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Dartford v Eastbourne Borough

Dartford face Eastbourne Borough for a third time this season when they host the Sussex side in the F.A Trophy third qualifying round replay.

The Darts had to leave it late on the weekend to force a replay after falling behind at Priory Lane on Saturday. The Sports took the lead in the second half when the experienced striker Dean Cox hit a low shot into the bottom corner of Bailey Vose’s goal. With four minutes remaining the Darts salvaged a result to remain in the competition when Kudus Oyenuga equalised to earn a rematch at Princes Park.

History repeated itself on the weekend as seven years ago Dartford drew Eastbourne Borough in the F.A Trophy third qualifying round. The tie went to a replay after a 0-0 draw at Priory Lane, Lee Noble and Tom Bonner were the only members of the current squad involved that day. The Darts won at the second attempt with goals from Tom Champion and Danny Harris, the Sports halved the deficit through former Dart, Carl Rook.

Dartford have already hosted the Sports this season when they met in the league at Princes Park. Playing his first game back at Dartford’s home since returning to the club, Charlie Sheringham scored then later got sent off on a dramatic afternoon. The Darts needed to come from behind twice in September having conceded when ex Dart, Dave Martin opened the scoring on twelve minutes. Sheringham levelled the match converting from the penalty spot, but just after half-time Eastbourne Borough regained the lead through Emmanuel Odubade. Sheringham received his second yellow card leaving the hosts a man short for the final twelve minutes. Against the odds, Elliot Bradbrook equalised in stoppage time to earn the Darts a vital point in the National South.

If the last three home clashes with Eastbourne Borough are to go by then plenty of goals should be expected. As well as the 2-2 draw two months ago, the Darts scored four in the two meetings before that. Last season, the two sides met at Princes Park in a contest that had a major talking point. It was one way traffic in the first half as Alex Brown had Dartford ahead going into the break. Ryan Hayes, on his 400th appearance for the club set up Alfie Pavey on the hour with his corner and Elliot Bradbrook’s header four minutes later made it 3-0. Jamie Taylor pulled a goal back with six minutes remaining, but shortly afterwards it was 4-1. A quick free-kick was taken by the Sports which rebounded off the grounded Hayes, who was a few yards away. The referee controversially played on as the ball broke to Tom Murphy who scored. Eastbourne Borough managed a late consolation when Lee Noble scored an own goal.

In the campaign before that 4-2 victory, the Darts had to hold out in a seven goal thriller. Andy Pugh, Luke Wanadio, Ryan Hayes and Elliot Bradbrook had Dartford 4-1 before the Sports staged a late fightback which fell just short, Dartford hung on to win 4-3.

Head to Head

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

Current Form (all competitions *-Sussex Senior Cup / ^-F.A Trophy)

Dartford (DWWWLW) Eastbourne Borough (DLLWWL)
Eastbourne Borough A 1-1^ Dartford H 1-1^
Hampton & Richmond A 1-0 Bath City A 0-1
Oxford City H 3-2 Concord Rangers A 0-3
Gloucester City A 2-1 Hungerford Town H 3-1
Truro City A 1-3 Eastbourne United A 5-0*
Dulwich Hamlet H 2-1 Chelmsford City A 2-3

Previous Meetings

24.11.2018 Eastbourne Borough 1 Dartford 1
08.09.2018 Dartford 2 Eastbourne Borough 2
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

Stats

Dartford are 12 games unbeaten against the Sports winning eight and drawing four.

Prior this season’s draw at Princes Park, the Darts had beaten Eastbourne Borough five time in a row at home.

Eastbourne Borough last beat Dartford in 2003, the Sports won 1-0 in the Southern League Division One East.

On This Day

Ryan Hayes, Adam Flanangan and Jamie Coyle were all pert of the team that crushed Witham Town 7-2 eleven years ago at Princes Park. It took just five minutes for Jay May to open the scoring and a couple of minutes late Brendon Cass doubled the lead. Hayes made it three before the break from the penalty spot. Eddie McClements had the Darts four up but Witham Town grabbed two to halve the deficit. However, Dartford relentlessly managed three more through Cass, McClements and Coyle.

Eastbourne Borough v Dartford

The F.A Trophy gets underway for Dartford this weekend when they visit fellow National South side Eastbourne Borough at Priory Lane. 

Dartford have already hosted the Sports this season when they met in the league at Princes Park. Playing his first game back at Dartford’s home since returning to the club, Charlie Sheringham scored then later got sent off on a dramatic afternoon. The Darts needed to come from behind twice in September having conceded when ex Dart, Dave Martin opened the scoring on twelve minutes. Sheringham levelled the match converting from the penalty spot, but just after half-time Eastbourne Borough regained the lead through Emmanuel Odubade. Sheringham received his second yellow card leaving the hosts a man short for the final twelve minutes. Against the odds, Elliot Bradbrook equalised in stoppage time to earn the Darts a vital point in the National South.

Having lost four from five leading up to the 2-2 draw, the result against Eastbourne Borough marked the start of an upturn in form. Adam Flanagan and Jamie Coyle have led the Darts to one defeat in nine league games to leave them top of the form guide. On the weekend, Sheringham’s winning goal against Hampton and Richmond Borough moved Dartford into fifth place having secured a third consecutive victory. Tom Bonner will face a fitness test before the trophy tie having been taken off at the Beveree with a hamstring strain. Goalkeeper, Bailey Vose has had his loan extended to the end of the season, Delano Sam-Yorke and Tom Murphy have gone out on loan to Kingstonian and Margate respectively.

Flanagan spoke to www.kentonline.co.uk and believes his squad has more to offer, he commented: “It sounds a lot better than it did at the start! We can’t complain but Jamie and I believe we’re just touching the surface of what we’ve got at the moment. There are still improvement areas but we’re winning games. Eight of those nine games have been by one goal and we want to kick on”.

So far, this term Dartford have only played two cup matches and on both occasions, there was plenty of room to improve. The Darts struggled past AFC Uckfield Town in the F.A Cup second qualifying round then were well beaten in the next stage at Oxford City.

Saturday will almost be seven years since Dartford drew Eastbourne Borough in the F.A Trophy third qualifying round. The tie went to a replay after a 0-0 draw at Priory Lane, Lee Noble and Tom Bonner were the only members of the current squad involved that day. The Darts won at the second attempt with goals from Tom Champion and Danny Harris, the Sports halved the deficit through former Dart, Carl Rook. Dartford reached the third round that year, losing to Wealdstone.

The Darts last enjoyed a decent run in the competition in 2012/13 when they reached the semi-final stage against Grimsby Town. Since then they have only got passed the first round twice, going out on penalties against Boreham Wood in round one last time. Flanagan stated: “The club got to the semi-finals (in 2012/13) and everyone I’ve spoken to about that run said what a good experience it was. It would be nice to replicate that”.

