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Post match interview v Truro City

Interview with Tony Burman following 2-1 defeat to Truro City.

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The Pure DFC Punter – 22nd October 2011

Dartford won their match at Cray Wanderers, although it was not as convincing as most would have liked. However, a win is a win.

Current state of play

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The Darts enter a Brave New World on Saturday following the sale of Charlie Sheringham to AFC Bournemouth, and the visitors to Princes Park are Truro City. The Darts and Truro have never clashed before so we have no previous form to go on other than this season. Truro City have had their off-field problems, which seem to have affected their on-field form (defeated 7-2 in the FA Cup last weekend, and the weekend prior being defeated 5-2 at home).

Bets of the match:

The bookies seem to have this in mind when setting their prices, and there does not seem a lot of value about. Dartford are available at a measly 1.5 (1/2), and even the goal lines are poor value. Therefore, with a heavy heart, there will be NO BET on this match.

Dartford v Truro City

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

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

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

Danny Harris scored the winner on Saturday

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

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

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

Tom Smith lifts the F.A Vase

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

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

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

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

Current Form (league only)

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

League Stats

Dartford average home attendance: 1182

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

Truro City average away attendance: 500

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

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

*attendances and minutes of goals taken from and

Did you know…

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

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

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

Stats and Trends – 22nd October 2011

On This Day

Matches on this day…

1892: (A) Chatham A – ?-? (Friendly)
1898: (A) Gravesend – L0-5
1904: (A) Luton Town – L0-12 (Friendly)
1910: (H) Plumstead – W4-1 (Friendly)
1921: (A) Chatham – L1-3 (FA Cup)
1927: (H) Poole – L0-1
1932: (H) Norwich City – W2-0
1938: (H) Bath City – L1-2
1949: (H) Charlton Athletic XI – W4-0 (Friendly)
1955: (H) Tonbridge – W1-0
1958: (H) Cheltenham Town – W6-3
1960: (A) Gravesend and Northfleet – L0-3
1963: (H) Chelsea – L0-1 (Floodlight Opening Friendly)
1964: (A) Tonbridge – D2-2
1966: (A) Tunbridge Wells Rangers – D1-1
1968: (A) Grays Athletic – D1-1
1969: (H) Maidstone United – W4-2
1973: (A) Guildford City – W2-1
1977: (H) Weymouth – L1-2
1983: (A) Cheltenham Town – L0-3
1988: (A) Redditch United – W2-0
1994: (A) Crockenhill – W3-0
2005: (A) Rothwell Town – L0-3
2006: (H) Horsham YMCA – W6-0 (FA Trophy)


– There have been no draws on this day since 1968, when Dartford were away to Grays Athletic. There has never been a draw on this day at home for the Darts

– Ryan Hayes scored two goals on a rainy Sunday over at Thurrock in 2006, in a 6-0 FA Trophy win over Horsham YMCA; Brendon Cass scored the other four goals.

– In the last six matches on this day, a team has kept a clean sheet.

Against our visitors – last 5 matches


Former Darts at Truro City


Versus Truro City FC

  Played Won Drawn Lost For Against
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0
Home 0 0 0 0 0 0
Away 0 0 0 0 0 0
Neutral 0 0 0 0 0 0


Post match interview V Cray Wanderers

Interview with Tony Burman following 2-1 win over Cray Wanderers, conducted by’s Stephen McCartney

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The Pure DFC Punter – 15th October 2011

The signs were there, and unfortunately, we didn’t pick up on them… Dartford’s trip to Boreham Wood was, ultimately, full of woe and it’s only the over 3.5 goals bet that comes in (fortunately, it gives us only a small loss over the three bets)

Current state of play

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Dartford travel to Cray Wanderers in the FA Cup with Budweiser Third Qualifying Round on Saturday. Cray, in the Ryman Premier League, are underdogs with the bookmakers.

Bets of the match:

There aren’t a huge amount of markets at this point in the FA Cup, and whereas last time out in the competition, we swerved making a pick, this time we’ll be backing the Darts. Sometimes you have to look closely at the purest of form – Dartford are second in the division above Cray Wanderers, whom are having a decent time (5th in the Ryman Premier), but you would expect Dartford to win this game more often than not. Dartford are available at 1.8 (4/5 in old money) and I think this is good value, and will be taking 3 points of this.

