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Dartford v Havant and Waterlooville

Almost sixteen months on from the final day of the season heartbreak, Dartford host their conquerors Havant and Waterlooville this weekend.

The Darts went toe to toe with the Hawks during the 2017/2018 season agonisingly losing the National South title in the final minute on goal difference. With Dartford leading at Bognor Regis Town they topped the division, whilst Havant and Waterlooville threw away a two goal lead against Adam Flanagan’s Concord Rangers. With the title heading to Princes Park, former Dartford striker Jason Prior scored a last gasp winner for the Hawks to claim the Hampshire club back to back league titles.

Times have changed in that short space of time with both clubs changing managers. The Darts are still recovering from their near miss and under Adam Flanagan and Jamie Coyle they finished tenth last term and have taken one point from the opening two matches this season. Last weekend, the Darts began 2019/2020 with their heaviest opening day defeat in twenty years. A twelve minute second half collapse helped Wealdstone on to win 4-1, after Josh Hill scored on his debut just before half time to level the tie.

On Tuesday night, Dartford were back at Princes Park in their first home game of the campaign. Norman Wabo made his first start for the Darts replacing Ryan Hayes, who was named on the bench. St Albans City went ahead on twelve minutes when summer signing Joe Iaciofano scored his first goal for the Saints. Luke Wanadio equalised just past the hour following up Adam Cunnington’s effort, the winger’s first goal since rejoining the Darts.

Havant and Waterlooville have been in the thick of the action over the last four years at both ends of the tables. Under former manager Lee Bradbury, the Hawks were surprisingly relegated from the National South, bounced back by becoming Isthmian Premier League champions followed by the National South title, then relegation from the National League four months ago. Bradbury left Westleigh Park and so the Hawks snapped up the experienced Paul Doswell to lead the Hampshire club.

With Doswell’s previous successes at Sutton United and Eastleigh, the Hawks have rebuilt with familiar faces back working with the boss. Dean Beckwith, Roarie Deacon, Ross Worner, Josh Taylor and the former Championship midfielder Nicky Bailey all signed in the summer. Doswell also took advantage of the issues at Ebbsfleet United with players not being paid on time, he managed to bag Andy Drury, Danny Kedwell and Sam Magri, plus numerous other additions. With Simon Walton coming in as player coach, the Hawks have opted for a blend of trust and experience.

Despite all the changes and a strong squad assembled, Havant and Waterlooville started their campaign with a 1-1 draw at home to last season’s playoff finalists Welling United. Deacon scored on his debut after twelve minutes, but the lead was cancelled out before half-time through Adam Coombes. On Tuesday night, the Hawks made the trip to the Beveree to take on Hampton and Richmond Borough and produced an excellent comeback. The Hawks took the lead within two minutes courtesy of Deacon’s second in as many games. Tyrone Lewthwaite levelled for the hosts and five minutes later Danilo Orsi-Dadomo put Hampton and Richmond Borough in front. The former Hungerford Town striker scored another in the second half to leave the Hawks on the racks. Wes Fogden pulled one back for the visitors then a couple of Josh Ayunga goals completed the comeback.

Dartford managed to keep two clean sheets against Havant and Waterlooville the last time they were in the National South. At Princes Park, Tom Murphy netted the only goal of the game after just two minutes. Havant and Waterlooville enjoyed plenty of possession without threatening the Dartford defence as the Darts won 1-0. The home victory was Dartford’s third in a row against the Hampshire side at Princes Park, following on from a 4-2 triumph four years ago and 3-1 win in 2012.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 5 / Havant and Waterlooville wins: 3 / Draws: 3

Last Six Meetings

13.01.2018 Dartford 1 Havant and Waterlooville 0
12.08.2017 Havant and Waterlooville 0 Dartford 0
19.03.2016 Havant and Waterlooville 2 Dartford 0
05.12.2015 Dartford 4 Havant and Waterlooville 2
17.03.2012 Dartford 3 Havant and Waterlooville 1
07.01.2012 Havant and Waterlooville 1 Dartford 4

Stats

Dartford are unbeaten in their last six games against Havant and Waterlooville, winning five of the last six.

The Darts have kept cleans sheets in each of their last three matches versus the Hawks.

Havant and Waterlooville last beat the Darts away from home in a F.A Cup tie back in 2000, their last league win on the road versus Dartford was twenty years ago. Since the cup tie, the Hampshire side have defeated Dartford just once in 2011.

On This Day

Debutant Adam Birchall’s goal ensured Dartford opened the 2013/2014 National League season with a win. Birchall scored the only goal of the game as the Darts beat Alfreton Town 1-0. Three years later, Keaton Wood was sent off as Dartford lost 1-0 at Whitehawk.

Havant and Waterlooville – Season Preview 2019/2020

Havant and Waterlooville

2018/19 Season

National League: 23rd

F.A Cup: 4th Qualifying Round

F.A Trophy: 1st Round

County Cup: Winners

League Top Scorer: Alfie Rutherford (15 goals) / Average Attendance: 1277

One of the first things Doswell has done is revamped the squad by moving to daytime training. His first signing was Dean Beckwith who worked with the new Hawks boss at Sutton United, the defender has won the National South twice with Eastleigh and the U’s. Roarie Deacon made his name in that F.A Cup run under Doswell and the midfielder follows his boss down to Hampshire via Scottish Premiership side Dundee. Another player coming in from Doswell’s former club is goalkeeper Ross Worner. Anthony Straker arrives from Bath City where he scored eight league goals last term and was named in the National South Team of the Year. Attacking full back, Benny Read has signed from Horndean having earned a Wessex Premier League runner up medal last term. Kenyan international, Jonah Ayunga rejoins the Hawks whilst Wes Fogden and Alfie Rutherford have been retained. Simon Walton joins the Hawks from Maidstone United as Player Coach, the 31-year-old has Football League experience with Leeds United, Ipswich Town, Cardiff City and Queens Park Rangers. Nicky Bailey’s time with Charlton Athletic and Middlesbrough will help the Hampshire side and he already knows his boss having spent three years with Sutton United, the midfielder will provide plenty of experience. Ed Harris leaves the club after seven years and Rory Williams followed his teammate to Dorking Wanderers. Havant and Waterlooville signed Josh Taylor following a loan spell at Maidstone United last season and links back up with Paul Doswell who signed him back in July 2017. Taylor has made two appearances for the England C team over the past year or so. The Hampshire club also raided Ebbsfleet United for a trio of players on the same day. Winger Andy Drury has plenty of experience to give at the age of 35 including a spell at Ipswich Town whilst in the Championship, Danny Kedwell made his name when AFC Wimbledon won promotion into the Football League, since then he has enjoyed successful spells at Gillingham before the Fleet and Sam Magri moves closer to home after spells with Dover Athletic and Ebbsfleet United. The Hawks have also snapped up young goalkeeper, Kingsley Latham on loan from Southampton, the 20-year-old was also on loan at Dorchester Town last season.

The Manager – Paul Doswell

Appointed as Havant and Waterlooville manager this summer Doswell has a wealth of experience in the National League and National  South with Eastleigh and Sutton United. He won two promotions with Sutton United and reached the F.A Cup fifth round losing to Arsenal, but the U’s did upset AFC Wimbledon and Leeds United on their way. At Eastleigh he also had success and plans to bring his knowledge back to Hampshire to guide the Havant and Waterlooville back to the top flight of non-league football.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 5 / Havant and Waterlooville wins: 3 / Draws: 3

Last Six Meetings

13.01.2018 Dartford 1 Havant and Waterlooville 0
12.08.2017 Havant and Waterlooville 0 Dartford 0
19.03.2016 Havant and Waterlooville 2 Dartford 0
05.12.2015 Dartford 4 Havant and Waterlooville 2
17.03.2012 Dartford 3 Havant and Waterlooville 1
07.01.2012 Havant and Waterlooville 1 Dartford 4

Facts

Dartford are unbeaten in their last six games against Havant and Waterlooville, winning five of the last six.