As well as the four goals scored in this season’s fixture between the two clubs, there has been plenty of goalmouth action in previous meetings. Almost two years ago at a foggy Priory Lane, Dartford won 3-2 in a match where you could excuse anyone who missed Kaka Dembele’s strike and Nathaniel Pinney’s consolation. The Darts netted four times in the next two home clashes winning 4-3 then 4-2, however the last time Dartford visited the Sussex club, Danny Mills was on hand to score the winner.

Whilst the 2-2 draw in September was the beginning of Dartford’s good form, it was also the start of a decline in results for the Sports. Leading up to the meeting at Priory Lane, the Sussex club had lost just once in eight National South outings. Although the draw extended that run to another game, since then Eastbourne Borough have won just twice in the league in nine attempts. On the weekend, the Sports lost a second consecutive fixture at Bath City. The 1-0 defeat followed a 2-0 loss at Concord Rangers.

In cup competitions, Jamie Howell’s side made hard work getting past Brantham Athletic in the F.A Cup second qualifying round two months ago. The Sports nervously overcame Dulwich Hamlet, after racing into a 4-0 first half lead they conceded three times in the second half against ten men and just held on. Eastbourne Borough missed out on the F.A Cup first round when they were narrowly beaten 2-1 by Slough Town.

Eastbourne Borough’s best performance in the F.A Trophy is reaching the third round, most recently in their 2010/2011 campaign. After their trophy run seven years ago they went out at the third qualifying round four years in a row, including the defeat to Dartford. Last season they beat Royston Town on penalties before going out to Dover Athletic.

Head to Head

Eastbourne Borough wins: 4 / Dartford wins: 10 / Draws: 3

Current Form (all competitions *-Sussex Senior Cup)

Eastbourne Borough (LLWWLD) Dartford (WWWLWW)
Bath City A 0-1 Hampton & Richmond A 1-0
Concord Rangers A 0-3 Oxford City H 3-2
Hungerford Town H 3-1 Gloucester City A 2-1
Eastbourne United A 5-0* Truro City A 1-3
Chelmsford City A 2-3 Dulwich Hamlet H 2-1
Hampton & Richmond H 2-2 Chippenham Town A 2-1

Previous Meetings

08.09.2018 Dartford 2 Eastbourne Borough 2
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

Stats

Dartford named an unchanged side for the third game in a row last weekend, the first time this has happened this season.

Mark Onyemah is close to making his 100th start for the Darts in his second spell with the club.

Lee Noble will be approaching 450 appearances in total.

On This Day

Dartford progressed to the second round of the F.A Trophy with a commanding 4-0 win at Kingstonian in 2012. Marcus Bettenelli was called into action after just four minutes as he saved Andre McCollin’s penalty, which served as an early warning for the Darts. Jacob Erskine gave Dartford the lead halfway through the first half then K’s midfielder Simon Huckle was sent off. The afternoon got easier and so the Darts made sure of victory when Elliot Bradbrook, Danny Harris and Nathan Collier added three more goals to the scoreline. Ryan Hayes celebrated his 150th start nine years ago in style, helping Dartford come from two down to beat Tooting and Mitcham United 3-2. The winger scored a brace including a well taken free kick, Rob Haworth netted the winner to complete the comeback.

Boreham Wood v Dartford

A goal from Tom Murphy earned Dartford a replay against Boreham Wood in the F.A Trophy, the two sides are set to decide who progresses on Tuesday night.

The Darts took on higher league opposition on Saturday and a  much improved performance saw then hold on with ten men. Boreham Wood’s Ricky Shakes gave the visitors the lead in the second half before Murphy equalised. Alex Brown was sent of with 21 minutes to go, the midfielder’s second dismissal of the campaign.

Tom Bonner, Ryan Hayes and Danny Harris all returned to the starting line up with Richard Sho-Silva, Lyle Della-Verde and Andy Pugh making way. Alfie Pavey took part by replacing Danny Mills with 12 minutes remaining, Pavey has been recovering from a chest infection. New signing Nathan Collier will still b cup tied after playing for Hampton and Richmond Borough in the previous round.

Boreham Wood will have Danny Woodards assessed after he was substituted on the weekend. Keiran Murtagh returns from suspension and will be available for selection.

Dartford manager, Tony Burman praised his side after the game, he spoke to www.kentonline.co.uk and said: “I thought it was a really good performance against a good side. They get a lot of people forward at once, with the two wing-backs and three forwards. We had to change our system a little bit, Elliot (Bradbrook) went a little deeper than I would have liked, but I thought we handled it really well”, he added: “It’s the best we’ve played for a little while”.

Boreham Wood boss Luke Garrard was also pleased enough but felt his team could have been better, he told www.borehamwoodfootballclub.co.uk:  “I wasn’t too unhappy with the result, I have got to be honest, because they have lost just one game at home all season and they are a team who are sitting at the top of the tree. I understand that it is a cup game and I understand that we were coming up against a team who are top of the league, but we have got an opportunity now on Tuesday to put some wrongs right”.

Head to Head
Dartford wins: 3 / Boreham Wood wins: 8 / Draws: 6

Current Form (FAC – F.A Cup / FAT – F.A Trophy / HSC – Hertfordshire Senior Cup)

Dartford (DLWWDW) Boreham Wood (DWWLWW)
Boreham Wood (FAT) H 1-1 Dartford (FAT) A 1-1
Hungerford Town A 0-1 AFC Fylde H 1-0
Poole Town A 1-0 Stevanage (HSC) H 4-3
Brentwood Town (FAT) A 2-1 Coventry City (FAC) A 0-3
Wealdstone H 3-3 Woking H 2-1
Gloucester City H 4-1 Maidstone United A 4-0

Previous Meetings

16.12.2017 Dartford 1 Boreham Wood 1
21.04.2012 Dartford 2 Boreham Wood 2
08.10.2011 Boreham Wood 3 Dartford 1
16.04.2011 Dartford 1 Boreham Wood 4
02.10.2010 Boreham Wood 3 Dartford 1
16.03.2010 Dartford 1 Boreham Wood 2

Stats
Dartford have only beaten Boreham Wood once away from home. The Darts solitary win came seven years ago in the Isthmian Premier League title winning campaign. Dartford have drawn two and lost the other five at Meadow Park.

Boreham Wood have won four of the last six meetings between the two clubs.

The Darts last kept a clean sheet at home on 9 September in their 3-0 win over Chippenham Town, a run of seven home games without a clean sheet.

