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National South Season Preview Part II

Concord Rangers

2019/2020 Performance:
League Position: 16th
F.A Cup: 2nd Qualifying Round
F.A Trophy: Finalists
Top Scorer: Decarrey Sheriff (9 goals)

Just over a year ago Concord Rangers were denied a place in the National South playoffs despite finishing in sixth. Thames Road was deemed unsuitable for the next level up and so the Beachboys missed out on a potential big day. Little did the Essex club know they would get their chance to create history and have their big day, even if it’s been put on hold for the time being. Concord Rangers will at some point play at Wembley in the delayed F.A Trophy final against League Two side Harrogate Town, the Beachboys could well create more history.

Manager: Danny Scopes

When Danny Scopes was promoted within the club, following Sammy Moore’s departure last summer, chairman Ant Smith was confident the Concord Rangers boss would give his all. His first season back as boss of the Beachboys ended with a trip to Wembley and so the Essex club couldn’t ask for more. Not only that, Scopes was a former player of the club and previously worked within the youth system. His first spell between 2007 and 2012 was as a joint manager alongside Danny Cowley, when Concord Rangers climbed from the Essex Senior League to the Isthmian Premier League.

Summer

Five players return to the Beachboys this summer after one season away and three of them used to play for the Darts. Alex Wall made an immediate impact after returning to Concord Rangers from Hemel Hempstead Town, the former Dartford striker scored the winner in the F.A Trophy semi-final. Tyrone Sterling and Sam Blackman are the other two former Darts back at Concord RangersBlackman suffered a nasty injury shortly after joining Dartford, keeping him out for the long term. Unable to make his way into the team under Steve King the midfielder is back at Thames Road. Sterling follows the same route as Wall by re-joining from Hemel Hempstead Town as did Tosan Popo. The final returning player is Frazer Shaw who spent a season away at local rivals Chelmsford City. The Beachboys have also signed Ryan Charles from Maldon and Tiptree, Odei Martin (Heybridge Swifts), Sam Remfry (South Park), Nathan Carlyle on a month’s loan from Queens Park Rangers, Tom Hanfrey, a former AFC Bournemouth academy defender and Jason Raad from Aveley.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 5 / Concord Rangers wins: 3 / Draws: 3

Dartford

2019/2020 Performance:
League Position: 6th
F.A Cup: 4th Qualifying Round
F.A Trophy: 3rd Qualifying Round
Top Scorer: Darren McQueen (17 goals)

At the start of last term Dartford were expected to make the top seven, by the end of the campaign they were underdogs in the playoff final. A topsy-turvy campaign saw the Darts battling relegation and joint managers Adam Flanagan and Jamie Coyle relieved of their duties. Appointing one of the best managers at this level, the club surged up the table and into the playoffs. The Kent club beat Slough Town and favourites Havant and Waterlooville before losing on penalties against Weymouth. Now they are seeking a return to the National League after five years away.

Manager: Steve King

A highly successful non-league manager, Steve King guarantees to bring you entertainment. If he could beat his playoff nemesis King would have even more promotions to his credit. Much of his early managerial career was spent in Sussex where he won the National South title with Lewes, his third promotion in five years with the club. He went on to win another title at Farnborough and embark on F.A Cup runs with Macclesfield Town and Whitehawk. However, for every title there is playoff heartbreak losing finals with Farnborough, Whitehawk, Welling United and last season with the Darts.

Summer

The Darts have been busy in the transfer market making sure there is plenty of competition for places. The first job in the summer was replacing the National South’s joint top scorer from last season Darren McQueen. So in came Jack Barham from Dorking Wanderers, who has also played under King at Welling United and recently Kairo Mitchell, a former Leicester City academy player with experience at Nuneaton Borough and Coalville Town. Coming back to the Darts after seven years away, central defender Connor Essam joined from Hemel Hempstead Town. Since his last spell with the Darts, Essam has played for Dover Athletic, Leyton Orient and Eastleigh. King has signed David Ijaha from Dulwich Hamlet and Gavin McCallum from Welling United who have also worked with the Dartford boss previously. Jazzi Barnum-Bobb has played for three Welsh clubs, Cardiff City, Newport County and Wrexham, the defender joins Dartford’s back line. Winger Ricky Modeste has spent half his footballing career with rivals Dover Athletic and switches to the Darts. Midfielder, Abdul Osman arrives from Queen of the South and has played in the Greek top flight. In goal, Craig King (Oxford City) will be pushed for the number one jersey by Chelsea academy goalkeeper Ethan Wady. The Darts also signed Michael Fernandes on loan from Colchester United.

Dorking Wanderers

2019/2020 Performance:
League Position: 7th
F.A Cup: 2nd Qualifying Round
F.A Trophy: 3rd Round
Top Scorer: Jason Prior (14 goals)

The youngest club in the division was formed 21 years ago and have won five league titles and 11 promotions to propel themselves up the pyramid. Last season was their first at National South level and once again the Wanderers were looking forwards and showing their ambitions. The Surrey club finished seventh to have a shot at another promotion. Dorking Wanderers knocked out Bath City in the playoff eliminator round before losing 3-2 to eventual winners Weymouth in the semi-final. They don’t hang around in divisions long and will be looking upwards yet again.

Manager: Marc White

Dorking Wanderers have climbed the non-league pyramid and Marc White has been able to witness their rise from day one. A founder member just over 20 years ago, his club have won 11 promotions and last season he guided the Surrey club to the playoffs in their first ever campaign in the National South. White has overseen the club moving to a new stadium as well as all the on-field success and has had clubs from higher leagues interested in his services, but he has his heart on getting to the Football League with the Wanderers.

