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Dartford v FC Halifax Town

 

A place in the F.A Trophy last four is up for grabs on Wednesday when Dartford take on Conference North side FC Halifax Town.

The Darts salvaged a second attempt at making it through to the semi final last week after falling a goal behind. Both sides battled for ninety minutes with the Shaymen reduced to ten men early on. Chris Worsley was dismissed for his tackle on defender Mark Arber leaving the home side at a disadvantage.

FC Halifax Town took the lead when Lee Gregory shocked the Darts with his tenth goal of the season. Tony Burman made two changes in the second half which paid off. Danny Harris may have missed a decent chance to equalise but he pounced from three yards out netting a leveller. The stalemate could not be broken in the later stages and so the sides try again on Wednesday.

The winners will go on to face top of the table Grimsby Town over two legs with the first fixture on 16 February 2013 at Blundell Park, the return leg will take place a week later.

Preparations didn’t exactly go to plan on Saturday as Dartford went down to a heavy defeat at Mill Field. Against an in form Mansfield Town, the Darts conceded an early goal by Adam Murray. With a one goal deficit to overcome in the second half Dartford fell further behind before the hour. Anthony Howell, Luke Jones, Matthew Green and Lee Stevenson all scored for the Stags leaving Tony Burman’s side beaten.

Meanwhile, the Shaymen travelled to Corby Town and recorded an excellent 5-1 victory. Shaun Kelly opened proceedings five minutes into the match and by the half way point of the first half FC Halifax Town were 3-0 up. Gregory scored a brace before Tom McGowan pulled a goal back for the hosts, on the stroke of half time Gareth Seddon made it 4-1. Gregory completed his hat trick just after the hour to complete a resounding win.

In a week of cup action, the Quarter Final replay will be played a day after Princes Park hosts its first ever international between England C and Turkey B. The Three Lions hope to progress into the International Challenge Trophy final under the guidance of Paul Fairclough.

Dartford’s Co-Chairman Bill Archer told thefa.com: “We are delighted to be hosting this fantastic fixture and I know that everyone at Princes Park will pull out all the stops to make it an evening to remember”, he added: “We have a modern, family friendly set-up here at Princes Park which makes it an ideal showcase for big games and we are thrilled to be hosting our first international”.

Team News

Dartford’s much changed starting line up on Saturday excluded winger Ryan Hayes and full back Richard Rose. Captain Elliot Bradbrook is still recovering from injury, loanee Dominic Green started on the bench and new loan signing Jack Evans made his début. Adam Green made his first league start for Dartford since 25 August 2012.

FC Halifax Town v Dartford

 

Dartford could earn a place in the F.A Trophy semi-finals for the first time in 24 years when they play FC Halifax Town on Wednesday.

The Darts have been left out in the cold of late having seen their last three fixtures postponed against Braintree Town, Hereford United and Wednesday night’s hosts. Like the Shaymen games have been scarce as clubs around the country struggled to fulfil matches in snowy conditions.

Volunteers have worked hard to clear the pitch in an attempt to host the Shaymen’s first home game since the last round of the trophy just over a fortnight ago.

The Darts last recorded a fine 2-0 win against F.A Cup giant killers Macclesfield Town. On a freezing cold Tuesday night, the crowd were warmed up by Jon Wallis’s extraordinary 40 yard lob over former Ebbsfleet United goalkeeper Lance Cronin. Dartford worked hard to restrict the Silkmen and were rewarded when substitutes Danny Harris and Lee Noble combined with eight minutes remaining to secure a much needed triumph.

Tony Burman’s side will find the going tough having lost top scorer Harry Crawford to Barnet this week but hope to overcome their Conference North opponents. Dartford will be without top goalscorer Harry Crawford after the striker earned a move to League Two side Barnet. The former Southend United player made 28 appearances (18 starts / 10 substitute) for the Darts and scored 15 times in all competitions.

Losing one up front and gaining another at the back, Tony Burman has acquired loan signing Jack Evans from Gillingham. The 19 year old right back will be at Princes Park for at least a month. Evans made it through the Gillingham Centre of Excellence and spent a loan spell at Welling United.

The Shay Stadium

FC Halifax Town sit just outside the Conference North’s top five with a staggering ten games in hand over league leaders Chester. The Shaymen look a strong possibility to reach the playoffs having lost just four games in the league and conceded the fewest goals in the Conference North, although fixture congestion will stretch the club.

Former Leeds United and Port Vale defender Neil Aspin has led his side to the last eight for the first time since the club reformed. After tax debts brought Halifax Town to an end, the Shaymen have since risen back up from the Northern Premier League Division One North. Aspin earned back to back promotions since his appointment in 2009 and was denied a third successive one last season in the playoffs.

The Shaymen have made plenty of progress to get back to where they once were and in their former guise spent over 80 years in the Football League.

F.A Trophy Semi-Final Draw

Wrexham v Gainsborough Trinity, Gateshead or Barrow

Grimsby Town or Luton Town v FC Halifax Town or Dartford

1st leg scheduled for Saturday 16 February 2013 / 2nd leg scheduled for 23 February 2013

Current Form

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

FC Halifax Town (WDLWWW) Dartford (WWLDDW)
Chelmsford City (FAT) H 3-0 Macclesfield Town H 2-0
Solihull Moors H 0-0 Bromley (FAT) H 4-2
Gainsborough Trinity A 0-3 Alfreton Town A 2-3
Gainsborough Trinity H 3-1 Ebbsfleet United A 2-2
Maidstone United (FAT) H 2-1 Cambridge United H 1-1
Worcester City A 1-0 Ebbsfleet United H 3-1

Road To Wembley

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.

FC Halifax Town 3 Chelmsford City 0

The Shaymen eased into the last eight with a win against their Conference South opponents. Liam Needham’s low drive early on set FC Halifax Town on their way. After the break Jason St Juste scored his first of the season from close range. Needham completed his brace on the counter attack.

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.

FC Halifax Town 2 Maidstone United 1

Gareth Seddon was the Shaymen’s saviour in round two scoring both goals to knock out Dartford’s Kent neighbours. Seddon nodded in the first goal after just five minutes before Alex Brown equalised for the Stones. In additional time at the end of the match a dramatic winner was sealed by Seddon when he dispatched a low cross passed Dartford loanee Deren Ibrahim.

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. Fortunatley 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.

