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Dartford v Bromley

 

A Quarter Final place is up for grabs in the F.A Trophy on Saturday as Dartford bid to reach the last eight for the first time in twenty four years.

Standing in the way are Kent rivals Bromley who knocked the Darts out of last season’s F.A Cup avenging the Kent Senior Cup Final defeat the year before. Dartford have fell at this hurdle in the last two campaigns losing to Gateshead two years ago and Isthmian Premier League side Wealdstone in last season’s F.A Trophy.

Dartford enjoy cup success against Bromley

Saturday’s fixture will be the seventh time the two sides have met, since Dartford were promoted to the Conference leagues in 2010. The Darts enjoyed a Bank Holiday August win last year thanks to Elliot Bradbrook’s excellent goal from the edge of the box after seven minutes. Bromley’s Danny Waldren levelled proceedings just after the hour but Dartford left it late with two goals. With eight minutes remaining Charlie Sheringham put the home side in front and two minutes later Danny Harris tapped in from a well worked free kick. The Darts recorded their first win in the league against Bromley since 1968.

Two months later, Bromley won the F.A Cup tie when Hakeem Araba converted from the penalty spot. Jack Pallen equalised three minutes later by getting on the end of a Danny Harris cross. The winner came from a free kick which Gareth Williams expertly curled round the wall with fifteen minutes left.

Dartford will hope to put Saturday’s defeat to Alfreton Town behind them. After leading twice in the match the Darts eventually succumbed to a last minute goal. Ryan Hayes put Dartford in front with just three minutes on the clock, the winger finished with aplomb curling the ball into the net. The Darts hit the post and had a goal ruled out for offside before the hosts levelled in first half injury time when Daniel Meadows was on the end of Matthew Harriott’s cross.

Just before the hour substitute Nathan Collier headed in his second league goal for the Darts but yet again Alfreton Town pegged back the visitors via Anton Brown fifteen minutes later. Crucially Meadows was at hand for a second time in the final minute leaving the Darts with nothing to show.

In Goldberg’s third spell in charge of the club, Bromley have needed five games to reach the third round with the highlight coming in the last stage of the competition. Goalkeeper, Joe Welch became an instant hero with a last minute penalty save to help Mark Goldberg’s side reach the last sixteen for the first time in the clubs history. Waldren netted the winner from the spot just before half time in a 1-0 victory.

Bromley get revenge by knocking the Darts out of the F.A Cup

The Lillywhites were just point above the relegation zone going into Tuesday’s clash with Dorchester Town but only eight points off the playoffs. The win on Tuesday night against the Magpies pushed Bromley into eleventh spot. Louie Theophanous opened the scoring with a low strike in the first half. On the hour, Moses Swaibu pounced onto a rebound to double the advantage. Two minutes later Theophanous missed from the spot but Elliot Buchanan followed up to make it three. With five minutes left Theophanous was involved again scoring his second and Bromley’s fourth.

Bromley have managed to string a few league results together recently including wins against struggling Eastleigh and Kent side Tonbridge Angels. Although their Conference South campaign started off slowly with two points racked up out of the first five matches, the club put together a five match unbeaten run including three successive wins without conceding. Since October the Lillywhites have been inconsistent in the league and sit in mid table.

Team News

With an overstretched squad Tony Burman had to call on four academy players against Alfreton Town to fill up the bench. Mohammed Eisa made his début as a substitute and George Monger made his first league appearance replacing Elliot Bradbrook in the final minute.

Bradbrook limped off following Jacob Erskine’s earlier injury after just fifteen minutes and Tom Bonner was left out of the squad through illness. Danny Harris suffered a set back on New Years Day and along with Lee Noble were not involved on Saturday.

