Rss

Archives for : Havant and Waterlooville

Dartford v Havant and Waterlooville

Two of the National South favourites go head to head at Princes Park this weekend as league leaders Dartford host Havant and Waterlooville.

The Darts climbed to the top of the table on Tuesday night, but know this weekend’s visitors will be a stern test. Both sides have broken each other’s hearts in recent times with the Hawks claiming the National South title on the final day of the 2017/2018 campaign and the Darts winning the playoff semi-final clash in July.

Yet it’s Dartford who have had the upper hand in this fixture going eight unbeaten against the Hampshire side. Darren McQueen’s brace three months ago completed a 2-1 victory, giving Steve King’s side a shot at the promotion final. Jonah Ayunga scored for Havant and Waterlooville, who shared the golden boot last term with McQueen, both players have since moved on to a higher level.

Playoff showdown: Dartford in action against Havant and Waterlooville in July

It’s been over a year since the last league meeting between the two clubs, which ended in a 1-1 draw under the stewardship of Adam Flanagan and Jamie Coyle. The cliché of a game of two halves rang true for this contest as the Darts had the better of the first period, taking the lead when Adam Cunnington headed Ben Greenhalgh’s cross for the lead. Dartford were put under pressure in the second half and it finally took its toll just past the hour when Alfie Rutherford equalised. The reverse fixture was scheduled to be the next match of the 2019/2020 season, only for the campaign to be cut short.

On Tuesday night Dartford kept their unbeaten league start intact to move to the top of the National South. Prior kick off the Darts announced a new signing welcoming Moussa Bakayoko into the squad. Replacing Elliott Romain in the starting line up, the Ivorian took just nine minutes to make his mark scoring against Chippenham Town on his debut. The 23-year-old former Derry City forward, was the only change to the eleven that started in the 1-0 win against Bath City. The hosts equalised through Joe Hanks, becoming the first to score against Dartford in the league this season after 291 minutes of football. In the closing stages captain Tom Bonner popped up with the winner in the 82nd minute.

Last weekend, Havant and Waterlooville continued their unbeaten start reaching the first round of the F.A Cup for the first time since 2014. Tommy Wright’s strike in the top corner, Roarie Deacon’s low driven effort and Theo Widdrington’s injury time goal secured a 3-0 victory over Bath City. The Hampshire side will take on Cray Valley Paper Mills, whose assistant boss is former Dartford favourite Tommy Osbourne. Dartford women’s team coach, Connor Dymond is also in the Cray Valley Paper Mills side, he scored in the last round as the Millers shocked Maidenhead United.

As well as three F.A Cup victories against Horsham, Chatham Town and Bath City, the Hawks have only played two league games so far. Their season’s opener was delayed with the away game at Dulwich Hamlet postponed.

Havant and Waterlooville finally kicked off their National South campaign just three weeks ago beginning with a 2-2 draw at home to Maidstone United. Manager, Paul Doswell identified his team’s home form needed improving, going as far as suggesting it cost them promotion last season. Once again, they failed to take all three points at Westleigh Park conceding a two-goal lead in second half injury time. New signing and joint top scorer in the National South last time out, Joe Iaciofano opened his Havant and Waterlooville account before adding his second. In the closing stages, the Stones scored twice in stoppage time courtesy of George Porter and Joe Ellul.

Unbeaten in the league on the road since April 2019, the Hawks grabbed their first win of the season at Billericay Town. This time late goals from Doswell’s side changed the outcome of the match with the hosts taking the lead just before half-time through Josh Hutchinson. With ten minutes remaining Sam Magri nodded Havant and Waterlooville level, then in stoppage time Wright found a winner.

Havant and Waterlooville have had a settled squad so far this term with Doswell only making two changes to the starting eleven all season. Iaciofano is already on four goals in all competitions and scored against the Darts for St Albans City last term. He is already striking up a productive partnership with Deacon and Wright, the trio are responsible for 11 of the 13 goals the Hawks have scored in all competitions.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 6 / Havant & Waterlooville wins: 3 / Draws: 4

Current League Form

Dartford (WWDW) Havant & Waterlooville(WD)
Chippenham TownA2-1Billericay TownA2-1
Bath CityH1-0Maidstone UnitedH2-2
Hampton & RichmondA0-0
Chelmsford CityH1-0

Previous Six Meetings

25.07.2020Havant & Waterlooville1Dartford2
10.08.2019Dartford1Havant & Waterlooville1
13.01.2018Dartford1Havant & Waterlooville0
12.08.2017Havant & Waterlooville0Dartford0
19.03.2016Havant & Waterlooville0Dartford2
05.12.2015Dartford4Havant & Waterlooville2

Stats

Dartford are unbeaten in eight matches against Havant and Waterlooville (W6, D2).

The Darts have not lost at home to the Hawks for 20 years (W3, D2), when the Hampshire side won a F.A Cup third qualifying round fixture 4-0.

Dartford have kept three clean sheets out of the last five meetings.

Six of Dartford’s last eight games on Halloween have ended 2-1, Dartford winning four by that scoreline.

On This Day

Adam Flanagan made his 100th start for the Darts in a 3-0 F.A Trophy win against Chipstead Town. Jamie Day, Danny Harris and Ryan Hayes all found the back of the net in the second qualifying round eleven years ago. The Darts had beaten their opponents 6-1 in the F.A Cup just seven weeks earlier. Dartford went out of the F.A Cup in 1990 at the final qualifying stage when they lost 2-1 to Boston United, the year before they beat Baldock Town by the same score in a Southern League Cup fixture. Dartford’s last league game on this day came in 1981 when they were beaten by Trowbridge Town 2-1 in the Alliance Premier League. It’s been 50 years since the Darts won a league game on this day when they beat Wimbledon 2-1 in the Southern Premier League.

National South Season Preview Part III

Ebbsfleet United

2019/2020 Performance:
League Position: 22nd (National League)
F.A Cup: 1st Round
F.A Trophy: 3rd Round
Top Scorer: Gozie Ogwu (13 goals)

Relegated by the narrowest of margins, Ebbsfleet United become the fifth Kent side in the National South. With the National League decided using points per game the Fleet were 0.002 points short, despite being in the top three of the form guide when football stopped. Off field damage, with players being paid late, caused instability at the club and finally it caught up with the Kent side. Now Ebbsfleet United enter a new era appointing a manager from the fifth tier of German football, who has begun to overhaul the squad.

Manager: Dennis Kutrieb

German managers seem to do well in the professional game and now the National South has one of their own trying to make a mark. Dennis Kutrieb left Tennis Borussia Berlin at the top of the fifth tier of German football before moving to Ebbsfleet United. In Germany he was on course for his third promotion in six years with two different clubs. Kutrieb is a highly rated young manager and as well as leading the NOFV-Oberliga Nord in March which eventually earned his former side promotion, he led Tennis Borussia Berlin to second spot the year before.

Summer

The Fleet have a new look squad this season and it would be easier to list who they haven’t signed. The first port of call is Dennis Kutrieb’s former club Tennis Borussia Berlin where he takes with him defender Sefa Kahraman and the attacking Alex Eirich. Welcoming back for a third spell at the club is former Eastbourne Borough player Michael West, and following the midfielder from Priory Lane is goalkeeper Tom Hadler and defender Tobi Adebayo-Rowling. Also coming up from Sussex is midfielder Josh Payne, who makes his loan spell from Crawley Town into a permanent deal. Adam Mekki also had a loan spell at Stonebridge Road last term, he has signs on from Bromley following defender Jake Goodman. Dagenham and Redbridge have been raided for players with midfielder James Dobson (season long loan),defender Will Wood and striker Reece Grant crossing the River Thames. Former Manchester United youngster, Lee Martin joins after helping Exeter City to the League Two playoff final last season. Ben Chapman moves from Dulwich Hamlet, winger Iffy Allen from local rivals Maidstone United and defender Ben Frempah from Championship club Wycombe Wanderers. The forward line has been bolstered by the signings of Charlie Rowan (former Watford and Queens Park Rangers defender), Bobby-Joe Taylor (Dover Athletic), Greg Cundle (Concord Rangers) and Rakish Bingham (Dundee United).

