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Dartford v Lincoln City

Dartford bid farewell to the Conference Premier league this weekend and hope to record their maiden win over visitors Lincoln City.

After three years in the top flight of non league football, the Darts have managed a solitary draw against the Imps which they managed at Sincil Bank, just over a year ago. The goalless stalemate was an improvement to the previous three losses, two of which were suffered at Princes Park.

Last season, controversial refereeing decisions made an impact but a slow Dartford start didn’t help either. Ben Tomlinson and Andrew Boyce had the Imps two up at half time. Elliot Bradbrook pulled a goal back then in stoppage time referee Lee Swabey waved away a handball shout even though Tony Burman claims Swabey admitted to seeing the incident.

In the Darts first campaign back in the Conference Premier, another slow start at home was too much to salvage. Lincoln City put four passed the Dartford defence in the first half through Daniel Gray and a Colin Larkin hat trick. Harry Crawford’s brace in the second half made the result look slightly better on paper.

The Darts last home fixture gave supporters something to cheer when they beat Nuneaton Town 3-1 a fortnight ago. The good feeling lasted a few days after local rivals Welling United beat Wrexham on the Tuesday night to condemn the Darts to the Conference South. Tony Burman will hope his side can reward the Dartford faithful with a successive home win, the first time in the league since February last year.

Last Saturday, the final away day ended with a 2-0 defeat at the hands of playoff chasers Macclesfield Town. Burman gave academy youngster Ebou Adams his full league début which was cut short after a second caution. Both teams ended with ten men but not before Lee Bell opened the scoring for the Silkmen halfway through the first half. Thierry Audel doubled the hosts advantage in the second half when he scored with ten minutes to play. Macclesfield Town’s George Pilkington was dismissed late on and Adams followed soon after.

Lincoln City have been true to form this term and could finish as high as thirteenth and as low as seventeenth. The Imps have consistently been around the same area of the Conference Premier table ever since they dropped out of the Football League four years ago. Struggling to make an impact the Lincolnshire club actually opened the season well going four unbeaten to sit in third place. Six defeats in seven dropped the Imps back to the lower reaches, however they did manage to improve between October and December to climb the ladder. One win in nine and three defeats on the spin has seen the Imps slump back to that familiar league position.

Last weekend, Lincoln City followed up consecutive defeats with another in their final home game of the season. Visitors, Eastleigh ran out 2-1 winners taking the lead through Jack Midson. Lincoln City’s top scorer Ben Tomlinson equalised but three minutes later Craig McAllister netted the winner. Prior the weekend, the Imps had just lost to AFC Telford United and Torquay United with both matches ending 1-0 to their opponents.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 0 / Lincoln City wins: 4 / Draws: 1

Current League Form

Dartford (LWLDDL) Lincoln City (LLLDWL)
Macclesfield Town  A  0-2 Easteigh  H  1-2
Nuneaton Town  H  3-1 Torquay United  A  0-1
Barnet  H  0-1 AFC Telford United  A  0-1
Torquay United  A  1-1 FC Halifax Town  H  1-1
Gateshead  H  1-1 Braintree Town  A  3-1
Altrincham  H  1-2 Forest Green Rovers  H  1-2

Last Meeting at Princes Park

31 August 2013 – Dartford 1 Lincoln City 2 – Att: 1386

Goalscorer: Tomlinson (21), Boyce (33), Bradbrook (59)

Dartford Lineup: Julian, Sterling, Clark, Fry, Burns, Rogers, Bradbrook, Woodyard, Noble, Harris, Birchall (sub used: Hayes, Cornhill, Prior)

Lincoln City Lineup: Farman, Miller, Newton, Boyce, Brown, Foster, Fofana, Nolan, Fairhurst, Rowe, Tomlinson (sub used: Sheridan)

Match Stats

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Previous Five Meetings

22.11.2014 Lincoln City 2 Dartford 1
05.04.2014 Lincoln City 0 Dartford 0
31.08.2013 Dartford 1 Lincoln City 2
09.02.2013 Lincoln City 2 Dartford 1
08.12.2012 Dartford 2 Lincoln City 4

Stats

0.25 – Ryan Hayes looks set to win the quickest goal of the season award, his strike against Kidderminster Harriers came after just 25 seconds

2 – the number of league doubles completed by the Darts this season as they beat both Nuneaton Town and AFC Telford United twice

4 – Dartford’s last final day of the league season (excluding playoff matches) came four years ago against Maidenhead United. Charlie Sheringham, Jack Pallen and Ryan Hayes put Dartford three up before their opponents rallied with two late goals.

