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FC Halifax Town v Dartford

In a bid for Conference Premier survival Dartford face familiar opponents FC Halifax Town for the fourth time in almost two months on Saturday.

Dartford’s task was made even harder in mid-week with a defeat at home to Woking and on the same night FC Halifax Town lost to struggler’s Southport, leaving the Darts six points from safety.

Tony Burman is keen to put the 3-1 loss against Woking behind the team. Despite drawing level through Nathan Green’s fine strike, the Cards played better in the second half with two goals by John Goddard. The Darts boss was unhappy with the goals his side conceded including Yemi Odubabe’s opener.

Burman admits that confidence and belief has been knocked due the result on Tuesday, which came after picking up four points from six in their previous two matches. With twelve games remaining and four of those against fellow relegation threatened teams, the Darts need to start picking up wins. he#s

Victory is something Dartford could do with tasting when they take on FC Halifax Town. In the three meetings this term the Shaymen have the upper hand. The Yorkshire club came away from Princes Park with a 2-1 win in January 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.

In the F.A Trophy the Shaymen were two up before the interval when striker Richard Peniket was left unmarked to score from close range. The lead was doubled with a Matty Pearson header. The introduction of Ryan Hayes gave the Darts hope with the winger scoring directly from a corner and in the final minute Rory McAuley forced a replay.

When the replay finally went ahead at Droylsden’s Butcher’s Arms, Dartford were eliminated from the F.A Trophy. Once more FC Halifax Town were two up by half time with goals from Marc Roberts and Scott Boden. The returning Andy Pugh pulled one back for Dartford before Steve Williams put the tie beyond doubt. FC Halifax Town are now five unbeaten against Burman’s side with four wins and a draw.

The Shaymen are playing catch up in terms of games and points, with four matches in hand and seven points behind fifth place Forest Green Rovers a play-off spot is still possible. Neil Aspin guided his side to the play-offs last season falling short in the semi-final, this time he’s hoping to go one better.

FC Halifax Town may have lost their last league game but up until then they were unbeaten in 2015, including four league wins one of which at Princes Park. Scott Boden is one to watch with ten league goals to his name this season, Lois Maynard can be a threat from midfield as well as a strong candidate in defence.

Team News

Tom Bradbrook has had a successful groin operation, the 27 year old striker last played on 13 January against FC Halifax Town but could return to action before the end of the season. Max Cornhill has left the club after two years, the midfielder made 51 starts and 17 substitute appearances, scoring nine times for the Darts.

Head to Head

FC Halifax Town wins: 4 / Dartford wins: 1 / Draws: 2

Current League Form

FC Halifax Town (LDWWWW) Dartford (WDLLLL)
Southport  A  0-1 Woking  H  1-3
Kidderminster Harriers  A  0-0 Aldershot Town  A  1-1
Braintree Town  H  1-0 AFC Telford United  A  2-3
Dover Athletic  H  3-2 Bristol Rovers  H  2-2
AFC Telford United  A  1-0 Dover Athletic  A  1-6
Dartford  A  2-1 FC Halifax Town  H  1-2

Last League Meeting at the Shay

19 August 2013 – FC Halifax Town 2 Dartford 0 – Att: 1296

Goalscorers: Gregory (49), Holsgrove (54)

FC Halifax Town Lineup: Glennon, Toulson, McManus, Pearson, Roberts, Maynard, Ainge, Smith, Gregory, Wilson, Holsgrove (subs used: Williams, Marshall)

Dartford Lineup: Julian, Clark, Mitchel-King, Burns, Rogers, Cornhill, Bradbrook, Noble, Harris, Prior, Birchall (subs used: Collier, Woodyard)

Match Stats

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Previous Meetings (* – F.A Trophy)

13.01.2015* F.C Halifax Town 3 Dartford 1
24.01.2015* Dartford 2 FC Halifax Town 2
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

On this Day

Dartford’s last win on 7 March was way back in 1989 when they beat Atherstone United 3-0 in the Southern League Cup semi-final first leg. The Darts went on to reach the final beating Burton Albion to lift the cup.

 

 

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 www.kentonline.co.uk 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

 

 

 

Dartford v FC Halifax Town

The Darts return to league action this week facing FC Halifax Town for the fifth time since the Yorkshire club reformed.

Dartford are in desperate need of points as they look for their first home win in the Conference Premier for two months. Tony Burman’s side have dropped to third from bottom after a run of seven defeats in eight league matches.

