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National League South Season Preview 2018/2019 – Part Four

Truro City |Wealdstone | Welling United | Weston-super-Mare | Woking

Truro City

Founded: 1889 / Ground: Plainmoor

Seven years ago, Truro City propelled themselves up the football pyramid reaching the National South for the first time in their history. Since then they have had financial problems, relegation back to the Southern Premier and a return to the National South. A much more stable club now, the White Tigers reached the playoffs for a second time in three seasons losing to Hampton and Richmond Borough after extra time. At late notice Truro City will groundshare with Torquay United this season as they plan for a new stadium. They also reached the F.A Cup first round for the first time in their history last season, putting in a credible performance against Charlton Athletic in their 3-1 defeat.

Last Season

National South: 7th

F.A Cup: 1st Round

F.A Trophy: 1st Round

League Top Scorer: Cody Cooke (13 goals)

Average Attendance: 469 (15th in National South)

The Manager – Lee Hodges

In his second spell as manager of Truro City, Lee Hodges has taken the White Tigers to the playoffs in two of the last three campaigns. In his first spell he won the Southern Premier League with the club to complete the Cornwall club’s rise from the Western League, their fourth title in five seasons. As a player he won two league titles with Plymouth Argyle and the promotion to the Football League with Torquay United through the playoffs. Finishing his playing career at Truro City, Hodges first spell as manager ended due to financial problems the club faced, two years ago he returned to Treyew Road to finish off a job.

The Summer

The White Tigers will be pinning their goal scoring hopes on new striker Jared Lewington. A target for manager Lee Hodges last summer Lewington joins from Southern Premier League side Tiverton Town. Midfielder Lloyd Gardner moves from Buckland Athletic whilst Truro City welcome back Louis Rooney from Linfield, who was on loan at Treyew Road in 2016/2017. The Cornwall club have lost some decent players in the process including Cody Cooke to St Mirren, goalkeeper Tom McHale and Ben Gerring to Billericay Town. Fletcher Williams, River Allen and Stewart Yetton have also been released. Alex Hartridge and Max Smallcombe sign on loan from Exeter City, defender Cameron Kelly arrives from Buckland Athletic and goalkeeper Corey Harvey will be on dual registration with Bodmin Town. Hodges has managed to secure the services of Bristol City youngsters Jojo Wollacott and Tom Richards on loan. Wollacott spent time on loan last season with club. Paul Bignot will provide football league experience and has been capped by England at C level.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 3 / Truro City wins: 4 / Draws: 1

Previous Meetings

24.02.2018 Dartford 4 Truro City 1
11.11.2017 Truro City 3 Dartford 1
18.03.2017 Dartford 5 Truro City 3
08.10.2016 Truro City 0 Dartford 5
05.04.2016 Truro City 3 Dartford 0
19.09.2015 Dartford 0 Truro City 1

Next Meetings

Saturday 27 October 2018 at Treyew Road

Saturday 30 March 2019 at Princes Park

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Wealdstone

Founded: 1889 / Ground: Vale Stadium

On 21 August 2017 a monumental change happened at Wealdstone. A generation of supporters would only know the club with Gordon Bartlett at the helm, he stepped down after twenty-two years. A big change after Bartlett managed one win in the five games at the start of the season. In came Bobby Wilkinson from Hungerford Town who led the Stones to their obligatory mid-table position come the end of the season. The new regime started in good form with one defeat in twelve games and then Wealdstone returned to their norm. This summer has seen a major overhaul of players and so after four campaigns in the National South, the Stones will be looking at a playoff place.

Last Season

National South: 11th

F.A Cup: 3rd Qualifying Round

F.A Trophy: Semi-Final

County Cup: Semi-Final

League Top Scorer: David Pratt (14 goals)

Average Attendance: 880 (3rd in National South)

The Manager – Bobby Wilkinson

It came as a shock when Bobby Wilkinson quit Hungerford Town early last season, after all he had spent seven seasons improving the Crusaders. He led the Berkshire club to promotion through the Southern League South & West playoffs and went on to win the Southern Premier playoffs. In Hungerford Town’s first campaign in the National South he guided them to an impressive sixth, missing out on the playoffs due to ground grading requirements. Wilkinson also got the Crusaders to the F.A Trophy last eight on two occasions during his time there. This summer is the first with the Stones for the new boss and has seen many changes to the playing personnel.

The Summer

Bobby Wilkinson went early with transfers this summer having had the majority of last season to assess his players. Plenty of players departed including defender Ian Gayle to Woking, and a squad worth arrived. Former Dartford defender Tom Gardiner will be a Wealdstone player, signed from St Albans City he made 75 appearances for the Darts between 2015 and 2017. Ebbsfleet United missed a trick when they didn’t give Yado Mambo the number five shirt, he will certainly be wearing that number with the Stones. A superb F.A Cup hat-trick put Matthew Lench in the limelight last term, the midfielder joins having scored 15 times for Slough Town last season. Wadah Ahmidi and Sam Hatton follow each other from Staines Town, the same goes for Rhys Tyler, Stefan Brown and James Clark from Wilkinson’s former club Hungerford Town and Godfrey Poku and Freddie Grant from Oxford City. Montel Agyemang from East Thurrock United, Marvel Ekpiteta from Bishop’s Stortford, Jake Sheppard from Reading’s academy team and Connor Stevens from Watford U23’s all join the Stones. Bradley Hudson-Odoi returns to the club, the Stones Junior Player of the Year in 2015/2016 has been away with Hampton and Richmond Borough, Sutton United, Eastleigh and Maidstone United. Goalkeeper Callum Thomas impressed Bobby Wilkinson during pre-season and joins from Charlton Athletic. Striker, Joe White rejoins the Stones on loan from Stevenage, he previously scored six goals in 17 appearances for Wealdstone.

Head to Head

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

Previous Meetings

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
26.01.2016 Dartford 1 Wealdstone 2
03.10.2015 Wealdstone 2 Dartford 1

Next Meetings

Saturday 18 March 2018 at Princes Park

Saturday 5 January 2019 at Vale Stadium

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Welling United

Founded: 1963 / Ground: Park View Road

A new start for the Wings who finished tenth last season, out goes new Dartford boss Jamie Coyle and in comes former Whitehawk manager Steve King. Welling United have plenty of experience in the top two tiers of non-league football going back to the late seventies. The Kent side were amongst the front runners in the first three months of last season thanks to a six-game winning streak. A drop of form in November and December as well as a poor end to the season left the Wings eight points shy of the playoffs. Since relegation from the National League, Welling United have stabilised in the National South and will be pushing for the playoffs under new management.

Last Season

National South: 10th

F.A Cup: 2nd Qualifying Round

F.A Trophy: 3rd Qualifying Round

County Cup: 2nd Round

League Top Scorer: Bradley Goldberg (10 goals)

Average Attendance: 541 (10th in National South)

The Manager – Steve King

Nothing but a top seven finish will be acceptable for Steve King at Welling United. The ambitious manager was appointed this summer after he departed Whitehawk. To be fair his task of keeping the Hawks up last term was difficult considering the ground he had to make up, despite improvements they still went down. In his first spell at Whitehawk life was rosier, King kept the Hawks up, reached a playoff final and made it to the F.A Cup second round, almost earning a tie with Everton. He had spells managing Lewes, Northwich Victoria and Farnborough before he took Macclesfield Town to the F.A Cup fourth round in 2013.

