Truro City v Dartford

Dartford make their longest trip of the season to Truro on Saturday in their final match of the Conference South season.

Tom Bonner nets a consolation goal in October

Truro City are the only club below Dartford to have won at Princes Park this season. Back in October, The Darts got off to a dreadful start conceding twice in the opening six minutes. Andrew Watkins gave The White Tigers the lead just two minutes into the match. Adam Green passed the ball back to Andrew Young whose poor first touch was punished by Watkins tapping into an empty net. Four minutes later Paul Goodacre sliced into his own goal putting Dartford on the back foot. Tom Bonner halved the deficit with 13 minutes following up Ryan Hayes’ cross which was tipped onto the bar, but it was too little too late as Truro City held on to win 2-1.

The Darts have won their last three away games after defeat against Dorchester Town at the end of March and only champions Woking have a better record away from home. Truro City have lost their last to fixtures at Treyew Road and have been indifferent at home all season. Last season’s Southern League champions have enjoyed a steady Conference South début on the pitch and will finish in mid table. Off the pitch the existence of the club has been under threat due to unpaid monies to HM Revenue and Customs, however the bill was settled in January.

This weekends fixture will be the final match before the playoffs begin and as it stands Dartford will be facing Basingstoke Town who have gatecrashed the top five. Their win on Tuesday ensured they replaced Chelmsford City who are the only other team that can still make the playoffs on the final day.

Tony Burman’s men prepare for the playoffs after a Kent Senior Cup Final defeat on tuesday night to Hythe Town at Princes Park. The visitors took the lead when Dave Cook converted a penalty, something Adam Green failed to do minutes later. Although The Darts created chances Dean Ruddy in the Hythe Town goal had an outstanding game.

After the setback Burman spoke to PURE DFC and was gracious in defeat, he said: “Fair play to Hythe they have come here and done really well. I think it was one of them games had we scored one we would have gone on a scored more but I don’t want to take nothing away from Hythe”.

Burman also praised Dartford’s opponents and looked towards some qualities they showed in the final which his side could do with over the playoffs, he added: “The blood and thunder of it that Hythe had tonight, we got to show in the playoffs”.

After an ‘uncompetitive’ league match last weekend and a competitive final on Tuesday Burman has found this week challenging. With the playoffs in mind he is likely to field a changed side and believes his players are holding back before the promotion push in May, he commented: “I feel we are thinking about the playoffs probably more than anything else. Some of players are desperate not to get injured, and desperate not to get booked and desperate not to a red card”, he continued: “We got to play better and we will play better. I just feel there are areas there where we got beat up a little bit and we cannot let that happen in the playoffs”.

Team News

Luke Wilkinson returns from suspension. Deren Ibrahim is out with a dislocated shoulder and Jon Wallis has yet to feature since his ankle injury. Paul Goodacre limped off on Tuesday with an Achilles problem.

Statistics (league only)

Truro City (14th) v Dartford (2nd)

Current Form

Last five Truro City matches at home Last five Dartford matches away
Lost 1-2 v Bromley Won 1-0 v Sutton United
Lost 0-1 v Havant and Waterlooville Won 2-1 v Bromley
Won 3-0 v Thurrock Won 1-0 v Eastbourne Borough
Won 2-1 v Boreham Wood Lost 0-1 v Dorchester Town
Lost 0-2 v Eastbourne Borough Drew 1-1 v Maidenhead United


Truro City average home attendance: 569 (12th)

Highest home attendance: 1017 v Dover Athletic/ Lowest: 250 v Hampton and Richmond

Dartford average away attendance: 852 (2nd)

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

Did you know…

It has been 12 league games since Dartford last conceded more than a goal away from home, in that period three clean sheets have been kept

Not only have Dartford finished second best in the Conference South but they have come second in the average attendance league at home, away and overall.

Truro City hold this seasons highest score record when they thrashed Farnborough 8-2 on 25 October 2011. It was 7-1 at half time.

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