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Dartford v Slough Town

Dartford have the chance to avenge their F.A Cup exit against Slough Town when they host the Rebels for a second time this season on the weekend.

In unusual circumstances, the Darts opened their season in the F.A Cup losing to Saturday’s opponents. Jack McKnight’s last-minute penalty knocked Dartford out at the first hurdle, in the second qualifying round. Victory for Slough Town meant they redressed their own defeat against the Darts in July’s National South playoff eliminator.

Leading up to this weekend’s fixture, Dartford top the National South table by a point having played the most games in the division, thanks to their early cup exit. Steve King has managed to rack up the points in their first nine games, but they couldn’t add to their tally following a defeat at home to St Albans City on Tuesday night.

Charlie Sheringham making his first league start of the campaign was left to rue his second-half penalty miss as St Albans City won 1-0. A last minute strike from Shaun Jeffers was the difference between the two sides condemning the Darts to their second National South loss of the season.

Prior kick off the Darts announced the return of Alfie Pavey on a loan deal until the end of January from Barnet. The striker scored 29 goals in 55 appearances in a previous loan spell and during the 2017/2018 campaign, when he won the National South Player of the Year award. Gavin McCallum also made his first league start of the season replacing the injured Craig Braham-Barrett. Jack Barham was named on the bench alongside Pavey with the pair making an appearance later on.

Highlights of last season’s game at Prince Park courtesy of DFC TV

Slough Town opened their campaign by recording another 1-0 victory, after their F.A Cup win against the Darts. The triumph over Hemel Hempstead Town was followed by defeat at Dorking Wanderers and an F.A Cup exit of their own. What followed was a dramatic 4-4 with Welling United with the Rebels score two injury time goals to complete a comeback from 3-1 down in the last twenty minutes.

The Berkshire club approach this weekend’s fixture on the back of three straight defeats against Maidstone United, Billericay Town then Hungerford Town on Tuesday night.

The Rebels found themselves behind early in the game when Ryan Seager scored on six minutes, he also had another but his effort was ruled out for offside. Slough Town were forced to make a change when Cameron McGilp came off injured before Dan Roberts chipped in an equaliser. Parity lasted a short while because two minutes before the interval Seager scored again. Craig Fasanmade extended Hungerford Town’s lead to leave the Rebels sitting in fourteenth place in the National South.

Last season Dartford squandered a two-goal lead at Princes Park under the guidance of Tony Burman. Darren McQueen and Josh Hill scored within a couple of minutes of each other to hand the Darts a comfortable advantage. It took just another two minutes for Dan Roberts to set Slough Town on their way. The Rebels kept the momentum going in the second half and when Matt Lench then Ben Harris netted, the visitors went home with all three points.

In January, Slough Town completed a league double with a 1-0 home victory, in which Dartford’s Sanchez Ming was sent off. The third meeting between the two sides came in the playoff elimination round. A brace from Charlie Sheringham and Luke Wanadio’s strike helped the Darts progress with a 3-0 win.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 4 / Slough Town wins: 3 / Draws: 2

Current League Form

Slough Town
St Albans CityH0-1Hungerford TownH1-3
Maidstone UnitedA2-0Billericay TownA0-2
Hemel Hempstead TownA3-1Maidstone UnitedH2-3
Dorking WanderersH2-3Bath CityH2-1
Havant & WaterloovileH2-1Welling UnitedH4-4
Chippenham TownA2-1Dorking WanderersA1-3

Last Six Meetings

03.10.2020Dartford0Slough Town1
19.07.2020Slough Town0Dartford3
18.01.2020Slough Town1Dartford0
28.09.2019Dartford2Slough Town3
16.02.2019Slough Town2Dartford2
08.12.2018Dartford1Slough Town1


Dartford’s only home win against Slough Town came 39 years ago in the F.A Trophy, the Darts won 4-1 in the first round

The Rebels are unbeaten in their three visits to Princes Park (W2, D1)

Dartford won their first three meetings with Slough Town, all cup ties. Since then the Darts have won just one in the last six (D2, L3)

On This Day

New loan signing Alfie Pavey scored a brace to keep Dartford top of National League South three years ago. In an entertaining 3-3 draw the Darts twice came from behind against Wealdstone thanks to Pavey before substitute Andy Pugh fired Dartford ahead with ten minutes left. However, the Stones levelled from the spot three minutes from time before Lee Noble saw red in stoppage time. In 2009, the Darts were knocked out of the F.A Trophy against rivals Dover Athletic. After falling a goal behind, Jay May and Danny Harris put the Darts in front, but Dartford conceded twice more in a 3-2 defeat. May also scored on this day in 2006 netting the winner against Leatherhead in the Isthmian Division One South.

Dartford v St Albans City

Dartford host unbeaten St Albans City on Tuesday night with the chance to increase their lead over their opponents.

The Darts extended their advantage at the top of the National South on the weekend after beating rivals Maidstone United. Victory took Steve King’s side four points clear at the summit, but St Albans City pose an early threat despite sitting in seventh place.

Ian Allinson’s team have only played five league games and in their solitary away day so far, the Saints dropped their only points of the campaign. On the weekend, whilst the Hertfordshire club had a day off, Dartford travelled to Maidstone United for their first Kent derby of the season.

Captain, Tom Bonner helped secure a third straight away win for the Darts on his 350th appearance for the club. Dartford’s clinical finishing was enough to separate the two sides. Bonner’s strike opened the scoring and a few minutes later, Charlie Sheringham made sure of the three points with Dartford’s second goal in a 2-0 derby day win.

Steve King labelled Saturday’s triumph as a ‘strong win’ and a ‘gritty performance’ when speaking to DFC TV. The Dartford boss praised the way his side adapted to the conditions throughout the afternoon, he explained: “A win is a win, you get three points. It was just one of those games where you just had to get through it basically”.

Dartford’s last home match against St Albans City courtesy of DFV TV

Dartford had to contend with the injury to left back Craig Braham-Barrett, but the versatility of the squad certainly helped. Jordan Wynter slipped into the full back position with David Ijaha coming into the holding midfield role. When the Darts chased a winner, Charlie Sheringham was able to come on as the side moved to a 4-3-3 formation. King commented: “With all that going on, they have done brilliantly to come away with a clean sheet and three points against a good side”.

Once again former players could feature against their previous club. Josh Hill and Luke Allen have made just three substitute appearances between them this season and both spent time at St Albans City. In the other camp, Tom Bender and Luke Warner-Eley return to Princes Park with the Saints. Bender played 16 times for the Darts, scored against Dartford in November 2016 and netted an own goal a year later.