FC Halifax Town 5 Altrincham 2

The Yorkshire club beat Dartford’s 1989 Quarter Final opponents in some style. Seddon put in an extraordinary performance scoring three goals in as many minutes yet it was the visitors who went in front courtesy of Damien Reeves. The Shaymen levelled when Lee Gregory struck a decent shot before Seddon made club history. Three minutes before half time the striker hit his quick fire hat trick against the ten men of Altrincham. Dale Johnson made it five for the hosts and Nicky Glee grabbed a consolation.

Third Qualifying Round

Cammell Laird 0 FC Halifax Town 1

Seddon started his tremendous F.A Trophy goal scoring run by notching the winning penalty against their Birkenhead opponents. A clean sheet and progression to the first round, for the first time as FC Halifax Town, was just the start of things to come for the Shaymen.

Dartford v Bromley

 

A Quarter Final place is up for grabs in the F.A Trophy on Saturday as Dartford bid to reach the last eight for the first time in twenty four years.

Standing in the way are Kent rivals Bromley who knocked the Darts out of last season’s F.A Cup avenging the Kent Senior Cup Final defeat the year before. Dartford have fell at this hurdle in the last two campaigns losing to Gateshead two years ago and Isthmian Premier League side Wealdstone in last season’s F.A Trophy.

Dartford enjoy cup success against Bromley

Saturday’s fixture will be the seventh time the two sides have met, since Dartford were promoted to the Conference leagues in 2010. The Darts enjoyed a Bank Holiday August win last year thanks to Elliot Bradbrook’s excellent goal from the edge of the box after seven minutes. Bromley’s Danny Waldren levelled proceedings just after the hour but Dartford left it late with two goals. With eight minutes remaining Charlie Sheringham put the home side in front and two minutes later Danny Harris tapped in from a well worked free kick. The Darts recorded their first win in the league against Bromley since 1968.

Two months later, Bromley won the F.A Cup tie when Hakeem Araba converted from the penalty spot. Jack Pallen equalised three minutes later by getting on the end of a Danny Harris cross. The winner came from a free kick which Gareth Williams expertly curled round the wall with fifteen minutes left.

Dartford will hope to put Saturday’s defeat to Alfreton Town behind them. After leading twice in the match the Darts eventually succumbed to a last minute goal. Ryan Hayes put Dartford in front with just three minutes on the clock, the winger finished with aplomb curling the ball into the net. The Darts hit the post and had a goal ruled out for offside before the hosts levelled in first half injury time when Daniel Meadows was on the end of Matthew Harriott’s cross.

Just before the hour substitute Nathan Collier headed in his second league goal for the Darts but yet again Alfreton Town pegged back the visitors via Anton Brown fifteen minutes later. Crucially Meadows was at hand for a second time in the final minute leaving the Darts with nothing to show.

In Goldberg’s third spell in charge of the club, Bromley have needed five games to reach the third round with the highlight coming in the last stage of the competition. Goalkeeper, Joe Welch became an instant hero with a last minute penalty save to help Mark Goldberg’s side reach the last sixteen for the first time in the clubs history. Waldren netted the winner from the spot just before half time in a 1-0 victory.

Bromley get revenge by knocking the Darts out of the F.A Cup

The Lillywhites were just point above the relegation zone going into Tuesday’s clash with Dorchester Town but only eight points off the playoffs. The win on Tuesday night against the Magpies pushed Bromley into eleventh spot. Louie Theophanous opened the scoring with a low strike in the first half. On the hour, Moses Swaibu pounced onto a rebound to double the advantage. Two minutes later Theophanous missed from the spot but Elliot Buchanan followed up to make it three. With five minutes left Theophanous was involved again scoring his second and Bromley’s fourth.

Bromley have managed to string a few league results together recently including wins against struggling Eastleigh and Kent side Tonbridge Angels. Although their Conference South campaign started off slowly with two points racked up out of the first five matches, the club put together a five match unbeaten run including three successive wins without conceding. Since October the Lillywhites have been inconsistent in the league and sit in mid table.

Team News

With an overstretched squad Tony Burman had to call on four academy players against Alfreton Town to fill up the bench. Mohammed Eisa made his début as a substitute and George Monger made his first league appearance replacing Elliot Bradbrook in the final minute.

Bradbrook limped off following Jacob Erskine’s earlier injury after just fifteen minutes and Tom Bonner was left out of the squad through illness. Danny Harris suffered a set back on New Years Day and along with Lee Noble were not involved on Saturday.

Burman has also brought in Dominic Green on a months loan from Dagenham and Redbridge. The 23 year old left sided midfielder could well feature on Saturday.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 21 / Bromley wins: 23 / Draws 11 / Dartford goals: 93 / Bromley goals: 98

Previous Six Competitive Meetings

09.04.2012 Bromley 1 Dartford 2
29.10.2011 Dartford 1 Bromley 2
29.08.2011 Dartford 3 Bromley 1
02.05.2011 Dartford 4 Bromley 1
22.04.2011 Bromley 4 Dartford 1
18.09.2010 Dartford 2 Bromley 2

Current Form

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

Dartford (LLLWDW) Bromley (WWLWWL)
Alfreton Town A 2-3 Dorchester Town A 4-0
Ebbsfleet United A 2-2 Eastleigh H 3-1
Cambridge United H 1-1 Sutton United H 0-2
Ebbsfleet United H 3-1 Tonbridge Angels A 3-0
Kidderminster Harriers A 1-5 Kidderminster Harriers (FAT) H 1-0
Tonbridge Angels (FAT) H 3-0 Farnborough H 0-1

Road To Wembley

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.

Bromley 1 Kidderminster Harriers 0

In one of the second round upsets Bromley headed into round three. Harriers defender Josh Gowling conceded the vital penalty which Danny Waldren dispatched just before the break. Anthony Malbon had the chance to force a replay in the last minute but his spot kick was saved by Joe Welch as Bromley held on to win 1-0. Kidderminster Harriers had suffered only their second defeat in 17 competitive matches.

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. Fortunatley 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.

Bromley 1 Boreham Wood 1

At Hayes Lane Bromley were heading out of the F.A Trophy after falling behind to a penalty. Moses Swaibu brought down Omer Riza who dusted himself off to net the spot kick. The Lillywhites were behind for nearly three quarters of the match until Pierre Joseph-Dubois headed the equaliser two minutes from time.

Boreham Wood 0 Bromley 2

Yet again at the second attempt the Lillywhites beat Conference South opposition. Charlton Athletic loanee Joe Pigott won apenalty which midfielder Danny Waldren dispatched just before half time. Joe Welch had kept Bromley in the match with some useful saves and Boreham Wood striker Inih Effiong was dismissed. The visitors took full advantage when Michael Malcolm rounded the Wood goalkeeper to put the game out of the reach.