34 – number of players used by Tony Burman in all competitions this season

44 – Dartford’s top appearance maker in the league this term will be Rory McAuley. Providing he is selected against Lincoln City, the defender only missed the 2-0 defeat at Eastleigh

Elliot Bradbrook and Harry Crawford will become Dartford’s golden boot for the season, captain Bradbrook currently leads Crawford by a goal.

On This Day

Dartford’s last fixture on this day was one to remember as they swept aside Kent rivals Dover Athletic 4-0. Charlie Sheringham’s brace helped the Darts to a fine victory, Tom Champion and Danny Harris also scored in that memorable win four years ago.

Lincoln City v Dartford

Dartford travel to Sincil Bank on the weekend knowing their first ever win against Lincoln City will move them within a point of the Imps.

Tony Burman has seen improvements in his side who are becoming difficult to beat. Yet failure to turn draws into victories has kept Dartford battling with the bottom half of the table. Now out of the relegation places by a point, the Darts have drawn five of their last eight league matches.

Harry Crawford earned Dartford their latest draw in Ryan Hayes’ 300th start for the club. Up against a Southport side unbeaten under Gary Brabin, the Darts fell behind right on the stroke of half time when John Marsden gave the Sandgrounders a half time advantage. Good work by the tireless Lee Noble set Crawford up four minutes into injury time to score a last minute equaliser. Hayes’ appearance put him on 415 in total for the club moving up to sixth in the all time Dartford list.

Since the loss at Grimsby Town, Burman has led his side to an unbeaten run of three competitive matches starting with the 4-3 F.A Cup first round win at Bromley. A few days later Welling United were defeated thanks to goals from Max Cornhill and Crawford, although the Wings had two players sent off and pulled a goal back, Dartford grabbed the three points.

In April, the Darts picked up their first point against Saturday’s opponents in a goalless draw. On loan midfielder Jim Stevenson came the closest for the Darts as both sides rarely threatened to find the net. The clean sheet was in stark contrast to previous meetings when early goals from the Imps helped them to victory on three occasions.

In the only other visit to Sincil Bank, Dartford were a goal down inside six minutes when Vadaine Oliver scored. The hosts had Jake Sheridan sent off before Lee Noble equalised, however a last minute penalty dispatched by Colin Larkin condemned the Darts to defeat. Lincoln City have also beaten Burman’s side twice at Princes Park taking first half leads in both matches.

Lincoln City, now in their fourth consecutive Conference Premier campaign have managed to hit the headlines thanks to jelly babies and a sauna. During their four game unbeaten start, the Imps travelled to Barnet after their team bus failed to turn up. The players made their way to the Hive minus a tactics board and so former boss Gary Simpson used jelly babies to help get his message across instead.

Simpson himself was relieved of his managerial duties at the start of this month. A run of one win sandwiched between six defeats in August and September didn’t help matters. When Lincoln City threw away a three goal lead to draw 3-3 with Forest Green Rovers, the board reviewed the clubs situation and ended Simpson’s reign.

Similar to Dartford, the Imps are unable to turn draws into wins. With just one triumph in their last eight league games they have drawn five of those fixtures and lost twice. Without a weekend fixture for two weeks, Lincoln City’s last scheduled match was the Conference Premier’s first postponement this term. A sauna in the Hilton Hotel the Imps were staying at caught fire leaving the squad with no kit and  so the away match against Eastleigh was called off.

The Imps’ main threat comes from striker Ben Tomlinson, who scored against the Darts in a 2-1 win at Princes Park last season. Having returned from injury, with a second half appearance at Gateshead in Lincoln City’s last league outing, the 25 year old has netted six times this campaign. Sean Newton is leading scorer in all competitions on eight and is amongst the highest assist makers in the league so far.

Meanwhile, Jordan Burrow played in England C’s 4-2 win on Tuesday night versus Estonia, Jon Nolan was called up to take part after initially being one of the contingency players. Delano Sam-Yorke is another player Burman will be familiar with, the striker played against the Darts for Basingstoke Town in the Conference South during Dartford’s promotion season. Sam-Yorke also had a spell with Cambridge United last term and is in his second loan spell with the Imps.

