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Dartford v Kidderminster Harriers

Dartford will hope to avenge their defeat against Kidderminster Harriers earlier in the season and repeat the home win from last term.

The Harriers ran out winners in August by a solitary Kyle Storer goal in a competent performance. The Darts were difficult to break down but going forward failed to register a shot on target that day.

During the previous two season’s Dartford have enjoyed good results against Kidderminster Harriers, including taking six points of the Worcestershire side during the last campaign. At Princes Park, Jason Prior’s close range effort came off Harriers defender Lee Vaughan which gave his side the belief to go on and win. Elliot Bradbrook put the Darts two up six minutes after the break and a third arrived when Danny Harris finished from twelve yards.

Away from home Dartford completed a 2-1 victory to erase the memory of the previus season’s 5-1 loss. The Darts got of to a sensational start by taking a 2-0 half time lead. After just two minutes Alex Woodyard’s excellent cross was met by Max Cornhill, who headed his first league goal for the club. Twenty minutes later débutante Alex Wall shot across the goal and Andy Pugh netted the rebound, for his first for the club. Harriers halved the deficit three minutes into the second half when Gash bundled in from close range but Dartford hung on.

The most memorable triumph since Dartford’s return to the Conference Premier, was the 1-0 home win in August 2012. Substitute Lee Burns headed the vital winner after 36 minutes from a Ryan Hayes corner. Marcus Bettinelli crowned his Princes Park début with a fine display which saw the Darts win a Conference Premier game for the first time in 26 years.

Two defeats against Braintree Town of the festive period has left the Darts seven points behind Southport. A win on Sunday will close the gap on the Merseyside club who are involved in the F.A Cup third round this weekend. Tony BUrman has already used the January transfer window by bringing in 23 year old Nathan Green. The left sided player was a free agent having been released by Dagenham and Redbridge. Burman commented: “I’d like to welcome Nathan to the club on a permanent basis and he will go straight into the squad for Sunday’s game against Kidderminster Harriers. With the transfer window opening I have made a number of approaches for players to strengthen the team; some will be loan deals and I’m hoping that others will be permanent deals like Nathan’s”.

Kidderminster Harriers are chasing down a playoff spot a solitary point behind Eastleigh in fifth. Now in their tenth consecutive season in the Conference Premier, the push to return to the Football League has been taking its toll on Kidderminster Harriers. After finishing runners up two years ago Kidderminster Harriers haven’t reached the same level, but they still continue to knock on the playoff door. Gary Whild’s team started this season with a decent seven game unbeaten during September, October and November. However inconsistencies have played a part in the club looking at the playoffs for promotion.

Over the Christmas period, Harriers won on Boxing Day at Forest Green Rovers before losing consecutive fixtures. Southport beat Kidderminster Harriers and then Forest Green Rovers won on New Year’s Day to avenge their defeat.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 13 / Kidderminster Harriers wins: 13 / Draws: 7

Current League Form

Dartford (LLWLLL) Kidderminster Harriers (LLWWWL)
Braintree Town  A  0-3 Forest Green Rovers  H  2-4
Braintree Town  H  0-2 Southport  H  0-1
Wrexham  A  3-1 Forest Green Rovers  A  3-2
Eastleigh  A  0-2 Lincoln City  H  2-1
Forest Green Rovers  A  1-2 Nuneaton Town  H  3-1
Chester  H  2-4 Altrincham  A  1-2

Last Meeting at Princes Park

21 September 2013 – Dartford 3 Kidderminster Harriers 0 – Att: 1020

Goalscorer: Prior (34), Bradbrook (51), Harris (61)

Dartford Lineup: Julian, Clark, Fry, Burns, Bradbrook, Noble, Collier, Woodyard, Hayes, Prior, Harris (subs used: Sterling, Ibemere, Birchall)

Kidderminster Harriers Lineup: N Vaughan, L Vaughan, Demetriou, Grimes, Gowling, Byrne, Fowler, Dance, Gittings, Gash, Malbon (subs used: Jackman, Lolley, Johnson)

Match Stats

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Previous Five Meetings (* – Friendly / ** – F.A Trophy)

16.08.2014 Kidderminster Harriers 1 Dartford 0
21.01.2014 Kidderminster Harriers 1 Dartford 2
21.09.2013 Dartford 3 Kidderminster Harriers 0
22.12.2012 Kidderminster Harriers 5 Dartford 1
25.08.2012 Dartford 1 Kidderminster Harriers 0

Kidderminster Harriers v Dartford

This weekend Dartford play their second successive away game of the season when they take on Kidderminster Harriers.

