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Dartford v Hereford United

Dartford have the chance to grab some vital points this weekend when they host financial stricken Hereford United.

When the two clubs met in September 2012 the Darts recorded one of their most convincing victories of the season, running out 4-0 winners. Ryan Hayes opened the scoring early on with a tidy finish and James Rogers headed in just after the break. Substitutes Danny Harris and Jon Wallis emphatically increased the scoreline with Harris’s goal the pick of the match.

Just over four months ago, Dartford brought home a point with a 2-2 draw at Edgar Street. A late Uche Ibemere goal tied the match after the Bulls had come from behind. Lee Noble scored from close range with just 11 minutes played. Hereford United loanees Kevin Krans and Ross Dyer turned the match around after the break. However, Ibemere popped up with the equaliser five minutes from time.

Tony Burman’s side approach the weekend on the back of a four match unbeaten run. A win at home to Woking on Tuesday night added to recent victories against Kidderminster Harriers and Wrexham.

The Cards went in front in the fourth minute when Scott Rendell’s deflected shot wrong footed goalkeeper Alan Julian. The lead was short lived when the Darts hit back immediately, Alex Wall scored his first for the club seconds from the restart. The visitors were reduced to ten men when a poor challenge on Jim Stevenson resulted in Joey Jones being dismissed. Dartford capitalised right before half time when Wall was on the end of a decent through ball to score his second of the night.

Max Cornhill continued his good form notching his third then his fourth goal in as many games. Just before the hour the midfielder was rewarded for winning the ball back by converting Wall’s cross. He added Dartford’s fourth of the night with fifteen minutes to go when he headed a corner in at the near post. There was time for a fifth from Lee Noble who slotted home from débutante Mikkel Suarez’s flick on to secure Dartford’s biggest win of the season.

Performances from the Darts have improved of late but a run of postponed games saw them drop further behind in their relegation battle starting Tuesday five points adrift. The mid week win has lifted Dartford one position and they have now closed the gap to just two points.

Hereford United have had a week off and time to reflect on their worst league defeat in 50 years. Last weekend’s visit to Kenilworth Road ended in a 7-0 trouncing. The Hatters remained at the summit of the Conference Premier table thanks to Andre Grays hat-trick being added to by Paul Benson, Jake Howells, Pelly Ruddock and Alex Lawless. The Bulls second defeat in a row without scoring comes after their inspriational midfielder Josh O’Keefe left for Kidderminster Harriers. After the Luton Town match, manager Martin Foyle admitted to the club’s website that there has been “problems in the camp for a long time” and the gulf between the top and bottom sides is “getting bigger and bigger”.

Off the field, Hereford United have struggled financially since last season and due to falling attendances are trying to keep afloat. Early this month the club announced redundancies including four members of the backroom staff. Cuts have been made in an attempt to averat a winding up order from Revenue and Customs over a PAYE bill.

Team News

Ben Swallow and Mikkel Suarez are still awaiting for full league débuts for the Darts, the pair came on as substitutes on Tuesday night. Andy Pugh has returned to second placed Cambridge United, the former Welling United striker scored two goals in four appearances whilst on loan with Dartford. Alex Wall will remain with the Darts for a further month after Luton Town agreed to extend his stay at Princes Park. Ryan Hayes remains out of action through injury, there are no suspension concerns.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 11 / Hereford United wins: 21 / Draws: 11

Current League Form

Dartford (WWDWLD) Hereford United (LLDWWD)
Woking H Luton Town A 0-7
Wrexham A 2-1 Woking A 0-3
Cambridge United H 3-3 Kidderminster Harriers H 1-1
Kidderminster Harriers A 2-1 Salisbury City H 1-0
Salisbury City A 0-1 Southport H 4-1
Welling United A 1-1 Forest Green Rovers A 1-1

Last Meeting at Princes Park

15 September 2012 – Dartford 4 Hereford United 0 – Att: 1601

Goalscorers: Hayes (6), Rogers (47), Harris (76), Wallis (89)

The Darts Lineup: Bettinelli, Burns, Bonner, Arber, Rose, Hayes, Bradbrook, Champion, Rogers, Erskine, Crawford (subs used: Noble, Wallis, Harris)

The Bulls Lineup: Hanford, Gallinagh, Anthony, Graham, Heath, Watkins, Carruthers, Pell, Clist, Clucas, Bowman (subs used: Sammons, Nichols, Evans)

Match Stats

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Previous Meetings (* – F.A Trophy)

12.10.2013 Hereford United 2 Dartford 2
26.03.2013 Hereford United 1 Dartford 0
15.09.2012 Dartford 4 Hereford United 0
14.03.1972 Dartford 0 Hereford United 1
26.02.1972* Hereford United 0 Dartford 1

Stats

Dartford are four matches unbeaten, their best run of this campaign

Hereford have failed to win on their travels in their last five attempts

Away from Edgar Street, The Bulls have picked up just one point from sides in the top half of the table, but they have lost just one against clubs in the bottom half

 

Hereford United v Dartford

Dartford travel east to west on the weekend to take on Hereford United in an attempt to end an away streak of four games without a win.