Third Qualifying Round

Bromley 1 Staines Town 1

Two stunning strikes lit up this third qualifying round match as the game ended all square. Elliot Buchanan put Bromley in front ten minutes into the first half. The striker created enough room to hit a 25 yard shot into the top corner giving the hosts a 1-0 lead. In the second half Louis-Rae Beadle levelled up the score with his own 20 yard rasper.

Staines Town 0 Bromley 2

The Lillywhites leaped over their first hurdle with an away win at Wheatsheaf Park. The replay went the way of the visitors thanks to two well taken goals. Just after half time Bromley went ahead when midfielder Tony Finn took the ball round the oncoming goalkeeper Jack Turner to slot home. The qualifier was settled two minutes from time when former Staines Town striker Ali Chaaban lobbed Turner.

Dartford v Tonbridge Angels

 

Dartford welcome Conference South side Tonbridge Angels to Princes Park on Saturday in the second round of the F.A Trophy.

It will be the ninth meeting between the two sides over the last four years with the Darts unbeaten in six against the Angels. Last season Dartford completed a treble, winning twice in the Conference South and once in the Kent Senior Cup.

At Princes Park, a 3-1 victory was the last of a four game winning streak in September 2011. Elliot Bradbrook opened proceedings ten minutes in with clinical finish. Danny Harris scored his fourth in five games against the Angels just past the hour and Charlie Sheringham added a third.  Last season’s Conference South top scorer, Frannie Collin grabbed a consolation from the penalty spot four minutes from time.

Elliot Bradbrook opens the scoring in Dartford's 3-1 victory last season

The other two fixtures at Longmead Stadium were much tougher as Dartford battled out a 1-0 win in March. Tom Champion scored the winner in the 18th minute to keep the Darts in their promotion push. In the Kent Senior Cup Dartford triumphed 4-2 albeit from two goals down and after extra time. Goals from Richard Graham (2), Jack Pallen and Lee Burns secured a semi final place for the 2011 winners.

After two straight away defeats to Tamworth and Nuneaton Town the Darts took on Lincoln City at Princes Park on Saturday. The Darts suffered a dreadful start conceding four goals in the first half. Set pieces were a thorn in Dartford’s side when on seven minutes Daniel Gray nodded the Imps in front and Colin Larkin benefited from a free kick heading in a second from close range. The away side went three up when a cut back was finished by Larkin and the 30 year old striker completed his hat trick following up another set piece.

Jacob Erskine replaced Danny Harris at half time and within four minutes of the restart he set up Harry Crawford. The Darts put in a spirited display in the second half and the introduction of Ryan Hayes added an extra dimension. Crawford scored a second with 19 minutes to go after another assist from Erskine. Despite going for broke Dartford were unable to stage a dramatic comeback losing 4-2.

Whilst Dartford were in home action Tonbridge Angels travelled down to Basingstoke Town in the Conference South. Managed by former Dart Tommy Warrilow the Angels lost to a solitary goal scored by Simon Dunn six minutes from time. It’s the second successive defeat for Tonbridge Angels without a goal. The result leaves the Kent club in sixteenth position with only four wins from eighteen league fixtures.

After losing their opening two fixtures in their second Conference South season Tonbridge Angels went nine league games unbeaten. In that spell they managed five consecutive draws and since their unbeaten run they have hit a run of inconsistency.

Warrilow’s second hand man is well remembered on the terraces of Princes Park, Alex O’Brien captained the Dartford side that triumphed in the 2009/10 season winning the Isthmian Division One North League and promotion. The defensive midfielder made 52 appearances for the Darts and scored just once, an important goal at Potters Bar Town during the title run in.

The Angels also have George Purcell in their ranks who spent a short spell with the Darts on loan two years ago. The 24 year old made seven appearances scoring twice. Henry Muggeridge played a few pre season matches with Dartford in the summer and has quickly become a crowd favourite at Longmead.

Victory for the Darts will put them into the F.A Trophy third round for the third time in a row.

Danny Harris scores on his début in 2009 against Tonbridge Angels

Team News

Mark Arber remains sidelined with a fractured jaw and goalkeeper Louis Wells is out on loan at Leatherhead. Elliot Bradbrook could be set to makes his 150th start for the Darts since joining in 2009. The midfielder has made a further nine substitute appearances and his last goal against Southport was his 50th.

Tonbridge Angels will be without Mikel Suarez who suffered a severe head injury in October leaving the striker in intensive care. Suarez is on the road to recovery and PureDFC wish him a speedy recovery.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 67 / Tonbridge Angels wins: 37 / Draws 24 / Dartford goals: 250 / Tonbridge Angels goals: 187

Current Form

(League games unless stated – FAT – F.A Trophy / FAC – F.A Cup / KSC – Kent Senior Cup)

Dartford (LLLWDW) Tonbridge Angels (LLWDWW)
Lincoln City H 2-4 Basingstoke A 0-1
Nuneaton Town A 0-1 Truro City A 0-2
Tamworth A 2-3 Merthyr Town (FAT) A 2-1
Kingstonian (FAT) A 4-0 Hayes and Yeading H 1-1
Southport H 2-2 Maidstone United (KSC) A 3-2
Luton Town A 2-0 Hitchin Town (FAT) H 2-1

Road To Wembley

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. Fortunatley 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.

Merthyr Town 1 Tonbridge Angels 2

Tonbridge Angels booked a place in the next round and sealed their visit to Princes Park by overcoming Southern Division One side Merthyr Town. Sony Miles scored a rebound on twenty one minutes to put the Angels in front and just before the hour Steve Williams scored a penalty to level the tie. Merthyr Town were reduced to ten men when Garyn Preen was red carded and with the match heading to a replay up popped Lee Browning in the fourth minute of injury time to win it for the Angels.

Third Qualifying Round

Tonbridge Angels 2 Hitchin Town 1

The Angels played host to Southern Premier League side Hitchin Town and despite playing a part of the match with ten men they held on to win. Former Dart, George Purcell opened the scoring on four minutes after good link up play with Ross Treleaven. With half an hour played the visitors earned a penalty which was finished by John Fendo but the one goal margin was restored shortly afterwards. Chris Piper scored Tonbridge Angel’s second of the afternoon to send the Kent side through.

 

Kingstonian v Dartford

 

Dartford return to the venue where they clinched the Isthmian Premier League title two and half years ago in an F.A Trophy tie against Kingstonian.

On 10 April 2010, Dartford fans travelled to Kingsmeadow hoping to be part of a memorable celebration. The Darts put in a championship winning display when they thrashed their hosts in second place 6-2 sewing up the league title with six games to spare.

