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Dartford v Nuneaton Town

Dartford have no choice but to beat Nuneaton Town this weekend if they are to avoid or even delay relegation to the Conference South.

Odds are stacked heavily against the Darts who need to win their last three fixtures and hope Alfreton Town fail to pick up a point. Even if that unlikely scenario does happen Tony Burman’s side still need to surpass the points totals set by Welling United and this weekend’s opponents.

The Boro are scraping for every inch in a bid to remain in the Conference Premier for a fourth successive campaign. With a seven point deficit to make up over the next three matches there is a strong possibility both Dartford and Nuneaton Town will head in different directions. Even still whilst hope is still flickering a tense afternoon is likely at Princes Park.

Over Easter, Dartford managed to pick up one point from six and are looking to pick up a rare home victory, last achieved five months ago spanning 11 games. On Good Friday, what would normally have been a decent away result at Torquay United was devalued by Dartford’s current situation. A 1-1 draw may not be enough but the performance was rewarded with something when Jordan Chiedozie equalised with eight minutes remaining. The home side led through James McQuilkin’s second half strike until Chiedozie scored his second goal in three games on loan from Cambridge United.

On Easter Monday, the Darts hosted league leaders Barnet and the visitors stayed on top of the Conference Premier pile with a 1-0 win. In front of the television cameras, the Bees were too strong for Burman’s men and led through Curtis Weston’s first half strike. Earlier, Ryan Hayes hit both shots with his trademark curling shot but that was a rare opportunity for the Darts.

When Dartford last met Nuneaton Town at Liberty Way there was cause for optimism when the Darts picked up their twelfth point of the campaign. A first away win of the season was completed the hard way by coming from a goal down. Boro took the lead under a new boss, Liam Daish, just past the half hour mark, Craig Curran giving the hosts an advantage. In the space of two second half minutes captain Elliot Bradbrook scored from the penalty spot and Danny Harris netted a winner. Victory was the first time Dartford had beaten Nuneaton Town in 27 years when their opponents were known as Nuneaton Borough back then.

Form against the Warwickshire club doesn’t make for pleasant reading prior this season’s triumph. In the four previous meetings the Boro came out on top on every occasion. Last term at Princes Park, two early goals by Louis Moult set Boro up to take three points, although Elliot Bradbrook halved the deficit the Darts lost 2-1. On the final day of the last season, with a bottom four place already confirmed Rory McAuley put Dartford ahead but once again Moult scored all of Boro’s goals with a hat-trick. The two meetings the season before both ended 1-0 to Nuneaton Town.

Former Ebbsfleet United manager Liam Daish remains in charge of Nuneaton Town. Since February he has seen an upturn in fortune to give his squad hope of survival. At the end of January, Boro were second from bottom, eight points from safety and had played the most games out of the handful of teams at the bottom, relegation looked certain. Over the next two months Boro won four and drew three keeping six consecutive clean sheets.

However, Nuneaton Town’s Easter yielded no points to extend their losing streak to three. Defeats at home to FC Halifax Town and more recently Braintree Town with Barnet sandwiched between has seen Daish’s side lose momentum. Against Braintree Town on Monday they fell to a late Dan Sparkes goal and on Friday the prolific John Akinde won the match for Barnet as the Bees also won 1-0.

Team News

On loan striker, Jordan Chiedozie was replaced against Barnet just after half time with an injury he picked up in the warm up. Elliot Bradbrook missed a second successive match through injury whilst brother Tom continues his recovery from a groin injury, the striker has managed some game time by coming on as a substitute in the last two fixtures. Nathan Green has also spent time on the treatment table after his injury against Altrincham.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 14 / Nuneaton Town wins: 12 / Draws: 12

Current League Form

Dartford (LDDLDL) Nuneaton Town(LLLWWD)
Barnet  H  0-1 Braintree Town  H  0-1
Torquay United  A  1-1 Barnet  A  0-1
Gateshead  H  1-1 FC Halifax Town  H  1-2
Altrincham  H  1-2 Wrexham  H  2-0
Alfreton Town  A  0-0 Macclesfield Town  A  1-0
Southport  A  0-2 Torquay United  H  0-0

Last Meeting at Princes Park

14 September 2013 – Dartford 1 Nuneaton Town 2 – Att: 1155

Goalscorer: Moult (4, 8), Bradbrook (28)

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

Nuneaton Town Lineup: Belshaw, Bell, Cowan, Dean, Walker, Armson, Streete, Sleath, Moult, Brown, York (subs used: Taylor, Pearson, Richens)

Match Stats

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Previous Six Meetings

27.09.2014 Nuneaton Town 1 Dartford 2
26.04.2014 Nuneaton Town 3 Dartford 1
14.09.2013 Dartford 1 Nuneaton Town 2
20.04.2013 Dartford 0 Nuneaton Town 1
04.12.2012 Nuneaton Town 1 Dartford 0
05.12.1987 Nuneaton Borough 0 Dartford 0

Stats

6 – Boro’s run of six consecutive clean sheet looks set to be the longest period without conceding this term by any Conference Premier club.

