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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)

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 “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


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


FC Halifax Town v Dartford

A place in the F.A Trophy Quarter Finals is up for grabs as the Darts visit FC Halifax in the long awaited third round replay.

The two sides met twice last month in separate competitions but weather conditions have made getting the replay on difficult. Back at Princes Park, Dartford had to come from two goals down to stay in the competition and be included in the hat for the next round.

FC Halifax looked likely to repeat their 2-1 league win they recorded at Princes Park in mid-January as they went two up by half-time. With twelve minutes on the clock Calum Driver gave away a free kick which the visitors took full advantage of. Striker Richard Peniket was left unmarked and guided the ball beyond Jason Brown from close range. The lead was doubled a minute before the interval when Adam Smith’s good work and cross met Matty Pearson who powerfully headed in a second.

Tony Burman took action during the break and the introduction of winger Ryan Hayes, at the expense of Peter Sweeney, turned the tie. Hayes, for the second time this season swung in a corner which went in the visitors goal directly to pull one back for the Darts. Looking like an exit for Dartford, Rory McAuley’s attempts to level the tie were unsuccessful until the final minute. The centre back struck a late equaliser volleying beyond Matt Glennon to take the contest to a replay.

After the well earned draw Tony Burman praised Hayes for his contribution, he spoke to and said: “At 2-0 down, it was made for Ryan to come on and do something like that. He came on and caused a few problems although we probably didn’t get the ball out to him as much as we could have done. He’s good at dead ball situations and he’s come on and done okay”.

The replay has already been postponed few times making preparations far from ideal for the Darts. However an excellent 2-2 draw with Bristol Rovers will give the squad a degree of confidence. Once again, Burman after some deliberating gambled on Hayes despite the state of the Princes Park pitch. The decision proved to be worthwhile as the winger scored twice as the Darts came from behind on both occasions.

Rovers went one up through Matty Taylor, who scored a penalty in the reverse fixture. The deficit was short-lived and Hayes repeated his feat against FC Halifax Town with another inswinging corner, this time goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall failed to fully connect with an attempted punch with the ball going in his own net. The Gas went ahead once more when McAuley’s clearance rebounded off substitute Ellis Harrison. Dartford’s spirit continued to show and Hayes was left to score a stunning free kick to earn the Darts a much needed point.

Burman reiterated the quality Hayes has shown over the last two home games, he commented: “If Ryan’s got his mind on the game, he can produce like that. In fairness to Ryan, he’s produced many a magic moment at the club over the last ten years”.

FC Halifax Town will feel they have already missed an opportunity to progress but can look to their 2-1 win at Princes Park, the Shaymen won that league game despite ending up with nine men. On the weekend they narrowly beat bottom of the table side AFC Telford United thanks to Pearson’s third goal in three games. The win ended the Bucks unbeaten run of four as FC Halifax Town moved into sixth place by full time. Postponements left the Yorkshire club without a Conference Premier fixture on the weekend which saw them slip to eighth, a couple of points away from the playoffs.

The winners will face Gateshead or Wrexham at home in the last eight and will know they are within three games of reaching Wembley.

Dartford v FC Halifax Town

A home tie against FC Halifax Town is between Dartford and a place in the last eight of the F.A Trophy this weekend.

The Darts will want to forget the last meeting with the Shaymen almost two weeks ago, the Yorkshire side came away from Princes Park with a 2-1 victory despite playing the final twenty minutes with nine men. Harry Crawford’s early strike was a temporary highlight for the Darts as the visitors came from behind. Matty Pearson levelled before Lois Maynard was sent off for violent conduct. FC Halifax Town took the lead through Scott Boden’s spot kick which the Shaymen held on to despite James Bolton also receiving his marching orders.

Keeping the F.A Trophy run going will provide light relief to Dartford as league form continues to suffer. On the weekend the Darts lost heavily to Kent rivals Dover Athletic losing 6-1, the clubs biggest league defeat in ten years. Nicky Deverdics put the Whites in front as early as the fifth minute but Crawford netted another for the season, his third in as many games. Deren Ibrahim’s fine form in the Dartford goal could only keep the score down as a brace from Tom Murphy and goals from Richard Orlu, Liam Bellamy and Barry Cogan completed the rout.

It was an unpleasant début for new loan signing Christian Doidge who partnered Crawford up front. The Dagenham and Redbridge striker went straight into the squad after signing the day before. The 22 year old attracted the Daggers interest after an impressive Welsh Premier League campaign with Carmarthen Town, he scored 19 goals in 43 appearances helping the Town to a League Cup triumph.

Since FC Halifax Town’s win at Princes Park, the Shaymen have been without a game due to a frozen pitch, which has allowed Neil Aspin to concentrate in the January transfer market. Defender, Simon Ainge left the Shay for Bradford Park Avenue and in comes Ross Killock, the Leeds United youth team player has had spells on loan at Chester and Alfreton Town. FC Halifax Town will be without Maynard and Bolton after their red cards at Princes Park just under a fortnight ago.

