H 3-0 Weston-super-Mare H 3-1
Chippenham Town A 0-4 Hampton & Richmond H 1-0
Wealdstone A 3-2 Oxford City A 2-0
Truro City H 1-3 Hemel Hempstead Town H 3-2
Bath City A 1-0 Poole Town H 0-1

Previous Meetings

12.09.2017 Dartford 4 Eastbourne Borough 2
08.04.2017 Dartford 4 Eastbourne Borough 3
16.08.2016 Eastbourne Borough 2 Dartford 3
20.02.2016 Eastbourne Borough 1 Dartford 1
11.08.2015 Dartford 1 Eastbourne Borough 0
03.04.2012 Eastbourne Borough 0 Dartford 1

Stats
Andy Pugh has scored in his last three appearances against Eastbourne Borough.

Dartford have gone nine games unbeaten against the Sports stretching back to 2011. The Darts have won seven and drawn two in that time.

If the Darts win against Eastbourne Borough it will be the third time the Darts have completed a league double against the Sussex club, in the last four campaigns they have been in the same division.

Before that, the Sports won the first four meetings in the Southern Division One East to complete the double over the Darts in successive seasons.

On This Day
Dartford secured a place in the Southern League Cup final thirty years ago in comprehensive fashion. Leading the first leg over Wealdstone 4-0, the Darts won the return fixture 4-1 to record an impressive 8-1 aggregate victory. Dartford went on to turn around a 3-1 first leg loss to Bromsgrove Rovers by winning the second leg 3-0 to lift the cup. The last three games on 14 April have all been away from home, the most recent just a year ago when the Darts lost 2-0 to Hungerford Town. Before that defeat Dartford had gone eight matches unbeaten on this day which included a 4-3 win over Wealdstone in 1979, a 2-1 victory against Ashford United in 1990. In 2007, Carl Bruce and Brendon Cass scored in a 2-1 triumph over Hastings United and in 2012 a Tony Garrod goal helped the Darts beat Sutton United.

Dartford v Eastbourne Borough

Dartford closed the gap at the top on the weekend and up next is an Eastbourne Borough side unbeaten in eight league games.

The Darts are gaining momentum and after beating Chippenham Town on Saturday found themselves two points off top spot in third place. In the space of a week, Dartford have hit seven goals without reply and now boast the best attack and second best defence.

Tony Burman stuck Keaton Wood in the first eleven to replace the injured Danny Harris, in the only change from the 4-0 win at Whitehawk. Warren Mfula and Duane Ofori-Acheampong were both unavailable but recovering from injuries, whilst Tom Murphy made a return from off the bench.

Ryan Hayes inspired Dartford to a 3-0 win at home to Chippenham by creating the first two goals then scoring the third. In a man of the match performance the winger provided an excellent cross for Alfie Pavey to head home his fourth in six games. The second assist came from another cross to Andy Pugh who slid in at the far post to extend the lead. With the points secure, Hayes made sure with a calm finish curling the ball into the far corner of the Chippenham Town net, Hayes’ second goal in as many games.

Similar to the Darts, Eastbourne Borough prefer stability with only five managers appointed in the last 34 years. So this summer when the Sports changed who’s in charge they were also making a statement. After ten years as a player at Bognor Regis Town and seven years as a manager, Jamie Howell shocked the Rocks with his switch to their Sussex rivals replacing Tommy Widdrington at Priory Lane.

Howell made a slow start losing his first two games at the helm with a pair of 3-2 defeats at home to Braintree Town and away to Havant and Waterlooville. Despite the losses, the Sports picked up where they left of last season amongst the top scorers in the league, last term they were the fifth highest scorers. The Sussex club have not tasted defeat since the second game of the season, getting off the mark with a 1-1 draw at Hampton and Richmond Borough, doubling their tally with a 0-0 draw at home to Welling United then winning four of their next five, including the 1-0 away victory over Howell’s former club Bognor Regis Town.

On Saturday, the Sports maintained their unbeaten run taking it to eight but had to work hard for a result. Two goals in first half stoppage time put St Albans City in command, former Dart Tom Gardiner scoring the first and Zane Banton the other. Eastbourne Borough came back when former Maidstone United player Emmanuel Odubade pulled a goal back from the spot with the penalty conceded by ex Dartford defender Tom Bender, and in the last minute Sergio Torres turned the defeat into a draw.

The man currently in form is striker Jamie Taylor who has netted five times in his last five appearances. Added to the midfield experience of Torres, who signed from rivals Whitehawk in the summer it’s no surprise the Sports can be potent in attack. The Darts will be familiar with goalkeeper Bailey Vose, who had a spell with Dartford last season covering for Deren Ibrahim whilst on international duty. Vose played three times keeping one clean sheet in his loan spell from Brighton and Hove Albion.

Head to Head
Dartford wins: 8 / Eastbourne Borough: 4 / Draws: 2

Previous Meetings

08.04.2017 Dartford 4 Eastbourne Borough 3
16.08.2011 Eastbourne Borough 2 Dartford 3
20.02.2016 Eastbourne Borough 1 Dartford 1
11.08.2015 Dartford 1 Eastbourne Borough 0
03.04.2012 Eastbourne Borough 0 Dartford 1
29.11.2011 Dartford 2 Eastbourne Borough 1

Current League Form

Dartford (WWDLWW) Eastbourne Borough(DWWWDW)
Chippenham Town H 3-0 St Albans City A 2-2
Whitehawk A 4-0 Concord Rangers H 3-1
Hampton & Richmond A 2-2 Chippenham Town H 4-2
East Thurrock United H 0-1 Bognor Regis Town A 1-0
Hemel Hempstead Town A 3-0 Wealdstone H 1-1
Oxford City H 7-1 Truro City A 1-0

Stats
Since going 2-0 down at Hampton and Richmond Borough, the Darts have gone nine goal without reply.

Dartford have kept four clean sheets out of six home league games this season, last achieved in 1988 when they conceded just three times in that spell, This time the Darts have let in just two.

It’s still a long way off the record set in 1896 when Dartford scored 36 and conceded once in their opening seven Southern League Division Two home games, which included six clean sheets.

On This Day
Dartford start their F.A Cup campaign next weekend and eight years on 12 September they began their journey at Chipstead. The Darts led the Isthmian Premier League dropping just two points in their opening seven games and were in no mood to suffer an upset to a side a division below. Tony Burman faced former Dartford striker and team mate Micky Collins in the dugout and watched on as the Darts won 6-1. Ryan Hayes scored a free kick in the first minute and Lee Burns added a second goal five minutes later. Billy Burgess headed his first goal for the Darts before half-time to give the Darts a 3-0 lead at the break. In the second half, Dartford added another three when James White scored before Chipstead netted a penalty, Rob Haworth made it 5-1 and Adam Gross finished the rout with a rasping 30 yard volley.

National League South Season Preview 2017/18 – Part II

 Chippenham Town | Concord Rangers | Dartford | Eastbourne Borough | East Thurrock United

Chippenham Town

Founded: 1873 / Ground: Hardenhuish Park

A new entry into the National South, Chippenham Town are the Southern League champions and set their highest ever points tally last season, with an impressive 103, a league record. The Bluebirds spent 15 years in the Southern Premier League reaching the playoffs on four occasions and suffering heartbreak in the final three times. So when the Wiltshire club took all the glory last term, the long wait was certainly worth it for club officials and supporters.

