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Dartford v Hythe Town

Dartford enter the 150th edition of the F.A Cup this weekend with a home tie against Isthmian South East side Hythe Town in the second qualifying round.

Steve King will be looking to get off the mark in this competition as a Dartford boss having lost to Kingstonian in his first game in charge and Slough Town last season. Hythe Town have history with the Darts having caused a Kent Senior Cup upset in the final of 2012 beating Dartford on their own patch. Since then the Cannons have continued to play at step four, so like almost nine years ago the two sides are two divisions apart.

The level of football each team is currently playing makes no difference to King, he spoke to Dartford FC TV: “It’s going to be a tough game, it doesn’t matter the level, it’s a F.A Cup game and so the levels go out of the window”, he continued: “I’ve been in teams that have knocked Premiership sides out of the competition”. King knows Hythe Town will approach the second qualifying round tie as underdogs and the danger that poses to the Darts, he added: “Hythe Town are under no pressure, they have a decent manager who has put a good side together. It’s going to be a tough game and we need to be on it”.

Dartford were the last team to lose their perfect start to the campaign in the top six divisions, but they still came away with a point in their last outing, a 1-1 draw with Tonbridge Angels. King made two changes to the side that beat Bath City a week earlier including the introduction of Bagasan Graham, his first start for the club. Graham replaced Luke Wanadio, whilst up front Dan Roberts was in for Jake Robinson.

The Angels deservedly went ahead when Tommy Wood’s header beat Dan Wilks at the far post, only the fourth goal the Dartford goalkeeper has conceded this term. Then on the stroke of half-time birthday boy Jack Jebb took advantage of goalkeeper’s Jon Henly’s headed clearance. Jebb hit a well controlled half volley back over the Angels goalkeeper to level in style. The midfielder also hit the post before his first of the season and picked up the Man of the Match award.

Despite remaining unbeaten King was still left frustrated by aspects of Dartford’s performance partly down to how Tonbridge Angels executed their game plan, he told “It’s the worst we’ve played this season but sometimes people look into it and think that but the opposition are there to stop you playing – and they did”.

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Whilst Dartford have played a game a week, Hythe Town’s fixture list has been more like the schedule non-league teams are used to at the early stages of the season. The Cannons have played seven games, two of which have been in the earlier rounds of the F.A Cup.

Starting from the preliminary round Hythe Town were involved in a dramatic game against Westfield with four goals in second half injury time. The Cannons went two up through Frannie Collin and Kane Phillip and looked in control, but Phillip was then sent off. Then the drama started as Westfield scored three in stoppage time to lead 3-2, but a minute after conceding Eli Benoit rescued the tie for the Cannons to force a replay. Hythe went to Westfields for a second attempt three days later and scored another three, this time they won 3-1 with goals from Tom Walmsley, Noel Leighton and Collin. In the last round Nathan Gordon’s goal was enough to see of Ascot United 1-0.

Hythe Town opened their campaign with a goal from former Dart, Alex Brown, however they lost 2-1 to Corinthian. The midfielder made 89 appearances for the Darts scoring ten times and is one of a few former Dartford players in the Cannons squad. James Rogers was part of the Darts midfield that won promotion to the National League in the 2012 playoffs, he made 102 appearances for the club. Tom Wynter delayed his retirement to return to Hythe Town, the defender made 81 appearances for Dartford. Alex Flisher was only at Princes Park for three months in which he made nine appearances and scored one goal.

Since the opening day, in the league the Cannons beat VCD Athletic, lost to Ramsgate, defeated East Grinstead Town and on Tuesday won 2-1 against Sittingbourne. Liam Smith and Collin put Hythe Town two up before the Brickies pulled a goal back. The Cannons are beginning to hit their stride with four victories in their last five games in all competitions and are now eighth in the Isthmian South East.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 1 / Hythe Town wins: 1 / Draws: 1

Current Form

Hythe Town
Tonbridge AngelsH1-1SittingbourneH2-1
Bath CityA3-1East Grinstead TownA1-0
Eastbourne BoroughH3-1Ascot United (FAC)H1-0
Dulwich HamletA2-0RamsgateH0-3
Slough TownH3-0VCD AthleticA2-1
St Albans CityA3-1WestfieldA3-1

Previous Meetings

Dartford 0 – 1 Hythe Town (24/04/2012 – Kent Senior Cup Final)
Dartford 2 – 1 Hythe United (27/04/1996 – Kent League Division One)
Hythe United 0 – 0 Dartford (04/11/1995 – Kent League Division One)


  • Dartford have progressed past the second qualifying round in five of the last six seasons
  • Hythe Town last went beyond the second qualifying round 11 years ago and are competing in the F.A Cup for the 25th time
  • Dartford have lost their last two F.A Cup ties, the last time they lost three in a row was between 1950 and 1952 (Reading in 1950, Guildford City in 1951 and Hendon in 1952)
  • The Darts have also lost their last three home F.A Cup ties (Swindon Town in 2017, Kingstonian in 2019 and Slough Town in 2020)

On This Day

Brendon Cass netted a hat-trick in a F.A Cup first qualifying round replay to send Dartford through on this day in 2007. The Darts defeated Sittingbourne 5-1 with Adam Flanagan and Eddie McClements scoring the other two goals. This will be the tenth F.A Cup tie Dartford have played on 18 September and so far the Darts have won six. The very first F.A Cup fixture on this day was in 1897 when Dartford beat Mid Kent 5-2. Away ties at Bromley in 1926 and Callenders Athletic in 1948 both ended up in 2-1 victories. The biggest win came in 1982 as the Darts brushed Haywards Heath aside 6-1 and in 2001 Deal Town were beaten 3-0. Fixtures against Northfleet United in 1909 and Waltham and Hersham in 1971 ended in draws, whilst the only defeat came against Dorking in 2004 when the Darts lost 1-0.

