Dartford v FC Halifax Town

A home tie against FC Halifax Town is between Dartford and a place in the last eight of the F.A Trophy this weekend.

The Darts will want to forget the last meeting with the Shaymen almost two weeks ago, the Yorkshire side came away from Princes Park with a 2-1 victory despite playing the final twenty minutes with nine men. Harry Crawford’s early strike was a temporary highlight for the Darts as the visitors came from behind. Matty Pearson levelled before Lois Maynard was sent off for violent conduct. FC Halifax Town took the lead through Scott Boden’s spot kick which the Shaymen held on to despite James Bolton also receiving his marching orders.

Keeping the F.A Trophy run going will provide light relief to Dartford as league form continues to suffer. On the weekend the Darts lost heavily to Kent rivals Dover Athletic losing 6-1, the clubs biggest league defeat in ten years. Nicky Deverdics put the Whites in front as early as the fifth minute but Crawford netted another for the season, his third in as many games. Deren Ibrahim’s fine form in the Dartford goal could only keep the score down as a brace from Tom Murphy and goals from Richard Orlu, Liam Bellamy and Barry Cogan completed the rout.

It was an unpleasant début for new loan signing Christian Doidge who partnered Crawford up front. The Dagenham and Redbridge striker went straight into the squad after signing the day before. The 22 year old attracted the Daggers interest after an impressive Welsh Premier League campaign with Carmarthen Town, he scored 19 goals in 43 appearances helping the Town to a League Cup triumph.

Since FC Halifax Town’s win at Princes Park, the Shaymen have been without a game due to a frozen pitch, which has allowed Neil Aspin to concentrate in the January transfer market. Defender, Simon Ainge left the Shay for Bradford Park Avenue and in comes Ross Killock, the Leeds United youth team player has had spells on loan at Chester and Alfreton Town. FC Halifax Town will be without Maynard and Bolton after their red cards at Princes Park just under a fortnight ago.

The two sides met in the F.A Trophy before when the Darts run ended one step from Wembley in the semi-finals. Dartford had to beat this weekend’s opponents in the Quarter Final to progress. Then in the Conference North, FC Halifax Town had home advantage and again impressed with a man light. Despite the home side being reduced to ten men early on, Chris Worsley was dismissed for his challenge on Mark Arber, the Conference North playoff winners were not deterred when striker Lee Gregory put the hosts one up. A second half substitution was pivotal in the result, Danny Harris pounced from three yards out, earning the Darts a replay.

In the replay at Princes Park a trio of midfielder’s blasted the Darts into the semi-final after falling behind to Dan Gardner’s second minute goal. Lee Noble scored through a crowded box and two minutes later Elliot Bradbrook netted with a well taken finish. The pick of the bunch came courtesy of winger Ryan Hayes who expertly curled his shot beyond Matt Glennon. The Shaymen set up a dramatic finish with Gardner’s second of the match.

F.A Trophy Story So Far

Second Round

Burgess Hill Town 1 Dartford 2

A last minute winner from Danny Harris clinched victory against Isthmian Division One South high fliers Burgess Hill Town. The Darts completed a cup double against the Hillians and remained the only side to beat the Sussex club this season. Harry Crawford put Dartford in front early on from the penalty spot, Pat Harding made it 1-1. Harris came of the bench and made sure it was Dartford who made it to the last 16.

FC Halifax Town 5 Alfreton Town 3

Richard Peniket took home the match ball with a hat trick in a high scoring entertaining cup tie. Alfreton Town’s Bradley Wood opened the goal fest but Steve Williams equalised. The Reds went ahead again through Lee Stevenson but the Shaymen levelled once more with Peniket’s first. The away side went in front for a third time when Tom Shaw made it 3-2. Peniket hit another two and George Wills secured the 5-3 victory.

First Round

Dartford 2 Solihull Moors 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 at the expense of their Conference North opponents. Firstly captain Elliot Bradbrook netted from the spot and brother Tom sealed the win with just under twenty minutes to go.

Worcester City 0 FC Halifax Town 1

The hosts made headlines in the F.A Cup by beating League One side Coventry City so the Shaymen knew this tie would be tough. FC Halifax Town had to wait until five minutes from time to see Scott Boden score the decider and put the Yorkshire club in the hat for round two.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 1 / FC Halifax Town wins: 3 / Draws: 1

Current Form (* – F.A Trophy)

Dartford (LLWLLL) FC Halifax Town (WWLDWW)
Dover Athletic  A  1-6 Dartford  A  2-1
FC Halifax Town  H  1-2 Alfreton Town  H  5-3*
Burgess Hill Town  A  2-1* Chester  H  0-2
Kidderminster Harriers  H  1-2 Gateshead  A  2-2
Braintree Town  A  0-3 Worcester City  A  1-0*
Braintree Town  H  0-2 Nuneaton Town  H  2-0

Last Meeting at Princes Park

13 January 2015 – Dartford 1 FC Halifax Town 2 – Att: 811

Goalscorer: Crawford (9), Pearson (33), Boden (69 pen)

Dartford Lineup: Ibrahim, Burns, Mitchel-King, McAuley, Driver, Hayes, Cornhill, Noble, Green, Crawford, Harris (subs used: T Bradbrook, Sweeney)

FC Halifax Town Lineup: Glennon, Bolton, M Roberts, Williams, McManus, Maynard, Pearson, Marshall, Smith, Schofield, Peniket (subs used: Boden, K Roberts)

Previous Meetings (* – F.A Trophy)

13.01.2015 Dartford 1 FC Halifax Town 2
14.12.2013 Dartford 1 FC Halifax Town 2
17.08.2013 FC Halifax Town 2 Dartford 0
06.02.2013* Dartford 3 FC Halifax Town 2
30.01.2013* FC Halifax Town 1 Dartford 1




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