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 66 / Ebbsfleet United wins: 55 / Draws: 32

Hampton and Richmond Borough

2019/2020 Performance:
League Position: 8th
F.A Cup: 3rd Qualifying Round
F.A Trophy: 2nd Round
Top Scorer: Danilo Orsi-Dadamo (12 goals)

A steady climb up the table had the Beavers challenging for a playoff place and on points per game marginally missed out. Two years ago, Hampton and Richmond Borough were in a three-way title race up until Easter. That summer they changed manager and finished the following campaign in a disappointing fifteenth. Last season the Beavers continued where they left off and made a slow start, but the side started to click, the Middlesex club made sure that Dorking Wanderers were left clinging on to that last playoff place.

Manager: Gary McCann

Compared to his previous job Gary McCann has only just begun at Hampton and Richmond Borough. Appointed in the summer of 2018, he had just lost the Isthmian Premier League playoff final on penalties against Dulwich Hamlet with his former club Hendon. It was there where he joined as a goalkeeper in 1997 and later, he spent 13 years as Hendon’s manager where he was often praised for his work. The Beavers kept tabs on him and decided to make a move in May 2018, since then McCann has slowly moved Hampton and Richmond Borough towards the playoff places.

Summer

Manager, Gary McCann will be delighted to have Nico Muir on a permanent basis. The striker was on loan from Hartlepool United last term and played under McCann for Hendon where he netted 40 goals. Although the Beavers lost the services of their top scorer last season, Danilo Orsi-Dadamo to Maidenhead United they have managed to sign left back Rene Steer from the Magpies. Midfielder Christian Smith moves from Dulwich Hamlet, whilst Nathan Minhas arrives from Bracknell Town and Danny Bassett from Tooting and Mitcham United. They have also signed former Dartford goalkeeper Alan Julian from Billericay Town.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 7 / Hampton and Richmond Borough wins: 5 / Draws: 2

Havant and Waterlooville

2019/2020 Performance:
League Position: 2nd
F.A Cup: 4th Qualifying Round
F.A Trophy: 1st Round
Top Scorer: Joseph Ayunga (17 goals)

Favourites last season Havant and Waterlooville will feel slightly aggrieved that the season was cut short. The Hawks were just three points adrift of eventual champions Wealdstone, but at least they had the chance via the playoffs. The Hampshire club may have been beaten in the semi-finals by Dartford, however their squad remains strong for the forthcoming campaign. Even with the loss of golden boot winner Jonah Ayunga, they found a suitable replacement, another golden boot winner. Expect the 2018 National South champions to be challenging for the title again for a third time in four years.  

Manager: Paul Doswell

In his first season at Havant and Waterlooville, Paul Doswell’s directive was to get the club back to the National League. Trusted to lead the Hampshire side because of his wealth of experience and previous non-league success, the Hawks boss came close. Doswell had spent 11 years at Sutton United before moving closer to home, in that time he won the Isthmian Premier and National South titles with the U’s, he also guided them to the fifth round of the F.A Cup losing to Arsenal. At Eastleigh he took them from the Wessex League to the National South.

Summer

Joint National South top scorer Jonah Ayunga departs after making a move to League One side Bristol Rovers. So, the Hawks replace the striker with another National South top scorer Joe Iaciofano from St Albans City. Having signed from Woking in the summer Godfrey Poku has been appointed captain and joining him from the Cards is Moussa Diarra. Midfielder, Billy Clifford won the National South with Wealdstone last season and will be hoping to help Havant and Waterlooville to go one step further this time. After suffering an injury at Sutton United, Tommy Wright also took a break from football, now former U’s manager Paul Doswell welcomes the striker back in to the game. Theo Widdrington is back at Westleigh Park, the midfielder spent a loan spell there in 2017. Lucas Sinclair has joins from AFC Totton, goalkeeper Joe Tupper (Margate) and midfielder Daniel Ajakaiye (Hastings United). Sam Dowdridge also moves to Havant and Waterlooville but has been sent back out on loan to Bognor Regis Town.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 6 / Havant and Waterlooville wins: 3 / Draws: 4

Hemel Hempstead Town

2019/2020 Performance:
League Position: 11th
F.A Cup: 2nd Qualifying Round
F.A Trophy: 1st Round
Top Scorer: Sam Ashford (10 goals)

It was no surprise that Hemel Hempstead Town started last season well. They appointed Sammy Moore as boss who had previously guided an unfancied Concord Rangers to the top seven, he took some of the players with him. The Tudors were in a strong position at the end of October but then lost their way ending in a still creditable eleventh. This summer it has been all change again, with a new manager installed the Hertfordshire club hope to recreate or better their fifth-place finish of two years ago.

Manager: Lee Bircham

Managing his hometown club, Lee Bircham was appointed this summer to take charge of Hemel Hempstead Town. Last season he was denied a shot at promotion with Berkhamsted who were top of the Southern League Division One Central when football stopped. His former club had won 20 of the 28 completed fixtures and had a one-point lead over F.A Trophy semi-finalists Halesowen Town. Bircham also had a good track record at local club Bovingdon where he won the Hertfordshire Premier Division with an 18-point margin, his side racked up 116 goals in just 28 matches.

Summer

The Tudors have looked towards the lower leagues for a pair of goalscorers. Alie Bangura scored an impressive 27 goals in just 23 appearances for Biggleswade United last season and Dan Webb netted 42 times in 45 matches for Leighton Town. Hemel Hempstead Town have brought in experience from the National League signing Ryan Sellers and Reece Beckles-Richards from champions Wealdstone. Defenders, Ben Jefford and Tommy Cooney arrive from Oxford City and Braintree Town respectively, whilst Ade Cole and Jacob Cook both move from Billericay Town. Lee Bircham also made a double signing when he took defenders Daniel Akubuine and Ryan Kinnane from Berkhamsted. George Essuman comes in from Margate, Kyle Ajayi (AFC Dunstable) and Reggie Young (Farnborough). Outfield player Rowan Vine ended up in goal against the Darts when he was Gosport Borough a few years back, he joins the Tudors as well as Jake Evans and Dean Snedker.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 5 / Hemel Hempstead Town wins: 1 / Draws: 4

Hungerford Town

2019/2020 Performance:
League Position: 22nd
F.A Cup: 2nd Qualifying Round
F.A Trophy: 3rd Qualifying Round
Top Scorer: Liam Ferdinand (5 goals)

The Crusaders would be plying their trade in the level below, however with no promotion to the National South, Hungerford Town survived. In the National South, the Berkshire side have been often amongst the relegation favourites and will likely keep that tag going into the forthcoming season. That shouldn’t deter the Crusaders as the advantage of being underdogs is the potential to surprise, like they did when they reached the playoff places three years ago. Hungerford Town will enter their fifth season in the National South with a new boss leading the way.

Manager: Danny Robinson

Just over two years ago Danny Robinson was walking out at Wembley with local rivals Thatcham Town. He had guided the Berkshire club to the F.A Vase final in which they claimed glory with victory. If that wasn’t enough Thatcham Town were also promoted in that campaign and last season he was on the verge of another promotion with the club. Robinson started his managerial career as a 21-year-old with Winchester City’s reserves before progressing to their first team. At Alresford Town he picked up the Hampshire Senior Cup before Thatcham Town then Hungerford Town came calling.