It’s now up to caretaker managers Chris Moyses and Grant Brown to guide the Imps. Moyses has previous experience in the city with Lincoln Moorlands Railway and Lincoln City. Brown spent 13 years at the club making over 400 appearances between 1989 and 2002 and is now in his fourth spell as caretaker manager.

Team News

Dartford will be without striker Andy Pugh who required an operation after the Welling United game. Lee Burns was unable to finish the mid-week fixture against the Wings and missed the draw versus Southport due to the injury he picked up. Mat Mitchel-King and Collier have also been out with injury and have not featured in last two league games, leaving the Darts short in numbers at the back. Elliot Bradbrook has dropped into defence from midfield in recent games. Callum Driver made his full début last weekend after signing for Dartford prior the Welling United clash. Central defender Rory McAuley remains one caution away from suspension.

Head to Head

Lincoln City wins: 3 / Dartford wins: 0 / Draws: 1

Current League Form

Lincoln City (DLDDWD) Dartford (DWLDDL)
Gateshead  A  3-3 Southport  H  1-1
Altrincham  H  1-2 Welling United  H  2-1
Forest Green Rovers  A  3-3 Grimsby Town  A  0-3
Wrexham  H  1-1 Aldershot Town  H  1-1
AFC Telford United  H  2-0 Macclesfield Town  H  1-1
Southport  A  3-3 Bristol Rovers  A  0-1

Last Meeting at Sincil Bank

5 April 2014 – Lincoln City 0 Dartford 0 – Att: 1947

Lincoln City Lineup: Townsend, Newton, Brown, Miller, Foster, Power, Nolan, Adams, Sheridan, Mendy, Brighy (subs used: Arthur, Robinson)

Dartford Lineup: Julian, McAuley, Mitchel-King, Sterling, Bradbrook, Burns, Woodyard, Cornhill, Stevenson, Harris, Suarez (subs used: Collier, Swallow, Dembele)

Match Stats

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Previous Meetings

05.04.2014 Lincoln City 0 Dartford 0
31.08.2013 Dartford 1 Lincoln City 2
09.02.2013 Lincoln City 2 Dartford 1
08.12.2012 Dartford 2 Lincoln City 4

Stats

415 – total number of appearances made by Ryan Hayes. The midfielder has made 300 starts making him the 13th player to do so in a Dartford shirt. During his ten years with the club he has scored 83 times, the ninth highest total.

9 – Lincoln City have been awarded nine penalties this season, the second highest behind Barnet (10). Dartford have conceded six, the most in the division this term.

28 – league games since Dartford won by more than one goal, currently the longest sequence in Conference Premier. The last time the Darts won by more than one goal was on 22 March 2014 against Hyde, Alex Wall’s brace earned Dartford a 2-0 win.

3.45 – the average number of goals involving Lincoln City games this season, the second highest behind AFC Telford United’s 3.50.

Lincoln City

Sincil Bank Founded 1884 The Imps

The total number of years Lincoln City have completed in the Conference Premier league is just four. In their last spell they returned to the Football League at the first time of asking and reached the last eight of the F.A Trophy. During their current spell life has been far less rosy recording the clubs lowest ever finish in 2011/12, however each campaign has seen minimal improvement. The Imps have played the most seasons in the Football League without ever reaching the top division totalling 104 campaigns. The red shirts of Lincoln City will see the return of their glory days, over the summer the club decided to revert back to the traditional Imp.Lincoln_city_badge

Last Season

Conference Premier: 14th

F.A Cup: 1st Round

F.A Trophy: 3rd Round

Top Scorer: Ben Tomlinson

Average Attendance: 2354

In their first season back the Imps finished 17th, the campaign after that they finished 16th and last term up two spots to 14th. At Sincil Bank they were solid at the back with the fourth best home defence in the league, at the other end they scored just 30 on their own soil. Away from home, the balance tipped the other way with the Imps boasting the fourth best attack yet they conceded too many. Up until the end of September, Lincoln City were cruising along nicely keeping in touch with the playoff spots and then the wheels fells off. One win in 14 attempts picking up just eight points saw the Imps looking cautiously over their shoulder. In the final three months of the campaign form picked up again, so much so had they started the season at the beginning of February they would have finished fifth. In the end their was nothing unusual about where Lincoln City finished in the Conference Premier.

