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Dartford v Haringey Borough

Dartford are in F.A Trophy action for the second time in four days this Saturday, when they host Isthmian Premier League side Haringey Borough.

In the previous round, the Darts were on the brink of defeat twice on Tuesday night at Slough Town. Finding themselves two goals down, Steve King’s side looked down and out. Josh Jackman gave Slough Town a half-time lead and Warren Harris punished Ethan Wady’s goalkeeping error.

King opted for a back three, but with a two goal deficit to claw back switched formation and it worked. First, Jacob Berkeley-Agyepong scored his fourth in three games, then three minutes later Moussa Bakayoko netted his second of the season, in only his third appearance to take the match to penalties.

Dartford put the ghost of playoff penalty heartache behind them. However, the contest looked over when set piece specialist Jack Jebb missed. Yet there was one more twist, Slough Town’s Louis Lomas fluffed his lines taking the spot kicks to sudden death. The Darts wrapped up a 6-5 victory from twelve yards after Jackman hit his effort wide.

Jernade Meade was handed his Dartford debut after the left sided player joined the club. The 28 year-old most recently spent time in Sweden and Norway and has made one Champions League appearance for Arsenal against Olympiakos. King also made five other changes from the defeat at Eastbourne Borough bringing in Craig Braham-Barrett, Josh Hill, David Ijaha, Elliott Romain and Jack Barham.

Dartford have never met Haringey Borough who are mid-table in the league below. Borough have already negotiated three rounds shocking Eastbourne Round on the weekend. Goals from Rakim Richards and a brace from Roman Michael-Percil saw the Tottenham based club ease into a three goal lead, Greg Luer grabbed a consolation for the Sports.

The previous two rounds ended with Haringey Borough winning 2-1. Borough faced Kent side Faversham Town in the third qualifying round and Bishop’s Stortford in round one. Looking to recreate their F.A Cup run of two years ago, when they reached the first round from starting in the preliminary stages, Borough have made it to the third round of the F.A trophy for the first time.

Guided by manager Tom Loizou, Haringey Borough are eleventh with four wins and four defeats in the Isthmian Premier this season. Aside from their two recent F.A Trophy games they haven’t played any other competitive match since the 4th November, a 3-1 defeat to Kingstonian.

Stats

Dartford’s second round win on Tuesday was the first victory in the F.A Trophy for three years.

The Darts last reached the third round five years ago when they went out to FC Halifax Town in a replay.

The last time Dartford got past round three they reached the semi-final in 2013.

Steve King recorded his first F.A Trophy win as manager of Dartford, but has yet to win over 90 minutes.

On This Day

Dartford have twice played a F.A Trophy tie on this day losing on penalties three years ago against Boreham Wood. Tom Murphy, Lyle Della-Verde and Alfie Pavey all missed from the spot after a 2-2 draw sent the first round clash to spot kicks, Ryan Hayes and Danny Mills scored in normal time. The Darts also went out at the same stage in 1987 losing to local rivals Maidstone United 1-0.

Slough Town v Dartford

Dartford once again come up against Slough Town for the fifth occasion this calendar year, this time in the F.A Trophy second round.

The Darts have already faced the Rebels twice this season with both teams recording a win apiece. Dartford have not progressed beyond the third qualifying round in their past two attempts going out to Maidstone United last term and Eastbourne Borough the year before, who the Darts could face in the next round should they make it through on Tuesday night.

Slough Town won the first of this season’s encounters knocking Dartford out of the F.A Cup with a last minute penalty. Jack McKnight stepped up to score the winner to put the Rebels into the next round. Just under a month ago, Dartford avenged the cup defeat with a 2-0 victory in the National South. Chris Dickson introduced himself in style with a brace on his debut, whilst in form Jacob Berkeley-Agyepong was harshly sent off, his red card later rescinded.

Without a competitive game over the last ten days, the Darts warmed up with a 3-0 friendly win over Whitehawk on the weekend. Tom Bonner, Jack Barham and Elliot Romain were the goalscorers. Their last competitive match ended in defeat at Eastbourne Borough. After Charley Kendall put the Sports ahead in the first-half, Berkeley-Agyepong equalised in the second-half to record his fourth goal of the season. The hosts ran away in the final fifteen minutes with goals from Chris Whelpdale and Joel Robinson.

Slough Town were also without a game on the weekend and have also been without a win in their last six outings. Although, the Rebels picked up a second draw in a row in their 0-0 stalemate at Havant and Waterlooville. It was the second point picked up in four days after a 2-2 draw at Chippenham Town, Ben Harris and Lee Togwell scoring to complete a comeback from two goals down.

The two sides have met once before in the F.A Trophy back in 1981. The first round tie finished with Dartford winning 4-1, the Daily Telegraph described the victory as probably the outstanding result of the round. The Darts went on to make the semi-final losing to Bishop’s Stortford. Since then the Darts have also been drawn against Slough Town in the F.A Cup three times winning the first two before this season’s defeat.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 5 / Slough Town wins: 3 / Draws: 2

Cup Head to Head

Dartford wins: 3 / Slough Town wins: 1 / Draws: 0

Current League Form

Dartford
(LWWLWW)
Slough Town
(DDLLLL)
Eastbourne BoroughA1-3Havant & WaterloovilleA0-0
Hungerford TownA2-1Chippenham TownA2-2
Slough TownH2-0DartfordA0-2
St Albans CityH0-1Hungerford TownH1-3
Maidstone UnitedA2-0Billericay TownA0-2
Hemel Hempstead TownA3-1Maidstone UnitedH2-3

Previous Six Meetings

21.11.2020Dartford2Slough Town0
03.10.2020Dartford0Slough Town1
19.07.2020Slough Town0Dartford3
18.01.2020Slough Town1Dartford0
28.09.2019Dartford2Slough Town3
16.02.2019Slough Town2Dartford2

Stats

Dartford have won just two of their last seven games against Slough Town D2, L3).

In the last four meetings between the two sides the winning team has kept a clean sheet.

Jacob Berkeley-Agyepong has scored Dartford’s last three goals.

Dartford last drew the same team in the F.A Cup and F.A Trophy in the 2014/2015 season when they beat Burgess Hill Town in each competition.

