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Dartford v Welling United

Dartford are back in mid week action with their first Kent derby of the season against Welling United.

Recovering from their disappointment at Hampton and Richmond Borough, the Darts drew 0-0 with league leaders Maidenhead United on the weekend. Tony Burman was pleased with his team’s response, helped by a third home clean sheet in a row to keep their unbeaten run at Princes Park intact.

Burman told www.kentonline.co.uk after the game: “After Monday we kept a clean sheet, defensively we were a lot better”, he added: “I just feel that we’ve got to keep listening and working hard and encouraging the good performances, and the quality there is in the team”.

Ronnie Vint was ruled out again when officials felt his cast on his wrist was not suitable. To add to the injury concerns, Keaton Wood was substituted after a quarter of an hour and Lee Noble missed out entirely.
Welling United have started life back in the National South poorly up until the weekend. With a few changes in the squad, the Wings breezed to a 5-0 win away to Concord Rangers. Their first victory of the campaign was helped by Adam Coombes’ second half hat-trick.

Recently, the Darts spent two seasons with the Wings in the National League until relegation to the National South two years ago. Whilst Welling United stayed in the top flight of non league for another year, they soon followed when they finished bottom last term.

In those two campaigns both sides have shared a win as well as two draws. The last meeting in 2014 ended with Dartford on top in a 2-1 victory at Princes Park. Max Cornhill and Harry Crawford gave Tony Burman’s side a two goal advantage but late on Welling United rallied. After Jake Gallagher’s dismissal, Harry Beautyman halved the deficit for the ten men. The Wings ended the evening with only nine when Chris Bush was also sent off.

Welling United won by the same score almost a year earlier at Princes Park coming from a goal down. Lee Burns had Dartford ahead by half time but late goals from Ross Lafayette and a winner from Kurtis Guthrie stunned the home crowd. The two away fixtures at Park View Road, one of Dartford’s former homes ended in a 1-1 and 2-2 draw.

The two clubs also spent a couple of season’s at National South level between 2010 and 2012. Coincidentally both teams shared a win and two draws in that time as well. At home the Darts drew 1-1 and won 1-0 but lost 2-1 and drew 1-1 away.

Including two Kent Senior Cup victories each in the last ten years then it’s difficult to split the two sides on head to head record. However, a Playoff final triumph for Dartford in 2012 gives the Darts the slightest of edges.

Since last season’s relegation, the Wings made plenty of changes in the summer yet they have struggled to recover. Former Bromley boss, Mark Goldberg has been unable to recreate his success in the non league management so far. Goldberg took Bromley up to the National League as champions but life at Welling United has been tougher. Even after a summer of change the Wings manager has already brought in three more players and let two others leave.

One face familiar to the Darts is striker Harry Crawford. The 24 year old now plays for the Wings and after leaving Princes Park has struggled to settle down. At Dartford he impressed in his debut season scoring 16 goals in 32 games to earn a move to Football League side Barnet. Crawford returned on loan before re-joining the Darts for the 2014/15 campaign where he scored seven in 39 appearances. The Irishman has since had spells with Boreham Wood, St Albans City and Dover Athletic before signing for Welling United this summer.

Current League Form (last six games)

Dartford (DLWWDD) Welling United (WLDLDL)
Maidenhead United H 0-0 Concord Rangers A 5-0
Hampton & Richmond A 1-4 Chelmsford City H 0-2
Hungerford Town H 2-0 Truro City A 1-1
Weston-super-Mare A 2-1 St Albans City H 0-1
Gosport Borough H 0-0 East Thurrock United A 1-1
Chelmsford City A 1-1 Weston-super-Mare H 0-2

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 16 / Welling United wins: 6 / Draws: 9

Previous Meetings

19.10.2015 Dartford 3 Welling United 1
11.11.2014 Dartford 2 Welling United 1
30.09.2014 Welling United 2 Dartford 2
10.01.2014 Welling United 1 Dartford 1
26.12.2013 Dartford 1 Welling United 2
03.09.2013 Welling United 2 Dartford 3

Stats

Dartford are unbeaten in their last four games against Welling United and have only tasted defeat once in the last ten.

The Darts have scored in each of their last 12 meetings versus Welling United. The last time the Dartford failed to score was ten years ago in a 3-0 Kent Senior Cup loss. In league football the scoring run goes back to 1983 spanning ten league matches.

Dartford have gone six matches without a clean sheet against the Wings, the last clean sheet was in the 1-0 National South playoff final win in 2012.

On This Day

Rarely has their been a Dartford match on 6 September, although the last one was only two years ago. The Darts travelled to Altrincham for the first time in nearly thirty years only to lose 2-1. Newly promoted as National North champions, Damian Reeves scored a brace before Elliot Bradbrook pulled one back. The last victory on this day came in 1989 when the Darts beat Corby Town 2-1 in the Southern Premier League.

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Wealdstone | Welling United | Weston-Super-Mare | Whitehawk

Wealdstone

Founded: 1899 / Ground: The Vale Stadium

The draw specialists of the National South were difficult to beat last season, the Stones lost the same as promoted Maidstone United but only bottom side Basingstoke Town won fewer. A slow start last term left the Middlesex club second from bottom with just a point in their opening six fixtures. The next seven matches set the tone for the rest of the season when they won four and drew three leaving them in mid-table for the remainder of their campaign. 

wealdstoneLast Season

National South: 13th

F.A Cup: 1st Round

F.A Trophy: 1st Round

County Cup: 2nd Round

League Top Scorer: Bradley Hudson-Odoi (11 goals)

The Manager – Gordon Bartlett

Wealdstone were homeless when Gordon Bartlett took charge in June 1995 and playing in the Isthmian Division Three. The long serving manager won back to back promotions and was denied a third consecutive one due to the standards of the ground the Stones were sharing. Bartlett was in charge when the Middlesex club returned home in 2008 and since then guided them to a F.A Trophy semi-final and two playoff semi-final defeats. Finally, Bartlett won another title to earn promotion to the National South where Wealdstone finished twelfth in the first season and fifteenth last term. Now about to begin his twenty second season with the Stones, Bartlett is by far the longest serving manager currently in the National South. 

