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Salisbury City v Dartford

After ending a ten game losing streak Dartford return to the scene of their F.A Cup first round exit on Saturday.

The Darts return to Salisbury City’s Raymond McEnhill Stadium where they were beaten 4-2 in November. In only Dartford’s second first round appearance in 22 years the tie had got away from them by half time. Salisbury City’s top scorer Dan Fitchett netted a brace, opening the scoring inside quarter of an hour. Ben Wright doubled the hosts lead five minutes later with a shot into the roof of the net. Just before the interval Elliott Frear gave the Whites a resounding lead. The Darts attempted to fight back with a Lee Burns volley but after chasing the match Fitchett put the tie beyond doubt. A well taken Max Cornhill consolation in the final minute rounded up the first round meeting between the two clubs.

Dartford have been on a dismal run of late suffering a painful ten straight league defeats. Tony Burman used two weeks off, following a couple of postponements, to start repairing the squad. Out went defender Matthew Fry by mutual consent whilst Cambridge United duo Rory McAuley and Andy Pugh arrived at Princes Park on loan.

McAuley and Pugh made their débuts last Friday, the latter against his former club Welling United. Having suffered a Boxing Day defeat to their Kent rivals, the Darts avoided a similar fate thanks to another loanee Jim Stevenson. The Luton Town midfielder followed up Elliot Bradbrook’s effort giving Dartford another lead. Welling United took just eight minutes to level the local derby. Mat Mitchel-King upended Lee Clarke in the penalty box and Wings top scorer Ross Lafayette scored the spot kick.

Burman was delighted with his side picking up their first point since 19 October 2013, he spoke to and said: “A small point but in many ways it’s a big point, that we’ve been able to get something from the game”. The Dartford boss mentioned the importance of going the distance in matches and added: “I think we played very well. We’ve played like that (recently) to be fair but (this time) we’ve lasted the 94 minutes. We haven’t conceded in the last 10 or 15 minutes and I think it was just rewards”. Dartford came very close to snatching all three points when former Darts midfielder Jamie Day cleared the ball off the line, Burman commented: “We definitely deserved a point and I think, in the second half, we could have won it”.

Salisbury City’s inconsistency over the last three months has seen Mikey Harris’ side slip from fourth place but they still remain close enough to the playoffs. Last season’s Conference South playoff winners were beaten by last season’s Conference Premier runners up on Saturday.

The Wiltshire club had hoped the festive momentum of two wins would continue, but like Dartford they have also had two weeks off due to postponements. Travelling to Aggborough to face newly appointed manager Andy Thorn’s Kidderminster Harriers, the Whites went down to a Joe Lolley inspired performance. Lolley is set to join Peterborough United and his hat trick was the difference between the Harriers and Salisbury City, the striker scored from outside the box before converting two penalties taking his goal tally to nine.

Team News

Ryan Hayes is still unavailable for selection due to injury, the influential winger is not recovering as quickly as expected. Kenny Clark missed Friday night’s fixture at Park View Road with a groin strain but could return. Max Cornhill will return having missed out on the draw at Welling United due to other commitments. Lee Noble remains suspended for the red card received at Alfreton Town, the midfielder will be available to return after sitting out the next two matches.

For Salisbury City, three of Saturday’s substitutes all made returns from injury. Robbie Sinclair made his seventh league appearance of the season, Elliot Frear had a late fitness test and came off the bench for the sixth time this term. James White made a successive substitute appearance as he continues to regain fitness. Top scorer Fitchett had half a chance of making Saturday’s defeat but was left out of the squad. Brian Dutton and Luke Ruddick are still going through treatment, Ruddick has just flown out to Germany to see a specialist. Whilst Tyler Harvey who made two substitutes appearances this season has returned to his parent club Plymouth Argyle.