Summer

When Alfie Rutherford and Wes Fogden left Havant and Waterlooville they were the last of the group that won back to back promotions with the Hawks. Now the duo will be reunited with Ed Harris and former Dartford striker Jason Prior at Dorking Wanderers, who were also part of that squad. One of the biggest signings, as far as experience goes, is that of Barry Fuller, the former Gillingham full back also made over 200 appearances in the Football League with AFC Wimbledon. Goalkeeper, Sam Howes has made his loan spell into a permanent deal, defender Callum Kennedy signs from Billericay Town and midfielder Kane Willis comes in from Eastbourne Borough.

Head to Head

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

Dulwich Hamlet

2019/2020 Performance:
League Position: 19th
F.A Cup: 1st Round
F.A Trophy: 1st Round
Top Scorer: Danny Mills (13 goals)

After a few years of agonisingly waiting persistently knocking on the National South door, Hamlet won the Isthmian Premier playoffs at the fourth time of asking. It was only a matter of time before Dulwich Hamlet succeeded and they did so two years ago. After so much determination the London club will not give their spot up easily in the National South. In their first season at this level they finished fourteenth with healthy crowds since their return to Champion Hill. Last time out Hamlet were concentrating on avoiding the drop finishing in the bottom four.

Manager: Gavin Rose

When last season started, Gavin Rose had just clocked up ten years in charge of Dulwich Hamlet and he’s still going. Hamlet’s longest serving manager admitted the club weren’t living up to their potential when he was appointed and now, he can’t quite believe how far the London club has come. A former midfielder who enjoyed a career including spells at Wimbledon, Charlton Athletic and Queens Park Rangers, Rose guided Dulwich Hamlet to the Isthmian Division One North title in 2013 and won the Isthmian Premier League playoffs in 2018 to earn promotion to the National South.

Summer

Impressive performances at Dartford last term, Tyrique Hyde moves to Dulwich Hamlet after 12 appearances with the Darts. The midfielder follows former Dartford defender, Sanchez Ming who has already had spells with the Hamlet making over 200 appearances for the club in the past. The pair join up with another three signings from Kent clubs, midfielders Michael Timlin moves from Ebbsfleet United and Jordan Higgs from Bromley, in addition to forward Korrey Henry from Welling United. Jesse Debrah spent a loan spell in defence at Champion Hill last season, he completes a move from Championship club Millwall. More excitingly for Hamlet fans is the return of Reise Allassani, the winger scored 16 times in 28 games for the club before being picked up by Coventry City. After some loan spells last season, he is back at Champion Hill.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 2 / Dulwich Hamlet wins: 3 / Draws: 3

Eastbourne Borough

2019/2020 Performance:
League Position: 18th
F.A Cup: 3rd Qualifying Round
F.A Trophy: 1st Round
Top Scorer: Greg Luer (8 goals)

If there is a consistent team in the National South then look no further than Eastbourne Borough. Three consecutive eighteenth place finishes they will begin their tenth year in row in this division. Borough drew the most amount of games last season and at one stage completed a sequence of six on the spin. The Sussex club initially struggled in front of goal but managed to find the net in each of their last 11 matches, losing just once but drawing seven. If they want to improve Borough will need to tighten up at the back.

Manager: Danny Bloor

Arriving at Eastbourne Borough as number two to Jamie Howell, Danny Bloor also worked with Mark McGhee and Charlie Oatway as well as Lee Bradbury during their spells as managers. Several candidates went for the Borough job and in the end the Sussex club opted for Bloor to pull everyone together, after difficult times at Priory Lane. Briefed to keep Eastbourne Borough in the National South and re-establish a bond with the supporters, Bloor has started taking small strides forward by making his side tougher to beat as they became draw specialists prior last season coming to a halt.

Summer

Bringing Football League experience to the midfield, Chris Whelpdale signs from Chelmsford City. The 33-year-old has previously represented Gillingham, Peterborough United, Stevenage and AFC Wimbledon. Goalkeeper, Luke Glover scored a winning F.A Trophy goal last season when playing for Haywards Heath Town, he completes a move to the Sports. James Hammond arrives from local rivals Lewes and Mitchell Dickenson joins from Hemel Hempstead Town. From lower leagues, Eastbourne Borough have picked up Charlie Towning (Three Bridges), Joe Kay (Newhaven) and striker Charlie Lambert (Peacehaven and Telscombe). James Vaughan has been studying out in the United States, now he will be playing at Priory Lane this season.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 12 / Eastbourne Borough wins: 6 / Draws: 4

National South Season Preview Part I

Dartford came so close to promotion last season by reaching the playoff final. This time they plan to go one better in Steve King’s first full campaign at the helm. In a season that was cut short at all levels of the non-league game, no teams were relegated from the National South bringing a familiarity to Dartford’s opponents. A lot has changed over the last seven months, new protocols, changes in management and three golden boot winners moving on. Here’s the first part of a club by club preview to whet your appetite…

Bath City

2019/2020 Performance:
League Position: 4th
F.A Cup: 3rd Qualifying Round
F.A Trophy: 2nd Round
Top Scorer: Tom Smith (13 goals)

The Romans have bowed out at the quarter-final stage of the playoffs in the past two seasons. Since their two-year flirtation with the National League, the West Country side have slowly built their way up to become competitive promotion contenders. Bath City will be aiming to return to the non-league summit after an eight-year absence. The cause will be helped by the National South’s Player of the Year, Tom Smith being in their ranks. He could be a key player yet again having scored 18 times from midfield in all competitions last term.

Manager: Jerry Gill

A former Bath City defender who made over 200 appearances for the club in the nineties. Gill has been in charge at Twerton Park since October 2017 turning the Romans from a top ten side in to a top five side. He enjoyed success as a player notably reaching the League Cup final and winning promotion to the Premier League with Birmingham City. After a 44-day spell managing Weymouth, who had financial issues at the time, Gill picked up coaching experience with Bristol Rovers, Birmingham City and Kidderminster Harriers as well as with Norwich City’s and Wolverhampton Wanderers’ academies.

