Dartford once again come up against Slough Town for the fifth occasion this calendar year, this time in the F.A Trophy third qualifying round.
The Darts have already faced the Rebels twice this season with both teams recording a win apiece. Dartford have not progressed beyond the third qualifying round in their past two attempts going out to Maidstone United last term and Eastbourne Borough the year before, who the Darts will face in the next round should they make it through on Tuesday night.
Slough Town won the first of this season’s encounters knocking Dartford out of the F.A Cup with a last minute penalty. Jack McKnight stepped up to score the winner to put the Rebels into the next round. Just under a month ago, Dartford avenged the cup defeat with a 2-0 victory in the National South. Chris Dickson introduced himself in style with a brace on his debut, whilst in form Jacob Berkeley-Agyepong was harshly sent off, his red card later rescinded.
Without a competitive game over the last ten days, the Darts warmed up with a 3-0 friendly win over Whitehawk on the weekend. Tom Bonner, Jack Barham and Elliot Romain were the goalscorers. Their last competitive match ended in defeat at Eastbourne Borough. After Charley Kendall put the Sports ahead in the first-half, Berkeley-Agyepong equalised in the second-half to record his fourth goal of the season. The hosts ran away in the final fifteen minutes with goals from Chris Whelpdale and Joel Robinson.
Slough Town were also without a game on the weekend and have also been without a win in their last six outings. Although, the Rebels picked up a second draw in a row in their 0-0 stalemate at Havant and Waterlooville. It was the second point picked up in four days after a 2-2 draw at Chippenham Town, Ben Harris and Lee Togwell scoring to complete a comeback from two goals down.
The two sides have met once before in the F.A Trophy back in 1981. The first round tie finished with Dartford winning 4-1, the Daily Telegraph described the victory as probably the outstanding result of the round. The Darts went on to make the semi-final losing to Bishop’s Stortford. Since then the Darts have also been drawn against Slough Town in the F.A Cup three times winning the first two before this season’s defeat.
Head to Head
Dartford wins: 5 / Slough Town wins: 3 / Draws: 2
Cup Head to Head
Dartford wins: 3 / Slough Town wins: 1 / Draws: 0
Current League Form
|Eastbourne Borough||A||1-3||Havant & Waterlooville||A||0-0|
|Hungerford Town||A||2-1||Chippenham Town||A||2-2|
|St Albans City||H||0-1||Hungerford Town||H||1-3|
|Maidstone United||A||2-0||Billericay Town||A||0-2|
|Hemel Hempstead Town||A||3-1||Maidstone United||H||2-3|
Previous Six Meetings
Dartford have won just two of their last seven games against Slough Town D2, L3).
In the last four meetings between the two sides the winning team has kept a clean sheet.
Jacob Berkeley-Agyepong has scored Dartford’s last three goals.
Dartford last drew the same team in the F.A Cup and F.A Trophy in the 2014/2015 season when they beat Burgess Hill Town in each competition.
On This Day
Brendon Cass scored a Princes Park hat-trick thirteen years ago as the Darts beat Wivenhoe Town 4-2. On their way to the Isthmian North title, Dartford followed a 7-2 triumph over Witham and a 6-1 victory over Enfield Town by hitting their opponents for four, Jamie Coyle scored the other goal. Dartford’s last game on this day was also a F.A Trophy tie eight years ago. Tom Bonner was involved as the Darts beat Tonbridge Angels 3-0 with goals from Harry Crawford, Elliot Bradbrook and Jon Wallis, Tony Burman’s side went on to reach the last four losing to Grimsby Town in the semi-final. Three years earlier Dartford went out of the Isthmian League Cup third round in an entertaining 5-4 defeat to Aveley, Danny Harris, Adam Burchell (two goals) and Allan Tait netted for the Darts.