On This Day

Brendon Cass scored a Princes Park hat-trick thirteen years ago as the Darts beat Wivenhoe Town 4-2. On their way to the Isthmian North title, Dartford followed a 7-2 triumph over Witham and a 6-1 victory over Enfield Town by hitting their opponents for four, Jamie Coyle scored the other goal. Dartford’s last game on this day was also a F.A Trophy tie eight years ago. Tom Bonner was involved as the Darts beat Tonbridge Angels 3-0 with goals from Harry Crawford, Elliot Bradbrook and Jon Wallis, Tony Burman’s side went on to reach the last four losing to Grimsby Town in the semi-final. Three years earlier Dartford went out of the Isthmian League Cup third round in an entertaining 5-4 defeat to Aveley, Danny Harris, Adam Burchell (two goals) and Allan Tait netted for the Darts.

Dartford v Maidstone United

Dartford face rivals Maidstone United for a third time in a row on Tuesday night, this time at Princes Park in the F.A Trophy third qualifying round replay.

In just over a week the two sides have been inseparable, but this time there will be winner. On the weekend a depleted Dartford side came away from the Gallagher Stadium with a creditable 2-2 draw to take the tie to a replay. The Darts had to twice come from behind to deny the home side a place in the next round.

Former Maidstone United striker, Elliott Romain scored a brace to keep Dartford in the F.A Trophy draw, equalising twice after Dan Wishart then Justin Amaluzor gave the Stones an advantage. Steve King named a squad without Jordan Gibbons, Liam Gordon, Billy Crook, Norman Wabo and Cameron Brodie and was already missing Charlie Sheringham, Jordan Wynter, Lee Noble and Sam Blackman. The Darts needed to reshuffle the starting eleven with Darren McQueen, Ronnie Vint and Ryan Hayes coming in. On the bench a number of academy players were selected and replacing Hayes after an hour Laurent Mendy made his debut. Maidstone United made a few changes with one eye on their F.A Cup second round fixture approaching this weekend.

Manager, Steve King explained why the changes were needed and was pleased with the outcome, he said: “I’m very proud of the players who put another unbelievable shift in considering we had seven players missing, no full backs, played a shape we’ve never played and have never worked on that shape”. A number of squad members were unable to take part through illness with two players needing to pull out on the day of the game.

Looking forward to the replay King commented: “It’s going to take another tough performance, they are a full time outfit, they probably have 22 to 24 players in the squad, we haven’t got that. We couldn’t even fill the bench (on the weekend), four of them were youth team players and another was a goalkeeper we signed on Thursday, another one (Laurent Mendy) signed from two levels below us and he did well when he came on. We’ve got to patch up and see who is available because it’s going to be another tough battle again”.

It was the second 2-2 draw in a row against Maidstone United following the National South stalemate. On that occasion, the Darts fought back from two goals down with only four minutes remaining. Wishart was on the scoresheet again for the Stones and his side went two up through Ibby Akanbi, then goals from Tom Bonner and McQueen made sure the points were shared. This time if the scores are level after ninety minutes there will be extra time then penalties if required.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 44 / Maidstone United wins: 44 / Draws: 19

Current Form (FAC – F.A Cup / FAT – F.A Trophy)

Dartford (DDWWDW) Maidstone United (DDWLDW)
Maidstone United (FAT) A 2-2 Dartford (FAT) H 2-2
Maidstone United H 2-2 Dartford A 2-2
Hampton & Richmond A 2-1 Torquay United (FAC) H 1-0
Eastbourne Borough A 2-0 Hampton & Richmond A 1-2
Chippenham Town H 1-1 Braintree Town A 1-1
Kingstonian (FAC) H 2-3 Billericay Town H 2-1

Last Six Meetings

23.11.2019^ Maidstone United 2 Dartford 2
16.11.2019 Dartford 2 Maidstone United 2
22.01.2019* Dartford 1 Maidstone United 1
09.04.2016 Maidstone United 1 Dartford 2
14.11.2015 Dartford 1 Maidstone United 1
20.03.2010 Dartford 3 Maidstone United 0

* – Kent Senior Cup, Maidstone United won 8-7 on penalties / ^ – F.A Trophy

Stats

Elliott Romain has scored four goals in his first five Dartford appearances.

Dartford play the same opponent three times in a row for the first time since 1957 when they played Gravesend and Northfleet in Southern League Cup, FA Cup and F.A Cup replay

Dartford avoided an F.A Trophy defeat for the first time against Maidstone United on the weekend. The previous two meetings in 1972 and  1987 were won by the Stones.

The Darts have won just two of the last nine cup ties against Maidstone United, a Kent Senior Cup Final in 1988 and a Kent Senior Cup first round match in 1991.

Dartford have won seven of the last 11 games against the Stones stretching back to the Kent Senior Cup win in 1991.

The Darts best F.A Trophy performance came in 1974 when they lost the final 2-1 at Wembley to Morecambe. Since then Dartford have been semi-finalists on four occasions with the last time in 2013.

Maidstone United’s run to the Quarter-Final last season equalled their best performance in the competition, they had previously reached the last eight in 1985 and 1987.

On This Day

Elliot Bradbrook’s hat-trick at Weston-super-Mare three years ago sent the Darts into the next round of the F.A Trophy. Andy Pugh scored Dartford’s opener and at 2-2 Tom Bonner was sent off, but it was Bradbrook’s performance that made the headlines. In fact three of the last four Dartford games on 26 November have been F.A Trophy third qualifying round ties. The other two Trophy ties ended without a goal, in 2011 the Darts drew with Eastbourne Borough before winning the replay, and in 2005 they took AFC Wimbledon to another game before exiting the competition.

Maidstone United v Dartford

Dartford managed a last gasp draw against Maidstone United last weekend in the National South, now they will meet at the Gallagher Stadium in this weekend’s F.A Trophy third qualifying round.

Trailing the Stones at Princes Park on Saturday with only four minutes remaining, the Darts came from two goals down to draw 2-2. After a goalless first half, two quickfire goals from Dan Wishart, just before the hour mark and three minutes later by Ibby Akanbi had the visitors in control. However, Dartford hit back late on when Tom Bonner headed a goal back from close range, then Darren McQueen followed up his own effort with the equaliser.

