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Hyde v Dartford

Dartford will want to make the most of the opportunity to close the gap on their relegation rivals when they play relegated Hyde on the weekend.

The Darts are currently sitting third from bottom and with teams around them catching up on games, the picture is beginning to look clearer. A win will be vital against basement club Hyde, who are a 22 points behind the next club above them and have conceded 99 goals.

The Darts may have taken a creditable point away to promotion chasers Cambridge United last time out, but they lost ground in their quest to avoid the drop. A spectacular last minute Alex Wall strike rescued a point for Dartford after the away side fell behind to Tom Elliott’s header, against the run of play. The well deserved point may have closed the deficit on Chester, however Southport’s win leaves the Darts five points from safety.

Wall’s first away goal in a Dartford shirt, and fourth in the league this season ended a run of 315 minutes without the club scoring. After a six game unbeaten run, followed by two crucial defeats, Tony Burman will be hoping the draw at the Abbey Stadium is the catalyst to another unbeaten sequence. With just nine games remaining the Darts will see the trip to Hyde as a great chance to put pressure on those above them.

Results in midweek helped the Darts with Chester and Southport drawing with one another and Aldersshot Town picking up just a point, Tamworth failed to register any at all and Hereford United slipped up at Wrexham. All of which means Dartford are six points from safety with a game in hand over Chester and Hereford United.

Hyde will want to forget their season which started with a 27 match winless streak, three games shy of the record set by AFC Telford United last term. The Tigers poor run was popularly followed on social media until they recorded their first win at our Kent rivals Welling United on 14 January 2014. Up to that point the Greater Manchester club picked up just four points including a 12 game losing streak, which they almost ended at Princes Park.

Five months ago a George Monger wonder strike and a Matthew Godden hat trick saw the Darts scrape three points. Dartford fans should partially understand how it feels to be a Hyde supporter. After the 4-3 thriller at home, Dartford went on a run of ten consecutive losses, equalling a club record.

Just over a year ago at the Ewen Fields,  Hyde comfortably ran out 3-0 winners. Up until half time the Darts were still in with a shout despite falling behind to Scott Hogan’s goal. The home side took the initiative against their lacklustre visitors when Matthew Blinkhorn and Louis Almond sealed victory for the Tigers.

Hyde’s last victory has been followed by ten fixtures without a win, however the Greater Manchester club kept a rare clean sheet last weekend drawing 0-0 with struggling Hereford United. The Tigers are nine points away from avoiding the unwanted record of fewest points in a Conference Premier season, set by Leigh RMI in 2004/05.

Team News

Rory McAuley returns to the squad after being unavailable to play against his parent side Cambridge United. Kenny Clark was substituted in the draw with an injury. Ryan Hayes remains a long term absentee, there are no suspension concerns.

Hyde have lost the serrvices of striker Danny Carlton to Chester. Carlton will join the Blues on loan to the end of the season and scored one goal in 24 appearances for Hyde.

Head to Head

Hyde wins: 1 / Dartford wins: 2 / Draws: 0

Current League Form

Hyde (DLLLDL) Dartford (DLLDWW)
Hereford United A 0-0 Cambridge United A 1-1
Alfreton Town A 0-3 Chester H 0-1
FC Halifax Town H 1-5 Southport A 0-3
Braintree Town A 1-2 Aldershot Town H 1-1
Aldershot Town H 2-2 Hereford United H 2-0
Nuneaton Town A 0-1 Woking H 5-1

Last Meeting at Ewen Fields

16 March 2013 – Hyde 3 Dartford 0 – Att: 475

Goalscorers: Hogan (26), Blinkhorn (69), Almond (83)

The Tigers Lineup: Carnell, Brizell, Griffin, Ashworth, Dennis, Brown, Tomsett, Milligan, Almond, Blinkhorn, Hogan (subs used: Moses, McCartan, Poole)

The Darts Lineup: Bettinelli, Green, Arber, Bonner, Burns, Champion, Bradbrook, Hayes, Rogers, Harris, Erskine (subs used: Noble, Evans, Collier)

Match Stats

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Previous Meetings

19.10.2013 Dartford 4 Hyde 3
16.03.2013 Hyde 3 Dartford 0
29.09.2012 Dartford 2 Hyde 1

 

Dartford v Hyde

The Darts host bottom club Hyde on Saturday hoping to inflict more woe on the Greater Manchester side.