On This Day
Dartford have won their last three matches on 19 December with the last victory coming two years ago at Whitehawk. A very good defensive display helped the Darts keep a clean sheet as Andy Pugh scored the only goal of the game. It was the first fixture on this day for 17 years, back in 1998 the Darts beat Corby Town 2-1 in the Southern League Southern Division. In 1989, Dartford progressed in the Southern League Cup winning against Margate 3-1 in a third round tie. A year before in the same competition at the same stage Dartford drew 1-1 away to Wealdstone. The last F.A Trophy match played on 19 December didn’t go so well as the Darts lost 5-1 to rivals Maidstone United in 1987.

Dartford v Boreham Wood

Dartford will want to make home advantage count this weekend when they take on Boreham Wood in the F.A Trophy first round.

Leading the National South on goal difference, the Darts aim to cause an upset against the National League side. If previous results against the Wood are anything to go by then it will be a difficult afternoon. Dartford have only beaten the Hertfordshire club three times in 16 attempts, the last victory came in 2010. Since then Boreham Wood won four in a row before a 2-2 draw in their last encounter almost five years years ago.

The Darts form at home is a major factor to why they are clinging on to pole position in the National South, however current performances have been patchy. A 1-0 away defeat to Hungerford Town last weekend left manager Tony Burman disappointed, he spoke to www.dartfordfc.com and said: “Once again it’s unfortunate that when we have started a match in a good position at the top of the table, we have managed to lose a game that in my opinion we should have won”.

Burman feels his side’s attitude was excellent and defensively they weren’t troubled until Tom Meecham’s winning penalty. He added: “Defensively we were sound and I can’t remember Deren having to make a save throughout the game. Going forward we have created a number of chances in the first half and many more in the second half, unfortunately these chances were not converted into goals”.

New signing Nathan Collier was unavailable after becoming a father, he is waiting for his first start since re-joining the Darts. Duane Ofori-Acheampong is getting closer to becoming more involved after a long tern injury and top scorer, Alfie Pavey has been out with a chest infection. Danny Harris returned to the bench after a few games out of the side.

Dartford reached the second round of the competition last term and can be inspired by the performance that got them there. In the first round they were drawn out to rivals Dover Athletic of the National League. After a replay the Darts went on to win 2-1, unfortunately the run ended in round two against Chelmsford City.

In the last meeting against Boreham Wood five years ago, Tom Bonner and Tom Champion were lining up on the same side. The Darts won promotion and after a year they both moved on to Cambridge United. With Bonner back in a Darts shirt the two will be up against each other, Champion made 150 starting appearance for the Darts scoring seven times.

When the Darts won the Isthmian Premier League in 2010, Boreham Wood won the playoffs. Since then Dartford have visited the National League and returned to the National South. The Wood may have taken longer to get to the top flight of non-league football but they have held their own in the division above.

Currently on a run of 11 games unbeaten, manager Luke Garrard believes his side can achieve good things, he told www.nationalleague.org.uk: “I think this group has got something, when it gets going I think we can achieve something this season, they have bought into the football club and what the management is asking of them”. Part of their success has been down to Bruno Andrade’s ten league goals this season, leaving the Wood seventh in the National League standings.

Garrard, who was appointed in 2015 was the youngest manager in the top five divisions of English football, he has led the club to nineteenth and eleventh place finishes. Last season they reached the F.A Trophy quarter final beating Sutton United in round three before losing to Lincoln City. The run was the club’s best in the competition since 2006 when they lost 3-0 on aggregate to Woking at the semi-final stage.

This term, Boreham Wood’s cup pedigree has been enhanced with a F.A Cup fourth qualifying round win over rivals St Albans City. Victory set up a first round tie with League One side Blackpool which the Wood won 2-1 after being a goal down, Blair Turgott and Dan Holman were the goalscorers to earn the club their first football league scalp in their 70 year history. The cup run did end against Coventry City in round two as the Hertfordshire side lost 3-0. Along with the league results Garrard secured November’s Manager of the Month in the National League.

The Darts have met Boreham Wood three times in cup competitions all in the F.A Cup at the fourth qualifying stage. In 1977, the Wood won 3-2 and five years later a 1-1 draw was followed up by a 2-1 victory for Dartford.

Head to Head
Dartford wins: 3 / Boreham Wood wins: 8 / Draws: 5

Current Form (FAC – F.A Cup / FAT – F.A Trophy / HSC – Hertfordshire Senior Cup)

Dartford (LWWDWL) Boreham Wood (WWLWWD)
Hungerford Town A 0-1 AFC Fylde H 1-0
Poole Town A 1-0 Stevanage (HSC) H 4-3
Brentwood Town (FAT) A 2-1 Coventry City (FAC) A 0-3
Wealdstone H 3-3 Woking H 2-1
Gloucester City H 4-1 Maidstone United A 4-0
Truro City A 1-3 Macclesfield Town A 0-0

Previous Meetings

21.04.2012 Dartford 2 Boreham Wood 2
08.10.2011 Boreham Wood 3 Dartford 1
16.04.2011 Dartford 1 Boreham Wood 4
02.10.2010 Boreham Wood 3 Dartford 1
16.03.2010 Dartford 1 Boreham Wood 2
27.02.2010 Boreham Wood 0 Dartford 1

Stats
Dartford have only beaten Boreham Wood once away from home. The Darts solitary win came seven years ago in the Isthmian Premier League title winning campaign. Dartford have drawn two and lost the other five at Meadow Park.

Boreham Wood have won four of the last five meetings between the two clubs. The 2-2 draw in April 2012 ended a four game winning streak for the Hertfordshire side.

In all competitions, Dartford have won eight, drawn two and lost twice at Princes Park this term. In seven of those games the Darts have scored three or more goals.

The Darts last kept a clean sheet at home on 9 September in their 3-0 win over Chippenham Town, a run of seven home games without a clean sheet.

On This Day
Dartford last played on 16 December nine years ago earning a 2-2 draw at home to Metropolitan Police. The Isthmian Division One South fixture ended all square with the Darts goals coming from Richard Avery and Ryan Hayes. The Darts last win on this day was in 2000 when they beat Hastings Town 1-0 in the Southern League Division One East, three years later Dartford lost 2-0 to Ashford Town. Back in 1995 a resounding 5-0 victory was recorded by the Darts as they beat Tunbridge Wells in the Kent League.

Brentwood Town v Dartford

Dartford enter the F.A Trophy third qualifying round stage with an away trip to Isthmian Division One North side Brentwood Town.

Midfielder, Lee Noble will visit his former side where he began his career at Brentwood Town’s academy. Impressing the Darts way back in 2008 by scoring against his future club, Noble joined Dartford in the summer. Since then he has made 414 appearances (111 as substitute) scoring 41 goals. The midfielder’s latest game ended early on Tuesday night when he picked up a red card for two cautions against Wealdstone.

