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Oxford City v Dartford

Dartford are two games away from the F.A Cup first round, but they must overcome Oxford City at Marsh Lane this weekend to progress in the competition. 

The Darts made it through the second qualifying round a fortnight ago leaving victory late against AFC Uckfield Town. The away tie almost ended in an upset when Callum Smith opened the scoring for the Uckers. With ten minutes to go Tom Murphy equalised and shortly afterwards Charlie Sheringham put Dartford in front. In the last-minute Elliot Bradbrook scored his 18th F.A Cup goal for the club to record a 3-1 win.

Oxford City also took on opponents from step five cruising to a 5-0 victory against Southern Counties East side Cray Valley Paper Mills. The headlines belonged to Zac McEachran who took home the match ball with a hat-trick, Kabongo Tshimanga and Oxford City’s top scorer Matthew Paterson netted the others.

It won’t be the first time Dartford have drawn out Oxford City in the F.A Cup, the only other meeting in the competition was back in 1935. That season, the Darts won 5-1 with goals from Robert Patrick, two from Arthur Mercer and one each for George Nicholas and Fred Dell. Victory set up a run to the third round and a famous 3-2 defeat against top flight Derby County, in which the Darts led 2-0.

Last weekend, Dartford recorded back to back victories for the first time since the start of the season. A 2-1 triumph over bottom side Weston-super-Mare gave the Darts their first three-point haul since the end of August.
Joint-Manager, Jamie Coyle praised Lee Noble, who scored the opening goal on 14 minutes, for his role in keeping Weston-super-Mare’s left back quiet, the Dartford boss told “Wherever you ask him to do a job, he does it. Their left-back is one of the main threats they offer and it was a case of stopping him going forward and tracking his movements, and we kept him really quiet”.

The visitors equalised just before the break when Gethyn Hill scored his first of the season from long distance, however Jamie Philpot won the match for Dartford when he got on the end of Bradbrook’s assist, to score his second goal in a Darts shirt.

Content with how his side started the game on the weekend, Coyle said: “It’s one of our best starts to a game this season”, he added: “Amadou Ba was through on goal, if the keeper didn’t handle it outside the area so it was a potential red card (referee showed a yellow card). Then Ben Greenhalgh hit the bar from the free-kick, and then we’ve scored. The positives are we created some really good chances and should have scored more goals”. The Dartford boss also highlighted improvements, he continued: “Defensively we looked a little bit shaky from set pieces and gave away too many free-kicks in the final third”. Unbeaten in four games, Coyle is now hoping that the two draws and two wins will give his players more confidence going forward.

The Darts have been without Callum Driver through and have drafted in loanee Jordan Wynter from Maidstone United, who made his debut last weekend. Tom Knowles’ recall to Cambridge City has also opened up an opportunity for the three month loan of Andre Coker, also from Maidstone United, Coyle explained to “We needed some pace and directness in wide areas and it also means we can use Ben Greenhalgh on the right. I’ve seen Andre a number of times. He offers something different, he’s really quick and tricky. He always seems to come up with an end product, whether it’s a cross or a shot. It gives us another avenue, we’ve only really got Ben and Tom Murphy that’s pushing for those wide areas so it gives us some competition”.

There’s been plenty of change to the playing personnel at Princes Park and Coker will be the fifth loanee in just two months. Coyle exclaimed: “We’ve still got so much work to do. We’re having to bring new players in to improve what’s gone on so far. It’s always going to take time but we’re 12 games into the season now and we need to start putting a run of decent performances together”.

Oxford City’s victory in the last round of the F.A Cup was there only triumph in September. Mark Jones’ side have lost four consecutive league games with the latest defeat coming at Hemel Hempstead Town. Zac McEachran scored his fourth goal in his last two appearances, but his consolation wasn’t enough for the Nomads.

Prior to the losing streak, Oxford City did go four unbeaten including decent victories against St Albans City and a surprise win over Torquay United at home. Jones’ side is capable of springing a cup shock as they proved last term when they beat Colchester United away in round one, although the Nomads went out to Notts County in the following round it was there best F.A Cup run since 1969/1970.

Recently returning from injury, Rob Sinclair came back after a six weeks out of action. His boss described his return as a ‘big advantage’. The goalscoring threat will come from Matthew Patterson, prolific at Gosport Borough, he joined Oxford City last summer then scored 27 times in his debut season.

Last season goals from Elliot Bradbrook and Tom Murphy at Marsh Lane secured a double over Oxford City. Earlier that season the Darts thrashed their opponents 7-1 which included a Warren Mfula hat-trick.

Head to Head

Oxford City wins: 1 / Dartford wins: 5 / Draws: 3

Previous Meetings

24.03.2018 Oxford City 0 Dartford 2
19.08.2017 Dartford 7 Oxford City 1
25.02.2017 Oxford City 1 Dartford 1
29.10.2016 Dartford 1 Oxford City 0
23.04.2016 Dartford 2 Oxford City 2
15.09.2015 Oxford City 2 Dartford 1

Current Form (all competitions) FAC-F.A Cup

Oxford City (LWLLLW) Dartford (WWDDLW)
Hemel Hempstead Town A 1-2 Weston-super-Mare H 2-1
Cray Valley Paper Mills (FAC) H 5-0 AFC Uckfield Town (FAC) A 3-1
Bath City H 1-2 Billericay Town A 1-1
Slough Town A 0-2 Eastbourne Borough H 2-2
Welling United A 2-3 St Albans City A 0-2
Wealdstone H 3-0 East Thurrock United H 2-0


Dartford have reached the 4th Qualifying Round or further four times in the last five seasons.

Last season Oxford City progressed beyond the 3rd Qualifying Round for the first time in four years going on to equal their best ever FA Cup run.

The Darts have always managed to score against Oxford City in all of the previous nine meetings.

This will be the fourth cup match between the two sides with Dartford winning three and drawing one. The pair met in the F.A Cup in 1935 and the F.A Trophy in 2008. Ten years ago, the Darts drew 3-3 before winning the replay 4-2.

On This Day

The Darts have won their last four games on 6 October most recently in 2012. Dartford famously went to Blundell Park and beat Grimsby Town 2-0 in the National League. Tom Champion opened the scoring before Adam Birchall completed the upset. In 2001, Dartford beat Ashford Town 3-1 in the Southern League Division One East and in 1990 they overcame Moor Green 2-1 at Watling Street in the Southern Premier. In another National League fixture back in 1984, Dartford beat Northwich Victoria 1-0. Taken from the Princes Among Men book, the first recorded match was on 6 October 1988 when Dartford lost 3-1 to local rivals Erith in a friendly, Alf Mace scored Dartford’s first goal.

AFC Uckfield Town v Dartford

Dartford return to the F.A Cup with a second qualifying round tie against Southern Combination Premier League side AFC Uckfield Town this weekend.

The Darts travel to the Oaks keen to avoid an upset against a team three divisions below them in the non-league structure. In Adam Flanagan and Jamie Coyle’s first cup game managing Dartford, they will need to prepare for the Sussex club who are currently on a twelve match unbeaten run in all competitions.