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 11 / Wealdstone wins: 13 / Draws: 11

Previous Meetings

26.01.2016 Dartford 1 Wealdstone 2
03.10.2015 Wealdstone 2 Dartford 1
21.02.2012 Wealdstone 1 Dartford 0
14.02.2012 Dartford 2 Wealdstone 2
20.04.2010 Wealdstone 1 Dartford 1
29.08.2009 Dartford 1 Wealdstone 1

Next Meetings

Saturday 6 August 2016 at Princes Park

Saturday 28 January 2017 at the Vale Stadium

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Welling United

Founded: 1963 / Ground: Park View Road

When the Wings won four National League games in a row at the end of September, Welling United thought the tide had turned. The Kent club were second from bottom but pulled themselves out of trouble temporarily. In truth, the victories masked a season of struggle. From their highest point of the campaign the Wings slumped into the relegation zone and went on a 23 match winless run. The Kent club finished five points adrift at the bottom of the National League and ended up fourteen points shy of safety. They now return to the National South after a three year absence. 

Last SeasonWelling

National League: 24th

F.A Cup: 2nd Round

F.A Trophy: 2nd Round

County Cup: 1st Round

League Top Scorer: Sahr Kabba (6 goals)

The Manager – Mark Goldberg

Once owner now manager, Mark Goldberg purchased Crystal Palace in the mid-nineties only for the adventure to end in administration. Since then he has managed Bromley on three occasions and is their most successful manager taking them to the National League. The winner of three senior cups, Goldberg won promotion with Bromley via the Isthmian Premier playoffs and as champions of the National South. In his second spell he left due to an internal disagreement but was brought back when a new Chairman was appointed. In February, Goldberg decided to step down under pressure from Bromley’s owners. Towards the end of Welling United’s campaign in last season’s National League, Goldberg was in charge and now he will be aiming for immediate return to the top flight of non league with the Wings. 

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 16 / Welling United wins: 6 / Draws: 9

Previous Meetings

19.10.2015 Dartford 3 Welling United 1
11.11.2014 Dartford 2 Welling United 1
30.09.2014 Welling United 2 Dartford 2
10.01.2014 Welling United 1 Dartford 1
26.12.2013 Dartford 1 Welling United 2
03.09.2013 Welling United 2 Dartford 3

Next Meetings

Tuesday 6 September 2016 at Princes Park

Saturday 21 January 2017 at Park View Road

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Weston-Super-Mare

Founded: 1887 / Ground: Woodspring Stadium

The Seagulls looked nailed on relegation candidates halfway through November. Weston-Super-Mare had won just three of their opening sixteen games sinking to second from bottom. Suddenly, the Seagulls found their scoring boots in a nine match unbeaten run including three 3-2 wins, a 5-2 and 4-1 triumph and an incredible 5-5 draw with Hemel Hempstead Town. Although the Somerset side returned to inconsistency they ended the campaign strongly beating runners up Ebbsfleet United then winning five of their last seven fixtures. 

Weston-super-Mare_AFC_logoLast Season

Conference South: 16th

F.A Cup: 4th Qualifying Round

F.A Trophy: 2nd Round

County Cup: Semi-final

League Top Scorer: Scott Wilson (19 goals)

The Manager – Ryan Northmore

A rookie compared to the majority of the managers in the National South, Ryan Northmore has playing history with the Seagulls as a goalkeeper. Making over 200 appearances for Weston-Super-Mare he won Player of the Year for three consecutive seasons for the club. Initially drafted in as Caretaker Manager when the Seagulls were in the middle of an eight match losing streak, the 35 year old steadied the sinking ship earning his role permanently. Last term was the former Torquay United goalkeeper’s first full season. After a tricky opening to the campaign he managed to guide the Seagulls one position higher than the previous year. 

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 4 / Weston-Super-Mare wins: 2 /  Draws: 4

Previous Meetings 

05.03.2016 Weston-Super-Mare 2 Dartford 1
13.09.2015 Dartford 2 Weston-Super-Mare 1
12.11.2011 Dartford 1 Weston-Super-Mare 1
13.08.2011 Weston-Super-Mare 0 Dartford 4
08.02.2011 Weston-Super-Mare 0 Dartford 1
04.09.2010 Dartford 4 Weston-Super-Mare 1

Next Meetings

Saturday 20 August 2016 at Woodspring Stadium

Saturday 14 January 2017 at Princes Park

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Whitehawk

Founded: 1945 / Ground: Enclosed Ground

A 6-0 win in October over St Albans City put Whitehawk in a strong position, third place after a dozen games and just one loss. An entertaining 5-3 F.A Cup win over Lincoln City followed by a 1-1 draw away to Dagenham and Redbridge in the next round, the Hawks were gaining national coverage then they drew Everton. Unfortunately, the Sussex club lost the replay and during the cup run league form dipped. After the second round exit, the Hawks went nine games without victory. At the start of April, Whitehawk had seven fixtures to fulfil and were in fifteenth, and then they pulled the trick out of the hat. Winning six of their last seven, dropping just two points they grabbed the final playoff spot only to lose on penalties to Ebbsfleet United in the semi-final. 