Summer

Hungerford Town will have a new look squad hoping to improve their fortunes. Danny Robinson’s previous club former a winning mentality and now a number of F.A Vase winners make the step up with their boss. Baboucarr Jarra is back for a second spell with the Crusaders and after collecting a F.A Vase winners medal with Thatcham Town he went on to play for Thame United. Also playing in that final two years ago was defender Curtis Angell, he follows Robinson as well as Matt Partridge and Callum Willmoth. Another player to return to Hardenhuish Park is striker, Luke Hopper from Chippenham Town, joining him up front will be Ryan Seager (Yeovil Town) and James Harding, who scored 21 goals in 24 starts for Cinderford Town last term. Midfielder, Jack Self and Portuguese full back Nuno Felix also arrive from Chippenham Town. The Crusaders have also signed a pair of wingers in former Oxford City man Craig Fasanmade and Wanjau Smith who joins from Slimbridge after netting 17 goals in 23 appearances last season. At 37 years-old Keith Emmerson will provide plenty of experience in defence from Winchester City. Kensey Maloney (Westfields), goalkeeper Luke Cairney (Poole Town) and Kyle Tooze (Truro City) sign with the Berkshire club, whilst Ralph Graham returns after a loan spell from Swindon Town.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 2 / Hungerford Town wins: 3 / Draws: 2

Havant and Waterlooville v Dartford

Dartford are one game away from a place in the National South playoff final and standing in their way will be Havant and Waterlooville this Saturday.

Victory for the Darts will give them a chance of promotion to the National League and for manager Steve King an opportunity to go one step further than last season. The Dartford boss lost the final last term when he took Welling United to the final. First comes the semi-final against Havant and Waterlooville who are looking to return to the top flight of non-league at the first attempt.

This weekend’s meeting will be the biggest showdown between the two sides since the final day heartache suffered by the Darts just over two years ago. A last minute goal from former Dartford striker, Jason Prior clinched promotion for the Hawks even though Dartford won their final day match against Bognor Regis Town. History aside, plenty has changed since Tony Burman’s reign and by the time the two sides met again in August, Adam Flanagan and Jamie Coyle were in charge. 

Havant and Waterlooville were one of the favourites this season to go up and they have justified their tag by finishing the shortened campaign in second. When Dartford played the Hampshire side at Princes Park it was one of Flanagan and Coyle’s better results as the points were shared. Adam Cunnington scored his first goal for the Darts as the Kent side deserved a half time lead. The second half told a different story and when Havant and Waterlooville’s Jonah Ayunga equalised just past the hour, Dartford were left hanging on for a draw, the second in three games in this fixture.

Dartford are currently seven games unbeaten against the Hawks, but with the depth of both squads and the amount of fire power on show this semi-final clash should be a close contest. The Darts can rely on Elliott Romain and Darren McQueen who have netted 16 league goals this season, whilst Havant and Waterlooville’s Ayunga is top scorer with one more than the Dartford pair. 

Yet it is Charlie Sheringham who has been catching the eye of Dartford manager, Steve King. Having been sent on loan to Leatherhead, the striker last featured in February for the Darts, but since football has returned Sheringham has impressed. First the 32-year-old scored in the 1-0 friendly win against Boreham Wood, then he grabbed a brace in the playoff elimination round at Slough Town. King commented after the 3-0 win: “I said to him when he came back after the lockdown that I don’t have favourites. The way he has come back, the attitude he has shown, the willingness, he listens. He has shown a good attitude. He started the second half against Boreham Wood and occupied the two centre halves, getting it and knocking it wide, and getting himself in the box and he scored a fantastic goal and I thought, ‘ooh, we may need that’. He can win fouls, he takes one touch then sets, the others take a touch and a touch and the whole picture changes”. 

Sheringham’s couple changed the momentum of the game at Arbour Park as the hosts created the better chances in the first half, Josh Jackman and Ryan Bird missing good opportunities. King made excellent use of the half-time interval, he said after the game: “I told the players to relax at half-time, get on the ball, I told them ‘if you get on the ball you will start opening them up’”, he continued: “They just had to be braver, that is what I said at half-time, ‘be braver on the ball’. It was about picking the right passes. We knew what kind of game it would be but if we got the first goal they would have to change their approach and start leaving holes and gaps and second half was really good”. Sheringham scored two poachers goals early in the second-half and the match was wrapped up when substitute Luke Wanadio’s drive beat the Slough Town goalkeeper at the near post.

Dartford may have an advantage having now played a competitive game since the restart. Meanwhile, Havant and Waterlooville have not played competitively since a 2-0 win on 7 April against Hampton and Richmond Borough, which extended their unbeaten run to four and saw a fourth consecutive clean sheet. Victory against the Middlesex club left the Hawks in second behind crowned champions Wealdstone with eight games remaining. There is no doubt that manager Paul Doswell would have expected his squad to push Wealdstone all the way to the title, even though the Hawks were three points behind having played a game more. Had the playoffs not taken place, then the Hampshire club would have felt aggrieved as there was enough to go in the season to make a comeback, and that led to a campaign to get the playoffs on.

The Darts were due to play Havant and Waterlooville at Westleigh Park as their next game before the country went into lockdown. Which means the last visit to take on the Hawks in Hampshire was a 0-0 draw in August 2017. Dartford are unbeaten in three away matches against Havant and Waterlooville, keeping clean sheets in their last two. The winner of this playoff semi-final will face Dorking Wanderers or Weymouth, with the highest placed team in the final standings at home.

Dartford v Havant and Waterlooville

Almost sixteen months on from the final day of the season heartbreak, Dartford host their conquerors Havant and Waterlooville this weekend.

The Darts went toe to toe with the Hawks during the 2017/2018 season agonisingly losing the National South title in the final minute on goal difference. With Dartford leading at Bognor Regis Town they topped the division, whilst Havant and Waterlooville threw away a two goal lead against Adam Flanagan’s Concord Rangers. With the title heading to Princes Park, former Dartford striker Jason Prior scored a last gasp winner for the Hawks to claim the Hampshire club back to back league titles.

Times have changed in that short space of time with both clubs changing managers. The Darts are still recovering from their near miss and under Adam Flanagan and Jamie Coyle they finished tenth last term and have taken one point from the opening two matches this season. Last weekend, the Darts began 2019/2020 with their heaviest opening day defeat in twenty years. A twelve minute second half collapse helped Wealdstone on to win 4-1, after Josh Hill scored on his debut just before half time to level the tie.

On Tuesday night, Dartford were back at Princes Park in their first home game of the campaign. Norman Wabo made his first start for the Darts replacing Ryan Hayes, who was named on the bench. St Albans City went ahead on twelve minutes when summer signing Joe Iaciofano scored his first goal for the Saints. Luke Wanadio equalised just past the hour following up Adam Cunnington’s effort, the winger’s first goal since rejoining the Darts.

Havant and Waterlooville have been in the thick of the action over the last four years at both ends of the tables. Under former manager Lee Bradbury, the Hawks were surprisingly relegated from the National South, bounced back by becoming Isthmian Premier League champions followed by the National South title, then relegation from the National League four months ago. Bradbury left Westleigh Park and so the Hawks snapped up the experienced Paul Doswell to lead the Hampshire club.