Performances have improved since Flanagan and Coyle’s additions to the squad which include Charlie Sheringham, who will return from suspension, winger Tom Knowles and forward Amadou Ba. In their last two outings, the Darts have showed tremendous character and spirit to rescue points against in form teams. A fortnight ago, they came from behind twice to draw with third place Eastbourne Borough, Elliot Bradbrook scoring in the final minute. Last weekend, Dartford drew 1-1 at second place Billericay Town with an injury time equaliser from substitute Jamie Philpot, who returned from injury.

The right back position has been filled by midfielder Chez Isaac lately due to Callum Driver’s hip injury. Tom Murphy has also been sidelined  resulting in the loan signing of Charlton Athletic defender Kenneth Yao this week. The 20-year-old will be available this weekend and has made two appearances for the Addicks this term, one in the League Cup and the other in the Checkatrade Trophy.

Dartford will hope to repeat the F.A Cup run of last year when they reached the first round proper bowing out to League Two side Swindon Town. During that run the Darts had to overcome three teams from lower divisions beating Barking, Needham Market and Burgess Hill Town along the way. The last time Dartford went out at this stage was three years ago when Uxbridge caused an upset at Princes Park, the only time in the previous nine years that the Darts have fell at the second qualifying round.

Led by first team manager Anthony Storey, AFC Uckfield Town have already made history in the competition by winning their first ever F.A Cup tie. The Sussex club were only formed four years ago when Uckfield Town and AFC Uckfield merged. The Uckers lost their first ever F.A Cup fixture in 2016 and went out in a replay last term at the first hurdle.

Storey is relishing the chance to cause an upset and is not phased at playing a team three divisions above, on the club’s Twitter page he said: “This is a massive home draw for the club, and for the town of Uckfield. We prepare for the game the ame as any other, and I will be working closely with the management team here, and we will be doing our homework on them”.

This season their journey started on 11 August in the extra preliminary round, when Dartford were playing their third league game of the campaign. Bailo Camara was AFC Uckfield Town’s history maker scoring the winning goal against Glebe of the Southern Counties East League Premier Division.

The Uckers were drawn out against Broadfields United in the preliminary round and had a much more comfortable second half versus the Spartan South Midlands League Division One side. Dee Okojie opened the scoring for AFC Uckfield Town midway through the first period, but Broadfields United levelled through Dave Lawrence. The second half saw Broadfields United miss a penalty early on, the let off inspired a faultless display from then on, as the Uckers scored three unanswered goals by Sam Cooper, Callum Smith and Okojie from the spot.

In the last round AFC Uckfield Town hosted AFC Croydon Athletic, now plying their trade in the Southern Counties East League Premier Division. Once again, the Sussex club were triumphant with a 1-0 victory, this time courtesy of a late winner and all without top scorer Callum Smith. This time it was his brother Regan who grabbed the local headlines earning the Uckers a second qualifying round tie with the Darts.

Since a 4-3 defeat on the opening day against Horsham YMCA, the Uckers have won three and drew two in the league and remain in all cup competitions. Most recently they beat Littlehampton Town 3-0 in a Charity Cup match and brushed aside Southwick 5-0 in the F.A Vase. Callum Smith is the main source for AFC Uckfield Town’s goals, the striker has netted 14 in all competitions including two hat-tricks, one of which was a four goal haul in a 4-3 win.

Current Form (all competitions) CC-Charity Cup / FAV-F.A Vase / FAC-F.A Cup / ChC-Challenge Cup

AFC Uckfield Town (WLWLWW) Dartford (DDLWLL)
Littlehampton (CC) H 3-0 Billericay Town A 1-1
Southwick (FAV) H 5-0 Eastbourne Borough H 2-2
Eastbourne Town H 2-1 St Albans City A 0-2
AFC Croydon Athletic (FAC) H 1-0 East Thurrock United H 2-0
Eastbourne United AFC (ChC) A 6-0 Hungerford Town A 0-1
Hollands & Blair (FAV) H 2-0 Wealdstone H 0-3


Dartford have win their last five F.A Cup games away from home beating Burgess Hill Town, Needham Market, Tonbridge Angels, Slough Town and Chelmsford City. The last away defeat in the competition was on 7 December 2014 against Bradford City in the second round proper.

The Darts have made at least the first round proper in five of the last eight F.A Cup campaigns.

Since the cup upset against Uxbridge, Dartford have scored three or more goals in six of their last eight F.A Cup games.

On This Day

Dartford famously drew 2-2 with Wrexham at the Racecourse Ground six years ago with Lee Noble’s last minute equaliser. Danny Harris gave the Darts the lead after just four minutes, but the Welsh side went 2-1 up with goals from Danny Wright and Andy Bishop. Noble claimed a memorable draw for the Darts equalising with a 25 yard free-kick. In the Isthmian Premier League winning season, Dartford beat Sutton United 3-0 on 22 September 2009 with a brace from Rob Haworth and an own goal. In the Isthmian Division One North league winning campaign eleven years ago, Adam Flanagan scored the only goal of the game in a 1-0 win over AFC Sudbury, who ended up runners up come the end of the season.

Dartford v Swindon Town

Dartford can look forward to their biggest cup game at Princes Park in seven years when they take on League Two promotion chasers Swindon Town.

It’s only the second time in the history of Princes Park that Dartford have hosted a Football League side in a competitive match, a rare opportunity to become giantkillers. Whilst the Darts go into their F.A Cup first round tie having maintained and stretched their lead at the top of the National South last weekend, their former Premier League opponents are two divisions above in fifth place.

As well as prize money and coverage on a national level, Tony Burman is hoping the feel good factor returns to Dartford, he spoke to after the draw was made and said: “It’s a good draw for us. It will be a big day for the club and the town and I hope it’ll bring in a big crowd. It’s something we can all look forward to”, he added: “It would be nice to get the enthusiasm going again and bring back some good times. Everyone deserves it”, he continued: “These days are something we all want to look forward to and be proud of what we’ve achieved as a football club and get the interest back”.

Last weekend, a consecutive 2-1 victory this time at home to St Albans City moved Tony Burman’s side two points clear at the summit of the National South. Richard Sho-Silva returned to the defence to partner Ronnie Vint, Mark Onyemah started after recovering from a minor injury and Tom Bonner was on the bench after being sidelined by a head injury against Bath City. Keaton Wood was suspended for the league win but will be available against Swindon Town. Andy Pugh will miss out after his red card appeal was rejected, the striker was sent off in the 2-1 win over Bath City.

The Darts welcomed the win over St Albans City, a side they have struggled against in recent meetings, thanks to a former Dartford player. Tom Bender scored an own goal in the second half which turned out to be decisive. Earlier in the match Sho-Silva caused some trouble with his long throws into the Saints box and on six minutes Elliot Bradbrook nodded one in for the opener. The Saints came back with an equaliser five minutes before the interval when Charlie Walker fired beyond Deren Ibrahim. In the second half Bender’s own goal gave Dartford an important three points on a day other promotion challengers slipped up.