Luke Warner-Eley made his Dartford debut against the Saints under Adam Flanagan and Jamie Coyle and went on to make six appearances, the defender featured in the 1-1 draw between the two sides at Princes Park last season. Saints top scorer last season, Joe Iaciofano scored for the visitors, but Luke Wanadio equalised in the second half. In the away fixture Dartford ended a four match losing streak at Clarence Park with a 2-1 victory, goals from Darren McQueen and Liam Nash.

St Albans City struggled last term and were in twentieth place when the season stopped. Like Dartford they lost their top scorer in the summer, and whilst the Darts have been able to spread their goalscorers out around the squad, the Saints have Shaun Jeffers top of their leaderboard with five. Ian Allinson has recruited well this term and results have shown an upturn in form.

A week ago, the Saints came from behind at Clarence Park to beat Braintree Town 2-1, their third consecutive win following home victories over Chippenham Town and Ebbsfleet United. On the opening day of the campaign they also won on their own patch, but their only away fixture in the National South ended in a 1-1 draw against Concord Rangers.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 9 / St Albans City wins: 5 / Draws: 5

Current League Form

St Albans City
Maidstone UnitedA2-0Braintree TownH2-1
Hemel Hempstead TownA3-1Chippenham TownH3-0
Dorking WanderersH2-3Ebbsfleet UnitedH3-2
Havant &WaterloovileH2-1Concord RangersA1-1
Chippenham TownA2-1Hampton & RichmondH1-0
Bath CityH1-0

Last Six Meetings

07.03.2020St Albans City1Dartford2
06.08.2019Dartford1St Albans City1
12.01.2019Dartford3St Albans City2
01.09.2018St Albans City2Dartford0
03.02.2018St Albans City4Dartford0
28.10.2017Dartford2St Albans City1


Dartford are unbeaten in their last three home matches against St Albans City (W2, D1)

The Darts have lost just once at home against the Saints in normal time, which was in November 2016 (W5, D4)

St Albans City have scored in each of their last nine games against the Darts and have kept five clean sheets in those matches.

Tom Bonner is the second highest scorer at the club (17) one ahead of Elliott Romain (16). Charlie Sheringham is now on 51 career goals for the Darts.

On This Day

Dartford’s academy team may have bowed out of the F.A Youth Cup first round this year against Metropolitan Police, but the senior team beat the Met in front of the Match of the Day cameras in 1984. Dartford won the first round tie 3-0 with now Braintree Town boss George Borg scoring a fine goal. The Darts went out at the next round against AFC Bournemouth, who subsequently lost to Manchester United in the next round, a year after the Cherries famously shocked the Red Devils.

Mark Arber played the majority of the match with a fractured cheekbone in Dartford’s last home game on this day. Elliot Bradbrook twice put the Darts ahead against Southport in the National League eight years ago, but the visitors equalised through Steve Akrigg and in the last minute, Karl Ledsham. Two years ago, Charlie Sheringham scored the only goal of the game as Dartford beat Hampton and Richmond Borough at the Beveree.

Maidstone United v Dartford

Top of the table is up for grabs in Dartford’s first Kent derby of the season when they visit Maidstone United on Saturday.

Steve King’s side are leading the way in the National South and another victory will keep Dartford at the summit. Defeat could see their local rivals replace them depending on other results in the division.

There is plenty of history between the two clubs including the triple header last season. The Darts put on a late show in the league almost a year to the day, coming from two down to snatch a draw. Quick fire second half goals from Danny Wishart and Ibby Akanbi had Maidstone United in charge at Princes Park right up until the closing stages. Tom Bonner bundled in a goal with four minutes to go and in the final minute Darren McQueen equalised.

Video highlights can be found on DFCTV

A week later, the pair were at it again but this time in the F.A Trophy third qualifying round, where they played out the same score. Elliott Romain scored twice against his old side cancelling out strikes from Wishart and Justin Amaluzor. The replay days afterwards was another tight contest and it was Iffy Allen who scored the only goal of the game, to send the Stones into the next round.  

Sick of the sight of each other, Dartford and Maidstone United were also paired up in the Kent Senior Cup second round in January. This time it was the Darts who progressed 1-0 with a Ky Marsh-Brown winner. Dartford went on to make the final, which is yet to be played.

Elliott Romain got off the mark on Tuesday night in Dartford’s 3-1 win over Hemel Hempstead Town. The striker played 37 times for Maidstone United scoring just four goals. Another former Stone, Jordan Wynter returned to the starting line up replacing Jazzi Barnum-Bobb. Wynter only made eight appearances at Maidstone United before joining the Darts. Ky Marsh-Brown and Connor Essam were the only other changes as Ronnie Vint and David Ijaha missed out.

Dartford bounced back from their 3-2 home defeat to Dorking Wanderers by moving to the top of the table. Connor Essam made his first start this season against his former club and opened the scoring, the central defender was pivotal in defence and could have ended up with a hat-trick. Jack Jebb also made an impact providing the set piece for Essam to head home and his assist set up the second, which went down as an own goal. Romain netted his first of the campaign before the break and in the second half, BJ Christie grabbed a consolation for Hemel Hempstead Town.

King spoke to DFC TV after the game and was delighted with his side’s first half performance, he said: “After the first ten minutes we grew into the game and were in total control. It’s as good as half I have seen from the lads for a long, long time”. Dartford’s boss called up Essam and highlighted his display as outstanding. With a strong squad King believes the defender “grabbed his opportunity with both hands”.

The result at Hemel Hempstead Town shows more improvements are being made. After a solid start built around a tight defence, the Darts are starting to be rewarded at the other end of the field, King commented: “Slowly we’re getting better, the goals are now coming in slowly and the goal difference is building up”.

Maidstone United have only suffered one league setback this term and are the top scorers in the division. The Stones last outing was a 3-2 victory at Slough Town with goals from Scott Rendell and George Porter, the pair are the club’s joint top scorer with three this season. They won by an even bigger margin in their last match at the Gallagher Stadium, thrashing F.A Trophy finalists Concord Rangers 6-0, putting their only defeat of the campaign to Chelmsford City behind them.

Maidstone United’s other victories include a 2-1 triumph in the Kent derby with Welling United and a 4-1 win against Hemel Hempstead Town. The Stones showed a never say die attitude in their fixture against Havant and Waterlooville last month scoring two injury time goals to draw from two down.