Summer

Manager Jerry Gill signed a new contract to keep him at Twerton Park until 2022. Ryan Harley made over 350 Football League appearances with the likes of Exeter City, Brighton & Hove Albion and Swindon Town, he arrives from Milton Keynes Dons. Freddie Grant, a left back with experience at this level joins from National League side Maidenhead United. After four years at Weston-super-Mare, Jason Pope moved to Hereford before switching to the Romans. Callum Evans signs from Port Vale having also had a spell at Macclesfield Town, Donovan Wilson comes in after time at Port Vale, Exeter City and Spanish clubs Jumilla and Burgos. Goalkeeper Will Henry steps in to the squad providing National South experience, which he picked up on loan at Hampton and Richmond Borough, Chippenham Town and Hungerford Town. Also, coming to Twerton Park on loan will be Bristol City pair Tommy Conway and James Taylor.

Head to Head

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

Billericay Town

2019/2020 Performance:
League Position: 17th
F.A Cup: 1st Round
F.A Trophy: 3rd Qualifying Round
Top Scorer: Jake Robinson (14 goals)

More headlines were made off the pitch than on it under Billericay Town’s former owner, now the media circus shackles have been removed. Instead the Essex club has a former Premier League midfielder leading the team and keeping the club and non-league in the media spotlight. Success came quickly when Ricay went from Isthmian Premier champions to promotion contenders. However, with the owner leaving, the Blues second campaign back in the National South was tougher and they spent much of last term looking over their shoulder winning just three of their last 24 games.

Manager: Jamie O’Hara

A Dartfordian who made his name as a midfielder at Tottenham Hotspur, Jamie O’Hara also represented England at under 21 level. He enjoyed spells notably at Millwall, Portsmouth and Wolverhampton Wanderers and ended up at Billericay Town in the seventh tier of the English game. He helped the Blues claim the 2017/2018 Isthmian Premier League title, two league cups and a county cup. O’Hara left Ricay before returning as player assistant manager and in September last year he was promoted to manager. Alongside football management O’Hara can be heard on national radio channel Talksport.

Summer

Providing some trickery on the flanks, former Dartford winger Luke Wanadio moves across the bridge to Essex. Wanadio had two spells with the Darts both lasting a season, he also had spells with Bromley, Aldershot Town and Dulwich Hamlet. Four more players make the trip from Kent with two, Frank Sutherland and Lawrie Wilson coming from relegated Ebbsfleet United. Lewis Knight signs from Maidstone United and Jai Reason will lead the line after arriving from Dover Athletic. Also, making the step down from the National League will be Shamir Fenelon from Maidenhead United. Josh Hutchinson joins Ricay from Potters Bar Town, Hani Berchiche (Welwyn Garden City) as well as two trialists who impressed Jamie O’Hara in pre-season, Chevron McLean (Maldon and Tiptree) and Ruben Soares Junior (Grays Athletic). Former Fulham and Queen’s Park Rangers full-back, Joe Felix joins the Essex club having previously been at Hampton & Richmond Borough, Woking and Farnborough. With former Dart, Alan Julian leaving the goalkeeper position has been filled by Dion-Curtis Henry and from AFC Wimbledon in comes Ayoub Assal on loan for a month.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 4 / Billericay Town wins: 2 / Draws: 1

Braintree Town

2019/2020 Performance:
League Position: 21st
F.A Cup: 2nd Qualifying Round
F.A Trophy: 3rd Qualifying Round
Top Scorer: Femi Akinwande (6 goals)

A surprise package when they gate-crashed the National South playoffs and won promotion two years ago, knocking out Dartford in the process. The Iron returned to the National League at the first time of asking, this time their stay lasted one campaign as they yo-yoed between divisions. Braintree Town were nowhere near to reproducing a swift return and instead slid down the National South after a reasonable first two months. The Iron conceded the most goals last term and had the season not been curtailed were on target to finish in the bottom two.

Manager: George Borg

An experienced manager familiar with Braintree Town, Borg has had a few spells with the Iron. In his latest one it started in December 2019 when player manager Jake Hutchings stepped sown. His appointment came 15 years after the first time he led the Essex club back in 2004. Borg enjoyed success in the late nineties when Aldershot Town were back on the rise to the Football League. In 1998 he won the Isthmian League First Division then later added the Isthmian League Cup, two Hampshire Senior Cups and came runners-up in the Isthmian League Premier Division.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 3 / Braintree Town wins: 6 / Draws: 4

Chelmsford City

2019/2020 Performance:
League Position: 10th
F.A Cup: 2nd Qualifying Round
F.A Trophy: 3rd Round
Top Scorer: Shaun Jeffers (13 goals)

Regularly amongst the playoff places the Clarets fell short of their normal standards last time out. Often dubbed a sleeping giant, the Essex club parted company with Rod Stringer back in January after the former boss had taken Chelmsford City to the playoffs three years running. At the turn of the year the Clarets were only seven points adrift of the top seven and in the last 16 of the F.A Trophy when Stringer departed. Entering their thirteenth consecutive season in the National South, Chelmsford City are currently the longest serving club in the division.

Manager: Robbie Simpson

Just over a year ago Robbie Simpson was signed as a player by Rod Stringer. Five months later the forward was put in temporary charge of Chelmsford City and in March he became permanent player-manager. Simpson enjoyed a long career in the Football League after he had already represented both Cambridge clubs, United and City at non-league level. Coventry City took a chance and afterwards he played for Huddersfield Town, Oldham Athletic, Leyton Orient, Exeter City and Milton Keynes Dons. He also had a second spell with Cambridge United when they had returned to League Two.