Last Season

Southern Premier: 1st

F.A Cup: 3rd Qualifying Round

F.A Trophy: 2nd Qualifying Round

County Cup: 2nd Round

League Top Scorer: Andrew Sandell (27 goals)

Average Attendance: 459 (8th in league / 86th in non-league)

The Manager – Mark Collier

Responsible for guiding Chippenham Town to thee highest level they have ever played, Collier gained experience at Swindon Supermarine. He led the Marine to the F.A Cup second round seven years ago and three months later left the club. Since then Collier has been learning his coaching trade at Wootton Bassett and Abingdon United. The current Bluebirds boss has a championship winning side to work with and hopes his team can repay the trust he is giving the players.

The Summer

Not too much action in the transfer marker and that is because Collier has retained 16 players believing his squad will be competitive. The three signings he has made, Dean Evans, Mark Cooper and Jason Matthews have all come from Weymouth. Most importantly the Bluebirds have kept hold of Andrew Sandell, the Southern Premier League top scorer for the last two season’s. The striker used to play for Bristol Rovers and Newport County. On loan for the season, Chelsea teenager Jared Thompson could gain experience between the sticks. Jake Andrews has been added on a two month loan from Bristol City. Attacking midfielder, Scott Donnelly will provide more experience having played for numerous clubs at Football League and National South level.

Next Meetings

Saturday 9 September 2017 at Princes Park

Saturday 20 January 2018 at Hardenhuish Park

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Concord Rangers

Founded: 1967 / Ground: Thames Road

A well run club who have moved up the divisions from the Essex League in a short space of time. Despite small crowds the Beachboys continue to hold their own in the National South and will now participate at this level for a fourth consecutive year. Last term was their lowest finish since promotion to the National South as the Essex club started poorly, but a decent recovery lifted them away from the drop zone to safety.

Last Season

National South: 18th

F.A Cup: 3rd Qualifying Round

F.A Trophy: 3rd Qualifying Round

County Cup: 3rd Round

League Top Scorer: Steve Cawley (18 goals)

Average Attendance: 287 (22nd in league / 140th in non-league)

The Manager – Adam Flanagan

Former Dartford defender Adam Flanagan impressed in his first two season’s as Concord Rangers manager. He had replaced Danny Cowley who guided the Beachboys up the non league pyramid so had big shoes to fill. The 38 year old previously managed Brentwood Town where he won promotion to the Isthmian Premier League via the playoffs. As a player he captained the Dartford side who clinched the Isthmian Premier League title five years ago, making a total of 145 appearances for the Darts and scoring 14 goals.

The Summer

Steve Cawley has been the club’s top scorer regularly and will get help from Jordan Cox, who signed from National South champions Maidenhead United. Lewis Taafe returns to Thames Road and Khale Da Costa will be a Beachboy too. Flanagan has returned to a former club in Maldon and Tiptree to sign up Jordan Sanderson and Billy Roast. From Southend United, Jason Williams joins Concord Rangers and Jordan Brown from Welling United. Last season their were a fair few former Dartford players around Thames Road, now that has been cut down with the departures of James White and Jordan Chiedozie.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 3 / Concord Rangers wins: 1 / Draws: 1

Previous Meetings

11.03.2017 Concord Rangers 1 Dartford 1
24.09.2016 Dartford 2 Concord Rangers 1
27.02.2016 Dartford 1 Concord Rangers 2
18.08.2015 Concord Rangers 2 Dartford 3
27.01.2009 Concord Rangers 1 Dartford 3

Next Meetings

Tuesday 15 August 2017 at Princes Park

Saturday 6 January 2018 at Thames Road

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Dartford

Founded: 1888 / Ground: Princes Park

After a season of consolidation, the Darts went a step further by reaching the playoffs losing out to their season’s nemesis Chelmsford City in the semi final. Considering the budget available to the top two Maidenhead United and local rivals Ebbsfleet United, Dartford finished the best of the rest pipping the Clarets on the final day. Once again, captain Elliot Bradbrook led by example in midfield top scoring, but a small, solid and flexible squad had the togetherness to almost challenge for the title in February. However the strength of the top two left the Darts behind in a respectable third place.

Last Season

National South: 3rd

F.A Cup: 1st Round

F.A Trophy: 2nd Round

County Cup: 2nd Round

League Top Scorer: Elliot Bradbrook (14 goals)

Average Attendance: 998 (3rd in league / 37th in non-league)

The Manager – Tony Burman

It seemed like Tony Burman rediscovered the Dartford spirit of old last season. Overseeing title winning sides in the Isthmian Leagues and a triumphant National South playoff team, Burman guided the Darts to eighth in the National League back in 2014/15. From then on Dartford spiralled downwards with a reprieve then relegation leaving supporters in the doldrums. Consolidation has now been followed by optimism again and with Burman’s experience, the Darts are eyeing up promotion again.

The Summer

The nucleus of last season were tied down early doors largely due to the team spirit Burman has once again created. The ‘core’ of Elliot Bradbrook, Ryan Hayes, Danny Harris and Lee Noble have stayed on. The hole left by goal scoring winger Luke Wanadio to Bromley has been filled by Lyle Della Verde from Concord Rangers. Full back, Tom Wynter who moved down a division to relegated Margate has been replaced by Mark Onyemah from Thurrock, who played 24 times whilst on loan at Princes Park from Luton Town back in 2015/16. Scorer of 44 goals last term for AFC Croydon Athletic in the Southern Counties East League, Warren Mfula impressed enough for Burman to take a gamble.

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Eastbourne Borough

Founded: 1964 / Ground: Priory Lane

It’s time for Eastbourne Borough to show some progression after Tommy Widdrington’s five year tenure. The Sports finished between 10th and 17th during Widdrington’s spell in charge and are only on their fifth manager in 34 years. Stability is a word Eastbourne Borough are used to but the new boss wants more. Last term the Sussex club ended in a predictable mid-table spot and will continue life in the National South once more.

Last Season

National South: 11th

F.A Cup: 1st Round

F.A Trophy: 3rd Qualifying Round

County Cup: Semi Final

League Top Scorer: Elliot Romain (20 goals)

Average Attendance: 541 (10th in league / 67th in non-league)

The Manager – Jamie Howell

After ten years as a player at Bognor Regis Town and seven years as a manager, Howell shocked the Rocks with his switch to Sussex rivals Eastbourne Borough. The 40 year old played over 400 games for last season’s Isthmian Premier playoff winners taking his former side to their highest ever level. Howell now wants to take Eastbourne Borough back to the National League by playing attractive football and in the long term have a team of local players from the county.

The Summer

Sergio Torres is the main signing this summer joining the Sports from Whitehawk. The 35 year old Argentinian made his name at Wycombe Wanderers and Peterborough before being part of Crawley Town’s rise. Jamie Howell, also went back to a former club to get Leon Redwood to sign from Burgess Hill Town. Replacing Josh Hare at full back will be ex Wothing player Will Hendon and Matt Drage comes in from Dulwich Hamlet. Yemi Odubade returns to the Sports after spells with Oxford United and Maidstone United.