The Darts have kept cleans sheets in each of their last three matches versus the Hawks.

Last Ten Years

 

 

Next Meetings

Saturday 10 August 2019 at Princes Park

Saturday 21 March 2020 at Westleigh Park

Dartford v Havant and Waterlooville

Dartford take on Isthmian Premier League champions Havant and Waterlooville this weekend in a top of the table clash at Princes Park. 

The top two go head to head with only goal difference separating the teams. Dartford boast the best home record and are the league’s top scorers this term. Havant and Waterlooville are the most productive away from home with nine wins, three draws and a defeat, accruing the most away points in the National South. The Darts are two goals better off but the Hawks have a game in hand.

Both squads have plenty of attacking options amongst their squads, so when the two battled out a 0-0 draw in the third game of the season back in August it came as a surprise. At the time, it felt like Dartford had dropped two points against a newly promoted side, but knowing how well the Hawks have performed this term in a tight division the away point could turn out useful come the end of April.

The lack of goals five months ago, contrasted with the last time Havant and Waterlooville visited Princes Park in December 2015. Dartford ran out 4-2 winners in a game which saw the Darts let slip a two-goal lead. Elliot Bradbrook’s penalty and Danny Harris’ strike on half-time put Dartford two up at the interval. Within eight minutes of the restart the scores were level when Havant and Waterlooville’s Dan Strugnell halved the deficit then Matt Paterson equalised. Bradbrook scored another before Ebou Adams netted his only goal for the club to secure victory.

It’s debatable at this stage of the season if Dartford dropped points last weekend at Concord Rangers. The Darts drew 1-1 against the Essex side who are now 13 unbeaten in the National South, however Elliot Bradbrook missed a penalty and Deren Ibrahim’s mistake for Steve Cawley’s goal almost proved costly. Ryan Hayes levelled the match with a well taken strike past former Dartford goalkeeper Louis Wells to earn an away point.

Tony Burman spoke to www.dartfordfc.com after the game and was pleased with his player’s application, he said: “Concord is always a difficult place to go and get a result and with our opponents undefeated in the last 12 league games, it did not make things any easier. I warned the players that you had to go there with the right attitude and I have to say I thought that they were spot on with this”.

Burman added: “Overall we played some excellent football throughout the whole game and created enough chances to win the match. Ryan got us back on level terms and if I am honest I felt we would go on to get three points”, he continued: “For where we want to be at the end of the season I suppose its two points dropped, but fair play to Concord who were a tough nut to crack. We have come away with a point which at the end of the season might be a valuable one”.

Since the start of December there has been much talk on whether top goalscorer Alfie Pavey should be starting. The striker has netted 18 times this term but his last start was at Poole Town on 2 December. Pavey, who had a spell out with a chest infection before the subsequent substitute appearances is being managed closely by Burman.

Another striker returning to fitness is Duane Ofori-Acheampong who has managed some game time from off the bench in the last few games, another appearance will make it number 50 for the striker. Lee Noble and Alex Brown have been out recently with Noble’s last start coming before Christmas and Brown’s last appearance was in the F.A Trophy replay at Boreham Wood.

Havant and Waterlooville’s options include two former Dartford players, Jason Prior and Bradley Tarbuck. Prior is the Hawks top scorer with 13 league goals an accolade he won last term. For the Darts Prior played 24 times scoring just twice. Tarbuck has netted just one in 18 appearances for the Hawks this season. There is also experience that can be drawn from Matt Tubbs and James Hayter, with the pair often making substitute appearances. The duo both scored in the New Year’s Day victory at Bognor Regis Town.

Tubbs continued his good form with two more goals on Tuesday night as the Hawks defeated Oxford City 3-2 to move second in the table. The former Crawley Town, AFC Bournemouth and Portsmouth striker has now netted eight in his last eight games. Victory extended Havant and Waterlooville’s unbeaten run in the National South to twelve, they last tasted defeat in the league on 23 September against Welling United.

Lee Bradbury has orchestrated the Hawks return to the National South, although he unexpectedly took the club down he helped the club bounce back at the first time of asking. Much of this season’s success has come on their travels with the Hawks undefeated in their last six away league fixtures.

Head to Head
Dartford wins: 4 / Havant and Waterlooville wins: 3 / Draws: 3

Current League Form

Dartford (DWWDLW) Havant & Waterlooville (WWDWWD)
Concord Rangers H 1-1 Oxford City H 3-2
Welling United H 4-1 Bognor Regis Town A 3-0
Welling United A 3-2 Bognor Regis Town H 0-0
Braintree Town H 1-1 Eastbourne Borough A 4-1
Hungerford Town A 0-1 Chippenham Town H 4-0
Poole Town A 1-0 Chelmsford City H 1-1

Previous Meetings

12.08.2017 Dartford 0 Havant and Waterlooville 0
19.03.2016 Havant and Waterlooville 2 Dartford 0
05.12.2015 Dartford 4 Havant and Waterlooville 2
17.03.2012 Dartford 3 Havant and Waterlooville 1
07.01.2012 Havant and Waterlooville 1 Dartford 4
18.04.2011 Havant and Waterlooville 1 Dartford 0

Stats
Danny Harris failed to score for the first time against Havant and Waterlooville in August, the full back had previously netted five goals versus the Hawks in four appearances.

Dartford are unbeaten in their last five games against Havant and Waterlooville (W4, D1) which included league doubles in 2011-2012 and 2015-2016.

The Darts have never lost to the Hawks at Princes Park in three attempts (W2, D1). However, Havant and Waterlooville did win the first two matches at Dartford in 1999 (2-0 in the Southern League Southern Division) and 2000 (4-0 in the F.A Trophy third qualifying round)..

On This Day
Dave Martin scored a wonder goal and Brendon Cass a hat-trick eleven years ago when the Darts thrashed Burgess Hill Town 7-2. Martin’s long range drive into the top corner was the pick of the bunch on a memorable afternoon at Princes Park. The winger did add a second goal to his name with John Guest and Ryan Hayes scoring the other two. That is Dartford’s only win on 13 January in the last five attempts, losing the remaining four, most recently a 2-1 home loss against FC Halifax Town in 2015.

Havant and Waterlooville v Dartford

A first win has eluded Dartford so far this season and on the weekend they visit Isthmian Premier League winners Havant and Waterloovile in search for victory.

The Darts have drawn both matches this term and will be up against the Hawks who have yet to taste defeat since their return to the National South.

Opening with an uninspiring goalless draw at home to Hungerford Town, the Darts had to find their fighting spirit on Tuesday night coming from two goals down to earn another draw. Burman explained his tactics for the 0-0 stalemate a week ago and changed them for their visit to Braintree Town.

Warren Mfula made his first start as the only recognised striker. Duane Ofori-Acheampong and Andy Pugh were out injured along with defender Ronnie Vint, who suffered ligament damage in the opening game of the season. New signing, Richard Sho-Silva made his debut replacing Vint.

Braintree Town went in at the half-time break in command leading 2-0 with goals from Karl Oliyide and Billy Crook. In the second half, Lee Noble’s header back to Tom Murphy pulled a goal back, but the goalscorer was forced off through injury to add to the list of Dartford casualties. The equaliser came from captain Elliot Bradbrook who headed home after Tom Bonner nodded the ball back across goal from a corner.