The Summer

It seems to be theme that managers are looking towards their former clubs and it’s no different for Steve King. The new Welling United boss has brought in goalkeeper Daniel Wilks, Jordon Gibbons and Nassim L’Ghoul from relegated Whitehawk. King is also familiar with John Paul Kissock who also had a spell with the Hawks before joining Southport, the pair also worked together at Macclesfield Town and will both be working wioth each other once more. Former Canadian international, Gavin McCallum won the Supporters Player of the Year with Eastbourne Borough last term, scorer of 15 goals in 39 games the midfielder will be a Welling United player this season. Richard Orlu has been signed from Woking, the former Dover Athletic defender could pair up with Anthony Acheampong, who joins the Wings for his third spell after signing from Dulwich Hamlet. Ben Jefford and Jack Parkinson have left Park View Road along with Director of Football, Tristan Lewis. French centre-back Thierry Audel worked with King at Macclesfield Town. Since leaving the SIlkmen he played for Crewe Alexandra, Notts County and Barrow. King also once got the best out of Danny Mills when at Whitehawk, the striker scored 58 goals over two seasons there. Signed from Ebbsfleet United, he went out on loan last term to Dartford where he scored six in 26 games. David Ijaha is another from Whitehawk, the midfielder includes St Albans City, Harrow Borough and Wealdstone as former clubs. Guinea-Bissau international Arnaud Mendy will also be part of the Wings squad this season and has represented Luton Town, Macclesfield Town, Lincoln City and Whitehawk. Hampton and Richmond Borough’s Player of the Season, Brendan Kiernan moves to Park View Road, the 25-year-old has played for Ebbsfleet United, Bromley and AFC Wimbledon in the past.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 19 / Welling United wins: 7 / Draws: 10

Previous Meetings

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
06.09.2016 Dartford 2 Welling United 1
19.10.2015 Dartford 3 Welling United 1

Next Meetings

Wednesday 26 December 2018 at Park View Road

Tuesday 1 January 2019 at Princes Park

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Weston-super-Mare

Founded: 1887 / Ground: Woodspring Stadium

The longest serving club currently in the National South, the Seagulls recorded their highest finish since 2014 and it could have been better. The Somerset club were always chasing the playoff spot without really threatening to break into the top seven. At home, Weston-super-Mare took advantage of those clubs below them in the table tasting defeat just once. They swept aside Eastbourne Borough and Wealdstone 5-1 but were also capable of losing to struggling Whitehawk by the same score line. Those inconsistencies cost the Seagulls a better campaign and when they lost eight of their last eleven fixtures, the Somerset club knew a fifteenth consecutive season in the National South would beckon.

Last Season

National South: 12th

F.A Cup: 2nd Qualifying Round

F.A Trophy: 2nd Round

County Cup: Winners

League Top Scorer: Gethyn Hill (19 goals)

Average Attendance: 492 (14th in National South)

The Manager – Marc McGregor

Formerly a player and assistant manager at Weston-super-Mare, Marc McGregor took the step up last summer. He already had experience as a player coach with Worcester City and played for Oxford United and Notts County. The former England C international moved to Forest Green Rovers and was there until Ian Holloway took him on at Queens Park Rangers. Injury forced McGregor to quit playing full time and so he had spells with Tamworth and Hinckley. He guided the Seagulls to a County Cup triumph in his first campaign and the club’s highest finish since 2014 when they ended up in twelfth.

The Summer

Jamie Lucas joins permanently after two loan spells with the club. The striker scored 12 in 21 for Weston-super-Mare at the age of 19. Outside of his spells with the Seagulls, the striker has played for Gloucester City, Boreham Wood, Woking, Bath City and F.A Trophy finalists Brackley Town. He has also made four appearances for Bristol Rovers. Former Dart, Ben Swallow has joned from Bognor Regis Town, the midfielder made 11 appearances for Dartford in 2014. Danny Greenslade has left the Somerset club for Hereford F.C. Tristan Plummer has decided to move onto pastures new, signing with Bitton A.F.C. After a successful trial with the Seagulls, Eli Phipps signs from Colchester United.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 8 / Weston-Super-Mare wins: 3 / Draws: 4

Previous Meetings

07.04.2018 Dartford 3 Weston-super-Mare 1
23.09.2017 Weston-super-Mare 3 Dartford 0
17.01.2017 Dartford 3 Weston-super-Mare 2
26.11.2016 Weston-super-Mare 2 Dartford 4
20.08.2016 Weston-super-Mare 1 Dartford 2
05.03.2016 Weston-super-Mare 2 Dartford 1

Next Meetings

Saturday 29 September 2018 at Princes Park

Saturday 6 April 2019 at Woodspirng Stadium

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Woking

Founded: 1945 / Ground: Enclosed Ground

Relegated from the National South after six years, the Cards needed one more goal entering the last minute of the season. Poised at 1-1 with Dover Athletic and needing victory, Woking conceded instead ending their stay in the National League. The Surrey club were promoted to the top non-league division as champions in the season Dartford went up with them. The Cards held their own until last term and looked to be doing the same again at the end of November. After victory against Ebbsfleet United on 21 November 2017, Woking won just three more games as they slumped towards the bottom four. A win in their penultimate fixture gave them hope but it wasn’t to be for the Cards.

Last Season

National League: 21st

F.A Cup: 2nd Round

F.A Trophy: 1st Round

County Cup: 1st Round

League Top Scorer: Charlie Carter (12 goals)

Average Attendance: 2024 (8th in National League)

The Manager – Alan Dowson

Alan Dowson represented Millwall, Fulham, Bradford City and Darlington before non-league football came calling. He spent time at Slough Town, Gateshead then Waltham and Hersham, where he got his break as a manager. Staying in Surrey, Dowson then took charge of Kingstonian where he won the Isthmian Division One South. He was unveiled as Hampton and Richmond Borough’s manager in 2014 and two years later led the Beavers to the Isthmian Premier League title. Dowson made his former club contenders for promotion to the National League losing last season’s playoff final. Now he will start a new challenge back in Surrey to get Woking back to the National League at the first attempt.