Head To Head

Dartford wins: 8 / Eastbourne Borough wins: 4 / Draws: 2

Previous Meetings

08.04.2017 Dartford 4 Eastbourne Borough 3
16.08.2011 Eastbourne Borough 2 Dartford 3
20.02.2016 Eastbourne Borough 1 Dartford 1
11.08.2015 Dartford 1 Eastbourne Borough 0
03.04.2012 Eastbourne Borough 0 Dartford 1
29.11.2011 Dartford 2 Eastbourne Borough 1

Next Meetings

Tuesday 12 September 2017 at Princes Park

Saturday 14 April 2018 at Priory Lane

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East Thurrock United

Founded: 1969 / Ground: Rookery Hill

The Rocks had a fine season last time out consolidating in the National South in their first ever campaign at this level. The Essex club will be one of four representing the county and they have their fair share of former Darts in their squad. A similar season to last term will be the aim for the club and success will be signs of improvement at this level.

Last Season

National South: 13th

F.A Cup: 2nd Qualifying Round

F.A Trophy: Second Round

County Cup: Runners up

League Top Scorer: Tom Wraight (19 goals)

Average Attendance: 305 (19th in league / 129th in non-league)

The Manager – John Coventry

East Thurrock United needed rebuilding following relegation to the Isthmian Division One in 2008. The astuteness and coaching experience of John Coventry has had a large part to play in the Rocks rise to the National South. Four years ago, the Essex club won the playoffs to reach the Isthmian Premier League. Last term provided consolidation after winning promotion via the Isthmian Premier playoffs.

The Summer

Three former Dartford players join East Thurrock United and will team up with ex Dart Lee Burns, who was signed a year ago. Max Cornhill left Chelmsford City and James White moved on from Concord Rangers. The Rocks have also signed Lewis Smith, who Dartford gambled on a few years ago only for the striker to move out to Australia shortly after agreeing to sign for the Darts, he was later banned for 17 months by the F.A which ends next month. George Allen also joins East Thurrock United from fellow Essex side Canvey Island. Leaving Rookery Hill this summer wsa top scorer Tom Wraight who secured a move to Maidstone United.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 1 / East Thurrock United wins: 2 / Draws: 1

Previous Meetings

07.01.2016 Dartford 6 East Thurrock United 1
10.09.2016 East Thurrock United 1 Dartford 1
30.04.2005 Dartford 0 East Thurrock United 3
28.08.2004 East Thurrock United 2 Dartford 1

Next Meetings

Monday 28 August 2017 at Princes Park

Monday 2 Monday 2018 at Rookery Hill

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Dartford v Eastbourne Borough

Dartford’s playoff battle continues this weekend when they host mid-table side Eastbourne Borough at Princes Park.

When the two teams met in January, the game ended in farcical conditions as fog descended on Priory Lane. As a spectacle their was very little to see yet the game ended 3-2 to the Darts. Luke Wanadio opened the scoring but three minutes later Elliott Romain equalised. Andy Pugh then put Dartford back in front as the fog began to roll in, giving his side the lead going into the break. Conditions worsened in the second half, Kaka Dembele extended the lead and very few in the ground witnessed Nat Pinney net the final goal of the game.

Dropped points over the last seven weeks has left the Darts in fourth place, level on points with Chelmsford City. Looking over their shoulder Tony Burman’s side are only a win ahead of Poole Town, who have a game in hand. Whilst the teams currently occupying a playoff spot jostle for position, Eastbourne Borough will be hoping to finish as high as they can in the National South, the Sports are guaranteed a place in the division next season.

It was only last weekend which saw Dartford lose their third place spot. Defeat away to St Albans City was followed up with a 2-2 draw at Hemel Hempstead Town, the hosts were reduced to ten men. Burman assessed the performance when speaking to www.dartfordfc.com, he commented: “I felt the players worked really hard on Saturday and I think we all realised that once a team goes down to 10 men it’s not always easy to play against.  There seems to be a lot of  tension in the performances of the team of late which for me is affecting their decision making and their performance as individuals and as a group”.

A penalty scored by Elliot Bradbrook and a Luke Wanadio goal put Dartford ahead twice, however the Tudors showed character to come back with former Dart, Charlie Sheringham and defender Tony Diagne finding the net. Burman added: “It is obviously disappointing to take the lead twice and not come away winning the game especially away from home. The two goals scored against us from our point of view were poor goals to concede, and I think both highlighted that tension and decision making”.

Eastbourne Borough have taken ten points from their last six league games and have been amongst the goals. The Sports were thrashed by Chelmsford City 5-1 and after a successive defeat they beat Welling United 7-3 at home, Jamie Taylor notching a hat-trick. Last weekend, Tommy Widdrington’s side took on a Wealdstone team unbeaten in eleven and with slim hopes of the playoffs. The Sports ended that glimmer the Stones had with a resounding 5-1 victory featuring two more strikes from Taylor and a brace from Christian Oxlade-Chamberlain, younger brother to Arsenal midfielder Alex. Another threat in attack is Elliott Romain, scorer of 20 goals this term and third highest scorer in the National South. Widdrington has now stepped down as boss after five years in charge stabilising the club.

Head to Head
Dartford wins: 7 / Eastbourne Borough wins: 4 / Draws: 2

Current League Form
Dartford (DLWWDW)
Drew 2-2 v Hemel Hempstead Town (A)
Lost 0-1 v St Albans City (A)
Won 4-0 v Margate (H)
Won 5-3 v Truro City (H)
Drew 1-1 v Concord Rangers (A)
Won 2-0 v Bath City (H)

Eastbourne Borough (WDWLLW)
Won 5-1 v Wealdstone (H)
Drew 1-1 v Margate (A)
Won 7-3 v Welling United (H)
Lost 1-2 v Bath City (H)
Lost 1-5 v Chelmsford City (A)
Won 2-0 v Truro City (H)

Previous Six Meetings
Eastbourne Borough 2 Dartford 3 (24/01/2017 – National South)
Eastbourne Borough 1 Dartford 1 (20/02/2016 – National South)
Dartford 1 Eastbourne Borough 0 (11/08/2015 – National South)
Eastbourne Borough 0 Dartford 1 (03/04/2012 – National South)
Dartford 2 Eastbourne Borough 1 (29/11/2011 – F.A Trophy replay)
Eastbourne Borough 0 Dartford 0 (26/11/2011 – F.A Trophy)

Stats
3 – Dartford have won their last three home matches beating Margate, Truro City and Bath City

4 – Elliot Bradbrook has scored in each of Dartford’s last three home games with four goals

7 – The Darts are unbeaten in seven games against Eastbourne Borough in all competitions, winning five a drawing two

71 – number of goals scored by Eastbourne Borough, only the top three in the division have scored more

On This Day
Dartford are on a 12 game unbeaten run in games played on the 8 April, including a 10-0 victory over Crawley Town in 1975. The Darts handed the Sussex club a thrashing when taking part in the MSFL. The unbeaten run consists of six wins and six draws with the last match at home in 2006 against Boreham Wood. The Southern League Division One East fixture ended 2-2. In fact Dartford have drawn their last three home games on this day, one being the F.A Trophy semi-final first leg goalless stalemate with Macclesfield Town. The Silkmen ended up victors in the tie finishing runners up at the Wembley final to Telford United. The Darts last win came 17 years ago in the 2-0 away triumph at Wisbech Town, the last home victory was against rivals Gravesend and Northfleet back in 1977 in an entertaining 3-2 encounter.