Summer

The Clarets signed former Dartford midfielder Billy Crook this summer taking him back across the Thames to Essex. Crook won promotion with Braintree Town before joining the Darts in January 2019. Another former Dart and returning for a third spell with Chelmsford City is Phil Roberts. The striker had a brief spell at Princes Park and at the age of just 26 has been around the non-league circuit, he was also pivotal in helping Braintree Town up alongside Billy Crook. Last season’s Isthmian Division One North top scorer, Alex Teniola will hope to continue grabbing goals after completing a move from Heybridge Swifts. Also boosting the attack, Adam Liddle comes in from Derry City, Adam Morgan (Romford) and Tom Blackwell (Coggleshall Town). Former Tonbridge Angels, Maidstone United and Dover Athletic goalkeeper Lee Worgan will bring experience between the sticks and providing competition on dual registration from Heybridge Swifts will be Jacob Marsden. Defender, Adebola Oluwo (Fisher FC) and midfielder Callum Harrison (AFC Sudbury) are now Clarets and Cameron James has re-joined the club for a second spell from Colchester United. Cadell Fraser-Robinson also joined the Clarets after completing a scholarship at Stevenage.

Head to Head

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

Chippenham Town

2019/2020 Performance:
League Position: 14th
F.A Cup: 1st Round
F.A Trophy: 3rd Qualifying Round
Top Scorer: Scott Twine (6 goals)

A consistent team in the National South since they cruised their way to the Southern Premier League title three years ago, the Bluebirds finished thirteenth in consecutive seasons and were on course to ending last term in fourteenth. Yet it wasn’t all plain sailing last season, in mid-January they were embroiled in a relegation battle, appointed a new manager who steered them to safety winning five of their last six games. The Wiltshire club hope to keep that momentum going into the new campaign and improve on their mid-table finishes.

Manager: Michael Cook

Another manager who made the most of an interim spell, Michael Cook was appointed as permanent boss in March. The former Gloucester City manager took over the Bluebirds in January following the departure of Mark Collier. In that time Cook turned Chippenham Town’s fortunes around. After the home hammering to Dartford in February, he guided the Wiltshire club to five wins from seven matches with the last fixture a creditable draw against champions Wealdstone. At Gloucester City, he felt he wasn’t given a fair chance, so now is the time to prove his managerial capabilities.

Summer

Michael Cook’s former club Gloucester City were raided this summer as the former Tigers boss signed a trio of players from their local rivals. Covering all outfield positions Chippenham Town will now have striker Marlon Jackson, midfielder Joe Hanks and defender Spencer Hamilton in their squad. Both Danny Greenslade and Bradley Ash join the Bluebirds from Hereford. Former Sutton United striker, Ross Stearn returns to Hardenhuish Park from Bath City, whilst Luke Ruuse makes his loan spell from Bristol Rovers permanent.

Head to Head

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

Weymouth – Season Preview 2019/2020

Weymouth

Southern Premier South: 1st

F.A Cup: 1st Qualifying Round

F.A Trophy: 2nd Round

County Cup: 2nd Round

League Top Scorer: Brandon Goodship (37goals) / Average Attendance: 1006

Weymouth’s first season back in the National South will be without talisman Brandon Goodship who won the Southern League golden boot last term with an incredible 37 goals. Goodship earned a move to League One side Southend United, so the conundrum of finding a suitable replacement has been important to the Terras over the summer. To replace the goals, Weymouth have opted to add more experience with the signing of 31-year-old Brett Williams, who used to be a teammate with manager Mark Molesley at Aldershot Town. Williams made his name with the Shots scoring at nearly a goal every other game, the striker has also played for Stevenage, Forest Green Rovers and Torquay United, most recently he was on loan at Sutton United and he has also represented Bromley too. Andy Robinson won the Player of the Year award with Havant and Waterlooville last season making 35 appearances as the Hawks were relegated, he makes the move across to Dorset. Following Robinson from the Hawks will be Jordan Rose, who has played for Weymouth before in two loan spells. Impressing the Terras last season, Ade Olumuyiwa will strengthen Weymouth’s defence having joined from Southern League Division One South champions Blackfield and Langley. The first summer signing was left sided full back or midfielder Ollie Harfield from National League side Dagenham and Redbridge, he played 33 times for the Daggers last term. After scoring for the Terras in two friendlies, the Dorset club signed Jack Hoey who has been recently playing in the States for Gardner Webb University. Calum Ward signed a professional contract with AFC Bournemouth in the summer, the goalkeeper will be on loan at the Bob Lucas Stadium this season.

The Manager – Mark Molesley

An England C international with 4 caps Mark is a vastly experienced midfielder signed by the Terras in July 2015 following his release by Aldershot Town. Mark became First Team Manager following the departure of Jason Matthews in April 2017 and has impressed with his professional attitude. Mark started his career with Hayes, coming through their youth system. Spells with Cambridge City, Aldershot Town, Stevenage Borough and Grays Athletic before being transferred to Bournemouth. He made his debut for Bournemouth, away to Shrewsbury Town, in the 4-1 defeat in the League Two on 18 October 2008. Molesley signed for Exeter City on 18 January 2013. On 30 April 2013, he was released by Exeter due to the expiry of his contract and joined Aldershot Town. Mark made 40 appearances for the Shots and scored 8 goals. Mark joined Weymouth in Summer 2015 and played for two seasons before retiring to take over as First Team Manager. Mark combines his role at Weymouth with Bournemouth Under 23s.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 17 / Weymouth wins: 34 / Draws: 15

Last Six Meetings

27.12.1997 Weymouth 2 Dartford 0
23.08.1997 Dartford 2 Weymouth 3
15.02.1997 Weymouth 2 Dartford 1
05.10.1996 Dartford 3 Weymouth 5
22.12.1990 Weymouth 0 Dartford 0
18.08.1990 Dartford 5 Weymouth 3

Facts

Dartford last beat Weymouth 29 years ago winning 5-3 at Watling Street.

Since Dartford’s last victory, the Terras have gone five unbeaten, drawing one before winning the last four matches.