Burman was pleased with the way his team started but a 15 minute spell at the end of the first half saw his side ‘lose all organisation’. The Dartford boss was delighted with the way his players fought back, he told kentonline.co.uk: “They were excellent getting back into the game and we could have won it at the end”, he summarised: “I’m delighted we got something out of the game. Other than a crazy 15 minutes, I was more than happy with the performance”.

Meanwhile, Havant and Waterlooville were involved in the only other fixture without goals on the opening day. The Hawks visited Southern Premier League champions Chippenham Town. Like the Darts, injuries played their part and manager Lee Bradbury naming half fit players on the bench. The Hawks boss was pleased with the result claiming it was a point gained.

On Tuesday night, Havant and Waterlooville endured an enthralling clash at home to Eastbourne Borough. Bradbury was able to name an unchanged side which came away with a 3-2 win. Theo Widdrington scored from long range, Rory Williams made it two with another effort from outside the box and former Dart, Jason Prior made it 3-0. Eastbourne Borough set up a nervy finish even with ten men after Gavin McCallum was dismissed. Two goals in as many minutes at the end of the game from Ryan Worrall and Will Hendon kept the Hawks on their toes.

Dartford’s last visited Westleigh Park in March last year and lost 2-0, two James Hayter headers sealed the win for the Hawks. The Darts only win away to Havant and Waterlooville came in 2012 when the away side dominated in a commanding 4-1 victory. Elliot Bradbrook and Danny Harris both scored a brace that day.

Head to Head
Dartford wins: 4 / Havant and Waterlooville wins: 3 / Draws: 2

Previous Meetings

19.03.2016 Havant and Waterlooville 2 Dartford 0
05.12.2015 Dartford 4 Havant and Waterlooville 2
17.03.2012 Dartford 3 Havant and Waterlooville 1
07.01.2012 Havant and Waterlooville 1 Dartford 4
18.04.2011 Havant and Waterlooville 1 Dartford 0
14.08.2010 Dartford 2 Havant and Waterlooville 2

Stats
Dartford have won three of the last four meetings against the Hawks. In those three wins the Darts netted 11 times.

The last time Dartford drew their opening two league games was in 1995. The season’s opener on 12 August ended 0-0 away to Herne Bay in the Kent League. Four days later the Darts drew 1-1 with Beckenham Town at home.

Danny Harris has scored in every game his featured in against the Hawks, scoring five times in four games with the Darts winning on each occasion.

Former Dart, Jason Prior top scored for the Hawks last season with 17 goals. The striker represented Dartford in 2012/13 as part of the team that finished as the highest part timers. Prior made nine appearances scoring once, he made 15 more appearances the following campaign adding one more goal to his tally.

Dartford’s first ever fixture in the National South was a 2-2 draw against Havant and Waterlooville on 14 August 2010.

On This Day
Dartford last played on 12 August in the National League three years ago, when they drew 1-1 with Woking. An injury time equaliser by Giuseppe Sole denied the Darts all three points after Rory McAuley had scored earlier in the half. The draw was Dartford’s first points of the season after an opening defeat against Wrexham.

National League South Season Preview 2017/18 – Part III

 Gloucester City | Hampton and Richmond Borough | Havant and Waterlooville | Hemel Hempstead Town | Hungerford Town

Gloucester City

Founded: 1883 / Ground: Jubilee Stadium

After eight years in the National North and a decade in exile, Gloucester City made a switch to the National South this summer. Consistent mid-table finishers, the Tigers lost their Meadow Park home during the Gloucestershire floods in 2007. Since then they have shared grounds with Forest Green Rovers, Cirencester Town, Cheltenham Town and this year they are homed at Evesham. In October, the Tigers received full planning permission to build a new stadium from the council and hope to build a new legacy.

Last Season

National North: 10th

F.A Cup: 3rd Qualifying Round

F.A Trophy: 3rd Qualifying Round

County Cup: 1st Round

League Top Scorer: Luke Hooper (19 goals)

Average Attendance: 483 (19th in league / 76th in non-league)

The Manager – Tim Harris

Returning to Gloucester City as manager in February 2014, Tim Harris has experience of the National South with Newport County. After a playing career with Shrewsbury Town, Cheltenham Town and Redditch United, Harris has also managed Merthyr Tydfil and Forest Green Rovers. Having experienced both the National North and South, he knows the leagues are equally competitive and his side need to be ready for the new challenge.

The Summer

Will Morford is the man to replace 19 goal striker Luke Hopper, who joined Hungerford Town. Morford will work as a player coach having made the move from Shortwood United. George Forsyth couldn’t break into the Kidderminster Harriers side and will now try to impress for the Tigers. Kieran Parselle joins from Newport County and Alex Harris from Hereford. Over pre-season Edji Mbunga a former Birmingham City youth team forward caught Harris’ eye and has also signed to the club.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 25 / Gloucester City wins: 12 / Draws: 10

Previous Meetings

07.03.1992 Gloucester City 0 Dartford 0
26.10.1991 Dartford 2 Gloucester City 0
16.03.1991 Dartford 2 Gloucester City 1
29.09.1990 Gloucester City 2 Dartford 0
21.04.1990 Dartford 6 Gloucester City 2
20.01.1990 Gloucester City 0 Dartford 4

Next Meetings

Saturday 18 November 2017 at Princes Park

Saturday 3 March 2018 at Jubilee Stadium

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Hampton and Richmond Borough

Founded: 1921 / Ground: The Beveree

Last season’s pace setters started the campaign scoring for fun until the Beavers lost influential players. Jamal Lowe and Nicke Kabamba moved to League Two champions Portsmouth in January, Hampton and Richmond Borough finished seventh. The disappointment of missing out on the playoffs was short-lived for the 2015/16 Isthmian Premier champions, with Poole Town and Hungerford Town unable to compete, the Beavers were given a second chance losing to Ebbsfleet United in the semi-final.

Last Season

National South: 7th

F.A Cup: 3rd Qualifying Round

F.A Trophy: 3rd Qualifying Round

County Cup: Winners

League Top Scorer: Nicke Kabamba (16 goals)

Average Attendance: 636 (7th in league / 54th in non-league)

The Manager – Alan Dowson

Most of Alan Dowson’s managerial career has been with Kingstonian where he won the Isthmian Division One South. A former defender as a player he entered the managerial world with Walton and Hersham. Dowson was appointed boss of the Beavers nearly three years ago and was joined by Martin Tyler, who he worked with at Kingstonian. He led Hampton and Richmond Borough to the Isthmian Premier title just over a year ago and last term helped the club reach the playoffs.

The Summer

A key change took place during the break with Chairman Steve McPherson stepping down and being replaced by former Gateshead Chairman Graham Wood. Former Dartford midfielder Nathan Collier will don the Beavers shirt once more; he will team up with ex Dartford striker Harry Crawford who joins from Welling United. The signing that has Hampton and Richmond Borough fans talking though is Max Kretzchmar, the 23 year old has experience with Wycombe Wanderers and Woking. Ryan Moss comes in from Kingstonian, Charlie Wassmer from National South champions Maidenhead United and Claudiu Vilcu from Wingate and Finchley. Looking for a goalkeeper nearly all summer, Sam Howes finally put pen to paper after his loan spell with the Beavers last term.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 4 / Hampton and Richmond Borough wins: 4 / Draws: 0

Previous Meetings

17.04.2017 Dartford 3 Hampton & Richmond Borough 1
29.08.2016 Hampton & Richmond Borough 4 Dartford 1
21.01.2012 Hampton & Richmond Borough 1 Dartford 3
20.08.2011 Dartford 2 Hampton & Richmond Borough 1
19.02.2011 Dartford 0 Hampton & Richmond Borough 4
17.08.2010 Hampton & Richmond Borough 1 Dartford 0

Next Meetings

Saturday 2 September 2017 at The Beveree

Saturday 31 March 2018 at Princes Park

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Havant and Waterlooville

Founded: 1998 / Ground: Westleigh Park

It’s been a roller coaster ride for the Hawks over the last three seasons decided by fine margins. From playoff semi-finalists to unexpected relegation by a single goal, Havant and Waterlooville bounced back by winning the Southern League Premier last term, with help from former Dartford striker Jason Prior who top scored for the Hawks. Havant and Waterlooville have made a swift return to the National South and will be determined to stay up this time round.