The two sides met in the F.A Trophy before when the Darts run ended one step from Wembley in the semi-finals. Dartford had to beat this weekend’s opponents in the Quarter Final to progress. Then in the Conference North, FC Halifax Town had home advantage and again impressed with a man light. Despite the home side being reduced to ten men early on, Chris Worsley was dismissed for his challenge on Mark Arber, the Conference North playoff winners were not deterred when striker Lee Gregory put the hosts one up. A second half substitution was pivotal in the result, Danny Harris pounced from three yards out, earning the Darts a replay.

In the replay at Princes Park a trio of midfielder’s blasted the Darts into the semi-final after falling behind to Dan Gardner’s second minute goal. Lee Noble scored through a crowded box and two minutes later Elliot Bradbrook netted with a well taken finish. The pick of the bunch came courtesy of winger Ryan Hayes who expertly curled his shot beyond Matt Glennon. The Shaymen set up a dramatic finish with Gardner’s second of the match.

F.A Trophy Story So Far

Second Round

Burgess Hill Town 1 Dartford 2

A last minute winner from Danny Harris clinched victory against Isthmian Division One South high fliers Burgess Hill Town. The Darts completed a cup double against the Hillians and remained the only side to beat the Sussex club this season. Harry Crawford put Dartford in front early on from the penalty spot, Pat Harding made it 1-1. Harris came of the bench and made sure it was Dartford who made it to the last 16.

FC Halifax Town 5 Alfreton Town 3

Richard Peniket took home the match ball with a hat trick in a high scoring entertaining cup tie. Alfreton Town’s Bradley Wood opened the goal fest but Steve Williams equalised. The Reds went ahead again through Lee Stevenson but the Shaymen levelled once more with Peniket’s first. The away side went in front for a third time when Tom Shaw made it 3-2. Peniket hit another two and George Wills secured the 5-3 victory.

First Round

Dartford 2 Solihull Moors 0

In a slow first half goalkeeper Jason Brown kept Dartford in the competition with some decent saves. An improved second half was enough to see the Darts progress at the expense of their Conference North opponents. Firstly captain Elliot Bradbrook netted from the spot and brother Tom sealed the win with just under twenty minutes to go.

Worcester City 0 FC Halifax Town 1

The hosts made headlines in the F.A Cup by beating League One side Coventry City so the Shaymen knew this tie would be tough. FC Halifax Town had to wait until five minutes from time to see Scott Boden score the decider and put the Yorkshire club in the hat for round two.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 1 / FC Halifax Town wins: 3 / Draws: 1

Current Form (* – F.A Trophy)

Dartford (LLWLLL) FC Halifax Town (WWLDWW)
Dover Athletic  A  1-6 Dartford  A  2-1
FC Halifax Town  H  1-2 Alfreton Town  H  5-3*
Burgess Hill Town  A  2-1* Chester  H  0-2
Kidderminster Harriers  H  1-2 Gateshead  A  2-2
Braintree Town  A  0-3 Worcester City  A  1-0*
Braintree Town  H  0-2 Nuneaton Town  H  2-0

Last Meeting at Princes Park

13 January 2015 – Dartford 1 FC Halifax Town 2 – Att: 811

Goalscorer: Crawford (9), Pearson (33), Boden (69 pen)

Dartford Lineup: Ibrahim, Burns, Mitchel-King, McAuley, Driver, Hayes, Cornhill, Noble, Green, Crawford, Harris (subs used: T Bradbrook, Sweeney)

FC Halifax Town Lineup: Glennon, Bolton, M Roberts, Williams, McManus, Maynard, Pearson, Marshall, Smith, Schofield, Peniket (subs used: Boden, K Roberts)

Previous Meetings (* – F.A Trophy)

13.01.2015 Dartford 1 FC Halifax Town 2
14.12.2013 Dartford 1 FC Halifax Town 2
17.08.2013 FC Halifax Town 2 Dartford 0
06.02.2013* Dartford 3 FC Halifax Town 2
30.01.2013* FC Halifax Town 1 Dartford 1




Burgess Hill Town v Dartford

Dartford have already met Burgess Hill Town in this season’s F.A Cup, this time they travel to Leylands Park for this weekend’s F.A Trophy second round tie.

Drawn against each other once more the two sides met two and half months ago at Princes Park. Harry Crawford’s brace and Elliot Bradbrook’s penalty earned Dartford a F.A Cup first round spot in a 3-1 triumph.

The Darts have won all of their previous visits to the Sussex club, the last coming over eight years ago in the Isthmian Division One South. On the opening day of Dartford’s homecoming season, three months before the Darts moved into their new home, a memorable away day gave Dartford the best possible start. In a 6-1 victory, fans favourite Brendon Cass opened his season with a hat trick, John Farley recorded his only goal of 2006/07 and Jay May notched a brace. In 2003, the Darts won 1-0 in the Southern League Eastern Division during their homeless years.