Last Ten Years

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next Meetings

Saturday 17 August 2019 at the Bob Lucas Stadium

Saturday 25 April 2020 at Princes Park

Welling United – Season Preview 2019/2020

Welling United

National South: 3rd

F.A Cup: 4th Qualifying Round

F.A Trophy: 3rd Qualifying Round

County Cup: 2nd Round

League Top Scorer: Brendan Kiernan (13 goals) / Average Attendance: 684

Last season’s play-off finalists have had to rebuild after the departure of manager Steve King. A restructure to keep the club within a smaller budget was deemed necessary and so Chairman, Mark Goldberg has also taken up the role of manager. With that in mind, the Wings recruitment process started later than most clubs, but they did secure the services of centre backs Jay Rich-Baghuelou from Dulwich Hamlet and Rob Swaine from Maidstone United. Swaine was captain at Bromley during Goldberg’s spell as manager at Hayes Lane. It didn’t work out for Kudus Oyenuga at Dartford, who made 21 appearances last season scoring once, the former Chelmsford City player finished last term on loan at Harringey Borough and joined Welling United, only to then sign a dual registration with Margate. His move was instigated when the Wings played Margate in a friendly and Connor Dymond caught their eye. Dymond played for the Wings before in during that spell even saved a penalty when he ended up in goal. Joe Anderson also worked with Goldberg before winning promotion to the National League with Bromley, another former Chelmsford City player now at Welling United. Returning to the Wings after last season’s loan spell from Dulwich Hamlet is Sanchez Ming and following Ming from Champion Hill is former Dart, Nathan Green. A year ago, Archie Johnson started the campaign with Welling United, he left to pursue game time with Cray Wanderers and has now returned. Aaron Cosgrove comes in from Chelmsford City having played for Havant and Waterlooville earlier last season. Richard Platt moves to Park View Road having last season at Chesham United and Bedworth Town. Midfielder, Reece Prestedge won the National South with Bromley in 2015 and has had a wealth of experience with Chelmsford City, Bishop’s Stortford and Maidstone United in the National League. Anthony Cook was also part of that title winning side and he joins from Dulwich Hamlet. In his first three spells with the Wings, Adam Coombes became a firm favourite, the striker left Welling United in 2016 and whilst at Sutton United and Billericay Town had loan spells at Park View Road.  During pre-season a target man was on Welling United’s wishlist and when Joshua Oyinsan put pen to paper the Wings crossed that role of their list, Oyinsan was previously signed at Bromley when Goldberg was in charge and scored 17 times for Cambridge City last term.

The Manager – Mark Goldberg

The former Crystal Palace chairman turned to management after he was declared bankrupt almost twenty years ago. Goldberg took up his first managerial post six years later at Bromley where he went on to have three spells with the Kent club. Goldberg’s start in management was successful, leading Bromley to promotion to the National South via the Isthmian Premier League playoffs before leaving during the 2007/2008 season. By the end of that campaign Goldberg returned and lasted until January 2011, but once more he was back when new club chairman, Ashley Reading arrived. Goldberg guided Bromley to the National League in 2014/2015 by winning the National South and left for a third time in 2016.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 20 / Welling United wins: 8 / Draws: 10

Last Six Meetings

01.01.2019 Dartford 1 Welling United 0
26.12.2018 Welling United 2 Dartford 0
01.01.2018 Dartford 4 Welling United 1
26.12.2017 Welling United 2 Dartford 3
28.02.2017 Welling United 0 Dartford 0
22.11.2016 Welling United 2 Dartford 2

Facts

The Darts have won the last five games against Welling United at Princes Park in all competitions.

Welling United have won just two of the last seventeen meetings between the two sides in normal time, the Wings did win a Kent Senior Cup tie on penalties.

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Next Meetings

Thursday 26 December 2019 at Park View Road

Wednesday 1 January 2020 at Princes Park

Wealdstone – Season Preview 2019/2020

Wealdstone

National South: 7th

F.A Cup: 4th Qualifying Round

F.A Trophy: 1st Round

County Cup: Quarter-Final

League Top Scorer: David Pratt (11 goals) / Average Attendance: 882

Sneaking into the National South play-offs in April, the Stones won the elimination match only to lose the semi-final. Bobby Wilkinson left the club and in came former Hemel Hempstead Town and Billericay Town boss Dean Brennan on a two-year contract. Brennan arrived with Jerome Okimo, Daniel Green, Jake Sheppard, Connor Stevens and Jonathan North already signed up for another campaign. The first summer signing was Reece Beckles-Richards from Isthmian Premier League side Wingate and Finchley, the striker has represented Antigua and Barbuda at international level. Kavan Cotter was at Hemel Hempstead Town last season, the versatile midfielder moves to the Middlesex club and has experience with Gillingham and Luton Town. Returning to Grosvenor Vale both Ryan Sellers and Connor Smith are back. Sellers made 20 appearances in the National League with FC Halifax Town last term whilst Smith was at Billericay Town and has 80 Football League appearances under his belt. Jacob Smith has already played alongside new signings Smith and Cotter whilst at Kings Langley last season, the midfielder will know more of his teammates having been part of the same Watford under 18’s title winning side as Connor Stevens. At full back, Nick Arnold has joined the Hampshire club, the 25-year-old has represented Wycombe Wanderers, Woking and Whitehawk. Wealdstone have signed the son of former Premier League striker Gifton Noel-Williams, Dejon. The 20-year-old joins from League Two side Oxford United and had two loans spells in the National South with Slough Town and Gloucester City. Ross Lafayette returns to Grosvenor Vale after a handful of appearances for Wealdstone a decade ago, the striker was at Billericay Town and has plenty of National League experience including a spell with Welling United. Dennon Lewis tried his luck with Scottish Championship side Falkirk before signing for Bromley, the youngster will be part of Brennan’s squad. Winger, Jacob Mendy helped Isthmian Premier League side Carshalton Athletic to a second place finish last season and will add versatility to the flanks for Wealdstone. Afolabi Coker played in the division below Mendy for Ashford United in the Isthmian League South East Division and he takes the step up with the Stones. Michee Efete joins from Billericay Town, the defender has had a loan spell in Iceland and with Torquay United and Bath City in the past, he has also played for Maidstone United. Wealdstone have added Billiy Clifford to their squad, who has worked with manager Dean Brennan at Hemel Hempstead Town and Billericay Town. The 26-year-old finished last season on loan at Slough Town and has previously played for Boreham Wood, Crawley Town and Walsall.