Since returning to the Conference Premier the Darts have a decent record against their opponents. Last season Dartford beat the Harriers twice, one of only two doubles Tony Burman’s side achieved. In Dartford’s return to the Conference Premier the club recorded their first win in the top flight of non league football for 26 years.

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Cornhill one of Dartford’s scorers last time

At Aggborough last time out, two first half goals were enough for the Darts to claim all three points and their first victory in three months. After just three minutes Max Cornhill headed Dartford in front when he got on the end of Alex Woodyard’s cross. The lead was doubled half way through the first period, Alex Wall’s shot was parried by Harriers goalkeeper Danny Lewis and Andy Pugh netted the rebound. Kidderminster Harriers started the second half quickly but Michael Gash’s goal wasn’t enough for the hosts.

The earlier meeting between the two sides ended 3-0 to Dartford at Princes Park. Jason Prior, Elliot Bradbrook and Danny Harris were all on the score sheet just under a year ago. At the same venue the previous campaign, the Darts won their first fixture back in Conference Premier with a Lee Burns winner in the first half.

Matches against Kidderminster Harriers haven’t always ended with a favourable outcome. In December 2012, the Harriers won on their own patch 5-1. Jacob Erskine equalised for Dartford after the visitors fell behind to a Cheyenne Dunkley strike. Jamille Matt’s brace, Mike Williams and Lee Vaughan completed a miserable day for the Darts.

Dartford’s campaign has got off to a promising start performance wise, yet they only have one point to their name. An opening day defeat to Wrexham was followed up by an agonising draw at Woking. The Darts matched the Cards on Tuesday night at a ground where they normally struggle. Rory McAuley put Dartford in front with a header and in the final minute substitute Giuseppe Sole equalised.

Tony Burman was once again pleased with his players he told kentonline.co.uk: “We were all really gutted after the game because we’d done so well”, he added: “I would have accepted one point before the game but it was a difficult pill to swallow”. The Darts boss has also hinted at the prospect of rotating the matchday squads and with Ryan Hayes yet to feature the midfielder may well get his chance.

Kidderminster Harriers disappointed last term and a change of manager indicated they were falling short in obtaining their aim of returning to the Football League. This time the Harriers have yet to concede in their opening two fixtures by earning a 0-0 draw at Lincoln City and a 3-0 win at home to Alfreton Town.

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Dunkley has started the season in good form

Dunkley headed the hosts in front on Tuesday night from a Kyle Storer corner. In the second half, the same combination of Storer and Dunkley made it 2-0. A third was added six minutes from time when Marvin Johnson scored his first for the season. Mark Creighton, one of managers Gary Whild’s coaches put his sides success down to work rate, he told www.harriers.co.uk:  “The thing I know about Gary Whild having played for him, is that lads will run through brick walls for him”.

With two clean sheets and a defender top scoring so far the back line are in good condition. Dunkley and Josh Gowling have been part of the Harriers back four for a couple of season’s now. Jared Hodgkiss has joined the pair from Forest Green Rovers along with the experienced former Torquay United full back Kevin Nicholson. The Darts may find it tough to break through but will have to keep an eye on strikers available to Gary Whild’s. Michael Gash and Marvin Johnson maybe familiar to most with new additions Ahmed Obeng, Craig Reid and ex Forest Green Rovers forward Reece Styche also part of the squad.