At Princes Park, Dartford are unbeaten in three matches and hope to stretch that run and lift themselves higher up the Conference Premier ladder. Hyde are still searching for their first win of the season having picked up just two points so far, losing eleven in a row and making the worst ever Conference Premier start after fifteen games.

In Dartford’s last league fixture they travelled across the country to take on Hereford United. With both sides lacking goals the first half was fairly even with the Darts playing better football but the hosts creating more chances. Lee Noble scored his second of the season after eleven minutes after a decent knock down from Max Cornhill. The second half saw the Bulls turn the match around with the help of their two new loan signings. First, Kevin Krans hit an excellent long range effort to level the scores, then Ross Dyer put the hosts ahead. With five minutes remaining, the Darts ensured a point was taken home when substitute Uche Ibemere headed his first for the club.

Tony Burman will be relieved with a point away from home stopping a sequence of three straight loses on the road. Fortunes in DA1 have been much better recently with seven points claimed out of the last nine available.

Hyde visited Kenilworth Road on the weekend and ended their six game run without scoring. It was Luton Town who took the lead through Andre Gray with 16 minutes played. Hyde levelled on the stroke of half time when Steve McNulty put through his own goal, the Hyde equaliser was the Tigers second strike in almost 13 hours of football. Luke Guttridge nudged the Hatters in front six minutes into the second half and Gray added another two to complete a hat trick.

Just over a year ago the Darts hosted Hyde and found the then Conference North champions difficult to overcome. In a lacklustre first half Hyde edged in front when Alex Brown scored in the 28th minute. In the second half Lee Noble and Harry Crawford were introduced and it looked as if Dartford found a way back into the game. Jacob Erskine was upended in the box before Crawford’s penalty was saved by David Carnell.

Hyde were reduced to ten men with the dismissal of Adam Griffin, Crawford made amends with five minutes to go when his superb looping header levelled the score. The Darts sensed three points and pushed for the win and were rewarded when full back Richard Rose kept his cool to lob a crowd of players for a last minute winner.

Team News

Kenny Clark was replaced by the returning Josh Hill against Hereford United adding to the injury stricken defence. Clark tweaked his hamstring allowing Hill to make his first league appearance for the Darts. Tyrone Sterling, Jason Prior and Adam Birchall have been sidelined. Elliot Bradbrook serves a one match ban for accumulating five cautions.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 1 / Hyde wins: 1 / Draws: 0

Current League Form

Dartford (DDLWLW) Hyde (LLLLLL)
Hereford United A 2-2 Luton Town A 1-4
Salisbury City H 1-1 Gateshead H 0-2
Gateshead A 0-2 Braintree Town H 0-3
Southport H 1-0 Lincoln City A 0-3
Grimsby Town A 2-5 Salisbury City A 0-2
Kidderminster Harriers H 3-0 Welling United H 0-1

Last Meeting At Princes Park

30 September 2012 – Dartford 2 Hyde 1 – Att: 1338

Goalscorers: Brown (28), Crawford (85), Rose (90)

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

The Tigers Lineup: Carnell, Brizell, Griffin, Dennis, Lomax, Brown, Poole, Byrne, Tomsett, Spencer, Jevons (subs used: Cox, Crowther, Williams)

Match Stats

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Stats

0 – Hyde have yet to keep a clean sheet in this season’s Conference Premier campaign

3 – Dartford have had more possession than their opponents this term on just three occasions

4 – number of players who have scored for Hyde this season, including the own goal at Luton Town

9 – The number of times the Tigers have failed to score in a match, more than any other club this campaign

19 – Josh Hill became the 19th player to feature for Dartford in the league. Only Southport and Lincoln City have used fewer players

The last fifteen minutes of each half is when Hyde have been the most vulnerable. In total they have conceded seven times in the last third of the first half and 11 goals in the final 15 minutes of matches.