Dartford boss, Steve King opted to play Luke Wanadio instead of Cameron Brodie and Andy Pugh replaced Norman Wabo. Meanwhile, Charlie Sheringham, Jordan Wynter, Sam Blackman and Lee Noble were all unavailable through injury. The Stones named an unchanged side to the team that knocked out Torquay United in the F.A Cup first round.

Since defeat in his only cup game as Dartford manager, against Kingstonian, King has recorded two victories and two draws. As his squad begins to take shape his man management skills came to fruition on the weekend calling on substitute McQueen to rescue a point, King spoke to www.kentonline.co.uk after the game and commented: “I said to Darren McQueen before the game, you’re not starting but you can come on and make a difference”, he added: “Subs play an important role. If you’re out of it, you can still be in it and be the hero”.

Even at two goals down, King felt his team deserved something from the game, he said: “If we hadn’t got anything from that game I’d have been devastated because we more than deserved to win that, in my opinion”, he continued: “People can say we were 2-0 down but we had chance after chance and we’ve got to get on the end of those crosses”.

King has completed his first month at the helm and so far, and is pleased with the attitude of his players, he commented: “For us, it’s all new and we’re trying to put together a group that can get that consistency of win, win, win. I don’t expect us to be there yet but what I am seeing is fight, willingness to do what they’re asked and a group that are coming together”.

Head of Football and former Dartford manager, John Still believed that individual errors cost Maidstone United victory at Princes Park, he told www.kentonline.co.uk: “We defended poorly. I think their first goal, the goalie’s got to save that because it’s a cross, it’s routine. Second goal, we’ve got to win the header and we’ve got to get the cover”.

Maidstone United have won their last six home games in all competitions and are unbeaten at the Gallagher Stadium since the opening day defeat against Weymouth. In cup competitions manager, Hakan Hayrettin has led the Stones to four F.A Cup victories but his side are just outside the National South playoff places.

Dartford will be the visiting the Gallagher Stadium in their first competitive match there for three and half years. In April 2016, Lee Burns ended up in goal during the closing stages of the game after Deren Ibrahim suffered an arm injury. Nathan Ferguson’s second-half winner was enough to earn Dartford a 2-1 win at the Gallagher Stadium, Elliot Bradbrook’s penalty was earlier cancelled out by Keaton Wood’s own goal.

Last season Dartford went out at the third qualifying round stage losing to Eastbourne Borough in a replay. It was the first time the Darts went out at that stage since the 2015 defeat at home to Whitehawk, the manager for the Hawks that day was Steve King. Maidstone United enjoyed a run to the quarter-finals last term beating Woking, Oxford City and Salford City along the way. The Stones fell short in the last eight losing a replay to Stockport County.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 44 / Maidstone United wins: 44 / Draws: 18

Current Form (FAC – F.A Cup)

Dartford (DWWDWL) Maidstone United (DWLDWW)
Maidstone United H 2-2 Dartford A 2-2
Hampton & Richmond A 2-1 Torquay United (FAC) H 1-0
Eastbourne Borough A 2-0 Hampton & Richmond A 1-2
Chippenham Town H 1-1 Braintree Town A 1-1
Kingstonian (FAC) H 2-3 Billericay Town H 2-1
Oxford City A 1-0 Kings Langley (FAC) H 4-1

Last Six Meetings

16.11.2019 Dartford 2 Maidstone United 2
22.01.2019* Dartford 1 Maidstone United 1
09.04.2016 Maidstone United 1 Dartford 2
14.11.2015 Dartford 1 Maidstone United 1
20.03.2010 Dartford 3 Maidstone United 0
09.03.2010 Maidstone United 0 Dartford 1

* – Kent Senior Cup, Maidstone United won 8-7 on penalties

Stats

Maidstone United have won both F.A Trophy ties between the two sides. In 1987 the Stones won 5-1 in the first round and in 1972 they won 1-0 at the same stage.

The Darts have won just two of the last eight cup ties against Maidstone United, a Kent Senior Cup Final in 1988 and a Kent Senior Cup first round match in 1991.

Dartford have won seven of the last ten games against the Stones stretching back to the Kent Senior Cup win in 1991.

The Darts best F.A Trophy performance came in 1974 when they lost the final 2-1 at Wembley to Morecambe. Since then Dartford have been semi-finalists on four occasions with the last time in 2013.

Maidstone United’s run to the Quarter-Final last season equalled their best performance in the competition, they had previously reached the last eight in 1985 and 1987.

On This Day

Dartford’s last victory on the 23 November was way back in 1991 when they beat Burton Albion 1-0 in the Southern Premier League. Since then the Darts four of their last five including a F.A Trophy second round defeat against Farnborough Town in 1998. Dartford were also knocked out of the Southern League Cup 15 years ago losing 5-2 to Wingate and Finchley and their last game on this day was a 1-0 loss at home to Gateshead six years ago. The last time the Darts avoided defeat on this day since the Burton Albion victory was in the 0-0 draw against local rivals Erith and Belvedere in 2002.

Dartford v Eastbourne Borough

Dartford face Eastbourne Borough for a third time this season when they host the Sussex side in the F.A Trophy third qualifying round replay.

The Darts had to leave it late on the weekend to force a replay after falling behind at Priory Lane on Saturday. The Sports took the lead in the second half when the experienced striker Dean Cox hit a low shot into the bottom corner of Bailey Vose’s goal. With four minutes remaining the Darts salvaged a result to remain in the competition when Kudus Oyenuga equalised to earn a rematch at Princes Park.

History repeated itself on the weekend as seven years ago Dartford drew Eastbourne Borough in the F.A Trophy third qualifying round. The tie went to a replay after a 0-0 draw at Priory Lane, Lee Noble and Tom Bonner were the only members of the current squad involved that day. The Darts won at the second attempt with goals from Tom Champion and Danny Harris, the Sports halved the deficit through former Dart, Carl Rook.