Head to Head

Kidderminster Harriers wins: 11 / Dartford wins: 12  / Draws: 7

Last Meeting at Aggborough

21 January 2014 – Kidderminster Harriers 1 Dartford 2 – Att: 1580

Goalscorers: Cornhill (3), Pugh (23), Gash (49)

Harriers Lineup: Lewis, Demetriou, Vaughan, Gowling, Byrne, Storer, Jackman, Fowler, Morgan-Smith, Gash, Johnson (subs used: Malbon, Cieslewicz, Aloi)

Dartford Lineup: Julian, Sterling, McAuley, Mitchel-King, Bradbrook, Woodyard, Stevenson, Burns, Cornhill, Pugh, Wall (sub used: Kamara)

Match Stats

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Previous Six Meetings

21.01.2014 Kidderminster Harriers 1 Dartford 2
21.09.2013 Dartford 3 Kidderminster Harriers 0
22.12.2012 Kidderminster Harriers 5 Dartford 1
25.08.2012 Dartford 1 Kidderminster Harriers 0
29.03.1986 Kidderminster Harriers 4 Dartford 1
05.10.1985 Dartford 5 Kidderminster Harriers 1

Kidderminster Harriers

Aggborough Founded 1886 Harriers

A year ago Harriers come mighty close to a return to the Football League losing out on the final day of the season. This campaign will mark ten years since relegation after a taste of League Two, which they sustained for five seasons. In the mid nineties the club incredibly reached the fifth round of the F.A Cup as a semi professional outfit losing to West Ham United. A feat they almost repeated last term albeit as a professional side. The former F.A Trophy winners found last season tough going through three managers and over the summer Kidderminster Harriers had to be bailed out by their fans over ‘unexpected financial challenges’.

KHFCLast Season

Conference Premier: 7th

F.A Cup: 4th Round

F.A Trophy: 1st Round

County Cup: Quarter Final

Top Scorer: Michael Gash

Average Attendance: 2035

Like the season before Harriers looked stronger towards the end of the campaign, although they were nowhere near to repeating the incredible 25 wins from 29 during 2012/13. Even still, considering the changes of management and the slow start a seventh place finish wasn’t too bad, but the highs of the previous season set the bar higher. Steve Burr led the Harriers up until January and was replaced by Andy Thorn who lasted just two months. Decent home form was cancelled out by below average away performances, but if their is one place they made their name it was in the F.A Cup. After scraping through qualifying by beating Bradford Park Avenue in a replay, the Harriers went on to beat Sutton United 4-1, Newport County 4-2 and Peterborough United on their own patch 3-2 in a replay. The lowest ranked team in round four went to Premier League side Sunderland narrowly losing 1-0.

The Manager – Gary Whild

Four years ago Whild was employed by former Kidderminster Harriers boss Steve Burr. Familiar with the local non league scene he had previously worked under current Harriers chairman Ken Rae whilst at Redditch United. Replacing Andy Thorn last term to become Kidderminster Harriers third boss over the campaign, Whild was promoted from within the club. He enjoyed success with Stourport Swifts as a manager and is highly rated by his chairman. As a player Whild played for Moor Green and Stratford Town and his knowledge of the lower leagues means unearthed some decent players such as Jamille Matt and Matty Blair. The objective when arriving at Aggborough was to “finish the season strongly but, equally as importantly,  carry momentum forward into the start of a new season”. Half of that job has been achieved with his side losing just twice in the final 16 games. Now for the first full campaign and a chance to finish his objective.

The Summer

Full back Jared Hodgkiss will be at Aggborough having joined from Forest Green Rovers, the 27 year old captained Rovers and made almost 170 appearances for the club. Ghanain winger Ahmed Obeng has been added to the Harriers squad joining from Northern Premier League side Rushall Olympic. Reece Styche signs a two year deal adding to the Harriers striker options, the former Forest Green Rovers man spent time with Wycombe Wanderers and is a Gibraltan international. Craig Reid became Whild’s first summer signing leaving Stevenage for the Harriers. In goal, Jasbir Singh will give Danny Lewis competition after returning to Aggborough after four years, the goalkeeper has been signed from Solihull Moors.

