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Hyde v Dartford

 

Dartford will be tested against relegation battlers and Conference North champions Hyde at Ewen Fields on Saturday.

After Tuesday nights postponement the Darts return to action following their scalp of Wrexham. Dartford last faced Hyde back in September when they dramatically turned around a goal deficit at Princes Park.

In a lacklustre first half Hyde edged ahead when Alex Brown scored in the 28th minute. In the second half Lee Noble and Harry Crawford were introduced and it looked as if though Dartford found a way back into the game. Jacob Erskine was upended in the box before Crawford’s penalty was saved by David Carnell.

James Rogers tussles for possession against Hyde

With Hyde reduced to ten men after Adam Griffin received a second yellow card, 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.

In Dartford’s last match they came from behind for the third time this season to win a league match. The Darts more than matched Wrexham but found themselves a goal down at the break. The Welsh side took the lead after 26 minutes through top scorer Danny Wright who finished off the impressive Kevin Thornton’s through ball.

Often this season Dartford have grown into matches, specifically the second half. This time a well deserved equaliser arrived with fifteen minutes to go. On loan Gillingham youngster Jack Evans came off the bench and his low shot set up and dramatic finish. Recently the Darts have fallen victim to last minute goals and this time it was their turn when midfielder Elliot Bradbrook headed his eighth league goal of the season with a last gasp winner.

The Darts are now unbeaten in four Conference Premier games but have to go back as far as November for their last away triumph in the league. A draw at Southport a fortnight ago has steered the club in the right direction as they search for their first league win on the road in eight.

Saturday’s hosts unexpectedly climbed to ninth by the end of 2012 thanks to an excellent two and a half months from October to the end of the year. Scott McNiven guided Hyde to eight wins in 11 fixtures including a 7-0 smashing of Woking.

Since the New Year the Tigers have rapidly slid down the ladder failing to score in eight of their last 11 league matches. Four defeats in a row, then a brief respite of a draw and a win was followed up by a further six losses. A trip to Kenilworth Road didn’t bode well on Tuesday night as the club started in the bottom four. By the end of the night they had climbed above the danger zone with a 2-1 triumph.

At home, Hyde have scored just once in their last 540 minutes of football picking up a solitary point. Looking for more fire power McNiven signed striker Scott Hogan from Ashton United and to strengthen the midfield Jamie Milligan on loan from League Two side Fleetwood Town. Milligan rejoined the Tigers a decade on from playing for the club.

Bolton Wanderers defender Ben Dennis also returned for another loan spell after he made 12 appearances in his first spell  earlier in the season. Dennis is likely to feature with the usual defensive trio of Josh Brizell, Adam Griffin and Luke Ashworth. Up front Hyde’s top scorers Scott Spencer (11 goals) has England C credentials and former Evertonian Phil Jevons (15 goals) have not featured as frequently recently.

Team News

Harry Crawford has been recalled by League Two side Barnet. The striker managed to add an extra goal to his Dartford tally during his loan spell. Tom Champion is one caution away from suspension having picked up nine yellow cards so far this season.

Head to Head

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

Current League Form

Hyde (WLLLLL) Dartford (WDDWLL)
Luton Town A 2-1 Wrexham H 2-1
Gateshead A 0-3 Stockport County H 1-1
Newport County H 0-1 Southport A 2-2
Alfreton Town H 1-5 Luton Town H 1-0
Tamworth A 0-2 Lincoln City H 1-2
Mansfield Town A 0-1 Mansfield Town A 0-5

Last Meeting

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

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

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

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

Match Stats

Stats

Dartford may have the best home record against sides in the top half (W7 D0 L1) but they have the worst record against teams in the bottom half away from Princes Park (W1 D3 L5).

Along with Hyde and Wrexham, the Darts only other league win this season after conceding the first goal was against Ebbsfleet United.

Hyde’s 7-0 win over Woking is the joint largest winning margin in this season’s Conference Premier campaign, Mansfield Town beat Barrow 8-1.