With Doswell’s previous successes at Sutton United and Eastleigh, the Hawks have rebuilt with familiar faces back working with the boss. Dean Beckwith, Roarie Deacon, Ross Worner, Josh Taylor and the former Championship midfielder Nicky Bailey all signed in the summer. Doswell also took advantage of the issues at Ebbsfleet United with players not being paid on time, he managed to bag Andy Drury, Danny Kedwell and Sam Magri, plus numerous other additions. With Simon Walton coming in as player coach, the Hawks have opted for a blend of trust and experience.

Despite all the changes and a strong squad assembled, Havant and Waterlooville started their campaign with a 1-1 draw at home to last season’s playoff finalists Welling United. Deacon scored on his debut after twelve minutes, but the lead was cancelled out before half-time through Adam Coombes. On Tuesday night, the Hawks made the trip to the Beveree to take on Hampton and Richmond Borough and produced an excellent comeback. The Hawks took the lead within two minutes courtesy of Deacon’s second in as many games. Tyrone Lewthwaite levelled for the hosts and five minutes later Danilo Orsi-Dadomo put Hampton and Richmond Borough in front. The former Hungerford Town striker scored another in the second half to leave the Hawks on the racks. Wes Fogden pulled one back for the visitors then a couple of Josh Ayunga goals completed the comeback.

Dartford managed to keep two clean sheets against Havant and Waterlooville the last time they were in the National South. At Princes Park, Tom Murphy netted the only goal of the game after just two minutes. Havant and Waterlooville enjoyed plenty of possession without threatening the Dartford defence as the Darts won 1-0. The home victory was Dartford’s third in a row against the Hampshire side at Princes Park, following on from a 4-2 triumph four years ago and 3-1 win in 2012.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 5 / Havant and Waterlooville wins: 3 / Draws: 3

Last Six Meetings

13.01.2018 Dartford 1 Havant and Waterlooville 0
12.08.2017 Havant and Waterlooville 0 Dartford 0
19.03.2016 Havant and Waterlooville 2 Dartford 0
05.12.2015 Dartford 4 Havant and Waterlooville 2
17.03.2012 Dartford 3 Havant and Waterlooville 1
07.01.2012 Havant and Waterlooville 1 Dartford 4

Stats

Dartford are unbeaten in their last six games against Havant and Waterlooville, winning five of the last six.

The Darts have kept cleans sheets in each of their last three matches versus the Hawks.

Havant and Waterlooville last beat the Darts away from home in a F.A Cup tie back in 2000, their last league win on the road versus Dartford was twenty years ago. Since the cup tie, the Hampshire side have defeated Dartford just once in 2011.

On This Day

Debutant Adam Birchall’s goal ensured Dartford opened the 2013/2014 National League season with a win. Birchall scored the only goal of the game as the Darts beat Alfreton Town 1-0. Three years later, Keaton Wood was sent off as Dartford lost 1-0 at Whitehawk.

Havant and Waterlooville – Season Preview 2019/2020

Havant and Waterlooville

2018/19 Season

National League: 23rd

F.A Cup: 4th Qualifying Round

F.A Trophy: 1st Round

County Cup: Winners

League Top Scorer: Alfie Rutherford (15 goals) / Average Attendance: 1277

One of the first things Doswell has done is revamped the squad by moving to daytime training. His first signing was Dean Beckwith who worked with the new Hawks boss at Sutton United, the defender has won the National South twice with Eastleigh and the U’s. Roarie Deacon made his name in that F.A Cup run under Doswell and the midfielder follows his boss down to Hampshire via Scottish Premiership side Dundee. Another player coming in from Doswell’s former club is goalkeeper Ross Worner. Anthony Straker arrives from Bath City where he scored eight league goals last term and was named in the National South Team of the Year. Attacking full back, Benny Read has signed from Horndean having earned a Wessex Premier League runner up medal last term. Kenyan international, Jonah Ayunga rejoins the Hawks whilst Wes Fogden and Alfie Rutherford have been retained. Simon Walton joins the Hawks from Maidstone United as Player Coach, the 31-year-old has Football League experience with Leeds United, Ipswich Town, Cardiff City and Queens Park Rangers. Nicky Bailey’s time with Charlton Athletic and Middlesbrough will help the Hampshire side and he already knows his boss having spent three years with Sutton United, the midfielder will provide plenty of experience. Ed Harris leaves the club after seven years and Rory Williams followed his teammate to Dorking Wanderers. Havant and Waterlooville signed Josh Taylor following a loan spell at Maidstone United last season and links back up with Paul Doswell who signed him back in July 2017. Taylor has made two appearances for the England C team over the past year or so. The Hampshire club also raided Ebbsfleet United for a trio of players on the same day. Winger Andy Drury has plenty of experience to give at the age of 35 including a spell at Ipswich Town whilst in the Championship, Danny Kedwell made his name when AFC Wimbledon won promotion into the Football League, since then he has enjoyed successful spells at Gillingham before the Fleet and Sam Magri moves closer to home after spells with Dover Athletic and Ebbsfleet United. The Hawks have also snapped up young goalkeeper, Kingsley Latham on loan from Southampton, the 20-year-old was also on loan at Dorchester Town last season.

The Manager – Paul Doswell

Appointed as Havant and Waterlooville manager this summer Doswell has a wealth of experience in the National League and National  South with Eastleigh and Sutton United. He won two promotions with Sutton United and reached the F.A Cup fifth round losing to Arsenal, but the U’s did upset AFC Wimbledon and Leeds United on their way. At Eastleigh he also had success and plans to bring his knowledge back to Hampshire to guide the Havant and Waterlooville back to the top flight of non-league football.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 5 / Havant and Waterlooville wins: 3 / Draws: 3

Last Six Meetings

13.01.2018 Dartford 1 Havant and Waterlooville 0
12.08.2017 Havant and Waterlooville 0 Dartford 0
19.03.2016 Havant and Waterlooville 2 Dartford 0
05.12.2015 Dartford 4 Havant and Waterlooville 2
17.03.2012 Dartford 3 Havant and Waterlooville 1
07.01.2012 Havant and Waterlooville 1 Dartford 4

Facts

Dartford are unbeaten in their last six games against Havant and Waterlooville, winning five of the last six.

The Darts have kept cleans sheets in each of their last three matches versus the Hawks.

Last Ten Years

 

 

Next Meetings

Saturday 10 August 2019 at Princes Park

Saturday 21 March 2020 at Westleigh Park

Dartford v Havant and Waterlooville

Dartford take on Isthmian Premier League champions Havant and Waterlooville this weekend in a top of the table clash at Princes Park. 

The top two go head to head with only goal difference separating the teams. Dartford boast the best home record and are the league’s top scorers this term. Havant and Waterlooville are the most productive away from home with nine wins, three draws and a defeat, accruing the most away points in the National South. The Darts are two goals better off but the Hawks have a game in hand.

Both squads have plenty of attacking options amongst their squads, so when the two battled out a 0-0 draw in the third game of the season back in August it came as a surprise. At the time, it felt like Dartford had dropped two points against a newly promoted side, but knowing how well the Hawks have performed this term in a tight division the away point could turn out useful come the end of April.

The lack of goals five months ago, contrasted with the last time Havant and Waterlooville visited Princes Park in December 2015. Dartford ran out 4-2 winners in a game which saw the Darts let slip a two-goal lead. Elliot Bradbrook’s penalty and Danny Harris’ strike on half-time put Dartford two up at the interval. Within eight minutes of the restart the scores were level when Havant and Waterlooville’s Dan Strugnell halved the deficit then Matt Paterson equalised. Bradbrook scored another before Ebou Adams netted his only goal for the club to secure victory.

