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Basingstoke Town v Dartford

Dartford will aim to extend their unbeaten run to seven on Saturday with a trip to The Camrose.

After two successive draws away from Princes Park, The Darts travel to Basingstoke Town who have recorded two wins, two draws and two defeats so far.

Ryan Hayes celebrates with the Dartford fans at The Camrose

Last season the journey to Hampshire in March ended in a 2-2 draw. Delano Sam-Yorke opened the scoring in the first minute with supporters still taking up position on the terrace. The lead didn’t last long when Ryan Hayes scored from an excellent solo effort just three minutes later. Danny Harris put The Darts in front mid-way through the first half and Sam-Yorke equalised fifteen minutes later. The second half was just as entertaining with the woodwork being hit by both sides but both teams failed to score. An own goal by Basingstoke’s Callum Reynolds separated the two sides just eleven days earlier as Dartford won by a single goal at Princes Park.

Dartford have faced a tough start to their away campaign with a long journey to Weston Super-Mare which ended in an emphatic 4-0 win and two successive draws against Kent rivals Dover Athletic and Chelmsford City, who have become a nemesis for The Darts. Taking five points from nine on the road has complimented the 100% home form and leaves Tony Burman’s team in third place.

Burman spoke to PURE DFC, he said: “Obviously the Dover and Chelmsford games were tough games and I’m sure they will be both up there. We were disappointed we did not get three points at Dover. Saturday against Chelmsford I felt we didn’t play the ball around as well as we have been but we felt we did all the dirty work well and I think it was a fair result to get a point”.

After the 3-1 victory against Bromley on Bank Holiday Monday Dartford occupy third place which has please Bruman, he added: “It’s early days but it’s nice to be where we are and we’ve done it in a little bit of style. We’ve played some of the best sides in that run. I’m really plaesed the players have worked reall really hard”.

Basingstoke Town opened their season with maximum points in the first two matches by defeating Eastleigh and Weston Super-Mare. However, The Dragons have failed to win the last four matches picking up just two more points, losing their last to fixtures at The Camrose.

The Camrose: Home of Basingstoke Town FC

Despite the indifferent form for the Hampshire side Burman knows it will not be easy at the Camrose, he commented: “They’ve made a hell of a lot of signings and they are a good side especially at home. We are going to go and try and win the game and that’s what we’ll endeavour to do. If play like we did against Bromley and Dover we have a good chance of doing that”.

Last season The Dragons managed to finish in their highest position since their debut in the Conference South. Basingstoke’s inconsistencies rarely saw them in the top ten and a lack of goals away from home is a weakness Frank Gray is focusing on. Sam-Yorke has joined from AFC Wimbledon along with the experienced former Aldershot Town and Torquay United front man Tim Sills.Gray has also gone for experience at the back too by clinching the signing of Shaun McAuley from Eastleigh and a number of ex Conference Premier players (Ashley Bayes, Wilson Gondwe, Toby Little and Rob Gradwell).

It was an entertaining affair last time at The Camrose, let’s hope for more of the same.

Did you know…

If Dartford avoid defeat they match their longest unbeaten league run from last season of seven games.

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