Dartford v Truro City

Dartford play host to Truro City for only the second time in their history this weekend, the last time being almost four years ago.

Once again the Darts take on the Cornwall club after they won promotion the season before. When the sides last met, the Cornwall club had just won the Southern Premier league, last term they won playoffs.

A new approach this time has seen a mixture of results for Dartford as they continue to search for consistency. The introduction of Deren Ibrahim, Ronnie Vint, Ebou Adams, Kaka Dembele and the inclusion of Ben Francis and Richard Seixas in one matchday squad shows manager Tony Burman is looking towards the academy system and believes his squad is a ‘work in progress’.

Defensive errors have costed the Darts, in games against Gosport Borough and Ebbsfleet United. However, the fighting spirit shown in the 3-2 victory at Concord Rangers, from two goals down and last weekend’s 2-1 home win over Weston Super Mare give Burman hope his side can reach the playoffs this season.

The credible 0-0 draw at league leaders Bath City was followed up with a dramatic comeback last Saturday. Dartford found themselves a goal down with two minutes remaining, goals from Danny Harris and an own goal completed the 2-1 triumph over Weston Super Mare.

On Tuesday, Burman’s side took on Oxford City who started the evening as top scorers in the National South and in third place. The Darts went ahead when a great assist by Ryan Hayes found Andy Pugh for the only goal of the first half. The hosts pressed in the second half and were rewarded with an equaliser by Jon Arzamendi and a winner from Kynan Isaac.

Truro City opened their second spell in the National South with a 1-1 draw against fellow promoted side Margate. The Southern Premier league playoff winners had to wait for matchday three to notch their first win when they beat Concord Rangers 2-1.

A five game winless run, including a 6-0 drubbing at home to Oxford City put pressure on the Cornishmen until they took four points from the next six, keeping consecutive clean sheets.

Four days ago, it was Truro City’s turn to take on Weston Super Mare with limited chances created in a goalless first half. It didn’t take long in the second half for the deadlock to be broken when Weston’s Ollie Barnes headed the opener from two yards out. If the first half was dour, then the final twelve minutes made up for the lack of action. Arran Pugh and Cody Cooke put Truro City in front but a stunning late equaliser by Scott Wilson made sure each team finished with a point.

The Darts will welcome back Jamie Richards to Princes Park this weekend. The 21 year old defender played 17 times under Tony Burman last season and joined Truro City from Torquay United. Richards made his debut against Weston Super Mare on Tuesday night.

Dartford will not want history to repeat itself this time, a calamitous opening seven minutes left them with an uphill battle four years ago.  Truro City took full advantage of slack defending, Adam Green’s back pass and Andrew Young’s poor control left Andrew Watkins with an easy goal. A couple of minutes later Paul Goodacre sliced a cross into his own goal. Tom Bonner halved the deficit after the visitors were reduced to ten men but the damage was done early on.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 0 / Truro City wins: 1 / Draws 1

Last Meeting at Princes Park

22 October 2011 – Dartford 1 Truro City 2 – Att 1238

Darts Lineup: Andrew Young, Lee Burns, Adam Green, Tom Bonner, Paul Goodacre, Ton Champion, Ryan Hayes, James Rogers, Danny Harris, Elliot Bradbrook, Richard Graham (subs used: Jack Pallen, Jacob Erskine, Lee Noble)

Current League Form

Dartford (LWDLWL) Truro City (DWDLLL)
Oxford City  A  1-2 Weston Super Mare  A  2-2
Weston Super Mare  H  2-1 St Albans City  A  2-0
Bath City  A  0-0 Eastbourne Borough  A  0-0
Ebbsfleet United  H  0-1 Oxford City  H  0-6
Margate  A  2-0 Gosport Borough  A  0-3
Gosport Borough  H  2-3 Bishop’s Stortford  H  0-1

Previous Meetings

28.04.2012 Truro City 1 Dartford 1
22.10.2011 Dartford 1 Truro City 2

On This Day
Since reforming then 19 September has been a great day for goals with and an average of four a game. Twice the Darts have lost with a 3-2 score line, against Fleet Town and Dulwich Hamlet respectively. The trip to Hampshire ended the Dartford’s F.A Cup involvement 17 years ago, whilst the journey to Dulwich Hamlet came in the Isthmian Division One South in 2006. Dartford’s two wins came with clean sheets, Chertsey Town were knocked out of the F.A Cup as the Darts won 2-0. More emphatically Carshalton Athletic were beaten 4-0 in the Isthmian Premier league title campaign.


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