Whild will miss striker Anthony Malbon who scored 35 times over 107 appearances for the club. The 22 year old will team up with former Harrier, Keith Briggs at Stalybridge Celtic. Mickey Demetriou makes the step up to League Two signing for Shrewsbury Town, 24 year-old England C international is to sign for the Shrews on a two-year deal. After four years at Aggborough, Lee Vaughan leaves the Worcestershire club moving into League two with Cheltenham Town, the defender made 178 appearances for Harriers.

Last Meetings vs The Darts

Kidderminster Harriers 1 Dartford 2 – Conference Premier – 21 January 2014

Two early goals ended Dartford’s three month run without a league win and completed a rare double. Max Cornhill headed in a Alex Woodyard cross with three minutes played. On loan striker Andy Pugh followed up a rebound from the on loan Alex Wall to make it two. Michael Gash pulled a goal back for the hosts but the deficit was too much.

Dartford 3 Kidderminster Harriers 0 – Conference Premier – 21 September 2013

The Darts ended a four match winless streak in style beating the Harriers at home. Jason Prior was the first on the score sheet when he scored for close range. Elliot Bradbrook doubled the lead just after half time and Danny Harris put the icing on the cake with an hour played.

Next Meetings

Saturday 16 September 2014 at Aggborough

Sunday 4 January 2015 at Princes Park

League Performance Last Ten Years

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Best Performances

10th League Two (2001/02) F.A Cup 5th Round (1993/94) F.A Trophy Winners (1986/87)

Kidderminster Harriers v Dartford

The Darts look for their first league win in three months on Tuesday night when they travel to playoff chasers and F.A Cup up-setters Kidderminster Harriers.

Dartford have now gone a dozen league matches without victory picking up a solitary point. In contrast, Harriers are fresh from their F.A Cup third round win against League One side Peterborough United. The Darts will be the last side to take on Kidderminster Harriers before their fourth round clash with Premier League club Sunderland.

Whilst Tony Burman has guided Dartford to two home victories against the Worcestershire club, the Darts will want to erase last season’s reverse at Aggborough from the memory bank. On a wet December weekend, Kidderminster Harriers brushed aside the visitors taking the lead inside four minutes. Cheyenne Dunkley finished like a striker hitting a shot into the corner of Marcus Bettinelli’s net. The lead lasted five minutes when Jacob Erskine’s firm header levelled the match but Jamille Matt, now of Fleetwood Town put the Harriers back in front from close range past the half hour mark. Matt added a further goal in the second half with 20 minutes to go, substitute defender Mike Williams was only on the pitch for a couple of minutes when he made it 4-1 and a last minute strike by Lee Vaughan made it five.

Dartford struggled to create chances on Saturday as they went down to a solitary goal against Salisbury City. The Darts failed to register a shot on target and fell behind after quarter of an hour. A short corner caught out the Darts defence when Elliott Frear crossed low to James White who flicked the ball past Alan Julian. The defeat leaves Dartford second from bottom and seven points adrift from safety.

In attempt to increase the fire power up front, Burman has brought in a third loanee from Luton Town. Alex Wall, who scored against the Darts for Maidenhead United in March 2012 netted ten that season for a struggling side. A year later he signed for Luton Town where he has made 18 league appearances scoring three goals, the majority of those appearances have been off the bench. Wall joins Dave Martin and Jim Stevenson amongst the trio of Luton Town loanees.

The latest signing captured by Burman is winger Ben Swallow. The 24 year old was part of the  Newport County squad that won the playoffs last season to reach the Football League. Swallow scored twice in 23 appearances before being released in the summer by the Exiles and joining Bromley this campaign.

It hasn’t been all plain sailing for Kidderminster Harriers as last season’s runners up are sitting in sixth spot. A combination of being off the automatic promotion pace and interest from Forest Green Rovers in November ended the reign of Steve Burr, who earned his first win as Chester boss on the weekend. On the pitch, top scorer Joe Lolley has left Aggborough for Championship football with Huddersfield Town, the striker scored nine Conference Premier goals in 21 appearances.

Under Steve Burr, Harriers started inconsistently until a productive September through to November yielded 30 points in 14 games moving the club from 12th to 3rd in the table. During that last successful month Forest Green Rovers approached Burr and although he rejected a move December started with three straight losses. Respite came with a 2-1 win against Hereford United but what followed was a 6-0 drubbing to fellow promotion chasers Luton Town.