Head to Head

Salisbury City wins: 8 / Dartford wins: 9 / Draws: 4

Current League Form

Salisbury City (LWWDLL) Dartford (DLLLLL)
Kidderminster Harriers A 0-3 Forest Green Rovers A 0-1
Barnet H 2-1 Ebbsfleet United (FAC) H 1-0
Woking A 3-1 Ebbsfleet United (FAC) A 1-1
Southport H 1-1 Hyde H 4-3
Macclesfield Town A 0-1 Charlton Athletic (KSC) H 1-0
Forest Green Rovers H 1-4 Hereford United A 2-2

Last Meeting at the Raymond McEnhill Stadium – F.A Cup First Round

9 November 2013 – Salisbury City 4 Dartford 2 – Att: 1313

Goalscorers: Fitchett (13), Wright (18), Frear (45), Burns (68), Fitchett (77), Cornhill (90)

The Whites Lineup: Puddy, Dutton, Wright, Lewis, Clarke, Wilson, McPhee, Kamdjo, Fitchett, Frear, S Sinclair (subs used: Thomson, MacDonald, Wellard)

The Darts Lineup: Julian, Burns, Fry, Cornhill, Clark, Mitchel-King, Hayes, Woodyard, Harris, Noble, Collier (Sub used: Prior, Sterling, Ibemere)

Match Stats

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Last Five Meetings (* = F.A Cup)

09.11.2013* Salisbury City 4 Dartford 2
08.10.2013 Dartford 1 Salisbury City 1
25.02.2012 Dartford 2 Salisbury City 0
05.11.2011 Salisbury City 1 Dartford 2
29.11.2003 Salisbury City 3 Dartford 1

League Stats

Dartford have won just one league match away from Princes Park in 14 attempts this campaign. The Darts have gone 11 games without an away win.

Only Aldershot Town (7)  have scored fewer goals on their travels than the Darts (9) in this season’s Conference Premier

Salisbury have the sixth best home record this term having won 9, drawn 2 and lost 2 in the league at the Raymond McEnhill Satdium

After a five game winning streak at home, Salisbury City have lost drawn and won their last three home games.

11 – The Darts have conceded the most league goals in the fifteen minutes leading up to half time, more than any other club this season

16 – The Whites have scored the most league goals in the final fifteen minutes of matches, more than any other club this season

217 – Salisbury City have conceded the fewest fouls in the Conference Premier this term


Salisbury City v Dartford

Underdogs Dartford plan to progress in this season’s F.A Cup with a trip to in form Salisbury City at the Raymond McEnhill Stadium.

Having waited 21 years for a first round appearance the Darts have made it this far twice in the last four campaigns. Their opponents made it to the third round stage just two seasons ago losing to Sheffield United at Bramall Lane.

The two clubs met only a month ago at Princes Park in a Conference Premier fixture ending all square. Salisbury City took the lead with a wonderful 30 yard strike from Theo Lewis. However, the lead lasted just twelve minutes when loan débutante Matthew Godden netted in his first game for the Darts, following up his own rebound. The striker on loan from Scunthorpe United has extended his stay at Princes Park for another two months, but will be ruled out of the first round tie to prevent the 22 year old from becoming cup tied.

Dartford’s struggling away form means Salisbury City are likely favourites. The Whites have been beaten once in 15 outings, last losing at home on the opening day of their campaign. Since the beginning of last term the Wiltshire club have won 25, drawn 5 and lost just 3 in the league, F.A Cup and F.A Trophy at the Raymond McEnhill Stadium.

However, Dartford’s last visit there ended in a three point haul grinding out victory having fallen behind in the first minute. Stuart Anderson’s deflected shot wrong footed goalkeeper Louis Wells, who was making his first start for the Darts. Jon Wallis equalised with a free kick which was spilt by Salisbury City’s Conor Gough. The young goalkeeper conceded again in the second half against the onrushing Jacob Erskine, a collision which left Gough with broken ribs.