Last Season

Southern Premier: 1st

F.A Cup: 3rd Qualifying Round

F.A Trophy: 3rd Qualifying Round

County Cup: 2nd Round

League Top Scorer: Jason Prior (17 goals)

Average Attendance: 713 (2nd in league / 45th in non-league)

The Manager – Lee Bradbury

Lee Bradbury is six years into his managerial career. His playing career spanned sixteen years most notably at Portsmouth, Manchester City and Crystal Palace. The former striker replaced Eddie Howe at AFC Bournemouth as caretaker manager in January 2011 and at that point choose to retire from playing. Although Bradbury reached the playoffs he was dismissed the following campaign after a poor run of results. Since October 2012, he has been in charge at Westleigh Park.

The Summer

Havant and Waterlooville have kept much of the squad that competed in the National South last time. Former Dartford loanee Bradley Tarbuck has been retained along with experienced striker James Hayter. As a former forward himself, Bradbury will know the qualities needed to find the net and this summer he’s signed Matt Tubbs from Eastleigh. The 32 year old made his name with Crawley Town after being spotted at Salisbury City. The striker had successful spells with AFC Wimbledon and Portsmouth before moving around the National League over the last eighteen months.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 4 / Havant and Waterlooville wins: 3 / Draws: 2

Previous Meetings

19.03.2016 Havant and Waterlooville 0 Dartford 2
05.12.2015 Dartford 4 Havant and Waterlooville 2
17.03.2012 Dartford 3 Havant and Waterlooville 1
07.01.2012 Havant and Waterlooville 1 Dartford 4
18.04.2011 Havant and Waterlooville 1 Dartford 0
14.08.2010 Dartford 2 Havant and Waterlooville 2

Next Meetings

Saturday 12 August 2017 at Westleigh Park

Saturday 13 January 2018 at Princes Park

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Hemel Hempstead Town

Founded: 1885 / Ground: Vauxhall Road

Entering their third successive season in the National South, the Tudors followed up their impressive debut season with a mid-table finish. A year ago, Hemel Hempstead Town ended their campaign one place outside the playoffs, last time out the Hertfordshire side could only manage twelfth. Towards the final stages of last season Hemel Hempstead Town lost their way and whilst they beat teams at the bottom they struggled against those above them.

Last Season

National South: 12th

F.A Cup: 4th Qualifying Round

F.A Trophy: 3rd Qualifying Round

County Cup: Quarter Final

League Top Scorer: Jake Robinson (25 goals)

Average Attendance: 486 (13th in league / 75th in non-league)

The Manager – Dean Brennan

Hemel Hempstead Town were struggling before Dean Brennan’s appointment in May 2012. The Tudors were reprieved from the Southern Premier League two seasons in a row and had not finished higher the fifteenth, in the three campaigns before the Irishman joined the Hertfordshire club. Brennan managed to guide the Tudors to their highest ever position in his first full campaign and had improved on this record ever since. A playoff defeat, a storming Southern Premier League title triumph and an eighth place finish in the National South was bettered by last term’s sixth spot.

The Summer

Dean Brennan is building a squad and must be quietly confident to challenge for the title. Former Dartford striker Charlie Sheringham had a good spell with the Tudors towards the end of last season and he joins permanently to link up with Jordan Parkes again, the pair were together at Ebbsfleet United. Another former Dart, Callum Driver has signed from Maidstone United, the club the Tudors have got Phil Walsh and Laurie Walker from as well. Ismail Yakubu will provide experience after joining from Woking, Tom Hamblin will provide creativity coming in from Wealdstone. The Tudors have also signed Joe Howe from Leatherhead, Taylor Miles from National League champions Lincoln City, Alex Osborn from Whitehawk and David Moyo from Brackley Town. 

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 2 / Hemel Hempstead Town wins: 1 / Draws: 2

Previous Meetings

01.04.2017 Hemel Hempstead Town 2 Dartford 2
12.11.2016 Dartford 2 Hemel Hempstead Town 0
17.10.2015 Dartford 2 Hemel Hempstead Town 2
08.08.2015 Hemel Hempstead Town 1 Dartford 0
16.09.1972 Hemel Hempstead 2 Dartford 9

Next Meetings

Saturday 26 August 2017 at Vauxhall Road

Saturday 17 March 2018 at Princes Park

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Hungerford Town

Founded: 1886 / Ground: Bulpit Lane

Winners of the Southern Premier League playoffs in 2015/16, the Crusaders had an excellent debut season in the National South last term. The surprise package almost gate crashed the playoffs finishing in sixth, but the Berkshire club took a blow when informed that they couldn’t participate in the end of season lottery. Ground grading was below the required standard and like Poole Town, the Crusaders missed out on buying a ticket.

Last Season

National South: 6th

F.A Cup: 3rd Qualifying Round

F.A Trophy: 3rd Qualifying Round

County Cup: Runners Up

League Top Scorer: Stefan Brown (11 goals)

Average Attendance: 318 (18th in league / 125th in non-league)

The Manager – Bobby Wilkinson

In his seventh year as Hungerford Town manager, Bobby Wilkinson has taken the Crusaders to the highest level of football they have competed in. Two playoff victories got Hungerford Town to the National South and in their debut season came so close to another playoff spot. Wilkinson’s foundations in the management trade were put down at a young age when injury cut his playing career short. The Crusaders boss coached and gained experience from the likes of Mark McGhee, Brendan Rogers and Brian McDermott whilst at Reading.

The Summer

Bobby Wilkinson feels that his squad doesn’t need much change claiming they are 95% there. His biggest job was to replace Nat Jarvis who joined Bath City and to do that Wilkinson looked towards Luke Hopper, signing him from Gloucester City. Paul Stonehouse also moves to the Crusaders from Slough Town and Callum Willmoth from Newbury. Most recently, central defender Matt Partridge signed from Basingstoke Town

Head to Head

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

Previous Meetings

14.04.2017 Hungerford Town 2 Dartford 0
27.08.2016 Dartford 2 Hungerford Town 0

Next Meetings

Saturday 5 August 2017 at Princes Park

Saturday 9 December 2017 at Bulpit Lane

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Havant & Waterlooville v Dartford

Dartford will need to find a way through the ‘brick wall’ at Havant and Waterlooville this weekend if they want to push for a playoff spot.

The Darts have fallen off the pace with four defeats in their last five games. The latest loss in midweek against Maidenhead United has knocked the side’s confidence. Manager, Tony Burman admitted his team have “hit a brick wall”, he told www.kentonline.co.uk: “The last few results have not helped the confidence. Players can’t, at this stage of the season and where we are in the league, feel sorry for themselves but unfortunately that’s how it seems to come across a little bit”.

With just one point taken from the last fifteen, Dartford are now five points adrift fifth spot with a game in hand. The 2-1 reverse at Maidenhead United followed defeats to Whitehawk and Weston-Super-Mare. Elliot Bradbrook returned to action with a goal, after missing the Whitehawk match, but the captain is now suspended for the next three games for his red card at Weston-Super-Mare.