To remedy the situation Mark Serrell, Harriers chairman has turned to ex Coventry City boss Andy Thorn. The former Crystal Palace and Wimbledon centre half has won both his matches in charge beating Salisbury City 3-0 and Peterborough United 3-2. The 47 year old has also added Adrian Cieslewicz from Wrexham, the 23 year old forward scored twice in 18 league games for the Welsh club this term. Thorn has searched internationally too by recruiting Santiago Aloi, the 26 year old Argentine begun his career at River Plate, spent a year on loan at Watford before moving back to South America.

Team News

Kenny Clark missed the draw at Welling United and the defeat on the weekend at Salisbury City with a groin injury. Ryan Hayes remains sidelined for the Darts. Lee Noble and Danny Harris are both suspended for the red cards they have picked up recently. Noble will serve the last of his four match ban.  Alex Wall will be available for selection, an administration error meant he was kept out of Saturday’s loss.

Head to Head

Kidderminster Harriers wins: 12 / Dartford wins: 12 / Draws: 7

Current League Form

Kidderminster Harriers (WLWLLL) Dartford (LDLLLL)
Salisbury City H 3-0 Salisbury City A 0-1
Luton Town A 0-6 Welling United A 1-1
Hereford United H 2-1 Welling United H 1-2
Grimsby Town A 1-3 Alfreton Town A 1-2
Alfreton Town H 1-3 FC Halifax Town H 1-2
Woking A 0-1 Barnet A 0-1

Last Meeting at Aggborough

22 December 2012 – Kidderminster Harriers 5 Dartford 1 – Att: 1779

Goalscorers: Dunkley(4), Erskine (9), Matt (32), Matt (69), Williams (76), L Vaughan (89)

Harriers Lineup: Lewis, L Vaughan, Demetriou, Dunkley, Gowling, Storer, Vincent, Shakes, Briggs, Malbon, Matt (subs used: Rowe, Williams, Clancy)

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

Match Stats

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Last Five Meetings

21.09.2013 Dartford 3 Kidderminster Harriers 0
22.12.2012 Kidderminster Harriers 5 Dartford 1
25.08.2012 Dartford 1 Kidderminster Harriers 0
29.03.1986 Kidderminster Harriers 4 Dartford 1
05.10.1985 Dartford 5 Kidderminster Harriers 1

League Stats

Kidderminster Harriers have won six of their last seven home matches, the Harriers have gained 26 out of the last 30 points available at Aggborough

53% – Harriers have scored three or more at home in over half of their games. Only FC Halifax have scored three or more at home on more occasions but they have played 16 matches at home, making the Harriers return of 53% the most prolific in the league

Dartford have suffered 11 defeats in their last 12 Conference Premier, on their travels they have drawn three and lost nine in their last 12.

The Darts last kept a clean sheet in the league on 28 September 2013 when they beat Southport 1-0. A run of 16 matches without a clean sheet is the longest current sequence in the league.

Against teams in the bottom half Kidderminster Harriers have the best record winning 10, drawing 2 and losing 2.

 

 

Dartford v Kidderminster Harriers

Dartford slipped into the bottom four and hope to climb back out when they take on last season’s runners up Kidderminster Harriers this weekend.

Both sides were struggling at the wrong end of the table the last time they met at Princes Park over a year ago. The Darts kick started their last campaign with their first victory in the Conference Premier for 26 years.  Substitute Lee Burns headed the vital winner in the first half, his only goal of the season from a Ryan Hayes corner as Dartford won 1-0. The return fixture ended with the Harriers recording a convincing 5-1 reverse.

Dartford haven’t managed a home win since the opening day of the season and know points are crucial them to pull them away from the bottom four. Based on last season’s opening weeks, the Darts and Kidderminster Harriers know all to well that there is plenty to play for. When the two sides met last August the bottom two positions were occupied by both clubs with no points to show. Whilst Dartford finished a credible eighth, Kidderminster Harriers won 25 out of their last 29 games to finish runners up missing out on the title by two points on the final day. The Harriers failed to reach a Wembley playoff final losing to Wrexham 5-2 on aggregate.

