Dartford v Welling United

Dartford play the reverse fixture against Welling United on Bank Holiday Monday after the two sides drew on Boxing Day.

Just days ago the Kent derby at Park View Road ended 1-1 with both sides restricted to long range efforts for the majority of the first half. Dartford’s Jon Wallis and Tom Champion fired wide from distance and ex Dart Jamie Day (who is suspended for Mondays match) hit a tame free kick which was easily gathered by Louis Wells. On 38 minutes Loick Pires skilfully got round Matt Jones who upended the Welling winger. Lee Clarke placed the penalty into the corner to give the home side an advantage going into half time. However, there was still time for a Tom Bonner header to be cleared off the line by The Wings.

Dartford met |Welling just over a week ago with a good turnout

In the second half Welling’s Joe Healy went into a committed challenge with Champion who reached the ball first, Healy was late and the referee sent The Wings midfielder off. With a numerical advantage The Darts were let off the hook when Welling’s top scorer Andy Pugh guided the ball goalwards only for the shot to deflect onto the crossbar via Jones. Day had a free kick tipped over the bar by Wells and Pires fired a sliced shot wide.

In the final minute Welling were awarded a second penalty. Bonner tried to cut out the cross with his chest and the assistant referee flagged for handball. Clarke stepped up again and his shot down the middle was saved by Wells. The Darts quickly moved the ball up the pitch and when a cross was sent in substitute Lee Noble rose the highest to head the ball in for the equaliser beating débutante Nick Pope in the Welling goal.

For a second match in a row The Darts salvaged a point in the final minute thanks to a substitute. The stalemate at Park View Road still leaves Dartford in fourth place and Welling United in second, although Woking’s win has seen both sides lose ground at the top of the Conference South.

Bank Holiday’s New Year clash between the Kent clubs will be twenty sixth meeting. Dartford lead the head to head record in total and at home. Last seasons match at Princes Park ended even after Jack Parkinson’s header gave The Wings the lead just past the hour. With eight minutes remaining Ryan Hayes curled in a magnificent free kick to tie the match.

Dartford Team News

Tony Garrod made his first Conference South start in a Dartford shirt on Boxing Day and Connor Essam made his second appearance on loan in defence. Lee Burns missed the fixture at Park View Road with injury and Paul Goodacre will remain on the injury list for some time. Jon Wallis is suspended for The Darts after picking up five cautions this season.

Statistics (league only)

Dartford (4th) v Welling United (2nd)

Current Form

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


Dartford average home attendance: 1119

Highest home attendance: 1558 v Dover Athletic/ Lowest: 924 v Dorchester Town

Welling United average away attendance: 497

Highest away attendance: 648 v Bromley/ Lowest: 273 v Boreham Wood

Did you know…

Last season a total of 2924 attended the two matches involving Dartford playing Welling United, an average of 1462 per game.

The Darts have drawn four of their last six league matches home and away.

In 2011, Dartford have won 23, drawn 12, lost 12 league fixtures, they have scored 81 times and conceded 59. The Darts have earned 57.45% of the points available during 2011 (the fourth highest out of the teams that took part in the Conference South since our promotion).

Welling United have won 64.54% points available to them in 2011, only Woking’s incredible 75.69% is better.

The Boxing Day clash between The Darts and The Wings was Welling’s highest league attendance all season, the fifth team to have their highest home crowd against Dartford so far.

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