Tony Burman watched his side lose 1-0 to an out of form and managerless Forest Green Rovers on the weekend. James Norwood’s fifth minute winner was enough to condemn the Darts to a seventh away game without a win on the road. The Dartford boss spoke to BBC Radio Kent: “I think we played alright. We worked hard in dreadful conditions and we deserved something from the game but it wasn’t to be”. Burman was pleased with his players commitment and playing style but cited a lack of goalscoring opportunities, commenting: “I can’t fault the effort. We conceded in the first five minutes, which was disappointing, but we should have come in level, if not in the lead”, he added: “I think we did enough to take something from the game. We didn’t test the goalkeeper enough but our build-up play was excellent”.

Salisbury City had a happy Halloween by convincingly recording a 4-1 televised victory versus Hereford United. Top scorer for the Whites Dan Fitchett netted a brace taking his tally to seven league goals. Clovis Kamdjo headed Salisbury City in front with ten minutes played and Fitchett extended the lead. Hereford United’s Sam Smith pulled a goal back before Mikey Harris’s side added two more in the closing stages courtesy of Fitchett and Ben Wright.

Both clubs have only endured one qualification round this year. Dartford were taken to a replay by North Kent rivals Ebbsfleet United. At Stonebridge Road, the Darts struggled to get to grips with the first half and were let off the hook when Ben May missed the penalty conceded by goalkeeper Alan Julian, who escaped with a caution. Lee Noble had Dartford in front following up a rebound before half time but Anthony Cook forced a replay for the Fleet just past the hour.

The replay was a tale of two penalties in which the Darts took full advantage by winning 1-0. Elliot Bradbrook dispatched his spot kick which turned out to be the winner. However, Cook fluffed his lines from twelve yards and with the help of Bradbrook’s heroics meant Dartford progressed. The Dartford captain blocked an important rebound, breaking two ribs in the process and finished the full ninety minutes.

Salisbury City only needed one attempt to beat Conference South side Bath City. Theo Lewis, who notched a scorcher against the Darts, thumped home a header just before the half time interval. The Whites, currently fifth in the Conference Premier have certainly been on the up, keeping last season’s momentum. Their current form has been noticed by England C boss Paul Fairclough who this week called up Fitchett, Angus MacDonald and Elliott Frear for the Three Lions fixture against Czech Republic’s under 21 side.

Team News

Elliot Bradbrook missed Dartford’s defeat at Forest Green Rovers and will be out of the F.A Cup First Round tie on Saturday. The captain scored last time the Darts reached the first round against Port Vale. Matthew Godden  and Adam Burchill will be unavailable to prevent being cup tied for Scunthorpe United and Gillingham respectively. Lee Noble also missed the defeat last weekend but centre half Kenny Clark returned. Tyrone Sterling is still out injured having last featured against Grimsby Town two and a half months ago. Matthew Fry, Noble and Clark are all one caution away from a match suspension.

Salisbury City have had injuries of their own to contend with. Robbie Sinclair has been out for almost two months and Luke Ruddick missed the whole of October. Last season’s top goalscorer Jamie White has been out of action since the start of the 2013/2014 campaign. Callum Hart has been restricted to just five appearances in the Conference Premier and Ryan Brett just eleven. Willem Purdy is one caution away from a one match ban.

Head to Head

Salisbury City wins: 7 / Dartford wins: 9 / Draws: 4

Current Form (all competitions / FAC – F.A Cup / KSC – Kent Senior Cup)

Salisbury City (WWLWDW) Dartford (LWDWWD)
Hereford United H 4-1 Forest Green Rovers A 0-1
Bath City (FAC) A 1-0 Ebbsfleet United (FAC) H 1-0
Cambridge United A 0-2 Ebbsfleet United (FAC) A 1-1
Grimsby Town H 1-0 Hyde H 4-3
Dartford A 1-1 Charlton Athletic (KSC) H 1-0
Wrexham H 2-1 Hereford United A 2-2

Last Five Meetings

08.10.2013 Dartford 1 Salisbury City 1
25.02.2012 Dartford 2 Salisbury City 0
05.11.2011 Salisbury City 1 Dartford 2
29.11.2003 Salisbury City 3 Dartford 1
18.10.2003 Dartford 0 Salisbury City 3


5 – the amount of clean sheets kept by both sides in this season’s Conference Premier campaign

11 – number of league goals Salisbury City have scored in the final 15 minutes this season, more than any other Conference Premier club. Almost 50% of the goals the Whites have scored.