The Manager – Gary Simpson

A former England C manager, Simpson has only managed three clubs with one as player manager. When he came towards the end of his playing career he had a brief spell leading Gainsborough Trinity on and off the field. Simpson never returned to a managers post again until seven years later. During that time he worked closely with the late Keith Alexander at Boston United, Ilkeston Town, Northwich Victoria, Lincoln City, Peterborough United, Macclesfield Town and Bury. In fact, Simpson already had a spell at Sincil Bank back in 2003/04 when he was caretaker manager for 11 games stepping in for Alexander. It took tragic circumstances for Simpson to make his first foray into first team management when Alexander passed away in March 2010, whilst at Macclesfield Town. So close was his ties to his employer he wore two yellow socks as a tribute to his friend. In February, the 53 year old was appointed boss at Sincil Bankand for the first time spend pre season with the club.

The Summer

Lincoln City will have an attacking look to their midfield after signing Southport’s Karl Ledsham, the 26 year old spent four years with the Sandgrounders. Frenchman, Tony Diagne has signed a two year contract with the Imps. He previously spent a loan spell at Sincil Bank from Macclesfield Town before joining Morecambe in League Two. Simpson looked towards the Conference South to sign Sahr Kabba from Havant and Waterlooville, the striker scored 19 times for the Hawks. Released by Stevanage in the summer, Jordan Burrow agreed a two year deal to play at Sincil Bank, the youngster made 20 appearances last term.

Last Meetings vs The Darts

Lincoln City 0 Dartford 0 – Conference Premier – 5 April 2014

Having been beaten by the Imps twice last season and again almost eight months prior this meeting, the Darts finally got a point. At the time the away point was vital putting Dartford within a point from safety. Loanee Jim Stevenson was the closest Dartford came to turning their draw into a much needed victory.

Dartford 1 Lincoln City 2 – Conference Premier – 31 August 2013

Controversial refereeing decisions made an impact back in August but a slow Dartford start didn’t help either. Ben Tomlinson and Andrew Boyce had the Imps two up at half time. Elliot Bradbrook pulled a goal back then in stoppage time referee Lee Swabey waved away a handball shout even though Tony Burman claims Swabey admitted to seeing the incident.

Next Meetings

Saturday 22 November 2014 at Sincil Bank

Saturday 24 April 2015 at Princes Park

League Performance Last Ten Years

lincoln last 10 yrsBest Performances

5th Old Division Two (1901/02) F.A Cup 5th Round (1886/87) F.A Trophy Quarter Final (1987/88)

Lincoln City v Dartford

Dartford will make another attempt to escape the drop zone on the weekend when they travel to Lincoln City’s Sincil Bank.

The Darts are still looking for their first points against the Imps having failed in their previous three attempts. Last season a penalty in the final minute completed Lincoln City’s double over Dartford.

Colin Larkin kept his cool to earn the Imps a home win despite playing the majority of the match with ten men. Vadaine Oliver took  advantage of some slack marking in the sixth minute to put the hosts in front and when Lee Noble was clattered by Jake Sheridan the referee brandished a red card. In the second half, Noble levelled the match but a controversial penalty handed Larkin his spot kick winner.

Luckily, the Darts will not have to deal with Larkin who moved to Gateshead in the summer, the 31 year old striker took home the match ball earlier last season, with his hat-trick at Princes Park in a 4-2 victory.

Earlier this term the Darts suffered a 2-1 defeat at home, with the Imps racing to a two goal lead. Ben Tomlinson gave the visitors the lead on 21 minutes and after half an hour Andrew Boyce scored the second. Dartford halved the deficit on the hour through Elliot Bradbrook’s header. The Darts suffered more penalty controversy against Lincoln City when referee Lee Swabey claimed to have seen a penalty incident but not award Dartford a spot kick.

Performances from the Darts have been spirited over the last two league games. Coming from behind to beat Macclesfield Town was followed by a gutsy defeat to champions elect Luton Town. On Tuesday, Tony Burman was once more left bemused by an official whose decision to send off Kenny Clark turned the match. Mikel Suarez, making his first start in a Dartford shirt gave his side a shock lead heading in from a corner. With Clark stepping in for the unavailable Jim Stevenson in an unfamiliar midfield role, the former Chelmsford City defender was sent off.

Burman told www.kentonline.co.uk: “I’m really disappointed with the decision. The referee is in the centre of the field and the ball was down this side”, he added: “There’s absolutely no way he can see that’s a sending-off. It’s a foul, I agree, but a lot of people went round him and I think he reacted to that. I don’t think it’s a sending-off”.