It’s debatable at this stage of the season if Dartford dropped points last weekend at Concord Rangers. The Darts drew 1-1 against the Essex side who are now 13 unbeaten in the National South, however Elliot Bradbrook missed a penalty and Deren Ibrahim’s mistake for Steve Cawley’s goal almost proved costly. Ryan Hayes levelled the match with a well taken strike past former Dartford goalkeeper Louis Wells to earn an away point.

Tony Burman spoke to www.dartfordfc.com after the game and was pleased with his player’s application, he said: “Concord is always a difficult place to go and get a result and with our opponents undefeated in the last 12 league games, it did not make things any easier. I warned the players that you had to go there with the right attitude and I have to say I thought that they were spot on with this”.

Burman added: “Overall we played some excellent football throughout the whole game and created enough chances to win the match. Ryan got us back on level terms and if I am honest I felt we would go on to get three points”, he continued: “For where we want to be at the end of the season I suppose its two points dropped, but fair play to Concord who were a tough nut to crack. We have come away with a point which at the end of the season might be a valuable one”.

Since the start of December there has been much talk on whether top goalscorer Alfie Pavey should be starting. The striker has netted 18 times this term but his last start was at Poole Town on 2 December. Pavey, who had a spell out with a chest infection before the subsequent substitute appearances is being managed closely by Burman.

Another striker returning to fitness is Duane Ofori-Acheampong who has managed some game time from off the bench in the last few games, another appearance will make it number 50 for the striker. Lee Noble and Alex Brown have been out recently with Noble’s last start coming before Christmas and Brown’s last appearance was in the F.A Trophy replay at Boreham Wood.

Havant and Waterlooville’s options include two former Dartford players, Jason Prior and Bradley Tarbuck. Prior is the Hawks top scorer with 13 league goals an accolade he won last term. For the Darts Prior played 24 times scoring just twice. Tarbuck has netted just one in 18 appearances for the Hawks this season. There is also experience that can be drawn from Matt Tubbs and James Hayter, with the pair often making substitute appearances. The duo both scored in the New Year’s Day victory at Bognor Regis Town.

Tubbs continued his good form with two more goals on Tuesday night as the Hawks defeated Oxford City 3-2 to move second in the table. The former Crawley Town, AFC Bournemouth and Portsmouth striker has now netted eight in his last eight games. Victory extended Havant and Waterlooville’s unbeaten run in the National South to twelve, they last tasted defeat in the league on 23 September against Welling United.

Lee Bradbury has orchestrated the Hawks return to the National South, although he unexpectedly took the club down he helped the club bounce back at the first time of asking. Much of this season’s success has come on their travels with the Hawks undefeated in their last six away league fixtures.

Head to Head
Dartford wins: 4 / Havant and Waterlooville wins: 3 / Draws: 3

Current League Form

Dartford (DWWDLW) Havant & Waterlooville (WWDWWD)
Concord Rangers H 1-1 Oxford City H 3-2
Welling United H 4-1 Bognor Regis Town A 3-0
Welling United A 3-2 Bognor Regis Town H 0-0
Braintree Town H 1-1 Eastbourne Borough A 4-1
Hungerford Town A 0-1 Chippenham Town H 4-0
Poole Town A 1-0 Chelmsford City H 1-1

Previous Meetings

12.08.2017 Dartford 0 Havant and Waterlooville 0
19.03.2016 Havant and Waterlooville 2 Dartford 0
05.12.2015 Dartford 4 Havant and Waterlooville 2
17.03.2012 Dartford 3 Havant and Waterlooville 1
07.01.2012 Havant and Waterlooville 1 Dartford 4
18.04.2011 Havant and Waterlooville 1 Dartford 0

Stats
Danny Harris failed to score for the first time against Havant and Waterlooville in August, the full back had previously netted five goals versus the Hawks in four appearances.

Dartford are unbeaten in their last five games against Havant and Waterlooville (W4, D1) which included league doubles in 2011-2012 and 2015-2016.

The Darts have never lost to the Hawks at Princes Park in three attempts (W2, D1). However, Havant and Waterlooville did win the first two matches at Dartford in 1999 (2-0 in the Southern League Southern Division) and 2000 (4-0 in the F.A Trophy third qualifying round)..

On This Day
Dave Martin scored a wonder goal and Brendon Cass a hat-trick eleven years ago when the Darts thrashed Burgess Hill Town 7-2. Martin’s long range drive into the top corner was the pick of the bunch on a memorable afternoon at Princes Park. The winger did add a second goal to his name with John Guest and Ryan Hayes scoring the other two. That is Dartford’s only win on 13 January in the last five attempts, losing the remaining four, most recently a 2-1 home loss against FC Halifax Town in 2015.

Havant and Waterlooville v Dartford

A first win has eluded Dartford so far this season and on the weekend they visit Isthmian Premier League winners Havant and Waterloovile in search for victory.

The Darts have drawn both matches this term and will be up against the Hawks who have yet to taste defeat since their return to the National South.

Opening with an uninspiring goalless draw at home to Hungerford Town, the Darts had to find their fighting spirit on Tuesday night coming from two goals down to earn another draw. Burman explained his tactics for the 0-0 stalemate a week ago and changed them for their visit to Braintree Town.

Warren Mfula made his first start as the only recognised striker. Duane Ofori-Acheampong and Andy Pugh were out injured along with defender Ronnie Vint, who suffered ligament damage in the opening game of the season. New signing, Richard Sho-Silva made his debut replacing Vint.

Braintree Town went in at the half-time break in command leading 2-0 with goals from Karl Oliyide and Billy Crook. In the second half, Lee Noble’s header back to Tom Murphy pulled a goal back, but the goalscorer was forced off through injury to add to the list of Dartford casualties. The equaliser came from captain Elliot Bradbrook who headed home after Tom Bonner nodded the ball back across goal from a corner.

Burman was pleased with the way his team started but a 15 minute spell at the end of the first half saw his side ‘lose all organisation’. The Dartford boss was delighted with the way his players fought back, he told kentonline.co.uk: “They were excellent getting back into the game and we could have won it at the end”, he summarised: “I’m delighted we got something out of the game. Other than a crazy 15 minutes, I was more than happy with the performance”.

Meanwhile, Havant and Waterlooville were involved in the only other fixture without goals on the opening day. The Hawks visited Southern Premier League champions Chippenham Town. Like the Darts, injuries played their part and manager Lee Bradbury naming half fit players on the bench. The Hawks boss was pleased with the result claiming it was a point gained.

On Tuesday night, Havant and Waterlooville endured an enthralling clash at home to Eastbourne Borough. Bradbury was able to name an unchanged side which came away with a 3-2 win. Theo Widdrington scored from long range, Rory Williams made it two with another effort from outside the box and former Dart, Jason Prior made it 3-0. Eastbourne Borough set up a nervy finish even with ten men after Gavin McCallum was dismissed. Two goals in as many minutes at the end of the game from Ryan Worrall and Will Hendon kept the Hawks on their toes.

Dartford’s last visited Westleigh Park in March last year and lost 2-0, two James Hayter headers sealed the win for the Hawks. The Darts only win away to Havant and Waterlooville came in 2012 when the away side dominated in a commanding 4-1 victory. Elliot Bradbrook and Danny Harris both scored a brace that day.

Head to Head
Dartford wins: 4 / Havant and Waterlooville wins: 3 / Draws: 2

Previous Meetings

19.03.2016 Havant and Waterlooville 2 Dartford 0
05.12.2015 Dartford 4 Havant and Waterlooville 2
17.03.2012 Dartford 3 Havant and Waterlooville 1
07.01.2012 Havant and Waterlooville 1 Dartford 4
18.04.2011 Havant and Waterlooville 1 Dartford 0
14.08.2010 Dartford 2 Havant and Waterlooville 2

Stats
Dartford have won three of the last four meetings against the Hawks. In those three wins the Darts netted 11 times.