A Kent derby is always a difficult test and King points out this weekend and Tuesday night against St Albans City will be no different, he stated: “Maidstone United are doing really well and have had a really good start to the season, so it’s another really tough game. Then we’ve got St Albans who have also had a really good start, yet another top five side. It seems like we’re always playing a top five side at the moment”.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 45 / Maidstone United wins: 45 / Draws: 19

Current League Form

Maidstone United
Hemel Hempstead TownA3-1Slough TownA3-2
Dorking WanderersH2-3Concord RangersH6-0
Havant &WaterloovileH2-1Chelmsford CityA0-1
Chippenham TownA2-1Hemel Hempstead TownH4-1
Bath CityH1-0Havant & WaterloovilleA2-2
Hampton & RichmondA0-0Welling UnitedH2-1

Last Six Meetings

21.01.2020Maidstone United0Dartford1
26.11.2019Dartford0Maidstone United1
23.11.2019Maidstone United2Dartford2
16.11.2019Dartford2Maidstone United2
22.01.2019Dartford1Maidstone United1
09.04.2016Maidstone United1Dartford2


Dartford are unbeaten in seven league matches against Maidstone United (W5, D2).

In all competitions the Darts are unbeaten in five away games against the Stones (W4, D1)

Dartford have scored two or more goals in four consecutive league games for the first time since January.

Tom Bonner could make his 350th appearance for the Darts (347 starts and 2 substitute appearances). Josh Hill is currently on 49 games (45 starts and 2 appearances as substitute).

On This Day

It’s five years to the day that Dartford drew 1-1 with Maidstone United at Princes Park. Elliot Bradbrook scored a late equaliser against his old club even though his goal was ruled out at first. Future signing Alex Flisher had given the Stones the lead, but Dartford’s leveller was well deserved after hitting the woodwork three times during the match. Tony Sitford’s overhead kick, two minutes from time, earned Dartford a F.A Cup first round replay against Division Four side Aldershot, the Darts lost the replay 1-0. The last away fixture on this day was in 1989 when Dartford beat Wealdstone 4-0 in the Southern League Cup second round. The second leg ended 5-0 to secure a 9-0 aggregate win.

Hemel Hempstead Town v Dartford

Dartford are in action on Tuesday night hoping to start a new unbeaten run when they travel to Hemel Hempstead Town.

The Darts tasted their first defeat of the season on the weekend and their first in the league since February. Hosting a strong Dorking Wanderers side, Dartford were haunted by their former striker Jason Prior once again. The Darts fell to a 3-2 loss in which they pegged the visitors back twice.

Two former Havant and Waterlooville players netted for Dorking Wanderers with Wes Fogden opening the scoring. Jacob Berkeley-Agyepong equalised only for Prior to add another goal to his career tally against Dartford. Jack Jebb levelled for the hosts with a free-kick and with 15 minutes to go Matthew Briggs won it for Wanderers. It had been almost a year since the Darts last conceded three under Steve King.

King felt the Darts “were the better side”, but lacked the finishing touch, he spoke to Dartford FC TV and said: “If there is only one criticism on us, for all the good approach play we didn’t work the goalkeeper enough. We had the majority of the game, we penned them back in their own half and they couldn’t get out”.

Despite defeat it has still been a decent start to the season for Dartford, their best for 11 years when they went on to claim the Isthmian Premier League crown. King’s side will be determined to “bounce back” and begin another unbeaten run to extend their good record over Hemel Hempstead Town.

However, the Dartford boss doesn’t expect life to be easy on Tuesday night, he commented: “It will be a different test and a tough test as well now because they went away to Bath and won 2-1. I know Bath are not having the greatest of times right now, but it’s very hard to go away and win at Bath”, he added: “They’ve obviously got capabilities within their group and I’ve seen that when I went to watch them at Billericay Town, even though they lost it wasn’t a 4-1 game. So we need to get back on it and I’m sure we will”.

Craig Braham-Barrett has started every game this season for the Darts and another start will see the full-back face his former club. The defender was at Vauxhall Road last season with Connor Essam, making 20 appearances for the Tudors, whilst Essam made 33 appearances. Striker, Charlie Sheringham has also represented Hemel Hempstead Town in his past, playing a total of 31 games and scoring 15 goals in 2017 and 2018.

Dartford made just one change in their defeat against Dorking Wanderers due to Moussa Bakayoko’s injury. Whilst Luke Allen returned to action after almost a year without competitive action for the club. Jordan Wynter and Ky Marsh-Brown were also named on the bench after recovering from injury. King hinted some changes to the team will be needed considering the Darts also have their first Kent derby of the campaign coming up, on Saturday against second place Maidstone United.

Hemel Hempstead Town appointed Lee Bircham as manager in July after an impressive season with Berkhamsted, in the Southern League Division One Central. Guiding the Comrades to the top of the table, they held a one-point lead with ten games remaining before the campaign was halted.

The new boss is still searching for the right formula having made nineteen changes in his team selection over the six league games so far. The campaign started with a narrow 1-0 loss to Slough Town, but since then Hemel Hempstead Town have been fragile in defence. Three 4-1 defeats to Eastbourne Borough, Maidstone United and Billericay Town and their first win of the season, which was 4-3 over Braintree Town, has seen the Hertfordshire side leak goals.

After the Tudors third straight reverse, Bircham delved into the loan market to bring in Queens Park Rangers pair, Stephen Duke-McKenna and Nathan Carlyle, who spent some time out on loan at Concord Rangers recently. Former, Queens Park Rangers midfielder Chris Paul was also added to the squad from Havant and Waterlooville. The trio made their league debuts in Hemel Hempstead Town’s National South win at Braintree Town.

On Saturday, they travelled to Bath City and were much tighter at the back conceding just once and went on to record their second victory. The Tudors beat the Romans 2-1 to climb up to twelfth with Reggie Young winning a penalty and scoring the decisive goal. Matt Bateman equalised from the spot after Bath City’s Donovan Wilson gave the hosts the lead, then Young claimed the winner with ten minutes to go.

Last season, Dartford only played Hemel Hempstead Town once which ended in a 1-1 draw at Princes Park. Norman Wabo cancelled out Sam Ashford’s goal and Adam Cunnington missed a penalty. The Darts last visit to Vauxhall Road was in March 2019 and the game only came to life in the closing ten minutes. Phil Roberts scored a brace either side of Jordan Parkes’ penalty in a 2-1 victory.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 5 / Hemel Hempstead Town wins: 1 / Draws: 4

Current League Form

Hemel Hempstead Town
Dorking WanderersH2-3Bath CityA2-1
Havant &WaterloovileH2-1Billericay TownH1-4
Chippenham TownA2-1Braintree TownA4-3
Bath CityH1-0Maidstone UnitedA1-4
Hampton & RichmondA0-0Eastbourne BoroughH1-4
Chelmsford CityH1-0Slough TownA0-1

Last six Meetings

31.08.2019Dartford1Hemel Hempstead Town1
05.03.2019Hemel Hempstead Town1Dartford2
11.08.2018Dartford0Hemel Hempstead Town0
17.03.2018Dartford3Hemel Hempstead Town2
26.08.2017Hemel Hempstead Town0Dartford3
01.04.2017Hemel Hempstead Town2Dartford2


Dartford are unbeaten in eight matches against Hemel Hempstead Town (W4, D4).

