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Cray Wanderers v Dartford

The Darts are back in cup action for the second time this week as they take on Isthmian Premier League side Cray Wanderers in the Kent Senior Cup.

For the second year running Dartford have been drawn against the Wands, this time at the second round stage. Just under a year ago, the Darts negotiated the first round tie winning 2-1 at Hayes Lane. Approaching last October’s Kent Senior Cup tie as holders, Dartford were made to work hard to progress in the county competition. Cray Wanderers took the lead when Ben Mundele netted his first goal for the club. Tony Burman introduced Andy Pugh at half-time and the substitute came up with the goods with an equaliser. Duane Ofori-Acheampong, who is yet to feature this season due to injury scored the decisive goal to put the Darts into round two.

With a stronger squad than last term, Burman could well look at some of the players who have not featured as much so far this season. The Darts warmed up for the county cup tie by beating Isthmian Division One North side Barking on Saturday in the F.A Cup. Elliot Bradbrook had to put in a captains performance scoring a hat-trick to see off the Essex club. Barking took the lead when Alfie Pavey netted an own goal, but two Bradbrook penalties either side of his second strike earned Dartford a 3-1 triumph.

Leading the National South table, Dartford are 36 places above Cray Wanderers in the non-league pyramid. The Wanderers are currently in 12th with two wins, four draws and a defeat. On Saturday, they went head to head against another unbeaten side Lewes and it was the Sussex club that ended Cray Wanderers run. Lewes came from behind to win 2-1 as the Wands ended the match with nine men.

Cray Wanderers entered this season’s Kent Senior Cup at the first round and were drawn away to Thamesmead Town. Aaron Rhule opened the scoring, Anthony Adesite grabbed the second and Ralique Lawrence rounded of the 3-0 victory.

Current Form (all competitions)

Cray Wanderers (LDDWWW) Dartford (WWWWDL)
Lewes A 1-2 Barking H 3-1
Hastings United H 1-1 Eastbourne Borough H 4-2
Chipstead Town H 0-0 Chippenham Town H 3-0
Shoreham A 3-0 Whitehawk A 4-0
Molesey H 4-0 Hampton & Richmond A 2-2
Thamesmead Town A 3-0 East Thurrock United H 0-1

Previous Meetings

04.02.2017 Cray Wanderers 1 Dartford 2
15.10.2011 Cray Wanderers 1 Dartford 2
02.01.2010 Cray Wanderers 1 Dartford 2
26.12.2009 Dartford 1 Cray Wanderers 1
03.02.2007 Cray Wanderers 0 Dartford 0
18.11.2006 Cray Wanderers 4 Dartford 0

 

 

Welling United v Dartford

Dartford continue to defend their Kent Senior Cup title and will reach the last eight if they beat Welling United.

For the second year in a row the Darts take on the Wings in the county cup. Last season, Dartford started their run to the final with a 3-1 victory over Welling United in round one. In a dominant display, the Darts were forced to wait until the second half when goals from George Sykes, Callum McNaughton and Dajon Golding helped Dartford progress.

This term Tony Burman has already led his side to all four Kent derby victories and Welling United were one of those teams that suffered. A late Elliot Bradbrook winner, after the captain had earlier missed a penalty secured three points. Alex Brown had put the Darts in front by netting the rebound from the spot kick before Welling United’s Adam Coombes scored a free kick.

In the last round, Dartford overcame Cray Wanderers with Burman admitting his side had not reached fifth gear. Falling behind, the Darts were made to work hard for victory, which they managed thanks to goals by Andy Pugh and Duane Ofori-Acheampong.

The Darts remain on excellent form in the league and on the weekend moved into the playoff places with a comfortable 3-0 win at bottom of the table side Bishop’s Stortford. An own goal got Dartford moving and from that moment they didn’t look back. Pugh notched his fourth league goal of the season and Elliot Bradbrook moved on to 11 in all competitions.

Keaton Wood missed the win against Bishop’s Stortford through illness but goalkeeper Deren Ibrahim returned from international duty. Dartford’s number one set a milestone reaching 100 appearances for the club having graduated from the academy.