Dartford v Hythe Town – Kent Senior Cup Final

Princes Park will host the Kent Senior Cup Final for a second year in a row on Tuesday night and Dartford will be hoping they can retain their crown.

The Darts hope to repeat last season's county cup success

The Darts have won the county cup ten times with the last back to back triumph coming in the 1988 season. After defeating Bromley 4-1 in last years final Dartford have overcome Fokestone Invicta, Tonbridge Angels and Charlton Athletic to reach this years county show piece.

Tony Burman fielded Ryan Hayes and Tony Garrod on the weekend in the 2-2 draw against Boreham Wood. The final league match at Princes Park saw The Darts pick up their 49th point out of 63 at home. Garrod opened the scoring for the second week in a row netting his fifth Dartford Conference South goal with a header mid way through the first half. Graeme Montgomery equalised for The Wood after half hour. The Darts regained the lead in the second half when Jacob Erskine’s finish went in off the post. With two minutes to go Dartford were pegged back again when Charlie O’Loughlin levelled the match.

Hythe Town defeated Erith Town, Ebbsfleet United and Dover Athletic on the way to Princes Park and hope to add to last season’s dramatic Kent League Championship title. The Reds clinched the title by 15 goals as they pipped Herne Bay on goal difference but it took a last minute own goal against Tunbridge Wells to earn the point they required.

Brendon Cass returns to Princes Park

Dartford will welcome back striker Brendon Cass and midfielder Nick Barnes who now ply their trade at Hythe Town. Both players created history at Princes Park on 11 November 2006, Cass scored the first ever goal at the stadium after ten minutes. Barnes also scored in the homecoming fixture when The Darts won 4-2 against Horsham YMCA. Cass has scored 16 times in 2011/12 for Hythe Town including one in their last fixture, whilst Barnes has racked up the second most amount of games this season.

In their first season in the Isthmian Division One South The Reds are in a creditable eighth place. Although Scott Porter’s side cannot finish any higher his side will be hoping to maintain their position on the final day of the season next week.

The Reds gained senior status in 1977 and eleven years later achieved promotion to the Southern League. In 1992 the club suffered mixed emotions by reaching the Kent Senior Cup Final for the first time. The cup final at the Priestfield Stadium ended in defeat after extra time against Bromley, misery was compounded when the club went into liquidation. In 1995, Hythe United became Hythe Town and they were elected back into the Kent League before winning promotion last season.

Road to the Final

Semi Final

Dartford 3 Charlton Athletic 1 – Highlights

A healthy crowd of 1062 watched Jack Pallen slide in the opening goal just after half hour. The lead did not last long though when Evina centred for young striker Adebayo Azeez to equalise. Lee Noble scored his third goal of the month and put The Darts ahead for the second time with a long range shot, six minutes into the second half. With four minutes remaining progression to a second final in a row was clinched by Elliot Bradbrook’s close range effort.

Hythe Town 3 Dover Athletic 0

An ex Dover Athletic striker turned over his former team with a brace in the semi final. Jimmy Dryden helped Hythe Town cause another upset but not before Taser Hassan drilled in the opening goal. The threat of Aaron Lacey’s long throws come to fruition when a flick on to Dryden was nodded over the Dover goalkeeper to make it two before the break. The third and final goal occurred on the hour when Dryden netted his second.

Quarter Final

Tonbridge Angels 2 Dartford 4 (After Extra Time)

The Darts had to come from behind again in this cup tie when the home side scored on 13 minutes courtesy of Chris Piper. In the second half Nathan Korenteng gave The Angels a 2-0 lead three minutes after the restart. Dartford started their comeback on 53 minutes when young Jackie Pallen halved the deficit from close range. Lee Burns then set up Graham to loop in a shot and tie the match in normal time. In extra time Graham netted his fourth goal in the Kent Senior Cup when he was waiting at the far post to smash in a tidy finish. With seven minutes to play Burns settled the score after he got on the end of Jon Wallis’ thorugh ball.

Ebbsfleet United 1 Hythe Town 4 (After Extra Time)

Like Dartford, The Reds needed extra time in the quarter final. With the scores level at 1-1 after 90 minutes Hythe Town scored three unanswered goals to upset the Conference Premier side. Nick Reeves put the away side in front but a disputed last minute penalty was converted by Nathan Pinney to temporarily save The Fleet. Kieran Byrne restored Hythe’s lead when he slid in to score two minutes into extra time, Ronnie Dolan volleyed number three and Craig Thompson made it 4-1 before the second half of extra time.

Second Round

Folkestone Invicta 1 Dartford 4

Both sides started this seasons Kent Senior Cup campaign in round two and progressed in different styles. The Darts took on Isthmian Division One South side and passed with flying colours. The holders did go a goal down when Invicta’s Josh Burchell celebrated his 150th appearance with a swerving effort with nine minutes played. Jacob Erskine opened his cup account from close range in the 36th minute and Tom Bonner put The Darts ahead five minutes later. Richard Graham netted a brace in the second half when he chipped Roddy Hayward then later on headed in a Ryan Hayes cross.

Hythe Town 2 Erith Town 1

Richard Sinden made sure that Hythe Town’s county cup exploits started smoothly with a brace. However it was Adam Williams who opened the scoring for Erith Town early on. Kane Rice sent in a cross on 27 minutes and waiting for the equaliser was Sinden from close range. Sinden pounced again when he struck a winner on 54 minutes to earn a tie against Ebbsfleet United.