The Darts went into half time with a 3-1 lead when Elliot Bradbrook finished from close range and Ryan Hayes smashed in number two from twenty yards. The lead was halved when Simon Huckle headed the K’s back in the game but It wasn’t long before Dartford restored the two goal advantage courtesy of Danny Harris’ header.

The second half started as it finished, Bradbrook capitalised on some slack goalkeeping before Bobby Traynor pulled a goal back. Hayes netted a rebound for number five and Lee Burns wrapped up proceedings with a volley ten minutes from time.

The Darts celebrate against Kingstonian in a title winning season

Dartford put 11 goals passed Kingstonian that season beating the Surrey club 5-0 at Princes Park. With the side free scoring at the start of the season, Burns stole the show with a hat trick. Like the return fixture it was Bradbrook who opened the scoring, Burns added two more before Hayes made it 4-0. The hat trick was completed by Burns six minutes from time. The striker went on to score 22 league goals for the Darts in 2009/2010 before being converted into a right back.

The Darts enter Saturday’s cup tie on the back of a 2-2 home draw against Southport. Bradbrook scored a brace with a well taken long range effort and a penalty. On both occasions Southport pegged back Dartford with a headed goal from Steve Akrigg and a last minute equaliser from Karl Ledsham.

The draw keeps Dartford in the final playoff spot having experience mixed form of late. Tony Burman spoke to BBC Sport, he said: “I didn’t think we performed as well as we should do but to be fair to Southport they kept going. We had too many players below par today and that cost us in the end”, he added: “That’s the first time we looked jaded”.

For the first time in nine seasons Dartford have not had to qualify for the first round but the Darts will hope to avoid a shock similar to last season when they were knocked out at the third round stage to Wealdstone. The K’s currently play in the same division as last season’s conquerors and sit in ninth place.

The back to back F.A Trophy winners of 1999-2000 were overturned on the weekend falling victims to bottom of the table side Thurrock who won 4-0. The K’s did however return to action on Tuesday night in front of 80 hardy souls in a League Cup away win versus Harrow Borough. Kingstonian won 1-0 in their eighth cup match of the season.

To reach the first round Alan Dowson’s side have beaten Eastbourne Town, Burnham and after a replay Brentwood Town. Starting in the first qualifying round two late Wade Small goals gave Kingstonian a 2-1 win after falling behind. Burnham were seen off a month later but it was Andre McCollin getting a double in a much more comfortable victory. The K’s needed two attempts to defeat Brentwood Town following a 2-2 draw at Kingsmeadow the job was finished in style. Within 23 minutes the Surrey club were 4-0 up thanks to goals from Matt Pattison who opened and closed the scoring for the K’s, Kieran Murphy and Craig Mullen.

Dowson has been at the helm since 2007 and when the Darts last played Kingstonian he had goalkeeper Rob Tolfrey and midfielder Huckle in the side that lost. The K’s strike force consists of McCollin who has netted nine goals in 15 appearances and attacking midfielder Pattison has scored eight in 18 games.

Team News

Mark Arber will be out for approximately five weeks after fracturing his jaw in Saturday’s draw with Southport. The experienced Dartford defender played the remaining 70 minutes after clashing with Southport’s goalscorer Steve Akrigg for the first equaliser. Incoming on loan is 19 year old defender Semi Ajayi from Charlton Athletic, Ajayi will be with the Darts for a month. Harry Crawford serves his final match suspension and Elliot Bradbrook remains one caution away from picking up five this season.

Lewis Taylor and Jon McDonald are the latest players to join Kingstonian. Midfielder, Taylor has been signed from Carshalton Athletic and 27 year old defender McDonald joins from Havant and Waterlooville.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 3 / Kingstonian wins: 1 / Draws 1

Current Form

(League games unless stated – ILC – Isthmian League Cup / FAT – F.A Trophy / FAC – F.A Cup)

Kingstonian (WLWDLW) Dartford (WDLWW)
Harrow Borough (ILC) A 1-0 Southport H 2-2
Thurrock A 0-4 Luton Town A 2-0
Brentwood Town (FAT) A 4-1 Forest Green Rovers H 0-1
Brentwood Town (FAT) H 2-2 Mansfield Town H 2-0
Wingate and Finchley H 0-1 Forest Green Rovers (FAC) H 1-4
Burnham (FAT) H 2-1 Forest Green Rovers (FAC) A 1-1

F.A Trophy Previous Records

Wealdstone v Dartford

Dartford will be back in F.A Trophy action on Tuesday night when the try and win a place in the last eight of the competition.

A week ago The Darts were pegged back twice as Wealdstone forced a replay to take the tie back to St George’s Stadium. Pressure from the Dartford attack was rewarded on 27 minutes when The Stones goalkeeper Jonathan North spilt the ball, Danny Harris followed up and put Dartford in front. On the stroke of half time Wealdstone equalised courtesy of Richard Jolly’s header.

Five minutes after the break The Darts were back ahead when substitute Lee Noble speculatively volleyed the ball goal wards from a headed clearance. Noble’s shot took a deflection off Stones defender Alan Massey and the ball nestled in North’s goal. Wealdstone pushed for an equaliser and in the last ten minutes managed a second equaliser with Chris O’Leary’s stunning header hit the underside of the cross bar and went in.

The stalemate was not ideal for both clubs, Tony Burman spoke to PURE DFC after last weeks F.A Trophy tie and said: “We don’t want a replay and I don’t think Wealdstone want a replay either. They are doing well and have got an opportunity in their league but nevertheless that is what we’ve got”.

After a fortnight without a match Burman felt his side’s first half performance was ‘excellent for thirty five minutes’, he added “Wealdstone have had a ten minute spell in the first half where we’ve made some mistakes, gave free kicks away and we’ve been punished. In the second half we’ve taken the lead and to be fair to Wealdstone they have come and had a go, that’s typical cup football. It doesn’t matter who you are playing, a team higher than you or lower than you, that’s how cup football works out”.

On the weekend The Darts suffered disappointment in the Conference South as they were edged out by league leaders Woking. The 1-0 defeat leaves Dartford fourteen points adrift from top spot with two games in hand. Alan Inns yet again scored early on to give The Cards the lead on three minutes, a minute quicker than his opener at Princes Park back in December. The Surrey side held out as Dartford dominated but could not find a breakthrough.

