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Truro City v Dartford

Dartford could climb to fourth in the National League South if they beat Tuesday’s opponents Truro City.

Tony Burman’s side occupy the final playoff spot, with Truro City level on points in fourth place. The Cornwall club have four games in hand and face a fixture backlog this month.

The Darts have turned around their form with seven points from the last three games. The Easter period has got the club’s playoff bid back on track after previously losing four in a row. A comfortable home win against Bishop’s Stortford was followed up by a creditable draw with league leaders and local rivals Ebbsfleet United.

On Saturday, Dartford’s win over fellow playoff chasers leapfrogged them over their opponents Maidenhead United. Two first half goals from Danny Harris and Elliot Bradbrook in the space of six minutes clinched victory. Harris scored just after the half hour mark with a well taken curling effort which finished in the top corner. Andy Pugh won a penalty which Elliot Bradbrook netted, the skipper scoring on his return from a three match ban.

Paul Sawyer took charge in the dugout in the absence of manager Tony Burman, who has missed the last two matches in the dugout through illness. Jack Simmons was missing after turning his ankle in training, Callum McNaughton is out with a fractured metatarsal. Tom Bradbrook was substituted early on against Maidenhead United after pulling up sharply, he was replaced by the returning Pugh. Paul Lorraine is yet to feature since signing for the Darts, the defender is making good progress to get fit. Lee Burns was also named in the squad on the weekend after recovering from a groin strain.

Truro City are eighteen points behind third place Sutton United, but another postponement on the weekend has left them with nine fixtures to cram in by the end of the month.

Since September, Truro City have been one of the most consistent teams in the National South. The first month of the season yielded just five points from a possible 21 and included a 6-0 hammering at home to Oxford City. The defeat had been a wakeup call as the White Tigers went on to lose just once over the next twenty two games. Their last four National South matches have resulted in a win, a draw and two defeats.

The Darts have yet to beat Truro City in all three attempts since their first meeting in 2011. However, Dartford did record their best result against the Cornwall club at Treyew Road, on the final day of the 2011/12 season.

With a playoff place and runners up spot secured, Dartford travelled to the West Country and returned with a 1-1 draw. All the action happened in the final three minutes when veteran striker Barry Hayles gave the home side the lead and in injury time Jacob Erskine levelled for the Darts. The two encounters at Princes Park ended in Truro City wins, most recently in September when the White Tigers won the match with an Isaac Vassell goal three minutes from time.

Head to Head
Truro City wins: 2 / Dartford wins: 0 / Draws 1

Current League Form

Truro City (LDWLWW) Dartford (WDWLLL)
Sutton United H 0-2 Maidenhead United H 2-0
Maidenhead United A 0-0 Ebbsfleet United A 1-1
Bath City H 3-1 Bishop’s Stortford H 3-1
Hemel Hempstead Town A 1-2 Havant & Waterlooville A 0-2
Chelmsford City H 1-0 Maidenhead United A 1-2
Bishop’s Stortford A 3-0 Whitehawk H 2-4

Last Meeting at Treyew Road

28 April 2012 – Truro City 1 Dartford 1 – attendance 751
Goalscorers: Hayles (87), Erskine (90)

The Darts lineup: Louis Wells, Lee Burns, Adam Green, Tom Bonner, Luke Wilkinson, Tom Champion, Lee Noble, James Rogers, Jacob Erskine, Elliot Bradbrook, Danny Harris (Subs used: Richard Graham, Ryan Hayes, Tony Garrod)

Previous Meetings

19.09.2015 Dartford 0 Truro City 1
28.04.2012 Truro City 1 Dartford 1
22.10.2011 Dartford 1 Truro City 2

Stats
3 – points Dartford have taken from sides above them in the National South, three draws and three defeats. Truro City and Maidstone United are the last of the two the Darts face until the end of the season.