3 points: Dartford @ 1.8 (Bet365)


Stats and Trends – 15th October 2011

On This Day

1892: (H) – Coldstream Guards – W3-1 (Friendly)
1898: (A) – Folkestone – W4-0
1904: (H) – Swanscombe – W3-2
1921: (A) – Sittingbourne – W6-2
1924: (H) – Catford Southend – L1-2 (Kent Senior Shield)
1927: (A) – Folkestone – D0-0 (FA Cup)
1930: (H) – Millwall Reserves – W2-1
1932: (H) – Folkestone – W3-1
1938: (A) – Bath City – W4-1
1947: (H) – Gillingham – W2-1 (Southern League Cup)
1949: (A) – Hereford United – L1-3
1952: (H) – Bedford Town – L1-1 (Southern League Cup)
1955: (A) – Bedford Town – L0-1
1960: (H) – Wisbech Town – W4-1
1963: (A) – Sheppey United – W1-0 (Kent Floodlit Cup)
1966: (H) – Wimbledon – D2-2 (FA Cup)
1968: (A) – Bromley – W3-1
1969: (A) – Hastings United – L1-2
1977: (A) – Yeovil Town – L1-5
1983: (H) – Sittingbourne – D2-2 (FA Cup)
1988: (A) – Wokingham Town – W2-1 (FA Cup)
1991: (H) – Baldock Town – L1-2 (FA Cup Replay)
1994: (A) – Beckenham Town – W2-1
1997: (H) – Margate – W1-0
2000: (H) – Havant and Waterlooville – L0-4 (FA Cup)
2005: (A) – Dover Athletic – D1-1 (FA Trophy)


– Dartford have not lost away from home on this date since 1977, and a trip away to Yeovil Town.
– Dartford have played in six FA Cup fixtures on this date, winning one and drawing three.
– Dartford and Cray Wanderers have faced each other four times in the FA Cup, Dartford winning 2, and Cray winning 2.

Ex Darts at Cray Wanderers
John Guest – 100 starts, 1 sub appearance, 12 goals
Jack Clark – 1 start, 0 goals
Paul Blade – 30 starts, 45 sub appearances, 3 goals

Records v Cray Wanderers

Played Won Drawn Lost For Against
Total 63 33 11 19 151 130
Home 31 17 8 6 90 51
Away 32 16 3 13 61 79


Cray Wanderers v Dartford

Dartford face one of their former landlords in the F.A Cup Third Qualifying Round on the weekend when they take on Cray Wanderers.

Last Saturday’s defeat at Boreham Wood left The Darts disappointed as they were ‘out battled’ and a cup tie against a fellow Kent club may be just the cure to get back on track. Tony Burman told PURE DFC that he expects a positive response from his players, he said: “They are good people over at Cray and they are playing well at the moment. It’s the F.A Cup so its something else we can look at and obviuosly we want a reaction”.

Lee Burns scores the opener against Cray

The two clubs previously met at Hayes Lane last January during Dartford’s championship winning season. Lee Burns opened the scoring for The Darts just after the half hour mark and moments later James White doubled the advantage. Cray pulled one back from the penalty spot taken by Colin Luckett but The Wands were unable to complete the fightback.

Cray Wanderers 1 Dartford 2 – Isthmian Premier League 2009/2010

The Boxing Day fixture a week earlier ended 1-1 when Mark Willy gave the visitors the lead which was cancelled out by Danny Harris. In the 2006/07 Isthmian Division One South season Cray Wanderers thrashed Dartford 4-0 at home with the return fixture ending goalless.

The Wands have started their Isthmian Premier League campaign positively despite an opening day beating by AFC Hornchurch. That day Cray lost 5-2 which was followed up with a draw and five consecutive victories. The Kent club have lost only two more matches, the most recent on Saturday against Kingstonian. Before their 4-2 defeat they occupied second spot on goal difference but dropped to fifth after the match.

Back in 1993 The Darts resided at Oxford Road when playing in the Kent League after reformation. Eighteen years on Dartford now have a home and it’s Cray Wanderers living as tenants at Hayes Lane, Bromley.

Oxford Road: Former home of Cray Wanderers and Dartford during the early nineties

Dartford will be ever thankful to The Wands for helping the club on their way in a long journey to the Conference South. Although the circumstances behind Cray’s ground sharing is different they to have been on a steady climb up the football pyramid.

Formed in 1860, The Wands are the joint second oldest club in the country and spent most of their history at Kent League level. In 1998 the club was forced to ground share to comply with the Kent League rules and moved to Hayes Lane.