Danny Harris will be out with a hamstring injury and George Sykes is still reovering from illness. When Harris and Sykes were substituted last weekend against Whitehawk, Lee Noble and Barry Cogan were forced into action too soon. Burman commented: “I had to leave Lee Noble and Barry Cogan on the bench (on Tuesday) simply because of what happened on Saturday. With Elliot missing, I needed to keep them right for Saturday”, he added: “Although they came on last night (Tuesday’s game), it’s a gradual thing. If I push them too much, they’ll end up being injured as well”.

With the squad down to the ‘bare bones’, Burman does not want to make excuses, he said: “They’re things to test you. We can’t use them as excuses – but they are facts”.

The Darts can be optimistic if past form against Havant and Waterlooville counts. The Hampshire side are four points above safety and lost 4-2 at Princes Park. Dartford’s win against the Hawks was their third consecutive, having completed a double against them four years ago.

Back in December, the Darts were close to throwing a two goal advantage away against Havant and Waterlooville, but recovered well to win 4-2.  Elliot Bradbrook scored from the spot and before the break Danny Harris bundled over a second. The Hawks hit back with a quick fire double to level the match with goals from Dan Strugnell and Matt Paterson. Elliot Bradbrook restored the lead, but the moment of the match belonged to Ebou Adams, who netted his first ever senior goal.

Elliot Bradbrook was also influential when Dartford last travelled to West Leigh Park in a 4-1 win. A convincing away triumph started when the captain’s surging run gave Dartford the lead. Before half time that lead had doubled with a cheeky Danny Harris lob. The same two added a further two but not before Scott Jones temporarily put the Hawks back in the game.

The Hawks have not been able to manage the level of performance set last season when they finished in the playoffs. Manager, Lee Bradbury finds his side in a tussle at the bottom of the National South, four points clear of the drop zone.

Since climbing out of the bottom two in early January, Havant and Waterlooville have lost just once in their last ten league games, drawing six of those. Home form has been key to their bid to survive relegation making up for poor results on their travels, where they have won just once.

Most recently, the Hawks completed a double header against Basingstoke Town. Drawing 1-1 in the league at The Camrose, the two sides met days earlier in the Hampshire County Cup semi-final. The Hawks won 2-0 to reach the final and like the Darts hope to secure some silverware in county competition.

Head to Head

Havant & Waterlooville wins: 3 / Dartford wins: 3 / Draws 2

Current League Form

Havant & Waterlooville (DDDWDD) Dartford (LLLDLW)
Basingstoke Town  A  1-1 Maidenhead United  A  1-2
Chelmsford City  H  1-1 Whitehawk  H  2-4
Ebbsfleet United  A  2-2 Weston-Super-Mare  A  1-2
Maidstone United  H  2-1 Hayes & Yeading Utd  A  2-2
Bath City  H  1-1 Concord Rangers  H  1-2
Whitehawk  A  1-1 Gosport Borough  A  3-1

Last Meeting at York Road

7 January 2012 – Havant & Waterlooville 1 Dartford 4 – attendance 802

Goalscorers: Elliot Bradbrook (21, 89); Danny Harris (29, 74)

Darts lineup – Louis Wells, Matt Jones, Adam Green, Tom Bonner, Conor Essam, Tom Champion, Lee Noble, James Rogers, Jacob Erskine, Elliot Bradbrook, Danny Harris (sub used: Tony Garrod)

Previous Meetings (* – F.A Cup)

05.12.2015 Dartford 4 Havant & Waterlooville 2
17.03.2012 Dartford 3 Havant & Waterlooville 1
07.01.2012 Havant & Waterlooville 1 Dartford 4
18.04.2011 Havant & Waterlooville 1 Dartford 0
14.08.2010 Dartford 2 Havant & Waterlooville 2
15.10.2000* Dartford 0 Havant & Waterlooville 4
29.04.1999 Havant & Waterlooville 1 Dartford 1
06.03.1999 Dartford 0 Havant & Waterlooville 2

On This Day

It’s been 22 years since Dartford last tasted victory on 19 March. Participating in the Kent League First Division a 1-0 away win at Tunbridge Wells formed part of a seven game winning streak. Since then, the Darts have played three, drawing 1-1 away to Leighton Town eleven years ago and losing 2-0 away to Staines Town in 2011. Three years ago in the National League, Dartford were beaten 1-0 by Barrow.

 

Dartford v Havant & Waterlooville

Dartford play their fifth consecutive home game this weekend when they host Havant and Waterlooville in the National South.

The Darts have been getting back on track after a six match unbeaten run in all competitions. However, last weekend Tony Burman’s side suffered a setback, losing their F.A Trophy tie against Whitehawk. Defeat leaves Dartford out of both major cup competitions and a chance to concentrate on the league and Kent Senior Cup.

In the league, Dartford need to make their two games in hand count if they are to challenge for a playoff spot. Currently eight points adrift, the Darts know two victories will bring them within touching distance. In the meantime, the club need to keep pace and stretch their unbeaten league form to five matches.

Last time out in the National South, an Elliot Bradbrook equaliser earned Dartford a point against Kent rivals Maidstone United. The draw followed consecutive league wins over Bishop’s Stortford then Hayes and Yeading United. Elliot Bradbrook will be hoping to keep his goalscoring run going having scored in each of his last three league appearances.

Tony Burman has backed his on loan defender Mark Onyemah this week, the full back’s mistake was vital in Whitehawk knocking Dartford out of the F.A Trophy, Burman told www.kentonline.co.uk: “He’s a more than strong enough character to put that behind him. He has been outstanding for us since he’s been here. He was nearly the hero when he went through and hit the bar, then he was penalised for handball and he should have done better when he got closed down (for the second goal)”. The Dartford boss also felt his side struggled to get into ‘top gear’ after a two week break.

A return to National South action starts against Hampshire side Havant and Waterlooville, who have only won once on their travels in the league this campaign. The Hawks finished last season in the playoffs losing in the semi final to the promoted Boreham Wood. This term fortunes have turned with Lee Bradbury’s side in nineteenth, five points clear of the bottom two.

Bradbury may have pedigree as a Football League player and his short managerial career has been promising. Now, the 40 year old faces an unfamiliar challenge at the wrong end of the table after two victories in the last dozen league games. Back to back 3-1 wins at Oxford City and home to Maidenhead United have been a brief respite from eight defeats and two draws they have recorded since the end of August.

Dartford last played Havant and Waterlooville during their National South playoff winning campaign. In March 2012, Sam Pearce put the Hawks ahead and Scott Jones missed a penalty, which only served to stir the Darts into action. Dartford bounced back with three goals without reply, with the first coming from Lee Noble. With nine minutes remaining Danny Harris bundled in the second and to seal victory Luke Wilkinson scored his first for the Darts. A 3-1 triumph was added to the comprehensive 4-1 win achieved at Westleigh Park two months prior, completing a double against the Hampshire side.

In the previous campaign, the two sides met on the opening day in an entertaining 2-2 draw. Dartford, just promoted as Isthmian Premier earned a point with a stoppage time Ryan Hayes penalty. Earlier, Danny Harris headed the first goal from a Hayes free kick before the Hawks went ahead through Bobby Hopkinson’s penalty and Wes Fogden’s strike two minutes from time.