The Summer

Top scorer in a struggling season, Charlie Carter attracted the attention of Chesterfield and moved to the newly relegated National League side. Josh Staunton also makes the step up a division by switching to FC Halifax Town. With a new boss at the helm many more have arrived, mainly from his former side Hampton and Richmond Borough and last season’s runners up Dartford. Nathan Collier worked with Dowson at Hampton and Richmond Borough and now has his man back, Collier joins from Dartford having made 21 appearances for them last season. Struggling with injury, striker Duane Ofori-Acheampong only managed six starts for the Darts last term and along with the impressive goalkeeper Berti Schotterl, who kept six clean sheets in 13 outings the total of former Dartford players reaches three. Dowson has taken Charlie Wassmer with him from his old club, the defender was namesd in the National South’s team of the season and after over 150 appearances for Hampton and Richmond Borough, Josh Casey follows. Jack Cook formed a partnership with Wassmer with the Beavers last term and they will team up again. Ian Gayle adds more strength to the back line from Wealdstone and winger Nicky Wheeler comes in from Billericay Town. Christian Jolley was given his break in 2009 by Alan Dowson at Kingstonian, they now pair up again. Jolley went on to play for AFC Wimbledon, Newport County, Forest Green Rovers, Grimsby Town then Margate. Max Kretzschmar returns to the Cards after one season with Hampton and Richmond Borough, where he scored 14 goals in 39 league appearances last season. Striker, Jake Hyde made 130 appearances in the Football League for Barnet, York City, and Stevenage. Last season Hyde played for Maidenhead United in the National League. Former Burgess Hill Town striker, Greg Luer spent more than three years with Hull City making eight appearances. Loan spells in League One with Port Vale and Scunthorpe United, and League Two with Stevenage followed and now he is at Woking.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 4 / Woking wins: 5 / Draws: 2

Previous Meetings

03.03.2015 Dartford 1 Woking 3
12.08.2014 Woking 1 Dartford 1
18.02.2014 Dartford 5 Woking 1
12.11.2013 Woking 3 Dartford 0
01.04.2013 Dartford 4 Woking 1
14.08.2010 Woking 1 Dartford 0

Next Meetings

Saturday 1 December 2018 at Kingsfield

Saturday 23 February 2019 at Princes Park

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Dartford v Woking

A fixture packed March begins with Dartford determined to close the gap to safety when they host play-off chasers Woking.

With the weather causing postponements, the Darts will have to cram in two games a week this month as they play catch up. If Tony Burman’s side take advantage of the games in hand then the season’s final stages will be tense. Dartford still have fixtures to fulfil against Southport, Alfreton Town and Nuneaton Town but will first need to focus on Woking.

The Darts dropped a place in the league on the weekend with a creditable 1-1 draw at Aldershot Town. An Elliot Bradbrook header in the first half gave Dartford a precious lead. The visitors had to settle for a point though when substitute Tristan Plummer equalised on the hour. Woking approach their fourth successive league match away from home having lost once in their last seven overall, The Cards have picked up two wins in that time with the latest on the weekend against Lincoln City.

Earlier in the season Dartford were unlucky not to have grabbed their maiden victory of 2014/15. The Darts matched the Cards in yet another mid-week fixture at the Kingfield Stadium, a ground where they normally struggle. Rory McAuley put Dartford in front with a header and in the final minute substitute Giuseppe Sole equalised. Burman was pleased with the performance that night, he told kentonline.co.uk: “We were all really gutted after the game because we’d done so well”, he added: “I would have accepted one point before the game but it was a difficult pill to swallow”.

Dartford have fond memories of their last meeting with Woking in a season similar to this term. A much needed win was achieved in style as they brushed the Cards aside in a 5-1 victory. Having fallen a goal behind to Scott Rendell’s strike, a minute later on loan striker Alex Wall equalised. The match turned when the visitors had Joey Jones dismissed leaving Woking with ten men. The Darts cashed in on the extra man advantage with four goals without reply, Wall scored his second before Max Cornhill added a brace of his own, in the last minute Lee Noble made it 5-1.

Over the last four years the two clubs have battled out some entertaining encounters at Princes Park. Whilst in the Conference South both games ended 3-2 with a win apiece. Since promotion to the Conference Premier, the Darts have dominated the last two home performances winning 4-1 and the aforementioned triumph last season.

Although recent home results against Garry Hill’s side have been excellent it may be hard to replicate this time round. The Cards have had a satisfying campaign to date surprising a few pundits by reaching second in the Conference Premier on more than one occasion. However, the Surrey club have failed to keep the momentum going and since December have found wins hard to come by.

Promoted with Dartford almost three years ago, the Cards opened this season impressively with a nine match unbeaten run. Even after a three game losing the streak the Cards bounced back with three victories of their own. An inconsistent spell pre December turned into a poor run and since their win at home to Altrincham they have won once in eleven league games (excludes Saturday’s fixture at Lincoln City).

Manager, Hill has enjoyed the services of striker Scott Rendell who has notched 15 league goals in 25 appearances prior to Saturday’s game. Giving the 29 year old a helping hand up front is crowd favourite Giuseppe Sole. Often used as a substitute, Sole has managed nine league goals in just 13 starts and 20 appearances off the bench. In central midfield the reliable Josh Payne has played in all but two league matches for the Cards and could be another to watch.

Team News

Andy Pugh returns from suspension after missing the 1-1 draw with Aldershot Town on the weekend. Jamie Richards has extended his loan spell until the end of the season. Ryan Hayes who suffered from a hamstring strain was on the bench against the Shots and managed to play the last fifteen minutes.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 4 / Woking wins: 4 / Draws: 2

Current League Form

Dartford (WDLLLL) Woking (WDLWDD)
AFC Telford United  A  3-2 Lincoln City  A  2-0
Bristol Rovers  H  2-2 Kidderminster Harriers  A  1-1
Dover Athletic  A  1-6 Barnet  A  1-2
FC Halifax Town  H  1-2 Alfreton Town  A  3-0
Kidderminster Harriers  H  1-2 Bristol Rovers  H  0-0
Braintree Town  A  0-3 Gateshead  H  0-0

Last Meeting at Princes Park

18 February 2014 – Dartford 5 Woking 1 – Att: 1002

Goalscorers: Rendell (4), Wall (5), Wall (45), Cornhill (56), Cornhill (74), Noble (90)

Dartford Lineup: Julian, McAuley, Sterling, Mitchel-King, Woodyard, Cornhill, Stevenson, Burns, Bradbrook, Wall, Harris (subs used: Noble, Suarez, Swallow)

Woking Lineup: Beasant, Jones, McNerney, Johnson, Nutter, Betsy, Payne, Ricketts, Goddard, Sole, Rendell (subs used: Marriott, Wright, Murtagh)

Match Stats

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Previous Meetings (* – F.A Cup)

12.08.2014 Woking 1 Dartford 1
18.02.2014 Dartford 5 Woking 1
12.11.2013 Woking 3 Dartford 0
01.04.2013 Dartford 4 Woking 1
14.08.2012 Woking 1 Dartford 0
18.02.2012 Woking 1 Dartford 0
13.12.2011 Dartford 2 Woking 3
09.04.2011 Dartford 3 Woking 2
27.11.2010 Woking 2 Dartford 2
21.10.1972* Dartford 3 Woking 2

Woking v Dartford

Dartford will aim to get off the mark in their first away trip of the season tomorrow night against Woking.

With the exception of two previous meetings this fixture has seen three goals or more scored. Last season, both matches were one sided with the home team triumphing convincingly. At the Kingfield Stadium three unanswered strikes in the space of fourteen second half minutes left Woking in full control. Loan striker from Ipswich Town, Jack Marriott scored his first goal for the Cards, Scott Rendell added another and Joe McNerney sealed the 3-0 win.

