Dartford v Faversham Town


Kent Senior Cup action returns on Tuesday night with the visit of Isthmian Division One side Faversham Town.

The Darts will enter this years competition in great shape and with a good record in the County Cup. Although last season’s runners up didn’t manage to retain the cup they won the year before, the squad will want the prize back at Princes Park.

Manager, Tony Burman spoke to PURE DFC and commented: “It’s still a competition we want to stay in and the guys who have been patiently waiting on the sidelines have got to get their ninety minutes. If I feel we want to put a couple of academy players in I will, but it will probably be the majority of the first team squad”.

After another former football league scalp on the weekend Tony Burman will look to utilise his squad in this season’s first round cup tie. It wouldn’t be surprising if the fans get to see players like Nathan Collier, Jon Wallis and Lee Noble who have managed just three starts between them this season.

The Darts enter the competition in excellent form after taking 15 points from the last 18 available in the Conference Premier. The latest three point haul came on the weekend in a 4-0 win against Hereford United. Ryan Hayes opened the scoring early on with a tidy finish and James Rogers headed in just after the break. Substitutes Danny Harris and Jon Wallis emphatically increased the scoreline with Harris’s goal the pick of the match.

Burman was delighted with the result and the performances of his strikers, he said: “I am well pleased especially after last week’s result. We knew we had to improve on the performance from last week. We were fit in what we done and the bits that were missing last week were back in this week”, he continued: “The two forwards started off fantastically well, they looked sharp and caused Hereford some problems”.

Faversham Town will be playing in their fourth cup tie in just over a week on Tuesday night after they competed in the F.A Trophy on Saturday. In the preliminary round the Lilywhites defeated AFC Sudbury, Dartford’s Isthmian Division One title rivals of 2008 by a solitary goal.

Last weekend Ray Turner’s side held Isthmian Premier league leaders Margate in the F.A Cup First Qualifying round. The Lilywhites twice took the lead in a 2-2 draw before bowing out in a replay, losing 3-0 at Hartsdown Park.

In their second season playing in the Isthmian Division One South, Faversham Town have four points to show in their first four matches. Their league season opened with an entertaining 3-3 draw at Salters Lane versus Eastbourne Town. The Lilywhites beat Tooting and Mitcham 2-1 before back to back defeats to Ramsgate and Walton and Hersham.

The Darts will be familiar with Antonio Gonnella who scored a last minute equaliser in the opening game of the season. Gonnella played against Dartford four years ago scoring for Hastings United in a 2-0 win.

Faversham Town are starting to recover from a tough decade. In 2003, non payment of fines coupled with Salters Lane being vandalised threatened to cripple the club. The Faversham Town Independent Supporters Club formed and pulled together to save the club.

Back in the Kent County League in 2005, after keeping hold of their senior status Faversham Town finished runners up and were promoted to the Kent League. The club returned home to Salters Lane and five years later won the Kent Senior Trophy beating Greenwich 2-1 and took the league title. Ray Turner secured the Lilywhites an eighth place finish in their début Isthmian Division One South season last year.

Did you know…

Dartford have won seven of their last eight Kent Senior Cup ties including last season’s win over Charlton Athletic. Hythe Town who also play in the Isthmian Division One South broke the Darts unbeaten two year record in last season’s final.

The Darts last and only loss to Faversham Town came 112 years ago when they were defeated 2-0 away from home.

Are you England in disguise? Faversham Town also wear the Three Lions on their shirt. The club’s badge evolved from the town crest design.

The Lilywhites have won the Kent League on four occasions in 1969/70, 1970/71, 1989/90 and 2010/11 but have never won the Kent Senior Cup.

Tuesday night’s fixture will be only the third time the two clubs have met in the Kent Senior Cup. In 1966, the Darts demolished Faversham Town 11-1 and in 1898 the match ended 5-3 to Dartford.


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