Whitehawk_F.C._logoLast Season

National South: 5th

F.A Cup: 2nd Round

F.A Trophy: 1st Round

County Cup: Semi-final

League Top Scorer: Danny Mills (23 goals)

The Manager – Pablo Asensio

Born in Argentina and a former professional footballer, it is no surprise Asensio will call upon his knowledge of South American football when recruiting for Whitehawk. The former midfielder took his coaching badges in England and held roles at Droylsden and Accrington Stanley. The 43 year old became an observer to Gus Poyet at Leeds United and Tottenham Hotspur, briefly managed in the Spanish Segunda División B and continued his learning in the North West with Southport, who he took to seventh in the National League. Asensio didn’t have to move far for his next job when he joined Macclesfield Town but now he will work on the South Coast with Whitehawk, where he was Caretaker manager last term.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 2 /Whitehawk wins: 2 / Draws: 0

Previous Meetings 

12.03.2016 Dartford 2 Whitehawk 4
19.12.2015 Whitehawk 0 Dartford 1
28.11.2015 Dartford 1 Whitehawk 2
04.09.1982 Dartford 5 Whitehawk 2

Next Meetings

Wednesday 10 August 2016 at Enclosed Ground

Saturday 4 February 2017 at Princes Park

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Dartford v Welling United

Kent Senior Cup football returns to Princes Park this evening with Dartford hosting three times winners Welling United.

The Darts are bidding to add their eleventh title in this competition, having last won the honours just over four years ago. Victory will be rewarded with a home tie in round two against League One side Gillingham, who knocked Dartford out of the competition last term.

With the first team in action on the weekend against Hemel Hempstead Town, Tony Burman should get a good chance to look towards the future by playing a number of academy prospects. Likewise, Welling United boss Loui Fazakerley has seen his side play twice in a week and could well take the same approach.

Two seasons ago, the Darts beat Welling United at the same stage of the Kent Senior Cup in an entertaining 3-2 win. A young Dartford side took the lead through Mohamed Eisa’s deflected shot, in the second half Loick Pires equalised for Welling United. Dartford opened up a two goal cushion late on when Alex Woodyard scored a free kick and Brima Daramy made it 3-1. Current Wings boss Fazakerley grabbed a consolation but the Darts progressed. Dartford eventually reached the quarter-finals bowing out to Dover Athletic.

The two sides were close to meeting again this term in the National South. However, where the Darts were relegated from the National League, whilst Welling United survived on the final day.

Dartford’s season back in the National South had been mediocre up until the middle of September. Coupled with a shock F.A Cup exit and poor league form, the Darts need to pull together to get their campaign back on track.

Welling United’s league season got off to a slow start despite an opening day win. The Wings then went on a nine game winless streak leaving them in the bottom four. Fortunes turned around with four consecutive wins over Gateshead, Chester, FC Halifax Town and Kidderminster Harriers. However, Fazakerley’s side have been unable to build on their purple patch with two defeats, a win and draw since.

Head to Head (all competitions)

Dartford wins: 15 / Welling United wins: 6 / Draws: 9

Head to Head (Kent Senior Cup)

Dartford wins: 7 / Welling United wins: 3 / Draws: 1

Kent Senior Cup – last ten years

Dartford Welling United
2014/15 Second Round  First Round
2013/14 Quarter Final  First Round
2012/13 Second Round  Second Round
2011/12  Runners Up  Quarter Final
2010/11  Winners  First Round
2009/10  First Round  Semi Final
2008/09  First Round  Winners
2007/08  First Round  First Round
2006/07  Second Round  Quarter Final
2005/06  First Round  Quarter Final

Stats

Dartford’s home record against the Wings is won eight, drawn three and lost three.

The Darts have never scored more than two goals against Welling United at home.

Dartford have lost once in their last nine competitive fixtures against Welling United, winning four and drawing four.

On their travels Welling United have the joint worst attack with only four goals in the National League this season.

On This Day

It’s been 24 years since Dartford’s last defeat on 19 October with two wins and four draws since. The last victory in dramatic fashion against Hyde. On loan Matt Godden scored the late winner to complete his hat-trick in a 4-3 win. Clevedon Town were beaten 3-1 in the Southern League Southern division. Between those two triumphs, the Darts drew 1-1 with Sittingbourne in the Kent Senior Cup first round in 1999. Three years later the same scoreline was recorded away to Fisher Athletic and in 2004 a 2-2 draw was earned against Aveley, both in the Southern League Division One Eastern.

Dartford v Welling United

A second Kent derby in three days awaits the Darts as they host local rivals Welling United for this season’s return league fixture.

What has become the usual festive match in recent season’s will have already taken place before December begins. Dartford know crucial points can be picked up against their fellow part time opponents and hope to record their first home league win since mid September. Tony Burman’s side can leap above Welling United, and potentially Kent rivals Dover Athletic, with a win to climb out the relegation zone.

Six weeks has passed since the last meeting between the two sides which ended in a 2-2 draw, full back Tom Bender made his first start for the club that day. An entertaining first half ended level with Welling United taking the lead on six minutes. Ben Jefford’s cross was nudged beyond Jason Brown by Harry Beautyman, but the lead lasted just three minutes. Peter Sweeney scored his first goal for the club and Dartford’s maiden first half strike of the season. The Wings went ahead once more when Jamal Fyfield headed in Beautyman’s cross to leave the Darts a goal down. Yet again, Dartford fought back and a trio of long throw in’s by Mat Mitchel-King put the hosts under pressure, Elliot Bradbrook benefited the most when he hit he’s fourth of the season.

The Darts remain in the bottom four after a 3-0 away loss to play off chasing Grimsby Town in their last league fixture. Once more, Dartford found the away trip to Blundell Park tough and were a goal down after 13 minutes. Defender Carl Magnay scored from close range taking advantage of Nathan Arnold’s cross. Seven minutes before the break Arnold turned from provider to goal getter as he doubled the Mariners lead. With three minutes to go the Darts conceded a sixth penalty of the season. Lennell John-Lewis converted from the spot like he did at Princes Park just over a month ago. Although Lee Burns remain sidelined through injury, striker Tom Bradbrook made his first appearance since 11 October.

Defeat in Lincolnshire has left Dartford winless in the last six league outings having picked up four points in those games. At Princes Park three consecutive 1-1 league draws against Grimsby Town, Macclesfield Town and Aldershot Town mean Burman’s team are unbeaten in four competitive matches at home, including the F.A Cup fourth qualifying round win against Burgess Hill Town.

