Dartford are back in action on Tuesday night when they visit Hemel Hempstead Town and hope to put the weekend’s defeat behind them.
Despite a loss at Dulwich Hamlet, the Darts remain in seventh place thanks to the top six struggling to get positive results too. On Tuesday night the picture could easily change, a win will move Dartford into sixth, whilst defeat and a Wealdstone victory will see the Darts drop out of the playoff places.
Adam Flanagan and Jamie Coyle were unable to select Ryan Hayes on the weekend allowing Lee Noble to play out wide with Billy Crook coming in to the starting eleven. Jordan Wynter (arm) and Charlie Sheringham (ankle) were unavailable through injury, whilst in form strikers Darren McQueen and Phil Roberts were paired together up front again. Unfortunately, the form showed by McQueen and Roberts of late failed to materialise and for the first time since Boxing Day the Darts failed to find the net. Instead, new Dulwich Hamlet signing Jamie Mascoll opened the scoring in the first half and in the final minute Decarrey Sheriff sealed the win for the hosts at Champion Hill.
Earlier in the season, the Darts drew with Hemel Hempstead Town 0-0 at Princes Park and had a golden opportunity to win. With ten minutes to go the Darts won a penalty which Jamie Philpot blasted over the bar. The stalemate extended the Darts unbeaten run over the Tudors to six, which included a double over the Hertfordshire club last term.
Elliot Bradbrook will have fond memories of his last trip to Vauxhall Road, the midfielder’s brace of penalties either side Alfie Pavey’s goal gave the Darts a 3-0 victory. At Princes Park, it was Andy Pugh’s turn to score twice and help Dartford come from a goal down to win 3-2, Pavey was on hand again with a last minute winner, nine minutes after Pugh had equalised. In April 2017, Bradbrook scored another penalty at Vauxhall Road against the Tudors in a 2-2, Luke Wanadio was Dartford’s other scorer that day.
The only defeat tasted by the Darts against Hemel Hempstead Town came in 2015 on the opening day of the season. The Darts had just been relegated to the National South, whilst the Tudors finished a respectable ninth in their debut season at National South level. The game was settled by Oliver Hawkins, who now plays for Portsmouth in League One.
Hemel Hempstead Town have won just won of their last twelve National South games, but they have managed to pick up six draws in that time. On the weekend the Tudors fell to a single goal loss at Slough Town where Lee Togwell’s goal was enough to condemn Joe Deeney’s team to defeat. Deeney has been in charge at Vauxhall Road since the departure of Dean Brennan, who left to take the Billericay Town managerial role. The former assistant manager at Oxford City took charge in November and has recorded just four league wins in seventeen outings.
The Tudors last won at home almost three months ago and their last game at Vauxhall Road finished in a 2-2 draw with Concord Rangers. In fact they have drawn three of their last four home games, the only exception was the 4-1 loss against Torquay United.
Head to Head
Hemel Hempstead Town wins: 1 / Dartford wins: 4 / Draws: 3
Current League Form
|Hemel Hempstead Town (LDLDLD)||Dartford (LWDWWD)|
|Slough Town||A||0-1||Dulwich Hamlet||A||0-2|
|Dulwich Hamlet||A||3-3||Bath City||H||3-0|
|Chippenham Town||A||1-1||Concord Rangers||H||1-1|
|11.08.2018||Dartford||0||Hemel Hempstead Town||0|
|17.03.2018||Dartford||3||Hemel Hempstead Town||2|
|26.08.2017||Hemel Hempstead Town||0||Dartford||3|
|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|
Dartford last failed to score in two consecutive away games back on matchday six, the Darts lost 2-0 to Concord Rangers on 14th August and 1-0 to Hungerford Town on 25th August. The barren spell lasted one more away game in a 2-0 loss at St Albans City on 1st September.
Hemel Hempstead Town have managed one win in eleven against teams in the top seven. At home they have managed two points from the top nine out of the 21 available.
The Tudors had scored in 14 consecutive league games before their blank on the weekend, the Darts had scored in ten games in a row before the 2-0 reverse at Dulwich Hamlet.
On This Day
Dartford last won on this day eight years ago when they left it late to beat Maidenhead United at Princes Park. With the game goaless until the seventieth minute, Ryan Hayes cross found Charlie Sheringham to give the Darts the lead. In the final four minutes Elliot Bradbrook scored twice to put the result beyond doubt. Since then, Dartford drew 1-1 with Stockport County in 2013, the National League fixture finished level after Danny Harris rescued a point for the hosts. The last outing on 5 March ended in defeat at Weston-super-Mare in which a mass brawl saw Elliot Bradbrook sent off. The Darts were two down by the time George Sykes pulled a goal back before half-time, but early in the second half the dismissal left Dartford with ten men for the final 53 minutes.
DATE: Tuesday 5th March 2019
VENUE: Vauxhall Road, Hemel Hempstead, Herts, HP2 4HW
KICK OFF: 19:45pm
TURNSTILES: Open from 18:00pm
- Adult: £14
- Concessions: £9
- Fans of both clubs age under 18 (17-10) can watch home games for just £1 when accompanying an adult. If entering unaccompanied cost is £5. Under 5’s are FREE.
- Match Day Programme is included in the entry price.
FACILITIES: Bar and food open from 18:00pm
MATCH UPDATES: Full Coverage will be on twitter and website @dartfordfc
COACH: – departure time 4.30pm, £15 members, £17 non-members– To make your booking, please speak to Mick Austin either by calling/texting on 07969 181796.
Getting to Vauxhall Road
Hemel Hempstead Railway Station is on the London-Midland line http://www.londonmidland.com
Getting to the ground from the station:
There is a taxi rank outside the station, and taxi firm (Millenium 24-7) has an office at the ground which will sort you out for the return journey.
Or, take Bus number 320 from Stop ‘A’ outside the station, depart at High Street Green, Adeyfield (ask the driver to let you off at the stop on Adeyfield Road just before the junction with Leverstock Green Road)
Timetable: https://www.arrivabus.co.uk/south-east/ … n=outbound
You have a 200 metre walk, turn right at Adeyfield Road in to Leverstock Green Road, walk past the Crabtree pub on your right, turn right in to Vauxhall Road – ground will be on your right hand side.
Leave at Junction 21 for the M1
Leave at Junction 8, straight over (2nd exit) first roundabout, straight over (2nd exit) second roundabout at which point you need to get in the right hand lane – take first right across the dual carriageway which leads in to Leverstock Green Road. First left at mini-roundabout in to Vauxhall Road, the entrance to the ground is on the right hand side by an out of place looking roundabout.
Leave at Hemel Hempstead, straight over cross roads and head to the “Magic Roundabout”. Panic if you’re from out of town as you face six mini-roundabouts around one big roundabout. In this order, go right, left, right across the mini roundabouts on to the A414 heading towards the M1 (or, as best as you can, just follow signs for the M1 motorway). Head up the A414 then at the first roundabout (Tesco on right hand side) go straight over or avoid it altogether by staying in left hand slip lane. Second roundabout, straight over (2nd exit), then take Leverstock Green Road which will be the 3rd left. Then take the first left at mini-roundabout in to Vauxhall Road, the entrance to the ground is on the right hand side by an out of place looking roundabout.