Wealdstone had beetr luck on the weekend with an impressive 5-2 home victory against struggling Aveley. Richard Jolly’s first goal was cancelled out by Aveley’s Troy Powell. Lee Chappell put The Stones back in front to leave the score 2-1 at the break. Spencer Harrison levelled the match again but The Stone pulled away in the final twenty minutes. Kevin Mully was unfortuante enough to score an own goal, Scott Fitzgerald netted a fourth and Jolly made it five with his 32nd goal this season. The Stones are now eighth in the Isthmian Premier League and six points behind the play off zone.

The winners of Tuesday nights replay will face Conference Premier’s Cambridge United or Conference North’s Guiseley who also play on Tuesday.

Team News

Elliot Bradbrook left the field of play after just seven minutes in the last meeting between the sides. Dartford’s captain pulled a hamstring and missed the Woking game on Saturday. Matt Jones also missed the top of the table clash on the weekend when he collided with Wealdstone’s Chris O’Leary. Paul Goodacre returned on Saturday and played against the side he was injured against back in December.

Statistics

Dartford (2nd – Conference South) versus Wealdstone (8th Isthmian Premier)

Current Form (league and cup) – FAT = F.A Trophy / KSC = Kent Senior Cup / AET = After Extra Time

Last five Wealdstone matches at home Last five Dartford matches away
Won 5-2 v Aveley Lost 0-1 v Woking
Won 2-0 v Tooting and Mitcham Won 4-2 v Tonbridge Angels (AET) / (KSC)
Drew 1-1 v Cray Wanderers Won 4-1 v Staines Town
Won 2-1 v Barrow (FAT) Won 3-1 v Hampton and Richmond
Won 1-0 v Lewes Won 4-1 v Havant and Waterlooville

Did you know…

Dartford’s failure to score against Woking was their first blank in the league for 21 games and ended a seven game unbeaten run.

Wealdstone have lost just once in their last 19 competitive fixtures and will playing their ninth F.A Trophy tie this season.

Lee Burns made his 100th start for The Darts in all competitions when he lined up against Wealdstone last week.

 

Dartford v Wealdstone

It may be third time lucky on Tuesday night if Dartford and Wealdstone manage to complete their F.A Trophy Third Round tie.

The Darts will be eyeing up a Quarter Final spot when they host The Stones in the last sixteen of the F.A Trophy. Having progressed in one cup competition in their last fixture, The Darts will hope to reach the last eight for the first time since 1989. That season the F.A Trophy run ended in the semi-finals to eventual runners up Macclesfield Town.

Preparation for Tuesday night’s game has been restricted due to the poor weather conditions meaning Dartford have yet to play a match this month. The Darts have met Wealdstone four times over the last three and a half seasons with every meeting ending in a draw. You have to go back to 1991 since The Darts last won against The Stones which ended 4-1 at Watling Street.

 

Lee Burns equalises in the last meeting against Wealdstone at Princes Park

In Dartford’s championship winning season two years ago the two sides played out a 1-1 draw at Princes Park. Chris O’Leary didn’t give fans time to blink when he scored after 47 seconds but a Lee Burns equaliser ensured both sides shared a point. In the return fixture Lee Noble gave The Darts the lead which was cancelled out by Rob Fitzgerald as the scoreline was repeated. Three years ago both sides failed to score in a goalless draw at St George’s Stadium but the earlier meeting at Princes Park ended 2-2 with goals by Rob Haworth and Danny Dafter.

The Darts enter Tuesday’s cup tie a division higher than their opponents. The Stones currently occupy eleventh position in the Isthmian Premier League making them the second lowest team left in the competition. Despite their mid table standing Wealdstone have only been beaten six times in the league only leaders Billericay Town have lost fewer games and conceded less goals.

Managed by Gordon Bartlett and unbeaten in seventeen matches, their 2-0 victory over Tooting and Mitcham on Saturday was their first triumph in the league in five attempts. The Middlesex club’s solid foundations at the back is complimented with a promising strike force. Richard Jolly has scored nine times during the F.A Trophy run so far.

Jolly had scored 117 goals for The Stones in 178 appearances for The Stones before his third spell with the club. This season he rejoined Wealdstone and has netted an incredible 29 goals already in all competitions. Britt Assombalonga had also been a player to watch during The Stones cup run but he has since signed for Braintree Town.

Road To Wembley

Erskine celebrates his hat trick

 

Second Round

Dartford 4 Boston United 2

For a successive season The darts made it through to the last sixteen with an excellent performance against Conference North side Boston United. Spearheaded by former Premier League striker Jason Lee The Pilgrims could not handle Dartford’s work ethic and passing. Jacob Erskine decided to take the cup tie into his own hands and his audacious back heel opened the scoring early on. The lead was cancelled out when Spencer Weir-Daley nodded in from a corner. The second half came to life when  Erskine somehow flicked in number two. Lee Noble reacted the quickest to make it three before Leon Constantine pulled back a goal for The Pilgrims. It was Erskine completing a well deserved hat trick which sealed the tie and the striker took home the match ball.

Wealdstone 2 AFC Barrow 1

The Stones caused an upset when they beat 2010 F.A Trophy winners AFC Barrow. The Bluebirds took the lead just before half time thanks to Richie Baker. Undeterred Wealdstone fought back in a gripping cup tie. Jolly showed his worth with a superb volley to level the scores. Then on the hour Assombalonga made a name for himself when he was lurking at the far post to smash in the winner.

First Round

Brackley Town 0 Dartford 3

The Darts negotiated their way into round two with a comfortable display in Northamptonshire. Dartford were awarded a dubious penalty which Elliot Bradbrook scored from placing a powerful shot into the top corner. In the second half Lee Burns and Jacob Erskine traded one two’s up the pitch before Erskine curled a delightful shot in off the bar. Erskine then slid in to make it 3-0 and secure Dartford’s passage to round two.

Wealdstone 5 Uxbridge 0

Yet again Wealdstone made home advantage count in some style when they swept aside neighbours Uxbridge who play in the Southern League Division One Central. Once again Jolly took home the match ball with a successive F.A Trophy hat trick but it took 39 minutes for the deadlock to break when Jolly headed in his first. His second came moments later when he finished from an acute angle. Britt Assombalonga put The Stones three ahead with a fine 20 yard strike then followed the strike up with another goal. The fifth came from Jolly as he also tried his luck from distance.

Tom Champion after his goal on Tuesday night

Third Qualifying Round – Replay

 

Dartford 2 Eastbourne Borough 1

At the second attempt Dartford knocked out Eastbourne Borough in a replay. Tom Champion’s long range effort in the second half was a stunning way to open the scoring. After a second goal from Danny Harris, Eastbourne Borough were awarded a bizarre penalty when two Borough players fell over each other. Former Dart Carl Rook scored a consolation goal which wasn’t enough to complete a comeback.