The Darts have won in their last two visits at Vauxhall Road.

Hemel Hempstead Town’s only win over the Darts came on the first day of the 2015/2016 season.

On This Day

Tom Bonner scored the second goal on a famous day for the Darts eight years ago. Dartford went to Kenilworth Road and beat Luton Town 2-0, Lee Noble netted the opener. In ten of the last 12 games on this day Dartford have scored two goals, but their last victory before 2012 was 39 years earlier. A third consecutive 2-0 win on 10 November was completed in a 1981 Kent Senior Cup tie against Welling United, in 1979 the Darts defeated Bognor Regis Town and in 1973 they beat Barnet. Between the Welling United and Luton Town triumphs, Dartford lost three and drew two.

Dartford v Dorking Wanderers

Dartford remain top of the National South after victory last weekend and a win at home to Dorking Wanderers on Saturday will keep them at the summit.

Jack Barham, the two-goal hero against Havant and Waterlooville will face his former club where he scored seven times in his six-month spell. The striker opened his Dartford goalscoring account with a well taken penalty and a glancing header to earn his side a 2-1 win over the Hawks, one of the title favourites.

Speaking to after the match Barham feels the Darts are the ‘perfect club’ for him. The 24-year-old who has worked with manager Steve King at Welling United was pleased to get his first goals for Dartford, he said: “I’m delighted to get off the mark and now I can focus on kicking on with my season and picking up results as well”, he added: “I’m really enjoying it. I’m getting loads of chances, the set-up is fantastic and perfect for me. I’ve got a great team behind me”.

Highlights courtesy of DFCTV

Unbeaten in the National South with four wins from five, manager King is impressed with the attitude of the squad and knows they are capable of better performances, he told DFC TV: “When I looked at the fixtures the first six were like a baptism of fire. We’re not playing fantastic but we’re playing good in spells. To get 13 out of 15 points against the teams we’ve played is a very good start considering we could have had the hangover from the playoff final defeat and feel sorry for ourselves, but we have not”. Barham echoes his manager’s comments adding: “I know we’re going to be up there challenging for the title. The aim is to get promotion again”.

Standing in Dartford’s way on Saturday will be Dorking Wanderers who impressed in their first campaign in the National South last season. Finishing seventh to reach the playoffs, the Wanderers also made the last 16 of the F.A Trophy upsetting Stockport County on the way. This season began with the Surrey side making a perfect start in their first three games taking maximum points and scoring ten goals. An opening day 3-0 win at Eastbourne Borough was followed up with a 3-1 home victory over Slough Town and a comprehensive 4-0 triumph away at Braintree Town.

Last weekend, Marc White’s side lost to Dartford’s closest competitors Hungerford Town. The 2-0 defeat leaves Dorking Wanderers where they finished last season, they and are now four points behind the Darts with a game in hand. Over the summer, White introduced some experience to the squad with the arrival of former Gillingham midfielder Barry Fuller as well as Wes Fogden, Alfie Rutherford, Ed Harris who were all part of the Havant and Waterlooville squad who pipped Dartford to the National South title in 2018 to claim back to back promotions.

Former players: Jack Barham and Jason Prior face their previous clubs

Returning to Princes Park eleven years to the day since a hat-trick against the Darts, will be former Dartford striker Jason Prior. Whilst he managed just two goals in 24 appearances for Dartford in both his spells with the club, he has caused more problems as an opponent. Before joining the Darts, he netted a hat-trick for Bognor Regis Town at Princes Park, he scored the last-minute title clinching goal for Havant and Waterlooville and a penalty for the Wanderers last season also at Princes Park. He has started this season with three league goals in four games.

If the last two meetings are anything to go by then a feast of goals await. The two sides shared 12 goals in this fixture last term with the away side winning on both occasions. Dorking Wanderers won 4-3 in September and the Darts won the reverse match 3-2 in January this year. With Tony Burman in temporary charge after the departure of Adam Flanagan and Jamie Coyle four days before kick-off, the Darts were narrowly beaten at Princes Park. Dorking’s Niall McManus scored from long range before Ben Greenhalgh scored twice. The game was level once more when Prior netted from the spot in first half stoppage time. Charlie Sheringham put the Darts in front, but two late goals from Giuseppe Sole and James McShane either side of Lee Noble’s red card sealed the win for the visitors.

The meeting in January was just as dramatic with Darren McQueen scoring a last-minute winner. Dartford threw away a two-goal lead created by McQueen’s penalty and Elliot Romain’s strike. Dorking Wanderers pegged Dartford back when Jimmy Muitt then Luke Moore scored. McQueen popped up with the decisive goal at the end to claim three points for the Darts.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 1 / Dorking Wanderers wins: 1 / Draws: 0

Current League Form

Dorking Wanderers
Havant &WaterloovileH2-1Hungerford TownA0-2
Chippenham TownA2-1Braintree TownA4-0
Bath CityH1-0Slough TownH3-1
Hampton & RichmondA0-0Eastbourne BoroughA3-0
Chelmsford CityH1-0

Previous Meetings

04.01.2020Dorking Wanderers2Dartford3
07.09.2019Dartford3Dorking Wanderers4


Dartford are unbeaten in nine National South matches stretching back to 22 February (W7, D2).

The Darts have made their best start to a league campaign since winning the Isthmian Premier League in 2009/2010, when they also won four and drew one of their opening five fixtures.

Josh Hill is one game away from making his 50th Dartford appearance (45 starts and 4 substitute appearances).

On This Day

Jason Prior scored a Princes Park hat-trick for Bognor Regis Town in an entertaining 3-3 draw. The Darts went on to win the Isthmian Premier League, whist Bognor Regis Town were relegated, making Prior’s performance more remarkable. Danny Harris and Billy Burgess scored for Dartford that day with Harris grabbing a brace. On this day Dartford have only lost once at home and that was in 1936 against Margate in the Southern League Midweek Section. In total they have won 6, drew 2 and lost 1 at home on 7 November, the most recent victory was back in 1987 against Redditch United, the Southern Premier League fixture ending 3-2. In 1981, the Darts beat Frickley Athletic 1-0 in the Alliance League and in 1964 they triumphed over Cheltenham Town 2-0, also in the Southern Premier League. Other results at home on this day include a 0-0 friendly draw with Fifth Northern Fusiliers (1903), a 3-0 Southern League Division Two win over Uxbridge (1896) and a 7-1 victory in a friendly against Thorburn Rovers (1891).

Dartford v Havant and Waterlooville

Two of the National South favourites go head to head at Princes Park this weekend as league leaders Dartford host Havant and Waterlooville.