With the January window open Tony Burman is hoping some transfer dealings along with a cup run will boost the confidence of his squad. The visit of Kiderminster Harriers on Sunday became a familiar tale as Dartford couldn’t hold on to earn important league points. Ryan Hayes gave Dartford a superb start after just 45 seconds, the winger scored his 84th career goal for the club by scoring directly from a corner. Chances were missed to increase the lead when Tom Bradbrook headed a golden opportunity wide of the post. Kidderminster Harriers grew into the game and built up pressure throughout the second half, eventually the Darts defence was breached twice by Marvin Johnson in the final eleven minutes to condemn Dartford to another defeat.

On a positive note new signing Nathan Green made his debut and impressed with his performance. The former Dagenham and Redbridge midfielder can also play at left back so could feature in that position following the release on Tom Bender. Bender made 21 appearances for the Darts and was signed in September. Burman has already made it know he is attempting to sign more players to bolster his squad so there could be some new faces come the weekend.

Dartford’s visitors may be three divisions below them but the form of each club suggests the gap is narrower. Incredibly, Burgess Hill Town are unbeaten in 25 Isthmian Division One South games sitting top by three points with three games in hand.

The Hillians have lost just one match this term at the hands of Dartford in the F.A Cup. The only unbeaten side in the top eight tiers of English football have already played 15 cup games as well. In the F.A Cup, Burgess Hill Town played five times adding to the six F.A Trophy ties so far, two county cup fixtures and two league cup matches. All together the Hillians record stands at played 40, won 33, drawn 6 and lost 1.

The F.A Trophy second round is the furthest the Sussex side has ever reached, which they have managed twice before. Progression will take the club the furthest they have been and captain Darren Budd is hoping history is created, he told, “The lads will be brimming with confidence after the victory against Aldershot in the last round and hopefully we can write another bit of history in record books for Burgess Hill Town FC”.

Victory at Aldershot Town came as a surprise but with the confidence building Burgess Hill Town are currently on a winning streak of twelve matches, the Hillians are looking to beat the 15 consecutive wins set earlier in the season. The run continued during the week when they beat Folkestone Invicta 3-1 despite being reduced to ten men, the strike force of Rob O’Toole and Pat Harding combined again who have netted 29 goals in all competitions between them. Top scorer Greg Luer with 16 goals has earned much praise this term, so much so that the 19 year old has joined Premier League side Hull City.

Team News

Striker Andy Pugh has returned to light training but remains out of match action whilst Nathan Green will be cup tied. Captain Elliot Bradbrook could start his 250th game for Dartford, the captain has made the second most appearances from the current squad of players. If selected, central defender Rory McAuley and midfielder Max Cornhill will make their 50th start for the Darts. Nathan Collier will also reach the 50 mark of substitute appearances should he come off the bench to participate.

F.A Trophy Story So Far

First Round

Dartford 2 Solihull Moors 0

In a slow first half goalkeeper Jason Brown kept Dartford in the competition with some decent saves. An improved second half was enough to see the Darts progress at the expense of their Conference North opponents. Firstly captain Elliot Bradbrook netted from the spot and brother Tom sealed the win with just under twenty minutes to go.

Aldershot Town 0 Burgess Hill Town 1

The F.A Cup giantkillers were giantkilled, the Shots who beat Portsmouth in the F.A Cup a month before and drew with Rochdale days prior hosted the Hillians. However, Burgess Hill Town caused an upset and Dan Perry’s strike earned arguably the biggest victory in the club’s history.

Third Qualifying Round

Burgess Hill Town 3 Leatherhead 2

The hosts left it late to secure a first round place by coming from 2-0 down. Leatherhead of the Isthmian Premier League went in front through Vasileious Karagiannis and former Dart Carl Rook made it two. Joe Keehan started the come back from the spot and had to score from another penalty with ten minutes to go. With the match heading for a replay Darren Budd scored with three minutes to go to put the Hillians through.

Second Qualifying Round Replay

Folkestone Invicta 0 Burgess Hill Town 1

A goalless draw at Leylands Park meant the two sides had to face each other again just three days later. Despite heavy rain the fixture went ahead at Fullicks Stadium. Up until 69 minutes the sides were inseparable but with Dan Perry one on one with the Folkestone Invicta goalkeeper, the striker netted the winner.

First Qualifying Round

Burgess Hill Town 2 Chesham United 0

The Hillians bounced back from their F.A Cup defeat at Dartford with a cup win of their own. A brace from striker Pat Harding either side of half time gave the Sussex club a 2-0 win. Harding scored a minute before the interval and doubled his tally with fifteen minutes remaining.

Preliminary Round

Burgess Hill Town 1 Aveley 0

The F.A Trophy journey started back in October against Isthmian Division One North side Aveley. Manager Ian Chapman rested a few players but still relied on the impressive Greg Luer. The striker scored a penalty three minutes into the second half which turned out to be the deciding goal.