The Darts just about remained top of the National South and will feel they dropped points in the end against Wealdstone. An entertaining 3-3 draw gave Tony Burman mixed emotions, after the game he told www.kentonline.co.uk: “We’ve showed some backbone in the second half to go from 2-1 down to 3-2”. Burman may have been pleased with his forwards Alfie Pavey, netted two and substitute Andy Pugh the other, but is concerned at the other end of the pitch, he added: “We’re conceding a lot of goals which is unlike us”. Ahead of the F.A Trophy tie, Burman believes the defence “will come good, without a shadow of a doubt”. In the last four matches the Darts have shipped in 12 goals, but the forward line has managed to rack up seven in the last two games.

Dartford have already beaten three sides in lower divisions this season in the F.A Cup. To get to the first round they had to get past Barking, Needham Market then Burgess Hill Town. In the F.A Trophy they have made the proper rounds in six of the last seven campaigns, reaching the semi-final in 2013. However, Burman expects a tough afternoon, he spoke to www.kentonline.co.uk: and said: “I’ve seen Brentwood and had reports on them, it’s not going to be easy”, he continued: “They knock the ball around well and they’re going to have a go at us”, he added: “The character that we’ve shown throughout the game against Wealdstone, we’ve got to show that again if we want to progress to the next round”.

Brentwood Town hosted Needham Market in the last round, a side the Darts beat 6-1 in the F.A Cup third qualifying round almost two months ago. The Blues earned themselves a surprise win against opponents in the league above with an impressive first half display. Connor Martin headed in at the far post before Matt Price missed a penalty to make it 2-0. However, the lead was doubled three minutes later when Andy Freeman nodded in a second and by the interval Price’s back-heeled effort found the net. Needham Market grabbed a consolation but could not reduce the deficit any further.

The previous two rounds involved Brentwood Town needing second attempts, first against Isthmian Division One South side South Park and then versus Bedford Town, of the Southern League Division One East. The Blues’ F.A Trophy journey began at the beginning of October and the tie with South Park saw a goal fest. The first fixture ended 3-3 with South Park coming back from 3-0 down. Izzy Bademosi scored the first two and Freeman the other before the break. In the second half Kieran Lavery, Joe Jackson and Chris Smith completed the comeback for the visitors. The replay was more one sided with Brentwood Town romping away with a 7-2 victory. Despite falling behind Lavery equalised and a brace from Alfie Hilton made it 3-1 at half-time. Bademosi then scored two either side of Martin’s header and after South Park pulled one back Price completed the rout.

It seemed that all the goals were used up in the previous round before Brentwood Town drew the second qualifier 0-0 with Bedford Town. But goals were back on the menu in the replay with the Blues running out 4-2 winners. Josh Wiggins netted a hat-trick to take home the match ball and Brenden Cavalier added the fourth. Bedford Town made the score look a bit more respectable with two goals of their own.

The Essex club are sixteenth in the Isthmian Division One North table thanks to back to back victories. On Tuesday night, the Blues beat Soham Town Rangers, even without seven first team members available. Price scored twice, to  make it 12 in the league this campaign and Bademosi found the net in a 3-1 away win. Last weekend, Brentwood Town defeated Haringey Borough 2-0, which ended Borough’s unbeaten start to the season.

Head to Head
Brentwood Town wins: 2 / Dartford wins: 2 / Draws: 2

Current Form (FAC – F.A Cup / FAT – F.A Trophy / ESC – Essex Senior Cup)

Brentwood Town (WWLWDL) Dartford (DWLLWW)
Soham Town Rangers A 3-1 Wealdstone H 3-3
Haringey Borough H 2-0 Gloucester City H 4-1
Maldon & Tiptree A 1-4 Truro City A 1-3
Needham Market (FAT) H 3-1 Swindon Town H 1-5
West Essex (ESC) A 3-3* St Albans City H 2-1
Bury Town H 1-2 Bath City A 2-1

* – Brentwood Town won 5-4 on penalties

Previous Meetings

29.03.2008 Dartford 0 Brentwood Town 1
05.02.2008 Brentwood Town 2 Dartford 2
08.03.1969 Brentwood Town 2 Dartford 1
15.02.1969 Dartford 1 Brentwood Town 1
15.04.1968 Dartford 2 Brentwood Town 0
12.04.1968 Brentwood Town 1 Dartford 2

Stats
Dartford kept six clean sheets in their opening ten games, conceding just six. In their last 14 matches they have let in 27 goals with one clean sheet.

The Darts have won their last two cup ties away from home against opposition in the Isthmian Premier League.

In this season’s cup competitions, Alfie Pavey has scored four in as many games and Elliot Bradbrook three goals in four matches so far. That’s seven of the eleven F.A Cup goals scored on the way to the first round.

Dartford last beat Brentwood Town 49 years ago when they completed a Southern League Division One double over the Blues. The Darts won 2-1 in the away fixture and three days later secured a 2-0 victory.

On This Day
Rob Haworth scored as the Darts drew 1-1 with St Albans City in a F.A Trophy third qualifying replay. The 2008 tie went to penalties which Dartford lost 4-2 putting them out of the competition. The Darts last win on 25 November came seventeen years ago against Wisbech Town, a 2-1 victory earned the Darts three points in the Southern League Division One East. Since then a 2-1 defeat at home to Sittingbourne in 2006, Dave Martin the goalscorer and the F.A Trophy tie and a 4-2 capitulation at home to Chester have been played out. In 2014, the Darts were two up with goals from Lee Noble and Elliot Bradbrook, but Chester came back to win 4-2 in the National League.

Dartford v Chelmsford City

The F.A Trophy returns for Dartford this weekend when they host Chelmsford City in the third meeting between the two sides this season.

Having been drawn against each other in the F.A Cup third qualifying round, the Darts and the Clarets have also played in the National South. The league meeting ended in a 1-1 draw with Luke Wanadio’s header cancelled out by Shaun Jeffers.

Dartford were victors in the F.A Cup when a wind assisted fixture really did turn out to be a ‘game of two halves’. The Darts raced into a three goal half time lead thanks to a Ross Fitzsimons own goal and an Elliot Bradbrook brace. In the second half, Shamir Mullings scored twice to set up a tense finale only for Dartford to hold out.

Tony Burman’s side will enter the F.A Trophy second round full of confidence after thrashing East Thurrock United in their last outing. Their Essex opponents had only lost four all season but were swept aside last weekend as Dartford won 6-1, their biggest victory for five years.

On top of that result six different goalscorers found the net, Tom Bonner headed in the first after two minutes, Alex Brown shortly afterwards and Tom Murphy opened his account in only his second appearance for the club. Tom Wraight pulled a goal back for the visitors before Andy Pugh made it four in the first half. Ryan Hayes and an Elliot Bradbrook penalty added two more before the final whistle to cap off a brilliant afternoon.