The last time Dartford drew their opening two league games was in 1995. The season’s opener on 12 August ended 0-0 away to Herne Bay in the Kent League. Four days later the Darts drew 1-1 with Beckenham Town at home.

Danny Harris has scored in every game his featured in against the Hawks, scoring five times in four games with the Darts winning on each occasion.

Former Dart, Jason Prior top scored for the Hawks last season with 17 goals. The striker represented Dartford in 2012/13 as part of the team that finished as the highest part timers. Prior made nine appearances scoring once, he made 15 more appearances the following campaign adding one more goal to his tally.

Dartford’s first ever fixture in the National South was a 2-2 draw against Havant and Waterlooville on 14 August 2010.

On This Day
Dartford last played on 12 August in the National League three years ago, when they drew 1-1 with Woking. An injury time equaliser by Giuseppe Sole denied the Darts all three points after Rory McAuley had scored earlier in the half. The draw was Dartford’s first points of the season after an opening defeat against Wrexham.

National League South Season Preview 2017/18 – Part III

 Gloucester City | Hampton and Richmond Borough | Havant and Waterlooville | Hemel Hempstead Town | Hungerford Town

Gloucester City

Founded: 1883 / Ground: Jubilee Stadium

After eight years in the National North and a decade in exile, Gloucester City made a switch to the National South this summer. Consistent mid-table finishers, the Tigers lost their Meadow Park home during the Gloucestershire floods in 2007. Since then they have shared grounds with Forest Green Rovers, Cirencester Town, Cheltenham Town and this year they are homed at Evesham. In October, the Tigers received full planning permission to build a new stadium from the council and hope to build a new legacy.

Last Season

National North: 10th

F.A Cup: 3rd Qualifying Round

F.A Trophy: 3rd Qualifying Round

County Cup: 1st Round

League Top Scorer: Luke Hooper (19 goals)

Average Attendance: 483 (19th in league / 76th in non-league)

The Manager – Tim Harris

Returning to Gloucester City as manager in February 2014, Tim Harris has experience of the National South with Newport County. After a playing career with Shrewsbury Town, Cheltenham Town and Redditch United, Harris has also managed Merthyr Tydfil and Forest Green Rovers. Having experienced both the National North and South, he knows the leagues are equally competitive and his side need to be ready for the new challenge.

The Summer

Will Morford is the man to replace 19 goal striker Luke Hopper, who joined Hungerford Town. Morford will work as a player coach having made the move from Shortwood United. George Forsyth couldn’t break into the Kidderminster Harriers side and will now try to impress for the Tigers. Kieran Parselle joins from Newport County and Alex Harris from Hereford. Over pre-season Edji Mbunga a former Birmingham City youth team forward caught Harris’ eye and has also signed to the club.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 25 / Gloucester City wins: 12 / Draws: 10

Previous Meetings

07.03.1992 Gloucester City 0 Dartford 0
26.10.1991 Dartford 2 Gloucester City 0
16.03.1991 Dartford 2 Gloucester City 1
29.09.1990 Gloucester City 2 Dartford 0
21.04.1990 Dartford 6 Gloucester City 2
20.01.1990 Gloucester City 0 Dartford 4

Next Meetings

Saturday 18 November 2017 at Princes Park

Saturday 3 March 2018 at Jubilee Stadium

Back to top

Hampton and Richmond Borough

Founded: 1921 / Ground: The Beveree

Last season’s pace setters started the campaign scoring for fun until the Beavers lost influential players. Jamal Lowe and Nicke Kabamba moved to League Two champions Portsmouth in January, Hampton and Richmond Borough finished seventh. The disappointment of missing out on the playoffs was short-lived for the 2015/16 Isthmian Premier champions, with Poole Town and Hungerford Town unable to compete, the Beavers were given a second chance losing to Ebbsfleet United in the semi-final.

Last Season

National South: 7th

F.A Cup: 3rd Qualifying Round

F.A Trophy: 3rd Qualifying Round

County Cup: Winners

League Top Scorer: Nicke Kabamba (16 goals)

Average Attendance: 636 (7th in league / 54th in non-league)

The Manager – Alan Dowson

Most of Alan Dowson’s managerial career has been with Kingstonian where he won the Isthmian Division One South. A former defender as a player he entered the managerial world with Walton and Hersham. Dowson was appointed boss of the Beavers nearly three years ago and was joined by Martin Tyler, who he worked with at Kingstonian. He led Hampton and Richmond Borough to the Isthmian Premier title just over a year ago and last term helped the club reach the playoffs.

The Summer

A key change took place during the break with Chairman Steve McPherson stepping down and being replaced by former Gateshead Chairman Graham Wood. Former Dartford midfielder Nathan Collier will don the Beavers shirt once more; he will team up with ex Dartford striker Harry Crawford who joins from Welling United. The signing that has Hampton and Richmond Borough fans talking though is Max Kretzchmar, the 23 year old has experience with Wycombe Wanderers and Woking. Ryan Moss comes in from Kingstonian, Charlie Wassmer from National South champions Maidenhead United and Claudiu Vilcu from Wingate and Finchley. Looking for a goalkeeper nearly all summer, Sam Howes finally put pen to paper after his loan spell with the Beavers last term.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 4 / Hampton and Richmond Borough wins: 4 / Draws: 0

Previous Meetings

17.04.2017 Dartford 3 Hampton & Richmond Borough 1
29.08.2016 Hampton & Richmond Borough 4 Dartford 1
21.01.2012 Hampton & Richmond Borough 1 Dartford 3
20.08.2011 Dartford 2 Hampton & Richmond Borough 1
19.02.2011 Dartford 0 Hampton & Richmond Borough 4
17.08.2010 Hampton & Richmond Borough 1 Dartford 0

Next Meetings

Saturday 2 September 2017 at The Beveree

Saturday 31 March 2018 at Princes Park

Back to top

Havant and Waterlooville

Founded: 1998 / Ground: Westleigh Park

It’s been a roller coaster ride for the Hawks over the last three seasons decided by fine margins. From playoff semi-finalists to unexpected relegation by a single goal, Havant and Waterlooville bounced back by winning the Southern League Premier last term, with help from former Dartford striker Jason Prior who top scored for the Hawks. Havant and Waterlooville have made a swift return to the National South and will be determined to stay up this time round.

Last Season

Southern Premier: 1st

F.A Cup: 3rd Qualifying Round

F.A Trophy: 3rd Qualifying Round

County Cup: 2nd Round

League Top Scorer: Jason Prior (17 goals)

Average Attendance: 713 (2nd in league / 45th in non-league)

The Manager – Lee Bradbury

Lee Bradbury is six years into his managerial career. His playing career spanned sixteen years most notably at Portsmouth, Manchester City and Crystal Palace. The former striker replaced Eddie Howe at AFC Bournemouth as caretaker manager in January 2011 and at that point choose to retire from playing. Although Bradbury reached the playoffs he was dismissed the following campaign after a poor run of results. Since October 2012, he has been in charge at Westleigh Park.