The Hatters turned the screw, taking advantage of the extra man, Luton Town edged closer to the title with two late goals. Pelly Ruddock hit a  20-yard strike which drew John Still’s side level and Andre Gray headed the winner from Ronnie Henry’s cross. Defeat has left the Darts in the relegation with a two point deficit over Hereford United in 20th. A win would have taken the club up to 19th and two points above safety.

Dartford’s hosts had a tough Winter pre New Year but have since boosted their striking options seeing improvements to their league position. Ending 2013 with a 5-1 loss at FC Halifax Town left the Imps hovering over the relegation candidates. However, fourteen games without failing to score and just four defeats in that time has steadied the club.

Occupying 16th position, Lincoln City could be officially safe this season if results go their way this weekend. Since dropping into the Conference Premier, the Imps have been consistent in their league standing finishing 17th and 16th. Gary Simpson was put in charge in February last year and fortunes have neither improved or worsened.

Team News

Kenny Clark will miss Saturday’s game through suspension following his red card on Tuesday.  Clark, who took on Jim Stevenson’s usual role was unlikely to start with Stevenson returning. Alex Wall is has been recalled by Luton Town, the striker scored six goals in 11 matches for the Darts. Both Wall and Stevenson were illegible to play against their parent club Luton Town in midweek. Ryan Hayes remains out of action having not featured since mid November.

Lincoln City have suspension concerns of their own meaning Thierry Audel and 16 goal top scorer Ben Tomlinson will miss out. Central defender Audel was dismissed in the 3-1 at Gateshead and serves his second of a three game ban. Tomlinson, who scored against the Darts this season has accumulated 15 cautions. The most booked player in the Conference Premier this campaign is also banned for three fixtures. New Zealand international Kris Bright returns having served a ban for the red card he received. Todd Jordan only managed half an hour on Saturday and was forced off with an injury.

Head to Head

Lincoln City wins: 3 / Dartford wins: 0 / Draws: 0

Current League Form

Lincoln City (DLLLDL) Dartford (LWWDLL)
Tamworth A 0-0 Luton Town H 1-2
Gateshead A 1-3 Macclesfield Town H 2-1
Braintree Town A 2-0 Hyde A 2-0
Braintree Town H 2-0 Cambridge United A 1-1
Welling United H 1-2 Chester H 0-1
Alfreton Town A 1-1 Southport A 0-3

Last Meeting at Sincil Bank

9 February 2013 – Lincoln City 2 Dartford 0 – Att: 1789

Goalscorers: Oliver (6), Noble (76), Larkin (89 pen)

The Imps Lineup: Preece, Boyce, Garner, Miller, Gilbert, Power, Sheridan, Turnbull, Smith, Oliver, Larkin (subs used: Jones, Hobson, Gray)

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

Match Stats

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Previous Meetings

19.10.2013 Dartford 1 Lincoln City 2
16.03.2013 Lincoln City 2 Dartford 1
29.09.2012 Dartford 2 Lincoln City 4

Stats & Facts

16 – Number of away goals in the league scored by the Darts this season, only Tamworth, Aldershot Town and Southport have scored fewer

33 – The number of players each club has used in the Conference Premier this season

42 – Number of league goals at Sincil Bank this season, the fewest for any Conference Premier venue along with Braintree Town’s Cressing Road.

238 – Lincoln City have won the most corners in the league this term

Lincoln City’s Kris Bright is well travelled in the football world, he has played in his home country, Hungary, Finland, Netherlands, Norway, Greece and Malta. The 27 year old striker made an appearance in FIFA’s Confederation Cup in 2008 but missed out on New Zealand’s 2010 World Cup squad. His father, Dave played in the 1982 World Cup for New Zealand.

The ‘traditional’ Imp is set to return to Lincoln City’s shirt next season as the club changes its logo. The symbol of the city emblazoned the shirt in the 1970’s and 1980’s.

*stats taken from www.bbc.co.uk

Dartford v Lincoln City

Dartford hope to take their first ever points off Lincoln City on Saturday after a much needed Bank Holiday victory.

The Darts will hope to make amends for last season’s performance against the Imps who did the double over Tony Burman’s men. In the corresponding fixture last term Colin Larkin was the star of the show netting a first half hat-trick. The 31 year old striker is now at Gateshead and has already opened his account for the Heed.

