Dartford v Welling United

A second Kent derby in three days awaits the Darts as they host local rivals Welling United for this season’s return league fixture.

What has become the usual festive match in recent season’s will have already taken place before December begins. Dartford know crucial points can be picked up against their fellow part time opponents and hope to record their first home league win since mid September. Tony Burman’s side can leap above Welling United, and potentially Kent rivals Dover Athletic, with a win to climb out the relegation zone.

Six weeks has passed since the last meeting between the two sides which ended in a 2-2 draw, full back Tom Bender made his first start for the club that day. An entertaining first half ended level with Welling United taking the lead on six minutes. Ben Jefford’s cross was nudged beyond Jason Brown by Harry Beautyman, but the lead lasted just three minutes. Peter Sweeney scored his first goal for the club and Dartford’s maiden first half strike of the season. The Wings went ahead once more when Jamal Fyfield headed in Beautyman’s cross to leave the Darts a goal down. Yet again, Dartford fought back and a trio of long throw in’s by Mat Mitchel-King put the hosts under pressure, Elliot Bradbrook benefited the most when he hit he’s fourth of the season.

The Darts remain in the bottom four after a 3-0 away loss to play off chasing Grimsby Town in their last league fixture. Once more, Dartford found the away trip to Blundell Park tough and were a goal down after 13 minutes. Defender Carl Magnay scored from close range taking advantage of Nathan Arnold’s cross. Seven minutes before the break Arnold turned from provider to goal getter as he doubled the Mariners lead. With three minutes to go the Darts conceded a sixth penalty of the season. Lennell John-Lewis converted from the spot like he did at Princes Park just over a month ago. Although Lee Burns remain sidelined through injury, striker Tom Bradbrook made his first appearance since 11 October.

Defeat in Lincolnshire has left Dartford winless in the last six league outings having picked up four points in those games. At Princes Park three consecutive 1-1 league draws against Grimsby Town, Macclesfield Town and Aldershot Town mean Burman’s team are unbeaten in four competitive matches at home, including the F.A Cup fourth qualifying round win against Burgess Hill Town.

Welling United have picked up just four away points this term out of a possible 27. Victory at Altrincham and a draw at Chester are the only highlights having lost the other seven. The Wings have yet to be defeated by a team sitting lower than them in the Conference Premier, but have lost there last two matches.

The latest loss came in the last minute at Park View Road versus runaway league leaders Barnet. Former Ebbsfleet United frontman John Akinde caused the Wings all sorts of trouble and opened the scoring half way through the first period. Just before the interval Joe Healy pounced on Graham Stack’s fumble to level the score. In the final minute Charlie MacDonald nodded the ball into the path of Akinde who kept his composure to snatch a winner.

Jamie Day’s side had previously travelled to Haig Avenue in the league where Southport ran out 1-0 winners. Including all competitive matches then Welling United have lost three in a row after a shock F.A Cup fourth qualifying round exit to Maidstone United. Former Wings captain Jack Parkinson scored against his old side to help the Stones into round one and a tie against Stevenage.

Since the last meeting against Welling United, Day has captured the loan signing of Michael Chambers from Premier League side Crystal Palace. The tall defender was signed by the Eagles from Isthmian Premier League club Dulwich Hamlet. The Darts may also face Liechtenstein’s international goalkeeper Benji Buchel, the 25 year old has won eight caps for his country and will be on loan from AFC Bournemouth until January.

Head to Head 

Dartford wins: 15 / Welling United wins: 9 / Draws: 7

Current League Form

Dartford (LDDLDD) Welling United (LLWLDD)
Grimsby Town A 0-3 Barnet H 1-2
Aldershot Town H 1-1 Southport A 0-1
Macclesfield Town H 1-1 Nuneaton Town H 4-1
Bristol Rovers A 0-1 Kidderminster Harriers A 1-2
Grimsby Town H 1-1 Chester A 1-1
Welling United A 2-2 Dartford H 2-2

Last League Meeting at Princes Park

26 December 2013 – Dartford 1 Welling United 2 – Att: 1758

Goalscorer: Burns (29), Lafayette (74), Guthrie (80)

Dartford Lineup: Julian, Clark, Sterling, Mitchel-King, Burns, Stevenson, Martin, Collier, Bradbrook, Cornhill, Birchall (subs used: Woodyard, Kamara, Scantlebury)

Welling United Lineup: Butcher, Franks, Bergqvist, Vanderhyde, Cargill, Beautyman, Healy, Day, Clarke, Cumbers, Lafayette (subs used: McLaren, Bassele, Guthrie)

Match Stats

dartford v welling stats

Previous Ten Meetings (* – Kent Senior Cup / ** – Conference South Playoff Final)

30.09.2014 Welling United 2 Dartford 2
10.01.2014 Welling United 1 Dartford 1
26.12.2013 Dartford 1 Welling United 2
03.09.2013* Welling United 2 Dartford 3
13.05.2012** Dartford 1 Welling United 0
02.01.2012 Dartford 1 Welling United 0
26.12.2011 Welling United 1 Dartford 1
15.02.2011 Dartford 1 Welling United 1
01.01.2011 Welling United 2 Dartford 1
26.01.2010* Dartford 1 Welling United 3



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