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Cray Wanderers v Dartford

The Darts are back in cup action for the second time this week as they take on Isthmian Premier League side Cray Wanderers in the Kent Senior Cup.

For the second year running Dartford have been drawn against the Wands, this time at the second round stage. Just under a year ago, the Darts negotiated the first round tie winning 2-1 at Hayes Lane. Approaching last October’s Kent Senior Cup tie as holders, Dartford were made to work hard to progress in the county competition. Cray Wanderers took the lead when Ben Mundele netted his first goal for the club. Tony Burman introduced Andy Pugh at half-time and the substitute came up with the goods with an equaliser. Duane Ofori-Acheampong, who is yet to feature this season due to injury scored the decisive goal to put the Darts into round two.

With a stronger squad than last term, Burman could well look at some of the players who have not featured as much so far this season. The Darts warmed up for the county cup tie by beating Isthmian Division One North side Barking on Saturday in the F.A Cup. Elliot Bradbrook had to put in a captains performance scoring a hat-trick to see off the Essex club. Barking took the lead when Alfie Pavey netted an own goal, but two Bradbrook penalties either side of his second strike earned Dartford a 3-1 triumph.

Leading the National South table, Dartford are 36 places above Cray Wanderers in the non-league pyramid. The Wanderers are currently in 12th with two wins, four draws and a defeat. On Saturday, they went head to head against another unbeaten side Lewes and it was the Sussex club that ended Cray Wanderers run. Lewes came from behind to win 2-1 as the Wands ended the match with nine men.

Cray Wanderers entered this season’s Kent Senior Cup at the first round and were drawn away to Thamesmead Town. Aaron Rhule opened the scoring, Anthony Adesite grabbed the second and Ralique Lawrence rounded of the 3-0 victory.

Current Form (all competitions)

Cray Wanderers (LDDWWW) Dartford (WWWWDL)
Lewes A 1-2 Barking H 3-1
Hastings United H 1-1 Eastbourne Borough H 4-2
Chipstead Town H 0-0 Chippenham Town H 3-0
Shoreham A 3-0 Whitehawk A 4-0
Molesey H 4-0 Hampton & Richmond A 2-2
Thamesmead Town A 3-0 East Thurrock United H 0-1

Previous Meetings

04.02.2017 Cray Wanderers 1 Dartford 2
15.10.2011 Cray Wanderers 1 Dartford 2
02.01.2010 Cray Wanderers 1 Dartford 2
26.12.2009 Dartford 1 Cray Wanderers 1
03.02.2007 Cray Wanderers 0 Dartford 0
18.11.2006 Cray Wanderers 4 Dartford 0



Cray Wanderers v Dartford

Dartford begin their defence of the Kent Senior Cup with an away tie against former landlords Cray Wanderers.

Participating in their second cup match in four days, Tony Burman is likely to give a chance to some of players looking to build up match fitness and youngsters from the academy.

Goalkeeper, Tony Coxall may step up due to the international call up of Dartford’s number one. Deren Ibrahim will be facing Estonia and Belgium as he represents Gibraltar in a World Cup qualifier.

Left back, Tom Wynter suffered a knee injury in the 2-1 league win versus Concord Rangers and missed the 3-2 F.A Cup victory at Slough Town, the 26 year old could feature but may have to wait until the weekend. Fellow defender, Ronnie Vint has returned from his broken wrist and Burman is expecting to give the former academy player an extended run out against Cray Wanderers.

Two new academy stars Temi Eweka and Henry Fulton joined the first team on the weekend at Slough Town, although they were named on the bench they will be hopeful of a starting opportunity in the first team.

The Darts beat Welling United, Gillingham, Herne Bay, Greenwich Borough on the way to last season’s final, which they won 3-1 against League One side Charlton Athletic.

Dartford will be familiar to Cray Wanderers’ tale having shared their Oxford Road ground in the 1993/94 campaign. Now it’s the Wands who are homeless and sharing with National League side Bromley at Hayes Lane, their home since 1998.