Dartford concede the majority of their goals (14) fifteen minutes before and after half time. Good job Salisbury City are at their less potent having scored only 3 times in this period

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Dartford v Salisbury City

The last two Conference South playoff winners go head to head on Tuesday night when the Darts host an in form Salisbury City.

Dartford approach their mid week fixture having lost a third consecutive away match on Saturday. Tony Burman’s side were unable to break their duck at Gateshead losing 2-0 at the International Stadium for a second season in a row.

Once again Dartford drew a blank up in the North East and continue to wait for their first goal away at the Heed. The hosts enjoyed the majority of possession and dominated throughout. James Marwood scored just before the break and Rob Ramshaw just before the hour to condemn the Darts to a fifth defeat in seven away games.

With Jason Prior as the only recognised striker fit, Tony Burman has delved in to the loan market this week. Matthew Godden, who scored five times for Ebbsfleet United last term in a loan spell, arrives at Princes Park from League Two side Scunthorpe United.

Salisbury City may have won just twice on the road, however a current run of one reverse in ten Conference Premier outings have pushed the Wiltshire club up to seventh.

The Whites changed manager in the summer by appointing England’s youngest full time manager. Mikey Harris took over from ex team-mate Darrell Clarke and opened the campaign with three straight losses. The 29 year old improved fortunes guiding the Whites to an eight match unbeaten run. Although the sequence ended at Barnet, Salisbury City were back to winning ways on the weekend.

Two goals in the space of three minutes turned their fixture against Wrexham on its head. Joe Anyinsah had the Welsh club in the driving seat five minutes prior half time as Wrexham went in a goal up at the break. Dan Fitchett levelled the match with eleven minutes remaining and moments later a crafty back heel by Angus McDonald won three points for the Whites.

Two season’s ago Dartford completed a double over Salisbury City during a campaign which ended in Conference South playoff glory. At Princes Park, Jacob Erskine and James Rogers ensured their goals helped the Darts to a 2-0 win. Burman also handed a loan debut to Luke Wilkinson that day which turned out to be a successful spell for the centre back.

Three months earlier Dartford had to grind out victory having fallen behind in the first minute. Stuart Anderson’s deflected shot wrong footed goalkeeper Louis Wells, who was making his first start for the Darts. Jon Wallis equalised with a free kick which was spilt by Salisbury City’s Conor Gough. The young goalkeeper conceded again in the second half against the onrushing Jacob Erskine, a collision left Gough with broken ribs.

Salisbury City only had to wait another year until they clinched promotion back to the Conference Premier with a playoff final win against Dover Athletic.

Team News

Tyrone Sterling missed another Conference Premier match through injury and Matt Fry couldn’t complete the full ninety minutes at Gateshead. The defender will be out with a knee problem whilst striker Adam Burchill is sidelined with a hamstring issue.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 9 / Salisbury City wins: 7 / Draws: 3

Current League Form

Dartford (LWLWLL) Salisbury City (WLWWDW)
Gateshead A 0-2 Wrexham H 2-1
Southport H 1-0 Barnet A 1-3
Grimsby Town A 2-5 Hyde H 2-0
Kidderminster Harriers H 3-0 Nuneaton Town A 2-1
Luton Town A 0-3 Braintree Town H 1-1
Nuneaton Town H 1-2 Chester H 3-1

Last Meeting At Princes Park

25 February 2012 – Dartford 2 Salisbury City 0 – Att: 941

Goalscorers: Erskine (47), Rogers (53)

The Darts Lineup: Wells, Burns, Green, Bonner, Wilkinson, Champion, Noble, Wallis, Erskine, Rogers, Harris (subs used: Graham, Garrod)

Last Five Meetings

25.02.2012 Dartford 2 Salisbury City 0
05.11.2011 Salisbury City 1 Dartford 2
29.11.2003 Salisbury City 3 Dartford 1
18.10.2003 Dartford 0 Salisbury City 3
18.03.2003 Dartford 1 Salisbury City 4

Dartford v Salisbury City

The Darts are back at Princes Park in Conference South action on Saturday when they host Salisbury City.