13 – Barnet became the thirteenth team to beat Dartford by a single goal this term, only Braintree Town (14) and AFC Telford United (16) have lost by one goal more frequently

33 – Nuneaton Town are the least potent in front of goal with the lowest goal tally of 33, they also have the highest shots per goal ratio. Away from home the Boro have yet to reach double figures in the goals for column with nine so far.

300 – Lee Noble is one match away from making his 300th Dartford appearance. The midfielder who scored the winning goal in the Conference South playoff final has started 218 times and scored 37 goals for the club. Out of the current squad only Ryan Hayes has made more appearances.

200 – If selected in the starting line up, Danny Harris will start a match for the 200th time in a Dartford shirt. Harris is also heading for his 300th appearance in total with just over 20 games to go. Only Ryan Hayes and Elliot Bradbrook have scored more Dartford career goals than Harris out of the current squad.

On This Day

Dartford have drawn all three matches played on 11th April since reforming in 1993. Across different leagues the Darts have picked up a point on each occasion with the first in 2001 against Grantham Town. With the game ending 2-2, Dartford went on to finish 16th in the Southern League Division One East. Eight years later, the Darts held a tough Wealdstone side to a 0-0 draw at Grosvenor Vale in the Isthmian Premier League. Just two years ago, another goalless stalemate means it’s been 14 years since a goal on 11th April, this time the Darts drew with Braintree Town in the Conference Premier.

Nuneaton Town v Dartford

Tony Burman will pit his wits against former Ebbsfleet United boss Liam Daish once more when the Darts attempt to gain points at Nuneaton Town.

The pair last crossed paths in the Conference Premier almost two years ago during the festive season. Burman had the upper hand in the 2012/13 campaign taking four points from six with a home win on Boxing Day and an away draw on New Year’s Day.

If their is one side who have been a thorn in Dartford’s side then look no further than Nuneaton Town. All four matches against the Boro have ended in defeat since returning to the Conference Premier. Even when the hosts were known as Nuneaton Borough, the Darts have to go back 27 years since their last victory, when they won 3-1 in the Southern Premier League at Watling Street.

Two years running now, Nuneaton Town have done the double over Dartford including two final day of the season wins. At Liberty Way back in April, the Darts had already been ‘relegated’ and pride was all the Kent club could play for. On loan Rory McAuley scored for the visitors after 17 minutes. However, Louis Moult finished his campaign in style hitting a hat trick, finishing top scorer for the Boro, and ended the season with five goals against Dartford. The striker also hit a brace in their 2-1 victory at Princes Park a year ago.

Over the next few days Burman will be hoping to grab some away points facing fellow part timers, he told www.kentonline.co.uk: “Nuneaton are another part-time side, like us and a lot of the time that’s where you hope points are going to come from”. The Darts are still waiting for a first away triumph since March, eight games ago.

Dartford’s form has been erratic to say the least, however recent performances have been far more promising as the team try to gel. To add competition to the back line Burman has brought in Welsh defender Tom Bender. The 21 year old has little experience in senior squads but has represented Colchester United and Millwall. The youngster made three loan appearances at Welling United last season and has won caps playing for Wales at all levels up to under 21’s.

With one point on their travels this season, Dartford are a point ahead of this weekend’s opponents who sit in the relegation zone. The Boro have struggled for goals this term, starting the campaign with five games without scoring. In eleven outings Nuneaton Town have netted the fewest times finding the back of the net just five times. The summers losses of Louis Moult and Wes York has had a major impact, the two strikers followed former manager Kevin Wilkin to Wrexham.

Like Dartford, Boro have won just twice in the league this term and had to wait to the sixth match to record their first. Similarly, the victory was also against a newly promoted club from the Conference North. After a 4-0 away loss to Torquay United, Brian Reid was dismissed by the club after just ten games in charge. Mark Noon led the Boro temporarily until Daish’s appointment this week, Noon has now departed Liberty Way after eleven years service.

