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Hayes & Yeading United v Dartford

Dartford’s pursuit of a playoff place took a blow on the weekend and next up is an away trip to Hayes and Yeading United.

The Darts take on Garry Haylock’s side who are sitting four points above the drop zone. A win will complete a double over the Middlesex club who they beat 2-0 on Halloween. The Bradbrook brothers combined to secure three points back in October with Tom breaking the deadlock, when he headed in Danny Harris’ cross. The second goal arrived in the second half when it was Elliot’s turn to head into the Hayes and Yeading United net.

Starting the weekend in the final playoff spot, the Darts had a chance to maintain their position against Concord Rangers. However, Tony Burman’s side stuttered and were beaten by former midfielder James White’s stunning winner. Dartford lost a one goal lead given to them by Tom Bradbrook’s beautifully curled strike into the top corner. The lead was shortlived when the Beachboys top scorer Steven Cawley equalised brilliantly six minutes later. White scored the third wonder goal of the day smashing in an unstoppable long range effort, leaving the Darts in sixth place and a point behind the last playoff place.

Burman was gracious in defeat making no excuses, he spoke to www.dartfordfc.com after the game and said: “Concord played the ball around better than us but we gave them too much space. I’m disappointed, in the second half we’ve not put too many passes together which we have been doing reasonably well”, he continued: “when we’re in that final third we’ve got to have a bit of interchange football and have a bit more quality”.

The Dartford boss is not disheartened by the loss knowing fortunes can change quickly. When talking about the Darts next opponents, Hayes and Yeading United he said: “All the games are tough now and we’re getting into the knitty gritty side of the season. My problem, like any other manger, is how are we going to get to the end of March doing a Saturday, Tuesday, Saturday”, he added: “If we come through March in a similar position than we are or higher then it will get interesting”.

With three players currently out injured, Burman is doubtful they will return mid-week, but is hoping the squad is bolstered next weekend when at least two have recovered.

Hayes and Yeading United are currently on their longest unbeaten run of the campaign. Without defeat in their last four National South fixtures, United held league leaders Ebbsfleet United to a 0-0 draw on the weekend. The game may have lacked goals but not controversy as four players were sent off for the same incident. Former Dart, Tom Bonner and Anthony Cook were dismissed for the Fleet whilst United had Adam Everitt and Emmanuel Monthe sent off.

The Middlesex club had won their previous two games before taking on Ebbsfleet United. A 2-1 victory at home to Oxford City followed a 2-0 triumph away at Weston-Super-Mare. In one of their most entertaining games of the campaign the current unbeaten run started with a 4-4 draw with Eastbourne Borough.

Head to Head

Hayes & Yeading United wins: 0 / Dartford wins: 1 / Draws 0

Current League Form

Hayes & Yeading Utd (DWWDLD) Dartford (LWDWLL)
Ebbsfleet United  A  0-0 Concord Rangers  H  1-2
Oxford City  A  2-1 Gosport Borough  A  3-1
Weston-Super-Mare  A  2-0 Eastbourne Borough  A  1-1
Eastbourne Borough  A  4-4 St Albans City  H  2-0
Margate  A  0-2 Wealdstone  H  1-2
Hemel Hempstead Town  H  1-1 Sutton United  A  0-2

Previous Meeting

31.10.2015 Dartford 2 Hayes & Yeading Utd 0

 

On This Day

Three of the last five matches Dartford have played on 1 March have ended 1-0 to the Darts. Basingstoke Town were beaten 1-0 at Princes Park in 2011 thanks to an own goal. Three years prior, Waltham Forest were narrowly defeated after a dramatic injury time penalty scored by Jamie Coyle. In 1995, Faversham Town were knocked out of the Kent League Cup third round. Other results include a 2-2 with Waterlooville in the Southern League Southern Division back in 1997. More recently, the Darts were easily beaten 3-0 by Southport in the National League just two years ago.

Dartford v Hayes & Yeading United

Dartford hope to build on a positive fortnight when they host Hayes and Yeading United for the first time.