Wealdstone 4 Banbury United 0

Jolly netted a hat trick to help The Stones cruise into the first round. However the scoring was opened by Chris O’Leary’s volley nineteen minutes into the match. Two minutes later the lead was doubled when O’Leary provided a pass for Jolly who slotted in his first. Jolly scored number three when he received Dyer’s cut back and calmly finished the move. The hat trick was completed when Jolly smacked in Wealdstone’s fourth.

Third Qualifying Round

Eastbourne Borough 0 Dartford 0

Dartford’s F.A Trophy adventures started at Priory Road in blustery conditions. The Darts dominated the first half but had with very few chances. Jacob Erskine powered a header wide and a couple of long range efforts never really tested Clark Masters in the Eastbourne goal. Eastbourne’s Ben Watson squandered a one on one with Louis Wells in the second half and Dartford’s Adam Green hit the woodwork from a swirling cross. James Rogers almost won it in the last minute when his volley was acrobatically cleared off the line.

Banbury United 0 Wealdstone 0

The Stones travelled away from home to draw 0-0 in the third qualifying round against Southern Leaguers Banbury United. Like Dartford at the same stage of the F.A Trophy they were involved in a tense and scrappy affair in blustery conditions. The Stones had to try again and faced their fifth fixture in the competition.

Second Qualifying Round – Replay

Wealdstone 2 Margate 1

Alex Dyer was the hero late on when his winning goal prevented a repeat of the scoreline from the previous match against Margate. Jolly opened the scoring half way from the first period and the one goal advantage was cancelled out on fifty minutes by Kwesi Appiah’s penalty.

Second Qualifying Round

Margate 1 Wealdstone 1

A disappointing game was lit up when Scott Fitzgerald’s cheeky lob at Hartsdown Park earned The Stones a replay. Margate had earlier taken the lead when former Dartford defender Richard Avery smashed in a loose ball to give the Kent club the lead.

First Qualifying Round

Wealdstone 3 Tooting and Mitcham 0

The Stones started their campaign back in October by easing passed fellow league side Tooting and Mitcham. Wes Parker opened the scoring with a header before the break and a penalty was tucked away by Scott Fitzgerald to give Wealdstone a two goal lead at half time. A third was added by Richard Jolly whose excellent control and strength staved off the defender and he slotted home.

Statistics

Dartford (2nd – Conference South) versus Wealdstone (11th Isthmian Premier)

Current Form (league and cup) – FAT = F.A Trophy

Last five Dartford matches at home Last five Wealdstone matches away
Won 6-0 v Thurrock Lost 1-2 v Lowestoft Town
Won 4-2 v Boston United (FAT) Drew 1-1 v Hendon
Won 1-0 v Welling United Drew 1-1 v Horsham
Drew 1-1 v Dorchester Town Won 5-0 v Wingate and Finchley
Lost 2-3 v Woking Drew 1-1 v Leatherhead

F.A Trophy Performances

Season Dartford Wealdstone
2010/2011 3rd Round Proper: Gateshead 1st Round Proper: Newport County
2009/2010 3rd Qualifying Round: Dover Athletic 3rd Qualifying Round: Farnborough
2008/2009 3rd Qualifying Round: St Albans City 2nd Qualifying Round: Tiverton Town
2007/2008 1st Qualifying Round: AFC Hornchurch 1st Round Proper: Weymouth
2006/2007 2nd Qualifying Round: Evesham United 3rd Qualifying Round: Merthyr Tydfil
2005/2006 3rd Qualifying Round: AFC Wimbledon 2nd Qualifying Round: Folkestone Invicta
2004/2005 1st Round Proper: Redbridge 2nd Round Proper: Team Bath
2003/2004 1st Round Proper: Ashford Town (Middlesex) 4th Round Proper: Maidenhead United
2002/2003 Preliminary Round: Salisbury City 1st Round Proper: Harlow Town
2001/2002 1st Round Proper: Braintree Town 1st Round Proper: Bishop’s Stortford

Did you know…

At this stage 23 years ago Dartford defeated Bishop Auckland 2-0 at Watling Street.

Wealdstone were name dropped in our last F.A Trophy ‘did you know’ because they beat Boston United in the 1984/85 final. More interestingly The Stones were the first ever side to complete the non league double of winning the top league (then known as the Gola League) and the F.A Trophy.

The Stones took part in the first ever televised broadcast of a football match in 1946 versus Barnet in the Athenian League. They were also involved in the first showing of a F.A Cup tie in 1949 when they played Colchester United.

Out of the sixteen teams remaining, 10 play in the Conference National, 2 take part in the Conference South, 1 club plays in the Conference North, 2 compete in the Isthmian Premier and 1 in the Northern Premier League

 

Dartford v Boston United

Dartford return to F.A Trophy action this weekend with a home tie against Conference North side Boston United.

The Darts last played The Pilgrims in an F.A Cup match twelve years ago. That day the fourth qualifying round fixture ended 1-1 at Watling Street. Dartford bowed out in a replay having been defeated 2-1 by the then Conference side. The last league meetings between the two clubs were way back in the 1985/86 season. Boston United won 1-0 at Watling Street and 3-0 at York Street.

Bradbrook opens up the Havant defence and scores

Tony Burman’s squad have lost just once in the last twelve competitive matches and that was to league leaders Woking. An excellent away trip to Havant and Waterlooville has given Burman’s team more confidence having swept aside The Hawks 4-1.

Burman spoke to PURE DFC and said: “It was a really good performance, all the team was excellent, it was a good all round performance”. Specifically the Dartford manager praised captain Elliot Bradbrook for his two goals as well as his two chances stopped by Havant and Waterlooville. Burman was also delighted with Danny Harris’ work rate, commenting “he worked his socks off”.

Victory at Westleigh Park closed the gap on league leaders Woking to fourteen points who lost to lowly Staines at home. However Dartford have two games in hand and could close the gap to eight points. Burman added: “It’s too early to say the league is over, so many things could happen. We got three points back off them but we are a long way off, we have to believe”.

Dartford reached the last sixteen in the F.A Trophy last time and hope to replicate if not better last seasons performance. Burman is looking forward to the tie and the occasion, he said: “I’m deligted we are still in the trophy, it’s a big game. I’m hoping we can get near to what we got when we played Welling at home in the last game, it was a great atmosphere.

He continued: “Boston are a big club they have been up there, they’ve come down and they are trying to get back up again. It will be a tough game but we will go into it in good form. If we can get the supporters to support like they did against Welling then that will breed confidence”.