The Darts won’t return to Princes Park until the end of the month to close out the year.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 2 / Havant and Waterlooville wins: 3 / Draws 2

Current League Form

Dartford (DWWDLL) Havant & Waterlooville  (LLWWLD)
Maidstone United  H  1-1 Weston Super Mare  A  2-3
Hayes & Yeading  H  2-0 Sutton United  A  0-3
Bishop’s Stortford  A  2-1 Maidenhead United  H  3-1
Hemel Hempstead Town  H  2-2 Oxford City  A  3-1
Wealdstone  A  1-2 Margate  A  1-4
Truro City  H  0-1 St Albans City  H  1-1

Previous Meeting at Princes Park

17 March 2012 – Dartford 3 Havant and Waterlooville 1 – attendance 1087 – view highlights 

Goalscorers: Noble (23), Harris (81), Wilkinson (87); Pearce (8)

Dartford lineup: Wells, Jones, Green, Bonner, Wilkinson, Champion, Noble, Wallis, Erskine, Bradbrook, Harris (Subs used: Hayes, Garrod, Burns)

Previous Meetings (* – F.A Cup)

17.03.2012 Dartford 3 Havant & Waterlooville 1
07.01.2012 Havant & Waterlooville 1 Dartford 4
18.04.2011 Havant & Waterlooville 1 Dartford 0
14.08.2010 Dartford 2 Havant & Waterlooville 2
15.10.2000* Dartford 0 Havant & Waterlooville 4
29.04.1999 Havant & Waterlooville 1 Dartford 1
06.03.1999 Dartford 0 Havant & Waterlooville 2

 

Stats

At home, Dartford have won three out of three against teams below them in the league

The Dartford defence at home ranks sixth in the league on average conceded per game. However, only two teams home and away (Ebbsfleet United and Maidstone United) have conceded fewer.

Havant and Waterlooville have the leakiest defence having conceded 39 times, they have shipped in 25 goals on their travels.

 

On This Day

Dartford’s last win on 5 December came 34 years ago in the top flight of non league. A 5-0 home win against Yeovil Town. Since then, in 1987 the Darts picked up a goaless away draw with Nuneaton Borough in the Southern Premier League. Following relegation to the Southern Division Dartford lost a year later, 3-2 away to Baldock Town.

National League South Season Preview 2015/2016 – Part Three

Gosport Borough | Havant and Waterlooville | Hayes and Yeading | Hemel Hempstead Town

Gosport Borough

Founded: 1944 / Ground: Privett Park

The last two seasons have seen Gosport Borough excel after a second rise from the Wessex League. The Borough had previously worked their way up the non league pyramid in the eighties before returning to their regional division in 1992. The Hampshire club had to do it all again and were rewarded with a sixth place finish setting a club record. Last season, the Borough also made their first appearance in the F.A Cup first round bowing out in an entertaining 6-3 defeat against League One Colchester United. In the season before Gosport Borough were award with Non League Newspaper’s Cup Run of the Year, the Hampshire club reached Wembley for the first time losing the F.A Trophy final to Cambridge United.

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Conference South: 6th

F.A Cup: 1st Round

F.A Trophy: 2nd Round

County Cup: Winners

League Top Scorer: Justin Bennett (24 goals)

Average Attendance: 532

The Manager – Alex Pike

At a local level and now beyond the Wessex League, Alex Pike has been successful. He became the youngest manager to win the F.A Vase when he guided Wimborne to victory, in the same season he won Wessex League and Dorset Senior Cup, not bad for a first full season as a boss. Spells at Bournemouth F.C, AFC Lymington and Hamworthy United took Pike through twenty years in football management. Over the last ten he has been at Gosport Borough winning the Wessex League in 2006/07. Five years later, the Borough were promoted to the Southern Premier League via the playoffs and repeated the feat again to reach the Conference South the following season. Pike led Gosport Borough to the F.A Trophy final in 2013/14 losing to non league double winners Cambridge United.

The Summer

Hampshire has been a happy hunting ground for new recruits. Pike has taken two from Havant and Waterlooville by signing Perry Ryan and Ryan Woodford. Relegated from the Conference South last term Adam Brice joins from Farnborough, whilst TJ Cuthbertson comes in from 2013/2014 F.A Vase winners AFC Sholing. Pike has also persuaded Bradey Norton from Fareham Town and Ryan Scott from AFC Totton. Outside of Hampshire, Jamie White has signed from Sutton United and Dean Stow from Hungerford Town. Last season’s top goalscorer Justin Bennett remains at Privett Park.

Last Meetings Versus The Darts

24 October 1989 – Gosport Borough 0 Dartford 1
Three days before Gosport Borough, the Darts lost their first league game of the season at home to Burton Albion. In a month full of cup fixtures, this rare Southern Premier League affair got the Darts back on track with a single goal victory.

22 August 1989 – Dartford 5  Gosport Borough 1
Having finished the last two season’s as runners up Dartford were amongst the favourites for promotion. Peter Taylor’s late eighties squad won their second home match of the campaign in style, keeping their perfect start to 1989/90 going.

Next Meetings

Saturday 22 August 2015 at Princes Park

Saturday 30 January 2016 at Privett Park

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Havant and Waterlooville

Founded: 1998 / Ground: Westleigh Park

Merged in 1998 when Havant Town and Waterlooville joined forces, the Hawks won promotion under their new guise at the first attempt. Since then Havant and Waterlooville have played at the same level making the upcoming campaign their seventeenth consecutive season. Three years ago their status was under threat and an injury time winner on the final day ensured the Hawks avoided relegation. Since the Hampshire club’s scare, results on the pitch have improved with an F.A Trophy semi final appearance followed by last season’s semi final Playoff defeat to eventual winners Boreham Wood. The Hawks will be eyeing up a top five finish in this seasons National League South campaign.

Last Season

Conference South: 5th

F.A Cup: 1st Round

F.A Trophy: 2nd Round

County Cup: 3rd Round

League Top Scorer: Scott Donnelly (15 goals)

Average Attendance: 628

The Manager – Lee Bradbury

One of the most high profile managers in this season’s National League South, Lee Bradbury is only four years into his managerial career. His playing career spanned sixteen years most notably at Portsmouth, Manchester City and Crystal Palace. The former striker replaced Eddie Howe at AFC Bournemouth as caretaker manager in January 2011 and at that point choose to retire from playing. Although Bradbury reached the playoffs he was dismissed the following campaign after a poor run of results. Since October 2012, the 40 year old has been in charge at Westleigh Park and in his two full season’s the Hawks have finished sixth and fifth and reached the F.A Trophy semi-final.

The Summer

James Hayter adds experience to the Hawks forward line this season, the 36 year old has won three Football League playoff finals and made over 700 appearances in the Championship down to League Two. The former AFC Bornemouth, Doncaster Rovers and Yeovil Town striker also holds the record for the fastest Football League hat-trick. Hayter could be partnered by 32 year old up front Marvin Morgan, the former Shrewsbury Town and Plymouth Argyle man returns to non league after early career appearances with Wealdstone, Yeading and Woking. Adrian Clifton left the rebuilding at Maidenhead United to join Havant and Waterlooville and ex Gosport Borough duo Matthew Patterson and Lee Molyneaux also join the club. Former Dartford winger Ben Swallow signed a new contract and along with another experienced midfielder Brain Stock, formerly of Doncaster Rovers.

Last Meetings Versus The Darts

17 March 2012 – Dartford 3 Havant and Waterlooville 1 – view highlights

Sam Pearce put the visitors ahead and Scott Jones missed a penalty, which only served to stir the home side into action. Dartford bounced back with three goals without reply with the first coming from Lee Noble. With nine minutes remaining Danny Harris bundled in the second and to seal victory Luke Wilkinson scored his first for the Darts.