The Manager – Dean Brennan

A career playing in the Football League career never took off for Dean Brennan, but he had a decent time in non-league football. The former midfielder won the F.A Trophy with Grays Athletic and had spells with Stevenage, AFC Wimbledon and various other clubs including Hemel Hempstead Town. At the age of 29, the Tudors appointed Brennan as interim manager and he kept them in the Southern Premier League. After a spell at Dunstable Town the Irishman returned to the Tudors taking them up to the National South. Brennan moved to Billericay Town and lasted four months before parting company last season and this summer he has taken charge of Wealdstone.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 13 / Wealdstone wins: 14 / Draws: 14

Last Six Meetings

05.01.2016 Wealdstone 1 Dartford 1
18.08.2018 Dartford 0 Wealdstone 3
17.02.2018 Wealdstone 1 Dartford 2
21.11.2017 Dartford 3 Wealdstone 3
28.01.2017 Wealdstone 0 Dartford 4
06.08.2016 Dartford 2 Wealdstone 2

Facts

Dartford have won just three of the last nineteen games against Wealdstone in all competitions.

The two sides meet on the opening day, which happened just three years ago when they played out a 2-2 draw at Princes Park.

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Next Meetings

Saturday 3 August 2019 at The Vale

Saturday 29 February 2020 at Princes Park

Tonbridge Angels – Season Preview 2019/2020

Tonbridge Angels

2018/19 Season

Isthmian Premier: 4th

F.A Cup: 2nd Qualifying Round

F.A Trophy: 2nd Qualifying Round

County Cup: Semi-Final

League Top Scorer: Joe Turner (15 goals) / Average Attendance: 542

There was plenty of controversy about the route to the National South via the play-offs last season. Manager Steve McKimm was not pleased about having to play two finals, however Tonbridge Angels won both and so they will prepare for life in the National South. Vice-captain Sonny Miles, has made almost 400 appearances for the Angels since coming through their youth ranks, the winner of Player of the Year awards last term remains at the Longmead Stadium. The winning goalscorer in the Super Play-off final, Tom Derry has signed on for another season and so has Chinedu McKenzie, who netted an average of a goal every other game last term since joining the Angels in January and Jack Parter, who has racked up over 250 appearances for the Kent club since 2014. James Folkes, Liam Smith, Tom Beere and captain Tom Parkinson have all agreed new contracts. Arthur Lee was integral to the defence in the division below, but he is seeking pastures new. McKimm has also strengthened the squad with the additions of Tommy Brewer from Kingstonian and Alex Bentley from AFC Hornchurch. D’Sean Theobalds scored in the super play-off final against Metropolitan Police, he remains with the Angels. Winger, Khale Da Costa netted five times for St Albans City last term and he has switched to newly promoted Tonbridge Angels. Tommie Hession-Harris and Rhyle Ovenden join the squad after pre-season injuries midfield left the Angels short in the middle of the park. Hession-Harris has had three years of playing in the USA including a spell at Toros and last season was at Isthmian League North side Maldon and Tiptree. Ovenden was a young professional at Watford before joining Hemel Hempstead Town and Whitehawk.

The Manager – Steve McKimm

The winner of two play-off finals in one season will never be taken away from Tonbridge Angels boss Steve McKimm. The former Sutton United player-coach guided the Angels back to the National South, first he masterminded the Isthmian Premier League Playoff victory over Merstham, then he had to repeat the triumph against Metropolitan Police in a super playoff. McKimm had already led Tonbridge Angels to the playoffs in 2015/2016, only to fall short in the semi-final against East Thurrock United. Before he’s time at Sutton United, McKimm had spells at Margate, Gravesend and Northfleet where he won the Isthmian Premier League title, Kingstonian, Farnborough, Hayes and Yeading United and Dulwich Hamlet.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 67 / Tonbridge Angels wins: 37 / Draws: 24

Last Six Meetings

15.10.2016 Tonbridge Angels 0 Dartford 3
15.12.2012 Dartford 3 Tonbridge Angels 0
03.03.2012 Tonbridge Angels 0 Dartford 1
31.01.2012 Tonbridge Angels 2 Dartford 4
24.09.2011 Dartford 3 Tonbridge Angels 1
25.01.2011 Dartford 2 Tonbridge Angels 0

Facts

Dartford are currently on an eight game winning streak in all competitions against Tonbridge Angels going back to ten years.

Tonbridge Angels last beat the Darts in November 2008 and have never won at Princes Park since it opened.