Welling United have picked up just four away points this term out of a possible 27. Victory at Altrincham and a draw at Chester are the only highlights having lost the other seven. The Wings have yet to be defeated by a team sitting lower than them in the Conference Premier, but have lost there last two matches.

The latest loss came in the last minute at Park View Road versus runaway league leaders Barnet. Former Ebbsfleet United frontman John Akinde caused the Wings all sorts of trouble and opened the scoring half way through the first period. Just before the interval Joe Healy pounced on Graham Stack’s fumble to level the score. In the final minute Charlie MacDonald nodded the ball into the path of Akinde who kept his composure to snatch a winner.

Jamie Day’s side had previously travelled to Haig Avenue in the league where Southport ran out 1-0 winners. Including all competitive matches then Welling United have lost three in a row after a shock F.A Cup fourth qualifying round exit to Maidstone United. Former Wings captain Jack Parkinson scored against his old side to help the Stones into round one and a tie against Stevenage.

Since the last meeting against Welling United, Day has captured the loan signing of Michael Chambers from Premier League side Crystal Palace. The tall defender was signed by the Eagles from Isthmian Premier League club Dulwich Hamlet. The Darts may also face Liechtenstein’s international goalkeeper Benji Buchel, the 25 year old has won eight caps for his country and will be on loan from AFC Bournemouth until January.

Head to Head 

Dartford wins: 15 / Welling United wins: 9 / Draws: 7

Current League Form

Dartford (LDDLDD) Welling United (LLWLDD)
Grimsby Town A 0-3 Barnet H 1-2
Aldershot Town H 1-1 Southport A 0-1
Macclesfield Town H 1-1 Nuneaton Town H 4-1
Bristol Rovers A 0-1 Kidderminster Harriers A 1-2
Grimsby Town H 1-1 Chester A 1-1
Welling United A 2-2 Dartford H 2-2

Last League Meeting at Princes Park

26 December 2013 – Dartford 1 Welling United 2 – Att: 1758

Goalscorer: Burns (29), Lafayette (74), Guthrie (80)

Dartford Lineup: Julian, Clark, Sterling, Mitchel-King, Burns, Stevenson, Martin, Collier, Bradbrook, Cornhill, Birchall (subs used: Woodyard, Kamara, Scantlebury)

Welling United Lineup: Butcher, Franks, Bergqvist, Vanderhyde, Cargill, Beautyman, Healy, Day, Clarke, Cumbers, Lafayette (subs used: McLaren, Bassele, Guthrie)

Match Stats

dartford v welling stats

Previous Ten Meetings (* – Kent Senior Cup / ** – Conference South Playoff Final)

30.09.2014 Welling United 2 Dartford 2
10.01.2014 Welling United 1 Dartford 1
26.12.2013 Dartford 1 Welling United 2
03.09.2013* Welling United 2 Dartford 3
13.05.2012** Dartford 1 Welling United 0
02.01.2012 Dartford 1 Welling United 0
26.12.2011 Welling United 1 Dartford 1
15.02.2011 Dartford 1 Welling United 1
01.01.2011 Welling United 2 Dartford 1
26.01.2010* Dartford 1 Welling United 3

 

 

Welling United v Dartford

Dartford hope to record back to back wins for the first time since March when they make the short journey to Kent rivals Welling United on Tuesday night.

Victory for the Darts will also ensure they leap frog their opponents who are currently two places ahead in sixteenth. In a successive fixture against a part time side Tony Burman has already made it clear that taking points off semi professional teams will be crucial.

Prior the Nuneaton Town game, Burman spoke to www.kentonline.co.uk and said: “Every game’s a big game for us in this league. With another game on Tuesday, it doesn’t stop, it just keeps going”, he added: “Welling will be looking to get points from us, just like we’re looking to get points from them”.

Last season Dartford only managed one point against the Wings which was at Park View Road. A ten game losing streak was finally ended in January when on loan midfielder Jim Stevenson gave the Darts a lead. Welling United’s top scorer last term, Ross Lafayette equalised from the spot eight minutes later, the striker left the club in the summer.

When Burman and company last won a league match away from Princes Park they followed up the triumph with another. The Darts will be hoping history repeats itself after beating Nuneaton Town for the first time in 27 years on the weekend. For the third time this campaign Dartford had to clinch three points having battled from a goal down. Boro took the lead under 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.

Managed by former Dartford midfielder Jamie Day, Welling United are just one point better off. The Wings have also won three times this season taking eight attempts to record their first. Form has picked up this month with one defeat in four, including keeping their unbeaten home record intact.

On Saturday, Welling United managed their first away win emphatically against part timers Altrincham. By half time they were 3-0 with goals from Harry Beautyman, Tyrone Marsh and Jake Gallagher. The fourth came with four minutes remaining when summer signing Chris Bush completed the 4-0 triumph.

Team News

Dartford striker Andy Pugh is hoping to return against his former club, Lee Noble has damaged ankle ligaments and missed the 2-1 win at Nuneaton Town. Tom Bender is still waiting for his first start in a Dartford shirt but made an appearance on the weekend when he replaced Ryan Hayes.

Chris Bush and Jake Gallagher are one caution away from a suspension. Jon Nouble’s loan spell from League Two side Dagenham and Redbridge has been extended for a further month. Goalkeeper Lee Butcher made the decision recently to take a year break from football due to work commitments.