Head to Head

Burgess Hill Town wins: 1 / Dartford wins: 5 / Draws: 0

Current Form (*F.A Trophy / ** County Cup)

Burgess Hill Town (WWWWWW) Dartford (LLLWWL)
Folkestone Invicta  H  3-1 Kidderminster Harriers  H  1-2
Hastings United  A  2-1 Braintree Town  A  0-3
Three Bridges  H  3-0 Braintree Town  H  0-2
Worthing  A  5-1 Wrexham  A  3-1
Hastings United**  A  1-0 Solihull Moors*  H  2-0
Carshalton Athletic  H  2-1 Gillingham**  A  3-7

Previous Meetings

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

*Southern League Division One Eastern / **Isthmian Division One South / ^ Southern League Cup / + F.A Cup

F.A Trophy Performances (Last Ten Years)

bhtfc 10 years

Dartford v Solihull Moors

One cup dream ended last weekend and a new one begins when Dartford host Conference North club Solihull Moors in the F.A Trophy first round.

The Darts have never played this weekend’s opponents, formed by the merger of Moor Green and Solihull Borough, but regularly came up against Moor Green in the Southern League Premier between 1988 and 1992. Under Peter Taylor, the Darts won three including a 5-1 victory and drew the other meeting. Bob Makin took over for the 1990/91 season and over the next two campaigns both sides won two each. Further fixtures with Moor Green were denied when Dartford went to the wall in 1992, the Darts were also due to play Solihull Borough that season, who had just won the Southern League Midlands division.

Last Sunday, Dartford’s day at Valley Parade proved too difficult as League One side Bradford City showed their superiority. On ten minutes Billy Clarke scrambled in the first from Jon Stead’s cross. Clarke had numerous chances before Stead himself made it 2-0 with his outstretched leg getting on the end of another low cross. The Darts rallied before the break but went in at half time two down in front of a large away following.

By the hour mark Bradford City were way out of sight, Filipe Morais lingered on the edge of the box from a corner and hit a long range effort past Jason Brown with the aid of a deflection, a minute later Mark Yeates curled in the Bantams fourth. Dartford fans had something to cheer on 64 minutes, Lee Noble’s cheeky back heel made it 4-1 with one of the goals of the second round.

Dartford can be excused for a fifth successive defeat against a side 59 places above them in the football pyramid, however four consecutive league losses has put the club under pressure. The third cup tie in a week is a welcome distraction and a run in the F.A Trophy could restore some confidence. Currently eight places above Solihull Moors in a league above, the Darts will desperately want to avoid an upset, a feat they managed to achieve in the F.A Cup first round against Bromley.

Tony Burman has lacked options up front with Tom Bradbrook the only out and out striker on a permanent contract. The Dartford boss has brought in Bradley Tarbuck on loan who has only made substitute appearances so far. In the build up to the F.A Cup tie, Burman hinted that Harry Crawford may return from injury which will be a boost to the Darts strike-force.

Last term Dartford were eliminated at this stage against Forest Green Rovers, so would rather look for inspiration from the squad of two years ago. The Darts reached the semi-final and were one step away from a trip to Wembley for only the second time in the club’s history. Instead the F.A Trophy final of 1974 remains the only Wembley appearance for Dartford as they finished runners up to Morecambe.

Solihull Moors were only formed seven years ago when Moor Green opted to merge with Solihull Borough. The fledgling club emerged from disaster and the charity between two local rivals. Moor Green’s home at Moorlands suffered a fire in 2005 and so they spent two years sharing at Solihull Borough’s Damson Park. The cost to rebuild Moorlands was too much and in order for Moor Green to survive the directors deemed a merger with a local club was imperative, which happened in 2007. Solihull Moors were created and took Moor Green’s place in the Conference North where they have remained to the present day.

The Moors have steadily improved since their introduction at step six from bottom half finishes to top half finishes. The West Midlands outfit are pushing for their best ever league campaign and currently occupy the final playoff place. Under Marcus Bignot, Solihull Moors are enjoying a great run of form losing just once in their last 13 league games, this after picking up just four points in the opening six matches. October was particularly a productive match with four wins from five as Bignot picked up Manager of the Month.

Top scorers in the Conference North and the second best away record Solihull Moors are full of confidence. However, on Saturday the Moors threw away a three goal lead at home to ten men Lowestoft Town. Ryan Beswick headed the West Midlanders ahead with his seventh league goal of the season and Reece Fleet made it 2-0. Goalkeeper, Ashlee Jones was dismissed when he conceded a penalty, prolific striker Omar Bogle picked himself up and scored a third for Solihull Moors. The visitors started their recovery just before half time when Rossi Jarvis scored a free kick and early in the second half the deficit was reduced to one, thanks to Jack Ainsley. On the hour the equaliser arrived  courtesy of Jake Reed and despite having a man advantage the Moors struggled to create chances to win.

The player who has grabbed Conference North headlines is Solihull Moors striker Bogle. The club’s top scorer with 19 goals last term was called up for England C international duty and netted in their 4-2 win over Estonia. The former Birmingham City and Glasgow Celtic academy player has already found the net 15 times this term in the Conference North and heads the goalscoring chart.

Darren Byfield will be a familiar name in the Moors squad, the 38 year old started out at Aston Villa and enjoyed a Football League career with Walsall, Rotherham United, Gillingham and Millwall to name but a few. The striker was part of the relegated Tamworth team last season and has six international caps for Jamaica.