Tony Burman’s men have lost their last three matches at Princes Park. The Darts followed the 2-0 loss against Braintree Town with 2-1 defeats against Lincoln City and Nuneaton Town. In the latest two home fixtures set pieces and early goals put Dartford on the back foot before Elliot Bradbrook pulled a goal back.

On Tuesday night, Dartford travelled to Kenilworth Road where they upset Luton Town 2-0 last season. This time around the scores were reversed by half time. Paul Benson scored his first goal in a Hatters shirt when his effort went in off the post. Elliot Bradbrook missed a great opportunity and within seconds Luke Guttridge scored at the other end. Alex Lawless who had just returned from injury made it 3-0 just after the hour when he took the ball round Alan Julian.

Kidderminster Harriers have got off to a better start than 12 months ago and are just five points of the pace at the top of the table, occupying third place.

Last weekend, the Harriers recorded their second 2-1 win in a row beating Hyde. Anthony Malbon’s close chest control and fine strike from outside the box gave the hosts the lead. Hyde’s Tom Collins levelled the score but Michael Gash headed in a first half winner. On Tuesday night, James Dance scored his third goal in as many games after six minutes to give the Harriers the lead at Tamworth. Gash doubled the advantage with his third goal of the season and Malbon converted from the spot in the final minute, the 3-0 victory is the Harriers third successive league triumph.

Malbon and  Gash have scored three goals each this term and have had the chance to develop an attacking force since March. Gash, who scored against the darts for his former club Cambridge United last term joined the Harriers to help their promotion push. The 27 year old scored six goals in 11 games in the final two months of the campaign. Meanwhile, Malbon top scored for the club in 2012/13 amassing an impressive 19 strikes after featuring in every Conference Premier match last season.  Kidderminster Harriers’s back four has remained a consistent foundation for the team to build on, with the same reliable players featuring nearly every week since the early months of last season.

Team News

Tyrone Sterling returned to the starting eleven in the week but was substituted after the hour mark. Mat Mitchel-King and Max Cornhill were still missing through injury, however Burman is hoping for both players to return.

Steve Burr handed James Grimes his first start against Tamworth whilst Joe Lolley has been absent for three matches because of a minor injury he received.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 11 / Kidderminster Harriers wins: 12 / Draws: 7 / Dartford Goals: 44 / Kidderminster Harriers Goals: 45

Current League Form

Dartford (LLDLWL) Kidderminster Harriers (WWWLLW)
Luton Town A 0-3 Tamworth A 2-0
Nuneaton Town H 1-2 Hyde H 2-1
Chester A 0-0 Welling United A 2-1
Lincoln City H 1-2 Luton Town H 0-2
Tamworth A 2-0 Nuneaton Town A 1-2
Braintree Town H 0-2 Chester H 3-1

Last Five Meetings

22.12.2012 Kidderminster Harriers 5 Dartford 1
05.12.2012 Dartford 1 Kidderminster Harriers 0
29.03.1986 Kidderminster Harriers 4 Dartford 1
05.10.1985 Dartford 5 Nuneaton Borough 1
19.01.1985 Kidderminster Harriers 1 Dartford 1

Last Meeting At Princes Park

20 April 2013 –  Dartford 1 Kidderminster Harriers 0 – Att: 1068

Goalscorers: Burns (36)

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

The Harriers Lineup: Lewis, Briggs, Austin, Dunkley, Williams, Shakes, Vincent, Byrne, Johnson, Rowe, Malbon (subs used: Demetriou, Pilkington, Blissett)

Match Stats

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Stats

3 – home league defeats in a row for Dartford, last seen at Princes Park between 13 November 2011 and 8 January 2012 when the Darts lost 4-0 to Dorchester Town, 2-1 versus Chelmsford City and 1-0 against Thurrock in the Conference South.

5 – number of goals scored by Dartford this season, the fewest in the Conference Premier. Kidderminster

8 – Dance, Gash and Malbon have scored the Harriers’s last eight league goals over five matches.