Scott Rendell scores against the Darts last season

Scott Rendell scores against the Darts last season

At Princes Park, later in the season Dartford won 5-1 having fallen a goal behind to a Rendell effort. A minute later on loan striker Alex Wall equalised and then the visitors had Joey Jones dismissed. The Darts cashed in on the extra man advantage with four more goals from Wall, a brace from Max Cornhill and a last minute strike by Lee Noble.

The short trip to Surrey has been tricky for Dartford, apart from a 2-2 draw at the Kingfield Stadium in November 2010 the Darts have lost their last three without finding the back of the net. Back to back 1-0 wins for Woking in February and August 2012 arrived in their Conference South title winning campaign then in the early stages of their Conference Premier return.

The Darts lost their opening fixture of 2014/15 on Saturday to Wrexham after falling behind twice. Tony Burman handed first league starts to goalkeeper Jason Brown and Luke Daley. Whilst Rory McAuley, Adam Green, Andy Pugh and Tom Bradbrook all started second spells for the club. New signing Peter Sweeney took some part from off the bench as did striker Harry Crawford.

Wrexham’s new signing of their own, Wes York put the visitors ahead with half an hour played. The former Nuneaton Town man headed in Connor Jenning’s cross. Dartford matched their opponents and deservedly equalised early in the second half, Lee Noble delivered a corner for Tom Bradbrook to open his second goalscoring account for the Darts. With twelve minutes to go another former Nuneaton Town striker Louis Moult put York through on goal who netted his second. Over the past two season’s the pair have been troublesome for Dartford scoring winners for the Boro and now for Wrexham.

Despite defeat the feeling around Princes Park is that of optimism as the performance and squad looks to have improved from a year ago. Tony Burman spoke to kentonline.co.uk after the game and said: “I don’t think we deserved to lose the game. I’m disappointed in respect of the result but I’m pleased with what I saw out there. There were a lot of positives for us”. Kevin Wilkin, the Wrexham boss praised the Darts after the match applauding the fact his side were pushed all the way to the end.

New signing Tom Bradbrook scored on the weekend

New signing Tom Bradbrook scored on the weekend

Woking managed to beat Alfreton Town to kick start their campaign, however they will hope the Alfreton Town curse will not affect them this term. Ever since promotion to the Conference Premier, the team who has beaten the Reds on the opening day has ended up in the relegation season at the end of April.

The Cards also fell behind but this time they managed to turn the tables. Lee Stevenson’s drive put Alfreton Town ahead but the goal was cancelled out by Woking’s débutante Dean Morgan. Rendell continued his goalscoring exploits on from last season and two in the space of eight minuted clinched the three points for the Surrey side. Manager, Garry Hill was delighted with the opening day result and felt is Woking side deserved victory.

Rendell will be the player to contain for the Dartford defence, the 27 year old top scored for the Cards last term which included two against Dartford, one in each match. The former Cambridge United, Wycombe Wanderers and Luton Town striker netted 17 league goals in 2013/14.

Hill believes his current squad is the strongest he has assembled since being in charge at Kingfield. As well as Morgan, over the summer the Woking boss brought back Keiran Murtagh who had played for the Cards in their Conference South title winning campaign. Theo Lewis and James Clarke were signed from Salisbury City, Jake Cole arrived as a back up goalkeeper and Joey Jones, who was red carded against the Darts last time, made his loan spell permanent.

Team News

Elliot Bradbrook who hardly featured in pre season appeared for the full ninety minutes against Wrexham. The captain had been carrying an ankle injury. Ryan Hayes is yet to make a competitive appearance after his long term injury last campaign, the winger was named amongst the substitutes on the weekend.

Head to Head

Woking wins: 4 / Dartford wins: 4 / Draws: 1

Last Meeting at Kingfield Stadium

12 November 2013 – Woking 3 Dartford 0 – Att: 1157

Goalscorers: Marriott (63), Rendell (47), McNerney (77)

Woking Lineup: Beasant, Nutter, Parkinson, McNerney, Newton, Betsy, Payne, Banya, Ricketts, Marriott, Rendell (subs used: Cestor, Goddard, Sole)

Dartford Lineup: Julian, Clark, Fry, Mitchel-King, Noble, Cornhill, Burns, Woodyard, Hayes, Godden, Birchall (subs used: Harris, Sterling, Prior)

Match Stats

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Previous Meetings (* – F.A Cup)

18.02.2014 Dartford 5 Woking 1
12.11.2013 Woking 3 Dartford 0
01.04.2013 Dartford 4 Woking 1
14.08.2012 Woking 1 Dartford 0
18.02.2012 Woking 1 Dartford 0
13.12.2011 Dartford 2 Woking 3
09.04.2011 Dartford 3 Woking 2
27.11.2010 Woking 2 Dartford 2
21.10.1972* Dartford 3 Woking 2

 

Woking

Kingfield Stadium Founded 1889 The Cards

Woking created plenty of non league history in the nineties during their most successful spell. The ball started to roll when they famously reached the F.A Cup fourth round stages beating West Bromwich Albion on the way in 1991. Two years later the Cards reached Wembley, the first of three occasions in four years. Woking won the F.A Trophy and retained the silverware the following season. Simultaneously, the Cards came close to reaching the Football League by twice finishing runners up in the Conference Premier in consecutive campaigns. The Kingfield Stadium came the F.A Trophy’s new home once more in 1997 as the club set a record number of trophy triumphs. A temporary stay in the Conference South ended just two years ago and two mid table finishes followed.

wokingfcLast Season

Conference Premier: 9th

F.A Cup: 4th Qualifying Round

FA Trophy: 2nd Round

County Cup: Winners

Top Scorer: Scott Rendell

Average Attendance: 1601

Woking struggled at the beginning of the season winning just three times in their opening 17 fixtures. The Cards were in the relegation zone and wondering if they would return to the Conference South. Jack Marriott was signed on loan from Ipswich Town and it was then when everything clicked. The 19 year old teamed up perfectly with top scorer Scott Rendell with the duo scoring 24 goals in 21 matches between them. The Cards made steady progress up the Conference Premier table winning six consecutive games in March and April. On their travels the Surrey side went out to attack recording the second highest number of goals scored away from home. A top ten finish was questionable in the early stages of the campaign but shrewd loan signings made sure of an improvement from the previous season.

The Manager – Garry Hill

Three and half years have gone since Garry Hill was appointed the Woking manager. He led them to a Conference South playoff semi final before winning the title and promotion to the Conference Premier. Two respectable finishes in the top non league division and Hill’s work at the Kingfield Stadium has been impressive. In non league circles Hill has built up plenty of experience with Heybridge Swifts and St Albans City before winning the Isthmian Premier League with Dagenham and Redbridge, in his first season there. The Daggers continued to improve and after a playoff final defeat to Doncaster Rovers at Wembley, Hill resigned the followed campaign. Staying in Essex, he spent a short spell with Hornchurch before the club entered administration. More financial club difficulties followed in Hill’s next two roles, firstly at Weymouth who he guided to the Conference Premier then at Rushden and Diamonds. At least stability has returned to Hill’s managerial career with the Cards.