Dartford’s opponents entered the F.A Trophy just a fortnight ago in the third qualifying round. A home tie against Southern League Premier side Redditch United had the hosts soaking up pressure to earn a 2-1 win. Solihull Moors took a two goal lead when an own goal put them ahead in the first half. Beswick scored on the hour from close range following up Liam Daly’s rebound and when Redditch United pulled one back, the Moors held on for a narrow 2-1 victory.

Current Form (* – F.A Cup / ** – F.A Trophy)

Dartford (LLLLLD) Solihull Moors (DWWLWW)
Bradford City*  A  1-4 Lowestoft Town  H  3-3
Eastleigh  A  0-2 Redditch United**  H  2-1
Forest Green Rovers  A  1-2 Gainsborough Trinity  H  2-0
Chester  H  2-4 Guiseley  A  0-3
Lincoln City  A  0-1 Bradford Park Avenue  A  3-2
Southport  H  1-1 Hyde  H  3-0

(*excludes County Cup)

F.A Trophy Performances Last Ten Years

FAT Solihull



Forest Green Rovers v Dartford

Dartford face Forest Green Rovers in a replay for the second year in a row on Tuesday but this time in the F.A Trophy.

Once again, Jan Klukowski scored against the Darts to deny Saturday’s hosts a place in the second round. Danny Harris gave Tony Burman’s side a lead four minutes before the half time interval. The midfielder’s determination was key to the opener as Harris struck the ball beyond Sam Russell in the Rovers goal. Klukowski levelled the tie with just under twenty minutes on the clock leaving the scoreline as the same as last season’s F.A Cup fixture.

Without the suspended Lee Noble and Kenny Clark as well as the injured Alan Julian, Matthew Godden and Jason Prior, Dartford’s draw has finally put an end to a seven game losing streak.

The Darts will be hopeful not to repeat the replay result of last season when they were beaten at Princes Park 4-1. Klukowski notched a brace that day as Rovers earned a first round tie against Port Vale. However, the last two meetings at The New Lawn have been closer affairs. Forest Green Rovers edged out Dartford 1-0 just a month ago, thanks to James Norwood’s early goal and the Darts won 3-2 towards the tail end of last season’s Conference Premier campaign.

Tuesday night’s meeting will be the seventh time the two clubs have met since October 2012. The winner will earn a second round away tie against Northern Premier League side Chorley. The Magpies are currently second, a point behind leaders Skelmersdale United with three games in hand.

Dartford v Forest Green Rovers

Dartford take a break from league action as their F.A Trophy campaign starts with a home tie against Forest Green Rovers.

Hoping to repeat last season’s run to the semi-final, the Darts enter the first round on the back of seven straight defeats in all competitions. The terrible November run started against this weekend’s opponents at the New Lawn, when James Norwood fired Rovers in front after five minutes. The striker’s header was enough to end a run of five consecutive loses for Forest Green Rovers before a new manager was appointed.

Judging by the form book, Dartford will be underdogs versus the side that knocked them out of the F.A Cup over a year ago. Taking Rovers to a replay, the Darts followed up the 1-1 away draw with defeat. Jan Klukowski’s double along with goals from Matthew Taylor and Magno Vieira, overturned Harry Crawford’s strike to guide Forest Green Rovers into the first round. Within a fortnight, the Gloucestershire club notched another win beating Dartford 1-0 in the league.

Out of the four meetings with Forest Green Rovers during 2012/13, the Darts claimed one victory with a 3-2 win in Nailsworth. Danny Harris scrambled the visitors ahead and Elliot Bradbrook scored from the spot. Chris Stokes halved the deficit before Bradbrook headed in his second, Jamie Turley recorded a consolation goal for the hosts.

On Tuesday night, Tony Burman watched his side fall to a Barnet side who had not won a Tuesday night fixture for eight years. England C international Keanu Marsh-Brown scored from a tight angle on his return to the side, the striker now has eight league strikes to his name this season. Luisma Villa curled a 20-yard free kick into the top corner to secure the triumph for the Bees and his third goal in five matches.

In order to strengthen the current squad, Burman turned to Luton Town again on deadline day for loan signings. Midfielder, Jim Stevenson joins from the Hatters until 4 January. The 21 year old has made six appearances for Luton Town this season after being signed from Conference North club Histon.

Forest Green Rovers Chairman, Dale Vince decided to freshen his management team up at the end of October. Hovering four points above the bottom four and suffering a F.A Cup exit to Conference South side Bishop’s Stortford, Dave Hockaday left his position as boss. With Gary Mills and Steve Burr on Vince’s wishlist, the pair pledged their futures to their current clubs. Former Bournemouth and Gillingham defender Adrian Pennock was appointed just over a fortnight ago. Having gained coaching experience under Tony Pulis at Stoke City and managerial experience at Welling United, the 42 year old has made a promising start.