Head to Head

Welling United wins: 9 / Dartford wins: 15 / Draws: 6

Current Form

Welling United (WDWLWL) Dartford (WLWLDL)
Altrincham A 4-0 Nuneaton Town A 2-1
Gateshead H 1-1 Forest Green Rovers H 1-2
Lincoln City H 2-0 Dover Athletic H 2-1
Wrexham A 1-2 Gateshead A 0-1
Braintree Town H 2-1 Eastleigh H 2-2
Grimsby Town A 0-2 Altrincham A 1-2

Last Meeting at Park View Road

26 April 2014 – Welling United 1 Dartford 1 – Att: 1366

Goalscorer: Stevenson (10), Lafayette (18 pen)

Welling United Lineup: Butcher, Bergqvist, McLaren, Franks, Cargill, Clarke, Day, Healy, Beautyman, Lafayette, Guthrie (subs used: Cumbers, Fazakerley)

Dartford Lineup: Julian, Mitchel-King, Sterling, McAuley, Burns, Bradbrook, Martin, Woodyard, Stevenson, Harris, Pugh (subs used: Kamara, Collier)

Match Stats

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Previous Meetings (* – Kent Senior Cup / ** – Conference South Playoff Final)

10.01.2014 Welling United 1 Dartford 1
26.12.2013 Dartford 1 Welling United 2
03.09.2013* Welling United 2 Dartford 3
13.05.2012** Dartford 1 Welling United 0
02.01.2012 Dartford 1 Dartford 0
26.12.2011 Welling United 1 Dartford 1

Stats

0 – Dartford still await a first half goal this season

1 – Dartford scored their first penalty this season on the weekend against Nuneaton Town

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

24 – games since Welling United won consecutive games, only Dover Athletic (29) and AFC Telford United (44)

25 – Welling United have picked up the most yellow cards this season

Welling United

Park View Road Founded 1963 The Wings

Thirteen years without competing in the Conference Premier and Welling United weren’t overwhelmed at all. Two years ago they lost out in the playoff final and showed the character to win the Conference South the following season. Last time the Wings enjoyed a spell at the top of non league football they did so for 14 consecutive campaigns. In comparison to most of the clubs they compete with, Welling United remain part time and are one of the youngest clubs. In the late eighties the Kent side enjoyed cup runs and decent league finishes. Now with the majority of Conference Premier teams professionalised, Welling United’s achievements like a few others in the division have not gone unnoticed.

wellingLast Season

Conference Premier: 16th

F.A Cup: 2nd Round

FA Trophy: 3rd Round

County Cup: 1st Round

Top Scorer: Ross Lafayette

Average Attendance: 807

A confidence boosting win against Grimsby Town early on in the season then a 4-2 victory over Woking gave the Wings the belief they needed. In September, Welling United hit form with three consecutive wins taking up seventh spot. Results may have been inconsistent but let’s not forget that the Kent side were aiming for safety in the first place. Mission was easily accomplished with games to spare and so as results tailed off towards the end of the campaign Welling United fell down the league table. Away from the Conference Premier a decent F.A Cup run added some gloss to their finish, the Wings beat Conference Premier champions Luton Town 2-1 in round one before going out to Plymouth Argyle. Ross Lafayette top scored for the second season running at Park View Road and his performances earned him a move this summer. The only real blip last term was a defeat to basement boys Hyde, the only team to lose to the Greater Manchester club.

The Manager – Jamie Day

Once gain Jamie Day, for the fifth season running has improved Welling United’s final league position. The former Dartford midfielder started out as an Arsenal youth team midfielder before moving to Park View Road. Three years with the Wings from 2004 ended when he crossed the Thames to represent Grays Athletic. Whilst with Dartford he was part of the 2008/09 Isthmian Premier League winning side, however he left with most of the season to play seeing his opportunity with Welling United. Day’s second spell with the Wings saw him continue to play and manage the squad where he has been successful. Since 2009, the 34 year old has taken the Kent club from ninth in the Conference South to the Conference Premier. One playoff defeat in the final two years ago denied Day his first honours, he only had to wait another season as he guided Welling United to the Conference South title with an unbeaten home record.

The Summer

Jamie Day has continued hos policy of bringing in young players keen to impress. Chris Bush played 42 times for struggling Hereford United last term and is one of many defenders moving to Park View Road, the 22 year old had been tracked by Day over the last three of four seasons. Callum McNaughton is the same age as Bush and the centre back joins from Conference South side Bishop’s Stortford. Continuing with the Bishop’s Stortford connection, Rod young spent time on loan at Woodside Park and moves to Welling United from Norwich City. Jamal Fyfield made 79 league appearances for York and was part of the team that won the FA Trophy and promotion back to the Football League in 2011/12. The limited playing time with Grimsby Town last term was a key reason to join Welling United over the summer. Ben Jefford was released by Port Vale and becomes another memeber of Jamie Day’s squad whilst Charlie Gorman comes in from Eastbourne Borough. Their will also be a new look strike force following the departure of top scorer Ross Lafayette to Luton Town. Charlie Penny arrives from Millwall having spent time on loan at Isthmian Premier champions Wealdstone. Kieron St Aimie has plenty of non league experience at the age of just 25, but has never been able to remain at any of his former clubs in the long term.

Last Meetings vs The Darts

Welling United 1 Dartford 1 – Conference Premier – 10 January 2014

Dartford finally put behind them their ten game losing streak when Jim Stevenson scored his first goal for the Darts. The midfielder’s tenth minute strike was cancelled out by Ross Lafayette’s penalty just eight minutes later. At least the away point stopped the horrific run and avoiding a new club record being set.

Dartford 1 Welling United 2 – Conference Premier – 26 December 2013

An away win for the Wings condemned Dartford to their tenth straight defeat which equalled a club record. Lee Burns gave the hosts a lead with half hour played but the Darts capitulated with fifteen minutes remaining. First, Ross Lafayette equalised and with ten minutes left on the clock Kurtis Guthrie grabbed the winner.

Welling United 2 Dartford 3 – Kent Senior Cup First Round – 25 February 2014

Two late goals made sure Dartford progressed to the second round of the County Cup competition. Mohamed Eisa opened the scoring and the scores were even when Loick Pires made it one each. Dartford went back in front courtesy of Alex Woodyard then extended the lead when Brima Daramy made it three. Loui Fazakerley scored a consolation in an entertaining cup tie.