Burman was delighted with the outcome and in his post match interview he said: “We had to dig in, we had a bit of luck which we haven’t had in other games”, he added: “What’s pleasing is from last Saturday, seven days in football, we’ve gone and won two games as a reaction from losing at Chelmsford City”.

Swindon Town will know preparation will be key to avoiding an upset at the first round stage. Ben Futcher, Assistant Manager told “We’ve seen the draw and it is somewhere we’ve not been before. Dartford are doing quite well in the league so it will be a tough game away from home, but one we’re looking forward to,” he added: “The early rounds are tough because the non-league sides can be banana skins and it will be a tough match, but we’ll prepare as we would for a league game and we’ll go there looking to win”.

The Robins will want to avoid slipping on a ‘banana skin’ after doing exactly that a year ago. After a 1-1 draw with National League side Eastliegh they lost 3-1 at home in the replay. Swindon Town also lost to non league opposition two years in a row in 2012 and 2013, both times against Macclesfield Town, Crawley Town in 2010 and Histon in 2008.

Last weekend, the Robins defeated Port Vale, the side Dartford lost to in a F.A Cup replay seven years ago after the 1-1 draw at Princes Park. The 3-0 victory earned David Flitcroft’s side back to back wins in which they took the lead early in the second half, through Matty Taylor’s free-kick. With twenty minutes remaining Paul Mullin made an impact grabbing the second goal of the afternoon and Kellan Gordon netted his first professional goal, seconds after entering the action as a substitute.

Away from home, the Robins have a strong defence conceding just five times on their travels in eight fixtures. They have won six of those matches on the road only losing twice. Luke Norris leads the way in the goal scoring charts with seven to his name and Mullin is behind with four league this term.

After relegation last season, Flitcroft was named boss in June and has made a solid start to life at the County Ground. The former Chester City, Rochdale and Bury midfielder started his managerial career at Barnsley just five years ago. He guided the Tykes to safety, moved to Bury to repeat the feat and took the Shakers up to League One, now the 43 year old hopes to get Swindon Town back up.

The Wiltshire club have been members of the Football League since 1920, they won the League Cup in 1969 beating Arsenal 3-1 at Wembley and reached the Premier League in 1993, finishing bottom in their only season in the top flight conceding a record 100 goals.

Only once before have the Darts faced the Robins and that was way back in 1933. The F.A Cup second round tie ended 1-0 to the hosts Swindon Town. In the thirties Dartford faced Swindon Town Reserves on six occasions, twice in the London Combination Second Division and four times in the Southern League. In each of the three campaigns Dartford won one and lost the other.

Head to Head
Dartford wins: 0 / Swindon Town wins: 1 / Draws: 0

Previous Meeting

09.12.1933 Swindon Town 1 Dartford 0

Current Form

Dartford (WWLWWW) Swindon Town (WWLWLW)
St Albans City H 2-1 Port Vale A 3-0
Bath City A 2-1 Wycombe Wanderers H 1-0
Chelmsford City A 0-1 Lincoln City H 0-1
Burgess Hill Town (FAC) A 1-0 Mansfield Town A 3-1
Bognor Regis Town H 3-1 Cheltenham Town A 1-2
Needham Market (FAC) A 6-1 Cambridge United H 2-0

F.A Cup Stats
Dartford have won 3, drawn 8 and lost 19 against Football League opposition in the F.A Cup.

The Darts last beat Football League opposition in the 1968/69 season when the knocked out Aldershot 3-1 in the first round at home. The other two victories were against Exeter City in 1961/62, the first game ended 3-3 and the replay was won by the Darts 2-1. In the historic 1935/36 cup run Dartford beat Cardiff City 3-0 in the first round, the season the Darts lost 3-2 to top flight Derby County in the third round.

Four of the last five F.A Cup ties against Football League teams have ended in a replay. In 2010, the Darts lost 4-0 at Port Vale after a 1-1 draw. In 1989, Exeter City were held 1-1 at Watling Street before overcoming the Darts 4-1 in the second match. In consecutive seasons Dartford drew with AFC Bournemouth 1-1 in 1984 before losing 4-1 and a year later drew 0-0 prior the 2-0 replay defeat. Bradford City ended that sequence with a 4-1 win at Valley Parade in 2014.

On This Day
Exactly a year ago, the Darts lost an entertaining F.A Cup first round tie at home to Sutton United. The frenetic fixture started at blistering pace with Maxime Biamou scoring for the visitors inside the first minute. Elliot Bradbrook equalised before Roary Deacon put the U’s back in front. Bradbrook levelled again six minutes before Biamou grabbed his second. Early in the second half Duane Ofori-Acheampong had the Darts level for a third time but two goals from Ross Stern and another from Deacon set Sutton United on their way. The Surrey side ended up reaching the fifth round losing to Arsenal.

Burgess Hill Town v Dartford

Dartford can make it to the F.A Cup first round with victory over Isthmian Premier League side Burgess Hill Town on the weekend.

At the same stage three years ago, the Darts beat the Hillians 3-1 at Princes Park but this time it’s the Sussex club playing host. When Tony Burman’s side faced Burgess Hill Town in the fourth qualifying round last time their opponents were flying at the top of the Isthmian Division One South unbeaten. In contrast Dartford were struggling in the National League, three divisions above.

Harry Crawford settled any early nerves by hitting a shot across goal to give Dartford the lead. Five minutes later the striker netted his second instinctively tapping in after goalkeeper Josh James spilt a cross. Darren Budd halved the deficit for the visitors scoring within seconds of coming on as a substitute. A penalty gave Elliot Bradbrook the opportunity to extend Dartford’s lead which he duly obliged.

The gap has closed since then with the Darts dropping into the National South and the Hillians winning promotion at the end of that campaign in 2014/15.

Dartford bounced back in the league on Saturday after the 3-0 defeat at Weston-super-Mare. Goals from Alfie Pavey, a Bradbrook penalty and Andy Pugh’s fourth of the season gave the Darts a 3-1 win over Bognor Regis Town to move up to fourth in the National South table. Pavey has now scored nine in his last ten appearances and starting to show why Burman signed the striker.

Burman praised his side for their patience especially after going in 1-1 at half time, he told www.kentonline, “the guys showed a lot of patience, waited until they got opportunities and they’ve won the game”.

For the first time this season, Burman had all his outfield players available which has led to a new challenge of keeping the squad together, he commented: “I’m delighted we have a full squad, it’s competition for places”, he added: “I’ve got to keep as many people as I can happy and if they want to be successful and they’ve got ambition, they stay here in respect of the level they’re being offered”.

The Darts have negotiated two qualifying rounds so far, beating Barking of the Isthmian Division One North 3-1 at Princes Park. Dartford needed to come from behind to claim victory and progress in the competition.

Burgess Hill Town’s profile is similar to the side Dartford breezed past in the last round. Burman’s side beat Isthmian Premier League club Needham Market 6-1 away from home. The Marketmen won the Isthmian Division One North title the same year Burgess Hill Town won the south division, both sides accumulated over 100 points.