Eastbourne Borough v Dartford

Dartford should be back in action when they visit mid table opposition Eastbourne Borough at Priory Lane.

The Darts had their local derby with Welling United on Saturday postponed due to a frozen pitch. On a weekend with just two matches surviving, Eastbourne Borough were supposed to take on league leaders Maidenhead United.

Last time out, Dartford made life difficult trying to overcome Weston-super-Mare. Manager, Tony Burman watched as his side went behind before taking the lead through Tom Murphy and Danny Harris. After conceding an equaliser, Alex Brown’s fine effort sealed a 3-2 triumph, the midfielder will be unavailable against the Sports through suspension.

Burman, whose side moved up to third in the table told www.kentonline.co.uk: “We made hard work of it to be fair”, he added: “I don’t think we played great but the spirit has come through again and we’ve won the game”. The Darts had to earn victory without two strikers, Andy Pugh was struggling with illness and Duane Ofori-Acheampong missed the match due to a bereavement.

The Darts have lost their last two away games to the top two in the National South. They suffered a 5-0 hammering at Maidenhead United and a New Year’s Day defeat to rivals Ebbsfleet United.

Dartford drew 1-1 last season with the Sports and had to come from behind in windy conditions. Nathaniel Pinney scored from a rebound to have the home side ahead but Andy Pugh equalised with 18 minutes to go. Tom Bradbrook was sent off late on making Dartford needing to hold out Eastbourne Borough to secure a point.

Under Tommy Widdrington, the Sports have been a constant fixture in the middle of the National South table. This season is no different so far with the Sussex club in thirteenth place. Their home record holds up well with six wins, three draws and three defeats.

It’s been a week since Widdrington’s side last played beating Worthing in the Sussex Senior Cup, to move into the semi-finals. In the National South, they are unbeaten in four matches and drew their last two against Poole Town and Hungerford Town.

This month Widdrington has identified his defence needs strengthening in numbers and has signed Australian goalkeeper, Jordan Holmes and defender Shaun Hobson from Premier League side AFC Bournemouth. Another defender, Ryan Case has also joined the Sports from Poole Town, who he signed for in the summer from Basingstoke Town. Also in the squad are Ian Simpemba and Craig Stone, who have played for various Kent clubs in the past. Up front, Nathaniel Pinney and Elliott Romain normally form a strike partnership, with Romain scoring 12 National South goals this term.

The two sides first met 16 years ago when Eastbourne Borough were known as Langley Sports. The Darts won the first two completing a league double in the Southern League Division One East. The next four meetings in the same league, ended with the newly named Eastbourne Borough winning all four. Since then, Dartford are unbeaten in six against the Sports, including three visits to Priory Lane.

Head to Head
Eastbourne Borough wins: 4 / Dartford wins: 6/ Draws: 2

Current League Form
Eastbourne Borough (DDWLLW)
Drew 2-2 v Hungerford Town (H)
Drew 0-0 v Poole Town (H)
Won 4-2 v Whitehawk (H)
Lost 0-1 v Oxford City (A)
Lost 0-1 v St Albans City (A)
Won 2-1 v Margate (H)

Dartford (WWLWLW)
Won 3-2 v Weston-super-Mare (H)
Won 6-1 v East Thurrock United (H)
Lost 0-1 v Ebbsfleet United (A)
Won 2-1 v Ebbsfleet United (H)
Lost 0-5 v Maidenhead United (A)
Won 2-1 v Poole Town (H)

Previous Six Meetings
Eastbourne Borough 1 Dartford 1 (20/02/2016 – National South)
Dartford 1 Eastbourne Borough 0 (11/08/2015 – National South)
Eastbourne Borough 0 Dartford 1 (03/04/2012 – National South)
Dartford 2 Eastbourne Borough 1 (29/11/2011 – F.A Trophy replay)
Eastbourne Borough 0 Dartford 0 (26/11/2011 – F.A Trophy)
Dartford 2 Eastbourne Borough 1 (16/08/2011 – National South)

On This Day
Dartford are unbeaten in five on 24 January stretching back to 1998, their only loss in ten matches on this day. Just two years ago, the Darts were involved in a F.A Trophy third round tie with FC Halifax Town. Dartford fought from two goals down to earn a last minute draw with the Shaymen, Rory McAuley netting the equaliser after Lee Burns’ goal five minutes into the second half. The Darts strolled to a 4-1 win at Staines Town in their last league match on 24 January, despite falling from behind. The National South fixture saw goals from Tom Bonner, Conor Essam, Danny Harris and Adam Green as the Darts moved into second that day. The last trip to Sussex on this day came nine years ago when a Ryan Hayes opener and Cody McDonald’s brace earned a 3-0 win over Horsham in the Isthmian Premier League.

National League South Season Preview 2016/2017 (D-G)

 Dartford | Eastbourne Borough | East Thurrock United | Ebbsfleet United | Gosport Borough

Dartford

Founded: 1888 / Ground: Princes Park

A National League reprieve followed by relegation meant the Darts were hoping for at least a playoff spot. Dartford’s return to the National South after a three year absence started inconsistently. A three match losing streak and early cup exits put pressure on the club until an eleven game unbeaten run put Dartford in with a shout of a top five finish. Every time their goal edged closer they just seemed to be unable to get over that dotted line. On the final day the Kent Senior Cup winners still had a long shot but it was too much to ask so they settled for stability.

DartfordLast Season

National South: 8th

F.A Cup: 2nd Qualifying Round

F.A Trophy: 3rd Qualifying Round

County Cup: Winners

League Top Scorer: Elliot Bradbrook (17 goals)

The Manager – Tony Burman

There is no questioning Tony Burman’s loyalty to the club and over the last three season’s there has been pockets of pressure. The 58 year old has won three promotions and two Kent Senior Cups in his current spell with the Darts and he’s won promotion from the Kent League to the Southern League as well as the Kent Senior Trophy in previous spells. The only blemish is two back to back bottom three finishes in the National League, however he was the man to take Dartford up to the top non-league division and reach eighth place. Burman has enjoyed longevity as manager and is also the club’s all time top goalscorer.