Welling United’s first campaign since returning to the National South has been a season of struggle so far. Occupying a relegation place at the moment, the Wings are second from bottom and four points adrift of safety. The Wings have lost their last three league matches with the most recent against Hampton and Richmond Borough.

In the previous round Welling United brushed aside Isthmian Division One South side Chatham Town. The away tie became a formality when Dan Walker scored a hat-trick and further goals by Jonte Smith, Lyle Della-Verde and Josh Jackson secured a 6-1 win.

Head to Head
Welling United wins: 6 / Dartford wins: 17 / Draws: 9

Previous Meetings
Dartford 2 Welling United 1 (06/09/2016 – National South)
Dartford 3 Welling United 1 (19/10/2015 – Kent Senior Cup)
Dartford 2 Welling United 1 (11/11/2014 – National League)
Welling United 2 Dartford 2 (30/09/2014 – National League)
Welling United 1 Dartford 1 (10/01/2014 – National League)
Dartford 1 Welling United 2 (26/12/2013 – National League)

Current Form (all competitions)
Welling United (LLLDLL)
Lost 1-3 v Hampton and Richmond Borough (A)
Lost 0-1 v Hungerford Town (A)
Lost 1-2 v Ebbsfleet United (H)
Drew 1-1 v Gosport Borough (A)
Lost 0-1 v Wealdstone (A)
Lost 1-2 v Whitehawk (H)

Dartford (WWLLWW)
Won 3-0 v Bishop’s Stortford (A)
Won 2-0 v Hemel Hempstead Town (H)
Lost 0-2 v St Albans City (H)
Lost 3-6 v Sutton United (H) – F.A Cup
Won 1-0 v Oxford City (H)
Won 1-0 v Bath City (A)

On This Day
Dartford have to look back 28 years to find their last win on 22 November. In 1988, a Southern League Cup second round tie against Crawley Town ended in a convincing 4-0 victory. Since then, three defeats and two draws later leave Dartford still waiting. A F.A Cup first round replay in 1989 versus Football League side Exeter City ended 4-1, but the Darts pushed them close in the original tie in front of over 3000 supporters. Losses against King’s Lynn (4-1 in 2003) and Lincoln City (1-0 in 2014) came either side of the two draws versus Wivenhoe Town in 2005 and St Albans City in 2008.

Cray Wanderers v Dartford

Dartford begin their defence of the Kent Senior Cup with an away tie against former landlords Cray Wanderers.

Participating in their second cup match in four days, Tony Burman is likely to give a chance to some of players looking to build up match fitness and youngsters from the academy.

Goalkeeper, Tony Coxall may step up due to the international call up of Dartford’s number one. Deren Ibrahim will be facing Estonia and Belgium as he represents Gibraltar in a World Cup qualifier.

Left back, Tom Wynter suffered a knee injury in the 2-1 league win versus Concord Rangers and missed the 3-2 F.A Cup victory at Slough Town, the 26 year old could feature but may have to wait until the weekend. Fellow defender, Ronnie Vint has returned from his broken wrist and Burman is expecting to give the former academy player an extended run out against Cray Wanderers.

Two new academy stars Temi Eweka and Henry Fulton joined the first team on the weekend at Slough Town, although they were named on the bench they will be hopeful of a starting opportunity in the first team.

The Darts beat Welling United, Gillingham, Herne Bay, Greenwich Borough on the way to last season’s final, which they won 3-1 against League One side Charlton Athletic.

Dartford will be familiar to Cray Wanderers’ tale having shared their Oxford Road ground in the 1993/94 campaign. Now it’s the Wands who are homeless and sharing with National League side Bromley at Hayes Lane, their home since 1998.

The Isthmian Division One South side were playing in the north division last term and finished fourth losing their playoff semi-final to Harlow Town. This term, Cray Wanderers are in a healthy sixth place and on the weekend two former Darts helped them to victory. Karl Dent and Bradley Woods-Garness scored in a 3-0 win against Molesey, the Wands third straight triumph. Dent made three appearances for Dartford whilst Woods-Garness appeared six times scoring once during the 2008/09 campaign.