Nuneaton Town have some reason to be optimistic this weekend, not only do they have a decent record against Dartford they are three unbeaten at home. Altrincham and Forest Green Rovers were outdone before a stalemate with Aldershot Town.

Team News

Lee Noble has damaged ankle ligaments and will be missing as will striker Andy Pugh with an Achilles problem. Pugh may be fit to face his former club on Tuesday. Tom Bender, who signed so close to the weekend’s fixture is available for selection.

Head to Head

Nuneaton Town wins: 12 / Dartford wins: 13 / Draws: 14

Current Form

Nuneaton Town (LLDWLW) Dartford (LWLDLW)
Alfreton Town A 0-1 Forest Green Rovers H 1-2
Bristol Rovers A 1-3 Dover Athletic H 2-1
Aldershot Town H 1-1 Gateshead A 0-1
Forest Green Rovers H 1-0 Eastleigh H 2-2
Torquay United A 0-4 Altrincham A 1-2
Altrincham H 2-1 AFC Telford United H 2-1

Last Meeting at Liberty Way

26 April 2014 – Nuneaton Town 3 Dartford 1 – Att: 903

Goalscorer: McAuley (17), Moult (26, 37 & 63)

Nuneaton Town Lineup: Belshaw, Cranston, Streete, Dean, Gordon, Trainer, Sleath, Moult, Brown, York, Walker (subs used: Taylor, Delfouneso, Pearson)

Dartford Lineup: Julian, Burns, Collier, Cornhill, Clark, McAuley, Woodyard, Stevenson, Suarez, Bradbrook, Swallow (subs used: Vint, Dembele, Adams)

Match Stats

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Previous Meetings (Nuneaton Town only)

26.04.2014 Nuneaton Town 3 Dartford 1
14.09.2013 Dartford 1 Nuneaton Town 2
20.04.2013 Dartford 0 Nuneaton Town 1
04.12.2012 Nuneaton Town 1 Dartford 0

Stats

0 – Dartford still await a first half goal this season.

2 – goals scored by each teams top goalscorers. Brothers Elliot and Tom Bradbrook as well as Harry Crawford lead the way for Dartford. Whilst Andy Brown is ahead in Boro’s scoring charts.

3 – number of penalties conceded by the Darts, a joint high with Chester, Grimsby Town and Lincoln City.

7 –  number of points taken by Nuneaton Town and Dartford in their last six matches.

17 – the number of shots Nuneaton Town attempt before each goal they have scored, the most shots to goal ratio in the Conference Premier.

19 – games since Dartford won by more than one goal, the joint longest sequence along with Altrincham.

Nuneaton Town

Liberty Way Founded 1889 Boro

Since promotion to the Conference Premier, Nuneaton Town will start their third consecutive season at this level. Five years ago the club suffered a double relegation as Nuneaton Borough liquidated. When the curtain came down on Nuneaton Borough the club were playing in the Conference North and ended their last campaign in seventh. Still known as the Boro, the Warwickshire club returned courtesy of three playoff promotions. In the eighties they achieved back to back runners up spots losing out on the league title to Maidstone United and Wealdstone.  After two successful season’s back in the Conference Premier, Nuneaton Town will be hoping to continue with their steady progress.

ntfcLast Season

Conference Premier: 13th

F.A Cup: 4th Qualifying Round

F.A Trophy: 2nd Round

County Cup: 2nd Round

Top Scorer: Louis Moult

Average Attendance: 1209

Nuneaton Town started the campaign of with a nine match unbeaten run, their best ever start to a Conference Premier season under any guise. Their superb start left them top of the table against the odds and much of the success was down to a prolific strike partnership. Andy Brown and Louis Moult scored 13 of the teams 17 after the first ten matches. Up until March, Nuneaton Town were playoff contenders and it was no coincidence that when Kevin Wilkin left for Wrexham the Boro ran out of steam. It was Wilkin that took the Warwickshire club up the non league pyramid having been employed by Nuneaton Town from 2004. The new boss arrived with three games remaining and a respectable finish was welcomed at Liberty Way. A good season by all means and performances of players like Gareth Dean, James Armson, James Belshaw and Louis Moult were recognised with call ups to the England C squad.