The Summer

Having spent a loan spell at Woking before, Keiran Murtagh rejoins the Cards. The midfielder made over 50 appearances for the Surrey club scoring ten times and was part of the Conference South winning team.James Clarke has moved from troubled Salisbury City, the central defender has nearly been ever present for the Whites over the last two seasons. Theo Lewis has followed Clarke from the Wiltshire club, Lewis was also part of the Conference South promotion winning team with Salisbury City. In goal, Jake Cole has experience over 100 appearances at Plymouth Argyle in the Football League, he has been signed by Hill. Joey jones turns his loan deal into a permanent one, he scored twice for Woking in 12 games. George Frith, Brett Johnson and Anthony McNamee have all been released by the club.

Last Meetings vs The Darts

Dartford 5 Woking 1 – Conference Premier – 18 February 2014

Dartford’s best performance of the season happened after falling behind early on to a Scott Rendell goal. A minute on loan striker Alex Wall equalised and then the visitors had Joey Jones dismissed. The Darts cashed in on the extra man advantage with four more goals from Wall, a brace from Max Cornhill and a last minute fifth by Lee Noble.

Woking 3 Dartford 0 – Conference Premier – 12 November 2013

Dartford collapsed as quick as a second innings display by England. With the scores level at 0-0 and just under half hour to go, Woking scored three times in fifteen minutes. On loan and on his debut, Jack Marriott opened his goalscoring account, Scott Rendell doubled the lead and Joe McNerney made it three.

Next Meetings

Tuesday 12 August 2014 at Kingfield Stadium

Saturday 24 January 2015 at Princes Park

League Performance Last Ten Years

woking last ten years

Best Performances

2nd Conference Premier (1994/95 & 1995/96) F.A Cup 4th Round (1990/91) F.A Trophy Winners (1993/94, 1994/95 & 1996/97)

Dartford v Woking

Dartford will be determined to beat the weather as well as their opponents on Tuesday night when the host fellow part timers Woking.

Over the last two season’s a small rivalry has been built up between the two clubs having followed similar paths. A well fought battle for the Conference South title ended with the Cards taking the title in 2012. However, Dartford finished in a higher league position as both teams returned to the Conference Premier last season.

It was Woking who came out on top at the Kingfield Stadium, just over a month ago, with three quick fire goals. For an hour the fixture was evenly contested until Jack Marriott guided in the opener on his début. The Ipswich Town loanee has continued to impress in Surrey since including a hat trick away at FC Halifax Town. Scott Rendell doubled the lead and Joe McNerney complete a trio of goals in a 14 minute spell. Tony Burman will be hoping his side can keep their composure better than they did back in November.

The Darts are showing signs of turning a corner with fantastic results against Cambridge United, Kidderminster Harriers and Wrexham. Tony Burman has used the loan market wisely, however striker Andy Pugh was recalled to Cambridge United  leaving one less attacking option. Without a home game since the entertaining 3-3 draw against the U’s, Dartford’s last football fix came away from home as they triumphed over Wrexham.

After ten minutes Pugh scored his second goal for the club putting the Darts ahead. The striker who was unable to play against his parent club Cambridge United a fortnight ago, followed up Alex Wall’s free kick. The scores were level just past the twenty minute mark when Joe Clarke took advantage of a corner earning the Dragons an equaliser . Approaching half time, Dartford took a priceless lead through captain Elliot Bradbrook, the midfielder netted his sixth league goal of the season when he scored what turned out to be the winner.

Woking had a slow start this term and since beating Dartford in November have got their season on the move. The Darts were a point and position ahead of the Cards in the relegation zone when they last met. Woking’s push up the table has coincided with a couple of decent loan signings including Ipswich Town’s Marriott striking up a partnership with Luton Town’s Scott Rendell, who joined in September.

The Surrey club pulled nine points clear of the drop zone and into 16th position with a 2-0 win on the weekend. Travelling north-east to face Gateshead, John Nutter’s early goal from Kevin Betsy’s cross put the Cards ahead. The lead was extended twenty minutes from time when John Goddard secured victory which ended Gateshead’s nine game unbeaten run.

Last season, the Darts defeated Woking emphatically towards the end of the Conference Premier campaign. Lee Noble’s double at the end of each half helped Dartford record their biggest ever win against the Cards. Nathan Collier opened the scoring just seven minutes into the match, the versatile player finished neatly from 12 yards. Jayden Stockley headed Woking level ten minutes before the break but the Darts went into half time ahead when Noble made scored his first. Charlie Sheringham’s header gave Burman’s side a cushion and Noble’s 30 yard strike secured victory.

Head to Head

Woking wins: 4 / Dartford wins: 3 / Draws: 1

Current League Form

Dartford (WDWLDL) Woking (WLWDLL)
Wrexham A 2-1 Gateshead A 2-0
Cambridge United H 3-3 Salisbury City A 0-2
Kidderminster Harriers A 2-1 Hereford United H 3-0
Salisbury City A 0-1 Lincoln City A 2-2
Welling United A 1-1 Chester H 0-1
Welling United H 1-2 Welling United A 0-3

Last Meeting at Princes Park

1 April 2013 – Dartford 4 Woking 1 – Att: 1407

Goalscorers: Collier (7), Stockley (34), Noble (45), Sheringham (60), Noble (90)

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

The Cards Lineup: Brown, Newton, Parkinson, Johnson, Nutter, Ricketts, Betsy, Sawyer, Knott, Bubb, Stockley (subs used: Frith, McNerney, McCallum)

Match Stats

dfc v wfc stats2

Previous Meetings (* – F.A Cup)

12.11.2013 Woking 3 Dartford 0
01.04.2013 Dartford 4 Woking 1
14.08.2012 Woking 1 Dartford 0
18.02.2012 Woking 1 Dartford 0
13.12.2011 Dartford 2 Woking 3
09.04.2011 Dartford 3 Woking 2
27.11.2010 Woking 2 Dartford 2
21.10.1972* Dartford 3 Woking 2

 

 

Woking v Dartford

The Darts face an important trip to Woking on Saturday aiming to extend the gap on the bottom four of the Conference Premier.

Dartford sit four places above the Cards with a four point cushion. Victory on the weekend will keep their Surrey opponents in the relegation zone.

Over the last two season’s there has been little to choose between both sides. Woking beat the Darts to the Conference South title in 2012 whilst Dartford edged the Cards last season to finish as the best part timers.

Dartford have continued to struggle on the road and have to go back to the end of August for their only league triumph. The story was much the same on the weekend as Tony Burman’s depleted squad stumbled out of the F.A Cup at Salisbury City. Reverting to a 4-3-3 formation the Darts failed to get to grips and found themselves 3-0 down by half time. Burman spoke to BBC Radio Kent and said: “There was some kamikaze defending. It was schoolboy stuff. It wasn’t anything to do with the back four as a unit, but individually it was dreadful defending”. Lee Burns pulled a goal back with an excellently taken volley and after Salisbury City netted a fourth Max Cornhill notched a last minute consolation.

Woking had a weekend off as they were not involved in F.A Cup first round action. The Surrey side have the second worst home record in the Conference Premier this term, picking up their only home win at the end of September. Garry Hill’s team were beaten 2-1 in their last fixture at the Kingfield Stadium by a ninetieth minute goal from Grimsby Town. Kevin Betsy’s equaliser fell either side of Ross Hannah’s first minute strike and Craig Disley’s last gasp stunner.