Tony Russell’s side went out in the second round last year to eventual runners up Charlton Athletic. The Wands have made just two Kent Senior Cup final appearances finishing runners up on both occasions. Last time the Darts faced Cray Wanderers in the competition was eleven years ago when they won 3-1. Unbeaten in the last four matches against the Wands, Dartford won the last fixture between the two sides in 2011. Tommy Whitnell put the Wands ahead in the F.A Cup third qualifier, but Burman’s team left it late to win 2-1 with goals from Ryan Hayes and Danny Harris.

Current Form (all competitions)
Cray Wanderers (WWWLWL)
Won 3-0 v Molesey (H)
Won 3-2 v Horsham (A)
Won 1-0 v Godalming (A)
Lost 0-1 v Hythe Town (H)
Won 3-2 v Three Bridges (H)
Lost 1-2 v Dorking Wanderers (A)

Dartford (WWWWDW)

Won 3-2 v Slough Town (A) – F.A Cup
Won 2-1 v Concord Rangers (A)
Won 3-2 v Chelmsford City (A) – F.A Cup
Won 2-0 v Margate (A)
Drew 1-1 v East Thurrock United (A)
Won 2-1 v Welling United (H)

Last Six Meetings

Cray Wanderers 1 Dartford 2 (15/10/2011 – F.A Cup)
Cray Wanderers 1 Dartford 2 (02/01/2010 – Isthmian Premier)
Dartford 1 Cray Wanderers 1 (26/12/2009 – Isthmian Premier)
Dartford 0 Cray Wanderers 0 (03/02/2007 – Isthmian Division One South)
Cray Wanderers 4 Dartford 0 (18/11/2006 – Isthmian Division One South)
Cray Wanderers 1 Dartford 3 (13/12/2005 – Kent Senior Cup)

On This Day

Dartford last won on 5 October way back in 1991 when they defeated Waterlooville 2-1 in the Southern Premier League. The Darts will be hoping to record their first win on this day since reforming, in fact they haven’t even managed a draw. In 1996, Weymouth beat Dartford 5-3 in the Southern League Southern division and eight years later Salisbury City won 2-0 in the F.A Trophy preliminary round. Three years ago, the Darts travelled to the north-east losing 2-0 to Gateshead in a National League encounter.

Dartford v Charlton Athletic – Kent Senior Cup Final

Dartford bid to win their eleventh Kent Senior Cup on Tuesday night when they take on holders Charlton Athletic.

The Darts last won the competition five years ago and have reached the final since. The Addicks have won two of the last three Kent Senior Cup finals and aim for their fourth triumph in the county cup.

Tony Burman is the only manager in last three years to have beaten Championship side Charlton Athletic in the Kent Senior Cup. In October 2013, Dartford won the second round tie 1-0 in dramatic fashion. Working hard to stay in the game, the Darts earned a last minute free kick on the edge of the box. Mohamed Eisa stepped up and curled the ball superbly in the top corner to take the plaudits.

Dartford played the Addicks as holders themselves in 2012 when they met in the semi-final. Jack Pallen gave the Darts a one goal lead but his was cancelled out by Adebayo Azeez. Midfielder, Lee Noble put Burman’s side ahead for a second time and Elliot Bradbrook sealed the tie with four minutes remaining. Dartford unexpectedly went on to lose the final to Hythe Town.

The Darts could still make the playoffs in the National South, however they need plenty to go their way with other results. Burman targeted a playoff spot at the start of the campaign, so winning the Kent Senior Cup could provide small consolation if they miss out on the final day.

Likewise, Charlton Athletic have had a torrid season in the Championship on and off the field. The Addicks will be playing League One football next term and with supporters unrest over the owners, their development squad offer a ray of light, the under 21’s top the Professional Development League 2 South table.

Road to the Final

Round One

Dartford 3 Welling United 1

The Darts dominated the first half hitting the woodwork three times before taking the lead in the second half. George Sykes opened the scoring, Callum McNaughton doubled the lead and Kurtis Cumberbatch pulled a goal back. The night belonged to academy striker Dajon Golding who netted his first for the senior side.

