Kidderminster Harriers v Dartford

This weekend Dartford play their second successive away game of the season when they take on Kidderminster Harriers.

Since returning to the Conference Premier the Darts have a decent record against their opponents. Last season Dartford beat the Harriers twice, one of only two doubles Tony Burman’s side achieved. In Dartford’s return to the Conference Premier the club recorded their first win in the top flight of non league football for 26 years.


Cornhill one of Dartford’s scorers last time

At Aggborough last time out, two first half goals were enough for the Darts to claim all three points and their first victory in three months. After just three minutes Max Cornhill headed Dartford in front when he got on the end of Alex Woodyard’s cross. The lead was doubled half way through the first period, Alex Wall’s shot was parried by Harriers goalkeeper Danny Lewis and Andy Pugh netted the rebound. Kidderminster Harriers started the second half quickly but Michael Gash’s goal wasn’t enough for the hosts.

The earlier meeting between the two sides ended 3-0 to Dartford at Princes Park. Jason Prior, Elliot Bradbrook and Danny Harris were all on the score sheet just under a year ago. At the same venue the previous campaign, the Darts won their first fixture back in Conference Premier with a Lee Burns winner in the first half.

Matches against Kidderminster Harriers haven’t always ended with a favourable outcome. In December 2012, the Harriers won on their own patch 5-1. Jacob Erskine equalised for Dartford after the visitors fell behind to a Cheyenne Dunkley strike. Jamille Matt’s brace, Mike Williams and Lee Vaughan completed a miserable day for the Darts.

Dartford’s campaign has got off to a promising start performance wise, yet they only have one point to their name. An opening day defeat to Wrexham was followed up by an agonising draw at Woking. The Darts matched the Cards on Tuesday night at a ground where they normally struggle. Rory McAuley put Dartford in front with a header and in the final minute substitute Giuseppe Sole equalised.

Tony Burman was once again pleased with his players he told “We were all really gutted after the game because we’d done so well”, he added: “I would have accepted one point before the game but it was a difficult pill to swallow”. The Darts boss has also hinted at the prospect of rotating the matchday squads and with Ryan Hayes yet to feature the midfielder may well get his chance.

Kidderminster Harriers disappointed last term and a change of manager indicated they were falling short in obtaining their aim of returning to the Football League. This time the Harriers have yet to concede in their opening two fixtures by earning a 0-0 draw at Lincoln City and a 3-0 win at home to Alfreton Town.


Dunkley has started the season in good form

Dunkley headed the hosts in front on Tuesday night from a Kyle Storer corner. In the second half, the same combination of Storer and Dunkley made it 2-0. A third was added six minutes from time when Marvin Johnson scored his first for the season. Mark Creighton, one of managers Gary Whild’s coaches put his sides success down to work rate, he told  “The thing I know about Gary Whild having played for him, is that lads will run through brick walls for him”.

With two clean sheets and a defender top scoring so far the back line are in good condition. Dunkley and Josh Gowling have been part of the Harriers back four for a couple of season’s now. Jared Hodgkiss has joined the pair from Forest Green Rovers along with the experienced former Torquay United full back Kevin Nicholson. The Darts may find it tough to break through but will have to keep an eye on strikers available to Gary Whild’s. Michael Gash and Marvin Johnson maybe familiar to most with new additions Ahmed Obeng, Craig Reid and ex Forest Green Rovers forward Reece Styche also part of the squad.

Head to Head

Kidderminster Harriers wins: 11 / Dartford wins: 12  / Draws: 7

Last Meeting at Aggborough

21 January 2014 – Kidderminster Harriers 1 Dartford 2 – Att: 1580

Goalscorers: Cornhill (3), Pugh (23), Gash (49)

Harriers Lineup: Lewis, Demetriou, Vaughan, Gowling, Byrne, Storer, Jackman, Fowler, Morgan-Smith, Gash, Johnson (subs used: Malbon, Cieslewicz, Aloi)

Dartford Lineup: Julian, Sterling, McAuley, Mitchel-King, Bradbrook, Woodyard, Stevenson, Burns, Cornhill, Pugh, Wall (sub used: Kamara)

Match Stats

kidderminster v dartford stats
Previous Six Meetings

21.01.2014 Kidderminster Harriers 1 Dartford 2
21.09.2013 Dartford 3 Kidderminster Harriers 0
22.12.2012 Kidderminster Harriers 5 Dartford 1
25.08.2012 Dartford 1 Kidderminster Harriers 0
29.03.1986 Kidderminster Harriers 4 Dartford 1
05.10.1985 Dartford 5 Kidderminster Harriers 1

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