The Manager – Brian Reid

The Scotsman is about to start his first campaign as a boss in England having gained managerial experience with Ayr United and out in the Philippines. A former defender, Reid spent most of his playing career north of the border at the likes of Greenock Morton, sparingly at Glasgow Rangers, Dunfermline Athletic, Falkirk and Queen of the South. Ending his career at Ayr United he continued with the Ayrshire club as a manager winning promotion in the playoffs to the First Division. Relegation followed the year after but the same fate repeated itself once more. In January 2013, Reid moved  East to the Philippines to take charge of Global FC, the Southeat Asian side got him noticed and so a stint as the under 23 international team manager was his reward. Following Wilkin’s departure, Reid was appointed boss at Liberty Way taking charge of the final three games of the campaign. No goals in his first two matches ended with his first victory on the final day against Dartford

The Summer

Alfreton Town will be pleased to see the back of Brian Reid who has raided the Reds for three summer signings. Full back Connor Franklin returns to Liberty Way via the Impact Arena. Franklin left Boro when they were demoted two divisions and has also played for Hinckley United. Ben Starosta was Reid’s first summer signing and the pair have worked together before at Global FC where Starosta was captain. The Polish under 20 international has gained experience with Brentford and Bradford City. Anton Brown is the third former Alfreton Town player to have joined Boro and will team up with his former colleagues. Midfielder Jack Dyer has sealed a two year deal and Jorrin John, who has played in the Thailand Premier League has also signed. Former Coventry City academy midfielder Ryan Quinn will also be playing at Liberty Way.

Last Meetings vs The Darts

Nuneaton Town 3 Dartford 1 – Conference Premier – 26 April 2014

Pride was all Dartford could play for after relegation had already been confirmed before the final day of the season. On loan Rory McAuley scored for the Darts after 17 minutes. Nuneaton Town’s Louis Moult finished his campaign in style hitting a hat trick to finish top scorer for the Boro, and ended the season with five goals against Dartford.

Dartford 1 Nuneaton Town 2 – Conference Premier – 14 September 2013

The visitors were fast out of the block leaving their hosts far behind. Louis Moult’s brace after just eight minutes played was enough for Nuneaton Town to take all three points. Elliot Bradbrook pulled a goal back in the first half but the second half failed to produce any more goal action.

Next Meetings

Saturday 27 September 2014 at Princes Park

Saturday 11 April 2015 at Liberty Way

League Performance Last Five Years

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Best Performances

2nd Conference Premier (1983/84 & 1984/85) F.A Cup 3rd Round (1949/50, 1966/67 & 2005/06) F.A Trophy Quarter Final (1976/77, 1979/80 & 1986/87)

Nuneaton Town v Dartford

Dartford bow out of the Conference Premier league after two years on Saturday with a trip to Nuneaton Town’s Liberty Way.

With relegation confirmed on Easter Monday, the Darts will be plying their trade back in the Conference South next season against the likes of Concord Rangers, Gosport Borough and Wealdstone.

This weekend’s opponents Nuneaton, under both guises as Town and Borough, have been a bogey side for Dartford during stints in the top flight of non league. In fact, the Darts last away win in the league at Nuneaton was 36 years ago in the Southern League, under the leadership of Roy Dwight the Darts won 1-0.

Dartford’s last trip to Liberty Way in December 2012 came when Nuneaton Town were at the foot of the Conference Premier standings. The Darts were in fifth and favourites for a win, but Andy Brown had other ideas and his goal on the stroke of half time was enough for the Boro.

Earlier this season, two goals conceded in the opening eight minutes was enough for Nuneaton Town to take home the points. Louis Moult grabbed an early brace during Boro’s purple patch at the start of the season, which saw them surprisingly top of the Conference Premier after the first nine matches. Elliot Bradbrook did pull a goal back with almost half hour played but the deficit was only halved as the visitors won 2-1.

A run of three straight single goal defeats condemned Tony Burman’s side to relegation. On Monday, Elliot Bradbrook gave the Darts hope at half time and with results elsewhere going against Dartford a win was imperative. Tamworth equalised in the second half when Jessy Reindorf scored shortly after Dartford’s Lee Noble struck the post. Kevin Thornton put the visitors ahead from the spot and when the Darts pushed for an equaliser the Lambs counter attacked leaving Tyrone Sterling isolated, Thornton finished off the move and Dartford’s hopes of survival. Although Bradbrook showed captains spirit in the final minute with a well taken effort, relegation was imminent. The 3-2 defeat against Tamworth is coincidentally the same scoreline and fixture that kicked off Dartford’s Conference Premier spell almost two years ago.