In the same year Ian Jenkins was appointed manager and he is now in his twelfth year, Jenkins has also been a player for The Wands when he joined in 1993. Back to back Kent League titles in 2002/03 and 2003/04 led to promotion and in 2008/09 Cray were promoted to the Isthmian Premier League. The Wands are looking to return to their original area and are trying to obtain permission to develop a site. The club are hoping to build a stadium at Sandy Lane in 2014.

Road To Wembley

Cray Wanderers

2nd Qualifying Round: Won 5-0 v Erith Town (Whitnell, Perkins (3), Sterling)

1st Qualifying Round: Won 3-0 v Hasting United (Day, Whitnell)


2nd Qualifying Round: Won 5-0 v Harrow Borough (Rogers, Bradbrook, Sheringham, Bonner, Burns)

Current Form (league only)

Last five Cray Wanderers matches at home Last five Dartford matches away
Won 2-1 v Wealdstone Lost 1-3 v Boreham Wood
Won 3-2 v Wingate and Finchley Won 2-1 v Farnborough
Won 3-0 v East Thurrock United Lost 2-3 v Basingstoke Town
Won 1-0 v Carshalton Athletic Drew 0-0 v Chelmsford City
Lost 2-5 v AFC Hornchurch Drew 2-2 v Dover Athletic

F.A Cup Performances

Season Cray Wanderers Dartford
2010/2011 2nd Qualifying Rd: v Ebbsfleet United 1st Round Proper: v Port Vale
2009/2010 1st Qualifying Rd: v Walton and Hersham 3rd Qualifying Rd: v Chelmsford City
2008/2009 1st Qualifying Rd: v Sutton United 2nd Qualifying Rd: v Hampton and Richmond
2007/2008 1st Qualifying Rd: v AFC Wimbledon 3rd Qualifying Rd: v Bromley
2006/2007 2nd Qualifying Rd: v Leatherhead 1st Qualifying Rd: v Hastings United
2005/2006 4th Qualifying Rd: v Grays Athletic Preliminary Rd: v Dorking
2004/2005 1st Qualifying Rd: v Leatherhead 1st Qualifying Rd: v Dorking
2003/2004 2nd Qualifying Rd: v Basingstoke Town 2nd Qualifying Rd: v Bromley
2002/2003 2nd Qualifying Rd: v Hemel Hempstead Town Preliminary Rd: v Carterton Town
2001/2002 1st Qualifying Rd: v Bracknell Town 3rd Qualifying Rd: v Gravesend and Northfleet

Did you know…

Between 1960 and 1965 Dartford drew Cray Wanderers in the F.A Cup First Qualifying Round three times. In 1960/61 The Darts won a thrilling tie 5-4. Cray avenged defeat in 1963/64 with a 1-0 win and a season later Dartford strolled to a 5-0 victory.

This season Cray Wanderers have scored 26 league goals in the Isthmian Premier League, the most scored so far.

The Wands won five in a row from 27 August 2011 to 13 September 2011, their best winning streak in the Isthmian Premier League ever.

Post match interview – Boreham Wood (A)

Post match interview with Tony Burman

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The Pure DFC Punter – 8th October 2011

After ignoring Saturday’s cup match, we are back in Blue Square Bet South action away at Boreham Wood, a place which isn’t the happiest of DFC’s hunting grounds.

Current state of play

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Key stats:

– The Darts have only won at Boreham Wood once, February 2010, when Elliot Bradbrook’s goal sealed the victory for the Darts.

– In the last three fixtures against Boreham Wood, there have been over 2.5 goals (in fact, in the last two fixtures, you can chalk off 3.5 too!)

– Boreham Wood have won only two games this season, both at home.

Bets of the match:

I fancy there will be goals in Saturday’s match, as Boreham Wood will be wanting to make amends following their shock defeat to Slough Town in the FA Cup, and let’s be honest… the Darts look capable of scoring goals.

Over 3.5 is available at 2.62 with Boylesports, which we’ll take one point of.

We’ll also be taking one point of Dartford being ahead at HT and at FT (available at 2.8 with Paddy Power), and finally one point of Dartford to be leading at Half Time at a decent 2.5 with Coral

1 point: over 3.5 goals @ 2.62 (Boylesports)
1 point: Dartford HT/FT @ 2.8 (Paddy Power)
1 point: Dartford HT lead @ 2.5 (Coral)