Dartford have already hosted the Sports this season when they met in the league at Princes Park. Playing his first game back at Dartford’s home since returning to the club, Charlie Sheringham scored then later got sent off on a dramatic afternoon. The Darts needed to come from behind twice in September having conceded when ex Dart, Dave Martin opened the scoring on twelve minutes. Sheringham levelled the match converting from the penalty spot, but just after half-time Eastbourne Borough regained the lead through Emmanuel Odubade. Sheringham received his second yellow card leaving the hosts a man short for the final twelve minutes. Against the odds, Elliot Bradbrook equalised in stoppage time to earn the Darts a vital point in the National South.

If the last three home clashes with Eastbourne Borough are to go by then plenty of goals should be expected. As well as the 2-2 draw two months ago, the Darts scored four in the two meetings before that. Last season, the two sides met at Princes Park in a contest that had a major talking point. It was one way traffic in the first half as Alex Brown had Dartford ahead going into the break. Ryan Hayes, on his 400th appearance for the club set up Alfie Pavey on the hour with his corner and Elliot Bradbrook’s header four minutes later made it 3-0. Jamie Taylor pulled a goal back with six minutes remaining, but shortly afterwards it was 4-1. A quick free-kick was taken by the Sports which rebounded off the grounded Hayes, who was a few yards away. The referee controversially played on as the ball broke to Tom Murphy who scored. Eastbourne Borough managed a late consolation when Lee Noble scored an own goal.

In the campaign before that 4-2 victory, the Darts had to hold out in a seven goal thriller. Andy Pugh, Luke Wanadio, Ryan Hayes and Elliot Bradbrook had Dartford 4-1 before the Sports staged a late fightback which fell just short, Dartford hung on to win 4-3.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 10 / Eastbourne Borough wins: 4  / Draws: 4

Current Form (all competitions *-Sussex Senior Cup / ^-F.A Trophy)

Dartford (DWWWLW) Eastbourne Borough (DLLWWL)
Eastbourne Borough A 1-1^ Dartford H 1-1^
Hampton & Richmond A 1-0 Bath City A 0-1
Oxford City H 3-2 Concord Rangers A 0-3
Gloucester City A 2-1 Hungerford Town H 3-1
Truro City A 1-3 Eastbourne United A 5-0*
Dulwich Hamlet H 2-1 Chelmsford City A 2-3

Previous Meetings

24.11.2018 Eastbourne Borough 1 Dartford 1
08.09.2018 Dartford 2 Eastbourne Borough 2
14.04.2018 Eastbourne Borough 0 Dartford 1
12.09.2017 Dartford 4 Eastbourne Borough 2
08.04.2017 Dartford 4 Eastbourne Borough 3
16.08.2011 Eastbourne Borough 2 Dartford 3

Stats

Dartford are 12 games unbeaten against the Sports winning eight and drawing four.

Prior this season’s draw at Princes Park, the Darts had beaten Eastbourne Borough five time in a row at home.

Eastbourne Borough last beat Dartford in 2003, the Sports won 1-0 in the Southern League Division One East.

On This Day

Ryan Hayes, Adam Flanangan and Jamie Coyle were all pert of the team that crushed Witham Town 7-2 eleven years ago at Princes Park. It took just five minutes for Jay May to open the scoring and a couple of minutes late Brendon Cass doubled the lead. Hayes made it three before the break from the penalty spot. Eddie McClements had the Darts four up but Witham Town grabbed two to halve the deficit. However, Dartford relentlessly managed three more through Cass, McClements and Coyle.

Eastbourne Borough v Dartford

The F.A Trophy gets underway for Dartford this weekend when they visit fellow National South side Eastbourne Borough at Priory Lane. 

Dartford have already hosted the Sports this season when they met in the league at Princes Park. Playing his first game back at Dartford’s home since returning to the club, Charlie Sheringham scored then later got sent off on a dramatic afternoon. The Darts needed to come from behind twice in September having conceded when ex Dart, Dave Martin opened the scoring on twelve minutes. Sheringham levelled the match converting from the penalty spot, but just after half-time Eastbourne Borough regained the lead through Emmanuel Odubade. Sheringham received his second yellow card leaving the hosts a man short for the final twelve minutes. Against the odds, Elliot Bradbrook equalised in stoppage time to earn the Darts a vital point in the National South.

Having lost four from five leading up to the 2-2 draw, the result against Eastbourne Borough marked the start of an upturn in form. Adam Flanagan and Jamie Coyle have led the Darts to one defeat in nine league games to leave them top of the form guide. On the weekend, Sheringham’s winning goal against Hampton and Richmond Borough moved Dartford into fifth place having secured a third consecutive victory. Tom Bonner will face a fitness test before the trophy tie having been taken off at the Beveree with a hamstring strain. Goalkeeper, Bailey Vose has had his loan extended to the end of the season, Delano Sam-Yorke and Tom Murphy have gone out on loan to Kingstonian and Margate respectively.

Flanagan spoke to www.kentonline.co.uk and believes his squad has more to offer, he commented: “It sounds a lot better than it did at the start! We can’t complain but Jamie and I believe we’re just touching the surface of what we’ve got at the moment. There are still improvement areas but we’re winning games. Eight of those nine games have been by one goal and we want to kick on”.

So far, this term Dartford have only played two cup matches and on both occasions, there was plenty of room to improve. The Darts struggled past AFC Uckfield Town in the F.A Cup second qualifying round then were well beaten in the next stage at Oxford City.

Saturday will almost be seven years since Dartford drew Eastbourne Borough in the F.A Trophy third qualifying round. The tie went to a replay after a 0-0 draw at Priory Lane, Lee Noble and Tom Bonner were the only members of the current squad involved that day. The Darts won at the second attempt with goals from Tom Champion and Danny Harris, the Sports halved the deficit through former Dart, Carl Rook. Dartford reached the third round that year, losing to Wealdstone.

The Darts last enjoyed a decent run in the competition in 2012/13 when they reached the semi-final stage against Grimsby Town. Since then they have only got passed the first round twice, going out on penalties against Boreham Wood in round one last time. Flanagan stated: “The club got to the semi-finals (in 2012/13) and everyone I’ve spoken to about that run said what a good experience it was. It would be nice to replicate that”.