Devastated Dartford manager Tony Burman told BBC Radio Kent:”It’s a disappointing day for us and a disappointing season all round in all fairness. We’ve had a go but we just couldn’t cross that line”. Burman is confident luck will change, he added: “The club has been riding along nicely and it’s been doing well and I’m sure there will be better times for us in the future”.

Fortunes have changed for both clubs over the two seasons in which they returned to the summit of non league. Whilst the Darts finished eighth last term they will be back playing Conference South. Nuneaton Town struggled in their last campaign but survived with a late surge of decent results, this time they started where they left off and only recently tailed of to mid table.

Nuenaton Town have spent the majority of the season pushing for a playoff spot, topping the division after nine games undefeated. Boro then went on a nine game winless streak  before form picked up again and by December were in fourth. Inconsistent results left NuneatonTown on the brink of the palyoffs, however hopes have faded of late as the clubs last win was against Tamworth, a run of eight matches without victory.

A large part of Boro’s success has been down to former manager Kevin Wilkin who was appointed boss when Borough reformed as Town. A hat trick of playoff wins led the Warwickshire club into the Conference Premier within five years but a month ago Wilkin left to join Wrexham.

Before the Easter fixtures Brian Reid has been put in charge, the former Ayr United manager last spell in a managerial role was with the Philippines national under-23. The 43 year old’s first game in charge last week ended in a single goal defeat at home to Barnet. The clubs fifth loss in six games was followed by Easter Monday’s goalless draw away to Kidderminster Harriers.

Team News

Mat Mitchell-King only managed 26 minutes on Easter Monday as he was forced off through injury. Tyrone Sterling was also replaced in the final minute when he also picked up a strain. Ryan Hayes misses the final game of the season, the midfielder has had an operation on his long term injury. Loanees Jim Stevenson and Rory McAuley are likely to paly their last game for the Darts and will return to their parent clubs Luton Town and Cambridge United respectively.

Head to Head

Nuneaton Town wins: 11 / Dartford wins: 13 / Draws: 14

Current League Form

Nuneaton Town (DLLLDL) Dartford (LLLWDL)
Kidderminster Harriers A 0-0 Tamworth H 2-3
Barnet H 0-1 Braintree Town A 0-1
Wrexham A 0-3 Forest Green Rovers H 0-1
FC Halifax Town H 0-1 Grimsby Town H 1-0
Alfreton Town A 1-1 Lincoln City A 0-0
Braintree Town A 1-2 Luton Town H 1-2

Last Meeting at Liberty Way

4 December 2013 – Nuneaton Town 1 Dartford 0 – Att: 651

Goalscorers: Brown (45)

Boro Lineup: Smith, Cartwright, Dean, Forsdick, Gordon, James, O’Halloran, Walker, Brown, Newton, Taylor (sub used: York)

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

Match Stats

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Previous Five Meetings (* – F.A Trophy Fourth Round)

14.09.2013 Dartford 1 Nuneaton Town 2
20.04.2013 Dartford 0 Nuneaton Town 1
05.12.2012 Nuneaton Town 1 Dartford 0
09.03.1987* Nuneaton Borough 1 Dartford 3
26.04.1986 Nuneaton Borough 3 Dartford 1

Stats

Dartford have suffered 14 single goal defeats in the Conference Premier this season. Only Macclesfiled Town (18) and Hyde (17) have suffered more.

Nuneaton town have the second best average points per game (2.24) against sides in the bottom half. Only champions Luton Town have been more prolific

The Boro have won every home game against sides currently below them in the Conference Premier

Dartford v Nuneaton Town

Dartford host unbeaten high fliers Nuneaton Town in the Conference Premier on Saturday.

Both sides were promoted via the Conference regional leagues two seasons ago through the playoffs. Whilst the Darts finished higher last term, it is the Boro who are surprising the division sitting level with Cambridge United at the top of the table.

Twice the Darts lost to Nuneaton Town by a single goal last season,the last home match took place on the final day of last season. A goal by Wes York in the final ten minutes separated the two sides as Dartford secured an eighth place finish and the Boro ended in fifteenth position. At Liberty Way the match winner was the impressive Andy Brown who scored 19 times last season and has notched four this term already.