The Darts climbed to the top of the table on Tuesday night, but know this weekend’s visitors will be a stern test. Both sides have broken each other’s hearts in recent times with the Hawks claiming the National South title on the final day of the 2017/2018 campaign and the Darts winning the playoff semi-final clash in July.

Yet it’s Dartford who have had the upper hand in this fixture going eight unbeaten against the Hampshire side. Darren McQueen’s brace three months ago completed a 2-1 victory, giving Steve King’s side a shot at the promotion final. Jonah Ayunga scored for Havant and Waterlooville, who shared the golden boot last term with McQueen, both players have since moved on to a higher level.

Playoff showdown: Dartford in action against Havant and Waterlooville in July

It’s been over a year since the last league meeting between the two clubs, which ended in a 1-1 draw under the stewardship of Adam Flanagan and Jamie Coyle. The cliché of a game of two halves rang true for this contest as the Darts had the better of the first period, taking the lead when Adam Cunnington headed Ben Greenhalgh’s cross for the lead. Dartford were put under pressure in the second half and it finally took its toll just past the hour when Alfie Rutherford equalised. The reverse fixture was scheduled to be the next match of the 2019/2020 season, only for the campaign to be cut short.

On Tuesday night Dartford kept their unbeaten league start intact to move to the top of the National South. Prior kick off the Darts announced a new signing welcoming Moussa Bakayoko into the squad. Replacing Elliott Romain in the starting line up, the Ivorian took just nine minutes to make his mark scoring against Chippenham Town on his debut. The 23-year-old former Derry City forward, was the only change to the eleven that started in the 1-0 win against Bath City. The hosts equalised through Joe Hanks, becoming the first to score against Dartford in the league this season after 291 minutes of football. In the closing stages captain Tom Bonner popped up with the winner in the 82nd minute.

Last weekend, Havant and Waterlooville continued their unbeaten start reaching the first round of the F.A Cup for the first time since 2014. Tommy Wright’s strike in the top corner, Roarie Deacon’s low driven effort and Theo Widdrington’s injury time goal secured a 3-0 victory over Bath City. The Hampshire side will take on Cray Valley Paper Mills, whose assistant boss is former Dartford favourite Tommy Osbourne. Dartford women’s team coach, Connor Dymond is also in the Cray Valley Paper Mills side, he scored in the last round as the Millers shocked Maidenhead United.

As well as three F.A Cup victories against Horsham, Chatham Town and Bath City, the Hawks have only played two league games so far. Their season’s opener was delayed with the away game at Dulwich Hamlet postponed.

Havant and Waterlooville finally kicked off their National South campaign just three weeks ago beginning with a 2-2 draw at home to Maidstone United. Manager, Paul Doswell identified his team’s home form needed improving, going as far as suggesting it cost them promotion last season. Once again, they failed to take all three points at Westleigh Park conceding a two-goal lead in second half injury time. New signing and joint top scorer in the National South last time out, Joe Iaciofano opened his Havant and Waterlooville account before adding his second. In the closing stages, the Stones scored twice in stoppage time courtesy of George Porter and Joe Ellul.

Unbeaten in the league on the road since April 2019, the Hawks grabbed their first win of the season at Billericay Town. This time late goals from Doswell’s side changed the outcome of the match with the hosts taking the lead just before half-time through Josh Hutchinson. With ten minutes remaining Sam Magri nodded Havant and Waterlooville level, then in stoppage time Wright found a winner.

Havant and Waterlooville have had a settled squad so far this term with Doswell only making two changes to the starting eleven all season. Iaciofano is already on four goals in all competitions and scored against the Darts for St Albans City last term. He is already striking up a productive partnership with Deacon and Wright, the trio are responsible for 11 of the 13 goals the Hawks have scored in all competitions.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 6 / Havant & Waterlooville wins: 3 / Draws: 4

Current League Form

Dartford (WWDW) Havant & Waterlooville(WD)
Chippenham TownA2-1Billericay TownA2-1
Bath CityH1-0Maidstone UnitedH2-2
Hampton & RichmondA0-0
Chelmsford CityH1-0

Previous Six Meetings

25.07.2020Havant & Waterlooville1Dartford2
10.08.2019Dartford1Havant & Waterlooville1
13.01.2018Dartford1Havant & Waterlooville0
12.08.2017Havant & Waterlooville0Dartford0
19.03.2016Havant & Waterlooville0Dartford2
05.12.2015Dartford4Havant & Waterlooville2


Dartford are unbeaten in eight matches against Havant and Waterlooville (W6, D2).

The Darts have not lost at home to the Hawks for 20 years (W3, D2), when the Hampshire side won a F.A Cup third qualifying round fixture 4-0.

Dartford have kept three clean sheets out of the last five meetings.

Six of Dartford’s last eight games on Halloween have ended 2-1, Dartford winning four by that scoreline.

On This Day

Adam Flanagan made his 100th start for the Darts in a 3-0 F.A Trophy win against Chipstead Town. Jamie Day, Danny Harris and Ryan Hayes all found the back of the net in the second qualifying round eleven years ago. The Darts had beaten their opponents 6-1 in the F.A Cup just seven weeks earlier. Dartford went out of the F.A Cup in 1990 at the final qualifying stage when they lost 2-1 to Boston United, the year before they beat Baldock Town by the same score in a Southern League Cup fixture. Dartford’s last league game on this day came in 1981 when they were beaten by Trowbridge Town 2-1 in the Alliance Premier League. It’s been 50 years since the Darts won a league game on this day when they beat Wimbledon 2-1 in the Southern Premier League.

Chippenham Town v Dartford

Dartford could equal a 34-year-old record and go top of the table when they play their rearranged fixture against Chippenham Town on Tuesday night.

The Darts have yet to concede a goal during their unbeaten start to the National South campaign. A fourth consecutive clean sheet will match the post-war record they set in 1986, when they kept four clean sheets in a row at the start of a league season. As an extra incentive, victory will put the Darts top of the National South.

However, manager Steve King expects a tough time at Hardenhuish Park where they take on Chippenham Town. In his interview with Dartford F.C on Twitter, he explained: “They are one of those sides who are very organised, they are very good a set pieces and they are a good side. They have started well, they recently beat Ebbsfleet in the F.A Cup, they beat Dulwich away as well, they have got the capabilities. It’s known in the non-league circle that it’s a tough place to go to get something, you must earn your points there whatever you get”.

Defender Ronnie Vint added: “It’s a tough place to go, you’ve got to play the conditions and the pitch there is on a bit of a hill. We go there confident, in great form and we’re looking forward to it”.

