Bromley v Dartford

Dartford could make it to the F.A Cup second round for the first time in thirty years if they can overcome Bromley in this weekend’s Kent derby.

Tony Burman is keen for the club to progress despite occupying a bottom four place in the Conference Premier, he told “I do not see it as a distraction at all, everyone wants to stay in the FA Cup. The financial rewards are that great for a part-time side and we will endeavour to move on into the next round. It is taken seriously, like it should be, and as I said, everybody wants to stay in the FA Cup for as long as they can”.

Burman may well be wary of Saturday’s hosts who knocked his side out at the fourth qualifying round just three seasons ago. A late winner by Gareth Williams sent the Conference South side through. Bromley had taken the lead from the spot when Haakim Ibrahima scored but four minutes later Jack Pallen levelled. Williams turned hero with 15 minutes remaining leading his side into round one where they lost 3-0 at Leyton Orient.

Bromley have been a bogey side in the F.A Cup, having knocked the Darts out of the competition three times in the last  eleven years. Prior the aforementioned victory, the Ravens triumphed 2-0 in 2003’s second qualifying round and 1-0 at the third qualifying round stage in 2007. The Darts have never beaten this weekend’s opponents in the F.A Cup.

Since their last appearance in round two the Darts have made it to the first round on seven occasions including three times in then last five campaigns.

Burman will hope for improvement fron his players after the 3-0 disappointment at Grimsby Town on Saturday, he spoke to and commented: “It was a poor performance from us, against a very good side. I was really disappointed with the way we played in the first half. The second half was a little bit better but we were beaten by the better side”, he added: “We set out to do certain things in the first half but unfortunately it didn’t go to plan. We’re better than how we performed on Saturday. On the day, too many players put in poor performances. We let our standards drop”, before concluding: “It was probably our poorest performance of the season”.

The Darts comfortable made it past Burgess Hill Town in the last round. Harry Crawford’s brace and Elliot Bradbrook’s penalty gave Dartford a 3-1 half time lead which remained the scoreline after 90 minutes. In the league Dartford have struggled to find a win since a 2-1 away win at Nuneaton Town. However, the club have become draw specialists picking up four draws in their last six league outings but have lost the other tow without scoring.

Bromley are in a healthy fourth position in the Conference South so will be a stern challenge in round one. The Ravens reached the playoffs last term finishing third just six points off champions Eastleigh. The Ravens have negotiated three rounds already starting with a resounding 5-1 home win against Southern League Division One side Uxbridge. Duncan Culley and a Danny Waldren free kick put Bromley 2-1 up before Uxbridge’s Dave Thomas was red carded. After the dismissal goals from Damian Scannell, Jordan Robertson and former Dart, Adam Birchall completed the rout.

A goalless draw at Grays Athletic was followed by another five goal haul in the replay, this time without reply. Reece Prestedge and a Robertson penalty together with goals from Adam Bailey-Dennis and Culley, who netted a brace sent Bromley in the a final qualifying tie at Evesham United. This time Bromley had to work harder and Waldren’s double was enough to send the Ravens into the first round with a 2-1 victory. For Mark Goldberg’s side the wait to reach round two has been longer going back to 1946.

After taking on three sides in divisions lower, Bromley face their first test against a team in a superior league. However, thre are only seven places between the two sides. Home form for the Ravens has not been as impressive as results on the road. Three wins and three defeats at what is now known as The Fortress Stadium compares to an unbeaten away record of four wins and two draws.

Dartford will be keen to repeat the 4-2 F.A Trophy triumph two years ago and the 4-1 Kent Senior Cup final victory in 2011, rather than the three F.A Cup defeats against Bromley.

Head to Head

Bromley wins: 24 / Dartford wins: 22 / Draws: 11

Current League Form (* – F.A Cup / ** – Kent Senior Cup)

 Bromley (WDWWWD)  Dartford (LWDDLD)
 Eastbourne Borough  A  4-1  Grimsby Town  A  0-3
 Maidstone United**  H  1-1  Burgess Hill Town*  H  3-1
 Evesham United*  A  2-1  Aldershot Town  H  1-1
 Bath City  H  1-0  Macclesfield Town  H  1-1
 Grays Athletic*  H  5-0  Bristol Rovers  A  0-1
 Grays Athletic*  A  0-0  Grimsby Town  H  1-1

Maidstone United won 4-2 on penalties

Last Competitive Meeting at Hayes Lane

9 April 2012 – Bromley 1 Dartford 2 – Att: 767

Goalscorer: Harris (22), Wilkinson (26), Malcolm (77)

Bromley Lineup: Welch, Henriques, Patterson, Fuseini, Swaibu, Harwood, Joseph-Dubois, Waldren, Araba, Williams, Rhule (subs used: Thomas, Malcolm, Jarrett)

Dartford Lineup: Wells, Burns, Green, Bonner, Wilkinson, Champion, Noble, Rogers, Erskine, Bradbrook, Harris (subs used: Garrod)

Previous Ten Competitive Meetings (* – F.A Cup / ** – F.A Trophy / ^ – Kent Senior Cup)

12.01.2013** Dartford 4 Bromley 2
09.04.2012 Bromley 1 Dartford 2
29.10.2011* Dartford 1 Bromley 2
29.08.2011 Dartford 3 Bromley 1
02.05.2011^ Dartford 4 Bromley 1
22.04.2011 Bromley 4 Dartford 1
18.09.2010 Dartford 2 Bromley 2
09.12.2008^ Bromley 4 Dartford 2
13.10.2007* Bromley 1 Dartford 0
07.10.2003^ Bromley 3 Dartford 2

Last Ten F.A Cup Performances

Season Bromley Dartford
2013/14 3Q v Heybridge Swifts 1st Rd v Salisbury City
2012/13 1st Rd v Fleetwood Town 4Q v Forest Green Rovers
2011/12 1st Rd v Leyton Orient 4Q v Bromley
2010/11 3Q v Chelmsford City 1st Rd v Port Vale
2009/10 1st Rd v Colchester United 3Q v Chelmsford City
2008/09 2Q v AFC Hornchurch 2Q v Hampton and Richmond
2007/08 4Q v Eastbourne Borough 3Q v Bromley
2006/07 1st Rd v Gillingham 1Q v Hastings United
2005/06 4Q v Aldershot Town Pre v Dorking
2004/05 4Q v Cambridge City 1Q v Dorking

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