Goals have been at a premium in Dartford matches this campaign. On Saturday the Darts kept their third clean sheet whilst adding another blank in front of the opposition net. Likewise, Chester’s attacking force has been lacking and so it was no surprise both sides were unable to break the deadlock. The goalless draw left Dartford’s assistant manager Paul Sawyer, who was stepping in for the absent boss Tony Burman, content with a point considering the Darts had changed their shape, he told BBC Radio Kent: “We did create, we were still pushing for the win at the end, and we’re happy to take a point away”, he added: “I thought on another day we could have nicked three points”.

The Boro built foundations towards the tail end of 2012/13 winning their final three matches and collecting eight clean sheets in the last 13 fixtures. This time out Nuneaton Town have surprised a few thanks to the strike partnership of Brown and Louis Moult. The latter was on loan last season and has netted five goals as a permanent squad member since the first matchday in August. The potent strike force is responsible for nine of the clubs dozen goals this season, leading the way in the top goalscoring charts.

Manager of the Month for August, Kevin Wilkin has led Nuneaton Town to second position, a drastic improvement to their start a year ago. Opening their campaign unbeaten over seven games the Boro have won their last three fixtures with the latest at home to Wrexham. Brown took advantage of the space given to score unmarked from close range with 15 minutes remaining. In the final minute the game was put beyond doubt when Moult secured victory.

Team News

Mat Mitchel-King and Max Cornhill could return to action but will need fitness tests. Tyrone Sterling missed out entirely on Saturday due to family commitments. With all three out last weekend Nathan Collier filled in at centre back and did a fine job. After an impressive Kent Senior Cup win on Tuesday three of the substitute bench consisted of younger players. Uche Ibemere, George Monger and Ronnie Vint may not have featured during the match but they made the selected 16 for Saturday.

Nuneaton Town had doubts over Wes York last weekend and Gareth Dean but they still featured in the win against Wrexham whilst David McNamee made his first start of 2012/13. On Tuesday, Dean appeared as a second half substitute and captained the England C team that lost 1-0 to Latvia. James Armson started whilst Louis Moult made an appearance from off the bench, York and James Belshaw were also in the standby squad. First choice goalkeeper Dimitar Evitimov has been on Bulgaria under 21 duty against Estonia and Russia. The 20 year old featured in the 1-1 draw in Lovech against Estonia and 3-1 defeat to Russia in Khimki.

Head to Head (includes Nuneaton Borough)

Dartford wins: 13 / Nuneaton wins: 10 / Draws: 14 / Dartford Goals: 48 / Nuneaton Goals: 45

Current League Form

Dartford (DLWLLL) Nuneaton Town (WWWDWD)
Chester A 0-0 Wrexham H 2-0
Lincoln City H 1-2 Grimsby Town A 2-1
Tamworth A 2-0 Kidderminster Harriers H 2-1
Braintree Town H 0-2 Barnet A 1-1
FC Halifax Town H 0-2 Southport H 3-1
Aldershot Town A 0-3 Forest Green Rovers H 1-1

Last Five Meetings

20.04.2013 Dartford 0 Nuneaton Town 1
05.12.2012 Nuneaton Town 1 Dartford 0
05.12.1987 Nuneaton Borough 0 Dartford 0
05.09.1987 Dartford 3 Nuneaton Borough 1
09.03.1987 Nuneaton Borough 1 Dartford 3

Last Meeting At Princes Park

20 April 2013 –  Dartford 0 Nuneaton Town 1 – Att: 1844

Goalscorers: York (81)

The Darts Lineup: Somogyi, Green, Burns, Bonner, Arber, Champion, Wallis, Bradbrook, Hayes, Harris, Sheringham (subs used: Rogers, Evans, Collier)

The Boro Lineup: Burge, Phillips, Cowan, Dean, Forsdick, O’Halloran, Adams, Armson, York, Brown, Moult (subs used: Gordon, Dance, Walker)

Match Stats

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Stats

7 – Nuneaton Town have scored in every league match this season.The Boro’s last league blank was on 28 March 2013 against Woking, a run of 13 consecutive games scoring. Also the number of away games unbeaten stretching back to 30 March 2013 when they beat AFC Telford United 3-0.

16 – Number of players used by Tony Burman in the Conference Premier this season, the least by any other club alongside Southport and Welling United.

26 – Dartford’s last goal against a Nuneaton side was 26 years ago.

75 – percentage of Boro league goals scored by Brown and Moult this season.

395 – number of minutes Nuneaton Town went without conceding a goal last season, during the first three weeks of March 2013.