Most recently an early one goal lead was overturned by Kidderminster Harriers in the final ten minutes. Ryan Hayes scored directly from a corner with just 45 seconds on the clock. The visitors could thank Marvin Johnson for his brace to deny Dartford a much needed victory. Burman recognised that the fitness levels of his players was a factor in the 2-1 loss, he told www.kentonline.co.uk: “I thought the lads worked really hard – and unfortunately that work-rate in the first half caused us problems in the second half. The players’ fitness levels probably weren’t quite up to what they should be because of not playing or injuries”.

Over the Christmas and New Year period the Darts suffered back to back losses against Braintree Town. Meanwhile, Southport picked up a win to extend the gap to safety and Alfreton Town’s draw with Torquay United put them above Dartford. With over half the campaign gone the January transfer window could be important to maintaining Conference Premier status.

Burman has already moved in the transfer marker giving Nathan Green his début against Kidderminster Harriers and releasing defender Tom Bender, after his short term contract finished. The Dartford boss has made his intentions clear by confirming he is on the look out to improve the squad, he said: “With the transfer window opening I have made a number of approaches for players to strengthen the team; some will be loan deals and I’m hoping that others will be permanent deals like Nathan’s”.

Since the New Year the injury list has shortened with Lee Burns returning on New Year’s day and Callum Driver returning to action. Andy Pugh has missed much of the campaign through injury and has been out for two months. Due to the delicacy of the injury the striker will not be rushed back into action but he has started light training.

On the weekend the Darts grabbed a morale boosting last minute winner to reach the F.A Trophy’s last 16. With captain Elliot Bradbrook missing from the line up, his brother Tom won a penalty which was stuck away by Harry Crawford, the strikers seventh in all competitions. Pat Harding equalised for hosts Burgess Hill Town six minutes before half time. It was left to Danny Harris to strike the decisive goal condemning the Hillians to only there second defeat of the season, both coming against Dartford.

FC Halifax Town enjoyed a first season in the Conference Premier since reforming. At the tail end of last term they put an incredible run of ten wins from 14 games, including seven clean sheets in a row. Missing out on a Wembley place via the playoffs did not deter the Yorkshire club this season. The Shaymen topped the table after five games with maximum points, however they have been unable to maintain momentum.

Since that early form the Shaymen have been inconsistent only once recording back to back wins since. A spell of three victories in 14 games pushed the club down to eleventh, however ground had been gained again over December. Aspin’s side are keen to start league action in 2015 having suffering consecutive postponements at home to Gateshead and away to Southport. The Yorkshire side have to look back to the end of September to find their last away win in the league when they beat Alfreton Town.

Just over a year ago, FC Halifax Town completed a double over Dartford with their win at Princes Park. The second half was dominated by the Shaymen and they were rewarded with goals from Joe Ironside and Josh Wilson. The Darts managed to claw one goal back late on when on loan defender Connor Essam halved the deficit.

The only other meeting between the two sides at Princes Park came in the F.A Trophy fourth round replay. After a 1-1 draw at the Shay, the Darts finally shrugged off their opponents in a close contest. Dartford came from a goal down to lead 3-1 thanks to goals from Lee Noble, Elliot Bradbrook and Ryan Hayes. FC Halifax Town’s Dan Gardner grabbed his second of the night with a minute to go to set up a nervy finish. Bradbrook still had time to miss a penalty which in the end didn’t prove decisive.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 1 / FC Halifax Town wins: 2 / Draws: 1

Current League Form

Dartford (LLLWLL) FC Halifax Town (LDWLWW)
Kidderminster Harriers  H  1-2 Chester  H  0-2
Braintree Town  A  0-3 Gateshead  A  2-2
Braintree Town  H  0-2 Nuneaton Town  H  2-0
Wrexham  A  3-1 Torquay United  A  1-2
Eastleigh  A  0-2 Forest Green Rovers  H  1-0
Forest Green Rovers  A  1-2 Alfreton Town  H  2-0

Last Meeting at Princes Park

14 December 2013 – Dartford 1 FC Halifax Town 2 – Att: 952

Goalscorer: Ironside (63), Wilson (74), Essam (83)

Dartford Lineup: Julian, Sterling, Essam, Clark, Burns, Bradbrook, Noble, Martin, Stevenson, Godden, Birchall  (subs used: Cornhill, Harris)

FC Halifax Town Lineup: Glennon, McManus, Maynard, Pearson, Ainge, Roberts, Marshall, Smith, Gardner, Wilson, Ironside (subs used: Worthington, Holsgrove)

Match Stats

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Previous Meetings (* – F.A Trophy)

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

FC Halifax Town

The Shay Founded 2008 The Shaymen

The continued success of the newly formed FC Halifax Town has given the Yorkshire club optimism that they can reach the Football League. The town lost its club six years ago and the Shaymen had to restart in the Northern Premier League Division One North. Within six years FC Halifax Town have won two league titles and a playoff making their way up the non league pyramid. Their first season back in the Conference Premier last term was one to be proud of, reaching the playoff semi finals and continuing an excellent record on their own patch.