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Next Meetings

Tuesday 3 September 2019 at Longmead Stadium

Saturday 28 December 2019 at Princes Park

St Albans City – Season Preview 2019/2020

St Albans City

2018/19 Season

National South: 9th

F.A Cup: 3rd Qualifying Round

F.A Trophy: 3rd Qualifying Round

County Cup: Runners Up

League Top Scorer: David Moyo (14 goals) / Average Attendance: 842

Former Dartford full back Tom Bender was retained by St Albans City along with Zane Banton, James Kaloczi and Scott Shulton. Ben Herd left the Saints to take up a managerial role at Isthmian League South Central side Hertford Town, defender Lewis Knight switched to Maidstone United and both Khale Da Costa and Clovis Kamdjo have left St Albans City. Four years after last appearing for the Saints, defender and England C international David Longe-King returns to the Hertfordshire side from Biggleswade Town, where Ian Allinson’s son Lee is manager. Released from Northampton Town, St Albans City have signed Joe Iaciofano who came through the Cobblers academy. The striker has also had spells with Corby Town, Chesham United, Brackley Town and AFC Mansfield. Arriving from fellow National South side Hungerford Town, Darren Foxley had caused his new team plenty of problems on the wing when he played them, now he will be in the blue and yellow of St Albans City. Other players added to the squad to provide width are Bobson Bawling and Rhys Murrell-Williamson, the latter returning to Clarence Park. Bawling has played for Crawley Town before moving to Woking then Torquay United last summer, by the end of the season he was at Oxford City on loan. Murrell-Williamson scored 15 times for St Albans City in the 2017/2018 campaign and made it into the National South Team of the Season, he has since had spells at Hampton and Richmond Borough, Billericay Town and Woking. Released from neighbours Hemel Hempstead Town, Joe Howe signed for the Saints, the right back has spent most of his career at Ebbsfleet United, but has also represented Welling United. Fisher Athletic, Bromley and Leatherhead.

The Manager – Ian Allinson

Ian Allinson committed his future to the club and will be part a much bigger picture providing the Saints direction in commercial development, creating a pathway for young district players to progress through to the first team, developing the club’s brand and to look into a move to full time football. The former winger amassed over 300 league appearances as a player for Colchester United in two spells, and played over 100 games in all competitions for Arsenal. He also appeared for Stoke City and Luton Town. As a manager, he won the Isthmian Premier League and National South playoff finals with Boreham Wood before joining St Albans City three years ago. Allinson has also managed Baldock Town, Barton Rovers, Harlow Town and Stotfold so has plenty of experience to offer the Saints.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 7 / St Albans City wins: 5 / Draws: 4

Last Six Meetings

12.01.2019 Dartford 3 St Albans City 2
01.09.2018 St Albans City 2 Dartford 0
03.02.2018 St Albans City 4 Dartford 0
28.10.2017 Dartford 2 St Albans City 1
25.03.2017 St Albans City 1 Dartford 0
08.11.2016 Dartford 0 St Albans City 2

Facts

In the first ten meetings between the two teams the Darts won six, drew three and lost a cup tie on penalties.

All five of St Albans City’s victories in normal time have came in the last three years, the Saints have kept five clean sheets in the last seven meetings.

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Next Meetings

Tuesday 6 August 2019 at Princes Park

Saturday 7 March 2020 at Clarence Park

Slough Town – Season Preview 2019/2020

Slough Town

2018/19 Season

National South: 11th

F.A Cup: 2nd Round

F.A Trophy: 3rd Qualifying Round

County Cup: Winners

League Top Scorer: James Dobson (7 goals) / Average Attendance: 783

The Rebels have benefited from Maidenhead United’s move to full-time football by signing Max Worsfold. The attacking midfielder was unable to commit to the Magpies and was snapped up by Slough Town manager’s Neil Baker and Jon Underwood. Striker, Ryan Bird will follow Worsfold from York Road to Arbour Park, he has Football League experience with Portsmouth, Yeovil Town, Cambridge United and Newport County and played for Dover Athletic in the National League. Departing the club are Louie Soares and Nathan Smart. After a successful pre-season Joe Grant returns to the club after previously appearing when Slough Town were in the Southern Premier League. The youngster had been playing at Bracknell Town where the Rebel’s have been tracking his progress.

The Managers – Neal Baker and Jon Underwood

Joint managers since May 2013, Neal Baker and Jon Underwood both came from Godalming Town. At 29-years-old a knee injury ended Baker’s playing career so he moved into management with Fleet Spurs in the Wessex League Division One. Underwood was managing Sandhurst Town before teaming up with Baker at Godalming Town. Whilst with the G’s the duo reached the Isthmian Division One South playoffs and lifted the Surrey Senior Cup. At Slough Town, Baker and Underwood have been part of an upward trend by guiding the club to promotion to the Southern Premier League, via the playoffs, the same promotion route to reach the National South just over a year ago.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 3 / Slough Town wins: 0 / Draws: 2

Last Five Meetings

16.02.2019 Slough Town 2 Dartford 2
08.12.2018 Dartford 1 Slough Town 1
01.10.2016 Slough Town 2 Dartford 3
29.10.1988 Slough Town 1 Dartford 2
10.01.1981 Dartford 4 Slough Town 1

Facts

Dartford have never lost to Slough Town winning three and drawing two of the five meetings stretching back to 1981.

In each game between the two sides both teams have scored leading to an average of 3.8 goals per game.

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Next Meetings

Saturday 28 September 2019 at Princes Park

Saturday 18 January 2020 at Arbour Park

Oxford City – Season Preview 2019/2020

Oxford City

2018/19 Season

National South: 12th

F.A Cup: 1st Round

F.A Trophy: 2nd Round

County Cup: Winners

League Top Scorer: Kabonga Tshimanga (24 goals) / Average Attendance: 353

Meticulous planning was required in the summer for the Nomads as their fate relied on a team in the division above. Oxford City were provisionally switched to the National North due to the influx of Southern clubs relegated from the National League. However, the demise of Gateshead, who ended up taking demotion to the National North meant the Nomads were switched back to the National South. The uncertainty of what league Oxford City will be playing in has given the managerial team plenty to ponder over in terms of recruiting players. A core of players committed to the club regardless of the divisional switch including club captain Joe Oastler, Zac McEachran and Ben Jefford, whilst Craig Fasanmade signed his first full-time contract with the club. After a spell at Hemel Hempstead Town, Daniel Rown joins the Nomads from Braintree Town. Winger, Nana Owusu moved from Basingstoke Town to Maidenhead United in 2017 and after 18 months with the Berkshire club has moved to Oxford City. Striker, Stefan Brown comes in from Wealdstone, the striker has experience at National South level with Hungerford Town and manger Mark Jones is hoping he can be the main goalscorerRyan Case, Bobson Bawling, Tom Carter, and John O’Donoghue have departed the club. Finn Tapp, joined the Hoops as a free agent following a year as a professional at Milton Keynes Dons.