 

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Dartford host Nuneaton Town on the final day of last season

Dartford v Nuneaton Town

Dartford close their return to the Conference Premier and will be crowned the best part time team in the country.

The Darts were already safe a fortnight ago but hope to finish in the top six whilst visitors Nuneaton Town secured another season in the Conference Premier, without even playing on Tuesday night.

Boro were bottom when the Darts last faced the Warwickshire club in December. The trip to Liberty Way didn’t go to plan when Boro’s Andy Brown scored the winner on the stroke of half time.

Over the last week Dartford have continued their decent form with a 1-0 away win at Stockport County, thanks to Charlie Sheringham’s fourth goal in his second spell with the club. The Darts then travelled east to west on Tuesday night to take on Forest Green Rovers who started the evening a place and two points ahead of Tony Burman’s side.

Having never beaten Forest Green Rovers the Darts got of to a great start following a goal credited to Danny Harris inside the first ten minutes. Ryan Hayes then won a penalty when he was upended by Chris Stokes and Elliot Bradbrook scored from the spot. The first half got even better for Dartford as Hayes caused problems for Eddie Oshodi who lunged at the winger picking up a red card.

In the second half, Stokes made up for conceding a penalty by heading in a goal for the hosts. The two goal cushion was restored when Bradbrook headed his tenth goal of his campaign. Rovers failed to give in and with eleven minutes to play Jamie Turley reduced the deficit once more. However, Dartford held out to record their first ever win versus Forest Green Rovers.

Nuneaton Town have struggled in their first season back in the Conference Premier league after a nine year absence. Promoted via the playoffs last season Boro have not risen above fifteenth place. Up until mid February the Warwickshire club spent almost five months in the drop zone which included a run of eleven games without a league win.

Manager, Kevin Wilkin has transformed fortunes in the last two months by winning seven, drawing five and losing just three. Striker, Andy Brown has been a key player for Boro scoring four in his last three appearances taking his tally to an impressive 19 for the season, the joint third top scorer in the league. Brown who has featured in every league match also fired his side through last seasons playoffs, netting the winning goals in both the final and semi-finals.

Last weekend Boro pulled five points clear of the drop rising to sixteenth after they beat Hyde 3-1 at Liberty Way. Brown dispatched Wes York’s cross before setting up Simon Forsdick and Louis Moult. Hyde’s Louis Almond pulled a goal back in the final minute. The victory proved crucial as Stockport County’s draw on Tuesday night guaranteed safety for Nuneaton Town.

Dartford have never lost their final league match at Princes Park and a win could secure an incredible sixth place finish.

League Permutations

Dartford can finish sixth if they better Hereford United’s score. If the Darts draw and Hereford United lose by one then goals scored will be the deciding factor, only two goals separate the sides in the for column.

A win for Mansfield Town at home to Wrexham will mean a return to League Two for the Stags, a draw could see the same fate.

Kidderminster Harriers are two points behind and need a two goal win or more if Mansfield Town draw. The Harriers will also go up if they win and Mansfield Town lose.

Playing Kidderminster Harriers are Stockport County who have to win to be in with a chance of survival. Tamworth, Gateshead and Lincoln City will need to pick up points if the Hatters beat title chasing Kidderminster Harriers.

Current League Form

Dartford (WWDLWW) Nuneaton Town (WWDLWD)
Forest Green Rovers A 3-2 Hyde H 3-1
Stockport County A 1-0 Gateshead A 2-0
Braintree Town H 0-0 Ebbsfleet United A 1-1
Grimsby Town H 1-2 Newport County H 1-2
AFC Telford United A 2-0 AFC Telford United A 3-0
Woking H 4-1 Woking H 0-0

Last Meeting

5 March 2013 – NuneatonTown 1 Dartford 0 – Att: 651

Goalscorers: Brown (45)

Boro Lineup: Smith, Cartwright, Dean, Forsdick, Gordon, James, O’Halloran, Walker, Brown, Newton, Taylor (sub used: York)

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

Match Stats

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Nuneaton Town v Dartford

 

Dartford travel to Nuneaton Town on Tuesday night to face the Conference North playoff winners of last season.

Both clubs finished in the top five in their respective divisions and on the same day earned promotion. Whilst the Darts defeated Welling United 1-0 in the southern playoff final, Nuneaton Town overcame Gainsborough Trinity by the same scoreline in the northern final.