A victory for Dartford will complete the double over The Whites who currently occupy twelfth place in their first season back in the Conference South.

At the Raymond McEnhill Stadium four months ago The Darts worked tirelessly to edge their opponents out in a 2-1 win. Goalkeeper Louis Wells made his début in Wiltshire which started in the worst possible fashion. A long range effort from Salisbury’s Stuart Anderson after just two minutes took a wicked deflection to give the hosts the lead.

Jacob Erskine collides with Conor Gough and heads in the winner

Dartford hit back when Jon Wallis struck a free kick on 25 minutes which squirmed away from goalkeeper Conor Gough and into the net. The Salisbury City goalkeeper’s misery was compounded just past the hour when Jacob Erskine beat Gough in the air resulting in the winning goal, Gough was stretchered off suffering a fractured cheekbone.

Dartford approach Saturdays league match having been on the wrong end of a cup upset on Tuesday night. In a disappointing performance they were knocked out at the same stage as last season when Wealdstone deservedly won 1-0.  The Darts suffered the same result in their last league match versus Woking, but in contrast to the F.A Trophy defeat the performance was outstanding.

Salisbury have been hard to beat of late but have failed to pick up victories too. In thier last eight league matches they have drawn five. However on Tuesday night they defeated Eastleigh 2-0 thanks to goals from recent signings Stuart Sinclair and Abdulai Bell-Baggie.

Since the turn of the year The Whites manager Darrell Clarke has made a few alterations to the squad. Out has gone their top scorer in the league Jake Reid who had his contract cancelled by mutual consent, Josh Casey and Chrlie Knight have gone out on loan. In has come former Salisbury favourite Robbie Matthews who has already netted four in the Conference South. In addition to Matthews, Will Puddy (currently injured), Charlie Losasso and Danny Webb have just been joined by defender Ugo Udoji, goalkeeper Mark Scott and Charlie Griffin.

After dropping to third in the Conference South due to Chelmsford City’s Monday night win The Darts will be desperate to get back to winning ways.

Statistics (league only)

Dartford (3rd) v Salisbury City (12th)

Current Form

Last five Dartford matches at home Last five Salisbury City matches away
Won 6-0 v Thurrock Drew 2-2 v Basingstoke Town
Won 1-0  v Welling United Drew 2-2 v Truro City
Drew 1-1 v Dorchester Town Drew 1-1 v Dover Athletic
Lost 2-3 v Woking Drew 1-1 v Eastleigh
Won 3-1 v Dover Athletic Drew 1-1 v Thurrock


Dartford average home attendance: 1304 (2nd)

Highest home attendance: 2559 v Welling United/ Lowest: 924 v Dorchester Town

Salisbury City average away attendance: 744 (5th)

Highest away attendance: 1634 v Woking / Lowest: 186 v Thurrock

Did you know…

Dartford have gone 200 minutes without conceding in the league at Princes Park.

The Darts have scored in every league fixture at home this season but their away day blank on Saturday was their first in the league since 27 August 2012, a run of 21 games. The Conference South record stands at 26 set by St Albans City in the 2005/06 season.

Salisbury City have drawn their last five away matches setting a new Conference South record.


Salisbury City v Dartford

It is back to Conference South action this weekend for The Darts as they travel to Wiltshire to face Salisbury City.