Back in December, the Darts suffered a dreadful start conceding four goals in the opening 45 minutes. Set pieces were problematic with Daniel Gray nodding Lincoln City in front and Larkin getting on the end of a free kick from close range. The away side went three up when a cut back was finished by Larkin and he completed his hat trick on the stroke of half time, following up another set piece. The Darts did manage to win the second half with two goals from the now departed Harry Crawford.

Two months later, up at Sincil Bank, Vadaine Oliver gave the hosts an early advantage but the Imps ended the first half a man short, Jake Sheridan was dismissed for a poor challenge on Lee Noble. It was Noble who levelled the match with fourteen minutes to go, however, it was that man Larkin again who won the encounter with a last minute penalty.

On Bank Holiday, Dartford faced another one of the sides that completed a double over them last term. The Darts travelled up to Tamworth on the back of three straight defeats without a single goal. However the Darts didn’t have long to wait to double their goalscoring tally when Danny Harris slotted the ball in the back of the net after just three minutes played. Impressive centre half Kenny Clark put Dartford two up mid way through the first half connecting with Adam Birchall’s shot across goal. Clark’s diving header is his first in Dartford colours and was enough to secure victory. Triumph at the Lambs Ground has moved the Darts up to fifteenth position.

Victory has given confidence back to the Darts but Tony Burman wasn’t too concerned in first place trusting his squad, he spoke to www.kentonline.co.uk and said: “In this league, you can lose three or four games and then win the next three or four. It happens but you have to move on”, he added: “I felt the players had done well enough to get something out of the other games but it didn’t work for us”.

Opponents, Lincoln City have got off to a great start and sit in the playoff zone a polint behind league leaders Barnet. Although the season is still early Gary Simpson joined the Imps as boss in February and has already made an imapct. This summer he has already made his mark by clearing out the Imps strike force. Larkin, Oliver and Jamie Taylor all left and between them they scored almost half of Lincoln City’s goals last term. The replacements, Danny Rowe from Fleetwood Town, Waide Fairhurst from Macclesfield Town, Nick Wright from Mansfield Town and Ben Tomlinson from Alfreton Town have netted five between them. Whilst defensively Simpson brought in Sean Newton from relegated Stockport County, Nat Brown from Macclesfield Town and Luke Foster from Preston North End the midfield remains much the same.

The result of Simpson’s changes is an opening day goalless draw at Woking followed by two home wins over Macclesfield Town and Forest Green Rovers. Rowe scored against the Silkmen on his début to give the Imps their first three point haul, whilst former Silkman Fairhurst notched a brace in their 2-1 triumph versus Forest Green Rovers as his side came back from a goal down.

On Saturday, Lincoln City visited Cambridge United where they suffered their first defeat of the campaign by a goal to nil, it was the second away match without a goal. On Bank Holiday Monday they hosted Wrexham taking a 2-0 win against the Welsh club with Ben Tomlinson scoring both to seal victory.

Team News

Matt Fry returned to first team action following his injury on the opening day of the season, the left back only lasted fifty one minutes on day one but completed the full ninety against Tamworth. Fry’s return meant Tyrone Sterling played his second match for the Darts, this time as a left midfielder meaning Ryan Hayes was dropped to the bench. Danny Harris made his second start replacing Jason Prior and Alex Woodyard, who previously made four substitute appearances earned a place in the starting eleven at the expense of Max Cornhill. The Darts have no injury or suspension concerns.

Lincoln City will have Alan Power suspended for his dangerous tackle on Cambridge United’s Greg Taylor, the midfielder received a straight red card in that match and serves a three game ban. The Imps also had two strikers, Nick Wright and Adi Yussuf out injured for the 2-0 win versus Wrexham.

Current Form

Dartford (WLLLW) Lincoln City (WLWWD)
Tamworth A 2-0 Wrexham H 2-0
Braintree Town H 0-2 Cambridge United A 0-1
FC Halifax Town A 0-2 Forest Green Rovers H 2-1
Aldershot Town A 0-3 Macclesfield Town H 1-0
Alfreton Town H 1-0 Woking A 0-0

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 0 / Lincoln City wins: 2 / Draws 0

Last Meeting at Princes Park

8 December 2012 –  Dartford 2 Lincoln City 4 – Att: 1466

Goalscorers: Gray (7), Larkin (24, 32, 45), Crawford (49,71)

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

The Imps Lineup: Preece, Robson, Mills, Miller, Gilbert, Smith, Gray, Nicolau, Fofana, Oliver, Larkin (sub used: Robinson)

Match Stats

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Previous Meetings

09.02.2013 Lincoln City 2 Dartford 1
08.12.2012 Dartford 2 Lincoln City 4

Stats

0 – Number of second half goals conceded by Lincoln City so far this campaign

30 – Dartford are one of just five teams to have forced 30 corners or more this season, Lincoln City have won 31

61 – The number of fouls conceded by the Imps, only Kidderminster Harriers (70) and Hereford United (64) have given away more free kicks this term

 

Lincoln City v Dartford

 

Dartford follow up a great week for the club with a trip to Lincoln City’s Sincil Bank on Saturday.