FC Halifax TownLast Season

Conference Premier: 5th

F.A Cup: 1st Round

F.A Trophy: 1st Round

County Cup: Quarter Final

Top Scorer: Lee Gregory

Average Attendance: 1597

The Shaymen suffered just one defeat in their debut Conference Premier season, were delighted with the services of striker Lee Gregory and finished in the top five. A brilliant campaign for the Yorkshire club ended in the playoff semi finals where they lost to eventual winners Cambridge United. In fact, the campaign started against the same club with a difficult 5-1 loss but FC Halifax Town grew in stature as the season developed.Almost unbeatable in the league at the Shay, the Yorkshire club chalked up 16 wins, six draws and a defeat at home. Overall they outscored all but the champions Luton Town with the help of 29 strikes by the prolific Lee Gregory. The Shaymen put a fantastic late run together to reach the playoffs, a run of nine wins from ten in March up to mid April. The club dropped just two points and kept an astonishing seven clean sheets in a row to secure fifth spot.

The Manager – Neil Aspin

FC Halifax Town found their perfect match in 2009 when they appointed Neil Aspin. The former Leeds United and Port Vale defender is used to taking the honours having won Player of the Year with both clubs. As a player Aspin often found himself winning runner up medals but as a manager he has gone one better. In his first managerial job he won the West Riding County Cup with Harrogate Town. Since moving to the Shay he has clinched three promotions starting with the Northern Premier League Division One North title. The Yorkshire club won the division with 100 points and the following year the Northern Premier League was clinched with 98 points. Aspin then led FC Halifax Town to an F.A Cup first round tie with Charlton Athletic and won a third promotion via the Conference North playoffs. Although last term he couldn’t steer the Shaymen into the Football League, the 49 year old gave it a good shot.

The Summer

Conference Premier Player of the Year and FC Halifax Town’s top striker Lee Gregory has been signed by Championship side Millwall. Neil Aspin swooped for a replacement and Richard Peniket will be the clubs new marksmen, the 21 year old started his career at Fulham before loan spells in the Conference Premier. A second striker arrives at the Shay, Ross Dyer was released by Mansfield Town in the summer and pens a deal with the Shaymen. To complete a trio of forwards joining the Yorkshire side, Scott Boden switches from Macclesfield Town where he averaged one goal every two games. At the other end of the pitch, central defender Steve Williams follows Boden from Moss Rose and full back Kevin Roberts signs from promotion winning Cambridge United. James Bolton played for Aspin in the Conference North and Premier and comes back to the Shay.

Leaving the Shay will be Ryan Toulson and Danny Lowe who have both dropped down a division to play for Guiseley. Ryan Crowther will continue in the Conference Premier with newly promoted Altrincham.

Last Meetings vs The Darts

Dartford 1 FC Halifax Town 2 – Conference Premier – 14 December 2013

The visitors completed a double over Dartford with two goals after the hour mark. The second half was dominated by FC Halifax Town and they were rewared with goals from Joe Ironside and Josh Wilson. The Darts managed to claw one goal back late on when on loan defender Connor Essam halved the deficit.

FC Halifax Town 2 Dartford 0 – Conference Premier – 19 August 2013

An early meeting between the two sides last season ended in the hosts taking advantage of what Tony Burman described as ‘hari-kari’. The Darts failed to score for a successive away day whilst the Shaymen netted two in the second half. Lee Gregory opened the scoring and Kevin Holsgrove pounced on an Alan Julian fumble.

Next Meetings

Saturday 6 December 2014 at Princes Park

Saturday 7 March 2015 at the Shay

League Performance Last Six Years

halifax 10 years

Best Performances

5th Conference Premier (2013/14) F.A Cup 1st Round (2011/12 & 2013/14) F.A Trophy Quarter Final (2012/13)

Dartford v FC Halifax Town

Dartford meet last season’s Conference North playoff winners FC Halifax Town for the fourth time in just under a year this weekend.

Languishing a place off the foot of the Conference Premier table, the Darts will need to make the most of their home matches.  The Shaymen have adapted well to life in the premier non league division, a statement they made in their 2-0 win against Dartford four months ago. However, away from The Shay the Yorkshire club have picked up just two points and are searching for their first league win on the road.