7 January 2012 – Havant and Waterlooville 1 Dartford 4 – view highlights

A convincing away triumph started when Elliot Bradbrook’s surging run through the middle of the pitch gave Dartford the lead. Before half time that lead had doubled with a cheeky Danny Harris lob. The same two added a further two but not before Scott Jones temporarily put the Hawks back in the game.

Next Meetings

Saturday 5 December 2015 at Princes Park

Saturday 19 March 2016 at Westleigh Park

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Hayes and Yeading

Founded: 2007 / Ground: York Road

Another club formed by a merger, Hayes and Yeading United are currently groundsharing with Maidenhead United. In their second campaign as Hayes and Yeading United they won promotion to the Conference Premier via the playoffs. Tipped to get relegated United held their own surviving comfortably. Three seasons at the top of non league ended in 2012 and since returning to the Conference South the Middlesex club has continued to struggle. Reprieved two years ago, due to the demise of Hereford United in the division above, Hayes and Yeading United battled against relegation last term as well. Once the new stand has been built at Beaconsfield Road, moving back home could lead to much needed optimism.

Hayes_&_Yeading_United_FC.svgLast Season

Conference South: 19th

F.A Cup: 2nd Qualifying Round

F.A Trophy: 1st Round

County Cup: Semi Final

League Top Scorer: Pat Cox (6 goals)

Average Attendance: 271

The Manager – Tristan Lewis

Appointed interim manager last season after Phil Babb left by mutual consent, Tristan Lewis has been given his opportunity. Lewis arrived at Hayes and Yeading in 2011 as an Assistant Manager from Reading. With a background in youth development he has won National titles as well as the Conference Youth Alliance. Guiding United to safety last term, on a limited budget, was an achievement in itself and with the development of their new home the task will be made just as challenging for Lewis for the forthcoming campaign. A rookie manager with an honest and hands on approach is hoping he can quickly gain support from the York Road terraces for now.

The Summer

United have had a thin squad for most of the summer break but Lewis wasted no time in making his first signing. Max Worsfold joined from relegated Staines Town as well as Harry Grant from fellow relegated side Farnborough. Former Ebbsfleet United and Boreham Wood striker Michael Thalassitis had a spell with Hayes and Yeading on loan three years ago and returns to the Middlesex club. Yado Mambo signed from Chelmsford City along with 19 year old goalkeeper Magnus Norman on loan from Fulham and Jhai Dillon from Stevenage.

Next Meetings

Saturday 31 October 2015 at Princes Park

Saturday 9 January 2016 at York Road

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Hemel Hempstead Town

Founded: 1885 / Ground: Vauxhall Road

Eight years in the Southern Premier League ended in style when the Tudors breezed to the title. The near misses of two playoff semi finals and a final as well as relegation battles, including one reprieve, Hemel Hempstead Town were always in the thick of the action. When the Hertfordshire club did win the Southern Premier League they dominated the division racking up an impressive 102 points and scoring an incredible 128 goals. Now playing at the highest level the club has ever been, the Tudors were guaranteed to set their highest ever finish last term. Respectably they finished in a healthy ninth place to secure another campaign in the National League South.

Hemel_Hempstead_Town_F.CLast Season

Conference South: 9th

F.A Cup: 1st Round

F.A Trophy: 3rd Round

County Cup: Winners

League Top Scorer: Jordan Parkes (21 goals)

Average Attendance: 574

The Manager – Dean Brennan

Seventeen clubs in a playing career and only one club as manager, Dean Brennan is just 35 years old and has been in charge at Vauxhall Road since May 2012. The Irishman has turned Hemel Hempstead Town’s fortunes around. In the three season’s before he joined the club finished no higher than fifteenth which included two successive reprieves from the Southern Premier League. In his first full season with the Tudors, Brennan helped the club to their highest ever finish losing the playoff final after coming fourth. Hemel Hempstead Town went a step further the following season taking the Southern Premier League title with an astonishing 128 goals and 102 points.

The Summer

Replacing last season’s top scorer Jordan Parkes has been the top priority in the summer. Jamie Slabber has a reasonable goalscoring record at this level with Eastleigh, Chelmsford City, Sutton United and recently champions Bromley, he will be at Vauxhall Road hoping to continue his record. John Frendo netted eleven times for St Albans City last term and also bolsters the Tudors front line. Matthew Spring won promotion with Watford to the Premier League nine years ago and will provide creativity in midfield having spent last term at St Neots Town. Central defender Terrell Forbes will add experience having played for Queens Park Rangers and Yeovil Town, making over 100 appearances at both clubs. Ben Herd comes in from promotion winners Boreham Wood, Herd was part of the Wood team that won last season’s playoffs. England C representative Jamie Butler joins from Concord Rangers and Jamal Lowe follows Frendo from St Albans City.

Last Meeting Versus The Darts

16 September 1972 – Hemel Hempstead 2 Dartford 9 

In the F.A Cup First Qualifying Round, Dartford were drawn out against Athenian Division Two side Hemel Hempstead. The Darts of the Southern Premier League had a new boss at the helm in Doug Holden. After a slow start to the campaign a comprehensive away win ensured progression in the cup.

Next Meetings

Saturday 8 August 2015 at Vauxhall Road

Saturday 17 October 2015 at Princes Park

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Dartford v Havant and Waterlooville

Dartford aim to equal their six match winning home run they set at the start of the season on Saturday when they face Havant and Waterlooville.

Danny Harris celebrates Dartford's first goal in the Conference South

Twenty months ago The Darts crowned their Conference South début with an opening day draw at Princes Park, their opponents that day were Havant and Waterlooville. The two sides have met three times since Dartford’s promotion in 2010 with the spoils shared.

The first of those meetings ended in a 2-2 draw and ended in dramatic fashion. Danny Harris was privileged to score the first goal of Dartford’s Conference South era when he flicked in a Ryan Hayes free kick on twenty six minutes. The Hawks won a penalty after Hayes handled in the area and Bobby Hopkinson equalised.

Wes Fogden looked to have won the match with two minutes to go with an eighteen yard curler. Undeterred The Darts pushed for a point and in the final minute Harris equalled the penalty count when he was upended. Hayes stepped up and sent the goalkeeper the wrong way to earn a draw.

Westleigh Park hosted the other two fixtures between the sides and last season Havant and Waterlooville won 1-0. Sammy Igoe’s cross was turned into the net by Wes Fogden in the thirty third minute. Fogden’s first half strike earned The Hawks victory which helped the Hampshire club finish a point above Dartford in ninth place last campaign.

Earlier this season The Darts convincingly won 4-1 in an excellent away performance, Elliot Bradbrook and Danny Harris scored two goals each. Bradbrook took twenty one minutes to score the first when he waltzed through the Havant defence to calmly slot the ball home. Harris doubled the lead with half hour played with a well taken lob over onrushing goalkeeper Lyall Beasely.

Bradbrook opens up the Havant defence and scores

The Hawks pulled back a goal in the second half when Scott Jones scrambled in from a corner to give the Hampshire side hope. With fifteen minutes remaining Dartford pulled away when Harris turned the ball into the net from close range and Bradbrook ensured Lee Noble’s free kick ended up over the goal line to make it 4-1.

On Tuesday night The Darts dropped two points at York Road as they were held by Maidenhead United in a 1-1 draw. Alex Wall gave the hosts the lead with 13 minutes played when his shot took a deflection over goalkeeper Louis Wells. The lead was cancelled out by Danny Harris fifteen minutes later when he got on the end of a well worked move. Reece Tison-Lascaris was dismissed on the stroke of half time for an altercation with Louis Wells but Dartford couldn’t take advantage of the extra man. The result leaves The Darts eight points behind league leaders Woking with a game in hand.