The Isthmian Division One South side were playing in the north division last term and finished fourth losing their playoff semi-final to Harlow Town. This term, Cray Wanderers are in a healthy sixth place and on the weekend two former Darts helped them to victory. Karl Dent and Bradley Woods-Garness scored in a 3-0 win against Molesey, the Wands third straight triumph. Dent made three appearances for Dartford whilst Woods-Garness appeared six times scoring once during the 2008/09 campaign.

Tony Russell’s side went out in the second round last year to eventual runners up Charlton Athletic. The Wands have made just two Kent Senior Cup final appearances finishing runners up on both occasions. Last time the Darts faced Cray Wanderers in the competition was eleven years ago when they won 3-1. Unbeaten in the last four matches against the Wands, Dartford won the last fixture between the two sides in 2011. Tommy Whitnell put the Wands ahead in the F.A Cup third qualifier, but Burman’s team left it late to win 2-1 with goals from Ryan Hayes and Danny Harris.

Current Form (all competitions)
Cray Wanderers (WWWLWL)
Won 3-0 v Molesey (H)
Won 3-2 v Horsham (A)
Won 1-0 v Godalming (A)
Lost 0-1 v Hythe Town (H)
Won 3-2 v Three Bridges (H)
Lost 1-2 v Dorking Wanderers (A)

Dartford (WWWWDW)

Won 3-2 v Slough Town (A) – F.A Cup
Won 2-1 v Concord Rangers (A)
Won 3-2 v Chelmsford City (A) – F.A Cup
Won 2-0 v Margate (A)
Drew 1-1 v East Thurrock United (A)
Won 2-1 v Welling United (H)

Last Six Meetings

Cray Wanderers 1 Dartford 2 (15/10/2011 – F.A Cup)
Cray Wanderers 1 Dartford 2 (02/01/2010 – Isthmian Premier)
Dartford 1 Cray Wanderers 1 (26/12/2009 – Isthmian Premier)
Dartford 0 Cray Wanderers 0 (03/02/2007 – Isthmian Division One South)
Cray Wanderers 4 Dartford 0 (18/11/2006 – Isthmian Division One South)
Cray Wanderers 1 Dartford 3 (13/12/2005 – Kent Senior Cup)

On This Day

Dartford last won on 5 October way back in 1991 when they defeated Waterlooville 2-1 in the Southern Premier League. The Darts will be hoping to record their first win on this day since reforming, in fact they haven’t even managed a draw. In 1996, Weymouth beat Dartford 5-3 in the Southern League Southern division and eight years later Salisbury City won 2-0 in the F.A Trophy preliminary round. Three years ago, the Darts travelled to the north-east losing 2-0 to Gateshead in a National League encounter.

Cray Wanderers v Dartford

Dartford face one of their former landlords in the F.A Cup Third Qualifying Round on the weekend when they take on Cray Wanderers.

Last Saturday’s defeat at Boreham Wood left The Darts disappointed as they were ‘out battled’ and a cup tie against a fellow Kent club may be just the cure to get back on track. Tony Burman told PURE DFC that he expects a positive response from his players, he said: “They are good people over at Cray and they are playing well at the moment. It’s the F.A Cup so its something else we can look at and obviuosly we want a reaction”.

Lee Burns scores the opener against Cray

The two clubs previously met at Hayes Lane last January during Dartford’s championship winning season. Lee Burns opened the scoring for The Darts just after the half hour mark and moments later James White doubled the advantage. Cray pulled one back from the penalty spot taken by Colin Luckett but The Wands were unable to complete the fightback.

Cray Wanderers 1 Dartford 2 – Isthmian Premier League 2009/2010

The Boxing Day fixture a week earlier ended 1-1 when Mark Willy gave the visitors the lead which was cancelled out by Danny Harris. In the 2006/07 Isthmian Division One South season Cray Wanderers thrashed Dartford 4-0 at home with the return fixture ending goalless.