In their first season in the Isthmian Premier, Burgess Hill Town were reprieved whilst the Marketmen survived relegation by a point finishing a place above the Sussex club. Last season, the Hillians finished nineteenth and this term they sit in the same position with Needham Market one place lower.

Manager, Ian Chapman was in charge of the Hillians when they lost to the Darts three years ago and believes his side can cause an upset, he spoke to Mark Dunford of the Mid-Sussex Times and said: “We can win it, it’s not a game I am going ‘well that’s the end of that then’. It will be really difficult, we will have to be at our best and they will have to be poor but it’s a game we can win”.

The Darts will have to be on their toes as Chapman also points out that Burgess Hill Town have staged cup shocks before under his reign, he commented: “Since I have been at the club we have beat Chesham, Aldershot, Leatherhead, Sutton, Wealdstone when they were all in leagues above us – and in one case three leagues above”.

Burgess Hill Town will face Dartford as they try to reach the first round proper of the FA Cup for the first time in their history. Manager Ian Chapman believes it is not impossible for his side to pull off a shock against the National League South side. The Hillians have faced Dartford twice since Chapman has been at the club, losing 2-1 and 3-1 – the latter was at this stage in 2014. Chapman said: “They are decent outfit. Anytime you are playing sides from the league above they are going to be decent.

The Hillians have so far made it through three qualifying rounds starting with a 3-0 away win against Erith Town. Former Dartford striker Tony Garrod scored a brace and Pat Harding netted the other in the victory. Garrod played for the Darts 2011/12 National South playoff winning squad, making 5 starts, 27 substitute appearances and scoring five times, he’s been regular in the Burgess Hill Town starting eleven this term.

In the second qualifier, the Hillians threw away a three goal lead over Colney Heath. Pat Harding scored the opener and two from Brandon Diau put the visitors in command. However, the South Midlands League side staged a comeback to force a replay. Three days later, Burgess Hill Town repeated the score from the previous round with Pat Harding and another Garrod brace securing a tie with Wealdstone. The Hillians caused a dramatic upset winning 1-0 with Chiek Toure netting the winner in the last minute of the F.A Cup third round qualifier.

After a 5-0 league defeat against Lowestoft Town on the weekend, the Hillians will have no better opportunity to restore confidence than another cup upset. Yet in their league match before the heavy loss they had beaten Kingstonian 5-0, so at the moment goals are very much on the agenda.

Head to Head 
Burgess Hill Town wins: 1 / Dartford wins: 6 / Draws: 0

Previous Meetings

10.01.2015 Burgess Hill Town 1 Dartford 2
25.10.2014 Dartford 3 Burgess Hill Town 1
13.01.2007 Dartford 7 Burgess Hill Town 2
19.08.2006 Burgess Hill Town 1 Dartford 6
28.10.2003 Dartford 0 Burgess Hill Town 3
21.10.2003 Dartford 2 Burgess Hill Town 1
20.08.2003 Burgess Hill Town 0 Dartford 1

Current Form (all competitions)

Burgess Hill Town (LWWLLW) Dartford (WWLLWW)
Lowestoft Town H 0-5 Bognor Regis Town H 3-1
Kingstonian H 5-1 Needham Market A 6-1
Wealdstone H 1-0 Weston-super-Mare A 0-3
Horsham A 2-4 Cray Wanderers A 2-4
Tonbridge Angels H 0-1 Barking H 3-1
Colney Heath H 3-0 Eastbourne Borough H 4-2

Elliot Bradbrook, Ryan Hayes, Lee Noble, Andy Pugh and Danny Harris all featured in the last meeting against Burgess Hill Town.

Bradbrook failed to score in the F.A Cup in the last round for the first time since 26 September 2015, when the Darts lost to Uxbridge.

In all competitions, Dartford’s last clean sheet was over a month ago against Chippenham Town. Since then they have played six conceding 12. In first ten games the Darts only conceded just 5 goals.

Burgess Hill Town are looking to reach the F.A Cup first round for the first time in their history.

The Darts last went out to lower league opposition in an away F.A Cup tie 15 years ago. Dartford in the Southern League Eastern Division lost 1-0 in a replay to Carterton Town in the Hellenic League.

On This Day
Dartford have won their last three games on 14 October going back to 1989 when they won an F.A Cup third qualifying tie against Heybridge Swifts 1-0. Since then, the Darts beat Sittingbourne 3-1 in the Southern League Division One South and Godalming Town by the same score in 2006, Richard Avery, Anthony Hogg and Jay May scored in the Isthmian Division One South encounter.

Needham Market v Dartford

Dartford could move a step closer to the F.A Cup first round this weekend if they manage to avoid an upset against Needham Market.

The Darts travel to Suffolk for their third qualifying round tie knowing victory will put them within one more fixture of reaching the first round proper, which will be the fifth time in eight years. Needham Market, currently playing in the Isthmian Premier League have only progressed beyond this stage once, four years ago.

Tony Burman’s side suffered their second defeat of the season on Saturday, losing 3-0 at Weston-super-Mare. Only central defender Richard Sho-Silva was unavailable for selection, Mark Onyemah returned to the line-up whilst Duane Ofori-Acheampong was named amongst the bench four months after last playing for the Darts.

Critical of conceding two goals against Eastbourne Borough in the previous league game, Burman will be disappointed with conceding three more. Gethyn Hill scored a first half brace and Archie Collins added another as Weston-super-Mare brought the Darts down to earth. Having topped the National South table at the start of the day, the Darts dropped to fourth.

A fortnight ago, Dartford began their F.A Cup journey and although not at their best ran out 3-1 winners to Isthmian Division One North side Barking. Elliot Bradbrook put in a captain’s performance crowning his man of the match display with a hat-trick. Bradbrook twice scored from the penalty spot to help his team come from a goal down in an uncomfortable afternoon. The Essex League champions took the lead after Alfie Pavey scored at the wrong end giving Barking a shock lead.

Dartford last travelled to Suffolk in a F.A Cup fourth qualifying round match back in 2010 and were taken to a reply after a 0-0 draw with Leiston, three divisions below the Darts at the time. That run, seven years ago, ended in the first round at Port Vale, the first time in 21 years Dartford had reached that stage. Since then, Burman has guided the Darts to the first round on two more occasions and the second round almost three years ago, losing away to Bradford City.

Needham Market have yet to concede in this season’s F.A Cup having defeated Clapton and Chesham United on the way. Entering at the first qualifying round stage the Marketmen drew Clapton, two divisions below in the Essex League. The Suffolk side had to wait until just over an hour to break their opponents down through Gareth Heath, then two more followed from Luke Ingram and Callum Harrison in a 3-0 win.

Two weeks ago, Needham Market won at home against Southern Premier League side Chesham United. Harrison scored his second F.A Cup goal of the campaign after half an hour and four minutes into the second half Dan Morphew secured progression into the third qualifying round.