In contrast to Dartford’s form The Hawks are struggling of late with one win in nine league games. Away from home they have won just three times and only Thurrock have a worse away record. The Hawks are fighting a relegation battle and are currently in 18th position and just a point above the drop zone.

Havant and Waterlooville lost their third successive game, their sixth in seven on the weekend in a enthralling 4-3 defeat against Woking. During this poor run they have conceded an average of just over three a game but in their only victory they netted six when the beat Dorchester Town 6-3. To add to the Hampshire sides woes of late they were knocked out of their County Cup to AFC Totton on Tuesday night. The Hawks were defeated 2-1 in the semi final against the Southern Premier League side.

Although Havant and Waterlooville have struggled in the Conference South this seaon they do pose a threat up front. Ollie Palmer has netted a dozen league goals in just 14 starts and five substitute apeparances. His strike partner Steve Ramsey has scored the same amount of goals in 26 league starts and a single appearance as a substitute. The duo account for just under half of the teams total goals this season in the league.

Manager Shaun Gale strengthened his squad recently with the signing of midfielder Eddie Hutchinson from Eastbourne Borough. Joe Dolan was also signed by Gale after spells with Bromley and Staines Town this season. Craig Braham-Barrett left The Hawks to join playoff hopefuls Sutton United.

Statistics (league only)

Dartford (2nd) v Havant and Waterlooville (18th)

Current Form

Last five Dartford matches at home Last five Havant and Waterlooville matches away
Won 3-0 v Farnborough Lost 0-2 v Sutton United
Won 4-1 v Basingstoke Town Won 6-3 v Dorchester Town
Won 2-0  v Salisbury City Lost 1-3 v Welling United
Won 6-0 v Thurrock Lost 1-3 v Chelmsford City
Won 1-0 v Welling United Lost 2-3 v Eastleigh

Attendances

Dartford average home attendance: 1253 (2nd)

Highest home attendance: 2559 v Welling United / Lowest: 783 v Basingstoke Town

Havant and Waterlooville average away attendance: 552 (18th)

Highest away attendance: 1655 v Woking/ Lowest: 194 v Thurrock

Did you know…

A win for Dartford will equal their best winning home streak in the Conference South of six set at the start of the season, no other team has won more home games in a row this campaign

At Princes Park The Darts have conceded just one goal in the last 470 minutes of football

Dartford have averaged the most goals per game at home in the league this season with 2.44 goals a match

Havant and Waterlooville have scored the most goals (13) in the league this season during the fifteen minutes before half time

The Hawks have also conceded 17 goals, the most in the first fifteen minutes after half time.

The Hampshire side has conceded 38 times in the second half of league matches this season, the most by any club in the Conference South

Havant and Waterlooville v Dartford

The Darts travel to Hampshire for the third time this season when they visit Havant and Waterlooville on Saturday.

A trip to Westleigh Park last season ended in defeat back in April. Sammy Igoe’s cross was turned into the net by Wes Fogden in the thirty third minute. Fogden’s first half strike earned The Hawks victory which helped the Hampshire club finish a point above Dartford in ninth place last campaign. The Darts will be pleased with the departure of Wes Fogden who scored in both fixtures against Dartford last season. Fogden was signed by AFC Bournemouth teaming up with former Dart Charlie Sheringham.

Danny Harris: Scorer of Dartford's first and last Conference South goal

It will be the thirty ninth meeting between the two clubs including when Dartford’s opponents were two separate entities as Havant Town and as Waterlooville. Despite defeat away from home to Havant and Waterlooville last season, Dartford fans will have fond memories of their Conference South début which ended 2-2 at Princes Park.

Dartford had a fantastic festive period taking four points off high fliers and Kent rivals Welling United. A draw at Park View Road on Boxing Day was followed up by a 1-0 win at Princes Park on Bank Holiday Monday. With an even and uneventful first half Welling United took control after half time. Dean Cracknell hit the cross bar and Adam Green cleared Ben Martin’s shot off the line. Louis Wells made a number of fine saves, Matt Jones and Elliot Bradbrook cleared efforts off the line and The Darts were hanging on. A corner taken by Dartford winger Ryan Hayes on the hour mark was headed towards goal by Tom Bonner and flicked in by Danny Harris for the all important winner. The Darts came away with the points thanks to a stunning goalkeeping display by man of the match Wells.

Tony Burman spoke to PURE DFC after the match and said: “I’m really pleased with the result and with the performance as well. The support was absolutely fantastic for the guys which has given them a lift”. The win at Princes Park was the first win in three league fixtures and first clean sheet in seven. Burman recognises that it’s not just goals that win you points but a tight defence too, he added: “The conversation is about what formation we play and how we are going to replace Charlie Sheringham but at the end of the day teams who are up the top don’t concede goals.”

Havant and Waterlooville only played once over the festive period and drew 0-0 at home to Eastleigh on Boxing Day. The stalemate was The Hawks third in a row at home where they are five league matches unbeaten. The return fixture on New Years Day was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

Westleigh Park: Home of Havant and Waterlooville

The Hawks sit in fifteenth position on twenty five points and are unbeaten in five leagues matches and have lost just one in nine Conference South games. Over their last nine fixtures the Hampshire club have won three and drawn five. Burman told PURE DFC that he expects a tough match, he commented: “We are now facing teams that are not at the right end of the table and they are going to be decent sides. We’ve got to show that passion and that will to win which we showed today (against Welling United)”.

Manager Shaun Gale has added more experience to his squad this season. Sammy Igoe has made over 450 appearances for eight football league clubs and has been joined by Lee Peacock and Vincent Pericard. Peacock was signed in the summer from Grimsby Town and has played over 500 games for six league teams including scoring 122 times. Pericard has played over 159 times for teams including Portsmouth, Stoke City and Swindon Town and has been a French under 21 international.

Dartford Team News

Jon Wallis will return from his one game suspension for five cautions this season.

Defender Paul Goodacre will still be out for a few weeks, Burman said: “Paul has had a scan and he has no damage which is great news but his bruised around the cartlidge which is going take a little bit of time to heal up. His probably going to be another two or three weeks at least”.

Lee Burns and Tony Garrod could be back for Saturday, The Darts manager added: “Lee Burns hopefully should be ready for Saturday and Tony Garrod had a bit of a chest infection and was on antibiotics”.

In other squad news the Dartford boss said Jack Pallen “came back from VCD Athletic on loan and because VCD didn’t a game for a couple of weeks he went out to Leatherhead to try and get some games there”.

Statistics (league only)

Havant and Waterlooville (15th) v Dartford (4th)

Current Form

Last five Havant and Waterlooville matches at home Last five Dartford matches away
Drew 0-0 v Eastleigh Drew 1-1 v Welling United
Drew 1-1 v Weston Super-Mare Drew 2-2 v Eastleigh
Drew 0-0 v Eastbourne Borough Won 2-1 v Salisbury City
Won 5-0 v Farnborough Won 3-0 v Thurrock
Won 4-2 v Dorchester Town Lost 1-3 v Boreham Wood

Attendances

Havant and Waterlooville average home attendance: 691

Highest home attendance: 938 v Eastleigh/ Lowest: 502 v Truro City

Dartford average away attendance: 839

Highest away attendance: 1815 v Welling United/ Lowest: 441 v Boreham Wood

Did you know…

Dartford have now scored in their previous 17 league matches and in their last 7 away league games

Away from home The Darts are unbeaten in four league fixtures

Havant and Waterlooville have scored the most league goals (10) in the final 15 minutes of the first half

The Hawks have conceded the most league goals (14) in the first 15 minutes of the second half

Only Maidenhead United have conceded more second half league goals (26) than Havant and Waterlooville (24) this season