Kidderminster Harriers v Dartford

 

Dartford have the chance to complete their first league double over a club this season when they travel to Kidderminster Harriers.

The Darts kick started their campaign in the last meeting between the two sides back in August with a 1-0 victory. Substitute Lee Burns headed the vital and his only goal of the season after 36 minutes from a Ryan Hayes corner. Marcus Bettinelli crowned his Princes Park début with a fine display and Adam Green hobbled off with the injury he has suffered from for most of the season.

By the end of Saturday’s match Tony Burman will have seen his squad reach the half way point of the league campaign with still plenty to play for. The Darts continued their F.A Trophy last weekend with a comfortable 3-0 triumph of fellow Kent side Tonbridge Angels.

Dartford got back to winning ways last weekend after losing their last three fixtures. In a cup derby at Princes Park the Darts knocked out the Conference South side. Harry Crawford got his team on their way when at the second attempt he finished a one on one chance to give the Darts an early lead. In the second half Crawford was upended in the penalty box and captain Elliot Bradbrook scored from the spot in his 150th start for the club. The third goal was the pick of the bunch, created by Jacob Erskine’s back heel, Jon Wallis took a touch before emphatically hitting a fine long range strike into the top corner.

In the Conference Premier, Dartford have recorded just one victory in the last six outings leaving the club falling out of the playoffs. The Darts will want to make the most of the journey to the Aggborough Stadium to ensure they keep in touch with the top five and keep the Harriers below them in the standings.

Saturday’s fixture will be a tougher prospect then the meeting back in August as the Harriers are the form side of the Conference Premier. Languishing at the foot of the table three months ago, in a run which included five straight defeats, Kidderminster Harriers are now flying up the table after five consecutive wins.

An unbeaten home spell of eight games, including five clean sheets has helped set Steve Burr’s side on their way up the ladder. The Harriers surprised league leaders Newport County a fortnight ago in a 3-2 victory. Jamille Matt netted all three goals and since returning to the side has been in form with four league goals in as many matches. Prior the strikers time out of football he had scored 17 goals in 38 starts for the club.

Last weekend the Harriers were on the wrong end of a cup upset against Dartford’s next F.A Trophy opponents Bromley. Josh Gowling conceded the vital penalty which Danny Waldren dispatched just before the break. Anthony Malbon had the chance to force a replay in the last minute but his spot kick was saved by Joe Welch as Bromley held on to win 1-0. Kidderminster Harriers suffered only their second defeat in 17 competitive matches.

Dartford will hope to avoid a similar scoreline to the time they last travelled to Aggborough. The Darts were defeated 4-1 during their last spell in the top non league division back in March 1986.

Team News

Mark Arber is still recovering from his fractured jaw but has returned to training. The centre half is available for selection but is unlikely to be rushed back into action.

The Harriers still have Jack Byrne and Marvin Johnson on the injury list and Kyle Storer returns from his one match suspension.

Head to Head

Kidderminster Harriers wins: 11 / Dartford wins: 11 / Draws: 7

Current League Form

Kidderminster Harriers (WWWWWL) Dartford (LLLDWL)
Newport County H 3-2 Lincoln City H 2-4
Tamworth A 1-0 Nuneaton Town A 0-1
Wrexham H 2-0 Tamworth A 2-3
AFC Telford United A 2-0 Southport H 2-2
Nuneaton Town H 1-0 Luton Town A 2-0
Woking A 2-2 Forest Green Rovers H 0-1

Last Meeting

15 August 2012 – Dartford 1 Kidderminster Harriers 0 – Att: 1068

Goalscorer: Burns (36)

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

The Harriers Lineup: Lewis, Austin, Dunkley, Williams, Shakes, Vincent, Byrne, Johnson, Rowe, Malbon (subs used: Demetriou, Pilkington, Blissett)

Match Stats

Season Stats

Against teams in the top half of the Conference Premier Dartford lead the way


 

 

 

0 – The Harriers are one of three teams yet to have scored a league penalty this season and have yet to have a player sent off.