The Darts last visited Edgar Street in March and left with no points to take home. Josh O’Keefe’s winning goal after 38 minutes was enough to separate the sides. The midfielder who ended up with a dozen league goals last term finished neatly to earn Hereford United all three points. Moments after falling behind Mark Arber was sent off for bringing down Ryan Bowman, the Bulls top scorer for 2012/13 picked himself up to take the penalty, only to be denied a goal by Louis Wells.

On Tuesday, Tony Burman handed a début to on loan Scunthorpe United striker Matthew Godden. However it was the visitors Salisbury City who took the lead with a wonderful 30 yard strike from Theo Lewis, his third goal of the season. The lead lasted just 12 minutes when Godden netted in his first game following up his own rebound.

The Darts new striker is determined to make his time count at Princes Park claiming ‘it’s a massive year’ for him to prove he can play at a higher level. When speaking to BBC Radio Kent he said: “Whether I’m playing in Scunthorpe’s first team because I’ve impressed when I’ve gone back or impressed other clubs, that’s my main aim when I’m here”. Godden is also optimistic he can settle in with his new team-mates, he added: “By the looks of the lads, the manager, the surroundings, I can’t see myself not being happy here”.

The Bulls finished a creditable sixth back in April, this time they sit ten places lower and two points ahead of the Darts. After relegation from the Football League two years ago, Hereford United have had to cut their cloth accordingly. The club struggled to pay wages on time in April and May and have lately asked fans how to spend money from potential new investors. Chairman, David Keyte has overseen an urgent tax bill settled, a drop in attendances and the loss of Football League funding.

On the field Martin Foyle remains in charge and has had to deal with the departures of Bowman and influential midfielder Sam Clucas. After one of the biggest turnover of players in the summer, the Bulls have made home form count losing once in six matches at Edgar Street. Wins against Tamworth, Welling United and Lincoln City have all been narrow whilst draws versus Braintree Town and Luton Town have added to the points tally.

However, Hereford United have tasted victory just once in eight games with their recent failure away at Macclesfield Town. Silkman’s Connor Jennings scored the winner in the 62nd minute, making it six in five games for the 22 year old. Hereford United were unable to level the match which was not helped by Sam Smith’s dismissal for violent conduct. The defeat follows a loss by the same scoreline to league leaders Cambridge United on the weekend. The Bulls have not managed a goal in their last three outings.

Team News

Tyrone Sterling, Matt Fry and Adam Birchall are still sidelined through injury. Josh Hill is looking to regain match fitness whilst Mat Mitchel-King returned to action in the week completing a full 90 minutes. Striker, Jason Prior couldn’t finish Tuesday night’s draw due to an ankle problem, he managed just half an hour of football. Prior’s injury means Matthew Godden looks set to start his second game with the club. Elliot Bradbrook is still one caution away from suspension.

Kingsley James missed the mid week action for Hereford United after picking up a knock last weekend. O’Keefe, who scored the winning goal last season is recovery from injury along with Joel Edwards and Michael Rankine. Sam Smith’s red card in Tuesday’s defeat at Macclesfield Town means he will start his suspension.

Head to Head

Hereford United wins: 21 / Dartford wins: 11 / Draws 10

Current Form

Hereford United (LWWLLW) Dartford (DLWLWL)
Macclesfield Town A 0-1 Salisbury City H 1-1
Cambridge United A 0-1 Gateshead A 0-2
Luton Town H 0-0 Southport H 1-0
Lincoln City H 1-0 Grimsby Town A 2-5
FC Halifax Town A 1-1 Kidderminster Harriers H 3-0
Nuneaton Town A 1-2 Luton Town A 0-3

Last League Meeting at Edgar Street

26 March 2013 – Hereford United 1 Dartford 0 – Att: 662

Goalscorers: O’Keefe (38)

The Bulls Lineup: Bittner, Heath, Graham, Carruthers, Stam, Watkins, James, Clucas, O’Keefe, Sharp, Bowman (sub used: Connor)

The Darts Lineup: Wells, Rose, Arber, Bonner, Burns, Champion, Bradbrook, Noble, Rogers, Prior, Sheringham (subs used: Hayes, Erskine, Collier)

Match Stats

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Last Five Meetings

26.03.2013 Hereford United 1 Dartford 0
15.09.2012 Dartford 4 Hereford United 0
14.03.1972 Dartford 0 Hereford United 1
26.02.1972 (FAT) Hereford United 0 Dartford 1
09.10.1971 Hereford United 3 Dartford 0

Stats

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Hereford United v Dartford

 

It will be a case of third time lucky if the rescheduled fixture at Hereford United goes ahead on Tuesday night.