Hythe Town 0 Charlton Athletic 1

The Addicks had to wait until five minutes from time to see out their first round tie. With the match heading towards penalties, Ademola Lookman struck from 20 yards to send the holders through.

Round Two

Dartford 2 Gillingham 1

After losing to the Gills 7-3 in last year’s Kent Senior Cup, the Darts avenged the defeat by coming from behind. Brennan Dickenson had Gillingham ahead before former Gill, Tom Wyner equalised. Jack Simmons cut inside and fired into the top corner to score the winner.

Cray Wanderers 1 Charlton Athletic 4

Zakarya Bergdich set Charlton Athletic on their win to a comfortable win with a first half strike. Mikhail Kennedy made it two nil but the lead was halved soon after. Former Dart, Uche Ibemere won a penalty which Grant Basey converted. The Addicks restored a two goal cushion when Franck Moussa scored from the spot then Bergdich sealed the deal with his second of the night.

Quarter-Final

Herne Bay 0 Dartford 3

It took 14 minutes for Tom Bradbrook to put Dartford in front when he netted from close range. Academy striker Ben Francis scored just past the hour mark and won a penalty late on, which Kaka Dembele stuck away to round up a 3-0 victory.

Bromley 0 Charlton Athletic 2

Two goals in the opening twenty minutes gave the Addicks the cushion they needed early on. Joe Aribo and Josh Umerah scored the goals and Charlton Athletic easily saw out the remainder of the last eight tie.

Semi-Final

Greenwich Borough 1 Dartford 2

The Darts had to work hard to earn a win over their tenants. Ronnie Vint and Geroge Sykes looked to have secured Dartford’s route to the the final. A late Michael Power goal for Boro set up a nervy finish, but the Darts held on.

Ebbsfleet United 1 Charlton Athletic 2

The Addicks reached their third final in four years with a win over National South side Ebbsfleet United. Another fast start had Charlton Athletic two up in the first half with goals from Cristian Ceballos and George Lapslie. Joe Howe pulled one back in the final minutes but it was too late for the Fleet.

Greenwich Borough v Dartford

Dartford eye up a third Kent Senior Cup final in six years when they play tenants Greenwich Borough at Princes Park. 

The Darts have beaten Welling United, Gillingham and Herne Bay on the way and now they face the Southern Counties East’s Premier Division leaders in the final four.

Tony Burman will need to pick up his players after a 2-1 defeat at Weston-Super-Mare. With Saturday’s 400 mile round trip and the National South taking priority, the Darts could field some youngsters once more.  Dajon Golding and Ben Francis have had time to shine in this year’s Kent Senior Cup. Both strikers have scored in the competition and remain on the fringes of the first team squad. Kaka Dembele is another of those who have benefited from the competition having started all three ties so far, scoring a penalty in the last round.

Dartford last played Borough twenty years ago during the Kent League days with the game ending 0-0. The Darts dominated this fixture winning five out of seven including a 6-2 League Cup win in 1994.  In the last three meetings between the two sides Dartford have kept three clean sheets.

Greenwich Borough approach the semi-final on the back of a 7-0 league win against Holmesdale. Former Darts, Mohammed Eisa and Ryan Johnson bagged goals with Peter Sweeney playing in midfield.

Eisa has an impressive 24 league goals to his name this term in a team which have netted 96 in total. Borough are a point ahead of Holland and Blair with just eight games remaining.

Gary Alexander’s side scraped past their two Kent Senior Cup opponents winning both rounds on penalties. Folkestone Invicta were defeated 10-9 on penalties after a 1-1 draw and Tonbridge Angels lost 3-2 in their shoot out after a 2-2 stalemate.

The Darts are aiming to win the competition for the eleventh time, Greenwich Borough have yet to win the Kent Senior Cup. The winner will play either Charlton Athletic or Ebbsfleet United in the final.

 

Herne Bay v Dartford

A place in the Kent Senior Cup semi-final is up for grabs and if Dartford overcome Herne Bay they will face their tenants.