Burman has also brought in Dominic Green on a months loan from Dagenham and Redbridge. The 23 year old left sided midfielder could well feature on Saturday.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 21 / Bromley wins: 23 / Draws 11 / Dartford goals: 93 / Bromley goals: 98

Previous Six Competitive Meetings

09.04.2012 Bromley 1 Dartford 2
29.10.2011 Dartford 1 Bromley 2
29.08.2011 Dartford 3 Bromley 1
02.05.2011 Dartford 4 Bromley 1
22.04.2011 Bromley 4 Dartford 1
18.09.2010 Dartford 2 Bromley 2

Current Form

(League games unless stated – FAT – F.A Trophy)

Dartford (LLLWDW) Bromley (WWLWWL)
Alfreton Town A 2-3 Dorchester Town A 4-0
Ebbsfleet United A 2-2 Eastleigh H 3-1
Cambridge United H 1-1 Sutton United H 0-2
Ebbsfleet United H 3-1 Tonbridge Angels A 3-0
Kidderminster Harriers A 1-5 Kidderminster Harriers (FAT) H 1-0
Tonbridge Angels (FAT) H 3-0 Farnborough H 0-1

Road To Wembley

Second Round

Dartford 3 Tonbridge Angels 0

In a cup derby at Princes Park the Darts knocked out the Conference South side. Harry Crawford got the Darts on their way when at the second attempt the striker scored to give the Darts an early lead. In the second half top goalscorer Crawford was upended in the penalty box and captain Elliot Bradbrook scored from the spot. The third goal was the pick of the bunch, created by Jacob Erskine’s back heel, Jon Wallis took a touch before emphatically hitting a fine long range strike into the top corner.

Bromley 1 Kidderminster Harriers 0

In one of the second round upsets Bromley headed into round three. Harriers defender Josh Gowling conceded the vital penalty which Danny Waldren dispatched just before the break. Anthony Malbon had the chance to force a replay in the last minute but his spot kick was saved by Joe Welch as Bromley held on to win 1-0. Kidderminster Harriers had suffered only their second defeat in 17 competitive matches.

First Round

Kingstonian 0 Dartford 4

The happy memories of promotion two years ago came back to the Darts in round one. The trip to Kingsmeadow started badly when début defender Semi Ajayi conceded a penalty with four minutes on the clock. Fortunatley Andre McCollin’s spot kick was saved by the other loan signing Marcus Bettinelli. From then on Dartford didn’t look back, Jacob Erskine flicked in number one before Simon Huckle was dismissed for the hosts. The lead was doubled when Elliot Bradbrook flicked the ball goalwards with his head and Danny Harris expertly curled home a third. Nathan Collier wrapped up the match by coolly slotting the ball underneath the oncoming goalkeeper.

Bromley 1 Boreham Wood 1

At Hayes Lane Bromley were heading out of the F.A Trophy after falling behind to a penalty. Moses Swaibu brought down Omer Riza who dusted himself off to net the spot kick. The Lillywhites were behind for nearly three quarters of the match until Pierre Joseph-Dubois headed the equaliser two minutes from time.

Boreham Wood 0 Bromley 2

Yet again at the second attempt the Lillywhites beat Conference South opposition. Charlton Athletic loanee Joe Pigott won apenalty which midfielder Danny Waldren dispatched just before half time. Joe Welch had kept Bromley in the match with some useful saves and Boreham Wood striker Inih Effiong was dismissed. The visitors took full advantage when Michael Malcolm rounded the Wood goalkeeper to put the game out of the reach.

Third Qualifying Round

Bromley 1 Staines Town 1

Two stunning strikes lit up this third qualifying round match as the game ended all square. Elliot Buchanan put Bromley in front ten minutes into the first half. The striker created enough room to hit a 25 yard shot into the top corner giving the hosts a 1-0 lead. In the second half Louis-Rae Beadle levelled up the score with his own 20 yard rasper.

Staines Town 0 Bromley 2

The Lillywhites leaped over their first hurdle with an away win at Wheatsheaf Park. The replay went the way of the visitors thanks to two well taken goals. Just after half time Bromley went ahead when midfielder Tony Finn took the ball round the oncoming goalkeeper Jack Turner to slot home. The qualifier was settled two minutes from time when former Staines Town striker Ali Chaaban lobbed Turner.

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