8 – the number of promotions achieved by Dartford and Truro City over the last ten years. The Darts have been promoted three times whilst Truro City five times, both sides have suffered relegation once.

46 – the Darts have conceded 46 times this season and on a per game basis only the top three Ebbsfleet United, Maidstone United and Sutton United have a tighter defence. Truro City have let in 42 but have played four less games.

Only Maidstone United (2.06) and Maidenhead United (2.00) have a better points per game ratio at home than Truro City (1.88).

On This Day
Dartford have won just once in nine attempts on 5 April since reforming. In fact, they had to wait 34 years between a 1-0 Southern Premier League win over Wimbledon in 1977 and a 3-0 victory against Ramsgate, in the Kent Senior Cup semi-final five years ago. In between those years, the Darts drew four and lost six with the most important point earned eight years ago at Potters Bar Town. Battling for the Isthmian Division One North, captain Alex O’Brien saved the match and completed a comeback from two down, Jay May scored the other to keep the Darts marginally ahead of AFC Sudbury at the top of the table.

Dartford v Truro City

Dartford play host to Truro City for only the second time in their history this weekend, the last time being almost four years ago.

Once again the Darts take on the Cornwall club after they won promotion the season before. When the sides last met, the Cornwall club had just won the Southern Premier league, last term they won playoffs.

A new approach this time has seen a mixture of results for Dartford as they continue to search for consistency. The introduction of Deren Ibrahim, Ronnie Vint, Ebou Adams, Kaka Dembele and the inclusion of Ben Francis and Richard Seixas in one matchday squad shows manager Tony Burman is looking towards the academy system and believes his squad is a ‘work in progress’.

Defensive errors have costed the Darts, in games against Gosport Borough and Ebbsfleet United. However, the fighting spirit shown in the 3-2 victory at Concord Rangers, from two goals down and last weekend’s 2-1 home win over Weston Super Mare give Burman hope his side can reach the playoffs this season.

The credible 0-0 draw at league leaders Bath City was followed up with a dramatic comeback last Saturday. Dartford found themselves a goal down with two minutes remaining, goals from Danny Harris and an own goal completed the 2-1 triumph over Weston Super Mare.

On Tuesday, Burman’s side took on Oxford City who started the evening as top scorers in the National South and in third place. The Darts went ahead when a great assist by Ryan Hayes found Andy Pugh for the only goal of the first half. The hosts pressed in the second half and were rewarded with an equaliser by Jon Arzamendi and a winner from Kynan Isaac.

Truro City opened their second spell in the National South with a 1-1 draw against fellow promoted side Margate. The Southern Premier league playoff winners had to wait for matchday three to notch their first win when they beat Concord Rangers 2-1.

A five game winless run, including a 6-0 drubbing at home to Oxford City put pressure on the Cornishmen until they took four points from the next six, keeping consecutive clean sheets.

Four days ago, it was Truro City’s turn to take on Weston Super Mare with limited chances created in a goalless first half. It didn’t take long in the second half for the deadlock to be broken when Weston’s Ollie Barnes headed the opener from two yards out. If the first half was dour, then the final twelve minutes made up for the lack of action. Arran Pugh and Cody Cooke put Truro City in front but a stunning late equaliser by Scott Wilson made sure each team finished with a point.

The Darts will welcome back Jamie Richards to Princes Park this weekend. The 21 year old defender played 17 times under Tony Burman last season and joined Truro City from Torquay United. Richards made his debut against Weston Super Mare on Tuesday night.

Dartford will not want history to repeat itself this time, a calamitous opening seven minutes left them with an uphill battle four years ago.  Truro City took full advantage of slack defending, Adam Green’s back pass and Andrew Young’s poor control left Andrew Watkins with an easy goal. A couple of minutes later Paul Goodacre sliced a cross into his own goal. Tom Bonner halved the deficit after the visitors were reduced to ten men but the damage was done early on.

