Alfreton Town v Dartford


After a festive football fix the Darts travel to The Impact Arena to take on Alfreton Town on Saturday.

Unbeaten in three league outings, a tired Dartford team will hope to have recovered by the weekend to increase their current league run against the Derbyshire club.

Earlier in the season the Darts notched up their biggest win of the campaign beating the Reds 5-1 at Princes Park. Despite the visitors enjoying the majority of possession Dartford were clinical enough to take all three points in September. One player on form that day was hat trick hero Harry Crawford who opened the scoring eleven minutes into the match with a well placed effort. Jacob Erskine added another before Elliot Bradbrook headed in a third from a Ryan Hayes corner.

Three minutes after the interval Bradbrook made a nuisance again as his flick on was finished by Crawford. Danny Meadows grabbed a consolation with ten minutes remaining when his shot went in off the post. However, it was Crawford who took home the match ball when he netted his own rebound eight minutes from time.

The Darts managed to put their four game losing streak behind them over Christmas and the New Year by taking five points from a possible nine. Tony Burman’s side picked themselves up with a Boxing Day win over rivals Ebbsfleet United and a well deserved draw at home to in form Cambridge United.

The amount of games looked to have taken its toll on New Years Day as the Darts let a two goal lead slip in the return fixture versus Ebbsfleet United. Jon Wallis put Dartford in front with a low drive and in the second half Crawford recorded his first away goal in a Dartford shirt and his fourth in three games to make it 2-0. The Fleet hit back immediately when Nathan Elder smashed a shot beyond Marcus Bettinelli and with seconds to go the striker denied Dartford in injury all three points.

Crawford may be taking the plaudits up front but at the other end Marcus Bettinelli has continued to impress with fine displays. The Fulham loanee won man of the match against Cambridge United with some inspirational saves and is set to win PUREDFC‘s man of the match against Ebbsfleet United.

Alfreton Town have suffered two postponements from 22 December onwards. Dartford’s opponents have only managed back to back meetings against Mansfield Town over the festive period. Nicky Law’s side are lying three points above the drop zone in sixteenth place having lost one of their two matches against the Stags.

The Reds have experienced an inconsistent season so far with one league win in five. On Boxing Day the Reds recorded a victory over Mansfield Town recovering from a goal down. John Dempster put Mansfield Town ahead from close range but moments later the scores were level courtesy of Paul Clayton’s header. The winner arrived in the second half when Ben Tomlinson’s low drive won the match for the Derbyshire club.

Alfreton Town have struggled on their own patch with just two victories and only Barrow have earned fewer points at home. The return fixture stayed true to the form book as the away side came out on top again. Mansfield Town comfortably triumphed with a 3-0 win at the Impact Arena. Goals by Exodus Geohaghon, Colin Daniel and Dempster outwitted the home side. After the game Law called on his young side to bounce back after expressing his disappointment with the side.

Striker Clayton is Alfreton Town’s main target up front, in his sixth season with the club he has scored nine times in this season’s Conference Premier in 23 league appearances this campaign. Midfielder Dan Bradley joined the club this summer and he has chipped in with six league goals. In defence, Nicky Law’s son Josh has been ever present this season playing a key role at right back and is the longest serving player for the club.

Team News

Lee Burns returned for The Darts on New Years Day after a one match absence through injury. Danny Harris was replaced just before the hour after the winger looked to have strained a hamstring. Lee Noble was not included in the matchday squad after picking up an injury against Cambridge United. Noble, Tom Bonner and James Rogers all remain one caution away from picking up five for the season.

Alfreton Town’s Leigh Franks returns from a one match suspension whilst Theo Streete, Paul Clayton and Ross Killock are currently on four cautions for the season. Killock has also had his loan spell from Leeds United extended to 2 February 2013. Over Christmas and New Year, central defender and captain Darran Kempson suffered a slight hamstring strain and left-back Connor Franklin has been ill.

Head to Head

Alfreton Town wins: 0 / Dartford wins: 1 / Draws 0 / Alfreton Town goals: 1 / Dartford goals: 5

Current Form

Alfreton Town (LWDLDW) Dartford (DDWLLL)
Mansfield Town H 0-3 Ebbsfleet United A 2-2
Mansfield Town A 2-1 Cambridge United A 1-1
Cambridge United H 1-1 Ebbsfleet United H 3-1
Luton Town A 0-3 Kidderminster Harriers H 1-5
Hyde A 1-1 Lincoln City A 2-4
Woking A 2-1 Nuneaton Town A 0-1

Last Meeting

1 September 2012 – Dartford 5 Alfreton Town 1- Att: 1145

Goalscorers: Crawford (11), Erskine (37), Bradbrook (45), Crawford (48), Meadows (80), Crawford (82)

The Darts Lineup: Bettinelli, Burns, Bonner, Arber, Rose, Champion, Hayes, Rogers, Erskine, Crawford, Bradbrook (subs used: Noble, Collier, Wallis)

The Reds Lineup: Stewart, Law, Kempson, Quinn, Franks, Taylor, Bradley, Brown Russell, Clayton, Tomlinson, (subs used: Arnold, Meadows, Worsfold)

Match Stats


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