Dartford v Concord Rangers

Sentiment will count for nothing this weekend as Dartford host a Concord Rangers side for the first time.

Tony Burman will welcome back his Isthmian Premier League title winning captain Adam Flanagan, only he will be in the opposite dugout. In the Concord Rangers midfield the Darts will be up against two former players James White and Max Cornhill.

Adam Flanagan marshalled Dartford’s defence between 2007 and 2010 making 145 appearances and scoring 14 times. He has since made his way in management leading Brentwood Town to promotion to the Isthmian Premier League before joining Concord Rangers.

James White joined the Essex club and is now captain, he was alongside Flanagan in Dartford’s title winning season, the midfielder made 112 appearances for the Darts. Max Cornhill left only last season, the attacking midfielder was used sparingly prompting the 28 year old to depart Princes Park after 68 appearances and nine goals.

The Darts won their last home match against lowly St Albans City. The 2-0 victory came after a two game losing streak which ended an eleven match unbeaten run. Andy Pugh netted twice against the Saints and another in the following match versus Eastbourne Borough, which ended 1-1.

On Tuesday night, Dartford’s travelled to fourth place Gosport Borough with the chance to climb back into the playoff places. Dan Wooden put the hosts ahead to give Boro a 1-0 lead going into half time but after the break the match swung Dartford’s way. On the hour Elliot Bradbrook took advantage of a rebound from Ryan Hayes’ cross to level the score. The Darts skipper doubled his tally for the night with a breakaway goal, Bradbrook calmly took it round the Boro goalkeeper for his eleventh of the season. Moments later Andy Pugh scored his ninth in his last seven starts to propel Dartford into the playoff places.

If the season started in November, Concord Rangers would be in sixth place partly because that month turned the Beachboys fortunes around. The Essex club won all four in November without conceding a goal lifting them from seventeenth to eighth.

The following month highlighted their inconsistencies with one point taken from twelve available, however the Beachboys are now seven unbeaten and in tenth place. Flanagan’s side had their fixture against Truro City called off on Tuesday night meaning their last outing was last weekend.

Over the last three National South matches Concord Rangers have played the same teams as Dartford. The Beachboys breezed past Eastbourne Borough when Steve Cawley scored twice before Sam Bantick and Ben Greenhalgh sealed a 4-1 triumph. Cawley and Bantick rescued a point against St Albans City after Concord Rangers came from two down to draw 2-2. Their last game at home to Gosport Borough ended 0-0.

Attacking midfielder, Steve Cawley provides Concord Rangers with goals. The 24 year old has scored 15 in the National South this season. Alex Osborn has joined on loan from Ebbsfleet United, the striker almost spent time on loan with Concord Rangers last term but injury saw the deal fall through. Michael Thalassitis was also added to the forward line last month, signing from Chelmsford City. Defender, Jack Lampe returned to the club from Bishop’s Stortford early this month.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 2 / Concord Rangers wins: 0 / Draws: 0

Current League Form

Dartford (WDWLLW) Concord Rangers (DDWDWD)
Gosport Borough  A  3-1 Gosport Borough  H  0-0
Eastbourne Borough  A  1-1 St Albans City  A  2-2
St Albans City  H  2-0 Eastbourne Borough  H  4-1
Wealdstone  H  1-2 Maidstone United  A  2-2
Sutton United  A  0-2 Bath City  A  1-0
Bath City  H  4-1 Ebbsfleet United  H  0-0

Previous Meetings (* – Isthmian League Cup)

18.08.2015 Concord Rangers 2 Dartford 3
27.01.2009* Concord Rangers 1 Dartford 3

On This Day

It was four years ago when Danny Harris inspired the Darts to a 4-1 victory over Basingstoke Town with a hat-trick. Tony Garrod scored the other goal in the Conference South fixture in a comfortable win. In 2010, Dartford grabbed a rare win at Boreham Wood with the solitary goal coming from Elliot Bradbrook. Three years prior beating the Wood, the Darts drew 2-2 with Tooting and Mitcham United. It was also on the 27 February when Dartford had one of their bleakest days since reforming, losing 7-0 away to Raunds Town in the 1998/99 Southern League Southern Division.

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