Head to Head

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

Last Meeting at Princes Park

22 October 2011 – Dartford 1 Truro City 2 – Att 1238

Darts Lineup: Andrew Young, Lee Burns, Adam Green, Tom Bonner, Paul Goodacre, Ton Champion, Ryan Hayes, James Rogers, Danny Harris, Elliot Bradbrook, Richard Graham (subs used: Jack Pallen, Jacob Erskine, Lee Noble)

Current League Form

Dartford (LWDLWL) Truro City (DWDLLL)
Oxford City  A  1-2 Weston Super Mare  A  2-2
Weston Super Mare  H  2-1 St Albans City  A  2-0
Bath City  A  0-0 Eastbourne Borough  A  0-0
Ebbsfleet United  H  0-1 Oxford City  H  0-6
Margate  A  2-0 Gosport Borough  A  0-3
Gosport Borough  H  2-3 Bishop’s Stortford  H  0-1

Previous Meetings

28.04.2012 Truro City 1 Dartford 1
22.10.2011 Dartford 1 Truro City 2

On This Day
Since reforming then 19 September has been a great day for goals with and an average of four a game. Twice the Darts have lost with a 3-2 score line, against Fleet Town and Dulwich Hamlet respectively. The trip to Hampshire ended the Dartford’s F.A Cup involvement 17 years ago, whilst the journey to Dulwich Hamlet came in the Isthmian Division One South in 2006. Dartford’s two wins came with clean sheets, Chertsey Town were knocked out of the F.A Cup as the Darts won 2-0. More emphatically Carshalton Athletic were beaten 4-0 in the Isthmian Premier league title campaign.

 

National League South Season Preview 2015/2016 – Part Five

Sutton United | Truro City | Wealdstone | Weston-Super-Mare | Whitehawk

Sutton United

Founded: 1898 / Ground: Borough Sports Ground

A famous name in non league football thanks to a F.A Cup third round win, against holders Coventry City in 1989. Sutton United were a Conference Premier side back then but have spent most of their time in the Isthmian League. Joining the Conference South when non league was restructured, the club were relegated in 2007/08. The U’s spent just three season’s away winning the Isthmian Premier League after two playoff attempts, including a runner up spot behind Dartford. The Surrey club reached the playoffs twice in the Conference South in four seasons, but last term finished mid table.

SuttonunitedLast Season

Conference South: 15th

F.A Cup: 3rd Qualifying Round

F.A Trophy: 1st Round

County Cup: 3rd Round

League Top Scorer: Jessy Reindorf & Dan Fitchett (6 goals)

Average Attendance: 548

The Manager – Paul Doswell

Making his name at Eastleigh, Paul Doswell led the Hampshire club through three consecutive promotions to take the Spitfires from the Wessex League to the Conference South. Doswell had an immediate impact at Eastleigh, appointed in 2002 he won the Wessex League title in the same year. Two playoff triumphs followed and the first season in the Conference South his side finished a creditable eighth. Leaving Eastliegh in 2006 it wasn’t until two years later he joined Sutton United. Success has continued with two playoff appearances in the Isthmian Premier League before winning the league title. In the Conference South Doswell has made a further two playoff appearances and came runners up against his old side Eastleigh in 2013/14.

The Summer

Connections with Eastleigh remain sound for Paul Doswell by signing a trio of players. Dean Beckwith, Dan Spence and the experienced Craig McAllister move from the Silverlake Stadium to the Borough Sports Ground. Striker Stuart Fleetwood, another former Eastleigh player will provide goals and has had spells with Forest Green Rovers, Luton Town and Hereford United. Last season’s goalkeeper for the Darts, Jason Brown had joined but left without playing a match to concentrate on coaching. That meant Doswell had to search for a goalkeeper again finding AFC Wimbledon’s Ross Worner. Tom Bolarinwa comes in from Cray Wanderers and Ross Stearn from Bath City.