The Tigers’ six successive defeats is the longest losing streak in the league this season

Dartford v Hyde FC

 

The Darts return home this weekend when they take on Conference North champions Hyde FC.

It will be the first meeting between the two sides who have been kept apart by the north/south divide of non league football. Whilst Dartford enjoy a fourth season in non league’s elite, the Tigers have joined the top flight for the first time.

The two clubs agonisingly missed out on meeting each other in the F.A Trophy Final twenty three years ago. Both sides reached the semi-finals with Dartford losing out to Macclesfield Town and Hyde FC, then known as Hyde United fell against Telford United.

Dartford have continued their impressive form recording six wins in their last eight league matches. On Saturday they followed up a 4-0 victory against Hereford United with a respectable 2-2 draw with Welsh side Wrexham. On Tuesday night Tom Bonner scored his first goal of the season and Jacob Erskine headed in the second before half time as the Darts defeated Braintree Town 2-0.

Tony Burman spoke to BBC Radio Kent after the Braintree Town match and said: “This is a difficult place to come, I wanted the players to make sure they were right (after the draw at Wrexham) to come here and I thought we deserved to win”, he added: “Braintree came back at us and we were a bit fortunate not to concede a goal”.

Hyde FC have struggled to get to grips with the Conference Premier picking up one win in their first 11 fixtures and sit at the foot of the table. The Greater Manchester club took until matchday eight to record their first victory which they achieved in style. After opening their campaign with two draws followed by five successive defeats the Tigers defeated Hereford United 5-2 at home. The star of the show was ex Evertonian Phil Jevons who scored a vital hat trick within a 12 minute spell.

Jevons has been in great form scoring five goals in his last three appearances. The ever present striker has plenty of experience with spells at various League One and Two clubs since leaving Everton in 2001. The 33 year old’s best record came in his spell at Yeovil Town where he hit 42 goals in 84 appearances.

On the weekend Scott McNiven’s side threw away a two goal lead at Ewens Fields against newly promoted Nuneaton. Adam Griffin and Jevons put the home team ahead before two goals in a minute by Nuneaton’s Wes York levelled the match. The Conference North champions were due to host Alfreton Town on Tuesday night but the fixture fell victim to the weather and was postponed.

Team News

Loan signing Adam Birchall managed to get a run out on Tuesday night making his first appearance in a Dartford shirt. The striker on loan from Gillingham played 22 minutes replacing Jacob Erskine as a substitute. Louis Wells and Adam Green and yet to be selected in the matchday squads since picking up injury’s and Tom Champion remains one booking away from a suspension.

Hyde FC signed defender Ben Dennis from Championship club Bolton Wanderers on a work experience loan. The youngster made a substitute appearance in Hyde’s 2-2 draw with Nuneaton last weekend.

Form

Dartford (WDWLWW) Hyde FC (DLWLLL)
Braintree Town A 2-0 Nuneaton H 2-2
Wrexham A 2-2 Lincoln City A 2-3
Hereford United H 4-0 Hereford United H 5-2
Gateshead A 0-2 Wrexham A 0-2
Newport County H 2-1 Forest Green Rovers A 1-3
Alfreton Town H 5-1 Southport H 0-2

Dartford have won their last four matches at Princes Park in the league average the second highest points per game ratio at home.

Hyde FC have yet to pick up an away win in five matches and have lost four successive games on their travels

Stats

Harry Crawford has scored all five of his goals at home in as many league fixtures at Princes Park and is Dartford’s top scorer in this campaign.

Dartford’s average attendance in the Conference Premier this season at Princes Park is 1326

Mark Arber, Tom Bonner, Elliot Bradbrook and Tom Champion have played every minute in the league this season for the Darts. Luke Ashworth, Josh Brizell, Alex Brown, Phil Jevons and Scott Spencer have featured in every minute of Hyde’s league campaign.

Dartford have managed to get 65% of their shots on target, the highest accuracy rate in the Conference Premier. Hyde FC have the worst record of 41.67% accuracy but have had 28 more attempts at goal than the Darts.

*stats taken from skysports.com and bbc.co.uk