The Darts are keen to avoid a repeat of their F.A Cup exit to lower league opposition back in September. Herne Bay are currently third in the Isthmian Division One South and pushing for promotion.

Just over four months ago Dartford lost to Uxbridge an F.A Cup qualifier, a team who play at the same level in the central region. Since then Tony Burman has guided his side from mid-table to playoff contenders, helped by an eleven match unbeaten run.

In the last round, the Darts upset last season’s runners up Gillingham who are second in League One. Avenging their 7-3 defeat the previous season, Dartford had to come from behind after Gills took the lead through Brennan Dickenson. Former Gillingham defender Tom Wynter levelled the tie and Jack Simmons netted the winner to send the Darts through.

Burman has used the Kent Senior Cup to blend senior players with academy prospects. One of those former academy players will no longer be available for selection, following a move to a Premier League side. Ebrima ‘Ebou’ Adams completed a fantastic move to Norwich City on deadline day, the young midfielder made 22 appearances for the Darts.

Herne Bay breezed past their challengers in round two in front of 71 spectators. Drawn against fellow Isthmian Division One South side Chatham Town they also came from behind to take victory. A Kwabena Osei own goal on the stroke of half time had the Bay a goal down. Manager, Sam Denly used the break to good effect and four unanswered goals by Dan Johnson, Dan Parkinson and a brace from Danny Williams recorded a 4-1 triumph.

The Bay are seven points adrift from league leaders Folkestone Invicta, who they lost 4-0 to at the start of the year. Since the damaging defeat, Herne Bay got back on track with goals aplenty. Molesey were beaten 3-1, Walton and Hersham 4-1 then Peacehaven and Telscombe were thrashed 7-0. Over the last week though, Denly’s side have dropped points with two draws against Tooting and Mitcham United and East Grinstead Town.

During the nineties in Dartford’s Kent League days, the two sides met on seven occasions both winning twice. The other three meetings were drawn, however the Darts have won the last two. In September 1997, Dartford were victorious in a 2-1 F.A Cup first qualifying tie, they also won 2-0 in the 1995/96 Kent League season.

 

Dartford v Gillingham

Dartford aim to avenge last season’s heavy defeat to Gillingham,when they meet in the Kent Senior Cup second round.

The Darts were thrashed 7-3 in the competition eleven months ago at the very same stage. Gillingham went on to reach the final losing to Charlton Athletic.

The Darts have already beaten opponents from a higher division in round one. Goals by George Sykes (now on loan at Canvey Island), Callum McNaughton and academy striker Dajon Golding earned a 3-1 win of National League side Welling United.

Gillingham have yet to play in this season’s Kent Senior Cup having received a bye in round one. Entering the second round stage, Justin Edinburgh is expected to field a side full of youngsters and fringe players.

With a National South fixture on the weekend, Burman is likely to follow suit and the second round tie could be a chance to see some of the academy players breaking through. Already this campaign the likes of Deren Ibrahim, Ronnie Vint, Kaka Dembele, Ebou Adams and Ben Francis have featured in the league having represented the club at academy level.

Gillingham returned to the competition in 2012 after a 13 year absence. Last season was the furthest they reached since making their come back. Previously, the Gills had been eliminated after only one match before making the final last term.

Under the guidance of former Newport County manager Justin Edinburgh, the highest ranked Kent side are top of League One.

Dartford v Welling United

Kent Senior Cup football returns to Princes Park this evening with Dartford hosting three times winners Welling United.

The Darts are bidding to add their eleventh title in this competition, having last won the honours just over four years ago. Victory will be rewarded with a home tie in round two against League One side Gillingham, who knocked Dartford out of the competition last term.

With the first team in action on the weekend against Hemel Hempstead Town, Tony Burman should get a good chance to look towards the future by playing a number of academy prospects. Likewise, Welling United boss Loui Fazakerley has seen his side play twice in a week and could well take the same approach.