Former Dartford winger Jack Simmons is amongst the Marketmen’s ranks and is currently leading their assists chart. Simmons played for the Darts in 2015/16 making 29 appearances, 11 from the substitutes bench and scored the one goal.

Needham Market managed promotion from the Eastern Counties seven years ago, winning the title by a point. After four years in the Isthmian Division One North where they experienced three playoff defeats including a final, the Marketmen won the title by a single point again amassing 104 points and 101 goals. The Suffolk side finished 20th in the Isthmian Premier two seasons ago and ninth last term.

This season the Marketmen are in 14th in the Isthmian Premier after beating Harlow Town 3-1 on Tuesday night. Morphew, Heath and Sam Nunn all netted in the first half to earn the Suffolk side three points. Victory followed a 2-2 draw with Enfield Town and the F.A Cup win against Chesham United to extend their unbeaten run to three.

Current Form (all competitions)

Needham Market (WDWLDW) Dartford (LLWWWW)
Harlow Town A 3-1 Weston-super-Mare A 0-3
Enfield Town H 2-2 Cray Wanderers A 2-4
Chesham United H 2-0 Barking H 3-1
Lowestoft Town H 0-2 Eastbourne Borough H 4-2
Tooting & Mitcham United A 1-1 Chippenham Town H 3-0
Clapton A 3-0 Whitehawk A 4-0

Elliot Bradbrook has scored ten goals in his last five F.A Cup appearances.

There has been three or more goals in the last seven Dartford games.

Dartford have won their last three F.A Cup ties away from Princes Park all coming last season. The last time the Darts failed to score on their travels in the F.A Cup was in the 4-0 replay defeat at Port Vale in the first round in 2010.

The Darts last went out to lower league opposition in an away F.A Cup tie 15 years ago. Dartford in the Southern League Eastern Division lost 1-0 in a replay to Carterton Town in the Hellenic League. Since then Dartford have

On This Day
Dartford staged a late comeback to come from behind and beat Hyde in 2-1 at Princes Park. The visitors took the lead when Alex Brown hit a shot in the top corner. The Darts struggled to get going and when Harry Crawford missed a penalty it didn’t look like it would be Dartford’s day. Hyde had Adam Griffin red carded after picking up his second caution of the afternoon and from then on the Darts found some belief. Crawford levelled with a header and in stoppage time Richard Rose calmly chipped the ball into the Hyde net for the winner.

Dartford v Barking

Dartford begin their F.A Cup campaign at home to Essex League champions Barking, in the second qualifying round this weekend.

The Darts prepared by moving top of the National South on goal difference following two victories in the space of three days. Eastbourne Borough were the latest victims at Princes Park even though the arrived in Kent unbeaten in their last eight games. Warren Mfula and Duane Ofori-Acheampong were both unavailable but recovering from injuries, whilst Mark Onyemah missed Tuesday’s game for family reasons, Danny Harris returned to action.

Alex Brown gave the Darts the lead with a shot from just outside the box and in the second half Alfie Pavey headed home for 2-0. A third arrived when Elliot Bradbrook notched his seventh of the season. The visitors managed to pull a goal back before Andy Pugh restored the three goal cushion. Tom Murphy made it 4-1, but there was still time for the Sports to earn a consolation as the game finished 4-2.

Dartford’s confidence is growing and with a competitive squad it will give Tony Burman a chance to look at others, who have been on the fringes of the starting eleven. Although the upset two years ago when the Darts went out to Uxbridge will serve as warning. Last term, Dartford made it to the F.A Cup first round going out in an entertaining 6-3 defeat to one of last season’s giant killers Sutton United.

Eleven and a half years have gone by since Dartford played Barking, although back then had merged with East Ham United. A pair of 2-2 draws in the Southern Division One East took place in 2005 and 2006. The previous season Barking and East Ham United won both league matches including a 6-1 away win in March 2005.

Fortunes have changed since then, Dartford’s homecoming led to promotions up the non league pyramid. Barking and East Ham United folded in 2006. Barking became the new club of the town and for the last eleven campaigns played in the Essex League which they won with 100 points and 125 goals last season.

The Blues still overhauled their squad in preparation for the Isthmian Division One North, only captain Ben O’Brien, Max Watters, Steve Willis and Timi Abiola have featured this term and were part of the championship winning side. Glen Colby was another member and the joint manager resigned recently leaving Justin Gardner in charge.

Barking’s F.A Cup journey started a month ago in the preliminary round against Saffron Walden Town of the Eastern Counties League. The home tie ended 0-0 with the Blues dominating possession but failing to breakdown their opponents. The replay three days later made up for a lack of goals as the two teams entertained in a seven goal thriller.

After falling behind, Barking’s Dan Gilchrist levelled and took the lead courtesy of Abs Seymour’s free kick. The lead was surrendered but Seymour had the Blues ahead again from a free kick, only for Saffron Walden Town to equalise once more. The winner came from Billy Jones and when captain Ben O’Brien was dismissed eight minutes from time the visitors piled on the pressure, but the Blues held out 4-3. In the following round the  cup tie was more straight forward against Gorleston, also of the Eastern Counties League. Goals from Theo Ola, a brace from Gilchrist and one for Alan Smalls meant a comfortable 4-0 triumph for Barking. The Blues have won their last three, the last two in the league against Grays Athletic o Saturday and Ware on Tuesday.

Head to Head
Dartford wins: 2 / Barking wins 3 / Draws: 2

Previous Meetings (^ – Eastern Floodlit Cup)

25.02.2006 Barking & East Ham Utd 2 Dartford 2
25.10.2005 Dartford 2 Barking & East Ham Utd 2
05.04.2005 Barking & East Ham Utd 1 Dartford 0
13.03.2005 Dartford 1 Barking & East Ham Utd 6
10.02.1981^ Barking 3 Dartford 1
24.11.1980^ Dartford 8 Barking 2
05.08.1980^ Dartford 2 Barking 0

Current League Form

Dartford (WWDLWW) Barking (WWWLLW)
Eastbourne Borough H 4-2 Ware A 1-0
Chippenham Town H 3-0 Grays Athletic H 3-1
Whitehawk A 4-0 Gorleston A 4-0
Hampton & Richmond A 2-2 Witham Town A 0-1
East Thurrock United H 0-1 Heybridge Swifts H 0-1
Hemel Hempstead Town A 3-0 Saffron Walden Town A 4-3

F.A Cup Stats
Since 2010, the Darts have reached the first round proper four times, including the run to the second round seasons ago.

In those seven years, Dartford have won nine out of ten against lower league opposition in the F.A Cup.

Barking last reached the second qualifying round in 1999 as Barking and East Ham United, they went a step further but were knocked out in the next round.

Since reforming as Barking in 2006, the Blues have only got past the preliminary stages once. Eleven years ago, they went out to Chelmsford City.