Next Meetings

Tuesday 30 September 2014 at Park View Road

Tuesday November 2014 at Princes Park

League Performance Last Ten Years

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Best Performances

6th Conference Premier (1989/90) F.A Cup 4th Round (1988/89) F.A Trophy Quarter Final (1988/89 & 2006/07)

Welling United v Dartford

Dartford will make the short trip to local rivals Welling United on Friday night to play their rescheduled Conference Premier fixture.

The Darts have not taken to a football pitch this year as the weather has caused havoc across the South of England. After the Boxing Day defeat, the Darts were due to take on the Wings on New Years Day until the harsh conditions forced a second festive postponement.

Friday’s return fixture at Park View Road will be the third time the two sides have met this season, having also being paired up in the Kent Senior Cup back in September. On Boxing Day, the Wings gained the upper hand by coming from behind to defeat the Darts 2-1.

Lee Burns gave Dartford the lead with half hour played, following up Lee Butcher’s fumble from Dave Martin’s effort. The Wings came from behind in the space of six second half minutes when top scorer Ross Lafayette netted his eighth of the season and Kurtis Guthrie grabbed the winner ten minutes from time.

Tony Burman spoke to BBC Radio Kent after the game and said: “In the majority of the game we’ve had something to aim for, but we needed a second goal. I’m disappointed because it’s got to hurt, it’s a massive blow, the run we’re on”, he added: “They’ve got to run through a brick wall for me and for this club, that was explained when they got here. We were 1-0 up and we let Welling dictate second half because we didn’t do what was asked at half-time”.

A break in on field activity has meant Burman has been able to tweak his squad by releasing Matthew Fry. Adam Birchall has returned to his parent club, Gillingham leaving space to fill. Jim Stevenson has extended his loan spell for another month whilst Rory McAuley and Andy Pugh join the Darts.

McAuley made the most league appearances for Cambridge United last term and has spent time with Conference South side Chelmsford City. The 24 year old defender suffered an ankle injury after just two starts this season. Pugh is more known in the Kent scene having played for Welling United and made one loan appearance for Ebbsfleet United this campaign. Pugh was signed by Cambridge United after impressing at the Wings scoring an average of one every two matches.

Since Welling United’s victory at Princes Park they have been in action against Aldershot Town. Top goalscorer Ross Lafayette headed the Wings in front five minutes into the second half but the afternoon took a turn. With just over 20 minutes to play central defender Blaine Hudson picked up a second caution after conceding a penalty. Brett Williams scored the spot kick and with a man advantage the Shots completed the turn around. Aiden O’Brien was the beneficiary as he netted a double to condemn Welling United to their eighth league defeat of the campaign.

Almost four months ago, a mixture of Dartford first team and academy players won at Park View Road in the Kent Senior Cup with two late goals. Mohamed Eisa’s first half goal was cancelled out by Loick Pires, but late strikes from Alex Woodyard and Brima Daramy was too much for the Wings despite Loui Fazakerley’s consolation.

However, the last league meeting at Park View Road took place on Boxing Day two years ago. Lee Clarke gave the hosts a first half lead from a penalty and with time running out the hosts were awarded another spot kick. Saved by Louis Wells, the Dartford goalkeeper set up a counter attack which Noble got on the end of to rescue a point.

Team News

Lee Noble is suspended after his second red card of the season. The midfielder was dismissed against Alfreton Town and already missed the Boxing Day defeat to Welling United. Ryan Hayes is still out injured and has been out for several weeks. Alex Woodyard is one caution away from a suspension. Matt Fry has left the club by mutual consent, the defender signed from Concord Rangers in the summer and made 15 league appearances.

Blaine Hudson is suspended for the second time this season following his dismissal versus Aldershot Town. The central defender also missed the Boxing Day clash at Princes Park. Fellow defender Doug Bergqvist has had his loan spell extended until March and is one more yellow card away from suspension. Baily Cargill has also had his loan spell extended until 22 January, the defender has made nine league appearances for the Wings. Jake Gallagher has been out injured whilst Kurtis Guthrie and Joe Healy are both on four cautions this term. Loick Pires has suffered a leg fracture and is set to miss the local derby.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 15 / Welling United wins: 9 / Draws: 5

Current League Form

Welling United (LWDDLD) Dartford (LLLLLL)
Aldershot Town A 1-3 Welling United H 1-2
Dartford A 2-1 Alfreton Town A 1-2
Wrexham H 1-1 FC Halifax Town H 1-2
Grimsby Town A 1-1 Barnet A 0-1
Nuneaton Town H 1-2 Barnet H 0-2
Barnet A 0-0 Gateshead H 0-1

Last League Meeting At Park View Road

26 December 2011 – Welling United 1 Dartford 1 – Att: 1815

Goalscorers: Clarke (38 pen), Noble (90)

The Wings Lineup: Pope, Evans, Obersteller, Day, Parkinson, Martin, Healy, Clarke, Cumbers, Pugh, Pires (sub used: Johnson)

The Darts Lineup: Wells, Jones, Green, Bonner, Essam, Champion, Hayes, Wallis, Garrod, Bradbrook, Harris
(subs used: Erskine, Graham, Noble)

Previous Five Meetings (* – Playoff Final / ** – Kent Senior Cup)

26.12.2013 Dartford 1 Welling United 2
26.12.2013 Dartford 1 Welling United 2
03.09.2013** Welling United 2 Dartford 3
13.05.2012* Dartford 1 Welling United 0
02.01.2012 Dartford 1 Welling United 0
26.12.2012 Welling United 1 Dartford 1
15.02.2011 Dartford 1 Welling United 0

League Stats

5 – number of league defeats Dartford have suffered after scoring the first goal

Welling United have won once in their last seven league games. However, at Park View Road they have lost just once in the Conference Premier in seven fixtures

Dartford are on a run of 10 consecutive league defeats, away they have not won in ten attempts picking up two points from the last 30 available on the road.