As well as the four goals scored in this season’s fixture between the two clubs, there has been plenty of goalmouth action in previous meetings. Almost two years ago at a foggy Priory Lane, Dartford won 3-2 in a match where you could excuse anyone who missed Kaka Dembele’s strike and Nathaniel Pinney’s consolation. The Darts netted four times in the next two home clashes winning 4-3 then 4-2, however the last time Dartford visited the Sussex club, Danny Mills was on hand to score the winner.

Whilst the 2-2 draw in September was the beginning of Dartford’s good form, it was also the start of a decline in results for the Sports. Leading up to the meeting at Priory Lane, the Sussex club had lost just once in eight National South outings. Although the draw extended that run to another game, since then Eastbourne Borough have won just twice in the league in nine attempts. On the weekend, the Sports lost a second consecutive fixture at Bath City. The 1-0 defeat followed a 2-0 loss at Concord Rangers.

In cup competitions, Jamie Howell’s side made hard work getting past Brantham Athletic in the F.A Cup second qualifying round two months ago. The Sports nervously overcame Dulwich Hamlet, after racing into a 4-0 first half lead they conceded three times in the second half against ten men and just held on. Eastbourne Borough missed out on the F.A Cup first round when they were narrowly beaten 2-1 by Slough Town.

Eastbourne Borough’s best performance in the F.A Trophy is reaching the third round, most recently in their 2010/2011 campaign. After their trophy run seven years ago they went out at the third qualifying round four years in a row, including the defeat to Dartford. Last season they beat Royston Town on penalties before going out to Dover Athletic.

Head to Head

Eastbourne Borough wins: 4 / Dartford wins: 10 / Draws: 3

Current Form (all competitions *-Sussex Senior Cup)

Eastbourne Borough (LLWWLD) Dartford (WWWLWW)
Bath City A 0-1 Hampton & Richmond A 1-0
Concord Rangers A 0-3 Oxford City H 3-2
Hungerford Town H 3-1 Gloucester City A 2-1
Eastbourne United A 5-0* Truro City A 1-3
Chelmsford City A 2-3 Dulwich Hamlet H 2-1
Hampton & Richmond H 2-2 Chippenham Town A 2-1

Previous Meetings

08.09.2018 Dartford 2 Eastbourne Borough 2
14.04.2018 Eastbourne Borough 0 Dartford 1
12.09.2017 Dartford 4 Eastbourne Borough 2
08.04.2017 Dartford 4 Eastbourne Borough 3
16.08.2011 Eastbourne Borough 2 Dartford 3
20.02.2016 Eastbourne Borough 1 Dartford 1

Stats

Dartford named an unchanged side for the third game in a row last weekend, the first time this has happened this season.

Mark Onyemah is close to making his 100th start for the Darts in his second spell with the club.

Lee Noble will be approaching 450 appearances in total.

On This Day

Dartford progressed to the second round of the F.A Trophy with a commanding 4-0 win at Kingstonian in 2012. Marcus Bettenelli was called into action after just four minutes as he saved Andre McCollin’s penalty, which served as an early warning for the Darts. Jacob Erskine gave Dartford the lead halfway through the first half then K’s midfielder Simon Huckle was sent off. The afternoon got easier and so the Darts made sure of victory when Elliot Bradbrook, Danny Harris and Nathan Collier added three more goals to the scoreline. Ryan Hayes celebrated his 150th start nine years ago in style, helping Dartford come from two down to beat Tooting and Mitcham United 3-2. The winger scored a brace including a well taken free kick, Rob Haworth netted the winner to complete the comeback.

Boreham Wood v Dartford

A goal from Tom Murphy earned Dartford a replay against Boreham Wood in the F.A Trophy, the two sides are set to decide who progresses on Tuesday night.

The Darts took on higher league opposition on Saturday and a  much improved performance saw then hold on with ten men. Boreham Wood’s Ricky Shakes gave the visitors the lead in the second half before Murphy equalised. Alex Brown was sent of with 21 minutes to go, the midfielder’s second dismissal of the campaign.

Tom Bonner, Ryan Hayes and Danny Harris all returned to the starting line up with Richard Sho-Silva, Lyle Della-Verde and Andy Pugh making way. Alfie Pavey took part by replacing Danny Mills with 12 minutes remaining, Pavey has been recovering from a chest infection. New signing Nathan Collier will still b cup tied after playing for Hampton and Richmond Borough in the previous round.

Boreham Wood will have Danny Woodards assessed after he was substituted on the weekend. Keiran Murtagh returns from suspension and will be available for selection.

Dartford manager, Tony Burman praised his side after the game, he spoke to www.kentonline.co.uk and said: “I thought it was a really good performance against a good side. They get a lot of people forward at once, with the two wing-backs and three forwards. We had to change our system a little bit, Elliot (Bradbrook) went a little deeper than I would have liked, but I thought we handled it really well”, he added: “It’s the best we’ve played for a little while”.

Boreham Wood boss Luke Garrard was also pleased enough but felt his team could have been better, he told www.borehamwoodfootballclub.co.uk:  “I wasn’t too unhappy with the result, I have got to be honest, because they have lost just one game at home all season and they are a team who are sitting at the top of the tree. I understand that it is a cup game and I understand that we were coming up against a team who are top of the league, but we have got an opportunity now on Tuesday to put some wrongs right”.

Head to Head
Dartford wins: 3 / Boreham Wood wins: 8 / Draws: 6

Current Form (FAC – F.A Cup / FAT – F.A Trophy / HSC – Hertfordshire Senior Cup)

Dartford (DLWWDW) Boreham Wood (DWWLWW)
Boreham Wood (FAT) H 1-1 Dartford (FAT) A 1-1
Hungerford Town A 0-1 AFC Fylde H 1-0
Poole Town A 1-0 Stevanage (HSC) H 4-3
Brentwood Town (FAT) A 2-1 Coventry City (FAC) A 0-3
Wealdstone H 3-3 Woking H 2-1
Gloucester City H 4-1 Maidstone United A 4-0

Previous Meetings

16.12.2017 Dartford 1 Boreham Wood 1
21.04.2012 Dartford 2 Boreham Wood 2
08.10.2011 Boreham Wood 3 Dartford 1
16.04.2011 Dartford 1 Boreham Wood 4
02.10.2010 Boreham Wood 3 Dartford 1
16.03.2010 Dartford 1 Boreham Wood 2

Stats
Dartford have only beaten Boreham Wood once away from home. The Darts solitary win came seven years ago in the Isthmian Premier League title winning campaign. Dartford have drawn two and lost the other five at Meadow Park.