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Eastbourne Borough

Founded: 1964 / Ground: Priory Lane

A fifth season in the National South turned out to be unpredictable for the Sports. Their opening two games ended in defeat but they bounced back with four consecutive victories and that was as good as it got. In the end the Sussex club finish just three points above the relegation zone. The one positive was that the Sports had a decent goal difference for a side in the lower third of the table so never really looked threatened. Eastbourne Borough on their day were capable of big scores like the 5-1 win over Basingstoke Town or the 5-2 victory over Bath City. They could also leak goals with back to back 4-4 and 3-3 draws in February. They managed to beat teams around them but took just three points away from home against those in the top ten.

ebfcLast Season

National South: 17th

F.A Cup: 4th Qualifying Round

F.A Trophy: 2nd Round

County Cup: Winners

League Top Scorer: Nathaniel Pinney (18 goals)

The Manager – Tommy Widdrington

The former midfielder can draw upon his successful playing career in which he achieved four promotions and two Football League Trophy triumphs. Since February 2012, Tommy Widdrington has stabilised Eastbourne Borough who had just fallen out of the National League the campaign before his appointment. Last season was his lowest finish at the Sports in a full season at the club having pushed for a top ten spot in the previous three years. Widdrington did however win some silverware for the club when they triumphed in the Sussex Senior Cup beating Worthing in the final.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 6 / Eastbourne Borough wins: 4 / Draws: 2

Previous Meetings

20.02.2016 Eastbourne Borough 1 Dartford 1
11.08.2015 Dartford 1 Eastbourne Borough 0
03.04.2012 Eastbourne Borough 0 Dartford 1
29.11.2011 Dartford 2 Eastbourne Borough 1
26.11.2011 Eastbourne Borough 0 Dartford 0
16.08.2011 Dartford 2 Eastbourne Borough 1

Next Meetings

Saturday 5 November 2016 at Priory Lane

Sunday 8 April 2017 at Princes Park

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East Thurrock United

Founded: 1969 / Ground: Rookery Hill

The Rocks set a new club record last season with their highest ever league finish. East Thurrock United were unlucky not to finish in the top two after amassing 91 points, the most by a third place club in the Isthmian Premier since the reforming of the non league pyramid. The Essex club topped the table in February but the excellent form of champions Hampton and Richmond as well as Bognor Regis Town prevented them from grabbing the title. East Thurrock United outscored anyone in the Isthmian Premier with an impressive 107 goals; they scored four or more times on an incredible 11 occasions.

Last SeasonETUFC

Isthmian Premier: 3rd

F.A Cup: 3rd Qualifying Round

F.A Trophy: 1st Round

County Cup: 4th Round

League Top Scorer: Sam Higgins (38 goals)

The Manager – John Coventry

East Thurrock United needed rebuilding following relegation to the Isthmian Division One in 2008. The astuteness and coaching experience of John Coventry has had a large part to play in the Rocks rise to the National South. Three years ago, the Essex club won the playoffs to reach the Isthmian Premier League. Last term a second playoff triumph has led them to their highest level of football. Coventry builds his squad around togetherness and is often on the lookout for discovering young players, his background with coaching a district youth side helps in this area. 

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 0 / East Thurrock United wins: 2 / Draws: 0

Previous Meetings

30.04.2005 Dartford 0 East Thurrock United 3
28.08.2004 East Thurrock United 2 Dartford 1

Next Meetings

Saturday 10 September 2016 at Rookery Hill

Saturday 7 January 2017 at Princes Park

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Ebbsfleet United

Founded: 1946 / Ground: Stonebridge Road

Money doesn’t always guarantee success and that proved the case for runners up Ebbsfleet United last term. The Kent side led the National South for a total of 34 matchdays, dropped just two points in their opening 11 fixtures and had quality and numbers in their squad. Backed by KEH Sports Limited, the Fleet suffered their first away defeat on Good Friday, drew with local rivals Dartford on Easter Monday then lost the important clash with champions Sutton United in their penultimate game, handing the title to the U’s. Any other campaign and it would have been a success but since the turn of the year wins turned into draws and slowly their lead was eaten away. The last straw came in the penalty shoot out playoff final defeat to Kent rivals Maidstone United. Now the Fleet will aim for the title again. 

EUFClogoLast Season

National South: 2nd

F.A Cup: 2nd Qualifying Round

F.A Trophy: Quarter Final

County Cup: Semi-final

League Top Scorer: Matthew Godden (26 goals)

The Manager – Daryl McMahon

When your first managerial job includes a big budget, a large squad and your team being branded as favourites then that is a lot of pressure to take. Daryl McMahon completed his first full season in charge last term and it ended in disappointment, normally a second place finish in your debut campaign would be seen as a success. Given another chance through the playoffs the Fleet lost by the narrowest of margins in a penalty shootout. McMahon has kept hold of his job so must have impressed the owners and will need to go one better this season with a trimmer squad.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 116 / Ebbsfleet United wins: 108 / Draws 91

Previous Meetings

28.03.2016 Ebbsfleet United 1 Dartford 1
31.08.2015 Dartford 0 Ebbsfleet United 1
29.10.2013 Dartford 1 Ebbsfleet United 0
26.10.2013 Ebbsfleet United 1 Dartford 1
01.01.2013 Ebbsfleet United 2 Dartford 2
26.12.2012 Dartford 3 Ebbsfleet United 1

Next Meetings

Monday 26 December 2016 at Princes Park

Sunday 1 January 2017 at Stonebridge Road

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Gosport Borough

Founded: 1944 / Ground: Privett Park

If the season ended mid February then the Borough would have been delighted with what they achieved. Up to that moment in time the Hampshire club were fourth in the league spurred on by the goals supplied by Justin Bennett. Unbeaten after their first eight fixtures gave the club solid foundations to build on and despite slight wobbles in September and October, Gosport Borough regained their form with just two defeats in twelve. Then the tables turned, the Borough lost ten of their final fifteen league matches picking up just two more victories. The end of season slide included 6-1 and 5-2 defeats to Chelmsford City and relegated Hayes and Yeading United respectively.

Gosport_BoroughLast Season

National South: 9th

F.A Cup: 3rd Qualifying Round

F.A Trophy: 3rd Qualifying Round

County Cup: 2nd Round

League Top Scorer: Justin Bennett (23 goals)

The Manager – Alex Pike

Over ten years at the helm as manager of Gosport Borough, Alex Pike has had plenty of success during his managerial career. He guided Boro to the Wessex League title, won two promotions through the Southern League via the playoffs, reached the F.A Trophy final and claimed the Hampshire Senior Cup. With all that success behind him Pike is now being tested in the National South and it hasn’t been simple. Going well until the New Year by leading the club to the playoff places, financial problems threw a spanner in the works and left Pike questioning whether he could continue. Luckily for Gosport Borough he agreed to remain at Privett Park for the season ahead. 

Head To Head

Dartford wins: 10 / Gosport Borough wins: 5 / Draws: 3

Previous Meetings

23.02.2016 Gosport Borough 1 Dartford 3
22.08.2015 Dartford 2 Gosport Borough 3
24.10.1989 Gosport Borough 0 Dartford 1
22.08.1989 Dartford 5 Gosport Borough 1
04.04.1989 Dartford 4 Gosport Borough 2
04.03.1989 Gosport Borough 1 Dartford 2

Next Meetings

Tuesday 16 August 2016 at Princes Park

Saturday 11 February 2017 at Privett Park

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Eastbourne Borough v Dartford

Dartford will want to continue their push for a playoff place by picking up points at Eastbourne Borough this weekend.