The Darts put an end to a four game losing streak with a draw against Hemel Hempstead Town and back to back wins. A Kent Senior Cup victory over Welling United was followed up by a much needed away win at Bishop’s Stortford.

Tony Burman chose to alter the team’s formation last weekend and the decision paid off. Barry Cogan captained the side in the Kent Senior Cup but had only made one league start since signing in the summer. The midfielder started last weekend and influenced the game on twelve minutes slotting Tom Gardiner’s cross home, scoring his first for the Darts. With Lee Noble suspended this weekend, for picking up five cautions, Cogan has staked his claim and could start again.

Bishop’s Stortford levelled the scores five minutes before half time when Christian Smith headed in from a corner. The Darts grabbed three points early in the second half when captain Elliot Bradbrook curled a shot in to the top corner.

Burman spoke to www.dartfordonline.com after the game and said: “I am really pleased for the players and supporters who have travelled to Bishop’s Stortford”. He continued: “Our opponents, like us last week, had three good chances in the first ten minutes. I felt we recovered from that and controlled the game taking the lead from a well worked goal. I was disappointed to concede from a set piece and I feel at that point we let our opponents back in the game. In the second half once we scored I felt created a number of good chances but their goalkeeper made some good saves. All in all I think we deserved the 3 points and it’s a step in the right direction”.

Match winner Elliot Bradbrook added: “We can kick on from here. We’ve not played badly over the last few weeks and hopefully we can now start stringing some wins together”.

Although some pressure has been relieved on the squad, Dartford still sit mid table and are five points from the playoffs.

Hayes and Yeading are three places and four points behind the Darts and had last weekend off. The Middlesex club won their last league game ending a run of seven games without a win. The barren spell included four draws, three defeats and they failed to find the net on five occasions.

New boss, Garry Haylock has returned to the club after Tristan Lewis stepped down at the end of September. Haylock is currently unbeaten having led United to two draws and a win without conceding a goal. In his second spell in charge, Haylock has organised his squad and is enjoying his time back in charge.

Goalless draws at home to Gosport Borough and away to Bishop’s Stortford was followed up with a 3-0 win at Concord Rangers. Josh Scott scored a penalty, former Torquay United striker Elliot Benyon added a second before Scott netted again. Victory away from home was United’s first since the second game of the season, a run stretching six matches.

Current League Form

Dartford (WDLLLW) Hayes & Yeading Utd (WDDDLL)
Bishop’s Strortford  A  2-1 Concord Rangers  A  3-0
Hemel Hempstead Town  H  2-2 Bishop’s Stortford  A  0-0
Wealdstone  A  1-2 Gosport Borough  H  0-0
Truro City  H  0-1 St Albans City  A  1-1
Oxford City  A  1-2 Hemel Hempstead Town  A  0-4
Weston-Super-Mare  H  2-1 Bishop’s Stortford  H  0-2

Stats

0 – Dartford have never played Hayes and Yeading United since the club formed as a merger. The Darts never played Hayes or Yeading in a competitive fixture either.

2 – Barry Cogan has started two league games this season and Dartford have won both.

Dartford last won consecutive league matches in March last year. Hayes and Yeading United have not won consecutive league matches since April.

On This Day

Forty years ago Dartford won in the F.A Cup at Wembley, it may not have been the final but the Darts defeated the club side 1-0 to reach the first round proper. Victory that day was the last time Dartford won on 1 November with three draws and two losses since. In 1980, Hounslow Town came to Watling Street and drew 0-0 and six years later the Darts lost 2-0 away to Redditch United. Another goalless stalemate, occurred in 1997 at home to Newport Isle of Wight. The most entertaining of the fixtures came in the F.A Trophy when Dartford drew 3-3 at Princes Park with Oxford City, the replay ended 4-2. Grimsby Town was the last team faced on the 1 November where Tony Burman’s side visited Blundell Park and lost 3-0 a year ago.

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.

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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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