In front of goal Dartford have only managed to score twice in their last five competitive outings stretching back to the playoff final defeat. A pair of 1-0 victories over Chelmsford City and Bath City sandwiching a 0-0 draw with Hampton and Richmond Borough sees the Darts in seventh place before Tuesday night’s kick off.

Steve King’s side will be hoping to find their goalscoring form they had when they last visited the Bluebirds in February. The Darts hit the hosts with five first half goals to win 5-1. Darren McQueen sent Will Puddy the wrong way from the penalty spot, then set up Liam Nash to roll the ball home for a second. Callum Gunner got the hosts back in the game, but the Darts stretched their lead as Amrit Bansal-McNulty finished from an audacious angle. Tom Bonner scored from close range before McQueen netted another penalty. The reverse fixture a year ago, was Steve King’s first league match in charge at the Darts and a 1-1 draw was secured with a late Josh Hill strike. 

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In Dartford’s last league game, they had to handle an unusual situation at home to Bath City. An injury to the assistant referee delayed the second half for 35 minutes. The Darts coped fine and a Noor Husin strike after the restart was enough to secure a second win of the season. Steve King summed up the match, he commented: “I felt we were a lot better, especially the first half. The game was split into two sections in the second half, we came out very good for twenty minutes then they had a twenty-minute spell right at the end. They were a dangerous side and played decent football, we could have taken our chances earlier to make it more comfortable”.

The only change to the starting eleven saw Jack Jebb rewarded with his first start of the season. The midfielder managed most of the game as he continues to recover from injury. Steve King reported no major injury concerns ahead of the Chippenham Town match, but did announce the departure of Kairo Mitchell.

It’s been over a week since Dartford’s last competitive game. Having been knocked out of the F.A Cup they were left without a league fixture on the weekend. Instead they hosted Lewes in a friendly to keep King’s healthy squad involved and match fit. King gave opportunities to players that haven’t racked up many minutes so far this season, including Luke Allen who scored the only goal of the game. Two academy players Sam Oduado and Brandon Davey also made an appearance from off the bench.

Chippenham Town missed out on making the F.A Cup first round with a last minute defeat to F.A Trophy finalists Concord Rangers. The Bluebirds had won their previous two rounds on penalties beating Poole Town and Ebbsfleet United. This time the cup tie didn’t make it to spot kicks as a winning goal eight minutes into injury time knocked the Bluebirds out. Concord Rangers took the lead through Temi Babalola before Ross Stearn equalised, but Danny Green grabbed a winner for the Beachboys.

In the National South, Mike Cook’s side have taken six points from nine. After losing their first game 3-0 at revitalised Hungerford Town they bounced back with a 1-0 win against Braintree Town and a 2-0 victory at Dulwich Hamlet. In the summer, the Bluebirds added some quality with the likes of Bradley Ash from Hereford and recently former Bath City forward Ryan Brunt, who will link up with other former Romans, Stearn and Adam Mann if fit from a thigh strain. Other summer signings, Danny Greenslade is recovering from injury, but Marlon Jackson will be out for about a month.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 3 / Chippenham Town wins: 1 / Draws: 2

Current League Form

Dartford (WDW) Chippenham Town (WWL)
Bath CityH1-0Dulwich HamletA2-0
Hampton & RichmondA0-0Braintree TownH1-0
Chelmsford CityH1-0Hungerford TownA0-3

Previous Six Meetings

01.02.2020Chippenham Town1Dartford5
26.10.2019Dartford1Chippenham Town1
13.04.2019Dartford0Chippenham Town1
13.10.2018Chippenham Town1Dartford2
20.01.2018Chippenham Town2Dartford2
09.09.2017Dartford3Chippenham Town0


Dartford’s club record of five consecutive clean sheets at the start of a league season was set in 1909.

There has been no goals scored in normal time in Dartford’s last two away games (Weymouth in the playoff final and Hampton and Richmond Borough). The last time that happened was in April 2009, when the Darts drew 0-0 with Wealdstone then Boreham Wood.

A third consecutive goalless draw away from home will make it a club record.

On This Day

Dartford won the Isthmian Division One North in 2007/2008 and then the Isthmian Premier two years later, in both season’s they won on 27 October. The Darts beat Potters Bar Town 13 years ago with Jay May, Brendon Cass, Junior Kadi and Tom Bradbrook scoring in a 4-0 win. Two years later four different scorers found the net again this time in a 4-1 triumph over Ashford Town (Middlesex) goals from Lee Noble, Ryan Hayes, Danny Harris and Jay May. The Darts last game on this day ended in defeat, Kudus Oyenuga scoring a consolation in a 3-1 loss at Truro City. Back in 1984, Dartford booked a place in the F.A Cup first round with a 3-1 victory against Grays Athletic, avenging a cup defeat to the Essex club four years earlier.

Dartford v Bath City

Unbeaten in the National South, Dartford will be determined to keep their current run going this weekend when they host promotion hopefuls Bath City.

The Darts opened their league campaign with a 1-0 victory over Chelmsford City followed by a goalless draw at Hampton and Richmond Borough. Bath City tasted an opening day defeat at Oxford City but recorded their first league win last weekend against Billericay Town. Both teams reached the playoffs last term with the Darts falling short in the final and the Romans getting knocked out in the eliminator round.

Defensively, Dartford have been perfect in the league with two clean sheets and if it wasn’t for a controversial penalty in the F.A Cup then their defence wouldn’t have been breached at all this season. However, it hasn’t quite clicked in attack yet with Ky Marsh-Brown the only goalscorer for Steve King’s side, his header on the opening day was enough to earn all three points against Chelmsford City. That has been Dartford’s only goal in their last four competitive games stretching back to the Playoff Final defeat. At the other end only Slough Town and Havant and Waterlooville have netted against the Darts in the last seven competitive matches.

Defensive duo: Tom Bonner and Ronnie Vint kept the Beavers at bay

Dartford’s first away game of the campaign last weekend ended 0-0 at Hampton and Richmond Borough in a game that saw the defences on top. Tom Bonner and Ronnie Vint remaining solid in the centre as they continue to strike up a reliable partnership at the back. Making his debut, Jack Barham replaced Ricky Modeste in the only change to the starting eleven. After the game the striker spoke to DFCTV and said: “We didn’t play to our maximum but coming away with a point is never bad. If we know that really is the minimum of what we can offer, then we have a good chance this year”. Having joined in the summer and after nursing an injury, Barham is confident good times are on their way, he explained: “It’s going to take me a couple of weeks to get my fitness back. I felt like jelly in the second half especially after about 60 minutes, but I can see myself scoring lots of goals. I’m excited now to show everyone what I can do”.