The Darts enter their 24th league match of the season setting an unwanted record. Defeat against Barnet on Saturday means Tony Burman’s side suffered their seventh straight league loss, their worst run in any of their previous Conference Premier campaigns. The reverse at The Hive ensured the run beat the previous sequence of six consecutive defeats back in 1981.

Substitute Jon Nurse scored the solitary goal for the Bees after half hour, six minutes after replacing George Sykes. The pace of Keanu Marsh-Brown was too much for the Dartford defence whose shot was guided passed Phil Smith by Nurse. Late on, former Champions League winner Edgar Davids was sent off for the second time in the league but the Darts couldn’t make the extra man count. Burman spoke to BBC Radio Kent after the match and said: “We’ve played really well today but the results aren’t going our way. The only thing lacking was a goal, we’ve created chances. We should have got something but it wasn’t to be”.

Passing the halfway point of the league campaign, a repeat of the performance at The Shay in August isn’t an option for the Darts who are desperate for points. FC Halifax Town’s Lee Gregory opened the scoring four months ago as the Shaymen dominated the match. The club’s top scorer this season, inadvertently set up a second when his effort was spilt by goalkeeper Alan Julian and finished of by Kevin Holsgrove.

The Darts face a run of part time teams and Burman knows he will have to make the most of those games, he told KentOnline: “We’re mixing with other teams in this run who are semi-professional. With all due respect to those clubs, we’re up against it when we play the pro sides, the full-time sides, so when we come up against clubs who are part-time, it’s more of an even playing field”.

Neil Aspin’s side have failed to record a single win on their travels in the league this term. Up until Saturday they were however unbeaten at the Shay. Hosting a Woking side looking to edge away from the bottom four, FC Halifax Town were beaten 4-3. Jack Marriott’s hat-trick for the Cards and a Scott Rendell goal turned around a one goal deficit created by Archie Love’s second minute strike.  Josh Lowe and Dan Gardner managed to net for the hosts but Woking held out. The Shaymen also had  Rochdale loanee Reece Gray sent off late on for a lunge on Mark Ricketts. The Shaymen have now suffered five consecutive losses in all competitions, three in the Conference Premier.

The FC Halifax Town boss is desperate to break their losing sequence, he told www.halifacafc.co.uk: “There’s only one thought, we need to win. We need to get a result, and will be trying desperately hard to get one”, he added: “They could turn it around and say that we are in similar bad form. At the end of the day, we have not won away from home and it will be a chance for them to get the three points. Both teams will be looking at it as an opportunity to get a win as both teams need the win”.

Dartford last played the Yorkshire club at Princes Park in an entertaining F.A Trophy replay. After escaping with a 1-1 draw away from home, the Darts hosted the Shaymen in the Quarter Finals. Dan Gardner put the visitors in front at the break but goals from a trio of midfielder’s put Dartford in command. Lee Noble, Elliot Bradbrook and Ryan Hayes all got themselves on the scoresheet but Gardner’s second of the evening set up a nervy finish.

Team News

Alan Julian was on the bench against Barnet as he is still regaining fitness from his groin strain. Loanee, Matthew Godden was not selected in Saturday’s match day squad, the striker has been out with a calf problem though. Mat Mitchel-King has a broken hand and Jason Prior remains out for the long term. Ryan Hayes has also been out since mid November and is recovering. Alex Woodyard is one caution away from picking up a suspension.

The Shaymen will be without Ryan Toulson and top scorer Lee Gregory who have both recently had operations. Toulson has started 16 league matches this term whilst Gregory has scored an impressive 11 league goals in 15 appearances. Another long term absentee is Danny Lowe, the Club Captain will be out for up to 12 weeks. Marc Roberts has missed the last two league matches and is making progress and Matt Pearson managed an hour in the 4-3 defeat against Woking. Striker, Reece Gray will be suspended after his red card on Saturday.

Head to Head

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

Current League Form

Dartford (LLLLLLL) FC Haifax Town (LLLWWL)
Barnet A 0-1 Woking H 3-4
Barnet H 0-2 Hereford United A 2-3
Gateshead H 0-1 Braintree Town A 0-1
Wrexham H 1-5 Aldershot Town H 4-0
Macclesfield Town A 1-3 Hyde H 4-0
Woking A 0-3 Alfreton Town A 0-3

Last Meeting At Princes Park

6 February  2013 – Dartford 3 FC Halifax Town 2 – Att: 805

Goalscorers: Gardner (2), Noble (54), Bradbrook (56), Hayes (79), Gardner (89)

The Darts Lineup: Bettinelli, Burns, Bonner, Arber, Rose, Hayes, Bradbrook, Champion, Noble, Harris, Erskine (Sub used: Collier)

The Shaymen Lineup: Glennon, Toulson, McManus, Hogan, Needham, Lowe, Worsley, Marshall, Gardner, Gregory, Seddon (Sub used: St Juste)

Previous Meetings

19.08.2013 FC Halifax Town 2 Dartford 0
06.02.2013 Dartford 3 FC Halifax Town 2
30.01.2013 FC Halifax Town 1 Dartford 1

League Stats

Dartford have now gone 357 minutes without scoring in the Conference Premier

Half of FC Halifax Town’s away defeats have occurred from winning positions. In 40% of their away matches the Shaymen have failed to score.