Burman praised his squad for an fantastic response to the New Year’s Day defeat to Ebbsfleet United, he told www.kentonline.co.uk: “Some of the play was excellent, I’m pleased that each time we’ve had a defeat , we’ve bounced back”, and the Dartford boss didn’t even think the 6-1 mauling of East Thurrock United was the best he’s seen his side play, he added: “It’s the best spell of finishing we’ve had in games, I’m not saying it’s the best we’ve played because we’ve had some good games”.

Meanwhile, Chelmsford City extended their unbeaten run in all competitions to eleven. The Clarets beat a struggling Whitehawk side 1-0 with former Dartford midfielder Max Cornhill scoring the winner ten minutes from time. The Essex club are third in the National South and eleven points behind leaders Maidenhead United and just one point ahead of the Darts.

Rod Stringer’s side beat Southern Premier League’s Hitchin Town in the previous round with a goal after just two minutes, Jeffers netted the winner from close range. The Clarets had to wait far longer in the third qualifying round when they hosted Taunton Town, who play at a tier lower than Hitchin Town. As the tie look set for a replay Anthony Church scored in the 89th minute to send Chelmsford City through.

Dartford upset National League local rivals Dover Athletic in the last round after a replay. Ronnie Vint scored in both matches, the 1-1 draw at Princes Park and the 2-1 victory at the Crabble. In the qualifying round, Dartford ran out 4-2 winners against National South side Weston-super-Mare, with Elliot Bradbrook scoring a hat-trick.

Head to Head
Chelmsford City wins: 50 / Dartford wins: 36 / Draws: 90

Current Form (all competitions)
Dartford (WLWLWD)
Won 6-1 v East Thurrock United (H) – National South
Lost 0-1 v Ebbsfleet United (A) – National South
Won 2-1 v Ebbsfleet United (H) – National South
Lost 0-5 v Maidenhead United (A) – National South
Won 1-2 v Dover Athletic (A) – F.A Trophy
Drew 1-1 v Dover Athletic (H) – F.A Trophy

Chelmsford City (WWWDWD)
Won 1-0 v Whitehawk (H) – National South
Won 3-1 v Bishop’s Stortford (A) – National South
Won 4-0 v Bishop’s Stortford (H) – National South
Drew 0-0 v Weston-super-Mare (A) – National South
Won 1-0 v Hitchin Town (H) – F.A Trophy
Drew 3-3 v Hungerford Town (H) – National South

Previous Six Meetings
Chelmsford City 2 Dartford 3 (17/09/2016) – F.A Cup
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)

Stats
In cup competition the spoils have been shared with both teams winning five Southern League Cup ties and an F.A Cup fixture each. There has also been four draws, all in the Southern League Cup.

Elliot Bradbrook has scored three goals in three games in this season’s F.A Trophy. In all cup ties, Bradbrook has scored ten in seven starts.

Dartford have gone five home matches without a win against Chelmsford City. The last home victory against the Clarets was in 2000 when Dartford won 3-0 in the Southern League Southern Division.

The Darts are unbeaten in six, home and away against the Clarets with two wins and four draws.

On This Day
Jacob Erskine took home the match ball five years ago in a 4-2 victory over National North side Boston United. In the F.A Trophy second round tie, Erskine back heeled the opener after four minutes and Lee Noble added a second to put the Darts back in front. Erskine stretched the Darts lead before Boston United pulled a goal back, but the hat-trick hero secured victory with Dartford’s fourth. Four other F.A Trophy games have taken place on 14 January in which the Darts have won two and lost two. Merthyr Tydfil won 2-1 in a first round replay fifteen years ago, Dorchester Town were thrashed 4-0 in 1989 on the way to Dartford’s semi-final appearance later that season. Barnet won 3-0 in 1984 and six years earlier Sutton United were defeated 2-0. Saturday will be the Darts seventh game at home on the 14 January in a row.

Dover Athletic v Dartford

Dartford take their F.A Trophy first round tie back to the Crabble on Tuesday night, when they play Kent rivals Dover Athletic in a replay.

Ronnie Vint’s goal secured a draw for the Darts after Ricky Miller had given Dover Athletic the advantage in the first half. Miller took advantage of Moses Emmanuel’s good work by slotting the ball beyond Ibrahim from six yards for his 27th goal of the season. Tony Burman’s side improved in the second half getting more of a grip on the game and were rewarded when Vint levelled sticking in a rebound created from Danny Harris’ corner.

Manager, Tony Burman spoke to www.kentonline.co.uk after the draw and felt his side missed a great chance to progress in the F.A Trophy, he said: “After half-time I think we were the only team that looked like we were going to win it and we haven’t punished them”, he continued: “We didn’t have loads of chances, you don’t when you play against Dover, but the chances we did have were scoreable. We should have done better with those opportunities, but it wasn’t to be”, he concluded: “It’s disappointing we haven’t come away with a win”.

With the two teams doing it all over again, the Darts will still be missing central defender Tom Bonner through suspension. Tom Gardiner and Andy Pugh started against Dover Athletic on the weekend and were both substituted after picking up knocks, Burman explained: “It’s a little bit bare bones at the minute, we’ll have to assess them to see how they are for Tuesday”.

Burman is hoping his team will show determination, the right attitude and stay organised to help them produce a positive result. With exception to the goal conceded, the Dartford boss was pleased with the defensive display on the weekend against a Dover Athletic side full of attacking promise.

Chris Kinnear’s team are just outside the playoff spots and in their first campaign back in the top non league division they reached the playoffs, losing to Forest Green Rovers in the semi-final. On top of that, Kinnear led Dover Athletic to consecutive F.A Trophy quarter-finals, he told www.doverathletic.com in the build up to the original tie: “What is done is done, no matter how much those two defeats hurt and I can tell you they did because we should have made it all the way to Wembley”, he added: “We didn’t give a great account of ourselves in those two games, but that’s all in the past now”.

Twenty places below the Whites, Dartford will be looking to cause an upset at a ground they have struggled to win at over the years. The last visit to the Crabble saw the Darts heaviest defeat against Dover Athletic for thirteen years when they lost 6-1. Nicky Deverdics headed Dover Athletic ahead early on but Harry Crawford sent the sides into the break level. In the second half, the Whites strolled to victory with goals from Richard Orlu, a Tom Murphy double, Liam Bellamy and future Dart, Barry Cogan.

Prior the 1-1 draw on the weekend, the last two F.A Trophy ties between the Darts and Dover Athletic ended in the same scoreline. Although Dartford won 3-2 just over 11 years ago, the Whites got revenge four years later.