 

Dartford v Welling United

Dartford host local rivals Welling United for the first time since the Conference South playoff final victory in May 2012.

Since Lee Noble’s fourth minute winner to take the Darts into the Conference Premier, the Wings have joined the top table by taking the Conference South title last season. After an impressive first campaign back, Dartford are now looking up the standings to Welling United who sit eleven places above Tony Burman’s side.

Only four of the current squad started in the 1-0 playoff victory in front of over 4000 spectators. Noble’s accurate long range effort found the back of the net early on and the Darts held on to clinch promotion. Louis Wells was tested by the visitors by Loick Pires, who returned to Welling this summer after a spell at Woking.

The Darts are awaiting their first league points in over two months following Saturday’s loss at Alfreton Town. With 16 minutes played Danny Harris was upended in the box by Darren Kempson to earn the Darts a penalty, Elliot Bradbrook scored from the spot giving the visitors the lead. The Darts were reduced to ten men just after the half hour mark when Lee Noble’s was red carded for the second time this season. It took five minutes into the second half for Alfreton Town to equalise through Paul Clayton and the same player scored eight minutes later. Débutante Ishmail Kamara made a late appearance following his move to the Darts last week.

Burman was left gutted with the result, he told BBC Radio Kent: “That game started okay and we felt we could get something from the game. With ten men the guys worked hard, we conceded two goals from a free-kick of ours and a corner of ours on the break”, he added: “There’s no luck coming our way, there’s none. It’s a bitter pill to swallow”.

Welling United’s return to the Conference Premier after a 13 year absence has been successful so far. Claiming scalps at home to Grimsby Town and Forest Green Rovers as well as earning draws against table toppers Cambridge United and Barnet. The Wings may be in mid table but former Dartford midfielder Jamie Day has led his club to the second round of the F.A Cup for the first time since 1989, bowing out 3-1 to Plymouth Argyle.

The Wings took on an improved Wrexham team on the weekend at Park View Road and went in front courtesy of a Kurtis Guthrie header. The Welsh club were level before the break when Johnny Hunt scored his fifth of the season. The second half ended with no goals leaving the score one apiece.

Over the last three years, the Darts have had the edge over Welling United  winning the last three meetings in three separate competitions, the Conference South, Kent Senior Cup and Conference South Playoffs. This season a mixture of first team and academy players won at Park View Road in the Kent Senior Cup with two late goals. Mohamed Eisa’s first half goal was cancelled out by Loick Pires, but late strikes from Alex Woodyard and Brima Daramy was too much for the Wings despite Loui Fazakerley’s consolation.

Prior the playoff final triumph, the Darts scraped a 1-0 win in the last league meeting between the two clubs at Princes Park. A second half header from Danny Harris was enough for Dartford in a match that was delayed by fifteen minutes due to crowd congestion. Welling United

Team News

New signing Ishmail Kamara waits for his full début, the new signing was on the substitutes bench on the weekend. Signed on a free, the striker has played for Margate  and Dulwich Hamlet before a brief spell at Barnet. Lee Noble will miss the next four games through suspension following his second red card of the campaign. Ryan Hayes is unlikely to return to action until after the festive season.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 15 / Welling United wins: 8 / Draws: 5

Current League Form

Dartford (LLLLLLL) Welling United (DDLDWL)
Alfreton Town A 1-2 Wrexham H 1-1
FC Halifax Town H 1-2 Grimsby Town A 1-1
Barnet A 0-1 Nuneaton Town H 1-2
Barnet H 0-2 Barnet A 0-0
Gateshead H 0-1 Lincoln City H 1-0
Wrexham H 1-5 FC Halifax Town A 0-3

Last Meeting At Princes Park

13 May 2012 – Dartford 1 Welling United 0 – Att: 4088 – Playoff Final

Goalscorers: Noble (4)

The Darts Lineup: Wells, Burns, Green, Bonner, Wilkinson, Champion, Noble, Rogers, Erskine, Bradbrook, Harris
(sub used:  Garrod)

The Wings Lineup: Holloway, Fazakerley, Obersteller, Day, Martin, Parkinson, Cracknell, Clarke, Cumbers, Healy, Pires (subs used:  Acheampong, Baker)

Previous Five Meetings (* – Playoff Final / ** – Kent Senior Cup)

03.09.2013** Welling United 2 Dartford 3
13.05.2012* Dartford 1 Welling United 0
02.01.2012 Dartford 1 Welling United 0
26.12.2012 Welling United 1 Dartford 1
15.02.2011 Dartford 1 Welling United 0
01.01.2011 Welling United 2 Dartford 1

League Stats

3 – Welling United have only failed to score on three occasions in the league, the fewest along with Barnet and Forest Green Rovers.

5 – The Wings are five league games without a win, drawing three and losing two

9 – Dartford have lost their last nine league matches, only bottom club Hyde have experience a worse sequence this tern losing 12 in a row.

11 – Both Dartford and Hyde have also failed to score in the Conference Premier the most times.

304 – Welling United have won 304 fouls this season, only Braintree Town have earned more.

 

Welling United v Dartford

Kent Senior Cup action returns for the Darts against newly promoted rivals Welling United on Tuesday night.

Dartford are back in the county cup after exiting last term in controversial circumstances. Unable to fulfil there second round fixture with Margate the Kent F.A awarded the tie to the seaside club. Prior the competition last season, the Darts had reached successive finals defeating Bromley 4-1 in 2011 with goals from Elliot Bradbrook, Ryan Hayes, Danny Harris and an own goal. The following year ended in a shock final defeat when Hythe Town clinched the cup for the first time.

Dartford defeated Welling United in the Conference South playoff final almost 16 months ago but their opponents, who joined them in the Conference Premier for this campaign, have made a better start in the league.

Lee Noble was the hero back in May last year when his fourth minute long range strike settled the final, earning Dartford promotion to the Conference Premier for the first time in 26 years. Whilst Dartford finished runners up in the South division, Welling United finished in third. It didn’t take long for the Wings to recover as they took the Conference South title last season going unbeaten at Park View Road.