Two seasons ago, the Darts beat Welling United at the same stage of the Kent Senior Cup in an entertaining 3-2 win. A young Dartford side took the lead through Mohamed Eisa’s deflected shot, in the second half Loick Pires equalised for Welling United. Dartford opened up a two goal cushion late on when Alex Woodyard scored a free kick and Brima Daramy made it 3-1. Current Wings boss Fazakerley grabbed a consolation but the Darts progressed. Dartford eventually reached the quarter-finals bowing out to Dover Athletic.

The two sides were close to meeting again this term in the National South. However, where the Darts were relegated from the National League, whilst Welling United survived on the final day.

Dartford’s season back in the National South had been mediocre up until the middle of September. Coupled with a shock F.A Cup exit and poor league form, the Darts need to pull together to get their campaign back on track.

Welling United’s league season got off to a slow start despite an opening day win. The Wings then went on a nine game winless streak leaving them in the bottom four. Fortunes turned around with four consecutive wins over Gateshead, Chester, FC Halifax Town and Kidderminster Harriers. However, Fazakerley’s side have been unable to build on their purple patch with two defeats, a win and draw since.

Head to Head (all competitions)

Dartford wins: 15 / Welling United wins: 6 / Draws: 9

Head to Head (Kent Senior Cup)

Dartford wins: 7 / Welling United wins: 3 / Draws: 1

Kent Senior Cup – last ten years

Dartford Welling United
2014/15 Second Round  First Round
2013/14 Quarter Final  First Round
2012/13 Second Round  Second Round
2011/12  Runners Up  Quarter Final
2010/11  Winners  First Round
2009/10  First Round  Semi Final
2008/09  First Round  Winners
2007/08  First Round  First Round
2006/07  Second Round  Quarter Final
2005/06  First Round  Quarter Final

Stats

Dartford’s home record against the Wings is won eight, drawn three and lost three.

The Darts have never scored more than two goals against Welling United at home.

Dartford have lost once in their last nine competitive fixtures against Welling United, winning four and drawing four.

On their travels Welling United have the joint worst attack with only four goals in the National League this season.

On This Day

It’s been 24 years since Dartford’s last defeat on 19 October with two wins and four draws since. The last victory in dramatic fashion against Hyde. On loan Matt Godden scored the late winner to complete his hat-trick in a 4-3 win. Clevedon Town were beaten 3-1 in the Southern League Southern division. Between those two triumphs, the Darts drew 1-1 with Sittingbourne in the Kent Senior Cup first round in 1999. Three years later the same scoreline was recorded away to Fisher Athletic and in 2004 a 2-2 draw was earned against Aveley, both in the Southern League Division One Eastern.

Gillingham v Dartford

Dartford will conclude the Kent Senior Cup second round on Wednesday when they visit League One opposition for the second time in four days.

Tony Burman will pit his wits against former Dartford player manager Peter Taylor, who is in charge at Gillingham. Both clubs are sitting in the same position in their respective leagues and the winners will make it into the draw for round three, which will take place after the match.

In past season’s Burman has used the competition to mix first team players with those at the fringes of the squad. With a tough game on Sunday and the F.A Trophy fixture with Solihull Moors to come, changes to the starting line up are likely.

The F.A Cup second round defeat at Bradford City became Dartford’s fifth in a row in all competitions. Meanwhile, the Gills have tasted victory just once in their last 11 league games. However, Gillingham edged closer to a trip to Wembley with a 1-0 Football League Trophy win over Leyton Orient on the weekend.

Dartford won the Kent Senior Cup in 2011 and were close to retaining the title in the following campaign by finishing runners up. Triumph three years ago was the tenth time the Darts won the honour and the first since 1988, under Peter Taylor. Gillingham have to go back to 1948 for their last Kent Senior Cup title having won the competition just twice.

Only three times have these two sides met in the Kent Senior Cup, each occasion in a semi-final. In 1894, the Darts won 4-0 against New Brompton, Gillingham’s former name to reach the final where they lost to Royal Ordnance. The season before Gillingham last won the cup, Dartford knocked them out in the last four with a 2-1 triumph on the way to winning the competition. The last Kent Senior Cup meeting between the two clubs was 24 years ago, the Gills progressed to the final with a 3-2 victory only to finish runners up.

