Dartford v Maidenhead United

Dartford could climb above Maidenhead United this weekend with a victory against them at Princes Park.

The Darts are three points behind the side that beat them just under three weeks ago and have the same goal difference.

Tony Burman’s side can approach Saturday’s game with confidence after taking four points over Easter. A 3-1 win against Bishop’s Stortford was followed up with a credible 1-1 draw with league leaders Ebbsfleet United.

Dartford had to come from behind against their local rivals on Easter Monday to earn a point. Former Darts striker, Matthew Godden put Fleet in front with an angled shot past Deren Ibrahim. Early in the second half, Ryan Hayes scored from his own rebound versus the team his testimonial will be against in July.

The Darts have started their last three games without captain Elliot Bradbrook, the midfielder returns from suspension. Burman has started the last two matches with loanee Nathan Ferguson in the middle but defender Paul Lorraine is still waiting for his debut. Lee Noble and Barry Cogan looked to have recovered from injuries having featured over Easter. Top scorer, Andy Pugh has been out with a groin issue since the 2-0 defeat at Havant and Waterlooville.

It was long ago since the two sides met at York Road with the hosts running out 2-1 winners. Ryan Upward volleyed Maidenhead United ahead from the edge of the box. Dartford hit back when Hayes crossed over to Elliot Bradbrook to header the equaliser. The Magpies grabbed a winner when Ben Wright scored directly from a free kick.

Maidenhead United are on a five game unbeaten run and have lost just once in their last nine. Their current form has propelled them back into the playoff places even though they slipped to fifteenth towards the end of February after a ten game winless streak.

Over Easter, the Magpies took maximum points beating their tenants 5-2 on Monday. Maidenhead United had five different scorers and were 3-0 up at half time thanks to goals from Mark Nisbet, Dave Tarpey and Upward. Hayes and Yeading United pulled the game back to 3-2 when experienced players James Harper and Darren Purse gave the Magpies a scare. In the final minutes, Jake Reid and James Mulley sealed the win for Maidenhead United.

Good Friday saw Alan Devonshire’s team defeat Bath City 3-1. Mulley was on the score sheet twice scoring the first and last goals. Although Bath City equalised a minute into the second half, Harry Pritchard put the Magpies ahead before Mulley secured victory.

The Berkshire club’s only other game after beating Dartford was a 0-0 draw with Truro City, who sits a place above Maidenhead United in the National South.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 6 / Maidenhead United wins: 2 / Draws 3

Current League Form

Dartford (DWLLLL) Maidenhead United  (WWDWLD)
Ebbsfleet United  A  1-1 Hayes & Yeading Utd  A  5-2
Bishop’s Stortford  H  3-1 Bath City  H  3-1
Havant & Waterlooville  A  0-2 Truro City  H  0-0
Maidenhead United  A  1-2 Dartford  H  2-1
Whitehawk  H  2-4 Chelmsford City  A  1-4
Weston-Super-Mare  A  1-2 Ebbsfleet United  H  0-0

Last Meeting at Princes Park

31 March 2012 – Dartford 2 Maidenhead United 1 – attendance 1069

Goalscorers: Erskine (56), Wilkinson (62); Semakula (63)

Darts lineup – Louis Wells, Lee Burns, Adam Green, Tom Bonner, Luke Wilkinson, Tom Champion, Lee Noble, James Rogers, Jacob Erskine, Elliot Bradbrook, Danny Harris (sub used: Tony Garrod)

Previous Meetings

15.03.2016 Maidenhead United 2 Dartford 1
31.03.2012 Dartford 2 Maidenhead United 1
13.03.2012 Maidenhead United 1 Dartford 1
30.04.2011 Maidenhead United 2 Dartford 3
05.03.2011 Dartford 3 Maidenhead United 0
11.01.1900 Maidenhead 1 Dartford 1
11.10.1899 Dartford 4 Maidenhead 0
16.03.1898 Dartford 6 Maidenhead 1
06.11.1897 Maidenhead 2 Dartford 1
06.03.1897 Maidenhead 0 Dartford 0
13.02.1897 Dartford 6 Maidenhead 0

On This Day

Dartford have won their last four matches on 2 April most recently five years ago. The Darts beat St Albans City 2-1 with Lee Burns scoring a bizarre long range header and Jack Pallen netting the other. Barton Rovers were comprehensively defeated 4-0 eleven years ago in the Southern League East and in 2003, Rothwell Town were beaten 1-0. Cray Wanderers were the first team to play Dartford on 2 April since reforming, the 1994 Kent League meeting ended 2-1 to Dartford.

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