Home wins against Nuneaton Town and Lincoln City may have been followed by defeat at Wrexham but Pennock made amends on Tuesday night. Travelling to Salisbury City, Rovers secured their first away win since August as Norwood scored the first and last goals on the night. Salisbury City’s Dan Fitchett equalised but a Danny Wright volley and Klukowski penalty was rounded off with Norwood’s second in a 4-1 triumph. The Gloucestershire club have moved up to 12th in the Conference Premier, four points off the playoffs.

The two time F.A Trophy runners up were knocked out at the second round last season to Conference North side Gainsborough Trinity.

Team News

Dartford’s injury crisis continues, in mid week Jason Prior lasted less than a half and was taken to hospital. The striker who suffered a serious leg injury last year will be out of action again. Elliot Bradbrook battled through the full ninety minutes despite his repairing ribs feeling tender. Matthew Godden was not fit enough to start against Barnet suffering from last weeks calf strain, the Darts top scorer did manage to get on the park for half an hour. Lee Noble is suspended for the red card he picked up versus Gateshead and defender Kenny Clark’s fifth caution on Tuesday night means he will miss one match.

England C international, Jamie Turley is available having served a one match ban for the two cautions he picked up at Wrexham. Defender Eddie Oshodi stepped in on Tuesday night but he is one more yellow card away from another suspension. Chris Stokes has been out of action, his last appearance was against Dartford. Former Ebbsfleet United midfielder Magno Vieira also missed the mid week trip to Salisbury City. Striker, Matthew Barnes-Homer picked up his fifth yellow card in the 4-1 win at the Raymond McEnhill Stadium and will be suspended.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 1 / Forest Green Rovers wins: 3 / Draws 3 (* = F.A Cup)

02.11.2013 Dartford 0 Forest Green Rovers 1
16.04.2013 Forest Green Rovers 2 Dartford 3
06.11.2012 Dartford 0 Forest Green Rovers 1
23.10.2012* Dartford 1 Forest Green Rovers 4
20.10.2012* Forest Green Rovers 1 Dartford 1
19.04.1997 Forest Green Rovers 0 Dartford 0
16.11.1996 Dartford 0 Forest Green Rovers 0

F.A Trophy Ten Year Performance

FAT 10 year FGR


Dartford and Forest Green Rovers have come runners up three times between them in the F.A Trophy. The Darts lost 2-1 against Morecambe in the 1974 final. Rovers were defeated 1-0 in 1999 versus Kingstonian and by the same scoreline against Canvey Island two years later.

Dartford’s run to last season’s semi-final was their best F.A Trophy performance since the 1988/89 campaign. The Darts were beaten by Macclesfield Town 4-1 on aggregate having drawn the first leg 0-0 at Watling Street.

No side have ever won the F.A Vase and F.A Trophy, Forest Green Rovers remain the closest to have achieved this double. Having won the vase in 1982 and reaching the trophy final twice.

Forest Green Rovers have only failed to score on three occasions this season, twice in the league and once in the F.A Cup. No team in the Conference Premier has failed on fewer occasions.

Dartford v Grimsby Town


Odds are stacked against Dartford in the second leg of their F.A Trophy semi-final against Grimsby Town.

Tony Burman will have to mastermind an amazing comeback for his side to reach Wembley for the first time in 39 years. In the history of the F.A Trophy no side has ever overturned a three goal deficit in a semi final.

At Blundell Park the Darts contained the Mariners to a goal margin following Craig Disley’s superb first half volley. Dartford worked hard keeping themselves in the cup tie providing enough hope for the second leg to overturn the Grimsby Town’s lead.

In the final five minutes Dartford’s hopes were crushed when a rare Marcus Bettinelli mistake allowed Disley to score again. To compound the disappointing afternoon Anthony Cook made it 3-0 putting Grimsby Town in full control of reaching Wembley. Lee Noble was sent off in the final stages, his second dismissal this season will earn him another suspension.

Burman spoke to and said: “I was disappointed with the result”, he added: “I know we were 1-0 down but I felt we had control of the game in the second-half. We’d have taken a 1-0 to bring back home. It’s the first leg of a semi-final and 1-0 would have been okay, but at 3-0 we’ve got a mountain to climb. It was just a mad 10 minutes”.

At least the Darts can take a positive out of the fact they have won their last three home matches. However, Grimsby Town have yet to lose this season by a margin larger than two, the Darts achieved a 2-0 win against the Mariners back in October. Keeping games tight is a key theme away from Blundell Park because the Lincolnshire club also have the best defensive record on the road conceding a meagre 11 goals in 13 league matches. Up front only two sides in this season’s Conference Premier campaign have scored fewer goals away from home.

Paul Hurst and Rob Scott had led their team to an impressive 18 game unbeaten run until Tuesday nights defeat to Braintree Town. The Mariners first league loss since November was sealed when Luke Daley bagged a brace. Scott told BBC Radio Humberside after the match: “If you perform like that then you’re not going to win games. Tonight we weren’t anywhere near good enough to get anything out of the game”.