Last Meetings Versus The Darts

14 April 2012 – Sutton United 0 Dartford 1 – view highlights

Dartford may have taken all three points but results elsewhere meant they couldn’t catch Woking at the top of the table. A counter attacking move starting from the Darts own half ended with Tony Garrod scoring the winner.

20 March 2012 – Dartford 6 Sutton United 1 – view highlights

One of Dartford’s finest performances since Princes Park opened. The Darts thrashed eventual runners up Sutton United in some style. Lee Noble and an Adam Green penalty three minutes apart had the hosts two up. Harry Beautyman pulled a goal back then Dartford raced away. Danny Harris before the break, Luke Wilkinson, Elliot Bradbrook and Jacob Erskine turned the match into a rout.

Next Meetings

Saturday 15 August 2015 at Princes Park

Saturday 23 January 2016 at Borough Sports Ground

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Truro City

Founded: 1889 / Ground: Treyew Road

If ever there is example of how a chairman can influence a club then Truro City fall in to that category. An F.A Vase triumph nine years ago and promotion the same season was only the start. Three consecutive league titles moved the Cornwall club through the regional divisions into the Southern Premier. After only two attempts the Southern Premier League was won and then wheels began to fall off. A winding up petition in August 2011 caused uncertainty and chairman Kevin Heaney stepped down. The club were relegated back to the Southern League in 2012/13, however they have enjoyed a swift return winning the playoffs in May.

Truro-city-football-clubLast Season

Southern Premier: 3rd

F.A Cup: 1st Qualifying Round

F.A Trophy: 3rd Qualifying Round

County Cup: Did not enter

League Top Scorer: Craig Duff (18 goals)

Average Attendance: 417

The Manager – Steve Tully

At just 35 years old Steve Tully is one of the youngest managers in this season’s National South. The former full back spent his playing days in the West Country representing Torquay United, Weymouth and Exeter City making over 100 appearances for each club. He joined Truro City as a player in 2013 and in March 2014 became player manager. In his first role as boss Steve Tully guided Truro City back to the National League South with a playoff triumph over St Neots Town.

The Summer

It’s been quiet at Treyew Road with only three signings being made. Martin Rice makes the short journey across the Devon/Cornwall border moving from Torquay United, the goalkeeper returns to the club after spending three years at Truro City. Midfielder, Aaron Dawson has limited experience at Exeter City and Torquay United, the 23 year old can also play in defence. On loan left back Conor Riley-Lowe will be at Treyew Road for at least the next six months.

Last Meetings Versus The Darts

28 April 2012 – Truro City 1 Dartford 1
With a playoff spot secured the final match of the season played out evens. Dartford fans made their way across the country to enjoy a celebratory weekend. Former Premier League striker Barry Hayles scored for Truro City with three minutes left. Dartford’s Jacob Erskine equalised with virtually the last kick of the game.

22 October 2011 – Dartford 1 Truro City 2 – view highlights
Truro City took full advantage of slack defending, Adam Green and Andrew Young got things mixed up leaving Andrew Watkins to tap in for the visitors. A couple of minutes later Paul Goodacre scored an own goal giving the Cornishmen a two goal lead. Tom Bonner halved the deficit after Truro City were reduced to ten men.

Next Meetings

Saturday 19 September 2015 at Princes Park

Saturday 13 February 2016 at Treyew Road

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Wealdstone

Founded: 1899 / Ground: The Vale Stadium

It may have taken a while but Wealdstone have returned to the level they were at in the late eighties. Whether they can return to the heights of the early eighties is another matter, the Middlesex club won the Alliance Premier League and F.A Trophy double but were relegated from the Conference in 1988. The Stones sunk as far down as Isthmian Division Three before their current manager was appointed. Since then four promotions in twenty years, including the most recent Isthmian Premier League title in 2013/14, has seen Wealdstone get back to the second tier of non league. Three years ago they embarked on a F.A Trophy run to reach the last four and last season finished a creditable twelfth in the Conference South.

