Dartford v Tamworth

Dartford will need the crowd to be full of support against Tamworth to help the club avoid relegation in their last home game of the season.

The Darts are hoping to secure Conference Premier football next campaign and will not want to follow in the footsteps of their visitors. Relegated Tamworth will be dropping down a step to the Conference North returning to the division they won five years ago.  A rare double is on the cards if Dartford win after they beat their visitors 2-0 back in August with goals from Danny Harris and Kenny Clark.

A year prior, back in August 2012, the Darts started their recent Conference Premier adventures with a home defeat against the Lambs. On the opening day of the season the Staffordshire club spoiled the party thanks to Adam Cunnington’s brace. Peter Till was on target just before half an hour and Cunnington gave the visitors a two goal advantage. On the stroke of half time Elliot Bradbrook’s free kick gave Dartford their first Conference Premier goal in 26 years. Cunnington extended the Lambs lead with fifteen minutes to go and Harry Crawford scored what turned out to be a mere consolation.

After last season’s eighth place finish, the Darts have had a tougher campaign enduring a club record equalling ten straight league defeats. With a few loan signings results picked up, including a run of three consecutive wins, and slowly the gap to safety was closing until Dartford picked up just one point in nine against their relegation rivals. A last gasp draw versus Aldershot Town was followed by losses against Southport and Chester.

Spirited displays over the next six matches pulled Dartford within a point of safety. For a few moments last weekend they were out of the bottom four but a later Danny Wright strike for Forest Green Rovers put the Darts back in. Prior yet another crucial fixture Tony Burman urged the fans to get behind the team to give his side precious support. On Good Friday, a defeat at Braintree Town has left the club perilously close to Conference South football next term.

Tamworth’s 2-0 away defeat on Saturday, their tenth in a row on the road confirmed relegation to the second tier of non league football. On Friday, the Staffordshire club beat fellow struggler’s Hereford United helping Dartford’s cause.

The Lambs have struggled since the turn of the year which saw Marcus Law lose his job. Dale Belford has stepped in once more, the goalkeeper has played in every Conference Premier match for Tamworth and temporarily managed the club in 2011.

The Lambs, like last season have used the most players in the league surpassing 40 but two of those will be familiar to the Darts. Matthew Godden is currently on loan and has scored five times in ten games up to 12 April. The 22 year old striker netted five in nine for Dartford. It was hoped that Godden, on loan from Scunthrope United could score the goals to help the Lambs. Experienced strikers such as Justin Richards, Nick Chadwick and Darren Byfield have not worked out as well as they had hoped, the trio notching just seven goals between them.

Jack Evans has been a regular in the Tamworth starting eleven making 34 league appearances before the Easter fixtures, the 21 year old featured on loan at Princes Park last season scoring two league goals for the Darts in 15 appearances.

Up to Saturday, Tamworth were the lowest scorers in the Conference Premier with bottom club Hyde. On the road the Lambs have lost ten in a row, in that spell they have twice gone four games without scoring. Another blank against Southport means the Staffordshire club have failed to score in 22 of their 43 league matches, the most blanks by any club this season.

Selected Fixtures

Woking v Aldershot Town
Cambridge United v Chester
Hereford United v Alfreton Town
Southport v FC Halifax Town

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 1 / Tamworth wins: 2 / Draws: 0

Current Form

Dartford (LLWDLW) Tamworth (WLLLDL)
Braintree Town H 0-1 Hereford United H 1-0
Forest Green Rovers H 0-1 Southport A 0-2
Grimsby Town H 1-0 Luton Town A 0-2
Lincoln City A 0-0 Gateshead A 0-5
Luton Town H 1-2 Lincoln City H 0-0
Macclesfield Town H 2-1 Chester A 0-2

Last League Meeting At Princes Park

6 November 2012 – Dartford 2 Tamworth 3 – Att: 915

Goalscorers: Till (27), Cunnington (40), Bradbrook (45), Cunnington (76), Crawford (79)

The Darts Lineup: Wells, Burns, Bonner, Arber, Green, Noble, Bradbrook, Champion, Rogers, Harris, Erskine(subs used: Hayes, Wallis, Crawford)

The Lambs Lineup: Breedon, Tait, Oji, Marshall, Barrow, Kelly, Till, Kerry, Marna, Wright, Cunnington (subs used: Gudger, Liabo)

Match Stats

dfc v tfc stats

Previous Meetings

26.12.2013 Tamworth 0 Dartford 2
01.12.2013 Tamworth 3 Dartford 2
11.08.2012 Dartford 2 Tamworth 3


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