Being a Boston United supporter in last dozen years has been full of ups and downs. Currently occupying eleventh spot in the Conference North, The Pilgrims have seen off Workington and Hyde FC to reach this far of the F.A Trophy. On Tuesday night they were defeated by Bishop’s Stortford at home, losing 2-0.

The Lincolnshire club are now managed by former Premier League striker Jason Lee who was appointed as boss in May after a successful spell as Caretaker Manager. Lee still puts on his boots and has netted seven times in the league so far this term, only Marc Newsham with eight league goals has scored more for Boston United. In defence Jason Lee can rely on 41 year old Paul Bastock. The ex St Albans City goalkeeper will be familiar with Dartford fans after outstanding performances against The Darts last season.

Jason Lee in his Premier League days at Nottingham Forest

Boston United were founder members of the old Alliance Premier League in 1979 and stayed at the top of non league football until 1993. The Pilgrims best finish was third during the 1988/89 season but four years later they were relegated. Promotion back to the top flight was achieved in 2000.

After just two seasons and first as a professional club Boston fans witnessed a memorable campaign when Football League status was earned by the slimmest of margins. The Pilgrims went up as champions by goal difference. The Conference championship was tarnished by an F.A investigation in which Steve Evans (now Crawley Town boss) was banned for twenty months.

Five years in the Football League ended in dramatic fashion. On the last day of the 2006/07 season defeat at Wrexham relegated the side as Macclesfield Town stayed up. Boston United entered a CVA in that summer and dropped an extra division to compete in the Conference North. A season later after finishing tenth a second demotion left the club in the Northern Premier League. However, Boston United’s attempt to bounce back was successful when they were promoted via the playoffs in 2010 back to the Conference North after beating Bradford Park Avenue.

Road To Wembley

First Round

Brackley Town 0 Dartford 3

The Darts negotiated their way into round two with a comfortable display in Northamptonshire. Dartford were awarded a dubious penalty which Elliot Bradbrook scored from placing a powerful shot into the top corner. In the second half Lee Burns and Jacob Erskine traded one two’s up the pitch before Erskine curled a delightful shot in off the bar. Erskine then slid in to make it 3-0 and secure Dartford’s passage to round two.

Boston United 1 Workington 0

Marc Newsham scored the only goal in fifty eighth minute in a workmen like performance. Paul Bastock made numerous vital saves in the Boston United goal as The Pilgrims defeated Workington for the third time this season.

Third Qualifying Round – Replay

Dartford 2 Eastbourne Borough 1

At the second attempt Dartford knocked out Eastbourne Borough in a replay. Tom Champion’s long range effort in the second half was a stunning way to open the scoring. After a second goal from Danny Harris, Eastbourne Borough were awarded a bizarre penalty when two Borough players fell over each other. Former Dart Carl Rook scored a consolation goal which wasn’t enough to complete a comeback.

Third Qualifying Round

Eastbourne Borough 0 Dartford 0

Dartford’s F.A Trophy adventures started at Priory Road in blustery conditions. The Darts dominated the first half but had with very few chances. Jacob Erskine powered a header wide and a couple of long range efforts never really tested Clark Masters in the Eastbourne goal. Eastbourne’s Ben Watson squandered a one on one with Louis Wells in the second half and Dartford’s Adam Green hit the woodwork from a swirling cross. James Rogers almost won it in the last minute when his volley was acrobatically cleared off the line.

Boston United 2 Hyde FC 1

Scott Spencer gave the visitors a 1-0 half time lead on forty minutes when he slammed home a shot at the far post. On the hour Kevin Austin scored his second goal in thirteen years with a header from Ben Milnes corner. Hyde’s Adam Griffin was not pleased that the goal stood and received his second booking for dissent. Ian Ross whipped in a cross thirteen minutes from time for Ben Fairclough, who nodded the winner with a diving header.

Statistics

Dartford (4th – Conference South) versus Boston United (10th Conference North)

Current Form (league and cup) – FAT = F.A Trophy

Last five Dartford matches at home Last five Boston United matches away
Won 1-0 v Welling United Drew 2-2 v Eastwood Town
Drew 1-1 v Dorchester Town Lost 1-2 v Guiseley
Lost 2-3 v Woking Lost 0-3 v Stalybridge Celtic
Won 3-1 v Dover Athletic Won 3-1 v Gainsborough Trinity
Won 2-1 v Eastbourne Borough (FAT) Lost 0-1 v Solihull Moors

F.A Trophy Performances

Season Dartford Boston United
2010/2011 3rd Round Proper: Gateshead 2nd Round Proper: Gloucester City
2009/2010 3rd Qualifying Round: Dover Athletic 2nd Qualifying Round: Quorn
2008/2009 3rd Qualifying Round: St Albans City 1st Round Proper: AFC Telford United
2007/2008 1st Qualifying Round: AFC Hornchurch 3rd Qualifying Round: Gateshead
2006/2007 2nd Qualifying Round: Evesham United Competed in the Football League
2005/2006 3rd Qualifying Round: AFC Wimbledon Competed in the Football League
2004/2005 1st Round Proper: Redbridge Competed in the Football League
2003/2004 1st Round Proper: Ashford Town (Middlesex) Competed in the Football League
2002/2003 Preliminary Round: Salisbury City Competed in the Football League
2001/2002 1st Round Proper: Braintree Town 3rd Round Proper: Northwich Victoria

Attendances (league only) *Attendances taken from www.bluesqsouth.com

Dartford average home attendance: 1313

Highest home attendance: 2559 v Welling United / Lowest: 924 v Dorchester Town

Boston United average away attendance: 549

Highest away attendance: 804 v Altrincham / Lowest: 301 v Solihull Moors

Did you know…

Dartford have scored in every competitive home game this season. Scoring once on 5 occasions, twice on 5 occasions, three times on 4 occasions and scored five once.

It has been fourteen league games since Boston United kept a clean sheet

Boston United have won five of their last eight league and cup meetings against Dartford between 1982 and 1991

Both Dartford and Boston United have never won the F.A trophy but both sides have finished runners up. Dartford lost 2-1 to Morecambe in 1974 and Boston United lost 2-1 to Wealdstone in 1985.

 

 

 

Brackley Town v Dartford

Dartford participate in their second cup tie in four days on Saturday when they visit Brackley Town in the F.A Trophy First Round.

The Darts are a division higher than their Northamptonshire hosts who are currently top of the Southern Premier League. Dartford caused an upset at this stage last year with a replay win against Conference Premier champions Crawley Town. Tony Burman’s side will be careful this time around not to be on the receiving end.