On This Day
Dartford thrashed Hemel Hempstead 9-2 away from home in 1972. The Darts won the first qualifying round in style eventually reaching the fourth qualifying round stage. Five years earlier, Dartford beat local rivals Gravesend and Northfleet 4-0 at Watling Street. In 1989, a win over Redbridge Forest set the Darts on their way to the first round. The first game of their run ended 4-2 with the story ending in a replay down in Exeter against the Grecians. Since then, Dartford drew 0-0 with Chertsey Town in 2000 and lost 2-0 to Hastings United in 2006.

Dartford v Sutton United

Dartford have the chance to equal a club record, when they take on Sutton United in the F.A Cup first round this weekend.

Entering the cup tie on the back of nine consecutive wins, another victory will not only see the Darts in the hat for round two, it will also see the club match the ten game winning run last set in 1996. Despite their excellent form, Dartford will be slight underdogs against a Sutton United team who went up as National South champions last term.

The U’s in the division above have a proud history in the F.A Cup causing a famous upset 27 years ago by beating top flight former F.A Cup winners Coventry City. Both sides will believe this season’s first round tie is winnable but if history is anything to go by then it could well be a closely run contest.

Last season, during a period where both Dartford and Sutton United were still finding their feet, the two sides drew for the first time ever. Tom Bradbrook opened the scoring with a diving header, Micky Spillane levelled for the visitors before Tom Bradbrook put the Darts back in front, when Ross Worner’s clearance hit Bradbrook’s face. Jamie Collins scored a late equaliser in an entertaining 2-2 draw at Princes Park. The reverse fixture saw Sutton United outclass Dartford 2-0 as they marched on towards the National South title.

Dartford, unbeaten for two months in all competitions spanning 12 games last reached the F.A Cup second round just two years ago, the first time they achieved that feat since 1984. However reaching the top two flights has improved the Darts cup runs having made it to the first round four times in the last seven campaigns.

This term, Tony Burman’s side have been drawn away in all three of the previous qualifying rounds. Overcoming Chelmsford City and Slough Town 3-2, they then went on to defeat Tonbridge Angels 3-0 in what has been a tricky run to round one.

Sutton United have only needed to negotiate the fourth qualifying round, however they did beat National League leaders Forest Green Rovers 2-1 with a last minute winner from Roarie Deacon. The U’s came from behind at home, Ross Stearn scoring the equaliser.

The Surrey club, unbeaten in five have been far beater on their own 3G pitch then on their travels. In the National League they sit in a respectable thirteenth winning six out of nine at Gander Green Lane. Away from the Borough Sports Ground, the U’s have won just once and that was on the second weekend of the season.

Paul Doswell’s squad has tones of Eastleigh influences, his former club. Defender, Jamie Collins is amongst Sutton United’s top scorer this term, Dean Beckwith is a regular at the back whilst Dan Spence and Craig McAllister also played for the Spitfires.

Nicky Bailey is one of two former Football League players to watch, the former Charlton Athletic and Middlesbrough midfielder has scored five times this season and is the U’s playmaker. Signing a new contract extension last month along with Bailey, Kevin Amankwaah continues to impress for the Surrey club in defence.

Dartford and Sutton United have met in the F.A Cup once before back in 1978. The Darts ran out 2-0 winners and reached the first round.

Head to Head
Dartford wins: 5 / Sutton United wins: 5 / Draws: 1

Current Form (all competitions)
Dartford (WWWWWW)
Won 1-0 v Oxford City (H) – National South
Won 1-0 v Bath City (A) – National South
Won 3-0 v Tonbridge Angels (A) – F.A Cup
Won 5-0 v Truro City (A) – National South
Won 2-1 v Cray Wanderers (A) – Kent Senior Cup
Won 3-2 v Slough Town (A) – F.A Cup

Sutton United (DDDWWL)
Drew 2-2 v York City (A) – National League
Drew 2-2 v Maidstone United (H) – National League
Drew 1-1 v Southport (A) – National League
Won 2-1 v Forest Green Rovers (H) – F.A Cup
Won 4-1 v Woking (H) – National League
Lost 1-3 v Dover Athletic (H) – National League

Last Six Meetings
Sutton United 2 Dartford 0 (23/01/2016 – National South)
Dartford 2 Sutton United 2 (15/08/2016 – National South)
Sutton United 0 Dartford 1 (14/04/2012 – National South)
Dartford 6 Sutton United 1 (20/03/2012 – National South)
Dartford 0 Sutton United 2 (06/02/2010 – Isthmian Premier)
Sutton United 0 Dartford 3 (22/09/2009 – Isthmian Premier)

4 – Dartford have gone four games without conceding a goal. The last time Dartford managed this feat was from 16 February 2008 to 1 March 2008 on the way to the Isthmian Premier League title.

5 – Elliot Bradbrook has scored in every round this season, netting two against Chelmsford City and Slough Town and once versus Tonbridge Angels.

11 – The Darts have scored in their last eleven consecutive games in all competitions.

On This Day
It’s been five years since the Darts played on Guy Fawkes Day when they beat Salisbury City in the National South. Dartford were behind after just 80 seconds but fought back to win 2-1. Jon Wallis scored from a free kick and Jacob Erskine won a header colliding with the on rushing goalkeeper Conor Gough who was stretchered off.  A decade ago, Dartford thrashed Aveley 5-1 in the Southern League Division One East. In 1994, the Darts had a mini striker crisis as Micky Collins left and replacements Ricky Bennett and Dean Bowey were cup tied. However, that didn’t put youngsters Nicky Knight and Darren Skey off, helping Dartford romp to a 6-2 Kent League Cup triumph over Greenwich  Borough.

Tonbridge Angels v Dartford

Dartford will need to stretch their unbeaten run to ten when they visit Tonbridge Angels in the F.A Cup, if they want to be in the hat for the first round draw.

The Darts are looking to enter the first round proper for the fourth time in seven years and join the likes of Gillingham and Charlton Athletic. Their opponents, Tonbridge Angels last made the first round 44 years ago when they lost to the Addicks and last reached the fourth qualifying stage nine years ago.

For the third time in this year’s competition Dartford have faced a tough away tie. In the previous two rounds the Darts won both fixtures 3-2, first against Chelmsford City after taking a three goal lead and then versus Slough Town, coming from behind twice.

Tony Burman has led his team to six straight wins in all competitions including a stunning 5-0 away win at Truro City last weekend. Unbeaten throughout September and so far this month, Burman feels his squad has grown in confidence, he told “We know Tonbridge will be tough but with the way we are playing we are going to take some stopping”, he continued: “There is a feel-good factor around the club at the moment and we hope that continues. We have been down in the dumps over the last couple of seasons and maybe this is our time again”.

The Darts will welcome back Gibraltar international goalkeeper Deren Ibrahim. The shot-stopper already made history this week conceding the fastest World Cup qualifying goal ever; he will be hoping to create more history of his own.

Ibrahim has never played beyond the F.A Cup fourth qualifying round, he told “I have never played past the fourth qualifying round and so that would make it a great few days for me if we can do that”, he is also hoping to continue his excellent form for Dartford so he can earn more caps with Gibraltar, he added: “Hopefully I can become a regular now. I don’t want to just be a one-cap wonder. I want to be the Gibraltar number one; I know I need to keep my form up for Dartford to get another call-up. If I can get another chance to play then that would be fantastic”.