The Summer

Havant and Waterlooville have kept much of the squad that competed in the National South last time. Former Dartford loanee Bradley Tarbuck has been retained along with experienced striker James Hayter. As a former forward himself, Bradbury will know the qualities needed to find the net and this summer he’s signed Matt Tubbs from Eastleigh. The 32 year old made his name with Crawley Town after being spotted at Salisbury City. The striker had successful spells with AFC Wimbledon and Portsmouth before moving around the National League over the last eighteen months.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 4 / Havant and Waterlooville wins: 3 / Draws: 2

Previous Meetings

19.03.2016 Havant and Waterlooville 0 Dartford 2
05.12.2015 Dartford 4 Havant and Waterlooville 2
17.03.2012 Dartford 3 Havant and Waterlooville 1
07.01.2012 Havant and Waterlooville 1 Dartford 4
18.04.2011 Havant and Waterlooville 1 Dartford 0
14.08.2010 Dartford 2 Havant and Waterlooville 2

Next Meetings

Saturday 12 August 2017 at Westleigh Park

Saturday 13 January 2018 at Princes Park

Back to top

Hemel Hempstead Town

Founded: 1885 / Ground: Vauxhall Road

Entering their third successive season in the National South, the Tudors followed up their impressive debut season with a mid-table finish. A year ago, Hemel Hempstead Town ended their campaign one place outside the playoffs, last time out the Hertfordshire side could only manage twelfth. Towards the final stages of last season Hemel Hempstead Town lost their way and whilst they beat teams at the bottom they struggled against those above them.

Last Season

National South: 12th

F.A Cup: 4th Qualifying Round

F.A Trophy: 3rd Qualifying Round

County Cup: Quarter Final

League Top Scorer: Jake Robinson (25 goals)

Average Attendance: 486 (13th in league / 75th in non-league)

The Manager – Dean Brennan

Hemel Hempstead Town were struggling before Dean Brennan’s appointment in May 2012. The Tudors were reprieved from the Southern Premier League two seasons in a row and had not finished higher the fifteenth, in the three campaigns before the Irishman joined the Hertfordshire club. Brennan managed to guide the Tudors to their highest ever position in his first full campaign and had improved on this record ever since. A playoff defeat, a storming Southern Premier League title triumph and an eighth place finish in the National South was bettered by last term’s sixth spot.

The Summer

Dean Brennan is building a squad and must be quietly confident to challenge for the title. Former Dartford striker Charlie Sheringham had a good spell with the Tudors towards the end of last season and he joins permanently to link up with Jordan Parkes again, the pair were together at Ebbsfleet United. Another former Dart, Callum Driver has signed from Maidstone United, the club the Tudors have got Phil Walsh and Laurie Walker from as well. Ismail Yakubu will provide experience after joining from Woking, Tom Hamblin will provide creativity coming in from Wealdstone. The Tudors have also signed Joe Howe from Leatherhead, Taylor Miles from National League champions Lincoln City, Alex Osborn from Whitehawk and David Moyo from Brackley Town. 

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 2 / Hemel Hempstead Town wins: 1 / Draws: 2

Previous Meetings

01.04.2017 Hemel Hempstead Town 2 Dartford 2
12.11.2016 Dartford 2 Hemel Hempstead Town 0
17.10.2015 Dartford 2 Hemel Hempstead Town 2
08.08.2015 Hemel Hempstead Town 1 Dartford 0
16.09.1972 Hemel Hempstead 2 Dartford 9

Next Meetings

Saturday 26 August 2017 at Vauxhall Road

Saturday 17 March 2018 at Princes Park

Back to top

Hungerford Town

Founded: 1886 / Ground: Bulpit Lane

Winners of the Southern Premier League playoffs in 2015/16, the Crusaders had an excellent debut season in the National South last term. The surprise package almost gate crashed the playoffs finishing in sixth, but the Berkshire club took a blow when informed that they couldn’t participate in the end of season lottery. Ground grading was below the required standard and like Poole Town, the Crusaders missed out on buying a ticket.

Last Season

National South: 6th

F.A Cup: 3rd Qualifying Round

F.A Trophy: 3rd Qualifying Round

County Cup: Runners Up

League Top Scorer: Stefan Brown (11 goals)

Average Attendance: 318 (18th in league / 125th in non-league)

The Manager – Bobby Wilkinson

In his seventh year as Hungerford Town manager, Bobby Wilkinson has taken the Crusaders to the highest level of football they have competed in. Two playoff victories got Hungerford Town to the National South and in their debut season came so close to another playoff spot. Wilkinson’s foundations in the management trade were put down at a young age when injury cut his playing career short. The Crusaders boss coached and gained experience from the likes of Mark McGhee, Brendan Rogers and Brian McDermott whilst at Reading.

The Summer

Bobby Wilkinson feels that his squad doesn’t need much change claiming they are 95% there. His biggest job was to replace Nat Jarvis who joined Bath City and to do that Wilkinson looked towards Luke Hopper, signing him from Gloucester City. Paul Stonehouse also moves to the Crusaders from Slough Town and Callum Willmoth from Newbury. Most recently, central defender Matt Partridge signed from Basingstoke Town

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 1 / Hungerford Town wins: 1 / Draws: 0

Previous Meetings

14.04.2017 Hungerford Town 2 Dartford 0
27.08.2016 Dartford 2 Hungerford Town 0

Next Meetings

Saturday 5 August 2017 at Princes Park

Saturday 9 December 2017 at Bulpit Lane

Back to top

Havant & Waterlooville v Dartford

Dartford will need to find a way through the ‘brick wall’ at Havant and Waterlooville this weekend if they want to push for a playoff spot.

The Darts have fallen off the pace with four defeats in their last five games. The latest loss in midweek against Maidenhead United has knocked the side’s confidence. Manager, Tony Burman admitted his team have “hit a brick wall”, he told www.kentonline.co.uk: “The last few results have not helped the confidence. Players can’t, at this stage of the season and where we are in the league, feel sorry for themselves but unfortunately that’s how it seems to come across a little bit”.

With just one point taken from the last fifteen, Dartford are now five points adrift fifth spot with a game in hand. The 2-1 reverse at Maidenhead United followed defeats to Whitehawk and Weston-Super-Mare. Elliot Bradbrook returned to action with a goal, after missing the Whitehawk match, but the captain is now suspended for the next three games for his red card at Weston-Super-Mare.

Danny Harris will be out with a hamstring injury and George Sykes is still reovering from illness. When Harris and Sykes were substituted last weekend against Whitehawk, Lee Noble and Barry Cogan were forced into action too soon. Burman commented: “I had to leave Lee Noble and Barry Cogan on the bench (on Tuesday) simply because of what happened on Saturday. With Elliot missing, I needed to keep them right for Saturday”, he added: “Although they came on last night (Tuesday’s game), it’s a gradual thing. If I push them too much, they’ll end up being injured as well”.

With the squad down to the ‘bare bones’, Burman does not want to make excuses, he said: “They’re things to test you. We can’t use them as excuses – but they are facts”.

The Darts can be optimistic if past form against Havant and Waterlooville counts. The Hampshire side are four points above safety and lost 4-2 at Princes Park. Dartford’s win against the Hawks was their third consecutive, having completed a double against them four years ago.

Back in December, the Darts were close to throwing a two goal advantage away against Havant and Waterlooville, but recovered well to win 4-2.  Elliot Bradbrook scored from the spot and before the break Danny Harris bundled over a second. The Hawks hit back with a quick fire double to level the match with goals from Dan Strugnell and Matt Paterson. Elliot Bradbrook restored the lead, but the moment of the match belonged to Ebou Adams, who netted his first ever senior goal.

Elliot Bradbrook was also influential when Dartford last travelled to West Leigh Park in a 4-1 win. A convincing away triumph started when the captain’s surging run gave Dartford the lead. Before half time that lead had doubled with a cheeky Danny Harris lob. The same two added a further two but not before Scott Jones temporarily put the Hawks back in the game.