The Darts slipped out of the top five on Tuesday night without even playing, now they are a point behind fifth place Truro City. Eastbourne Borough, unbeaten in their last three league matches, climbed up to twelfth in mid-week with a win over Whitehawk.

Tony Burman spoke to www.kentonline.co.uk  about Saturday’s match in Sussex, he said: “Eastbourne have had some good results although they’re inconsistent but it will be difficult for us. They’ve got some experienced players and some young players”, he added: “Eastbourne had a draw at home last Saturday but if we play as well as we can do, we’re going to be difficult to beat”.

Dartford’s squad have had a week off following the postponement last Saturday. However, in their last league fixture they got back to winning ways against St Albans City. A far from vintage performance against the side at the foot of the table saw the Darts win 2-0. Andy Pugh settled any nerves ten minutes into the second half with a well placed shot. The striker added a second in the final minute when his effort bobbled over Joe Welch to clinch a 2-0 win.

Burman knows Pugh holds the key to more successes and praised the striker after his man of the match performance and tenth goal of the season, he told www.kentonline.co.uk: “We’re fortunate at the moment that we’ve got someone in form who’s playing up front and he’s put two good strikes in and won us the game”, he added: “We know he can play very well and he can score you goals. I think he was a cut above the rest and not only the two goals he scored but his link-up play as well”. Pugh has now netted seven times in his last six starts.

The Dartford boss wasn’t entirely pleased with his side, whose showing wasn’t ‘easy on the eye’, he commented: “If it was a day to win a game ugly, we did it. It wasn’t the purest of games and the wind and conditions didn’t help us on that”.

The Darts hope victory over the Saints will kick start another unbeaten run. Back to back defeats ended an eleven game streak without loss. With the rescheduled away fixture at playoff contenders Gosport Borough coming up, three points at Eastbourne Borough will only breed confidence.

Danny Harris is in contention of making his 300th appearance for the club, Tom Bradbrook is fit again, Lee Noble is a doubt but Barry Cogan may need a fitness test. Lee Burns has not featured over the last two months with injury.

Eastbourne Borough have had a mixed campaign so far and have beaten just one side above them in the table. The Sports only triumph came against Maidstone United back in August. The Sussex club has taken advantage of those below them leaving them mid-table.

Tommy Widdrington’s side seem to have opened up since Boxing Day. In January, consecutive wins at home to Wealdstone (3-0) and Bath City (5-2) were followed by a 3-1 defeat to Gosport Borough and a 4-1 loss at Concord Rangers. Goals have been flooding in, as the next two draws ended 4-4 away to Hayes and Yeading United and 3-3 at home to Weston-Super-Mare. On Tuesday night, the goal total was more modest as two early strikes put the Sports in command against Whitehawk, the Hawks only managed a consolation late on.

The Sussex club has two former Darts in their ranks. Nathan Collier played in practically every outfield position making over 100 appearances for Dartford, nearly half of those as a substitute. Jack Evans only made 15 appearances in a loan spell during the 2012/13 season. Widdrington has also added centre defender Callum Buckley to the squad, on loan from AFC Bournemouth.

Head to Head (includes Langney Sports)

Dartford wins: 6 / Eastbourne Borough wins: 4 / Draws: 1

Current League Form

Eastbourne Borough (WDDLLW) Dartford (WLLWDD)
Whitehawk  A  2-1 St Albans City  H  2-0
Weston-Super-Mare  H  3-3 Wealdstone  A  1-2
Hayes & Yeading United  A  4-4 Sutton United  H  0-2
Concord Rangers  A  1-4 Bath City  H  4-1
Gosport Borough  A  1-3 Chelmsford City  H  1-1
Bath City  H  5-2 Margate  A  1-1

Last League Meeting at Priory Lane

3 April 2012 – Eastbourne Borough 0 Dartford 1  – Att: 823

Goalscorers Elliot Bradbrook (58)

Dartford Lineup: Louis Wells, Lee Burns, Adam Green, Tom Bonner, Luke Wilkinson, Tom Champion, Lee Noble, James Rogers, Jacob Erskine, Elliot Bradbrook, Danny Harris (no subs used)

Previous Meetings (* = F.A Trophy)

11.08.2015 Dartford 1 Eastbourne Borough 0
03.04.2012 Eastbourne Borough 0 Dartford 1
29.11.2011* Dartford 2 Eastbourne Borough 1
26.11.2011* Eastbourne Borough 0 Dartford 0
16.08.2011 Dartford 2 Eastbourne Borough 1
04.03.2003 Dartford 0 Eastbourne Borough 1
20.08.2002 Eastbourne Borough 4 Dartford 0
30.10.2001 Eastbourne Borough 1 Dartford 0
11.09.2001 Dartford 1 Eastbourne Borough 2
23.04.2001 Langney Sports 1 Dartford 2
24.02.2001 Dartford 1 Langney Sports 0

Stats

1 – When Dartford play Eastbourne Borough at Priory Lane, only once has the losing team managed to score

3 – Dartford have kept three clean sheets in their last four contests against Eastbourne Borough

5 – number of games the Darts have gone unbeaten against the Sports, stretching back to 2001

9 – consecutive games three or more goals have been scored in a match featuring Eastbourne Borough

12 – goals Dartford have scored in the final 15 minutes of matches, one more than the total scored in the first half of games

On This Day

Dartford last played away from home on 20 February back in 1988. In the Southern League Premier Division, the Darts drew 0-0 with Crawley Town, now in League Two. The last fixture played on this day was a 3-2 victory over Ashford Town (Middlesex), a result which kept Dartford in command at the top of the Isthmian Premier League. The Tangerines were ahead from a penalty after seven minutes, then an own goal and Danny Harris strike put the Darts in front. Ashford Town (Middlesex) levelled just before the break but just after half time Lee Burns scored the winner. One memorable match in 1982 involved Dartford drawing 4-4 with Kettering Town at Rockingham Road. The two relegation struggler’s couldn’t be separated in Ernie Morgan’s first game in charge, following the sacking of Glen Coupland.

Dartford v Eastbourne Borough

Dartford are finally back in action at Princes Park in their first home game of the season welcoming Eastbourne Borough.

Over the summer the Princes Park pitch was relaid and so the wait for a home fixture has lasted longer than anticipated.

The Darts won three out four against their visitors, during their last spell in the National South. A double in the league was added to the F.A Trophy replay victory.

Tony Burman’s side won both fixtures at Princes Park just under four years ago by the same result. In the F.A Trophy replay, second half goals from Tom Champion and Danny Harris were enough for the hosts. Former Dartford striker Carl Rook inevitably scored for Eastbourne Borough as the game ended 2-1.

Like this campaign, four years ago the Sports were Dartford’s first home opponents of the season then. Back then the match ended in a second successive victory for the Darts to maintain a perfect winning start. Charlie Sheringham scored his third in the opening two fixtures and Adam Green made it 2-0. Ethan Strevett’s corner was fumbled into his own net by Dartford goalkeeper Andrew Young in the final minute.

At the turn of the millennium the two clubs met over three seasons in the Southern League Division One East. When Eastbourne Borough were known as Langney Sports, the Darts won both encounters. In the following two season’s the Sports won all four in the league.