Head to Head
Dover Athletic wins: 35 / Dartford wins: 32 / Draws: 24

Previous Meetings
Dartford 1 Dover Athletic 1 (10/12/2016 – F.A Trophy)
Dover Athletic 6 Dartford 1 (17/01/2015 – National League)
Dartford 2 Dover Athletic 1 (16/09/2014 – National League)
Dartford 0 Dover Athletic 1 (04/03/2013 – Kent Senior Cup)
Dartford 3 Dover Athletic 1 (03/12/2011 – National South)
Dover Athletic 2 Dartford 2 (23/08/2011 – National South)

Current Form (all competitions)
Dartford (DWWLWW)
Drew 1-1 v Dover Athletic (H)
Won 2-1 v Poole Town (H)
Won 4-2 v Weston-super-Mare (A) – F.A Trophy
Lost 2-2 (1-4 on penalties) v Welling United (A) – Kent Senior Cup
Won 3-0 v Bishop’s Stortford (A)
Won 2-0 v Hemel Hempstead Town (H)

Dover Athletic (DLWWWL)
Drew 1-1 v Dartford (A)
Lost 1-2 v Dagenham and Redbridge (H)
Won 6-0 v Sutton United (A)
Won 3-1 v Woking (H)
Won 2-0 v Guiseley (H)
Lost 2-4 v Cambridge United (H) – F.A Cup Replay

Stats
In the F.A Trophy Dartford and Dover Athletic have both beaten each other twice and the other three matches ended in a draw.

Dartford 1 Dover Athletic 1 (10/12/2016 – F.A Trophy 1st Round)
Dover Athletic 3 Dartford 2 (21/11/2009 – F.A Trophy 3rd Qualifying Round)
Dartford 3 Dover Athletic 2 (18/10/2005 – F.A Trophy 1st Qualifying Round Replay)
Dover Athletic 1 Dartford 1 (15/10/2005 – F.A Trophy 1st Qualifying Round)
Dartford 2 Dover Athletic 0 (07/02/1989 – F.A Trophy 2nd Round Replay)
Dover Athletic 0 Dartford 0 (04/02/1989 – F.A Trophy 2nd Round)
Dover 2 Dartford 1 (11/01/1975 – F.A Trophy 1st Round)

On Saturday, Elliot Bradbrook failed to score for the first time in cup matches he’s started this season. The Darts captain has scored ten cup goals this campaign.

The Darts have won just once in their last nine outings at the Crabble. In 2010, Dartford beat Dover Athletic 2-0 which is their only victory since 1991. The Darts have recorded five draws and three defeats in that time against the Whites.

On This Day
Eight years ago to the day the Darts visited The Crabble in the Isthmian Premier League. Dover Athletic ran out 4-2 winners in the season they went up as champions. Rob Haworth scored a brace for Dartford and future Darts, Jon Wallis and James Rogers found the scoresheet for the Whites. Former Dartford midfielder Andy Hessenthaler was also part of the Dover Athletic side that day. Two years ago, Dartford won a F.A Trophy first round tie beating Solihull Moors 2-0, brothers Elliot and Tom Bradbrook ensured the Darts progressed to round two.

Dartford v Dover Athletic

Dartford will have to erase memories of their last meeting against Kent rivals Dover Athletic, if they want to progress in the F.A Trophy this weekend.

The Darts are hoping to make it into round two and make up for the 6-1 thrashing that was dished out to them almost two years ago. Dartford can take some comfort in the fact that they did beat Dover Athletic at home that season in a match that had a tense finale.

Ricky Miller, who is in form for Dover Athletic this term toping the National League scoring charts with 22 goals already, opened the scoring in the last meeting at Princes Park with a 25 yard free kick. Dartford were forced to come from behind after Miller’s eighth minute strike. Harry Crawford equalised from close range and with five minutes remaining Tom Bradbrook scored Dartford’s second. Elliot Bradbrook gave away a penalty during injury time, but the hero was goalkeeper Jason Brown who saved Miller’s effort.

Dartford’s first and only fixture in this season’s F.A Trophy was only a fortnight ago. The Darts travelled across the country to to take on struggling National South side Weston-super-Mare. Despite having Tom Bonner sent off, who has started his four match ban and will miss the clash with former club Dover Atletic, Dartford recorded a 4-2 victory. Elliot Bradbrook kept up his extraordinary cup form with an impressive hat-trick, taking his cup tally to ten goals in just six games, whilst Andy Pugh opened the scoring for the Darts in the 4-2 triumph.

A former Dover Athletic striker was to thank for Dartford’s win on the weekend at home to Poole Town. Duane Ofori-Acheampong headed Lee Noble’s free kick to make it 1-0 and within a couple of minutes Luke Wanadio made it two. Poole Town halved the deficit causing trouble for the Darts in the second half. Tony Burman spoke to kentonline.co.uk and praised the effort of his players, he said: “Second half I don’t think we played the best football ever, but we dug in and we have won the game ugly and got the three points and I will take that all day long”.

Victory over fellow playoff contenders leave the Darts fourth in the National South and without Tom Bonner, central defender Ronnie Vint stepped up with an assured performance, together with Ofori-Acheampong and Noble he made it into the kentonline Team of the Week.

Twenty places above Dartford in the football pyramid, Dover Athletic will provide a tough test. The Whites beat Sutton United 6-0 away from the Crabble recently, a team that knocked the Darts out of the F.A Cup with a 6-3 victory. Chris Kinnear’s team are just outside the playoff spots and in their first campaign back in the top non league division they reached the playoffs, losing to Forest Green Rovers in the semi-final.

Away from the National League for thirteen years, it looks like Dover Athletic have established themselves once more. Helping them to achieve stability is two former Dartford players Jim Stevenson and Tyrone Sterling. Partnering the prolific Miller up front is former Welling United hitman Ross Lafayette who has found the net nine times this season.

The last two F.A Trophy ties between the Darts and Dover Athletic have ended in the same scoreline. Although Dartford won 3-2 just over 11 years ago, the Whites got revenge four years later.

Head to Head
Dartford wins: 32 / Dover Athletic wins: 35 / Draws: 23

Previous Meetings
Dover Athletic 6 Dartford 1 (17/01/2015 – National League)
Dartford 2 Dover Athletic 1 (16/09/2014 – National League)
Dartford 0 Dover Athletic 1 (04/03/2013 – Kent Senior Cup)
Dartford 3 Dover Athletic 1 (03/12/2011 – National South)
Dover Athletic 2 Dartford 2 (23/08/2011 – National South)
Dartford 4 Dover Athletic 0 (25/04/2011 – National South)

Current Form (all competitions)
Dartford (WWLWWL)
Won 2-1 v Poole Town (H)
Won 4-2 v Weston-super-Mare (A) – F.A Trophy
Lost 2-2 (1-4 on penalties) v Welling United (A) – Kent Senior Cup
Won 3-0 v Bishop’s Stortford (A)
Won 2-0 v Hemel Hempstead Town (H)
Lost 0-2 v St Albans City (H)

Dover Athletic (LWWWLW)
Lost 1-2 v Dagenham and Redbridge (H)
Won 6-0 v Sutton United (A)
Won 3-1 v Woking (H)
Won 2-0 v Guiseley (H)
Lost 2-4 v Cambridge United (H) – F.A Cup Replay
Won 3-2 v Solihull Moors (A)

Stats
2 – In the F.A Trophy Dartford and Dover Athletic have both beaten each other twice and the other two matches ended in a draw.