The Hawks have not been able to manage the level of performance set last season when they finished in the playoffs. Manager, Lee Bradbury finds his side in a tussle at the bottom of the National South, four points clear of the drop zone.

Since climbing out of the bottom two in early January, Havant and Waterlooville have lost just once in their last ten league games, drawing six of those. Home form has been key to their bid to survive relegation making up for poor results on their travels, where they have won just once.

Most recently, the Hawks completed a double header against Basingstoke Town. Drawing 1-1 in the league at The Camrose, the two sides met days earlier in the Hampshire County Cup semi-final. The Hawks won 2-0 to reach the final and like the Darts hope to secure some silverware in county competition.

Head to Head

Havant & Waterlooville wins: 3 / Dartford wins: 3 / Draws 2

Current League Form

Havant & Waterlooville (DDDWDD) Dartford (LLLDLW)
Basingstoke Town  A  1-1 Maidenhead United  A  1-2
Chelmsford City  H  1-1 Whitehawk  H  2-4
Ebbsfleet United  A  2-2 Weston-Super-Mare  A  1-2
Maidstone United  H  2-1 Hayes & Yeading Utd  A  2-2
Bath City  H  1-1 Concord Rangers  H  1-2
Whitehawk  A  1-1 Gosport Borough  A  3-1

Last Meeting at York Road

7 January 2012 – Havant & Waterlooville 1 Dartford 4 – attendance 802

Goalscorers: Elliot Bradbrook (21, 89); Danny Harris (29, 74)

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

Previous Meetings (* – F.A Cup)

05.12.2015 Dartford 4 Havant & Waterlooville 2
17.03.2012 Dartford 3 Havant & Waterlooville 1
07.01.2012 Havant & Waterlooville 1 Dartford 4
18.04.2011 Havant & Waterlooville 1 Dartford 0
14.08.2010 Dartford 2 Havant & Waterlooville 2
15.10.2000* Dartford 0 Havant & Waterlooville 4
29.04.1999 Havant & Waterlooville 1 Dartford 1
06.03.1999 Dartford 0 Havant & Waterlooville 2

On This Day

It’s been 22 years since Dartford last tasted victory on 19 March. Participating in the Kent League First Division a 1-0 away win at Tunbridge Wells formed part of a seven game winning streak. Since then, the Darts have played three, drawing 1-1 away to Leighton Town eleven years ago and losing 2-0 away to Staines Town in 2011. Three years ago in the National League, Dartford were beaten 1-0 by Barrow.

 

Dartford v Havant & Waterlooville

Dartford play their fifth consecutive home game this weekend when they host Havant and Waterlooville in the National South.

The Darts have been getting back on track after a six match unbeaten run in all competitions. However, last weekend Tony Burman’s side suffered a setback, losing their F.A Trophy tie against Whitehawk. Defeat leaves Dartford out of both major cup competitions and a chance to concentrate on the league and Kent Senior Cup.

In the league, Dartford need to make their two games in hand count if they are to challenge for a playoff spot. Currently eight points adrift, the Darts know two victories will bring them within touching distance. In the meantime, the club need to keep pace and stretch their unbeaten league form to five matches.

Last time out in the National South, an Elliot Bradbrook equaliser earned Dartford a point against Kent rivals Maidstone United. The draw followed consecutive league wins over Bishop’s Stortford then Hayes and Yeading United. Elliot Bradbrook will be hoping to keep his goalscoring run going having scored in each of his last three league appearances.

Tony Burman has backed his on loan defender Mark Onyemah this week, the full back’s mistake was vital in Whitehawk knocking Dartford out of the F.A Trophy, Burman told www.kentonline.co.uk: “He’s a more than strong enough character to put that behind him. He has been outstanding for us since he’s been here. He was nearly the hero when he went through and hit the bar, then he was penalised for handball and he should have done better when he got closed down (for the second goal)”. The Dartford boss also felt his side struggled to get into ‘top gear’ after a two week break.

A return to National South action starts against Hampshire side Havant and Waterlooville, who have only won once on their travels in the league this campaign. The Hawks finished last season in the playoffs losing in the semi final to the promoted Boreham Wood. This term fortunes have turned with Lee Bradbury’s side in nineteenth, five points clear of the bottom two.

Bradbury may have pedigree as a Football League player and his short managerial career has been promising. Now, the 40 year old faces an unfamiliar challenge at the wrong end of the table after two victories in the last dozen league games. Back to back 3-1 wins at Oxford City and home to Maidenhead United have been a brief respite from eight defeats and two draws they have recorded since the end of August.

Dartford last played Havant and Waterlooville during their National South playoff winning campaign. In March 2012, Sam Pearce put the Hawks ahead and Scott Jones missed a penalty, which only served to stir the Darts into action. Dartford bounced back with three goals without reply, with the first coming from Lee Noble. With nine minutes remaining Danny Harris bundled in the second and to seal victory Luke Wilkinson scored his first for the Darts. A 3-1 triumph was added to the comprehensive 4-1 win achieved at Westleigh Park two months prior, completing a double against the Hampshire side.

In the previous campaign, the two sides met on the opening day in an entertaining 2-2 draw. Dartford, just promoted as Isthmian Premier earned a point with a stoppage time Ryan Hayes penalty. Earlier, Danny Harris headed the first goal from a Hayes free kick before the Hawks went ahead through Bobby Hopkinson’s penalty and Wes Fogden’s strike two minutes from time.

The Darts won’t return to Princes Park until the end of the month to close out the year.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 2 / Havant and Waterlooville wins: 3 / Draws 2

Current League Form

Dartford (DWWDLL) Havant & Waterlooville  (LLWWLD)
Maidstone United  H  1-1 Weston Super Mare  A  2-3
Hayes & Yeading  H  2-0 Sutton United  A  0-3
Bishop’s Stortford  A  2-1 Maidenhead United  H  3-1
Hemel Hempstead Town  H  2-2 Oxford City  A  3-1
Wealdstone  A  1-2 Margate  A  1-4
Truro City  H  0-1 St Albans City  H  1-1

Previous Meeting at Princes Park

17 March 2012 – Dartford 3 Havant and Waterlooville 1 – attendance 1087 – view highlights 

Goalscorers: Noble (23), Harris (81), Wilkinson (87); Pearce (8)

Dartford lineup: Wells, Jones, Green, Bonner, Wilkinson, Champion, Noble, Wallis, Erskine, Bradbrook, Harris (Subs used: Hayes, Garrod, Burns)

Previous Meetings (* – F.A Cup)

17.03.2012 Dartford 3 Havant & Waterlooville 1
07.01.2012 Havant & Waterlooville 1 Dartford 4
18.04.2011 Havant & Waterlooville 1 Dartford 0
14.08.2010 Dartford 2 Havant & Waterlooville 2
15.10.2000* Dartford 0 Havant & Waterlooville 4
29.04.1999 Havant & Waterlooville 1 Dartford 1
06.03.1999 Dartford 0 Havant & Waterlooville 2

 

Stats

At home, Dartford have won three out of three against teams below them in the league

The Dartford defence at home ranks sixth in the league on average conceded per game. However, only two teams home and away (Ebbsfleet United and Maidstone United) have conceded fewer.

Havant and Waterlooville have the leakiest defence having conceded 39 times, they have shipped in 25 goals on their travels.

 

On This Day

Dartford’s last win on 5 December came 34 years ago in the top flight of non league. A 5-0 home win against Yeovil Town. Since then, in 1987 the Darts picked up a goaless away draw with Nuneaton Borough in the Southern Premier League. Following relegation to the Southern Division Dartford lost a year later, 3-2 away to Baldock Town.