Due to meet in January, the match at Edgar Street was called off due to snowy conditions. Two months on and the relentless Winter conditions has invaded Spring yet there is hope this weeks match will go ahead.

When the two clubs met in mid September it was the start of Dartford’s best run since returning to the Conference Premier. At Princes Park, the Darts recorded one of their most convincing victories of the season running out 4-0 winners.

Ryan Hayes opened the scoring early on with a tidy finish and James Rogers headed in just after the break. Substitutes Danny Harris and Jon Wallis emphatically increased the scoreline with Harris’s goal the pick of the match. The Darts remained unbeaten for a further four matches up until 6 October when they recorded their last back to back league win.

Hayes also made the headlines on the weekend after his substitute appearance turned the home match against Gateshead. In an relatively even and uneventful first half the two sides went in goalless at the break stretching Dartford’s run to 225 minutes without a goal.

The Darts only had to wait a further 21 minutes when a blocked effort was followed up by Hayes who struck home the opener. Hayes had only been on the pitch for three minutes and he made a significant impact. Six minutes later, the winger found space on the right and cut inside onto his left foot, with only one thing in his mind Hayes curled in a superb trademark finish. Tony Burman told BBC Radio Kent after the game: “The game opened up a little bit in the second half and when you’ve got someone of Ryan Hayes’s quality you put him on to exploit that and he did”.

Saturday afternoon got even better for the Darts when the return of Charlie Sheringham finished off the visitors in style. Hayes broke away and picked out the striker with a delightful cross. Sheringham’s first touch set himself up for another curling effort which went beyond Adam Bartlett. The 25 year old marked his first start of his loan spell with a decent performance and a goal to show.

Burman is delighted with reaching the target of fifty points, he commented: “I’m very pleased, it’s taken a bit of time, but we’ve got over that points tally, and hearing some of the other results below us, we needed it”. Dartford remain in twelfth place and take on a Hereford United side a point better off.

The Bulls slipped up after taking the lead on the weekend through Josh O’Keefe’s deflected 25 yard strike. Hyde hit back just passed the hour when Louis Almond’s cross was met by Alex Brown’s head, who equalised for the visitors. A second goal arrived ten minutes later as the provider for the leveller netted in the winner from close range.

Tenth place Hereford United have tasted defeat in their last two Conference Premier fixtures and have fluctuated around mid-table for the majority of the season. Martin Foyle can count on his summer signing Ryan Bowman for goals as the 21 year old has scored 14 in the league this campaign, nine on the road. Midfielder, O’Keefe has chipped in with eight so far with half of those coming from the penalty spot.

The Bulls finished 91st in the football league last year and six years on from their last spell in non league has proven to be tough off the field. Only a month ago chairman David Keyte confirmed the importance of player sales and cup runs for the club. The chairman also announced, before the clubs Annual General Meeting they were losing £30,000 a month, and in November the Bulls reached a tax bill agreement which threatened administration.

Team News

Louis Wells has returned from his loan spell and will start between the sticks. Wells has played just four times for the Darts this season, twice in the league and twice in the F.A Cup. Marcus Bettinelli has been recalled by Fulham after his impressive performances in a Dartford shirt. Bettinelli has made 42 appearances whilst on loan keeping 11 clean sheets.

Ryan Hayes suffered a virus last week but managed an excellent half hour from off the substitutes bench on Saturday. Lee Noble made his first start since his dismissal at Grimsby Town. Danny Harris was replaced on the weekend after 54 minutes with a tight hamstring leading to Jason Prior and Charlie Sheringham pairing up for the first time. Tom Champion remains one caution away from a suspension.

Hereford United’s James McQuilken was released from Edgar Street on Friday, the midfielder made eight appearances for the Bulls starting half those matches. Martin Foyle has re-signed Craig Jones from Westfields until the end of the season.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 11 / Hereford United wins: 20 / Draws: 10 / Dartford Goals: 59/ Hereford United Goals: 69

Current League Form

Hereford United (LLWDLD) Dartford (WLLWDD)
Hyde H 1-2 Gateshead H 3-0
Gateshead A 2-3 Barrow H 0-1
Barrow H 2-1 Hyde A 0-3
Luton Town A 1-1 Wrexham H 2-1
Newport County H 2-3 Stockport County H 1-1
Nuneaton Town H 0-0 Southport A 2-2

Last Meeting

15 September 2012 – Dartford 4 Hereford United 0 – Att: 1601

Goalscorers: Hayes (6), Rogers (47), Harris (76), Wallis (89)