Dartford v Dover Athletic

A place in the Kent Senior Cup semi-final is up for grabs when Dartford host Dover Athletic in the last eight of the competition.

The Darts are the highest ranked club left in the cup and victory will secure a tie with Conference South league leaders Bromley. First Tony Burman’s side have to get past a Dover Athletic side who are five places below Bromley and pushing for a playoff spot.

During Dartford’s rise from the Isthmian Division One to the Conference Premier a rivalry has blossomed with The Whites since the 2006/07 season. The last meeting between to the two clubs was back in December 2011 when Dartford triumphed 3-1. Adam Green settled any early nerves scoring from the spot, the penalty was won by Elliot Bradbrook in the sixth minute. The visitors hit back when Agustin Battipiedi rose the highest to head in the equaliser from Barry Cogan’s free kick. It took until just past the hour for the Darts to edge back in front, Ryan Hayes whipped in a dangerous free kick which eluded everyone and ended up in the back of the net. As Dover Athletic pushed for a leveller they were caught out with three minutes remaining, Bradbrook’s neat control was expertly finished with a 25 yard curling effort leaving Mikhael Jamiez-Ruiz stranded.

Four goals were also recorded in the previous two meetings. A 2-2 draw in the same season saw Dover Athletic come from behind twice.  Charlie Sheringham’s quick fire opener was cancelled out by former Dart loanee, George Purcell’s equaliser. Bradbrook’s header put Dartford ahead until Billy Bricknell levelled the match. In the campaign before, the Darts claimed a convincing 4-0 victory at Princes Park with two goals from Sheringham and a goal each for Tom Champion and Danny Harris.

Dartford’s six match unbeaten run came to an end on the weekend when they travelled up to fellow relegation threatened side Southport. Osayamen Osawe caused the Darts defence all sorts of problems in the first half and he turned provider in the twelfth minute. Osawe’s cross gave the Sandgrounders top scorer Danny Hattersley a chance which he took from close range. The Darts showed promise and began to get on top in the match during the second half, but were left with too much to do when Jason Walker added a second for Southport. The game was killed off by the hosts who regained control in the 78th minute as Osawe’s turn and shot made it 3-0 to Southport.

The starting eleven is likely to change as manager Tony Burman has used the Kent Senior Cup to look at some academy and first team squad players. Eight players have started both rounds so far although Ryan Hayes is out injured and will miss the Quarter Final.

Dover Athletic are targeting a return to the Conference Premier after twelve years away. Last season they came close by losing 3-2 in the playoff final, after extra time against Salisbury City. Now managed by Chris Kinnear for the second time, his last spell was between 1985-1995, the Whites are currently ninth in the table two points from the top five. Kinnear is Dover Athletic’s most successful manager leading the club to three titles before reaching the top flight of non league football in 1993, where the club stayed until 2002.

The Darts could welcome back James Rogers, the midfielder joined Dartford from Margate in 2011 and made 103 appearances for under Burman. Rogers left the Darts this season after making seven appearances to rejoin Dover Athletic, where he has spent the majority of his career.

Dover Athletic arrive at Princes Park after hosting this season’s surprise F.A Trophy finalists Gosport Borough. Their visitors, fresh from their semi final win against rivals Havant and Waterlooville, were no match for Dover Athletic who claimed a convincing 3-0 win. Tom Murphy, Barry Cogan and Liam Bellamy scored the goals to move the Whites into sixth position and two points behind the playoffs with games in hand. Victory against the leagues bottom club ended a run of two successive defeats.

Like Dartford, the Whites have often made changes to their starting eleven for the Kent Senior Cup, with nine players involved in both rounds. A trio of  former Ebbsfleet United players have featured in both rounds, Nathan Elder, who netted against the Darts last season, Liam Bellamy and Ashley Carew.