Dover Athletic 3 Dartford 2 (21/11/2009 – F.A Trophy 3rd Qualifying Round)
Dartford 3 Dover Athletic 2 (18/10/2005 – F.A Trophy 1st Qualifying Round Replay)
Dover Athletic 1 Dartford 1 (15/10/2005 – F.A Trophy 1st Qualifying Round)
Dartford 2 Dover Athletic 0 (07/02/1989 – F.A Trophy 2nd Round Replay)
Dover Athletic 0 Dartford 0 (04/02/1989 – F.A Trophy 2nd Round)
Dover 2 Dartford 1 (11/01/1975 – F.A Trophy 1st Round)

10 – Elliot Bradbrook has scored in every cup game he has started this season. He failed to score against Cray Wanderers in the Kent Senior Cup but came on as a substitute in that match.

35 – the number of goals featuring in Dartford cup matches this term, over seven games that’s 5 goals a game.

44 – the number of goals featuring the Darts in the National South, the lowest average in the league of 2.32 per game.

On This Day
Elliot Bradbrook and a Jacob Erskine double sealed a 3-0 F.A Trophy victory for the Darts five years ago. Dartford went on to reach the third round going out to Wealdstone in a replay. Two years ago, the Darts were knocked out of the Kent Senior Cup in a 7-3 defeat to Gillingham at the second round stage.

Weston-super-Mare v Dartford

The Darts play their second cup tie in a week when they travel across to Weston-super-Mare in the F.A Trophy Third Qualifying Round.

It’s the first time Dartford have been drawn against the Seagulls in cup competition and the third time this calendar year they will visit the Woodspring Stadium. The last trip to the West Country ended 2-1 to the Darts just three months ago, to give them their first win of the season. Luke Wanadio expertly gave Dartford the lead curling his shot into the top corner. Shawn McCoulsky levelled the match scoring his spot kick but Ryan Hayes netted the winner late on.

Beating Weston-super-Mare put last season’s visit firmly behind them. The feisty contest ended 2-1 to the Seagulls and saw captain Elliot Bradbrook sent off after a mass brawl. Bradbrook, who was rested in Tuesday night’s Kent Senior Cup defeat to Welling United, is likely to return to the Woodspring Stadium for the first time since his dismissal. The captain missed the National South fixture between the two sides in August through injury.

Duane Ofori-Acheampong was another player rested in midweek, and with his partnership up front with Andy Pugh beginning to bloom he is also expected to return. Deren Ibrahim almost had the night off on Tuesday but a late call up because Bailey Vose wasn’t registered in time meant Ibrahim played instead. Dartford’s number one picked up a neck injury and will be assessed before the F.A Trophy tie. Kaka Dembele, Ben Francis and Ellis Brown started as well to get much needed game time but it remains to be seen if Tony Burman will rotate his squad for the F.A Trophy.

Weston-super-Mare suffered their first defeat of the campaign when they lost 2-1 to Dartford in August. Since then the Seagulls have slid down the National South table and eight consecutive defeats led to Ryan Northmore leaving the managerial post. Now Scott Bartlett is in charge and he has begun rebuilding the squad currently in third from bottom. Tommy Anderson made his debut for Weston-super-Mare on the weekend and the 17 year old impressed Bartlett.

The former Forest Green Rovers academy boss was appointed at the start of October and won his first game last weekend. The Seagulls were involved in an entertaining 4-3 away win against Eastbourne Borough, the club’s first victory in the league since 13 August. During their barren spell, the Seagulls lost ten in a row which came as a surprise considering they won their opening three games to top the table.

Head to Head
Weston-super-Mare wins: 2 / Dartford wins: 5 / Draws: 4

Previous Meetings
Weston-super-Mare 1 Dartford 2 (20/08/2016 – National South)
Weston-super-Mare 2 Dartford 1 (05/03/2016 – National South)
Dartford 2 Weston-super-Mare 1 (13/09/2015 – National League)
Dartford 1 Weston-super-Mare 1 (12/11/2011 – National League)
Weston-super-Mare 0 Dartford 4 (13/08/2011 – National South)
Weston-super-Mare 0 Dartford 1 (08/02/2011 – National South)
Dartford 4 Weston-super-Mare 1 (04/09/2010 – National South)
Dartford 3 Weston-super-Mare 3 (13/12/1997 – Southern League Southern Division)
Weston-super-Mare 0 Dartford 0 (16/08/1997 – Southern League Southern Division)
Dartford 1 Weston-super-Mare 1 (12/04/1997 – Southern League Southern Division)
Weston-super-Mare 2 Dartford 0 (23/11/1996 – Southern League Southern Division)

Current Form (all competitions)
Weston-super-Mare (WDWLLD)
Won 4-3 v Eastbourne Borough (A)
Drew 1-1 v Gosport Borough (H)
Won 4-2 v Larkhall Athletic (A)
Lost 1-2 v Bishop’s Stortford (A)
Lost 1-3 v Hampton and Richmond Borough (H)
Drew 0-0 v Oxford City (A)

Dartford (LWWLLWW)
Lost 2-2 (1-4 on penalties) v Welling United (A) – Kent Senior Cup
Won 3-0 v Bishop’s Stortford (A)
Won 2-0 v Hemel Hempstead Town (H)
Lost 0-2 v St Albans City (H)
Lost 3-6 v Sutton United (H) – F.A Cup
Won 1-0 v Oxford City (H)
Won 1-0 v Bath City (A)

Stats
Dartford went out at the third qualifying round last term for the first time since 2009.

The Darts will play their sixth away cup tie of the season out of seven.

Elliot Bradbrook has scored seven cup goals this term all in the F.A Cup. The captain only made four appearances in the competition.

Weston-super-Mare’s best performance in the F.A Trophy is reaching the fourth round in 1998/99 and 2003/04.

In the last three seasons the Seagulls have made it past the third qualifying round, before that they lost six in a row at this stage.

On This Day
A local derby win over Erith and Belvedere in the Southern League Cup was the last time Dartford tasted victory on 26 November. The 1-0 triumph came in 1991 and 25 years on the Darts are hoping to win another cup tie. Since then, Dartford had a day to forget slumping to a 6-1 defeat to Kent rivals Dover Athletic in the same competition in 2002. Two F.A Trophy ties ended 0-0 against AFC Wimbledon in 2005 and Eastbourne Borough five years ago. The Darts went out against the Dons in the replay but managed to defeat Eastbourne Borough at the second attempt. Barnet were the last team to take on the Darts in the league just three years ago, the Bees winning 2-0. Three games without a goal on 26 November, Dartford will be hoping to make amends this weekend.