wealdstoneLast Season

Conference South: 12th

F.A Cup: 2nd Qualifying Round

F.A Trophy: 2nd Round

County Cup: Quarter Final

League Top Scorer: Jefferson Louis, Scott McGleish and Matt Ball (8 goals)

Average Attendance: 720

The Manager – Gordon Bartlett

By far the longest serving manager in this season’s National South, Gordon Bartlett has been in charge of Wealdstone since 1995 and involved in non league coaching for 25 years. At Southall and Yeading before he joined the Stones he guided both clubs to Wembley reaching F.A Vase finals. Since taking over at the Middlesex club he has won four promotions, including the Isthmian Division Three and Premier titles, seventeen years apart. The school teacher also had a playing career with Portsmouth, Denver Dynamos in the United States of America, Brentford, Slough Town and Hayes.

The Summer

Budget plays a part any any level and Wealdstone have had to look at divisions below the National South over the summer. With the exception Ryan Hope who won promotion with Boreham Wood, each signing has come from the National South or lower. Dale Binns has plenty of experience at this level having played for **********, he joins from Sutton United. Tom Cadmore missed out on promotion at Whitehawk last term and he also moves to the Stones. From the Isthmian and Southern Leagues comes in Bradley Hudson-Odoi from Metropolitan Police, Josh Urquhart from Harlow Town and Josh Hutchinson from Potters Bar Town, Oliver Duffy has arrived from Hanwell Town.

Last Meeting Versus The Darts

21 February 2012 – Wealdstone 1 Dartford 0

An upset was caused a week later as Wealdstone’s Lee Chappell scored the decisive goal to take the Stones to the next round. The Isthmian Premier leaguers held on to defeat the Darts, a division higher, and went on to reach the last four in an excellent trophy run.

14 February 2012 – Dartford 2 Wealdstone 2 – view highlights

An entertaining F.A Trophy third round tie ended with the Wealdstone levelling twice. Danny Harris scored first before Richard Jolly equalised. Lee Noble had the Darts ahead once more until Chris O’Leary forced a replay ten minutes from time.

Next Meetings

Saturday 3 October 2015 at the Vale Stadium

Tuesday 26 January 2016 at Princes Park

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Weston-Super-Mare

Founded: 1887 / Ground: Woodspring Stadium

The Somerset club boast a proud record in that they have never been relegated in their 128 year history. Weston-Super-Mare did however come close on three occasions when reprieves saved the club in 2007, 2008 and 2010. Over the last five years the Seagulls have improved into a mid-table side and three season’s ago they recorded their highest ever league finish, two places outside of the Conference South playoffs. The forthcoming season will be Weston -Super-Mare’s twelfth consecutive in the National League South and that comes after twelve campaigns in the Southern League.

Weston-super-Mare_AFC_logoLast Season

Conference South: 17th

F.A Cup: 1st Round

F.A Trophy: 1st Round

County Cup: 2nd Round

League Top Scorer: Dayle Grubb (11 goals)

Average Attendance: 287

The Manager – Ryan Northmore

A career change was forced upon Ryan Northmore when a number of knee operations led to coaching. The former goalkeeper made over 200 appearances for the Seagulls and won Player of the Year three seasons in a row. As a player he turned out for Torquay United before making his way in non league football. Spells at Team Bath, Woking and Dorchester Town before returning to Weston-Super-Mare as boss, he officially retired from playing just three years ago. Northmore has been heavily involved in  working with Weston-Super-Mare’s academy side and in November 2014 was named caretaker manager. The 34 year old impressed enough last term to make the vacant managers job his own.

The Summer

Returning to Weston-Super-Mare for a third spell is 25 year old Tristan Plummer. The winger was unable to hold a first team place whilst at Bristol City, Hereford United and Aldershot Town. Two other signings come from Southern Premier League side Paulton Rovers, Danny Wring is added to the midfield and Scott Wilson could provide goals up front. Joe McClennan returns to Weston-Super-Mare after leaving the club previously for Bath City.

