Dartford v Bromley

The Darts prepared for Saturday’s F.A Cup clash with Bromley by retunring to winning ways on Tuesday night.

For the second time in six months Dartford host Bromley in cup competition and will hope to repeat their Kent Senior Cup Final triumph in May.

Dartford's new scoreboard makes it's début in style

The two sides have met three times at Princes Park in just over a year and the outcome of the last two meetings have favoured Dartford. Early this season The Darts christened their new scoreboard on Bank Holiday August with a 3-1 victory. Elliot Bradbrook’s stunning volley on seven minutes was cancelled out by Danny Waldren just past the hour. With eight minutes on the clock Charlie Sheringham put Dartford in front. A well worked free kick from the training ground ended with Danny Harris sliding the ball over the line two minutes later to ensure the points went to Dartford.

In May, The Darts clinched the Kent Senior Cup in style in the last cup tie between the two sides and back in September a dramatic match ended in a 2-2 draw.

Bromley have had their fair share of wins most notably their 4-1 victory at Hayes Lane ten days prior the Kent Senior Cup Final. As The Darts take on Mark Goldberg’s team they will want to avenge the two other F.A Cup ties against Bromley in the last eight years. In 2003 Bromley beat The Darts in the second qualifying round at Hayes Lane and four years later they won again in the third qualifying round.

Tony Burman’s side will be lifted by their performance against Thurrock on Tuesday night, the Dartford boss spoke to PURE DFC after the game: “I’m really pleased with the result and the way the players have kept going. We were excellent first half but the finishing product was not there, we created some chances but it didn’t go for us. We asked them at half time to be patient and things will come and it did. I thought it was an all round excellent performance.”

Jacob Erskine celebrates scoring his first for the club

On Saturday Princes Park will host a partisan crowd as The Darts try and make it to the F.A Cup first round for a successive year. Burman appreciates the part the crowd plays and said: “Our support over here was excellent from start to finish and the encouragement that we heard from the sidelines was something else. I’d like to thank all the supporters who made the short trip. They were in good voice and that is what you need, we stick together on and off the field and we’ll be okay”.

Bromley were defeated by a single goal in mid week by Dover Athletic. An inconsistent first quarter of the season has left The Ravens mid table. For the third round in a row The Ravens play Kent opposition having defeated Welling United and Margate. Mark Goldberg knows his side has had to show resolve over recent weeks and that determination has helped Bromley lose just once in their last six competitive matches.

For The Darts, Jacob Erskine will be cup tied after he played in Hampton and Richmond’s shock 6-2 defeat against Arlesley Town. Deren Ibrahim will hope to maintain his place in the first team. Lee Noble has a slight problem with his hamstring and Matt Jones will hopefully be back in a couple of weeks.

Road To Wembley


3rd Qualifying Round: Won 2-1 v Cray Wanderers (Hayes, Harris)

In a lacklustre first half with not much to report Dartford battled it out with former landlords Cray Wanderers. In the second half the hosts took a shock when Tommy Whitnell half volleyed the ball beyond Andrew Young. Ryan Hayes equalised when his a curling free kick to the far post sailed over everyone into the net. The substitute Danny Harris deflected shot wrong footed Cray goalkeeper Andrew Walker to send The Darts through.

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

Harrow Borough were reduced to ten men after just three minutes and from then on Dartford were in complete control. Jamie Roger’s opened his account for the club, Elliot Bradbrook and Charlie Sheringham had The Darts three up at half time. Tom Bonner made it four in the second half and Lee Burns became the fifth different goal scorer as Dartford cruised into the next round.


3rd Qualifying Round: Won 3-2 v Margate (McBean (2), Waldren)

Margate gave Bromley a scare at Hartsdown Park when they took just twenty seconds to go in front courtesy of Kwesi Appiah. The Margate striker was at it again twenty minutes later when The Gate went two up. Margate were in complete control missing several chances to extend their lead. The missed opportunity’s proved costly when in the second half Bromley completed a stunning comeback. Warren McBean scored twice and Danny Waldren kept his cool in the final minute scoring his third penalty in this seasons F.A Cup all in the final twenty minutes.

2nd Qualifying Round: Won 2-1 v Welling United (Waldren (2))

Loick Pires scored a header for Welling United in the first half as The Wings looked like progressing to the next round. Then just before the hour Welling United’s Anthony Acheampong was sent off and Bromley took the initiative with a man advantage. Danny Waldren scored twice from the penalty spot as Bromley marched on.

Current Form (league and cup)

Last five Dartford matches at home Last five Bromley matches away
Lost 1-2 v Truro City Drew 3-3 v Maidenhead United
Won 5-0 v Harrow Borough (F.A Cup) Won 3-2 v Margate (F.A Cup)
Won 3-1 v Tonbridge Angels Won 2-1 v Havant and Waterlooville
Won 2-1 v Staines Town Lost 1-4 v Staines Town
Won 3-0 v Eastleigh Won 2-0 v Eastleigh

F.A Cup Performances

Season Dartford Bromley
2010/2011 1st Round Proper: v Port Vale 3rd Qualifying Rd: v Chelmsford City
2009/2010 3rd Qualifying Rd: v Chelmsford City 1st Round Proper: v Colchester United
2008/2009 2nd Qualifying Rd: v Hampton and Richmond 2nd Qualifying Rd: v AFC Hornchurch
2007/2008 3rd Qualifying Rd: v Bromley 4th Qualifying Rd: v Eastbourne Borough
2006/2007 1st Qualifying Rd: v Hastings United 1st Round Proper: v Gillingham
2005/2006 4th Qualifying Rd: v Grays Athletic 4th Qualifying Rd: v Aldershot Town
2004/2005 Preliminary Rd: v Dorking 4th Qualifying Rd: v Cambridge City
2003/2004 2nd Qualifying Rd: v Bromley 3rd Qualifying Rd: v Thurrock
2002/2003 Preliminary Rd: v Carterton Town 2nd Qualifying Rd: v Leatherhead
2001/2002 3rd Qualifying Rd: v Gravesend and Northfleet 2nd Qualifying Rd: v Hassocks

Did you know…

Dartford’s run of six consecutive league wins at Princes Park remains the best winning streak at home this season

Bromley have had the most amount of different goalscorers in the Conference South. Excluding own goals 11 different players have scored for Bromley in the league so far.

84 years ago Dartford and Bromley met each other in the F.A Cup on 29 October 1927, the match ended 1-1.


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