The Angels, unbeaten at home this term they had to overcome Ascot United in a replay, Wingate and Finchley then Hereford. Whilst the 2-2 draw with Ascot United provided a surprise, the replay at Longmead was one sided with Tonbridge Angels storming to a 7-0 win. A Craig Dundas brace and Nathan Elder strike helped the Kent side see off Wingate and Finchley. Elder is currently the Angels top marksman and has previously netted against the Darts for rivals Ebbbsfleet United. In the last round and in front of an impressive crowd, the Angels ran out 4-2 winners against revitalised Hereford, to progress to the fourth qualifying round.

Although the Kent club are fifth in the Isthmian Premier League, the Angels have a game in hand and with it could close the gap to four points. Tonbridge Angels have already recorded a 14 game unbeaten run in all competitions until a double defeat at the end of September. However, McKimm’s side have responded well with back to back victories.

It’s been almost four years since Dartford met the Angels in a F.A Trophy second round tie. The Darts won 3-0 with goals from Harry Crawford, Elliot Bradbrook and Jon Wallis. In other cup competitions, Dartford also won the previous two Kent Senior Cup ties. Tonbridge Angels last beat the Darts in 2008 winning 4-1 in the Isthmian Premier League but it’s the Darts who have dominated this fixture with seven wins and a draw since then.

Current Form (all competitions)
Tonbridge Angels (WWLLDW)
Won 2-0 v Grays Athletic (H)
Won 4-2 v Hereford (H) – F.A Cup
Lost 3-5 v Merstham (A)
Lost 0-2 v Bognor Regis Town (A)
Drew 2-2 v Leiston (H)
Won 3-0 v Wingate and Finchley (A) – F.A Cup

Dartford (WWWWWW)
Won 5-0 v Truro City (A) – National South
Won 2-1 v Cray Wanderers (A) – Kent Senior Cup
Won 3-2 v Slough Town (A) – F.A Cup
Won 2-1 v Concord Rangers (A) – National South
Won 3-2 v Chelmsford City (A) – F.A Cup
Won 2-0 v Margate (A) – National South

Last Meetings

Dartford 3 Tonbridge Angels 0 (15/12/2012 – F.A Trophy 2nd rd)
Tonbridge Angels 0 Dartford 1 (03/03/2012 – National South)
Tonbridge Angels 2 Dartford 4 (31/01/2012 – Kent Senior Cup Quarter Final)
Dartford 3 Tonbridge Angels 1 (24/09/2011 – National South)
Dartford 2 Tonbridge Angels 0 (25/01/2011 – Kent Senior Cup First Round)
Tonbridge Angels 1 Dartford 4 (13/02/2010 – Isthmian Premier League)


Dartford have beaten Tonbridge Angels in all competitions in each of the last seven meetings

The Darts have not conceded a goal in their last two matches against the Angels

The sides last met at this stage of the F.A Cup in 1965. After a 0-0 draw the goals flooded in the replay at Watling Street. Dartford won 6-2 to make it into the first round.

Dartford’s 5-0 away win against Truro City was their biggest victory on the road since clinching the Isthmian Premier League title on 10 April 2010, the Darts defeated Kingstonian 6-2. The last time Dartford had won by five goals away from home was at Chipstead in the F.A Cup first qualifying round on 12 September 2012 in a 6-1 win.

The Darts six game winning streak is the best run since January 2012. Dartford won all seven games that month ending with the 4-2 Kent Senior Cup victory over Tonbridge Angels.

On This Day

Dartford have played to F.A Cup qualifiers on 15 October since reforming with mixed fortunes. Cray Wanderers were beaten 2-1 despite going ahead, goals from Ryan Hayes and Danny Harris late on put the Darts through. In 2000, Dartford were comfortably defeated 4-0 at home to Havant and Waterlooville.

Slough Town v Dartford

Dartford face a tough F.A Cup qualifying tie this weekend when they visit Southern Premier League table toppers Slough Town.

Over recent weeks the Darts have found form going unbeaten in their last six matches. Dartford’s positive run is nothing compared to Saturday’s opponents who have won their last nine fixtures and are unbeaten in 11 games.

It’s been 28 years since the Darts played Slough Town and they will be hoping to repeat the 2-1 F.A Cup fourth qualifying round victory, with the help of player manager Peter Taylor’s finishing. The clubs also met seven years earlier with Dartford running out 4-1 winners in the F.A Trophy first round against the then Isthmian League leaders.

Last weekend, Tony Burman led his side to a 2-1 victory over the National South’s bottom side Concord Rangers. The home win lifted the Darts to seventh in the table to keep up momentum.

Duane Ofori-Acheampong was relieved to have opened his goal scoring account for the Darts with the opening goal against the Beachboys. Danny Harris added a second, his third of the campaign before Concord Rangers grabbed a consolation.

Burman told “It was a good time to take the lead with Duane getting off the mark. We knew the game would open up in the second half and took advantage of that with an excellent goal from Danny. It was disappointing not to increase the lead and to concede a late goal, but the main thing is we added another 3 points to the total”.

Tom Wynter is the only injury concern when the full back was substituted before half-time last weekend, Burman commented: “We had him looked at on Monday and there was good movement in the knee and there is a slim chance he could be involved Saturday, although we know we have to be careful and we may wait for the following week”.

Ronnie Vint has returned to action but still building up fitness levels, he is likely to get a longer run out in the Kent Senior Cup next week. That leaves the possibility of Keaton Wood replacing Wynter if required.

The third qualifying round tie could see more academy players gaining first team experience, Burman stated to “With seven substitutes in the FA Cup it means I could bring a couple of players in. With Ben Francis and Richard Seixas having a chance to get games in elsewhere, a couple of second-year guys here could be called upon”, he added: “Some of them have done well and deserve the recognition and we are confident enough in them to get them involved. We’ve got some good prospects coming through”.

Slough Town were in action on Tuesday and extended there winning streak to an impressive nine in all competitions. The Rebels are five points clear in the Southern Premier League and with a new stadium at Arbour Park the feel good factor could play a part in causing an upset.

Joint managers Neil Baker and Jon Underwood helped the Berkshire side see off Chipstead and Cambridge City in the previous rounds. Chipstead were swept aside 6-1, the only goal conceded by Slough Town at home this season and Cambridge City were beaten 3-1.

Attacking threat comes from the all over the pitch with four players sharing the top scorer tag for Slough Town this term. Lee Barney, James Dobson, Gavin James and Warren Harris have all netted six times, former Hampton and Richmond striker Charlie Moone is just one behind. Defensively, the Rebels have kept four clean sheets in their last five outings.

Slough Town finished their previous two campaigns in the Southern Premier League in 16th and 17th respectively, there is no doubt the move to Arbour Park has been a catalyst to their success this time. The Rebels will be hoping to recreate the F.A Cup run they had in 2013 when they negotiated six games, including one replay to reach the first round where they lost to Mansfield Town on penalties. The Berkshire club has reached the proper stages 16 times in their history.

