Dartford v Lincoln City


Dartford host another former football league on Saturday with a home match against Lincoln City.

This season the Darts have managed to rise to the occasion and surprise a number of neutrals and will be hoping to cause another upset. Their opponents are just beginning to hit form at a time when Dartford have been in their most inconsistent period of the season so far.

On Tuesday night Tony Burman watched his side lose to bottom of the table side Nuneaton Town. The Darts fell behind on the stroke of half time when Andy Brown headed in from a free kick. The Boro earned the three points to take them off the foot of the table by the end of the evening. The result at Liberty Way followed an unlucky 3-2 defeat at the Lamb Ground against Tamworth. For the first time since the start of the season Dartford suffered back to back loses.

Dartford’s last home win came in the live television fixture in October when Mansfield Town were defeated 2-0. Excluding the F.A Trophy win over Isthmian Premier League side Kingstonian the Darts have just picked up one draw in their last four matches, adding a solitary league point out of the last nine available.

After a slow start which saw Lincoln City win just three in fourteen league matches, the club put a run of six league games without defeat picking up 14 points in the process, on Tuesday night that run came to an end. The Imps took on Woking who had just fallen victim to a drubbing by Hyde. Kevin Betsy put the Cards ahead early on when he converted a sixth minute penalty and in the second half Bradley Bubb made it 2-0 inflicting Lincoln City’s eighth league defeat of the season. Over the last two months the Imps have moved from twenty first in the Conference Premier table to twelfth.

On the weekend David Holdsworth’s side were involved in a dramatic F.A Cup second round tie with Mansfield Town which ended 3-3. After falling behind to a Matt Green goal, Alan Power curled in a free kick and Jamie Taylor put Lincoln City ahead. Mansfield’s Louis Briscoe scored a stunning volley to level the scores but the Imps went in front again when Power netted a rebound. In injury time the tie was forced to a replay thanks to Matt Rhead’s last gasp header. The winners of the televised replay on 12 December will earn a third round clash with Liverpool.

Dartford will have to keep tabs on Lincoln City striker Jamie Taylor who has scored a goal every other league game this campaign. The 29 year old has recorded five goals in his last five Conference Premier matches but has only netted two of his nine on the road. Midfielder Daniel Gray and goalkeeper Paul Farman have started every game for the Imps this season.

Saturday’s clash against the Imps will be the first time Dartford have played their opponents.

Team News

Tom Bonner and Elliot Bradbrook return from their one match suspensions picked up against Tamworth and served against Nuneaton Town. Centre back Mark Arber remains out with a fractured jaw.

Current League Form

Dartford (LLDWLW) Lincoln City (LWWWDW)
Nuneaton Town A 0-1 Woking H 0-2
Tamworth A 2-3 Hereford United H 3-2
Southport H 2-2 Barrow A 2-1
Luton Town A 2-0 Braintree Town H 3-0
Forest Green Rovers H 0-1 Stockport County H 3-3
Mansfield Town H 2-0 Wrexham A 4-2


1 – In their last home game, Dartford picked up their first home draw in the league this season and scored their first penalty this campaign. Only Kidderminster Harriers, Newport County and Gateshead have yet to score a penalty in 2012/13.

5 – The Darts have conceded five goals from the penalty spot, the same as Forest Green Rovers and more than any other team

19 – The number of points Dartford have grabbed off teams who have played in the football league within the last ten years

Did you know…

Lee Burns is the only player to have appeared in every Conference Premier fixture this campaign. Tom Bonner had previously shared the accolade of featuring in every match until his suspension on Tuesday night.

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