Last season the two clubs met on a Tuesday night with the Conference Premier clash turning a little feisty. Lee Noble was sent off after two cautions and with the Darts almost holding on, their hard work was undone by a contentious late penalty. After the fracas between players died down, Giuseppe Sole scored from the spot with eight minutes remaining to earn Woking a 1-0 win.

Garry Hill has identified his attacking options need strengthening. Scott Rendell arrived from Luton Town and has credentials at this level, scoring the winner to knock Premier League side Norwich City out of the F.A Cup last season. The 27 year old joined in September and has managed three goals in nine league starts. More recently, Fulham winger Charles Banya has a month to gain experience and 19 year old striker Jack Marriott joins from Championship outfit Ipswich Town.

Team News

Tyrone Sterling and Jason Prior returned to action in Saturday’s defeat at Salisbury. The pair came off the substitute’s bench in the second half. Sterling replaced an injured Lee Noble, who missed the last league fixture at Forest Green Rovers. Elliot Bradbrook travelled with the squad despite suffering from cracked ribs, the Dartford captain was passed unfit and will be assessed again before Tuesday’s match.  Strikers Matthew Godden and Adam Birchall can return after sitting out the F.A Cup tie to prevent them getting cup tied for their parent clubs. Matthew Fry, Kenny Clark and Lee Noble are all one caution away from picking up a one match ban.

Brett Johnson is the only long term absentee for the Cards. Youngster, Charles Banya made his début against Grimsby Town which ended in a 2-1 loss.

Head to Head

Woking wins: 3 / Dartford wins: 3 / Draws 1

Current League Form

Woking (LLDDDW) Dartford (LWDDLW)
Grimsby Town H 1-2 Forest Green Rovers A 0-1
Wrexham A 0-2 Hyde H 4-3
FC Halifax Town H 0-0 Hereford United A 2-2
Barnet H 0-0 Salisbury City H 1-1
Southport A 1-1 Gateshead A 0-2
Nuneaton Town H 2-0 Southport H 1-0

Last League Meeting at The Kingfield Stadium

14 August 2012 – Woking 1 Dartford 0 – Att: 1846

Goalscorers: Sole (82 pen)

The Cards Lineup: Howe, Newton, Cestor, Johnson, McNerney, Ricketts, Sawyer, Betsy, Pires, Bubb, Williams (subs used: Sinclair, McCullum, Sole)

The Darts Lineup: Wells, Burns, Bonner, Arber, Green, Noble, Champion, Bradbrook, Rogers, Erskine, Harris (subs used: Rose, Collier, Crawford)

Match Stats

wfc v dfc stats

Previous Meetings (* – F.A Cup)

01.04.2013 Dartford 4 Woking 1
14.08.2012 Woking 1 Dartford 0
18.02.2012 Woking 1 Dartford 0
13.12.2011 Dartford 2 Woking 3
09.04.2011 Dartford 3 Woking 2
27.11.2010 Woking 2 Dartford 2
21.10.1972* Dartford 3 Woking 2

Stats (taken from bbc.co.uk)

2 – Only two players who featured in Dartford’s last league outing featured in this fixture last season. Lee Burns started the last time he visited the Kingfield Stadium whilst Nathan Collier came off the bench.

7 – The number of different goalscorers for Woking in Conference Premier games this season. Only Hyde have fewer number of players scoring (5).

11 – Woking have conceded 11 goals between 16 and 30 minutes, more than any other Conference Premier club this season.

14 – Dartford have conceded the most goals this season fifteen minutes either side of half time.

52% – The percentage of attempts at goal on target for the Darts, only matched by Gateshead and Kidderminster Harriers, a league high.

59 – Dartford have had just 59 shots off target, a Conference Premier low this term. However, only Chester have had fewer attempts at goal.

Five of the seven meetings between the two clubs have featured four goals or more. When these sides meet they average 3.71 goals per game

 

Dartford v Woking

Dartford continue their quest to earn the title of best part time team against Woking on Easter Monday.

The Cards have had the upper hand over the Darts in recent years winning the Conference South title as well as this seasons earlier encounter. Dartford and Woking are amongst the top part time teams in the country. With the playoffs and relegation looking unlikely both sides will want something to play for until the end of April.

At Kingsfield Stadium in August, the Darts had a frustrating evening in Surrey losing their second match of the season. Lee Noble received two yellow cards before the first half finished, leaving the visitors playing out the rest of the game with ten men. A draw would have been satisfactory but when Adam Green upended former Welling United winger Loick Pires a penalty was controversially awarded. Substitute Giuseppe Sole struck the ball beyond Louis Wells to give Woking a 1-0 victory eight minutes from time.

James Rogers scores a diving header to keep Dartford's chances of a come back alive

James Rogers scores a diving header against Woking

Last season at Princes Park, the visitors got off to a perfect start taking the lead on four minutes when Alan Inns headed the opener. Just before the break Woking went two in front after Adam Doyle netted.

Dartford rallied in the second half and when James Rogers scored a diving header just after the hour the Darts had a lifeline. The Cards pulled away once more with four minutes to go courtesy of Elvis Hammond. In the final minute Jacob Erskine clawed a goal back again for the hosts but it wasn’t enough. The 3-2 scoreline was the exact reverse to the season before when it was the Darts who ran out winners.

Tony Burman guided the Darts to a decent away result on Easter weekend against fourth place Newport County. The trip to Wales ended 0-0 keeping Dartford in twelfth position. The Kent side have now recorded four blanks in front of goal in their last five matches and picked up three away points from the last 33 available. At home, the Darts have been a difference proposition tasting defeat just once in their last eight home matches in the Conference Premier.

Meanwhile, Garry Hill’s side also picked up a point at Kingsfield Stadium maintaining the three point cushion over Dartford. Joe McNerney put through his own net a minute before half time but the goal was cancelled out by Kevin Betsy’s twelfth of the season. Woking’s draw means the club have drawn five of their last six fixtures.

Steve Thompson, coach spoke to BBC Surrey Sport after the 1-1 draw and said: “We looked a little tired today, but we fully deserved the point and I thought we were the team pushing for the win”, he added: “It’s been a very tough week and obviously we would have liked to get more than three points from three games”.

Woking took a while to settle back into Conference Premier football after three years away. Winning just two of their first seven the Cards thrashed Nuneaton Town 6-1 in September giving the side confidence. After some inconsistency and a  7-0 defeat at Hyde,  Garry Hill’s side was propelled into action as they went on to win six of their next seven matches. Mid-table form has returned to the Surrey club who can be pleased with their first season back at the top of non league football.

