Salisbury City v Dartford

After ending a ten game losing streak Dartford return to the scene of their F.A Cup first round exit on Saturday.

The Darts return to Salisbury City’s Raymond McEnhill Stadium where they were beaten 4-2 in November. In only Dartford’s second first round appearance in 22 years the tie had got away from them by half time. Salisbury City’s top scorer Dan Fitchett netted a brace, opening the scoring inside quarter of an hour. Ben Wright doubled the hosts lead five minutes later with a shot into the roof of the net. Just before the interval Elliott Frear gave the Whites a resounding lead. The Darts attempted to fight back with a Lee Burns volley but after chasing the match Fitchett put the tie beyond doubt. A well taken Max Cornhill consolation in the final minute rounded up the first round meeting between the two clubs.

Dartford have been on a dismal run of late suffering a painful ten straight league defeats. Tony Burman used two weeks off, following a couple of postponements, to start repairing the squad. Out went defender Matthew Fry by mutual consent whilst Cambridge United duo Rory McAuley and Andy Pugh arrived at Princes Park on loan.

McAuley and Pugh made their débuts last Friday, the latter against his former club Welling United. Having suffered a Boxing Day defeat to their Kent rivals, the Darts avoided a similar fate thanks to another loanee Jim Stevenson. The Luton Town midfielder followed up Elliot Bradbrook’s effort giving Dartford another lead. Welling United took just eight minutes to level the local derby. Mat Mitchel-King upended Lee Clarke in the penalty box and Wings top scorer Ross Lafayette scored the spot kick.

Burman was delighted with his side picking up their first point since 19 October 2013, he spoke to and said: “A small point but in many ways it’s a big point, that we’ve been able to get something from the game”. The Dartford boss mentioned the importance of going the distance in matches and added: “I think we played very well. We’ve played like that (recently) to be fair but (this time) we’ve lasted the 94 minutes. We haven’t conceded in the last 10 or 15 minutes and I think it was just rewards”. Dartford came very close to snatching all three points when former Darts midfielder Jamie Day cleared the ball off the line, Burman commented: “We definitely deserved a point and I think, in the second half, we could have won it”.

Salisbury City’s inconsistency over the last three months has seen Mikey Harris’ side slip from fourth place but they still remain close enough to the playoffs. Last season’s Conference South playoff winners were beaten by last season’s Conference Premier runners up on Saturday.

The Wiltshire club had hoped the festive momentum of two wins would continue, but like Dartford they have also had two weeks off due to postponements. Travelling to Aggborough to face newly appointed manager Andy Thorn’s Kidderminster Harriers, the Whites went down to a Joe Lolley inspired performance. Lolley is set to join Peterborough United and his hat trick was the difference between the Harriers and Salisbury City, the striker scored from outside the box before converting two penalties taking his goal tally to nine.

Team News

Ryan Hayes is still unavailable for selection due to injury, the influential winger is not recovering as quickly as expected. Kenny Clark missed Friday night’s fixture at Park View Road with a groin strain but could return. Max Cornhill will return having missed out on the draw at Welling United due to other commitments. Lee Noble remains suspended for the red card received at Alfreton Town, the midfielder will be available to return after sitting out the next two matches.

For Salisbury City, three of Saturday’s substitutes all made returns from injury. Robbie Sinclair made his seventh league appearance of the season, Elliot Frear had a late fitness test and came off the bench for the sixth time this term. James White made a successive substitute appearance as he continues to regain fitness. Top scorer Fitchett had half a chance of making Saturday’s defeat but was left out of the squad. Brian Dutton and Luke Ruddick are still going through treatment, Ruddick has just flown out to Germany to see a specialist. Whilst Tyler Harvey who made two substitutes appearances this season has returned to his parent club Plymouth Argyle.

Head to Head

Salisbury City wins: 8 / Dartford wins: 9 / Draws: 4

Current League Form

Salisbury City (LWWDLL) Dartford (DLLLLL)
Kidderminster Harriers A 0-3 Forest Green Rovers A 0-1
Barnet H 2-1 Ebbsfleet United (FAC) H 1-0
Woking A 3-1 Ebbsfleet United (FAC) A 1-1
Southport H 1-1 Hyde H 4-3
Macclesfield Town A 0-1 Charlton Athletic (KSC) H 1-0
Forest Green Rovers H 1-4 Hereford United A 2-2

Last Meeting at the Raymond McEnhill Stadium – F.A Cup First Round

9 November 2013 – Salisbury City 4 Dartford 2 – Att: 1313

Goalscorers: Fitchett (13), Wright (18), Frear (45), Burns (68), Fitchett (77), Cornhill (90)

The Whites Lineup: Puddy, Dutton, Wright, Lewis, Clarke, Wilson, McPhee, Kamdjo, Fitchett, Frear, S Sinclair (subs used: Thomson, MacDonald, Wellard)

The Darts Lineup: Julian, Burns, Fry, Cornhill, Clark, Mitchel-King, Hayes, Woodyard, Harris, Noble, Collier (Sub used: Prior, Sterling, Ibemere)

Match Stats

scfc v dfc stats
Last Five Meetings (* = F.A Cup)

09.11.2013* Salisbury City 4 Dartford 2
08.10.2013 Dartford 1 Salisbury City 1
25.02.2012 Dartford 2 Salisbury City 0
05.11.2011 Salisbury City 1 Dartford 2
29.11.2003 Salisbury City 3 Dartford 1

League Stats

Dartford have won just one league match away from Princes Park in 14 attempts this campaign. The Darts have gone 11 games without an away win.

Only Aldershot Town (7)  have scored fewer goals on their travels than the Darts (9) in this season’s Conference Premier

Salisbury have the sixth best home record this term having won 9, drawn 2 and lost 2 in the league at the Raymond McEnhill Satdium

After a five game winning streak at home, Salisbury City have lost drawn and won their last three home games.

11 – The Darts have conceded the most league goals in the fifteen minutes leading up to half time, more than any other club this season

16 – The Whites have scored the most league goals in the final fifteen minutes of matches, more than any other club this season

217 – Salisbury City have conceded the fewest fouls in the Conference Premier this term


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