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Tuesday’s opponents last reached the final in 2009 thrashing Whitstable Town 6-1. The deadlock was broken from the penalty spot by former Dartford favourite Charlie Sheringham. Parity was restored when Ian Pulman equalised but Jack Parkinson’s two goals, Lee Proterhoe, Sam Hurrell and Ryan Johnson put the score way beyond the Oystermen.

The last meeting between the two sides was in the Conference South which ended in a 1-1 Boxing Day draw at Park View Road in front of 1815 fans. Lee Clarke gave the hosts a first half lead from a penalty and with time running out the hosts were awarded another spot kick. Saved by Louis Wells, the Dartford goalkeeper set up a counter attack which Noble got on the end of to rescue a point. A week later both clubs went head to head for the New Year derby which was delayed by 15 minutes, the crowd struggling to make kick off in time at Princes Park. A bumper attendance of 2559 witnessed Harris head home the winner just before the hour mark.

Both sides lost on Saturday in the league with the Darts yet again starting slow at home to Lincoln City. Ben Tomlinson gave the Imps the lead on 21 minutes and the visitors went two up after half an hour when Andrew Boyce scored. Dartford halved the deficit on the hour through captain Elliot Bradbrook’s header, his first of the campaign. Late on a stonewall penalty was waved away by the referee who claimed to have seen the incident.

Not convinced with the first half performance, Tony Burman ‘couldn’t fault the guys’ in the second half but he was left bemused by Mr Swabey’s decision which potentially costed the Darts a point, he told BBC Sport: “It was 100% handball – no question. Anywhere else on the pitch it’s handball and that’s the second Saturday in a row. It was on target and it was handball”, he added: “The referee says it was handball but it wasn’t intentional. It’s absolute rubbish”.

The Wings lost 2-1 away to Hereford United on Saturday but the Kent side went into the break level. Early in the second half Chris Sharp gave the Bulls an advantage which was doubled with six minutes remaining through Michael Rankine. Welling United’s top scorer Ross Lafayette netted a last minute consolation.

Dartford are scheduled to face Welling United in the Conference Premier at home on Boxing Day and away on New Years Day.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 14 / Welling United wins: 8 / Draws: 5

Previous Meetings (PO = Playoff Final)

13.05.2013 (PO) Dartford 1 Welling United 0
02.01.2012 Dartford 1 Welling United 0
26.12.2011 Welling United 1 Dartford 1
15.02.2011 Dartford 1 Welling United 1
01.01.2011 Welling United 2 Dartford 1

Recent Kent Senior Cup Performances

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Stats

3 – Number of times Welling United have won the Kent Senior Cup

10 – Number of times Dartford have won the Kent Senior Cup

15 – Players Jamie Day has used for Welling United this season, the fewest in the Conference Premier

25 – Amount of games Welling United are unbeaten at home in the league since 28 April 2012

8462 – Combined attendance for the three meetings between Dartford and Welling United during the 2011/12 season, an average of 2820.

Congratulations Dartford FC

Dartford reached the pinnacle of non league football for the first time in 26 years with a playoff victory against Welling United.

At a sold out Princes Park fans packed into the stadium an hour before kick off to create a fantastic atmosphere. Flagzilla was given a cameo back and forth across The Academy End as Darts supporters waited in anticipation. Up the other end the 1000 segregated Welling United fans were in great voice, there was no better place to be on Sunday 13 May 2012.

Tony Burman named an unchanged side from the semi-finals for The Darts. Jamie Day selected Lee Clarke who returned from his suspension which kept him out of the second leg, Andy Sambrook was replaced. Dartford had home advantage after securing a runners up spot, The Wings finished third seven points behind.

The Darts started the brighter and pressed the Welling defenders. Danny Harris put pressure on Ben Martin and continued his constant pursuit of lost causes which he had done terrifically all season.

With four minutes on the clock Lee Noble gained possession, attacked the space and sweetly struck a shot from almost 25 yards. The ball rippled the back of Craig Holloway’s net and Princes Park erupted. The tricky winger scored the winner in the semi final first leg from similar distance this time there was no deflection.

Noble showed his tremendous form with excellent deliveries into the box but Welling’s Martin and his central partner Jack Parkinson dealt with the crosses.

Welling United ceased control of possession and settled into the final by passing the ball and using the width. Loick Pires and Jack Obersteller linked up well but Dartford’s Lee Burns admirably defended at right back with the assistance of James Rogers tracking back.

Dartford fans suffered a scare when Luis Cumbers charged down a couple of attempted clearances, with the number 9 clean through referee Paul Rees blew his whistle for handball. Moments later Joe Healy was on the end of a positive Welling move but he could only blast his shot high and wide.

In truth the first half was a tight affair but Noble’s wonderful strike gave the home side a crucial advantage. Forty five minutes away from Conference Premier football the match was still in the balance.

The Darts looked more comfortable after the break and the first chance of the second half fell to Elliot Bradbrook. Dartford’s captain managed to send a header towards a struggling Holloway but the goalkeeper parried the ball to safety.

Bradbrook caused further problems but another header failed to reach Harris who was waiting to pounce and was cleared by Parkinson. Dartford fans continued the amazing support and spurred on their team. Harris and Bradbrook created further chances but the Welling defence were equal to the attacks.

In the final five minutes The Wings tried to save a long season and Pires went down in the box. Wings supporters desperately claimed a penalty, Mr Rees correctly waved play on. The visitors failed to conjure up anything to note with Wells confidently catching anything directed at him in the Dartford goal.

When the fourth official allocated four minutes of injury time The Darts kept the ball in Welling’s half for the majority of the added moments. As the referee moved towards the players tunnel he blew the final whistle. Dartford had done it, a third promotion in six years for Tony Burman, the club, the players and the fans.

What a memorable day.