The Manager – Mark Jones

In the F.A Cup two seasons ago, Oxford City knocked out Football League opposition for the first time in their history and it was masterminded by Mark Jones. He also guided City to their first County Cup triumph in fifteen years. Taking charge of the first team in December 2016, Jones came into the role with coaching and playing experience. Not only does he currently head up Oxford City’s scholarship programme he also played for the club. His playing career included spells at Aylesbury United, Harrow Borough and Thame United and after hanging up his boots, Jones worked at Stevenage as Centre of Excellence Manager and Watford as Lead Youth Development Phase Coach.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 4 / Oxford City wins: 2 / Draws: 2

Last Six Meetings

27.04.2019 Oxford City 2 Dartford 1
13.11.2018 Dartford 3 Oxford City 2
06.10.2018 Oxford City 4 Dartford 1
24.03.2018 Oxford City 0 Dartford 2
19.08.2017 Dartford 7 Oxford City 1
25.02.2017 Oxford City 1 Dartford 1

Facts

Dartford are unbeaten at Princes Park against Oxford City winning three out of five.

Oxford City beat the Darts twice last term, before those victories Dartford went five games unbeaten in this fixture.

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Next Meetings

Saturday 12 October 2019 at Marsh Lane

Saturday 11 January 2020 at Princes Park

Maidstone United – Season Preview 2019/2020

Maidstone United

2018/19 Season

National League: 24th

F.A Cup: 2nd Round

F.A Trophy: Quarter-Final

County Cup: Winners

League Top Scorer: Blair Turgott (14 goals) / Average Attendance: 2179

The Stones aim to return to the National League and with plenty of summer business going on the Kent side have rebuilt their squad. On loan at Dartford last season, winger Andre Coker has had his contract cancelled, however defender Jordan Wynter made his loan deal with the Darts permanent. Defender, Lewis Knight joins the club from St Albans City, his previous clubs include East Thurrock United, Concord Rangers and Welling United. Cameroonian midfielder, Clovis Kamdjo follows Knight from the Saints. Head of Football, John Still looked down the non-league pyramid to sign striker Ibrahim Olutade from Leatherhead, he scored 13 goals for the Isthmian Premier League side last season after joining them in November. Goalkeeper, Jake Cole played his last game for Aldershot Town against the Stones on the final day of last season, the 33-year-old has switched allegiances. Left back, Noah Chesmain’s contract expired with Colchester United and after loan spells with Welling United and Boreham Wood he moves to the Gallagher Stadium. Gavin Hoyte whose professional career started at Arsenal and spanned a decade with Dagenham and Redbridge, Gillingham, Barnet and Eastleigh, he joins the Stones after a second spell with the Daggers. George Elokobi made his name at Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Premier League and Championship, the defender joins from Aldershot Town and has also represented Colchester United, Nottingham Forest, Bristol City and Oldham Athletic. Striker Jonathan Edwards signed a one-year deal after leaving FC Halifax Town, the 22-year-old has been taken on by Stevenage, Peterborough United and Hull City in the past. Luke Pennell has played under Still before at Dagenham and Redbridge, the defender also earned an England C call up towards the end of last year. Sam Corne becomes a Maidstone United player returning to full time football. The 22-year-old played for Greenwich Borough and Ashford United, scoring 21 goals in 40 games for the latter. His senior career started with Welling United in 2013 and after four seasons at Park View Road, he signed for Braintree Town and worked under Stones head coach Hakan Hayrettin. During his time at Welling United he got an England C call-up. Defender Danny Divine joined the Stones after a year as a professional at Gillingham, the defender also spent time on loan at Sittingbourne and Faversham Town. Winger, Iffy Allen ended last season with Braintree Town, the 25-year-old has Football League experience with Barnet and Yeovil Town, and has also played in the National League for Aldershot Town, Wrexham and Bromley. Another winger, Nana Kyei was signed from Barnet in his first permanent move he has had loan spells at Concord Rangers, Hampton & Richmond Borough and Potters Bar Town.

The experienced Simon Walton has left the Kent side to take up a Player Coach position at Havant and Waterlooville, whilst Ollie Muldoon, Jack Richards and Elliot Romain have also departed. Will De Havilland stood in as captain when Blair Turgott was injured, a relegation release clause means the defender was snapped up by Dover Athletic. Turgott, who top scored for the Stones last season has left the club and joined Swedish top flight Ostersunds.

The Manager – Hakan Hayrettin

A well respected coach, Hakan Hayrettin started management back in 2003 winning the Essex Senior Cup with Waltham Forest. He moved on to Thurrock before taking Grays Athletic to the Isthmian Division One North title with a club record 102 points in 2012/2013. John Still, now Head of Football at Maidstone United, appointed Hayrettin as coach when he managed Luton Town. Three years away from being the boss, Hayrettin returned to Essex with Braintree Town until he left following relegation to the National South. He returned as interim manager last term, but in January he left to take on the job at Maidstone United.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 44 / Maidstone United wins: 44 / Draws: 17

Last Six Meetings

22.01.2019* Dartford 1 Maidstone United 1
09.04.2016 Maidstone United 1 Dartford 2
14.11.2015 Dartford 1 Maidstone United 1
20.03.2010 Dartford 3 Maidstone United 0
09.03.2010 Maidstone United 0 Dartford 1
31.01.2009 Dartford 1 Maidstone United 0

* – Kent Senior Cup, Maidstone United won 8-7 on penalties

Facts

Dartford are unbeaten in their last six league games against Maidstone United, winning five.

The Stones last beat Dartford in the league back in 2007 and the last away victory in league over the Darts came in 1978.

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Next Meetings

Saturday 16 November 2019 at Princes Park

Saturday 4 April 2020 at Gallagher Stadium