In the history of the F.A Trophy only four sides have lost a semi-final first leg and reached the final. The most recent of comebacks came in 2006 when Grays Athletic beat Exeter City 3-2 on aggregate having lost the first match 2-1.

One of the greatest F.A Trophy semi-final turnarounds happened thirty years ago. Harrow Borough visited Bucks Head and brought home a 2-0 lead for the return fixture. Telford United bounced back in style winning 5-1 at Harrow Borough’s Earlsmead Stadium.

Woking came from a goal down in 1995 against Rushden and Diamonds to win 2-1 on aggregate. The same scoreline occurred twenty years earlier when Matlock Town beat Burton Albion. On all four occasions the team coming from behind as gone on to lift the trophy.

Whatever the outcome of the two semi-finals this year a new name will be engraved on the F.A Trophy on 24 March 2013.

Team News

Lee Noble will be suspended for the return game for picking up his second red card this season. The midfielder was sent off earlier in the Conference Premier campaign at Woking. Noble was dismissed on Saturday after retaliating. Lee Burns and Harry Crawford returned to the side, striker Jacob Erskine sat out the first leg.

Grimsby Town v Dartford


Dartford will hope to take a step in creating club history at Blundell Park when they take on league leaders Grimsby Town in the F.A Trophy semi-final.

Saturday’s cup tie is the first of two legs and the Darts will aim to set up a chance to reach Wembley for the first time since 1974.

Tony Burman led his team to victory last time his side travelled to Lincolnshire to play the Mariners. In an incredible start to their campaign Dartford reached fifth position following an excellent 2-0 away win at Grimsby Town. With the scores level at the break the Kent club took the lead on 52 minutes when Tom Champion opened his account for the season. With the home side pressing to salvage a point loan signing Adam Birchall scored his only goal for the Darts during his loan spell.

Whilst Grimsby Town’s midweek match was called off at Nuneaton Town, the Darts hosted F.A Cup headliners Luton Town. The two teams went into the interval locked in a goalless draw. Dartford made a positive start improving on their defeat at Lincoln City on Saturday. Elliot Bradbrook had a great chance to put the Darts in front as his side pressed well. The Hatters grew into the game before half time with Marcus Bettinelli’s goal being threatened late on.

Dartford continued to press in the second half and their hard work was rewarded in style. With just under twenty minutes remaining Ryan Hayes cut inside to curl home the match winner in his 350th appearance for the club. Burman praised the winger after the game and told BBC Radio Kent: “It was a wonderful goal and he’s done that on a regular basis. I’ve got to give Ryan [Hayes] credit, he’s been very consistent this season. I thought it was an outstanding individual goal”.

Burman admitted to making changes tactically on Tuesday night, he commented: “It’s a great result. The guys worked really hard off the back of the defeat away to Lincoln”. With Jacob Erskine not selected, Burman opted for two normally attacking midfielder’s up front in Lee Noble and Nathan Collier.”We had to play a certain system that we don’t like to play at home but it paid off. Lee played behind Nathan and put in an excellent performance”. The performance from the back five also impressed the boss, he said: “We’ve defended better tonight. The unit was a lot stronger than over the past few weeks”.

Erskine is the only recognised striker as Noble, Collier and Danny Harris have featured mainly on the wing during their time at Princes Park. It’s no surprise that Burman has been desperate to find more options in front of goal and despite his attempts he has struggled to bring in the right player.

However, the Dartford manager had a change of fortune this week with the return of top goalscorer Harry Crawford from Barnet on a months loan. The striker caught the eye of the League Two side by scoring 15 goals in 28 appearances (18 starts) for Dartford this season, only one away from home. Crawford has made three appearances for the Bees so far scoring against Bristol Rovers.

Victory took the Darts to 44 points which has been enough to survive for half of the seasons since the Conference Premier was restructured in 2004. It was also the clubs first double of the season and third home win in a row in all competitions. With league safety edging ever closer Dartford will be desperate to reach Wembley for only the second time in their history.

Dartford’s semi final opponents are on an exceptional run. When the Darts played Grimsby Town last time they ended a 12 match unbeaten run but this time they will need to finish a 17 game streak without defeat. The last team to defeat the Mariners in all competitions were Hyde on 6 November 2012.

The latest triumph came last weekend when on loan striker Richard Brodie netted the winner against AFC Telford United. Victory stretched Grimsby Town’s run at home to seven wins from nine in the league leaving them in top spot. Brodie is one of a few players recruited by managerial duo Rob Scott and Paul Hurst to help push the club back towards the Football League.

When Dartford took on Grimsby Town in October the Mariners lacked fire power for a side challenging at the top. Signing Ross Hannah from League Cup finalists Bradford City has added a further ten goals in the scored column, the 26 year old striker has made 17 appearances in the league so far. Recently, striker Lenell John-Lewis and winger Marcus Marshall signed from Bury joining up with Brodie from Crawley Town. With an already tight defence Scott and Hurst will be aiming to return the club to League Two with an added bonus of cup success.