The Darts Lineup: Bettinelli, Burns, Bonner, Arber, Rose, Hayes, Champion, Bradbrook, Rogers, Erskine, Crawford (subs used: Noble, Wallis, Harris)

The Bulls Lineup: Hanford, Gallinagh, Anthony, Graham, Heath, Watkins, Carruthers, Pell, Clist, Clucas, Bowman (subs used: Sammons, Nichols, Evans)

Match Stats


Previous Meetings (FAT = F.A Trophy)

15.09.2012 Dartford 4 Hereford United 0
14.03.1972 Dartford 0 Hereford United 1
26.02.1972 (FAT) Hereford United 0 Dartford 1
09.10.1971 Hereford United 3 Dartford 0
14.04.1971 Dartford 1 Hereford United 1
05.09.1970 Hereford United 4 Dartford 3

Hereford United v Dartford – Postponed

 

Saturday’s fixture against Hereford United has been postponed due to the adverse weather conditions.

Despite covers on the Edgar Street pitch the snow has been relentless enough to see the game called off more than 24 hours before kick off.

Weather permitting, Dartford’s next fixture is due to take place at Princes Park on Tuesday night against Braintree Town. The Darts then make the trip up north to face FC Halifax Town for a place in the F.A Trophy semi-finals up for grabs.

No date has been set for the rearranged fixture.

 


Dartford v Hereford United

 

Dartford return to home action on Saturday as they host former football league side Hereford United.

The Darts last played the Bulls thirty years ago, a month after Hereford United’s famous F.A Cup giant killing act against Newcastle United. Dartford were beaten 1-0 at Watling Street in the Southern League fixture, a division the Bulls would escape at the end of the season after finishing runners up.

In the same season Dartford knocked the Herefordshire club out of the F.A Trophy by the same scoreline at Edgar Street. At the time the result avenged a 3-0 reverse at the tail end of 1971. The clubs are evenly poised with ten wins apiece against each other and 20 stalemates.

Dartford’s best winning streak in the Conference Premier came to an end on the weekend with a 2-0 defeat at Gateshead. After a gruelling four weeks and a long journey North goals from Micky Cummins and Josh Gilles inflicted a fourth defeat of the season. The Heed dominated proceedings with plenty of possession and eventually managed to break down an organised yet tired Dartford team. Saturday’s set back leaves Tony Burman’s men in tenth position and a point behind this weekend’s opponents.

Hereford United meanwhile were humbled at newly promoted Hyde despite taking a five minute lead when Ryan Bowman nodded home. Scott Spencer, Alex Brown and former Evertonian Phil Jevons put the hosts in command before Bowman netted his second. Jevons completed his hat trick with two more goals to condemn the Bulls to a 5-2 defeat.

Manager, Martin Foyle was disappointed with his team’s third loss in four matches and felt his side made big mistakes. The former Port Vale striker ensured Hereford United got off to a promising start by beating fellow relegated club Macclesfield Town in the Conference Premier’s season opener. A draw at Tamworth was followed by victories against Alfreton Town and Ebbsfleet United before the recent slump.

One player the Darts will be familiar with is Harry Pell who played on loan at Hastings United two years ago. The 21 year old midfielder impressed against Dartford and now has 53 Hereford appearances under his belt too. Up front, the Bulls have strikers Sean Canham and Ryan Bowman as well as midfielder Marley Watkins sharing the lead with three goals.

After three successive wins at Princes Park the Darts will aim to take another scalp and leap frog their opponents in the current standings.

Team News

Danny Harris was rested last weekend after injury ruled him out. Louis Wells remains sidelined and Adam Green has missed the last four league games.

Martin Foyle has extended the loan spell of Tom Nichols from Exeter City. The 19 year old striker has made eight appearances, four starts and four as a substitute, scoring once against Alfreton Town.

Current Form

Dartford

Hereford United

Gateshead

A

0-2

Hyde

A

2-5

Newport County

H

2-1

Woking

H

2-1

Alfreton Town

H

5-1

Grimsby Town

H

0-2

Cambridge United

A

2-1

Newport County

A

0-2

Kidderminster Harriers

H

1-0

Ebbsfleet United

H

4-2

Macclesfield Town

A

0-2

Alfreton Town

A

3-0

Did you know…

After Hereford United escaped non league football in 1972 they returned for seven years between 1997 and 2004.

The Bulls were the last English club competing in an English League to have won the Welsh Cup back in 1990. The Bulls defeated Wrexham 2-1 at Cardiff Arms Park.

Stats

4 – Hereford United and Newport County have both scored four times in the opening 15 minutes of matches, more than any other club this season.

6 – In this season’s campaign Hereford United and Hyde have conceded the most goals in the last 15 minutes of matches. Dartford have conceded five times in the same period.

10 – Dartford are the second top scorers at home with only Woking and Forest Green Rovers netting just one more.