Head to Head

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

Current Form (all competitions)
Slough Town (WWWWWW)
Won 2-0 v Leamington (H)
Won 3-0 v Biggleswade Town (H)
Won 3-1 v Cambridge City (A) – F.A Cup
Won 1-0 v Weymouth (A)
Won 4-0 v Redditch United (A)
Won 6-1 v Chipstead (H) – F.A Cup

Dartford (WWWDWD)
Won 2-1 v Concord Rangers (A)
Won 3-2 v Chelmsford City (A) – F.A Cup
Won 2-0 v Margate (A)
Drew 1-1 v East Thurrock United (A)
Won 2-1 v Welling United (H)
Drew 0-0 v Maidenhead United (H)

Last Meetings

Slough Town 1 Dartford 2 (29/10/1988 – F.A Cup)
Dartford 4 Slough Town 1 (10/01/1981 – F.A Trophy)


Elliot Bradbrook remains one goal away from his one hundredth for Dartford

Slough Town have recorded the longest winning streak in the Southern Premier League for two years

On This Day

Cup matches on the 1 October have been a good omen for the Darts going seven unbeaten in a run including five wins. The last cup defeat on this day in 1947 came against Gillingham in the Southern League Cup. Since then the Darts drew 1-1 with Gravesend and Northfleet in the same competition five years later. In the F.A Cup, Epsom and Ewell were beaten 2-1 in 1983, St Albans City held the Darts 1-1 in 1988 and Witham Town were defeated 3-1 in 1989. The only F.A Vase fixture Dartford played on 1 October took place in 1994, when the Darts overcome Steyning Town 3-1. Back to the F.A Cup and in 2000 Abingdon Town were narrowly beaten 3-2 and just five years ago Harrow Borough lost 5-0 to the Darts, James Rogers, Elliot Bradbrook, Charlie Sheringham, Tom Bonner and Lee Burns scoring the goals.

Chelmsford City v Dartford

Almost a year ago Dartford were on the wrong end of a F.A Cup upset, now the Darts hope to progress in their tough draw against Chelmsford City.

Only a month has passed since Dartford visited Melbourne Park and came home with a point. The National South fixture ended all square when Luke Wanadio’s header was cancelled out by Shaun Jeffers.

Having been knocked out at this stage last term to Southern League Division One Central side Uxbridge, Tony Burman will be desperate to avoid another early exit, he told “Last year we had a dream draw but it backfired for us. This year we’ve got a team in the same division as ourselves away from home. You don’t want to be playing a team in your own league and they have got home advantage but we want to stay in the FA Cup and that’s what we’ll try to do”, he added: “We all know the financial rewards that are on offer but it’s a tough draw and I am sure they think the same. We’ll both be looking forward to it. It’s a one-off game. Nothing else matters and we’ll look to do our best and progress”.

The Darts can look forward to the cup tie having stretched their unbeaten run to four in the league at Margate. Leaving it fairly late, Dartford scored twice in the final fifteen minutes to record their second away win of the season. Andy Pugh scored his first of the campaign following up a rebound from Danny Harris’s effort. Elliot Bradbrook made sure of the three points by scoring a penalty.

Tony Burman almost has a full squad to choose from and is hoping Ronnie Vint is cleared to play. The defender has suffered with a broken wrist but match officials have ruled him out because of the cast he has to wear.

Dartford last played Chelmsford City in the F.A Cup seven years ago when the Darts were in the Istmian Premier league. Two of the players in the current squad, Elliot Bradbrook and Lee Noble started that game which ended 4-1 to the Clarets. The Essex side inflicted the first home defeat of that campaign on the Darts with two goals coming from Antonio Murray and the others by Ricky Holmes and Dave Rainford, Adam Flanagan scored the only goal for Dartford.

Chelmsford City will provide another stern test in the cup, the Clarets are fourth in the National South, five points behind top spot. The Essex club are unbeaten at home with four wins and two draws, their only defeats this campaign came back to back against current league leaders Maidenhead United and third place St Albans City.

The Clarets saw the end of their five game winning streak on Monday when they drew at home with East Thurrock United. The 2-2 stalemate was the first points dropped by Rod Stringers’ side since losing at Maidenhead United. Jeffers earned a point for his team with a stoppage time equaliser as the Clarets fell behind twice in the game.

Chelmsford City’s winning run started with three clean sheets against Oxford City, Welling United and Weston-super-Mare followed by wins over Ebbsfleet United and Whitehawk. Top of the form table, the Clarets look set to challenge for promotion after three years of mediocrity.

In last season’s F.A Cup, the Clarets won a replay against Ebbsfleet United before losing to a struggling Basingstoke Town team. The last time the Essex club reached the proper rounds was when they last reached the playoffs in 2012.

Head to Head
Chelmsford City wins: 50 / Dartford wins: 35 / Draws: 90

Current Form
Chelmsford City (DWWWWW)
Drew 2-2 v East Thurrock United (H)
Won 1-0 v Whitehawk (A)
Won 2-1 v Ebbsfleet United (A)
Won 1-0 v Weston-super-Mare (A)
Won 2-0 v Welling United (A)
Won 2-0 v Oxford City (A)

Dartford (WDWDLW)
Won 2-0 v Margate (A)
Drew 1-1 v East Thurrock United (A)
Won 2-1 v Welling United (H)
Drew 0-0 v Maidenhead United (H)
Lost 1-4 v Hampton & Richmond Borough (A)
Won 2-0 v Hungerford Town (H)

Previous Six Meetings
Chelmsford City 1 Dartford 1 (13/08/2016)
Dartford 1 Chelmsford City 1 (02/01/2016)
Chelmsford City 0 Dartford 1 (26/12/2015)
Dartford 0 Chelmsford City 0 (07/04/2012)
Chelmsford City 0 Dartford 0 (27/08/2011)
Dartford 1 Chelmsford City 2 (03/01/2011)

F.A Cup Stats
Over the last ten years Chelmsford City have reached the proper rounds on four occasions compared to Dartford’s three times

Dartford have made it past the second qualifying round on seven occasions in the last ten years compared to Chelmsford City’s eight.

Dartford reached the third round two years in a row in 1935/36 and 1936/37, the furthest they have got in the F.A Cup

The Clarets made the second round three years in a row between 2011 and 2013

Chelmsford City’s best F.A Cup came in 1938/39 when they reached the fourth round

On This Day
John Bartley scored four times including a 20 minute hat-trick against Flackwell Heath in the F.A Cup first qualifying tie 28 years ago. The Darts went on to win 7-1 at Watling Street and reach the first round proper. The 1988 F.A Cup tie was the last victory Dartford recorded on 17 September and since then they have lost 3-0 to Chatham Town in the Kent League (1994), 4-1 to Corby Town in the Southern League Division One East (2005), 2-1 to Farnborough in the National South (2011) and 3-0 to Luton Town in the National League (2013).