Boreham Wood have won four of the last six meetings between the two clubs.

The Darts last kept a clean sheet at home on 9 September in their 3-0 win over Chippenham Town, a run of seven home games without a clean sheet.

On This Day
Dartford have won their last three matches on 19 December with the last victory coming two years ago at Whitehawk. A very good defensive display helped the Darts keep a clean sheet as Andy Pugh scored the only goal of the game. It was the first fixture on this day for 17 years, back in 1998 the Darts beat Corby Town 2-1 in the Southern League Southern Division. In 1989, Dartford progressed in the Southern League Cup winning against Margate 3-1 in a third round tie. A year before in the same competition at the same stage Dartford drew 1-1 away to Wealdstone. The last F.A Trophy match played on 19 December didn’t go so well as the Darts lost 5-1 to rivals Maidstone United in 1987.

Dartford v Boreham Wood

Dartford will want to make home advantage count this weekend when they take on Boreham Wood in the F.A Trophy first round.

Leading the National South on goal difference, the Darts aim to cause an upset against the National League side. If previous results against the Wood are anything to go by then it will be a difficult afternoon. Dartford have only beaten the Hertfordshire club three times in 16 attempts, the last victory came in 2010. Since then Boreham Wood won four in a row before a 2-2 draw in their last encounter almost five years years ago.

The Darts form at home is a major factor to why they are clinging on to pole position in the National South, however current performances have been patchy. A 1-0 away defeat to Hungerford Town last weekend left manager Tony Burman disappointed, he spoke to www.dartfordfc.com and said: “Once again it’s unfortunate that when we have started a match in a good position at the top of the table, we have managed to lose a game that in my opinion we should have won”.

Burman feels his side’s attitude was excellent and defensively they weren’t troubled until Tom Meecham’s winning penalty. He added: “Defensively we were sound and I can’t remember Deren having to make a save throughout the game. Going forward we have created a number of chances in the first half and many more in the second half, unfortunately these chances were not converted into goals”.

New signing Nathan Collier was unavailable after becoming a father, he is waiting for his first start since re-joining the Darts. Duane Ofori-Acheampong is getting closer to becoming more involved after a long tern injury and top scorer, Alfie Pavey has been out with a chest infection. Danny Harris returned to the bench after a few games out of the side.

Dartford reached the second round of the competition last term and can be inspired by the performance that got them there. In the first round they were drawn out to rivals Dover Athletic of the National League. After a replay the Darts went on to win 2-1, unfortunately the run ended in round two against Chelmsford City.

In the last meeting against Boreham Wood five years ago, Tom Bonner and Tom Champion were lining up on the same side. The Darts won promotion and after a year they both moved on to Cambridge United. With Bonner back in a Darts shirt the two will be up against each other, Champion made 150 starting appearance for the Darts scoring seven times.

When the Darts won the Isthmian Premier League in 2010, Boreham Wood won the playoffs. Since then Dartford have visited the National League and returned to the National South. The Wood may have taken longer to get to the top flight of non-league football but they have held their own in the division above.

Currently on a run of 11 games unbeaten, manager Luke Garrard believes his side can achieve good things, he told www.nationalleague.org.uk: “I think this group has got something, when it gets going I think we can achieve something this season, they have bought into the football club and what the management is asking of them”. Part of their success has been down to Bruno Andrade’s ten league goals this season, leaving the Wood seventh in the National League standings.

Garrard, who was appointed in 2015 was the youngest manager in the top five divisions of English football, he has led the club to nineteenth and eleventh place finishes. Last season they reached the F.A Trophy quarter final beating Sutton United in round three before losing to Lincoln City. The run was the club’s best in the competition since 2006 when they lost 3-0 on aggregate to Woking at the semi-final stage.

This term, Boreham Wood’s cup pedigree has been enhanced with a F.A Cup fourth qualifying round win over rivals St Albans City. Victory set up a first round tie with League One side Blackpool which the Wood won 2-1 after being a goal down, Blair Turgott and Dan Holman were the goalscorers to earn the club their first football league scalp in their 70 year history. The cup run did end against Coventry City in round two as the Hertfordshire side lost 3-0. Along with the league results Garrard secured November’s Manager of the Month in the National League.

The Darts have met Boreham Wood three times in cup competitions all in the F.A Cup at the fourth qualifying stage. In 1977, the Wood won 3-2 and five years later a 1-1 draw was followed up by a 2-1 victory for Dartford.

Head to Head
Dartford wins: 3 / Boreham Wood wins: 8 / Draws: 5

Current Form (FAC – F.A Cup / FAT – F.A Trophy / HSC – Hertfordshire Senior Cup)

Dartford (LWWDWL) Boreham Wood (WWLWWD)
Hungerford Town A 0-1 AFC Fylde H 1-0
Poole Town A 1-0 Stevanage (HSC) H 4-3
Brentwood Town (FAT) A 2-1 Coventry City (FAC) A 0-3
Wealdstone H 3-3 Woking H 2-1
Gloucester City H 4-1 Maidstone United A 4-0
Truro City A 1-3 Macclesfield Town A 0-0

Previous Meetings

21.04.2012 Dartford 2 Boreham Wood 2
08.10.2011 Boreham Wood 3 Dartford 1
16.04.2011 Dartford 1 Boreham Wood 4
02.10.2010 Boreham Wood 3 Dartford 1
16.03.2010 Dartford 1 Boreham Wood 2
27.02.2010 Boreham Wood 0 Dartford 1

Stats
Dartford have only beaten Boreham Wood once away from home. The Darts solitary win came seven years ago in the Isthmian Premier League title winning campaign. Dartford have drawn two and lost the other five at Meadow Park.

Boreham Wood have won four of the last five meetings between the two clubs. The 2-2 draw in April 2012 ended a four game winning streak for the Hertfordshire side.