Dartford v Whitehawk

Dartford’s first ever meeting with Whitehawk comes three weeks earlier than anticipated, in the F.A Trophy third qualifying round.

The two clubs enter the competition from the final qualifying stage, a win will earn them a first round place in a fortnight. After exiting the F.A Cup, the Darts will be hoping the trophy will provide them with a successful cup run.

Over the last two weeks controversy on and off the pitch has generated discussion. Firstly, Dartford continued their decent form with a well-deserved 1-1 draw with local rivals Maidstone United. A cagey first half was cancelled out by a second half with a major talking point. The Stones went ahead with Alex Flisher’s fortuitous goal to lead at half time. With eight minutes remaining captain Elliot Bradbrook struck from 12 yards, only for his effort to have been ‘ruled out’ before the referee awarded Bradbrook his fifth goal of the campaign, his third in his last four appearances.

Burman was pleased the goal was awarded, he told kentonline.co.uk: “There was a bit of controversy with it being offside or not offside but for once, there was a brave referee in front of a crowd who’s gone up to his linesman and asked for the decision”, he added: “I was pleased that he kept the decision right and after that, we could have gone on and won the game. It wasn’t to be but I thought we played well and we definitely deserved something out of the game – if not all three points”.

Dartford’s unbeaten run in all competitions was then extended to six matches just two days later. Drawn at home to League One high fliers Gillingham in the Kent Senior Cup, the Darts upset the odds with a 2-1 victory. The Gills fielded a strong side and went in front through Brennan Dickenson. Dartford got back into the game when Tom Wynter headed in the equaliser and Jack Simmons netted the winner to send the Darts into the next round.

The turnaround in form has been attributed to the change in formation. Captain Elliot Bradbrook commented: “Very rarely any more do people play 4-4-2, most teams crowd out the midfield”, he continued: “If you’re playing two in there, like we have been doing, it is difficult to get around. Teams have got one or two more players inside you and it’s difficult to get on top of games”, he added: “That’s where the game’s won, in the middle of the park and if you’re outnumbered in there it becomes difficult. The system’s got to adapt”.

Off the field there has been controversy of a different kind, Tony Burman was left ‘fuming’ when last weekend’s scheduled away trip to Maidenhead United was postponed. With the Berkshire club’s involvement in the F.A Cup first round replay on Thursday night, the Magpies requested to call off the game against Dartford on the Saturday, which was granted by the National South.

It is no secret that Whitehawk have ambition, last season’s National South playoff runners up came so close to a fourth promotion in six years. This term, the Hawks are sitting in fourth where they finished 2014/15.

The Hawks could be excused for their F.A Cup distraction having beaten Lincoln City in an entertaining 5-3 win. Either side of that result, the Hawks have won one in five National South games including their only away defeat of the campaign, to bottom club Basingstoke Town. The Hawks have travelled well otherwise winning the other four and drawing three.

After a 2-0 reverse at home to Concord Rangers, Whitehawk drew 2-2 with Wealdstone. Having turned around a goal deficit, the Hawks conceded four minutes into injury time.

The fixture saw the return of Paul Lorraine in defence after a long term injury. The  31 year old could well have been lining up for the Darts against his current side having signed for Tony Burman over a year ago. In the same summer, Lorraine left without making an appearance. Due to Dartford’s reprieve in the National League, the defender’s personal circumstances affected his decision to leave the Darts.

The Sussex club have been potent up front, with only Oxford City scoring more times in the league this term. Danny Mills has notched 17 goals in 23 appearances, including a brace on Monday night and Sam Deering ten goals in 21 appearances, whilst Scott Neilson and Jake Robinson are one goal away from double figures.

In midfield, the Darts will face former favourite Dave Martin who made 71 starting appearances for Dartford scoring 16 times. The 30 year old caught the eye of Crystal Palace and has further experience with Stevanage, Millwall, Southend United and Luton Town. Martin is remembered fondly at Princes Park for some of his stunning goals notably against Burgess Hill Town.

Football League experience doesn’t stop there, Sergio Torres played for Crawley Town during their rise to League One. In defence, Dean Leacock has nine Premier League starts to his name and over 250 appearances in the Football League with Derby County, Fulham, Crawley Town and Notts County. Whitehawk have also used the loan market by bringing in Craig Braham-Barrett who will be available for selection.

Manager, Steve King leads the Sussex club and has been successful in non-league. He took Lewes from Isthmian League Division One South to the Football Conference with three titles, won the Isthmian Premier with Farnborough and led Whitehawk to last season’s playoff final.

The Hawks are relatively new to the F.A Trophy following their rise up the non- league ladder. The Sussex club first took part just five years ago and have only got through the qualifying rounds once.

Team News

Mark Onyemah has impressed at Dartford since joining on loan from Luton Town, he’s had his loan spell extended to 2 January 2016. Kaka Dembele departs Princes Park on loan to Leatherhead whilst Lee Burns has been nursing an ankle injury.

Current Form (* – County Cup / + – F.A Cup)

Dartford (WDWWWD) Whitehawk (DLLWWWL)
Gillingham*  H  2-1 Wealdstone  A  2-2
Maidstone United  H  1-1 Concord Rangers  H  0-2
Hayes & Yeading  H  2-0 Littlehampton Town*  H  0-3
Bishop’s Stortford  A  2-1 Margate  A  6-2
Welling United*  H  3-1 Lancing*  A  4-1
Hemel Hempstead Town  H  2-2 Lincoln City+  H  5-3

Stats

The Darts are unbeaten in their last six games in all competitions

Dartford have yet to beat a team above them in the National South at home, drawing three and losing three

Princes Park hosts its 250th competitive Dartford first team game this weekend (includes Kent Senior Cup). The Darts have notched up 123 wins, 59 draws and suffered 67 defeats.

On This Day

Since reforming, Dartford have failed to score on 28 November in only two attempts. Ashford Town’s defence couldn’t be breached in a 0-0 draw back in 1998. Six years ago, AFC Hornchurch got the better of the Darts with a 1-0 win in the Isthmian Premier League.

Last Ten Years in the F.A Trophy

Season Dartford Whitehawk
2014/15 Third Round Third Qualifying Round
2013/14 First Round Second Round
2012/13 Semi-Final Third Qualifying Round
2011/12 Third Round First Qualifying Round
2010/11 Third Round First Qualifying Round
2009/10 Third Qualifying Round Did not participate
2008/09 Third Qualifying Round Did not participate
2007/08 First Qualifying Round Did not participate
2006/07 Second Qualifying Round Did not participate
2005/06 Third Qualifying Round Did not participate
2004/05 First Round Did not participate