Last Meeting Versus The Darts

12 November 2011 – Dartford 1 Weston-Super-Mare 1 – view highlights
Even with a man advanatge Dartford failed to capitalise. The visitors left when Matt Villis got on the end of a goal mouth scramble.  Adam Green made the game all square with a well driven shot. James Price was red carded with just under twenty minutes remaining.

13 August 2011 – Weston-Super-Mare 0  Dartford 4 – view highlights

The campaign couldn’t get off to a better start for the Darts. An away trip West and Charlie Sheringham’s brace put three points on the board. Elliot Bradbrook and Tom Bonner had earlier put Dartford two goals to the good.

Next Meetings

Saturday 12 September 2015 at Princes Park

Saturday 5 March 2016 at Woodspring Stadium

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Whitehawk

Founded: 1945 / Ground:Enclosed Ground

Only five years ago Whithawk were playing in the Sussex League where they had been throughout their history. Finally winning the title in 2009/10, the club excelled at a rapid rate. A playoff defeat in their début Isthmian Division One South was soon forgotten when they won the championship the following campaign. A consecutive title followed moving Whitehawk out of the Isthmian Premier League to the Conference South. The Sussex club survived their first term finishing nineteenth, six points from safety. Last season the Hawks reached the playoff final with a fourth place finish losing out to Boreham Wood, the clubs best ever league performance.

Whitehawk_F.C._logoLast Season

Conference South: 4th

F.A Cup: 3rd Qualifying Round

F.A Trophy: 3rd Qualifying Round

County Cup: Winners

League Top Scorer: Danny Mills (18 goals)

Average Attendance: 258

The Manager – Steve King

In the space of just five years, Steve King took Lewes from Isthmian League Division One South to the Football Conference with three titles and that was just the beginning of his managerial career. At this level he has finished in each of the top four positions and in the league below added a further title with Farnborough. Another spell at Lewes was followed by leading Macclesfield Town in the Confereence Premier, who he took to the F.A Cup fourth round bowing out to eventual winners Wigan Athletic. In February 2014, he retunred to management and was denied another promotion this time with Whitehawk losing the playoff final to Boreham Wood.

The Summer

Steve King possesses enough confidence in his squad which very nearly gained promotion to the National League. Rather than bringing in new blood, King has concentrated on securing players in last years squad. Paul Lorraine, who joined Dartford briefly before the Darts were reprieved will be part of the Whitehawk defence. In midfield Sergio Torres brings his experiences with Wycombe Wanderers, Peterborough United and Crawley Town. Last season’s top goalscorer Danny Mills remains at the Enclosed Ground and will be looking to add to the 18 he scored last term.

Last Meeting Versus The Darts

4 September 1982 – Dartford 5 Whitehawk 2

Carl Laraman scored a hat trick and was the star of this F.A Cup preliminary round fixture. The Darts went on to win comfortably against the Sussex club representing their regional division. Dartford were spending their first campaign back in the Southern Premier following relegation from the Alliance Premier League the season before.

Next Meetings

Saturday 19 December 2015 at Enclosed Ground

Saturday 12 March 2016 at Princes Park

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Truro City v Dartford

Dartford make their longest trip of the season to Truro on Saturday in their final match of the Conference South season.

Tom Bonner nets a consolation goal in October

Truro City are the only club below Dartford to have won at Princes Park this season. Back in October, The Darts got off to a dreadful start conceding twice in the opening six minutes. Andrew Watkins gave The White Tigers the lead just two minutes into the match. Adam Green passed the ball back to Andrew Young whose poor first touch was punished by Watkins tapping into an empty net. Four minutes later Paul Goodacre sliced into his own goal putting Dartford on the back foot. Tom Bonner halved the deficit with 13 minutes following up Ryan Hayes’ cross which was tipped onto the bar, but it was too little too late as Truro City held on to win 2-1.