In all competitions, Dartford have won eight, drawn two and lost twice at Princes Park this term. In seven of those games the Darts have scored three or more goals.

The Darts last kept a clean sheet at home on 9 September in their 3-0 win over Chippenham Town, a run of seven home games without a clean sheet.

On This Day
Dartford last played on 16 December nine years ago earning a 2-2 draw at home to Metropolitan Police. The Isthmian Division One South fixture ended all square with the Darts goals coming from Richard Avery and Ryan Hayes. The Darts last win on this day was in 2000 when they beat Hastings Town 1-0 in the Southern League Division One East, three years later Dartford lost 2-0 to Ashford Town. Back in 1995 a resounding 5-0 victory was recorded by the Darts as they beat Tunbridge Wells in the Kent League.

Brentwood Town v Dartford

Dartford enter the F.A Trophy third qualifying round stage with an away trip to Isthmian Division One North side Brentwood Town.

Midfielder, Lee Noble will visit his former side where he began his career at Brentwood Town’s academy. Impressing the Darts way back in 2008 by scoring against his future club, Noble joined Dartford in the summer. Since then he has made 414 appearances (111 as substitute) scoring 41 goals. The midfielder’s latest game ended early on Tuesday night when he picked up a red card for two cautions against Wealdstone.

The Darts just about remained top of the National South and will feel they dropped points in the end against Wealdstone. An entertaining 3-3 draw gave Tony Burman mixed emotions, after the game he told www.kentonline.co.uk: “We’ve showed some backbone in the second half to go from 2-1 down to 3-2”. Burman may have been pleased with his forwards Alfie Pavey, netted two and substitute Andy Pugh the other, but is concerned at the other end of the pitch, he added: “We’re conceding a lot of goals which is unlike us”. Ahead of the F.A Trophy tie, Burman believes the defence “will come good, without a shadow of a doubt”. In the last four matches the Darts have shipped in 12 goals, but the forward line has managed to rack up seven in the last two games.

Dartford have already beaten three sides in lower divisions this season in the F.A Cup. To get to the first round they had to get past Barking, Needham Market then Burgess Hill Town. In the F.A Trophy they have made the proper rounds in six of the last seven campaigns, reaching the semi-final in 2013. However, Burman expects a tough afternoon, he spoke to www.kentonline.co.uk: and said: “I’ve seen Brentwood and had reports on them, it’s not going to be easy”, he continued: “They knock the ball around well and they’re going to have a go at us”, he added: “The character that we’ve shown throughout the game against Wealdstone, we’ve got to show that again if we want to progress to the next round”.

Brentwood Town hosted Needham Market in the last round, a side the Darts beat 6-1 in the F.A Cup third qualifying round almost two months ago. The Blues earned themselves a surprise win against opponents in the league above with an impressive first half display. Connor Martin headed in at the far post before Matt Price missed a penalty to make it 2-0. However, the lead was doubled three minutes later when Andy Freeman nodded in a second and by the interval Price’s back-heeled effort found the net. Needham Market grabbed a consolation but could not reduce the deficit any further.

The previous two rounds involved Brentwood Town needing second attempts, first against Isthmian Division One South side South Park and then versus Bedford Town, of the Southern League Division One East. The Blues’ F.A Trophy journey began at the beginning of October and the tie with South Park saw a goal fest. The first fixture ended 3-3 with South Park coming back from 3-0 down. Izzy Bademosi scored the first two and Freeman the other before the break. In the second half Kieran Lavery, Joe Jackson and Chris Smith completed the comeback for the visitors. The replay was more one sided with Brentwood Town romping away with a 7-2 victory. Despite falling behind Lavery equalised and a brace from Alfie Hilton made it 3-1 at half-time. Bademosi then scored two either side of Martin’s header and after South Park pulled one back Price completed the rout.

It seemed that all the goals were used up in the previous round before Brentwood Town drew the second qualifier 0-0 with Bedford Town. But goals were back on the menu in the replay with the Blues running out 4-2 winners. Josh Wiggins netted a hat-trick to take home the match ball and Brenden Cavalier added the fourth. Bedford Town made the score look a bit more respectable with two goals of their own.

The Essex club are sixteenth in the Isthmian Division One North table thanks to back to back victories. On Tuesday night, the Blues beat Soham Town Rangers, even without seven first team members available. Price scored twice, to  make it 12 in the league this campaign and Bademosi found the net in a 3-1 away win. Last weekend, Brentwood Town defeated Haringey Borough 2-0, which ended Borough’s unbeaten start to the season.

Head to Head
Brentwood Town wins: 2 / Dartford wins: 2 / Draws: 2

Current Form (FAC – F.A Cup / FAT – F.A Trophy / ESC – Essex Senior Cup)

Brentwood Town (WWLWDL) Dartford (DWLLWW)
Soham Town Rangers A 3-1 Wealdstone H 3-3
Haringey Borough H 2-0 Gloucester City H 4-1
Maldon & Tiptree A 1-4 Truro City A 1-3
Needham Market (FAT) H 3-1 Swindon Town H 1-5
West Essex (ESC) A 3-3* St Albans City H 2-1
Bury Town H 1-2 Bath City A 2-1

* – Brentwood Town won 5-4 on penalties

Previous Meetings

29.03.2008 Dartford 0 Brentwood Town 1
05.02.2008 Brentwood Town 2 Dartford 2
08.03.1969 Brentwood Town 2 Dartford 1
15.02.1969 Dartford 1 Brentwood Town 1
15.04.1968 Dartford 2 Brentwood Town 0
12.04.1968 Brentwood Town 1 Dartford 2

Stats
Dartford kept six clean sheets in their opening ten games, conceding just six. In their last 14 matches they have let in 27 goals with one clean sheet.

The Darts have won their last two cup ties away from home against opposition in the Isthmian Premier League.

In this season’s cup competitions, Alfie Pavey has scored four in as many games and Elliot Bradbrook three goals in four matches so far. That’s seven of the eleven F.A Cup goals scored on the way to the first round.

Dartford last beat Brentwood Town 49 years ago when they completed a Southern League Division One double over the Blues. The Darts won 2-1 in the away fixture and three days later secured a 2-0 victory.