Team News

Mark Arber returns from suspension for his red card at Hereford United last week. Csaba Somogyi celebrated his Dartford début with a clean sheet at Newport County on Saturday. The Hungarian goalkeeper on loan from Fulham started ahead of the injured Louis Wells. Danny Harris missed the match on the weekend with a hamstring problem he picked up against Gateshead

Lee Noble will make his 150th start in a Dartford shirt if selected, the midfielder has also made 65 substitute appearances scoring 28 times for the Darts. If in the starting eleven Tom Champion will make his 150th appearance, four of which have been off the subs bench, the midfielder is also one booking from suspension and suffered a broken nose on Saturday.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 2 / Woking wins: 3 / Draws: 1 / Dartford goals: 10 / Woking goals: 12

Current League Form

Dartford (DLWLLW) Woking (DDDDWD)
Newport County A 0-0 Hereford United H 1-1
Hereford United A 0-1 Nuneaton Town A 0-0
Gateshead H 3-0 Kidderminster Harriers A 2-2
Barrow H 0-1 Braintree Town A 1-1
Hyde A 0-3 AFC Telford United H 5-2
Wrexham H 2-1 Macclesfield Town A 0-0

Last Meeting

14 August 2012 – Woking 1 Dartford 0 – Att: 1846

Scorer: Sole 82 (pen)

The Cards Lineup: Howe, Newton, Cestor, Johnson, McNerney, Ricketts, Sawyer, Betsy, Pires, Bubb, Williams (subs used: Sinclair, McCullum, Sole)

The Darts Lineup: Wells, Burns, Bonner, Arber, Green, Harris, Champion, Bradbrook, Rogers, Erskine, Noble (subs used: Collier, Rose, Crawford)

Match Stats

Dartford v Woking

Previous Meetings (* = F.A Cup)

18.02.2012 Woking 1 Dartford 0
13.12.2011 Dartford 2 Woking 3
09.04.2011 Dartford 3 Woking 2
27.11.2010 Woking 2 Dartford 2
21.10.1972* Dartford 3 Dartford 2

Stats

Dartford (26) and Woking (25) have used the fewest players in the Conference Premier this season

Prior the last two meetings which ended 1-0, the previous four games averaged 4.75 goals a game between the two sides.

Woking have scored the most goals in the opening fifteen matches out of any other Conference Premier club. The chart below shows when both sides are most potent in front of goal.

dfc v woking

Woking v Dartford

 

The Darts take on Conference South champions on Tuesday night when they travel to Woking.

Both newly promoted sides started with opening day defeats in a weekend that produced plenty of goals. Dartford lost 3-2 at home to Tamworth in their first top flight fixture in 26 years. Woking went down 3-1 away to Wrexham as they returned to Conference Premier action for the first time in three seasons.

Dartford boss, Tony Burman spoke to PURE DFC and assessed his sides first game, he said: “We’ve played pretty well – I’m disappointed we’ve not got all three points to be honest. We’ve made three mistakes on the goals, and we’ve been punished. The third goal was a great strike, but on the first and second goals we’ve let the ball bounce and that’s not right, and with the third goal, the ball’s been played down the line but we haven’t hit it into decent areas. I can’t fault the lads’ effort and I can’t fault the way they’ve played”.

Despite frailties at the back on Saturday, Burman is optimistic that his team is going forward with promise, he added: “We’ve had enough chances, and created enough. Every game is going to be tough, and we need to get into a routine and learn the league quickly. We will get punished if we make mistakes, and we’ve been punished today not because of a bad team performance but because we’ve made three bad mistakes”.

Débuts were handed out to Mark Arber at centre half and striker Harry Crawford from off the bench. The 20 year old striker marked his first match in a Dartford shirt with a well taken headed goal which was enough to saviour a point.

Dartford return to the venue where they were beaten last season by a headed goal from defender Alan Inns after just three minutes. The defeat at the Kingsfield Stadium was Dartford’s second loss to Woking last term, the Surrey side triumphed 3-2 at Princes Park.

Two years ago the Darts fared better in an entertaining 2-2 draw. Ryan Hayes opened the scoring with a deft lob on seven minutes. Woking’s Elvis Hammond equalised mid-way through the first half and Craig Faulconbridge’s header in first half stoppage time put the hosts in front. George Purcell equalised five minutes into the second half with a well executed volley.

Woking manager, Garry Hill also gave débuts to new signings and after trailing 2-0 to Wrexham one of the debutants Bradley Bubb opened his account. The former Basingstoke Town and Farnborough striker has been prolific at Conference South level and may be one to watch. Bubb replaced ex Welling United winger Loick Pires on Saturday who has joined Jack Parkinson, Brett Johnson and Lee Sawyer over the summer to play for the Cards this season.

Last Meeting

18 February 2012: Woking 1 Dartford 0 – Attendance: 2528

Woking Line Up: Aaron Howe, Adam Newton, Mike Cestor, Keiran Murtagh, Alan Inns, Adam Doyle, Wayne Gray (Mo Shariff), Jack King, Moses Ademola (Ola Sogbanmu), Elvis Hammond (Paris Cowan-Hall), Kevin Betsy. Subs not used: Joe McNerney, Andy Little.

Dartford Line Up: Louis Wells, Lee Burns, Adam Green, Tom Bonner, Paul Goodacre, Tom Champion, Lee Noble (Ryan Hayes), Jon Wallis, Jacob Erskine (Tony Garrod), James Rogers (Richard Graham), Danny Harris. Subs not used: Matt Jones, Deren Ibrahim.

Did you know…

Matchday One produced a total of 42 goals at an average of 3.5 goals per game. The highest average since 1995 when 39 goals were scored over 11 fixtures at 3.54 per match.

Elliot Bradbrook’s start on Saturday was his 100th league start since joining Dartford in 2009.

Dartford and Woking have been the best supported clubs in the Conference South over the past two seasons. The Cards took the attendance league title from the Darts.

Average Attendance 2011/12

Average Attendance 2010/11

Woking

1834

1167

Dartford

1246

1171

Woking top scored in the Conference South last season with 92 goals ahead of Dartford’s tally of 89. Whilst the Cards netted more in the first half the Darts were more potent later in the second half.

 

 

 

 

 

Woking v Dartford

Dartford face a top of the table clash on Saturday when they aim to close the gap on Woking to eight points.

The stand out fixture of the weekend is expecting a large crowd as the two best supported sides battle for the title and automatic promotion to the Conference Premier.

When the two sides have come up against each other over the last two years then goals have been easy to find. Last seasons corresponding fixture ended in an entertaining 2-2 draw. The Darts were struggling at the wrong end of the Conference South and Woking were in a disappointing mid table position.

Dartford got off to a tremendous start when Ryan Hayes opened the scoring with a deft lob on seven minutes. Experience former football league stirker Elvis Hammond equalised mid-way through the first half. The Cards went into the break with a lead courtesy of Craig Faulconbridge’s header in first half stoppage time.

In the second half it did not take long for parity to be restored. Only five minutes had been played when loanee and debutant George Purcell finished in style. Since November 2010 the two clubs have been in excellent form. Woking boast the best record in the last calendar year and Dartford have won their last five league matches.

Both clubs have also enjoyed 3-2 victories at Princes Park bringing the total number of goals in the last three meetings to 14. In fact, Dartford’s only defeat in the last 13 Conference South matches was against Woking in December. The Surrey club stormed into a two goal first half lead with both goals coming from set pieces. Alan Inns opened the scoring after four minutes and Craig Doyle netted three minutes before the break. James Rogers pulled a goal back mid way through the second half and as Dartford pushed for an equaliser a clearance from Louis Wells was punished by Hammond with two minutes to play. The Darts refused to lie down and Erskine grabbed a consolation.

