Stockport County v Dartford

Dartford play their fourth game in eight days when they take the long trip to relegation threatened Stockport County.

For the first time in club history the Darts will visit Edgeley Park keen to add to their last away win a week ago. With their hosts a point from the drop and suffering a season of turmoil Tony Burman will feel his side have every chance.

Only a month ago the two sides crossed paths for a début meeting and couldn’t be separated. A low turn out witnessed Stockport County take the lead against the run of play when a dipping shot was parried into the path of Mark Cullen for the on loan striker to score with eleven minutes played. The Hatters settled into the match and went into the dressing room at half time a goal to the good.

After an hour Tony Burman changed to a more attacking formation throwing on Jacob Erskine and Jack Evans. The game came to life and with twenty minutes remaining Danny Harris bundled the ball over the line for the equaliser.

Over the last eight days Dartford have broken their away day blues by beating relegated AFC Telford United, lost spiritedly at home to promotion contenders Grimsby Town and drew with fellow part timers Braintree Town. The Darts made six changes for the home fixture against the Irons on Thursday and after a dour first half neither side could break the deadlock in a 0-0 draw, despite Charlie Sheringham hitting the post. The stalemate moved Burman’s team up to eighth a point ahead of Braintree Town in twelfth.

Stockport County have had a week to recharge their batteries after beating Alfreton Town 3-2 at the Impact Arena last weekend. At the time the win moved the Hatters out of the bottom four until the mid week fixtures reversed their hard work. Alfreton Town took the lead through Danny Meadows then Ian Bogie’s side hit back with goals from James Tunnicliffe, Mark Cullen and Jon Nolan. A last minute consolation by Nathan Arnold wasn’t enough for the home side.

Victory was only the Hatters third triumph in their last 13 matches and at Edgeley Park they have picked up three points out of the last 18 available. Bogie has only been in charge for just under a month leading his new club to a win against Newport County, a draw at Macclesfield Town and a defeat versus Grimsby Town before the 3-2 win on Saturday. The former Gateshead boss had been out of work for three months and replaced Bosnian Darije Kalezic who lasted just a dozen games. Bogie is the third manager of Stockport County since January when Jim Gannon left the Greater Manchester side.

One player that will be missed for the Hatters is top scorer Danny Hattersley. The 21 year old has scored ten times for Stockport County and has joined Southport on loan until the end of the season. Southport sit just two points off the drop zone and Hattersley is already helping his new team attempt to finish above his parent club.

Recently, the Hatters have opted for experience up front with Jonathan Macken starting the last four fixtures. The Irishman had spells with Preston North End, Manchester City, Crystal Palace and Barnsley. Whilst Tunnicliffe and Sean Newton have remained a constant fixture in defence during a season which has seen the Hatters use over 35 different players.

Team News

Ryan Hayes returned from his frozen shoulder and so the only injury concern is to goalkeeper Louis Wells. Stockport County have Andrew Halls suspended for his red card against Grimsby Town, the right back was dismissed for two bookings. Alex Kenyon is a caution away from a suspension after picking up nine cautions this campaign. The cut off date for ten cautions is this Sunday.

Current League Form

Stockport County (WLDWLL) Dartford (DLWWDL)
Alfreton Town A 3-2 Braintree Town H 0-0
Grimsby Town H 1-2 Grimsby Town H 1-2
Macclesfield Town A 1-1 AFC Telford United A 2-0
Newport County H 1-0 Woking H 4-1
Luton Town A 0-1 Newport County A 0-0
Braintree Town H 1-3 Hereford United A 0-1

Last Meeting

5 March 2013 – Dartford 1 Stockport County 1 – Att: 757

Goalscorers: Cullen (11), Harris (70)

The Darts Lineup: Bettinelli, Burns, Bonner, Champion, Green, Hayes, Wallis, Bradbrook, Rogers, Harris, Crawford (subs used: Evans, Erskine, Collier)

The Hatters Lineup: O’Donnell, Halls, Newton, Hammer, Tunnicliffe, Kenyon, Nolan, Mainwaring, Whitehead, Cullen, Cirak (subs used: Hackney, Macken)

Match Stats

dfc v scfc match stats

League Stats

Only Gayle Southwell of Grimsby Town has appeared as a substitute more times than Nathan Collier in this season’s Conference Premier.

Out of all Conference Premier clubs, Dartford have had the fewest attempts at goal this season hitting the target 200 times out of 341.

Dartford have ended with two goals in a match on 18 occasions, more than any other Conference Premier club.

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