This fixture was supposed to be the next home game in the 2019/2020 league schedule. However, the campaign was halted and so the last time the Darts hosted Bath City was in February 2019. Dartford ended the Romans’ unbeaten run of nine games that day with some stunning goals. Lee Noble curled his shot from outside the box into the top corner, Charlie Sheringham nodded home Ryan Hayes’ pinpoint cross and Phil Roberts cut inside to unleash another curling strike, from outside the box, into the bottom corner.

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Last season the score was reversed putting an end to Dartford’s seven consecutive victories against Bath City.  Three first half goals, one from Tom Smith and a brace from Andy Watkins handed the Romans three points at Twerton Park inside the first 35 minutes. To sum up Dartford’s day, Elliott Romain missed a penalty in one of very few defeats manager Steve King has suffered since his appointment in October last year.

This season, in the National South, Bath City were beaten 2-0 on the first day of the season against Oxford City. Defeat came just days after leaving it late in the F.A Cup to overcome Winchester City. The Romans were given a scare by the Southern Division One South side needing to come from behind. Tommy Conway scored a brace, his first coming just two minutes into his debut before Winchester City took a 2-1 half-time lead. The on-loan striker from Bristol City equalised and a late deflected Tom Richards strike earned Bath City a third qualifying round tie against Dartford’s conquerors Slough Town. After the reverse at Oxford City, Conway was scoring again, grabbing another Twerton Park brace in their 2-0 victory over Billericay Town, both goals assisted by Freddie Hinds on his second debut for the Romans, also joining on loan from Bristol City.

Linking Up: Bristol City pair Tommy Conway and Freddie Hinds in action for Bath City

Hinds turned from provider into a goalscorer on Tuesday night scoring the winning goal to knock Slough Town out of the F.A Cup. An evenly contested tie saw the Romans defence stand strong with several decent saves from goalkeeper Ryan Clarke. Hinds early second half goal was enough to see Bath City into the fourth qualifying round.

Bath City’s ties with Bristol continued this week with the signing of Lucas Tomlinson on loan from Bristol Rovers. Manager, Jerry Gill already has City players Conway and James Taylor in his squad. Over the summer keeping top scorer Tom Smith was imperative, he has featured in every game so far. Out of the new signings Freddie Grant, Ryan Harley and Callum Evans have earned first team places.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 32 / Bath City wins: 39 / Draws: 19

Previous Six Meetings

30.11.2019Bath City3Dartford0
09.02.2019Dartford3Bath City0
04.08.2018Bath City 1Dartford2
21.04.2018Dartford2Bath City0
24.10.2017Bath City1Dartford2
04.03.2017Dartford2Bath City0


Dartford have won their last four homes games against Bath City going back to 2016

The Darts last lost to Bath City at home in April 1990, which was the only defeat in the last six home games against the Romans (W5 L1)

Dartford have kept three consecutive clean sheets against Bath City at Princes Park. The Romans last scoring in 2016 when the Darts won 4-1.

On This Day

Allan Tait scored the winning goal eleven years ago against Isthmian Division One North side Sittingbourne. The 1-0 victory in the F.A Trophy first qualifying round was a stern test for the Darts who went on to claim the Isthmian Premier League crown that season. Almost eleven years on, the two sides met in a friendly (on Monday night) with Dartford winning 5-2. Five years ago, at Princes Park, Ryan Hayes netted a superb last-minute equaliser in a 2-2 draw with Hemel Hempstead Town. The Darts were two down at half-time until Danny Harris then Hayes helped the home side earn a point. It is also the 50th anniversary of Dartford’s 7-0 F.A Cup win against Harrow Borough, but the biggest win on this day was 18-0 in 1891 against Old Wilkinson. 

Hampton & Richmond Borough v Dartford

Dartford aim to make it two consecutive league victories in their first away game of the season this weekend, when they travel to Hampton and Richmond Borough.

The Darts opened their National South campaign on Tuesday night with a hard earned 1-0 home win against Chelmsford City. Ricky Modeste made his debut whilst Jordan Wynter and Kyjuon Marsh-Brown were chosen to start. Making way for the trio were Abdul Osman, Gavin McCallum and Charlie Sheringham.

King was rewarded with the selection of Marsh-Brown after he headed the winning goal on 23 minutes. It’s been a mixed few days for the winger, who was harshly adjudged to have conceded the last minute penalty in the 1-0 F.A Cup reverse against Slough Town on the weekend.

Manager, Steve King described his side’s display as ‘gritty and determined’ praising the defence in particular, he told DFCTV: “The back five was solid and didn’t let anything through all night”. At the other end of the pitch the Darts boss can see room for improvement, he added: “Going forward I didn’t think we were as potent, as free flowing as we have been…but we worked extremely hard”.

Ky Marsh-Brown scored his first Dartford goal at the Beveree

In fact Marsh-Brown will have fond memories of last season’s visit to the Beveree where he scored his first goal for Dartford in a 2-1 win. Elliott Romain scored the winning goal after Tyrone Lewthwaite had earlier equalised. The reverse fixture at Princes Park saw Hampton and Richmond Borough win 2-1 back in February. Luke Wanadio gave Dartford an early lead against his former club, but Danilo Orsi-Dadomo and Ryan Hill turned the game around for the visitors.

Dartford will have to try and find their way past former goalkeeper Alan Julian if they want to add to their points tally this season. Signed from Billericay Town in the summer, Julian made 45 appearances for the Darts on his way to picking up the 2013/2014 Supporters Player of the Year. He left that May 2014 to play for Sutton United before moving on to Bromley then Billericay Town.

Meanwhile, Dartford’s Abdul Osman could return to where it all started for him some 16 years ago. The midfielder played nine times for Hampton and Richmond Borough before being scouted by Watford, where he was part of the Hornets youth team. The 33 year old made his Dartford debut in the cup defeat last weekend and came on as a substitute on Tuesday night.

Alan Julian (left) playing for the Darts and new signing Abdul Osman (right)

Hampton and Richmond Borough have repeated Dartford’s scorelines so far but in reverse. The Beavers progressed in the F.A Cup beating F.A Vase semi-finalists Corinthian with a Ruaridh Donaldson goal. Then the Gary McCann’s side lost 1-0 to St Albans City on Tuesday night. Tyrell Miller-Rodney was one of two changes to the line up, the right back was sent off with two minutes remaining.

After the departure of last season’s top scorer Dadamo-Orsi, the Beavers are hoping summer signing Nico Muir can repeat the form he was in for Hendon when McCann was his manager, the striker scored 40 goals during that spell and was on loan at the Beveree last season from Hartlepool United. As well as Muir and Julian making their debuts already this campaign, Rene Steer and Christian Smith are also new faces in the squad to have made an appearance this term.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 7 / Hampton and Richmond Borough wins: 5 / Draws: 2

Previous Six Meetings

08.02.2020Dartford1Hampton & Richmond2
05.11.2019Hampton & Richmond1Dartford2
23.03.2019Dartford2Hampton & Richmond2
17.11.2018Hampton & Richmond0 Dartford1
30.03.2018Dartford1 Hampton & Richmond0
02.09.2017 Hampton & Richmond2Dartford2


Dartford have lost just once in the last seven meetings against Hampton and Richmond Borough (W4, D2) and twice over the last ten (W6, D2).