The Wands have started their Isthmian Premier League campaign positively despite an opening day beating by AFC Hornchurch. That day Cray lost 5-2 which was followed up with a draw and five consecutive victories. The Kent club have lost only two more matches, the most recent on Saturday against Kingstonian. Before their 4-2 defeat they occupied second spot on goal difference but dropped to fifth after the match.

Back in 1993 The Darts resided at Oxford Road when playing in the Kent League after reformation. Eighteen years on Dartford now have a home and it’s Cray Wanderers living as tenants at Hayes Lane, Bromley.

Oxford Road: Former home of Cray Wanderers and Dartford during the early nineties

Dartford will be ever thankful to The Wands for helping the club on their way in a long journey to the Conference South. Although the circumstances behind Cray’s ground sharing is different they to have been on a steady climb up the football pyramid.

Formed in 1860, The Wands are the joint second oldest club in the country and spent most of their history at Kent League level. In 1998 the club was forced to ground share to comply with the Kent League rules and moved to Hayes Lane.

In the same year Ian Jenkins was appointed manager and he is now in his twelfth year, Jenkins has also been a player for The Wands when he joined in 1993. Back to back Kent League titles in 2002/03 and 2003/04 led to promotion and in 2008/09 Cray were promoted to the Isthmian Premier League. The Wands are looking to return to their original area and are trying to obtain permission to develop a site. The club are hoping to build a stadium at Sandy Lane in 2014.

Road To Wembley

Cray Wanderers

2nd Qualifying Round: Won 5-0 v Erith Town (Whitnell, Perkins (3), Sterling)

1st Qualifying Round: Won 3-0 v Hasting United (Day, Whitnell)


2nd Qualifying Round: Won 5-0 v Harrow Borough (Rogers, Bradbrook, Sheringham, Bonner, Burns)

Current Form (league only)

Last five Cray Wanderers matches at home Last five Dartford matches away
Won 2-1 v Wealdstone Lost 1-3 v Boreham Wood
Won 3-2 v Wingate and Finchley Won 2-1 v Farnborough
Won 3-0 v East Thurrock United Lost 2-3 v Basingstoke Town
Won 1-0 v Carshalton Athletic Drew 0-0 v Chelmsford City
Lost 2-5 v AFC Hornchurch Drew 2-2 v Dover Athletic

F.A Cup Performances

Season Cray Wanderers Dartford
2010/2011 2nd Qualifying Rd: v Ebbsfleet United 1st Round Proper: v Port Vale
2009/2010 1st Qualifying Rd: v Walton and Hersham 3rd Qualifying Rd: v Chelmsford City
2008/2009 1st Qualifying Rd: v Sutton United 2nd Qualifying Rd: v Hampton and Richmond
2007/2008 1st Qualifying Rd: v AFC Wimbledon 3rd Qualifying Rd: v Bromley
2006/2007 2nd Qualifying Rd: v Leatherhead 1st Qualifying Rd: v Hastings United
2005/2006 4th Qualifying Rd: v Grays Athletic Preliminary Rd: v Dorking
2004/2005 1st Qualifying Rd: v Leatherhead 1st Qualifying Rd: v Dorking
2003/2004 2nd Qualifying Rd: v Basingstoke Town 2nd Qualifying Rd: v Bromley
2002/2003 2nd Qualifying Rd: v Hemel Hempstead Town Preliminary Rd: v Carterton Town
2001/2002 1st Qualifying Rd: v Bracknell Town 3rd Qualifying Rd: v Gravesend and Northfleet

Did you know…

Between 1960 and 1965 Dartford drew Cray Wanderers in the F.A Cup First Qualifying Round three times. In 1960/61 The Darts won a thrilling tie 5-4. Cray avenged defeat in 1963/64 with a 1-0 win and a season later Dartford strolled to a 5-0 victory.

This season Cray Wanderers have scored 26 league goals in the Isthmian Premier League, the most scored so far.

The Wands won five in a row from 27 August 2011 to 13 September 2011, their best winning streak in the Isthmian Premier League ever.