The Darts have won their last three away games after defeat against Dorchester Town at the end of March and only champions Woking have a better record away from home. Truro City have lost their last to fixtures at Treyew Road and have been indifferent at home all season. Last season’s Southern League champions have enjoyed a steady Conference South début on the pitch and will finish in mid table. Off the pitch the existence of the club has been under threat due to unpaid monies to HM Revenue and Customs, however the bill was settled in January.

This weekends fixture will be the final match before the playoffs begin and as it stands Dartford will be facing Basingstoke Town who have gatecrashed the top five. Their win on Tuesday ensured they replaced Chelmsford City who are the only other team that can still make the playoffs on the final day.

Tony Burman’s men prepare for the playoffs after a Kent Senior Cup Final defeat on tuesday night to Hythe Town at Princes Park. The visitors took the lead when Dave Cook converted a penalty, something Adam Green failed to do minutes later. Although The Darts created chances Dean Ruddy in the Hythe Town goal had an outstanding game.

After the setback Burman spoke to PURE DFC and was gracious in defeat, he said: “Fair play to Hythe they have come here and done really well. I think it was one of them games had we scored one we would have gone on a scored more but I don’t want to take nothing away from Hythe”.

Burman also praised Dartford’s opponents and looked towards some qualities they showed in the final which his side could do with over the playoffs, he added: “The blood and thunder of it that Hythe had tonight, we got to show in the playoffs”.

After an ‘uncompetitive’ league match last weekend and a competitive final on Tuesday Burman has found this week challenging. With the playoffs in mind he is likely to field a changed side and believes his players are holding back before the promotion push in May, he commented: “I feel we are thinking about the playoffs probably more than anything else. Some of players are desperate not to get injured, and desperate not to get booked and desperate not to a red card”, he continued: “We got to play better and we will play better. I just feel there are areas there where we got beat up a little bit and we cannot let that happen in the playoffs”.

Team News

Luke Wilkinson returns from suspension. Deren Ibrahim is out with a dislocated shoulder and Jon Wallis has yet to feature since his ankle injury. Paul Goodacre limped off on Tuesday with an Achilles problem.

Statistics (league only)

Truro City (14th) v Dartford (2nd)

Current Form

Last five Truro City matches at home Last five Dartford matches away
Lost 1-2 v Bromley Won 1-0 v Sutton United
Lost 0-1 v Havant and Waterlooville Won 2-1 v Bromley
Won 3-0 v Thurrock Won 1-0 v Eastbourne Borough
Won 2-1 v Boreham Wood Lost 0-1 v Dorchester Town
Lost 0-2 v Eastbourne Borough Drew 1-1 v Maidenhead United

Attendances

Truro City average home attendance: 569 (12th)

Highest home attendance: 1017 v Dover Athletic/ Lowest: 250 v Hampton and Richmond

Dartford average away attendance: 852 (2nd)

Highest away attendance: 2528 v Woking / Lowest: 355 v Maidenhead United

Did you know…

It has been 12 league games since Dartford last conceded more than a goal away from home, in that period three clean sheets have been kept

Not only have Dartford finished second best in the Conference South but they have come second in the average attendance league at home, away and overall.

Truro City hold this seasons highest score record when they thrashed Farnborough 8-2 on 25 October 2011. It was 7-1 at half time.

Dartford v Truro City

Dartford host Truro City for the first time ever on the weekend as both sides return to Conference South action.

The Darts aim to make it an astonishing seven wins in a row at home this season to keep up with the early pace setters in the division.

Dartford had to come from a goal down on Saturday to progress in the F.A Cup. After losing the lead against Cray Wanderers, Ryan Hayes and substitute Danny Harris turned the game around in a 2-1 win. Tony Burman was pleased with the conduct of his players and told PURE DFC: “We’ve had to come from a goal behind, you have to battle and we’ve done that”, he added “we battled back and showed a lot of commitment”.