The two sides have not met since the 2003/04 season when competing in the Southern League East Division. On both occasions Salisbury City took the three points with a 3-1 win at home after beating The Darts 3-0 at Stonebridge Road a month earlier.

After F.A Cup disappointment last weekend Dartford will hope to put their exit behind them by picking up three points at The Raymond McEnhill Stadium. The points are well needed to keep the pressure up at the top of the table.

Speaking to PURE DFC after the 2-1 F.A Cup defeat to Bromley, Tony Burman said: “I can’t fault the players they have given all they have got and I thought the players were excellent. I think we have played okay, we did not play badly and we deserved if not win the game get something out of it, but it’s cup football and that’s what happens”.

The Darts boss added: “We go to Salisbury and we’ll get back on track, we’ll hopefully get something down there and concentrate on the points, that’s all we can do”.

Dartford’s away record could do with more consistency having won three, drawn two and lost two. Despite the inconsistencies on their travels The Darts still have the sixth best away form in the Conference South. This weekends fixture will be a tough test as the gap at the top is opening up. Whilst Dartford were in F.A Cup action Woking increased their lead over The Darts to seven points.

To make the test even harder Salisbury City have an outstanding home record since Darrell Clarke was appointed player manager last summer and were a mid table Conference Premier side just two years ago. Finishing in their highest ever position of 12th in the top level of non league football The Whites were demoted two divisions and gained promotion last season via the playoffs.

The Raymond McEnhill Stadium

This season has been a mix start for the Wiltshire club who were looking good over the first seven matches with four wins and a draw. However, September and October have been difficult for Clarke’s men with the last seven matches resulting in six points from 21.

At the beginning of October The Whites picked up a useful point at Woking keeping a clean sheet in the process. What Salisbury City didn’t know was this was to be the start of a baron run in front of goal. The Whites did not score in the league in the whole of October and have now gone 277 minutes without scoring.

Salisbury City put the 5-0 defeat at Sutton United behind them last week with a win in the final qualifying round of the F.A Cup. They now face Southern League Premier side Arlesey Town in the first round later this month.

The Whites have recently extended the loan spell of Charlton Athletic goalkeeper Conor Gough and added 19 year old Charlie Lossaso on loan from Reading.

Dartford will welcome the return of Jacob Erskine who was cup tied last weekend. Matt Jones is doubtful and Jon Wallis has been out of action since the defeat at Boreham Wood. Tom Champion will be suspended after picking up five cautions this season.

Goalkeeper Andrew Young departed the club in the week and Louis Wells was signed from Staines Town as a replacement. Wells could make his début on Saturday depending on whether Burman will select him ahead of Deren Ibrahim.

Salisbury City have just signed former crowd favourite Danny Webb on loan from Bath City. Webb will be a replacement for the injured Chris Giles and Luke Riddick.

Current Form (league only)

Last five Salisbury matches at home Last five Dartford matches away
Lost 0-1 v Chelmsford City Won 3-0 v Thurrock
Won 3-0 v Eastbourne Borough Lost 1-3 v Boreham Wood
Drew 1-1 v Basingstoke Town Won 2-1 v Farnborough
Won 4-2 v Hampton and Richmond Lost 2-3 v Basingstoke Town
Won 4-1  v Havant and Waterlooville Drew 0-0 v Chelmsford City

League Stats – Salisbury (12th) versus Dartford (4th)

Salisbury City average home attendance: 778

Highest home attendance: 899 v Truro City/ Lowest: 667 v Eastbourne Borough

Dartford average away attendance: 743

Highest away attendance: 1455 v Dover Athletic / Lowest: 441 v Boreham Wood

*attendances from

Did you know…

Dartford have lost both of their league matches after playing an F.A Cup tie the weekend before. Hopefully fortunes will reverse this weekend

Salisbury City have yet to score in the league between the 16th and the 30th minutes

Since Darrell Clarke has been in charge Salisbury City have won 28, drawn 6 and lost 4 at home in the league, F.A Cup and F.A Trophy