Princes Park not only hosted its first international, in which Turkey B defeated England C by a goal to nil, the following night saw the Darts progress to the F.A Trophy semi-final.

Just over a week ago Dartford had to fight hard to earn a Quarter Final replay against Conference North side FC Halifax Town. With the Shaymen down to ten men Lee Gregory put the hosts ahead and Danny Harris equalised. On Wednesday night, the Shaymen took the lead again after only two minutes when Dan Gardener scored from six yards. The Yorkshire club stayed in front into the break leaving everything to do for the Darts.

Tony Burman took advantage of the interval because his side turned the match around. A trio of midfielders blasted the Darts into a 3-1 lead. Lee Noble scored his fourth goal of the season through a crowded box. Two minutes later the returning Elliot Bradbrook netted with a well taken finish. The pick of the bunch came courtesy of winger Ryan Hayes who expertly curled his shot beyond Matt Glennon. FC Halifax Town set up a dramatic finish with Gardener’s second of the match, then the visitors conceded a penalty immediately afterwards. Bradbrook took responsibility and struck the spot kick against the crossbar but the hosts held out to progress into the last four and face top of the table Grimsby Town.

It was a much needed victory for Dartford after suffering a 5-0 away defeat last weekend at Mansfield Town. Despite drawing a blank and conceding five, Burman was happy with some aspects of the match, he told BBC Sport: “Mansfield Town played very very well second half, but first half we bossed the game completely – we should have gone 1-0 up. We bossed the first half and thought we could get something out of the game”, he added: “The story of the game was in the two boxes. They were better in our box than we were in their box, it’s as simple as that”.

Dartford’s heaviest defeat of the season slipped the club back down to tenth position in the Conference Premier, six points behind the playoffs. The Darts have now lost five of their last six league games on the road, picking up a solitary point.

In a slump of their own, Lincoln City have gone seven league games without a win. Manager David Holdsworth has had to tighten the purse strings recently and contract talks have to wait. The Imps last tasted league victory against the Darts back in December.

Two months ago, Dartford suffered a dreadful start conceding four goals in the first half against the Imps. Goals from Daniel Gray and a first half hat trick from Colin Larkin put the away side 4-1 up at half time. The now departed Harry Crawford pulled two back for the Darts but the mountain was too big to climb.

Lincoln City experienced a dramatic change in fortune when the slipped out of the Football League two years ago and they will be hoping for history not to repeat itself. After a very good October and November the Lincolnshire club reached ninth in the Conference Premier, they are now in seventeenth and three points above the drop zone.

Consistency is a word fans and staff crave at Sincil Bank, not only has the on pitch form been up and down but the playing staff has chopped and changed. Holdsworth has so far used more players (32) then any other Conference Premier club. One of those players who have stood out is Daniel Gray who has missed just one match. Whilst Jamie Taylor and Colin Larkin have scored seventeen league goals between them, first choice goalkeeper Paul Farman has kept only three clean sheets.

Team News

Elliot Bradbrook returned to starting action after a month on the sidelines. Tom Champion will make his 100th league start if selected in the first eleven. Lee Burns will reach 150 starts for the club in all competitions if he is picked by Burman.

In January, Lincoln City full back Paul Robson, goalkeeper Jake Turner, defenders Elliot Green and Dan Coupland have all left Sincil Bank with another three players departing since the last meeting against the Darts. Holdsworth has signed Paul Turnbull on loan from Northampton Town until the end of the season, the midfielder has featured in just one fixture.