Seven months on and it’s Dartford coping with top flight non league football better than Tuesday’s opponents. Despite Saturday’s difficult afternoon in Tamworth, the Darts are currently in fifth place and will go to Nuneaton 19 points ahead of their opponents.

Dartford travel to Liberty Way on the back of another 3-2 defeat at the hands of Tamworth. League debutant Semi Ajayi put the Darts in front after 16 minutes with a header. Tom Bonner was sent off for deliberate handball and Scott Barrow scored from the resulting penalty. Ten men Dartford took the lead with twenty minutes remaining when Danny Harris scored his fourth league goal of the season, his first on the road. With five minutes remaining Barrow netted another penalty before former Premier League midfielder Lee Hendrie scored the winner two minutes from time.

It was a frustrating end to Saturday afternoon, Dartford boss Tony Burman spoke to BBC Sport: “Decisions sometimes go for you, sometimes they don’t. I thought it was a bit harsh, the second penalty”, he added: “They’ve got a third goal which is disappointing because we took the lead twice in the game. It was a brave performance, we didn’t play poorly, the work rate was excellent”. Defeat continues Dartford’s recent inconsistencies but the fine form beforehand has kept the side challenging for the playoffs.

Nuneaton Town fans have several reasons to be cheerful since demotion from the Conference North to Southern League Division One Midlands in the summer of 2008. Reverting back to their former name the Borough turned into Town and after restructuring the club has worked its way back to the Conference Premier.

Still known as the Boro the Warwickshire club have become playoff kings winning three finals in four years to propel themselves back to the top non league division. Currently at the foot of the league Nuneaton Town also went down to a one goal margin on the weekend. Substitute James Norwood scored the winner for Forest Green Rovers in the second half, the Boro had Gavin Cowan dismissed two minutes later.

Despite Nuneaton Town’s lowly position they have been a tough nut to crack at Liberty Way with only two league defeats. The Boro have picked up six draws in ten games including five in a row and are currently unbeaten in seven home fixtures in the Conference Premier. A solitary win on their travels leaves the Boro five points from safety.

Dartford last played Nuneaton in their previous guise when the club were known as Nuneaton Borough. The two sides met in the 1987/88 Southern Premier League season with the Darts winning 3-1 at Watling Street and drawing 0-0 away. Dartford finished runners up on goal difference conceding just four more goals than champions Aylesbury United. Nuneaton Borough were relegated in second to last place and had to play the following season in the Southern League Midlands Division. In the previous season Dartford won 3-1 in an F.A Trophy Quarter Final.

Team News

Mark Arber remains out for Dartford with a fractured jaw and Tom Bonner will serve a one match suspension for Saturday’s red card. Elliot Bradbrook picked up his fifth yellow card and will also sit out the fixture against Nuneaton Town.

Gavin Cowan will not be able to take part following his red card on the weekend. Striker Kyle Patterson moved on loan to Conference North side Worcester City and Kevin Malaga’s loan spell has ended after three leagues appearances.

Current League Form

Nuneaton Town (LWLDDL) Dartford (LDWLWD)
Forest Green Rovers A 0-1 Tamworth A 2-3
Stockport County H 2-0 Southport H 2-2
Kidderminster Harriers A 0-1 Luton Town A 2-0
Mansfield Town H 1-1 Forest Green Rovers H 0-1
Barrow H 1-1 Mansfield Town H 2-0
Luton Town A 0-2 Barrow A 0-0

Stats

0 & 2 – Away from Princes Park, Dartford have either not scored or netted twice in every away league match this season.

2 – The number of outfield players with an appearance yet to score for Dartford in the league this campaign. Adam Green and Mark Arber will be hoping to get off the mark by the end of the season. The Darts have the highest ratio of goal scorers against players used.

5 – From 15 September to 6 November 2012 Nuneaton Town’s five consecutive home draws is a club record as Nuneaton Town.

9 – Liberty Way hosted the highest aggregate score this season when the Boro were beaten 5-4 by Ebbsfleet United.

Did you know…

On Saturday, the Darts were up against Tamworth’s Tom Marshall. Stubblemelt’s bassist may back up vocals but Kyle Perry of Nuneaton Town is the lead singer in the band.

As Nuneaton Borough the club went an astonishing 35 home games without defeat from 15 October 1983 to 22 April 1985, a Conference record. During that time Dartford lost 5-1 to the Conference runners up of 1985, the Darts ended up in third place that season.