Danny Harris scored the winner on Saturday

Harris who has appeared as a substitute for the thirteenth time this term managed to notch his third goal of the season. With the departure of top striker Charlie Sheringham to full time football with League One’s AFC Bournemouth, Harris remains a key member of the squad. Burman values the forwards ability, he commented: “Danny has been a little bit upset that he is not in the starting eleven but unfortunately that’s football. He’s a great player for us to bring on because he is very very quick and he works hard”.

Whilst The Darts made it through to the fourth qualifying round Truro City crashed out with a 7-2 defeat against Conference North side Gloucester City. This result followed a 5-2 loss at home to Basingstoke Town and disappointing draws with Thurrock in the league and Bournemouth Poppies in the cup, although they beat The Poppies 3-2 in a replay.

The White Tigers were promoted as Southern League champions last season and started their début in excellent form. Manager, Lee Hodges guided the Cornish club to three straight wins. However, the next four fixtures ended in defeat and Truro City have picked up just two more wins in the league in nine attempts.

Tom Smith lifts the F.A Vase

No matter where Truro finish this season it will be the highest in their history. Since 2005 the club have won eight trophies including five promotions in just six seasons. The meteoric rise of The White Tigers is largely due to Kevin Heaney who took over the club in 2004. In 2007 Truro City became the first Cornish club to win a national trophy when they beat AFC Totton in the F.A Vase Final at Wembley.

Hodges who was appointed in the summer of 2010 won promotion at the first attempt. One factor in the promotion winning side was ex Premier League striker Barry Hayles who is still at the club.  Now 39 years old the former Fulham striker won 10 caps for Jamaica and was last seasons top goalscorer.

Despite the rapid rise of the Cornish club they are due to appear in court on 31 October 2011 relating to a dispute with a HM Revenue and Customs bill.

As Dartford look to get back to winning ways in the Conference South, Burman will treat Saturday’s fixture “like every other game” and feels The Darts “need to get three points”. Matt Jones missed his second successive game through injury on the weekend for Dartford whilst Truro’s Arran Pugh serves a one match suspension.

Current Form (league only)

Last five Dartford matches at home Last five Truro City matches away
Won 3-1 v Tonbridge Angels Drew 1-1 v Thurrock
Won 2-1 v Staines Town Won 3-1 v Maidenhead United
Won 3-0 v Eastleigh Won 2-1 v Boreham Wood
Won 3-1 v Bromley Lost 1-4 v Havant and Waterlooville
Won 2-1 v Hampton and Richmond Lost 1-2 v Salisbury City

League Stats

Dartford average home attendance: 1182

Highest home attendance: 1550 v Bromley / Lowest: 937 v Hampton and Richmond

Truro City average away attendance: 500

Highest away attendance: 899 v Salisbury City / Lowest: 201 v Thurrock

Minutes Dartford Goals For Dartford Goals Against Truro Goals For Truro Goals Against
0-15 7 2 3 3
16-30 4 4 2 4
31-45+ 4 1 0 3
46-60 2 2 2 4
61-75 5 3 3 2
76-90+ 4 2 5 5

*attendances and minutes of goals taken from www.bluesqsouth.com and www.bbc.co.uk

Did you know…

Dartford’s current winning streak at home in competitive matches dates back to 25 April 2011. Between 27 November 2007 and 22 March 2008 The Darts won 12 competitive games in a row at Princes Park.

Truro City are one of only three Conference South teams to score in every away game in the league this season. Welling United and Weston Super-Mare are the other two clubs.

Truro’s top league goalscorer is Scott Walker who has netted seven times, five of which have been from the penalty spot the most by any player this season. Frannie Collin of Tonbridge Angels has also scored five goals from the spot.