Head to Head

Lincoln City wins: 1 / Dartford wins 0 / Draws: 0

Current League Form

Lincoln City (LLDLLW) Dartford (LWLDDW)
Newport County H 2-4 Mansfield Town A 0-5
Southport A 2-4 Macclesfield Town H 2-0
Ebbsfleet United A 1-1 Alfreton Town A 2-3
Grimsby Town H 1-4 Ebbsfleet United A 2-2
Woking H 0-2 Cambridge United H 1-1
Hereford United H 3-2 Ebbsfleet United H 3-1

Last Meeting

8 December 2012 – Dartford 2 Lincoln City 4 – Att: 1466

Goalscorers: Crawford (49, 71); Gray (7), Larkin (24, 32, 45)

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

The Imps Lineup: Preece, Robson, Mills, Miller, Gilbert, Smith, Gray, Nicolau, Fofana, Oliver, Larkin (sub used: Robinson)

Match Stats

 

Stats

1 – Dartford have won once away from Princes Park against teams currently below them in the league table

8 – Lincoln City have scored in their last eight league matches

24 – Dartford are bottom of the current away form table

29 – The Imps have conceded 29 home goals in the Conference Premier, the worst home defence of 2012/13

2199 – The average league attendance at Sincil Bank this season

 

Dartford v Lincoln City

 

Dartford host another former football league on Saturday with a home match against Lincoln City.

This season the Darts have managed to rise to the occasion and surprise a number of neutrals and will be hoping to cause another upset. Their opponents are just beginning to hit form at a time when Dartford have been in their most inconsistent period of the season so far.

On Tuesday night Tony Burman watched his side lose to bottom of the table side Nuneaton Town. The Darts fell behind on the stroke of half time when Andy Brown headed in from a free kick. The Boro earned the three points to take them off the foot of the table by the end of the evening. The result at Liberty Way followed an unlucky 3-2 defeat at the Lamb Ground against Tamworth. For the first time since the start of the season Dartford suffered back to back loses.

Dartford’s last home win came in the live television fixture in October when Mansfield Town were defeated 2-0. Excluding the F.A Trophy win over Isthmian Premier League side Kingstonian the Darts have just picked up one draw in their last four matches, adding a solitary league point out of the last nine available.

After a slow start which saw Lincoln City win just three in fourteen league matches, the club put a run of six league games without defeat picking up 14 points in the process, on Tuesday night that run came to an end. The Imps took on Woking who had just fallen victim to a drubbing by Hyde. Kevin Betsy put the Cards ahead early on when he converted a sixth minute penalty and in the second half Bradley Bubb made it 2-0 inflicting Lincoln City’s eighth league defeat of the season. Over the last two months the Imps have moved from twenty first in the Conference Premier table to twelfth.

On the weekend David Holdsworth’s side were involved in a dramatic F.A Cup second round tie with Mansfield Town which ended 3-3. After falling behind to a Matt Green goal, Alan Power curled in a free kick and Jamie Taylor put Lincoln City ahead. Mansfield’s Louis Briscoe scored a stunning volley to level the scores but the Imps went in front again when Power netted a rebound. In injury time the tie was forced to a replay thanks to Matt Rhead’s last gasp header. The winners of the televised replay on 12 December will earn a third round clash with Liverpool.

Dartford will have to keep tabs on Lincoln City striker Jamie Taylor who has scored a goal every other league game this campaign. The 29 year old has recorded five goals in his last five Conference Premier matches but has only netted two of his nine on the road. Midfielder Daniel Gray and goalkeeper Paul Farman have started every game for the Imps this season.

Saturday’s clash against the Imps will be the first time Dartford have played their opponents.

Team News

Tom Bonner and Elliot Bradbrook return from their one match suspensions picked up against Tamworth and served against Nuneaton Town. Centre back Mark Arber remains out with a fractured jaw.

Current League Form

Dartford (LLDWLW) Lincoln City (LWWWDW)
Nuneaton Town A 0-1 Woking H 0-2
Tamworth A 2-3 Hereford United H 3-2
Southport H 2-2 Barrow A 2-1
Luton Town A 2-0 Braintree Town H 3-0
Forest Green Rovers H 0-1 Stockport County H 3-3
Mansfield Town H 2-0 Wrexham A 4-2

Stats

1 – In their last home game, Dartford picked up their first home draw in the league this season and scored their first penalty this campaign. Only Kidderminster Harriers, Newport County and Gateshead have yet to score a penalty in 2012/13.

5 – The Darts have conceded five goals from the penalty spot, the same as Forest Green Rovers and more than any other team

19 – The number of points Dartford have grabbed off teams who have played in the football league within the last ten years

Did you know…

Lee Burns is the only player to have appeared in every Conference Premier fixture this campaign. Tom Bonner had previously shared the accolade of featuring in every match until his suspension on Tuesday night.