Dorchester Town v Dartford

Dartford travel to Dorchester Town on Saturday on the back of an emphatic victory in the week.

Danny Harris nets a last gasp equaliser against Dorchester Town

The Darts last met the Dorset club in December when a late Danny Harris equaliser denied The Magpies a win at Princes Park. Dorchester Town took the lead with little under twenty minutes to go. Jamie Symes hit a long range effort to beat Louis Wells and give the visitors a goal advantage. However in the final minute The Darts pushed to save a point and Harris found himself on the end of Tony Garrod’s pass to earn Tony Burman’s men a draw.

In last seasons corresponding fixture, The Darts avenged the 4-0 defeat earlier that season when Dorchester Town swept Dartford aside at Princes Park. On a cold winters February evening The Darts battled hard throughout to earn a 2-0 win. It wasn’t the most entertaining of matches but goals from Harris and Lee Noble ensured the travelling fans went home satisfied with three points.

Dartford will approach the Conference South fixture with confidence after an incredible 6-1 win against playoff contenders Sutton United. On Tuesday night six different goal scorers ensured the pressure at the top of the table is maintained. Noble opened the scoring at Princes Park for the second successive match. The Dartford midfielder dispossessed former Coventry and Southampton player Paul Telfer then cheekily chipped the goalkeeper. Four minutes later Adam Green scored his third league penalty of the season to double the lead. Harry Beautyman pulled a goal back with a well taken header on the half hour to make it 2-1 at half time.

Lee Noble opened the scoring for a second game in a row

The second half got better and better for The Darts with a sublime display. Four unanswered goals left their opponents stunned which started off with Harris’ diving header which was his 14th league goal of 2011/2012. Luke Wilkinson powered in another header to add to his goal on Tuesday on 69 minutes. Top scorer Elliot Bradbrook got back on the score sheet with an effort from 25 yards and to cap it all off Jacob Erskine made it 6-1 five minutes from time.

Tony Burman was impressed by his players work rate and told PURE DFC after the game: “I’m pleased, we have been a bit renowned for being slow starters. I thought it was an excellent game first half but again we’ve shown our fitness in the second half”.

Up until Tuesday Dorchester Town have not had the best of weeks. Woking comfortably beat The Magpies 4-1 before a shock defeat at the hands of bottom club Thurrock. The 2-0 reverse was the first time a team had lost to Thurrock in the league away from home this campaign. On Tuesday night a home fixture ended in their third successive loss, this time against Chelmsford City. Manager Alan Knight was pleased with his players work ethic in the defeat against The Clarets and feels the team need some self belief.

The trip to Dorset will feel much easier for the Dartford squad after a comfortable win in the week. Burman added: “It’s another game and another three points available and we have got to try and take them. We’ve got to give the players a lot of credit because the form they have been on has been excellent”.

Team News

Jon Wallis twisted his ankle on Tuesday and needs to be assess before Burman decides to select him. Defender, Luke Wilkinson has had his loan spell from Dagenham and Redbridge extended until end of season and will be available.

Dorchester Town have added to their squad by signing former Weymouth defender Raiff Gwinnett on non contract terms.

Statistics (league only)

Dorchester Town (11th) v Dartford (2nd)

Current Form

Last five Dorchester Town matches at home Last five Dartford matches away
Lost 1-2 v Chelmsford City Drew 1-1 v Maidenhead United
Lost 3-6  v Havant and Waterlooville Won 1-0 v Tonbridge Angels
Drew 1-1 v Dover Athletic Lost 0-1 v Woking
Won 3-0 v Thurrock Won 4-1 v Staines Town
Lost 0-3 v Salisbury City Won 3-1 v Hampton and Richmond


Dorchester Town average home attendance: 496

Highest home attendance: 981 v Salisbury City/ Lowest: 334 v Farnborough

Dartford average away attendance: 891

Highest away attendance: 2528 v Woking / Lowest: 355 v Maidenhead United

Did you know…

Dartford have conceded the fewest goals away from home. They have conceded just 18, one less than Woking, Chelmsford City and Basingstoke Town

The win against Sutton United means Dartford have been in second position for ten games in a row

The Magpies have been amongst the goals in 2012. This year they have scored 20 goals and conceded 18 averaging 3.7 goals a game.



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