Earlier this season, James Rogers scores a diving header to keep Dartford's chances of a come back alive

Woking remain favourites for the Conference South title thanks to a superb run of 17 matches unbeaten in which they dropped a miserly six points. Garry Hill knows his side is capable of scoring goals with the likes of Hammond on ten league goals and Moses Ademola on 11 but The Cards have dried up a little of late. At the back the Surrey club have kept 12 clean sheets, the best in the league this season.

The Darts are no stranger to scoring themselves having netted the most goals in the Conference South and have not failed to score in the league since 27 August 2011, 22 games ago.

Statistics (league only)

Woking (1st) v Dartford (2nd)

Current Form

Last five Woking matches at home Last five Dartford matches away
Won 3-2  v Bromley Won 4-1 v Staines Town
Lost 0-1 v Staines Town Won 3-1 v Hampton and Richmond
Won 1-0 v Farnborough Won 4-1 v Havant and Waterlooville
Won 4-1 v Sutton United Drew 1-1 v Welling United
Won 1-0 v Eastleigh Drew 2-2 v Eastleigh

Attendances

Woking average home attendance: 1628 (1st)

Highest home attendance: 3014 v Farnborough / Lowest: 1196 v Boreham Wood

Dartford average away attendance: 787 (2nd)

Highest away attendance: 1815 v Welling United / Lowest: 378 v Staines Town

Did you know…

Woking’s run of 17 matches unbeaten is the longest without defeat this season in the league shared with Chelmsford City.

Woking have kept 12 clean sheets, the most in this seasons Conference South.

In the second half, Dartford have scored the most goals (33) and conceded the fewest (11).

Just eight goals have been conceded in the last fifteen minutes by The Darts (3 goals) and The Cards (5 goals) this season, the tightest two defences in the final part of the match.

 

 

 

Dartford v Woking

Dartford face their toughest test on Tuesday night in the rearranged fixture against league leaders Woking at Princes Park.

Both sides are in excellent form as they aim for promotion to the Conference Premier. The Darts are eight matches unbeaten in the league and cup, whilst Woking were last defeated in the Conference South thirteen games ago, dropping a miserly four points on the way.

Charlie Sheringham lifts the ball goalwards in last season's encounter

Last season the clubs entertained a sizeable crowd with The Darts running out 3-2 winners. The Surrey side travelled to Princes Park as an in form side back in April. In a game with five goals, three penalties and a red card no one in the stands could afford to blink. Woking’s Elvis Hammond missed a penalty early on and Charlie Sheringham levelled the penalty miss count. Andy Burgess scored a Ryan Hayes-esque free kick on the half hour to give The Cards a deserved lead.

Then in the space of four minutes the unthinkable happened. Elliot Bradbrook rose the highest to nod home a Lee Noble corner on thirty eight minutes, Sheringham made amends two minutes later with a cute chip over the onrushing goalkeeper and Jack Pallen blasted in the third to make it three goals in four minutes before the break. The second half witnessed the sending off of Adam Doyle and the third penalty of the day was awarded but this time converted by Woking’s Craig Dobson.

The Darts completed a third straight win of the week on Saturday. After winning 3-1 against Dover Athletic in the league and triumphing 4-1 versus Folkestone Invicta in the county cup, Tony Burman’s team beat Brackley Town 3-0 in the F.A Trophy first round.

A cross by Ryan Hayes won a dubious penalty which the referee awarded for handball. Elliot Bradbrook stepped up to placed a powerful shot into the top corner. In the second half Lee Burns and Jacob Erskine traded one two’s up the pitch and Erskine curled a delightful shot in off the bar to make it two. Erskine then netted his fifth Dartford goal of the season when he slid in to make it 3-0.

Moses Ademola scorer of ten league goals for The Cards

Whilst Dartford were in F.A Trophy action on Saturday, The Cards were busy beating Sutton United comfortably. Garry Hill’s team won 4-1 and stretched their lead at the top of the table to nine points. The Surrey club have so far put together the longest unbeaten league run of the season and won eleven of those thirteen matches. More ruthlessly Woking have been scoring for fun netting thirty two times and conceding just eight goals.

Woking have a strong squad and with a strong attack, Moses Ademola (10 league goals), Wayne Gray, Paris Cowan-Hall and Elvis Hammond (all on seven league goals) coupled with the tightest defeat in the Conference South this season they look favourites for promotion. Although Ademola and Cowan-Hall have recently picked up injuries and are unlikely to feature.

The Darts will assess the fitness of Lee Noble who took a knock at Folkestone, Lee Burns and Danny Harris were also substituted on the weekend against Brackley Town due to injuries.

Statistics (league only)

Dartford (3rd) versus Woking (1st)

Current Form

Last five Dartford matches at home Last five Woking matches away
Won 3-1 v Dover Athletic Won 3-0 v Dover Athletic
Drew 1-1 v Weston Super-Mare Won 4-1 v Truro City
Lost 1-2 v Truro City Won 1-0 v Staines Town
Won 3-1 v Tonbridge Angels Won 1-0 v Dorchester Town
Won 2-1 v Staines Town Won 4-2 v Bromley

Attendances

Dartford average home attendance: 1226

Highest home attendance: 1558 v Dover Athletic/ Lowest: 937 v Hampton and Richmond

Woking average away attendance: 872

Highest away attendance: 1214 v Welling United/ Lowest: 478 v Bromley

Goals For and Against

Minutes Dartford Goals For Woking Goals For Dartford Goals Against Woking Goals Against
0-15 8 (21%) 9 (19%) 6 (28%) 3 (20%)
16-30 6 (16%) 6 (12.5%) 5 (24%) 1 (7%)
31-45+ 6 (16%) 6 (12.5%) 2 (10%) 4 (26%)
46-60 4 (11%) 6 (12.5%) 3 (14%) 1 (7%)
61-75 7 (18%) 7 (14.5%) 3 (14%) 4 (26%)
76-90+ 7 (18%) 14 (29%) 2 (10%) 2 (14%)

Did you know

Last season Dartford and Woking were the best supported clubs in the Conference South. The Darts averaged home attendances of 1171 whilst The Cards averaged 1167. This season Woking are top of the attendance charts averaging 298 more than Dartford in second place.

Woking’s thirteen game unbeaten run in the league can only be matched by Chelmsford City, both sides last lost in the Conference South on the 3 September 2011. However no one can better their current winning away streak of five this season.

The Cards have kept the most clean sheets this term with ten in total, five at home and five away.

Dartford and Woking have conceded the least amount of second half goals, The Darts have conceded eight and The Cards have conceded seven.

In last season’s fixtures Dartford and Woking conjured up an impressive nine goals. The sides drew 2-2 in November and The Darts won 3-2 in April. No other Dartford fixture except Boreham Wood produced as many goals in the two meetings.

*Attendances taken from http://www.bluesqsouth.com and minutes of goals taken from http://news.bbc.co.uk