On This Day
Rob Haworth scored as the Darts drew 1-1 with St Albans City in a F.A Trophy third qualifying replay. The 2008 tie went to penalties which Dartford lost 4-2 putting them out of the competition. The Darts last win on 25 November came seventeen years ago against Wisbech Town, a 2-1 victory earned the Darts three points in the Southern League Division One East. Since then a 2-1 defeat at home to Sittingbourne in 2006, Dave Martin the goalscorer and the F.A Trophy tie and a 4-2 capitulation at home to Chester have been played out. In 2014, the Darts were two up with goals from Lee Noble and Elliot Bradbrook, but Chester came back to win 4-2 in the National League.

Dartford v Chelmsford City

The F.A Trophy returns for Dartford this weekend when they host Chelmsford City in the third meeting between the two sides this season.

Having been drawn against each other in the F.A Cup third qualifying round, the Darts and the Clarets have also played in the National South. The league meeting ended in a 1-1 draw with Luke Wanadio’s header cancelled out by Shaun Jeffers.

Dartford were victors in the F.A Cup when a wind assisted fixture really did turn out to be a ‘game of two halves’. The Darts raced into a three goal half time lead thanks to a Ross Fitzsimons own goal and an Elliot Bradbrook brace. In the second half, Shamir Mullings scored twice to set up a tense finale only for Dartford to hold out.

Tony Burman’s side will enter the F.A Trophy second round full of confidence after thrashing East Thurrock United in their last outing. Their Essex opponents had only lost four all season but were swept aside last weekend as Dartford won 6-1, their biggest victory for five years.

On top of that result six different goalscorers found the net, Tom Bonner headed in the first after two minutes, Alex Brown shortly afterwards and Tom Murphy opened his account in only his second appearance for the club. Tom Wraight pulled a goal back for the visitors before Andy Pugh made it four in the first half. Ryan Hayes and an Elliot Bradbrook penalty added two more before the final whistle to cap off a brilliant afternoon.

Burman praised his squad for an fantastic response to the New Year’s Day defeat to Ebbsfleet United, he told www.kentonline.co.uk: “Some of the play was excellent, I’m pleased that each time we’ve had a defeat , we’ve bounced back”, and the Dartford boss didn’t even think the 6-1 mauling of East Thurrock United was the best he’s seen his side play, he added: “It’s the best spell of finishing we’ve had in games, I’m not saying it’s the best we’ve played because we’ve had some good games”.

Meanwhile, Chelmsford City extended their unbeaten run in all competitions to eleven. The Clarets beat a struggling Whitehawk side 1-0 with former Dartford midfielder Max Cornhill scoring the winner ten minutes from time. The Essex club are third in the National South and eleven points behind leaders Maidenhead United and just one point ahead of the Darts.

Rod Stringer’s side beat Southern Premier League’s Hitchin Town in the previous round with a goal after just two minutes, Jeffers netted the winner from close range. The Clarets had to wait far longer in the third qualifying round when they hosted Taunton Town, who play at a tier lower than Hitchin Town. As the tie look set for a replay Anthony Church scored in the 89th minute to send Chelmsford City through.

Dartford upset National League local rivals Dover Athletic in the last round after a replay. Ronnie Vint scored in both matches, the 1-1 draw at Princes Park and the 2-1 victory at the Crabble. In the qualifying round, Dartford ran out 4-2 winners against National South side Weston-super-Mare, with Elliot Bradbrook scoring a hat-trick.

Head to Head
Chelmsford City wins: 50 / Dartford wins: 36 / Draws: 90

Current Form (all competitions)
Dartford (WLWLWD)
Won 6-1 v East Thurrock United (H) – National South
Lost 0-1 v Ebbsfleet United (A) – National South
Won 2-1 v Ebbsfleet United (H) – National South
Lost 0-5 v Maidenhead United (A) – National South
Won 1-2 v Dover Athletic (A) – F.A Trophy
Drew 1-1 v Dover Athletic (H) – F.A Trophy

Chelmsford City (WWWDWD)
Won 1-0 v Whitehawk (H) – National South
Won 3-1 v Bishop’s Stortford (A) – National South
Won 4-0 v Bishop’s Stortford (H) – National South
Drew 0-0 v Weston-super-Mare (A) – National South
Won 1-0 v Hitchin Town (H) – F.A Trophy
Drew 3-3 v Hungerford Town (H) – National South

Previous Six Meetings
Chelmsford City 2 Dartford 3 (17/09/2016) – F.A Cup
Chelmsford City 1 Dartford 1 (13/08/2016)
Dartford 1 Chelmsford City 1 (02/01/2016)
Chelmsford City 0 Dartford 1 (26/12/2015)
Dartford 0 Chelmsford City 0 (07/04/2012)
Chelmsford City 0 Dartford 0 (27/08/2011)

Stats
In cup competition the spoils have been shared with both teams winning five Southern League Cup ties and an F.A Cup fixture each. There has also been four draws, all in the Southern League Cup.

Elliot Bradbrook has scored three goals in three games in this season’s F.A Trophy. In all cup ties, Bradbrook has scored ten in seven starts.

Dartford have gone five home matches without a win against Chelmsford City. The last home victory against the Clarets was in 2000 when Dartford won 3-0 in the Southern League Southern Division.

The Darts are unbeaten in six, home and away against the Clarets with two wins and four draws.

On This Day
Jacob Erskine took home the match ball five years ago in a 4-2 victory over National North side Boston United. In the F.A Trophy second round tie, Erskine back heeled the opener after four minutes and Lee Noble added a second to put the Darts back in front. Erskine stretched the Darts lead before Boston United pulled a goal back, but the hat-trick hero secured victory with Dartford’s fourth. Four other F.A Trophy games have taken place on 14 January in which the Darts have won two and lost two. Merthyr Tydfil won 2-1 in a first round replay fifteen years ago, Dorchester Town were thrashed 4-0 in 1989 on the way to Dartford’s semi-final appearance later that season. Barnet won 3-0 in 1984 and six years earlier Sutton United were defeated 2-0. Saturday will be the Darts seventh game at home on the 14 January in a row.