After a three year absence from the second tier of non-league, the Darts opened their campaign away at Hemel Hempstead Town on the weekend. A defeat by a solitary goal left Burman’s side with no points t show from the opening match. Oliver Hawkins headed the winner just after half an hour past the new Dartford number one Deren Ibrahim.

Despite a loss on Saturday, the build up to the new season was successful for the Darts with five wins and a draw. Dartford only conceded one goal providing Ibrahim plenty of optimism. The 24 year old, has been long involved in the Dartford set up coming through the youth system and has finally been given the opportunity to shine.

For the first time new faces will taste matchday at Princes Park with seven new signings over the summer. Burman has had to rebuild his squad following relegation from the National League. On the weekend Mark Onyemah, Tom Gardiner, Callum McNaughton and Jack Simmons all started their débuts. George Sykes and Barry Cogan were also débutantes coming off the bench to feature.

One opponent adding familiarity around Princes Park will be former Dart, Nathan Collier. Whilst at Princes Park the utility player made over 100 appearances for the Darts with nearly half from off the substitutes bench. Former loanee, Jack Evans is also at Eastbourne Borough having been part of Burman’s 2012/13 squad making 15 league appearances.

Collier made his first start for the Sports on Saturday in their 2-1 defeat at home to Maidenhead United. Evans was a used substitute was unable to make an impact to earn his side any points. Ryan Worrall had the hosts in front scoring from the spot, the penalty was won by Nat Pinney. The lead lasted just three minutes when it was Josh Huggins’ turn to be upheld in the box, Ben Wright equalised. Eastbourne Borough threw away the points with four minutes to go when Jake Reid finished a rebound.

Tommy Widdrington guided the Sussex club to eleventh last term and has stabilised his team since being appointed in February 2012. Over the summer, the 45 year old has added former Gillingham, Ebbsfleet United and Maidstone United player Craig Stone from Dover Athletic. Striker, Elliot Romain has also joined the Sports from local rivals Lewes.

Head to Head (includes Langney Sports)

Dartford wins: 5 / Eastbourne Borough wins: 4 / Draws: 1

Last Meeting at Princes Park

29 November 2011 – Dartford 2 Eastbourne Borough 1 – Att: 611

Goalscorers: Champion, Harris

Dartford Lineup: Wells, Jones, Green, Bonner, Goodacre, Champion, Hayes, Wallis, Harris, Burns, Rogers

Previous Meetings (* = F.A Trophy)

03.04.2012 Eastbourne Borough 0 Dartford 1
29.11.2011* Dartford 2 Eastbourne Borough 1
26.11.2011* Eastbourne Borough 0 Dartford 0
16.08.2011 Dartford 2 Eastbourne Borough 1
04.03.2003 Dartford 0 Eastbourne Borough 1
20.08.2002 Eastbourne Borough 4 Dartford 0
30.10.2001 Eastbourne Borough 1 Dartford 0
11.09.2001 Dartford 1 Eastbourne Borough 2
23.04.2001 Langney Sports 1 Dartford 2
24.02.2001 Dartford 1 Langney Sports 0

On This Day (since reforming)

Dartford returned to the top flight of non-league for the first time in 26 years. In their opening fixture Tamworth visited Princes Park and won 3-2 to give the Darts something to ponder.

National League South Season Preview 2015/2016 – Part Two

Concord Rangers | Dartford | Eastbourne Borough | Ebbsfleet United

Concord Rangers

Founded: 1967 / Ground: Thames Road

Since the turn of the millennium Concord Rangers have taken off. Starting with the odd piece of silverware in cup competitions, promotions shortly followed. Two Essex Senior League triumphs in five years and promotion to the Isthmian League as runners up, The Beachboys have flown through non league. In the Isthmian Division One North, Concord Rangers finished runners up in their debut season before winning the playoffs. Three years later the Isthmian Premier League playoffs were added to the honours list. Now the Essex club are more than holding their own in the National League South.

concord rangersLast Season

Conference South: 7th

F.A Cup: 1st Round

F.A Trophy: 1st Round

County Cup: Winners

League Top Scorer: Steve Cawley (11 goals)

Average Attendance: 311

The Manager – Adam Flanagan

Former Dartford defender Adam Flanagan returns to Concord Rangers as manager this time, having had a spell as a player with the club. The 37 year old replaces Danny Cowley and will have big shoes to fill, Cowley guided the Beachboys through the divisions in an eight year spell. Flanagan previously managed Brentwood Town and has had success of his own by winning promotion to the Isthmian Premier League via the playoffs. As a player he captained the Dartford side who clinched the Isthmian Premier League title five years ago, making a total of 145 appearances for the Darts and scoring 14 goals.

The Summer

Dartford links continue with the playing squad and the talk of the summer is where the impressive Alex Woodyard will end up. The former Dart is keen to return to the professional game and was influential last season for the Beachboys. If Woodyard remains at Thames Road he could partner Max Cornhill in the middle of the park, the attacking midfielder was released by Dartford after 68 appearances and nine goals. New contracts have been handed to James White who played 112 times for the Darts, and appeared with Flanagan in the Isthmian Premier League title winning side. Tony Stokes, who was on dual registration at Princes Park back in 2012 has also been secured for another term. In between the sticks Conor Gough will keep guard having signed from Grays Athletic, Tom Stephen comes in from East Thurrock United, Sam Bantwick from Flanagan’s previous side Brentwood Town and Ben Greenhalgh moves from Maidstone United.

Last Meetings Versus The Darts

27 January 2009 – Concord Rangers 1 Dartford 3 – view highlights
In the only competitive meeting between the two sides, two Dartford favourites scored the goals to help the Darts progress in the Isthmian League Cup. Brendon Cass followed up his own shot to tuck away a rebound. In the second half, Cody McDonald rounded the goalkeeper then added his second with ease. A well taken volley was merely a consolation for the Beachboys.

Next Meetings

Tuesday 18 August 2015 at Thames Road

Saturday 27 February 2016 at Princes Park

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Dartford

Founded: 1888 / Ground: Princes Park

Five years on the rise culminated in their first Conference Premier appearance in 26 years where they stayed for three seasons. The Darts longest spell in the top non league flight came to an end last term with a consecutive bottom four finish, a reprieve the previous campaign was just a stay of execution. Historians will say the club has returned to their normal level, but with a modern eco-friendly ground nine years young, a decent following by National South standards they are looking to build a club sustainable in the National League. Whilst the playing budget may not be at the very top, the Darts will look for the right infrastructure within their means.

DartfordLast Season

Conference Premier: 22nd

F.A Cup: 2nd Round

F.A Trophy: 3rd Round

County Cup: 2nd Round

League Top Scorer: Elliot Bradbrook (8 goals)

Average Attendance: 1112

The Manager – Tony Burman

Three promotions including two titles in a five year spell makes relegation last term a minor wound that Burman will be desperate to patch up. The 57 year old celebrated ten consecutive years at the helm back in January adding to two previous spells managing the Darts, the first featured promotion to the Southern League. The former Dartford striker is top in the all time scoring list with 159 goals and he made 535 appearances, third in the all time appearances list. Signed from Charlton Athletic in 1978, there is no questioning Burman’s loyalty and dedication to the Darts.