Head to Head

Grimsby Town wins: 0 / Dartford wins: 1 / Draws: 0

Team News

Lee Burns was missing from Tuesday nights win over Luton Town as Adam Green slotted in at full back. Harry Crawford has returned to the club for a second spell. Dartford have no suspensions for the first leg.

Grimsby Town have loaned striker Greg Pearson to Kidderminster Harriers after the recent additions to Blundell Park. The Mariners also have no suspensions for the first fixture.

Current Form

(League games unless stated – FAT – F.A Trophy)

Grimsby Town (WWWDWW) Dartford (WLWLDW)
AFC Telford United H 1-0 Luton Town H 1-0
Alfreton Town H 4-2 Lincoln City A 1-2
Luton Town H 3-0 FC Halifax Town (FAT) H 3-2
Cambridge United A 0-0 Mansfield Town A 0-5
Hyde H 2-0 FC Halifax Town (FAT) A 1-1
Welling United A 2-1 Macclesfield Town H 2-0

Road To Wembley

Quarter Final

Dartford 3 FC Halifax Town 2

A trio of midfielder’s blasted the Darts into the semi-final after falling behind to Dan Gardener’s second minute goal. Lee Noble scored his fourth goal of the season through a crowded box. Two minutes later the returning Elliot Bradbrook netted with a well taken finish. The pick of the bunch came courtesy of winger Ryan Hayes who expertly curled his shot beyond Matt Glennon. FC Halifax Town set up a dramatic finish with Gardener’s second of the match.

FC Halifax Town 1 Dartford 1

The Darts salvaged a second attempt at making it through to the semi-final after falling a goal behind. Both sides battled for ninety minutes with the Shaymen reduced to ten men early on when Chris Worsley was dismissed. Lee Gregory shocked the Darts to put the hosts ahead. Danny Harris pounced from three yards out netting a leveller leaving the sides to do it all over again.

Grimsby Town 3 Luton Town 0

Grimsby Town booked their place in the FA Trophy semi-finals with a convincing 3-0 victory over Luton Town. Jamie Devitt curled home his 25 yard free kick and second half goals from Andy Cook and Marcus Marshall made sure The Mariners reached the last four.

Third Round

Dartford 4 Bromley 2

New loan signing Dominic Green took no time at all to score on his début taking advantage of a poor back pass. Bromley’s Pierre Joseph-Dubois hit a decent strike past Marcus Bettinelli to level up. A clever counter attack finished by Green ensured the Darts restored their lead before half time. In the second half, Lee Burns netted from Ryan Hayes’ delightful back heel and Harry Crawford continued his excellent form in front of goal. There was time for consolation when Joseph-Dubois scored again for Bromley.

Welling United 1 Grimsby Town 2

The Mariners didn’t have it all their own way at Conference South side Welling United. With the Kent club boasting a decent record at Park View Road in recent seasons they took the lead through Joe Healy’s penalty. More spot kicks ensued as Ross Hannah failed to equalise from 12 yards before Jamie Devitt equalised from a second penalty attempt. Marcus Marshall clinched the match with a winner to send Grimsby Town through.

Second Round

Dartford 3 Tonbridge Angels 0

In a cup derby at Princes Park the Darts knocked out the Conference South side. Harry Crawford got the Darts on their way when at the second attempt the striker scored to give the Darts an early lead. In the second half top goalscorer Crawford was upended in the penalty box and captain Elliot Bradbrook scored from the spot. The third goal was the pick of the bunch, created by Jacob Erskine’s back heel, Jon Wallis took a touch before emphatically hitting a fine long range strike into the top corner.

Grimsby Town 4 Havant and Waterlooville 0

A comfortable victory at Blundell Park put the struggles of the first round behind the Mariners. Shaun Pearson nodded the hosts in front and Andy Cook made it 2-0. Havant and Waterlooville were down and out when a third hit the Conference South sides net before the break thanks to Greg Pearson. A fourth arrived in the second half despite Joe Colbeck being dismissed for the Mariners with Cook completing a brace.

First Round

Kingstonian 0 Dartford 4

The happy memories of promotion two years ago came back to the Darts in round one. The trip to Kingsmeadow started badly when début defender Semi Ajayi conceded a penalty with four minutes on the clock. Fortunately Andre McCollin’s spot kick was saved by the other loan signing Marcus Bettinelli. From then on Dartford didn’t look back, Jacob Erskine flicked in number one before Simon Huckle was dismissed for the hosts. The lead was doubled when Elliot Bradbrook flicked the ball goalwards with his head and Danny Harris expertly curled home a third. Nathan Collier wrapped up the match by coolly slotting the ball underneath the oncoming goalkeeper.

Buxton 0 Grimsby Town 1

At the first hurdle Grimsby Town were heading to extra time until Ian Miller popped up with a late header in the closing minutes. Not a comfortable 180 minutes for the Mariners against a side two divisions below but they got the job done.

Grimsby Town 0 Buxton 0

When Northern Premier League side Buxton travelled to Blundell Park few would have expected the outcome. Grimsby Town failed to breakdown the Derbyshire club who took the tie back to Silverlands thanks to a goalless draw.