Team News

If featured Lee Noble will make his 250th appearance since joining the club from Brentwood in May 2008, the midfielder has started 176 games, made 73 substitute appearances and scored 35 goals for the Darts. Mat Mitchel-King departed mid way through the first half on Saturday with an ankle injury and Elliot Bradbrook early in the second half with a dislocated finger.

Previous Rounds

Round One

Welling United 2 Dartford 3

Two late goals from the Darts was enough to seal a second round place in a five goal entertainer. Mohamed Eisa’s first half goal was cancelled out by Loick Pires, but late strikes from Alex Woodyard and Brima Daramy was too much for the Wings despite Loui Fazakerley’s consolation.

Dover Athletic 8 Margate 0

The Whites cruised into round two equalling the clubs biggest competitive victory. Michael Bakare recorded a hat-trick whilst Ashley Carew added two free-kicks. Nathan Elder and Barry Cogan found themselves on the score sheet and former Dart, John Beales scored an own goal. At least goalkeeper Mitch Walker had something to do when he saved a Margate penalty.

Round Two

Dartford 1 Charlton Athletic 0

The Darts knocked the Addicks out of the Kent Senior Cup for the second time in three seasons. Once again Dartford left it late to scrape into the next round. Despite Charlton Athletic’s dominance for long periods, Dartford’s youth held their nerve and in the final minute Mohamed Eisa’s free kick grabbed victory for the hosts.

Dover Athletic 3 Erith and Belverdere 1

Chris Kinnear’s side edged past Erith and Belverdere, a team two divisions lower. Nathan Elder gave the hosts a lead just before the break. That advantage was extended in the second half with goals from Elliott Charles and Ricky Modeste. The Kent League champions managed to pull a goal back through Mo Conteh, but it was Dover Athletic who progressed to the Quarter Finals.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 31 / Dover Athletic wins: 33 / Draws: 23

Current Form

Dartford (LDWWWD) Dover Athletic (WLLWWW)
Southport A 0-3 Gosport Borough H 3-0
Aldershot Town H 1-1 Weston Super-Mare A 1-2
Hereford United H 2-0 Sutton United H 0-1
Woking H 5-1 Bath City H 2-0
Wrexham A 2-1 Maidenhead United H 2-0
Cambridge United H 3-3 Chelmsford City H 2-2

Last Meeting At Princes Park

3 December 2013 – Dartford 3 Dover Athletic 1 – Att: 1558

Goalscorers: Green (6 pen), Battipiedi (13), Hayes (62), Bradbrook (87)

The Darts Lineup: Wells, Jones, Green, Bonner, Goodacre, Champion, Hayes, Wallis, Burns, Bradbrook, Rogers (subs used: Noble, Graham, Harris)

The Whites Lineup: Jamiez-Ruiz, Starkey, Wynter, Battipiedi, Schulz,  Huke, Cogan, Southam, Walker, Purcell, Redwood (subs used: Bricknell, Baker)

Previous Meetings (* – F.A Trophy)

03.12.2011 Dartford 3 Dover Athletic 1
23.08.2011 Dover Athletic 2 Dartford 2
25.04.2011 Dartford 4 Dover Athletic 0
09.11.2010 Dover Athletic 0 Dartford 2
21.11.2009* Dover Athletic 3 Dartford 2

Stats

Dartford are unbeaten in four matches against Dover Athletic, last losing in the 2009/10 F.A Trophy tie 3-2 at The Crabble.

The last Kent Senior Cup meeting between the Darts and the Whites was in 2007/08. The first round tie ended with the Darts claiming a 2-0 win on 11 December 2007. Elliot Bradbrook’s brother Tom and Junior Kadi scored the goals to send Dartford through.

In the seventies the two sides met in successive Kent Senior Cup finals. The 1970/71 and 1971/72 finals both ended with 3-2 aggregate wins for Dover Athletic. During this period Dartford reached four finals in a row between 1970 & 1973, the Darts won the other two.

Dartford and Dover Athletic have crossed paths on a number of occasions in the last eight years, the graph below charts the progress of both clubs. In 2007/2008, both clubs took the Isthmian Division One title with Dartford winning the Northern section and Dover Athletic the Southern section.

dfc & dafc league progress