The Summer

Normally it’s out with the old and in with the new but this summer the old guard remain. Captain, Elliot Bradbrook had to be persuaded to stay last term due to travelling commitments but this time there was no hesitation in signing a new contract. Ryan Hayes, Lee Noble, Danny Harris, Deren Ibrahim and Lee Burns have all been at the club through the Isthmian and Conference Leagues and continue their stay at Princes Park. So in with the new, George Sykes has been brought in from National League champions Barnet to help Andy Pugh and Tom Bradbrook up front. Yet again Burman has had to rebuild his defence opting to sign ex West Ham United defender Callum McNaughton from National League South champions Bromley, former Hibernian defender Tom Gardiner from Cambridge City and Danny Fitzsimons from Luton Town. Jack Simmons will provide width to the midfield and has moved from Canvey Island. Packed with midfield players already, Barry Cogan is added to the list after signing from Dover Athletic. Mark Onyemah who has impressed over pre season has signed a loan deal from Luton Town.

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Eastbourne Borough

Founded: 1964 / Ground: Priory Lane

Seven years ago the Sports finished runners up and clinched a Conference Premier place via the playoffs. The club had risen up through the local league as Langney Sports and the Southern League as Eastbourne Borough. The Sussex club spent three seasons in the top flight of non league football and returned to the National League South in 2011. Initially the club found life difficult back in the second tier but over the last three campaigns some stability has returned to Priory Lane. The Sports are one of a number of clubs looking to install a 3G pitch which has approval by the Football Conference.

ebfcLast Season

Conference South: 11th

F.A Cup: 4th Qualifying Round

F.A Trophy: 3rd Qualifying Round

County Cup: Quarter Final

League Top Scorer: Gavin McCallum (9 goals)

Average Attendance: 574

The Manager – Tommy Widdrington

An experienced former midfielder Tommy Widdrington had a successful playing career with four promotions and two Football League Trophy triumphs. He moved to non league football ten years ago representing Salisbury City and became player manager in 2009/10. Widdrington had a spell as Southend United assistant manager before being appointed Hemel Hempstead Town’s boss, which lasted four months in the lower region of the Southern Premier League. Since February 2012, the 43 year old has stabilised Eastbourne Borough’s league position and has won the previous two National League South Manager of the Month awards for August.

The Summer

Utility player Nathan Collier moved to Priory Road from Princes Park where he played in a variety of positions. The 28 year old played over 100 times for the Darts scoring six goals. Another former Dart, Jack Evans is at the Sussex club following a move from Sutton United in January. Craig Stone has been around his fair share of Kent clubs featuring for Gillingham, Ebbsfleet United and Maidstone United, the 26 year old has joined from Dover Athletic. A new striking option for the Sports will be Elliot Romain who makes the short journey from local rivals Lewes.

Last Meetings Versus The Darts

3 April 2012 – Eastbourne Borough 0 Dartford 1 – view highlights
For the third time in 2011/12 the Darts recorded a singe goal victory over the Sports. The league double against Eastbourne Borough was completed when Elliot Bradbrook scored the decisive goal. Dartford’s  Adam Green missed a first half penalty.

29 November 2011 – Dartford 2 Eastbourne Borough 1
Another Princes Park win by the same scoreline as three months ago meant the Darts progressed to play Brackley Town. Second half goals from Tom Champion and Danny Harris was enough for the host, striker Carl Rook inevitably scored against his former club to half the scoreline for the visitors.

26 November 2011 – Eastbourne Borough 0 Dartford 0 – view highlights
A dour F.A Trophy tie almost ended dramatically when Lee Burns had his effort cleared off the line in the final minute. Other than that there was very little to report so the sides battled it out for a place in first round just three days later.

16 August 2011 – Dartford 2 Eastbourne Borough 1 – view highlights
The first home game of the season for the Darts ended in a second successive victory to maintain a perfect start to the campaign. Charlie Sheringham scored his third in the opening two fixtures and Adam Green made it 2-0. Ethan Strevett’s corner was fumbled into his own net by Dartford goalkeeper Andrew Young in the final minute.

Next Meetings

Tuesday 11 August 2015 at Princes Park

Saturday 20 February 2016 at Priory Lane

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Ebbsfleet United

Founded: 1946 / Ground: Stonebridge Road

Since their name change from Gravesend and Northfleet eight years ago, Ebbsfleet United have really experienced some up and downs. Taken over by a website MyFootballClub caused controversy and that period of the clubs history lasted six years. In that time the Kent club lifted the F.A Trophy, suffered relegation out of the Conference Premier, won the Conference South playoffs then were relegated again. Two years ago, KEH Sports Limited a group of Kuwaiti investors took control of the Fleet. Losing a playoff final to Dover Athletic and an eighth place finish last term, Ebbsfleet United are amongst the favourites this time thanks to Middle Eastern backing.

EUFClogoLast Season

Conference South: 8th

F.A Cup: 3rd Qualifying Round

F.A Trophy: Quarter Final

County Cup: 2nd Round

League Top Scorer: Matthew Godden (15 goals)

Average Attendance: 940

The Manager – Daryl McMahon

A first senior managerial job began for Daryl McMahon in May when he replaced Jamie Day in the dugout. Whilst playing the former academy boss and club captain gained coaching experience at his former clubs. Assistant manager at Boreham Wood and two spells as caretaker manager with the Fleet will stand the former midfielder in good stead. As a player McMahon won the F.A Trophy with Stevenage and made Football League appearances for Leyton Orient, Torquay United, Port Vale and Notts County. In June 2013, he joined Ebbsfleet United and after a brief stint back at Boreham Wood as a player rejoined the Fleet as manager.

The Summer

Last season’s Conference South player of the Year, Jordan Parkes is the biggest signing for the Fleet this summer. McMahon swooped for the man who netted 21 times for Hemel Hempstead Town last term. Goalkeeper Jonathan Miles makes his move from Tottenham Hotspur and has a good chance of being number one with the loan departure of Preston Edwards. Robbie Willmott joins from Newport County and John Paul Kissock from Whitehawk. In to provide cover for the left back spot is Craig Braham-Barrett from relegated Cheltenham Town. Former Darts, Tom Bonner, Kenny Clark and Charlie Sheringham remain at Stonebridge Road and may return to Princes Park as early as Bank Holiday August.

Last Meetings Versus The Darts

29 October 2013 – Dartford 1 Ebbsfleet United 0 – view highlights
Once again a spot kick became decisive in this F.A Cup qualifier. Elliot Bradbrook took his chance from 12 yards on his 200th Dartford appearance. The visitors had a penalty of their own which was saved by Alan Julian, Fleet’s Anthony Cook missed.

26 October 2013 – Ebbsfleet United 1 Dartford 1 – view highlights
With a place in the F.A Cup first round up for grabs this local derby took on extra significance. Fleet’s Ben May missed a penalty which proved costly. Lee Noble put the Darts ahead but the sides were forced to meet again when Anthony Cook equalised.

Next Meetings

Monday 31 August 2015 at Princes Park

Monday 28 March 2016 at Stonebridge Road

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