5 – Kidderminster Harriers currently hold this seasons longest winning, drawing and losing streaks each lasting five matches

67 – The number of shots off target Dartford have racked up, the fewest in the division. However, only Southport have attempted less shots at the opposition’s goal in total.

416 – Between 6 November 2012 and 8 December 2012 the Harriers went 416 minutes without conceding a goal. Only Wrexham have lasted longer (464 minutes) this season without letting in a goal

2231 – The average attendance involving league games when Dartford are the away side. Only Wrexham and Macclesfield Town have a better away average.

* stats collated from bbc.co.uk and statto.com

Dartford v Kidderminster Harriers

 

At least one team will get off the mark on Saturday as the two bottom clubs Dartford and Kidderminster Harriers face each other at Princes Park.

Dartford last met the Harriers in their final season in the Alliance Premier League, now the Conference Premier back in 1985/1986. At Watling Street the Darts emphatically recorded a 5-1 win which was one of their highlights and the biggest victory of their season. The return fixture at Aggborough was stark in contrast as Kidderminster Harriers claimed a convincing 4-1 triumph.

It has been a tough opening week for the Darts who suffered a third successive league defeat this time against Macclesfield Town. A Tom Champion own goal and a last minute penalty converted by Silkmen’s midfielder Charlie Henry ensured the home team won 2-0.

Tony Burman was pleased with the first half hour and felt his side should have taken advantage of the chances created. However after the own goal the pressure mounted on his players.

One bright spark on a disappointing afternoon was goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli who was drafted in on loan to replace the injured Louis Wells. At 20 years old the Fulham Academy youngster made his Dartford début at the Moss Rose Ground. Also making their first starts for the club were striker Harry Crawford and full back Richard Rose.

Kidderminster Harriers finished sixth, outside of the play-offs for the third time in seven years last season. Whilst they didn’t struggle for goals, racking up the fourth highest total in the Conference Premier they shipped in a fair few.

This season the Harriers took 188 minutes to open their goalscoring account in a 3-2 defeat at home to Mansfield Town. After taking the lead twice through midfielder Jack Byrne and striker Marvin Johnson, Kidderminster Harriers failed to hold on. In the week they fell to league favourites Luton Town in a 2-0 defeat and a week ago lost 1-0 away at Lincoln City.

In an attempt to strengthen the back line Steve Burr can now look towards experienced defender Exodus Geohaghon who spent time with Championship club Peterborough United. Whilst in attack Ricky Shakes, formerly of Kent rivals Ebbsfleet United has been involved in the first team with one start and two substitute appearances. The Kidderminster Harriers boss also captured the signing of Nathan Blissett last Friday, who has previously teamed up with Saturday’s goalscorer Johnson at Romulus in the Northern League Division One.

Burr is far from satisfied by his teams performance so far and believes some players are not producing the goods but they can still show what they can do collectively. In the home dug out Burman is optimistic that the Darts can get up and running by taking points on Saturday.

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Marcus Bettinelli is expected to make his Princes Park début in goal for the Darts replacing the injured Louis Wells. Lee Noble returns from his one match suspension after missing last weekends defeat at Macclesfield Town.

The Harriers will be missing defender Lee Vaughan who will serve his final match of his four game ban. The 26 year old was sent off on the final day of last season in a 3-0 defeat against Mansfield Town.

Did you know…

Saturday’s meeting will be the 29th time the two teams have met. Dartford are one win behind on ten and on seven occasions the two sides have drawn.

Possession is not always the key, the Harriers have yet to have less possession than their opponents in the Conference Premier this season and have lost every match so far.

Including last season Kidderminster Harriers have lost their lost five league matches.

Kidderminster Harriers boss, Steve Burr was on the scoresheet last time he played against the Darts in the F.A Trophy semi-final back in 1989. Burr was playing for our last opponents Macclesfield Town who reached Wembley with a 4-1 aggregate win.

The Darts have taken 17 shots at goal scoring twice, a success rate of 12%. The Harriers have taken twice as many shots with just two goals to show. The table below selected statistics from this season so far.