Wrexham v Dartford

Conference Premier action returns for the Darts as they bid to end a run of four successive league defeats when they visit Wrexham.

After three cup games in a week Dartford face the difficult task of trying to upset the Welsh club unbeaten in four competitive matches. Dartford’s involvement in three cup competitions has left them without a league fixture for just over two weeks. During that time the club have dropped one place in the league leaving them third from bottom and four points from safety.

Over the past two campaigns Tony Burman has managed to conjure up some sort of result at the Racecourse Ground. In the first ever meeting between the two clubs the match ended all square thanks to a last minute Lee Noble free kick. Wrexham came from behind to cancel out Danny Harris’ early effort, Danny Wright and Andy Bishop the scorers for the hosts. With time running out, substitute Noble exquisitely finished from a direct free kick to secure a 2-2 draw.

Last term when a result was needed, the Darts travelled across the border and came back with all three points. After a hammering at Princes Park earlier in the season, Andy Pugh scored after ten minutes following up a free kick goalkeeper Andy Coughlin fumbled. Wrexham were level when Joe Clarke equalised but on the stroke of half time Elliot Bradbrook won the match.

A run of five consecutive away losses in the league has not helped Dartford’s effort to keep above the relegation zone. With the Conference Premier taking a temporary back seat, Burman has watched his side get knocked out of the F.A Cup and Kent Senior Cup recently. Facing two ties against League One opposition, Bradford City won 4-1 before the Darts were eliminated from the County Cup in a 7-3 defeat at Gillingham.

Some confidence may have been restored last weekend as the Darts grabbed a F.A Trophy victory, beating Conference North side Solihull Moors 2-0. In a slow first half goalkeeper Jason Brown kept Dartford in the competition with some decent saves. An improved second half was enough to see the Darts progress, firstly captain Elliot Bradbrook netted from the spot and brother Tom sealed the win with just under twenty minutes to go.

Wrexham beat Dartford on the opening day of the season and under former Nuneaton Town boss Kevin Wilkin they sit in mid table. The Welsh side have managed just one league victory in the last eleven outings, drawing six in the process. Inconsistencies home and away leave Wrexham seven points behind the final playoff spot. Prior their dip in form the Red Dragons reached third spot to finish September just four points behind leaders Barnet.

Since finishing runners up in 2012, Wrexham have won the F.A Trophy and reached a playoff final. A poor campaign last season saw a change in management allowing Wilkin a first full season in charge. Louis Moult, one of Wilkin’s signings from his former club has excelled with ten goals and the Dartford defence should know all about the 22 year old. Whilst at the Boro he scored five against the Darts in two games, including a final day hat trick.

Team News

If selected, Lee Noble will make his 200th start, the midfielder has featured in 279 games for the Darts scoring 37 times. Max Cornhill could make his 50th start for the club. Lee Burns, Harry Crawford and Andy Pugh have all been out of action due to injury and there are no suspension concerns.

Goalkeeper, Andy Coughlin has been suffering with a hand injury for Wrexham. The Red Dragons have also missed Theo Bailey-Jones, Joe Thompson and Dean Keates recently.

Head to Head

Wrexham wins: 2 / Dartford wins: 2 / Draws: 1

Current League Form

Wrexham (DWDLLD) Dartford (LLLLDW)
Bristol Rovers  H  0-0 Eastleigh  A  0-2
Aldershot Town  H  3-1 Forest Green Rovers  A  1-2
Kidderminster Harriers  A  1-1 Chester  H  2-4
Altrincham  H  2-3 Lincoln City  A  0-1
Braintree Town  A  0-1 Southport  H  1-1
Woking  A  1-1 Welling United  H  2-1

Last Meeting at the Racecourse Ground

8 February 2014 – Wrexham 1 Dartford 2 – Att: 2645

Goalscorers: Pugh (10), Clarke (21), Bradbrook (45)

Wrexham Lineup: Coughlin, Livesey, Tomassen, Ashton, Clarke, Carrington, Keates, Hunt, Harris, Bishop, Ogleby (subs used: Thornton, Durrell, Anyinsah)

Dartford Lineup: Julian, McAuley, Sterling, Mitchel-King, Cornhill, Bradbrook, Woodyard, Stevenson, Burns, Pugh, Wall (subs used: Noble, Clark, Harris)

Match Stats

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Previous Meetings

09.08.2014 Dartford 1 Wrexham 2
08.02.2014 Wrexham 1 Dartford 2
19.11.2013 Dartford 1 Wrexham 5
09.03.2013 Dartford 2 Wrexham 1
22.09.2012 Wrexham 2 Dartford 2

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