The Darts are unbeaten in their last three visits to the Beveree (W2, D1).

Dartford have won just one of their last eight opening away fixtures in league competition, in 2018 when the beat Bath City 2-1 (D2, L5).

On This Day

Dartford’s last game on 10 October was way back in 2009 when they were knocked out of the F.A Cup by Chelmsford City. The third qualifying round ended up in a 4-1 defeat with former Dartford manager and captain Adam Flanagan scoring for the Darts. On a brighter note, the Darts went on to win the Isthmian Premier League to join the Clarets in the National South the following season. The last away trip on this day was in 2006 with Dartford beating Tonbridge Angels 3-1 in the Isthmian League Cup second round. In 1891, the Darts racked up a 10-2 friendly victory over Stone.

Dartford v Chelmsford City

Dartford start their National South campaign off the way they finished the regular season last term with a home fixture against Chelmsford City.

Seven months ago the Darts eased to victory in uncertain circumstances when they hosted the Clarets. Games were beginning to be cancelled across the country due to the outbreak of coronavirus, yet the National South pressed on with its schedule for one more week, and it was to be the last.

The Darts ran out 3-0 winners with Jack Jebb setting up Josh Hill to head home the opening goal. Just before half-time Billy Crook’s shot hit the post, only for Elliott Romain to double the lead with the rebound. A third was added in the second half when Noor Husin excellently finished a one two with Jebb. It turned out to be Crook’s last appearance in a Dartford shirt, the midfielder moved to Chelmsford City in the summer and could make his league debut against his former club.

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Dartford kicked off their 2020/21 season with a F.A Cup second qualifying round tie at home to Slough Town. Steve King selected four of his summer signings in the starting eleven. Craig King, Jazzi Barnum-Bobb, Abdul Osman and Gavin McCallum all made their debuts. Kairo Mitchell also made his first appearance replacing Charlie Sheringham in the second half.

The Darts exited the competition at the first hurdle for the first time in five years, leaving Steve King waiting for his maiden F.A Cup victory for the club. With the tie heading for penalties it was a spot kick that decided the outcome when Kyjoun Marsh-Brown was adjudged to have committed a foul in the box. Slough Town’s Jack McKnight scored the penalty on his debut to hand the Rebels a passage into the next round.

Steve King put the loss down to his side not taking their chances and two contentious penalty decisions. The Darts thought they should have been awarded a penalty when McKnight blocked Craig Braham-Barrett’s shot with his arm, but nothing was given. In the last minute Dartford conceded a penalty which looked harsh. Kyjoun Marsh-Brown challenged Ada Okorogheye, only for the striker to go over on his ankle, however the referee thought there was contact and pointed to the spot.

Despite those decisions King pointed out his team had enough opportunities to win. Charlie Sheringham was left to rue a close range miss in the first half and Jack Turner in the Slough Town goal was in inspired form. The Rebels goalkeeper thwarted Romain, Tom Bonner and Jacob Berkeley-Agyepong. Dartford’s new shot stopper, Craig King made one notable save from Ollie Muldoon’s effort.

Chelmsford City visited National North side Kettering Town in their F.A Cup tie with former Dartford midfielder, Chez Isaac in the starting line up and Crook on the bench. Isaac made 12 appearances for the Darts, whilst Crook played 21 times scoring once. Another former Dart and summer signing, Phil Roberts was unavailable and will have wait to link up with Crook again, the pair were part of the Braintree Town team that won promotion to the National League in 2018. Roberts had an impressive spell at Princes Park scoring eight goals in 16 games, he returns to the Clarets for a third spell.

Returning trio: Billy Crook, Phil Roberts and Chez Isaac whilst with the Darts

Chelmsford City manager, Robbie Simpson handed debuts to former Tonbridge Angels, Maidstone United and Dover Athletic goalkeeper Lee Worgan, Cadell Fraser-Robinson, ex Heybridge Swifts goalscorer Alex Teniola, Adam Liddle, who was signed from Derry City, Adebola Oluwo and Callum Harrison, he was substituted for Cameron James who rejoined the club in the summer break.

Simpson was disappointed with a 2-0 defeat on a day when his team ‘lost their personal battles’. With an injury list to contend with, the Clarets started with four academy players on the bench. James, Crook and Danny Imray weren’t fit to start, Tom Wraight is out for the long term and Mickey Spillane pulled his hamstring during the game.

The Clarets boss is now looking towards Tuesday night at Princes Park, treating the National South opener as a benchmark for the Essex club, he spoke to Clarets TV and explained: “It’s weird that our last game was away there as well. So that will actually be good to see where we were to where we are now, we can test ourselves”.

The Chelmsford City manager is one of many outsiders to tip Dartford for promotion to the National League, he added: “They are favourites to win the league and rightly so in my opinion. They are a very good side”.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 39 / Chelmsford City wins: 55 / Draws: 22

Previous Six Meetings

14.03.2020Dartford3Chelmsford City0
12.08.2019Chelmsford City4Dartford1
19.01.2019 Chelmsford City 2Dartford1
07.08.2018Dartford1 Chelmsford City0
10.02.2018Dartford1 Chelmsford City2
21.10.2017 Chelmsford City1Dartford0


Dartford have won the last two home games against Chelmsford City, the last time that happened was between 1999 and 2000. The last time they won three home games in a row against the Clarets was between 1971 and 1973.

The Darts have won two of the last four fixtures against Chelmsford City. Before this run they had won just two of the last 17.

Dartford have failed to score in their last two competitive games. Under Steve King they have never gone three consecutive matches without scoring.

On This Day

Usually Dartford are a couple of months into their league campaign by now, so the 6 October is the latest that a league campaign has started in the club’s history. It comes on the eighth anniversary of the Darts claiming a memorable away victory at Grimsby Town. Tom Bonner and Adam Birchall were on target to cause one of Dartford’s many surprises in the National League that season. That was the last of four straight wins on this day, Ashford Town were beaten 3-1 in the Southern League Division One East at home in 2001, Moor Green lost 2-1 thirty years ago in the Southern Premier and the Darts travelled to Northwich Victoria in 1984 and won 1-0 in the National League. Two years ago, Dartford crashed out of the F.A Cup third qualifying round losing 4-1 at Oxford City as Kabongo Tshimanga scored a hat-trick.