Only Wrexham have beaten Dartford at home when the Darts have scored first at Princes Park this season.

The Shaymen strike hot in the last half hour of the first half, on 20 occasions FC Halifax Town have scored in this period more than any other Conference Premier club this season. Dartford have conceded the most in the division between 31 and 45 minutes. The top two charts show when both clubs have scored, whilst the bottom two charts are the times of goals conceded.

dfc v fcht stats

FC Halifax Town v Dartford

Dartford will be back at the Shay on Saturday, eight months since last playing FC Halifax Town in the F.A Trophy quarter finals.

In January, the Darts found their trip to the Shay tough with the cup tie ending in a stalemate. 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 thus earning the Darts a 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.

Tony Burman started his eighth consecutive campaign in charge with a 1-0 win over Alfreton Town. Adam Birchall’s winner gave the Darts victory in a game they should have finished off sooner according to the Dartford boss. On Tuesday night his side travelled to Hampshire for a fixture against last season’s relegated League Two club Aldershot Town.

With their opponents recovering from financial disarray and assembling a squad with short notice, Dartford failed to capitalise going home with nothing to show. Lee Noble hit the woodwork before the Shots took the lead through Brett Williams, signed from Reading the striker notched his first for the Hampshire side after 18 minutes. It took the home side until the hour mark to double their advantage through Manny Oyeleke and with three minutes remaining Aaron Wickham scored a third.

The Shay Stadium

The Shay: Home of FC Halifax Town

Meanwhile, FC Halifax Town couldn’t have faced a tougher start to their campaign taking on a much changed Cambridge United and one of the promotion contenders Wrexham.

The Shaymen’s return to the top non league division looked good for seven minutes in their televised opener, Gregory turned the ball in to put the visitors in front. Sunday went downhill from there, Danny Lowe was dismissed after conceding a penalty and Adam Cunnington drew Cambridge United level from the spot. FC Halifax Town were reduced to nine men due to Matt Glennon’s professional foul, the goalkeeper was red carded with just 23 minutes played. Ryan Donaldson, a Delano Sam-Yorke brace and another from Cunnington completed the 5-1 defeat.

Like most results this week the Shaymen caused a surprise against Wrexham. New signing and England C International Simon Ainge put through his own net giving the Welsh club a lead. FC Halifax Town hit back when another new signing Lois Maynard heading onto the cross bar and over the line. Former Liverpool defender Stephen Wright conceded a penalty and was dismissed just before half time, Josh Wilson also a summer recruit for the Shaymen, scored from the spot. Gregory scored his second of the campaign on the stroke of half time and Wrexham’s Adrian Cieslewicz netted a consolation.

Over the summer, Neil Aspin lost the services of striker Gareth Seddon who could face the Darts in a Chester shirt next month, Jaso Jarrett moved in the other direction. Experience arrived in midfielder Keith Briggs, the 32 year old featured in the Kidderminster Harriers team which finished runners up last term. Adam Smith joined from Lincoln City, the winger made 30 appearances for the Imps in 2012/13. Aspin also captured Marc Roberts, Kevin Holsgrove and Matt Pearson.

Team News

James Rogers stepped in at left back on Tuesday night due to the ankle injury Tyrone Sterling has been suffering with and the hamstring strain Matt Fry picked up.

Dan Gardner made an appearance in the Shaymen’s win against Wrexham, the midfielder missed the opener through injury. Danny Lowe and Matt Glennon served suspensions for their red cards against Cambridge United.

Stats

2 – The number of meeting between Dartford and FC Halifax Town, both took place last in January.

24 – Number of goals Lee Gregory scored for the Shaymen last season, the clubs top marksman for 2012/13, he’s already hit two goals in as many games this campaign.

The graph below shows Dartford’s steady rise to the Conference Premier against the decline of Halifax Town in 2008, and the rise of the new club FC Halifax Town from the season afterwards.

DFCvFCHT league progress

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.