Danny Harris scores in the last round of the F.A Trophy

Dartford have warmed up to their cup clash by winning three consecutive matches. After defeating Eastbourne Borough in a cup replay, Dover Athletic in the league and Folkestone Invicta in the county cup, The Darts could make it eight matches unbeaten in all competitions with progression to round two.

Tony Burman made seven changes to the starting eleven on Wednesday night and came away with a 4-1 victory. Goals by Jacob Erskine, Tom Bonner and a brace from Richard Graham started The Darts defence of the Kent Senior Cup. Lee Noble hobbled off with an injury in the first half, otherwise it was a comfortable night for the squad against Folkestone Invicta.

Brackley Town have made steady progress in recent years and went top of the Southern League on Tuesday night with an impressive 5-2 win against Oxford City. At their home ground, St James Park they have only dropped four points.

The Saints have never made it passed the first round of the F.A Trophy after three previous attempts. The Saints have so far disposed of Northern Premier League’s Mickleover Sports by a solitary goal, beat Southern Premier League’s Hemel Hempstead Town 3-2 and in the last round defeated Southern League Division One outfit Chertsey Town 2-0.

Brackley were promoted to the Southern League in 2004 having spent just two previous seasons at this level in their entire history between 1997-1999. Two years after promotion from their county league they won the Southern League Midlands by an astonishing 15 points.

Managed by the experienced Jon Brady he guided The Saints to their best ever finish just two years ago. Brackley Town lost in the Southern Premier League playoffs having ended the season in fifth. As a player Brady knows what it takes to win leagues after be involved in title winning sides with Chester City and Rushden and Diamonds in the Conference Premier, Kettering Town in the Conference North and Hayes in the Conference South.

St James Park: Brackley Town's home ground has hosted seven straight wins for The Saints

Brady has managed to sign experienced football league players from Northampton Town and Oxford United. Tom Winters has had three professional seasons with Oxford United whilst captain Chris Wilmott has played for both sides. Goalkeeper Billy Turley has played 243 football league matches with Northampton Town and the now defunct Rushden and Diamonds and former Republic of Ireland international Barry Quinn has earned five caps, 83 appearances with Coventry City and 199 with Oxford United.

One player Dartford will be familiar with is striker Jefferson Louis who has netted seven league goals this season for The Saints. Louis played for Maidenhead United last season and scored against The Darts four minutes from time in the final game of the season, luckily he was on the losing side.

Statistics

Brackley Town (1st – Southern Premier) versus Dartford (3rd – Conference South)

Current Form (league and cup) – FAT = F.A Trophy / CC = County Cup

Last five Brackley Town matches at home Last five Dartford matches away
Won 5-2 v Oxford City Won 4-1 v Folkestone Invicta (CC)
Won 2-0 v Chertsey Town (FAT) Drew 0-0 v Eastbourne Borough (FAT)
Won 3-2 v Bashley Drew 2-2 v Eastleigh
Won 2-1 v Cogenhoe United (CC) Won 2-1 v Salisbury City
Won 1-0 v Mickleover Sports (FAT) Won 3-0 v Thurrock

F.A Trophy Performances

Season Brackley Town Dartford
2010/2011 3rd Qualifying Round: Wealdstone 3rd Round Proper: Gateshead
2009/2010 2nd Qualifying Round: Mossley 3rd Qualifying Round: Dover Athletic
2008/2009 1st Round Proper: Basingstoke Town 3rd Qualifying Round: St Albans City
2007/2008 2nd Qualifying Round: Dover Athletic 1st Qualifying Round: AFC Hornchurch
2006/2007 1st Qualifying Round: Ashford Town (Middlesex) 2nd Qualifying Round: Evesham United
2005/2006 1st Qualifying Round: Banbury United 3rd Qualifying Round: AFC Wimbledon
2004/2005 1st Qualifying Round: Oxford City 1st Round Proper: Redbridge
2003/2004 Competed in F.A Vase 1st Round Proper: Ashford Town (Middlesex)
2002/2003 Competed in F.A Vase Preliminary Round: Salisbury City
2001/2002 Competed in F.A Vase 1st Round Proper: Braintree Town

Attendances (league only)

Brackley Town average home attendance: 231

Highest home attendance: 302 v Evesham United/ Lowest: 193 v Redditch

Dartford average away attendance: 731

Highest away attendance: 1455 v Dover Athletic/ Lowest: 441 v Boreham Wood

Did you know…

Dartford last reached the F.A Trophy first round in back to back seasons in 2003/04 and 2004/05

Brackley Town have won their last seven home fixtures in all competitions.

During October, The Saints did not concede a single goal.

Brackley Town have scored the most Southern Premier League goals this season with 40.

*Attendances taken from www.bluesqsouth.com and www.brackleytownfc.com

 

Dartford v Eastbourne Borough

Saturday’s goalless draw means Dartford play Eastbourne Borough for a second time in a week.

The Darts host the Sussex club in the F.A Trophy third qualifying round replay and a win will be rewarded with a first round tie at Brackley Town.

On the weekend Dartford dominated the first half at Priory Lane with very few chances created. Jacob Erskine powered a header wide and a couple of long range efforts never really tested Clark Masters in the Eastbourne goal. Jon Wallis pulled the strings in the first half and he almost put the Darts ahead.

Jon Wallis: Dartford's man of the match on Saturday

The home side improved in the second half with the blustery conditions behind them. Eastbourne’s Ben Watson squandered a one on one with Louis Wells and Dartford’s Adam Green hit the corner of the woodwork from a swirling cross. James Rogers last minute volley across goal was acrobatically cleared over Eastbourne’s goal by defender Ollie Rowe to end a goalless ninety minutes.

Tony Burman spoke to PURE DFC after the match and said: “We did really well keeping the ball in the windy conditions. We just lacked that bit of quality to test their keeper. I can’t fault the commitment and I can’t fault the way the players played. I am pleased with the draw and the effort they put in was back to normal”.

New signing Tony Garrod will hope to play a bigger part in the replay than his eight minute substitute appearance on the weekend. Burman commented: “We’ll give him a chance, I’ve let Jack go out on loan to VCD Athletic but unfortunatley Jack has ended up getting injured in training on Thursday, so it looks like he won’t be playing for a couple of weeks. Tony has come in and we’ll give him the opportunity to have a chance and see what he can do”.

Elliot Bradbrook will return from is one match suspension for picking up five cautions. The Sports will be without Rikki Banks who re joined Lewes on loan and Gary Charman is doubtful after he withdrew with a head injury on Saturday.